Aung San Suu Kyi support strong despite denunciations

Aung San Suu Kyi support strong despite denunciations Al Jazeera This despite increasing condemnation from the international community over her handling of an emerging humanitarian crisis in western Rakhine State that over the past three weeks has seen more than 290,000 majority-Muslim ethnic Rohingya flee into Bangladesh, and hundreds killed in new clashes with the […]

‘Perilous times’ as Cambodia Daily shuts after 24 years

Al Jazeera As journalists closed its doors for the last time early on Monday morning, the independent Phnom Penh-based newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, had one last headline for the government it tirelessly worked to keep in check for more than 24 years: “Descent Into Outright Dictatorship”. The headline ran with a photo of Kem Sokha, […]

Czech Artist’s Grandson Sues to Block Loan of Works to Tokyo

Czech Artist’s Grandson Sues to Block Loan of Works to Tokyo The New York Times Mr. Mucha — along with local art restorers, conservators and historians — passionately opposes the city’s plan to take his grandfather’s masterwork “Slav Epic” on tour internationally for the first time. For the whole story, click here.

In Europe, Art and Politics Dangle on a String

In Europe, Art and Politics Dangle on a String U.S. News & World Report Puppets are featured in animated feature films, exhibitions, television shows and even advertisements. So integral is the tradition of puppetry in the Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia, where there is a long-shared history, that in early December UNESCO, the United Nations […]

Central Europe’s Hard Turn to the Right

Central Europe’s Hard Turn to the Right US News & World Report The anti-Muslim mood, anchored to recent terrorist activities in France, Germany and Belgium, is part of a call for change across the region. Right-wing leaders are capitalizing on fear and xenophobia to flatly reject incoming Muslim refugees primarily fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. […]

Vietnamese drug gangs under fire in Eastern Europe

Vietnamese drug gangs under fire in Eastern Europe Nikkei Asian Review Nguyen said that she and her family have been happy in Prague since relocating some 15 years ago, even though they feel disconnected from the local population. But this common immigrant problem has been exacerbated in recent years by an increasingly worrisome association between […]