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The Philippines

Filipino youth show their democratic colours

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Young people in the Philippines are reawakening to their historical role of initiating social and political change, Michael Henry Yusingco believes. Returning home recently to the Philippines to give a lecture on constitutional rights to a political science class at Ateneo de Manila University, I found myself, two days after the lecture, again with students […]

Myanmar

Myanmar’s democratic anniversary: what is there to celebrate?

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The NLD government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has been struggling to overcome its lack of political and administrative experience, Trevor Wilson reports. It is just over a year since Myanmar’s historic 8 November 2015 democratic election, although only nine months since the National League of Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

Korea

‘Poisoned gift’ imperils families of North Korea’s Zainichi returnees

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The gift of freedom given by Japanese civic groups to new arrivals from North Korea carries a heavy debt, writes Markus Bell. From 1959 to 1984, some 90,000 Koreans migrated from Japan to North Korea as part of the ‘repatriation movement’. In the last 15 years approximately 300 of these migrants—known as Zainichi—have returned to […]