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Afghanistan's ethnically split ballot box

Ethnic voting shows Afghans do not view the state as a service provider and loyalty to ethnic groups comes before the country as a whole, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

New Escap rules a blow to press freedom

Imtiaz Muqbil writes that the change in the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's media-accreditation system seems to come from a "blanket, guilty-until-proven-innocent policy"

Adding up the math

By electing the Democratic Party, Japan recognizes the need to adjust to emerging powerhouse China, writes Tom Plate

Multicultural broadcasting

Ethnic language broadcasts will help foreigners in Korea adapt easier and will familiarize Koreans with other cultures, writes 'The Korea Herald'

CNN taken out of context on Ma remarks, poll

Taiwan's local, "sensationalistic" press are wrong to assume a CNN International anchor's remark indicates growing negative opinion of President Ma, writes 'The China Post'

Sensationalism, not journalism

The lack of accountability and first hand investigative reporting has lead to a decline in journalistic ethics in Pakistan, writes Syed Irfan Ashraf

Teaching, learning and the Internet

Indonesian teachers need to better understand how social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook are used in order to keep up with their students

The Chosun one

Tom Plate eulogizes the late South Korea President Kim Dae-jung, whose passing unites the Korean peninsula for a moment

What kind of yellow journalism is this now?

Joe Hung criticizes CNN for conducting an unscientific poll on whether Taiwan's President Ma should step down for his delayed response to help typhoon victims

Military might

Based on the latest RAND report, Tom Plate writes that U.S.-China relations and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of improving relations with China and are more important than ever

Information Commission bureaucratised

Abdullah A. Dewan criticizes the appointment of former government officials for two of three information commissioner positions

The all-new, same old Taliban?

The Taliban's new manual of conduct seems to indicate a more humanitarian attitude toward civilians, but the reality is everything is still the same since there is no incentive for change, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

US journalists' homecoming

'Daily Star' writes that the release of U.S. journalists from North Korea could signal an opening to talks on denuclearization and normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea

What's behind Taiwan media bias?

The increasing connection between big business and media has led to reports favoring the more China-friendly KMT party, writes J. Michael Cole

Unfinished business

Tom Plate writes that the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee can lead to resolving a bigger issue: North Korea's denuclearization

Foundation of news gathering

Tokyo High Court understands that newspapers assume news agency reports include good news gathering and fact-checking, writes 'Japan Times'

Media magic

Sarwar Ahmed writes that media and business need a truthful and candid relationship so that both can improve

Steady as he goes

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shouldn't come under fire for his steadiness and sensibility, writes Tom Plate

The 'green revolution'

Although membership in online social networks is on the rise in Pakistan, radio and television will remain dominant due to the country's low literacy rate, writes Bina Shah

How powerful can Facebook activism it be?

It is debatable whether social movements that originate on social networking websites are effective or not, writes Asri Wijayanti

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