Singapore: A wealthy city-state where the freedom is poor

Singapore is known to outsiders for its unique laws on the likes of chewing gum, tobacco, toy currency (not counterfeit, but the ones children play with) and pornographic material. It is also one of the wealthiest countries in the Asian continent, if not the world, with a GDP per capita of $60,900. Likewise known forContinue reading “Singapore: A wealthy city-state where the freedom is poor”

Lèse-majesté in Thailand

“The law’s defenders claim that Thailand’s love for its king is incomparable. Its critics say the law has become the foremost threat to the freedom of expression”. (David Streckfuss – Truth on Trial in Thailand) Lèse-majesté – the crime of speaking offensively about the monarchy, has been present in Thai legislation for over a century;Continue reading “Lèse-majesté in Thailand”

North Korean Brides for Sale

The one child policy in China is infamous for its strict controls limiting phenomenal population growth. However, such a policy has backfired, as a cultural preference for sons over daughters has resulted in high levels of abortion and staggering amounts of female infanticide – young girls are twice as likely to die as young boysContinue reading “North Korean Brides for Sale”

“One Party, Two Systems?” Examining the enforcement of National Education in Hong Kong

Protests against implementation of education standards by Mainland China With an estimated 8 million citizens, Hong Kong is often described as ‘Asia’s World City’. A former British colony, Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) as part of a reunification process outlined in the 1980’s. As such, Hong KongContinue reading ““One Party, Two Systems?” Examining the enforcement of National Education in Hong Kong”