Hard as it may be to believe, it was nearly a full month ago that Edward Snowden leaked highly classified NSA documents revealing the details of the agency’s widespread, global surveillance programs. From that point, Snowden began his stay in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, sparking wild and ongoing speculation of where he would end up.
The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) is the only major armed ethnic group that has not signed an initial ceasefire with the Myanmar government. But despite agreements with 11 other major rebel groups, lasting peace in the country is far from certain.
For the first time in at least eight years, Japanese citizens seem poised to affirm the winners in a national election rather than reject the losers.
The economic effects of 2008 global financial crisis are receding in Asia, but its socioeconomic effects linger, notesJongryn Mo, executive director of the Hills Governance Center at Yonsei University in Seoul. The crisis was a catalyst for governance reforms in many Asian countries, he says.
With many economies in the industrialized world struggling since the 2008-09 global recession, many countries in the European Union continue to post negative growth rates, while U.S. growth remains sluggish. In this context, considerable attention has been paid to many Latin American economies' ability to successfully endure challenging circumstances.
On June 14, the Abe government approved a national growth strategy, the third of three “arrows” in an economic revitalization policy known as “Abenomics.” One focus of the growth strategy is women’s participation in the workforce.1 Prior to the announcement of the strategy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a series of speeches outlining his policies and in an address on April 19 stated that his goal is to have “no less than 30 percent of leadership positions in all areas of society filled by women by 2020.”2 Abe made a brief reference in that speech to two female Diet members who hold leadership positions in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), yet the number of female representatives in the Diet indicates that participation of women in politics is not fully embraced in Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has a lot to be happy about. In the recent Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) crushed all others, winning 59 seats to become the dominant party.
There is a compelling case to be made that over the last several years, we have witnessed the front end of an “ASEAN spring.” Citizens and voters across Southeast Asia have told their governments about their new and rising expectations for empowerment, governance, and rule of law.
Now that We Understand Each Other, Time to Get to Work
By Christopher K. Johnson
On June 6, protests broke out in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to the increase of the bus fare from R$3 to R$3.20. Since then, the protests have grown, with more than 250,000 people participating in coordinated protests in Brazil’s major cities. Meanwhile, Brazilians abroad are staging demonstrations in London, Dublin, New York City, Berlin, and Montreal.