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Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

ROMA: The former number two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has insisted on setting the record straight on what happened in Afghanistan, making a clear distinction between what the Americans did and what the alliance did. “In Afghanistan, the mistakes made are there for all to see, but we must be careful not […]

9/11 killed it, but 20 years on, Global Justice Movement is poised to reincarnate

9/11 killed it, but 20 years on, Global Justice Movement is poised to reincarnate

By Kalinga Seneviratne SYDNEY: Since the attacks on the United States by Islamic fanatics on September 11, 2001 (now known as 9/11) the world has been divided by a ‘war on terror’ with any protest group defined as “terrorists”. New anti-terror laws have been introduced both in the West and elsewhere in the past 20 […]

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: During the last acts of the United States’ precipitous retreat from Afghanistan in mid-August, Singapore got a piece of action -helping in the historic, if chaotic, airlift of thousands of Americans and Afghans fleeing the Taliban forces closing in on the capital, Kabul. US President […]

As it happened: AJA member launches book detailing Cambodia’s fight against COVID-1

As it happened: AJA member launches book detailing Cambodia’s fight against COVID-1

PHNOM PENH: Asia Journalists Association (AJA) member Chhay Sophal has authored a book that documents Cambodia’s endeavors and strategic measures to confront COVID-19, including the acquisition of vaccines to ensure the people’s safety and wellbeing. The book, formally launched on August 28, features six chapters and comprises nearly 900 pages, local daily Phnom Penh Post […]

Cheery archival treasure in a world of pandemic fatigue

Cheery archival treasure in a world of pandemic fatigue

By Habib Toumi MONASTIR: Here I am in the family home Monastir, a coastal resort in Tunisia, indulging in the customary Mediterranean culture of leisure with sandy beaches, warm sunshine and delicious food. But, this year, there are many more gaps of time than usual due to the pandemic and the movement restrictions imposed by […]

Run-ins with Lee Kuan Yew cut short young activist’s career

Run-ins with Lee Kuan Yew cut short young activist’s career

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: On Sept. 27, 1957, a bright 26-year-old activist, Arun Mahadeva, Maha for short, was invited to meet Lee Kuan Yew,34, a United Kingdom-trained lawyer and up-and-coming politician who was soon to become Singapore’s Prime Minister. At the meeting in Lee’s law office, the secretary […]

Korea’s foreign ministry calls in Japanese diplomat over Dokdo claim on Tokyo Olympic map

Korea’s foreign ministry calls in Japanese diplomat over Dokdo claim on Tokyo Olympic map

SEOUL: Korea’s foreign ministry called in a senior Japanese diplomat Tuesday to lodge a protest after a map on the Tokyo Olympic website showed South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo as part of Japanese territory. Lee Sang-ryeol, director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs, was expected to express regrets when he meets with Hirohisa Soma, deputy […]

Korean Buddhism played key role in Moon-Biden summit

Korean Buddhism played key role in Moon-Biden summit

By Dahye Min, Asia N Reporter SEOUL: “I’ve brought some pictures of First Lady Jill Biden when she visited Jinkwansa Temple in the mountains outside of Seoul in 2015.” President Moon said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who visited the United States for U.S.-South Korea Summit, surprised First Lady Jill Biden, wife of President Joe […]

Chungcheongnam-do, one of the richest provinces in South Korea

Chungcheongnam-do, one of the richest provinces in South Korea

By Dr. Hassan Hamida Kiel, Germany CHUNGCHEONGNAM-DO: During the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula, the Chungcheongnam-do was known as “Chusei-nan” Province and since 1910. The name has changed when it became from after one of the eight provinces of South Korea, and this immediately after the division of the Korean Peninsula into two states […]

Gwangju, where Korea’s modern history was written in blood

Gwangju, where Korea’s modern history was written in blood

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: On my first visit to South Korea in 2019, I was awed by several beautiful places, impressive monuments and breathtaking landscapes. I enjoyed modernism at its most bewildering sophistication and I dived into history at its deepest meanings. Yet, amid all the bewildering sophistication and brilliant modernism, the most poignant places […]

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