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Stories about East Asia

2 October 2014

Aliens Are Running Hong Kong Protests, And The Russian News Is On It

RuNet Echo

A popular Russian news website claims an alien force might be behind the mass protests in Hong Kong.

1 October 2014

China Clamps Down on Another Independent Film Festival

China claims it wants to promote culture, but its censorship of independent art has never been more systemic.

Russian Mathematician Aids Hong Kong's ‘America-Orchestrated Color Revolution’

RuNet Echo

Given the popular frame in Russia that the United States is masterminding Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations, FireChat’s Moscow-educated co-founder is awkward for the pro-Kremlin press.

30 September 2014

6 English-Language Blogs to Help You Better Understand Japan

A list of the best in Japanese blogs covering Japanese current events, culture, politics, crime and more. Did we miss a blog? Let us know in the comments!

Twitter Users Proclaim the Death of Indonesia's Democracy as Lawmakers Scrap Direct Voting of Regional Assemblies

The Twitter hashtags #RIPDemokrasi and #ShameOnYouSBY were trending as Indonesians expressed displeasure over the vote and against outgoing president SBY.

29 September 2014

Taiwanese See in Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protests What a Future With China Might Be Like

More than a thousand people gathered in the Freedom Square in Taiwan to express their solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

How to Go Trainspotting in China Without Being Charged With Espionage

YouTube vlogger RailKingJP regularly uploads fantatsic footage of his trainspotting adventures in Japan and abroad. New to the hobby? He also offers tips and tricks for tracking down trains.

28 September 2014

Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters

The police cracked down on protesters after Occupy Central with Love and Peace began a massive sit-in calling for genuine democratic elections.

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

Global Voices Advocacy

The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

27 September 2014

Violent Clashes Between Hong Kong Police and Peaceful Student Protesters

Hundreds of student protesters raised their hands to show they were unarmed and formed a human shield to block riot police. But they were pepper sprayed and dozens arrested.

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