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Human trafficking is a term thrown around a lot in the media. It’s all encompassing term, but what do we really mean by it and how bad are things in Asia?

Human trafficking in Asia


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Saturday | April 18, 2015

Human trafficking is a term thrown around a lot in the media. It’s all encompassing term, but what do we really mean by it and how bad are things in Asia? Today, we’re going to discuss things plainly. For that I’m welcoming back Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division to the podcast.

My question to you this week is why does human trafficking persist in Asia? Please share your thoughts in comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.

Human trafficking is a term thrown around a lot in the media. It’s all encompassing term, but what do we really mean by it and how bad are things in Asia?

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Will the US be forced to choose sides in the South China Sea, Korea remembers the Sewol, Facebook saves a life, and more.

Will the US Take Sides in China Sea Disputes?


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Friday | April 17, 2015

For the past year, I’ve been discussing the South China Sea. This week, both Obama and China confirmed what I had to say, Facebook comes to the rescue, and Korea remembers the Sewol tragedy. These stories and more are on the April 17th edition of Asia News Weekly.

The South China Sea (0:55)

This past week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “We are building shelters, aids for navigation, search and rescue, as well as marine meteorological forecasting services, fishery services and other administrative services” for China and neighboring countries.” Hua also noted the new islands would be used for China’s defense.

Then US President  Barack Obama said Washington was concerned China was using its “sheer size and muscle” to push aside smaller nations with claims to areas of the South China Sea.

To answer if a diplomatic solution could still be viable and if the US might have to choose sides in the dispute, Scott Harold, Political Scientist and Deputy Director for the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at the RAND Corporation joins the podcast.

The Sewol Tragedy One Year Later and Trouble for President Park (8:33)

This week marks the one year anniversary of the sinking of the South Korean ferry, Sewol. It also marks an ever growing bribery scandal right President Park’s administration. Has the government done enough following this tragic event? What will happen next to ruling Saenuri Party? Lee Tae-hoon from the Korea Observer discusses.

Facebook to the Rescue (15:08)

There perhaps is no greater time suck on the planet than Facebook. By some estimates, people spend as much as 40 minutes a day or nearly 7 hours a month posting pictures, checking stats updates, and playing games. But not once, but twice, it’s been used to save someone from slave-like conditions.

The Weekly Brief

Taking a look at some other stories from the region, Japan and South Korea held their first security talks in five years. The Land of the Rising Sun also submitted plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean. South Korea’s Constitutional Court considers legalizing prostitution, the younger brother of China’s last Emperor passed away, and a nun self-immolates in Tibet.

Will the US be forced to choose sides in the South China Sea, Korea remembers the Sewol, Facebook saves a life, and more.

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South Korea mourns as it reflects on the sinking of the Sewol ferry one year ago, as President Park opts to leave on a diplomatic tour.

South Korea remembers the Sewol as Park leaves



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Thursday | April 16, 2015

One year later, South Korea remembers the more than 300 that perished on the ill-fated Sewol, South Korea’s top leaders face stiff criticism, and families at Pearl Harbor may get some closure.

The Sewol – One Year Later

Today marks the one year anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea. On that fateful day, over 300 perished, many of whom were high school students on a school trip to Jeju Island. However, many lingering questions remain as the nation mourns once more.

South Korean Leadership in Trouble

You’d think that South Korean President Park Geun-hye would be spending today trying to heal her nation. But you’d be wrong. She’s schedule to depart on a diplomatic trip as her top aides are questioned for bribery.

Identifying the Dead at Pearl Harbor

Until the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC, the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was the deadliest assault on American soil. The Pacific fleet was decimated, and many young men who were serving in the Navy never returned to their families. There simply wasn’t a way to positively identify the remains. The US military aims to correct that.

South Korea mourns as it reflects on the sinking of the Sewol ferry one year ago, as President Park opts to leave on a diplomatic tour.

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Hackers continue causing trouble in Asia, Indonesia hopes partnering with the United States will deter China, and Beijing revokes some privileges when traveling to Hong Kong.

Hackers attacking Asia, Indonesia partners with US, and Beijing limits HK visits


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Tuesday | April 14, 2015

Hackers continue to cause trouble in Asia, Indonesia hopes partnering with the United States will deter China from encroaching on its waters, and Beijing revokes some privileges from mainlanders when traveling to Hong Kong.

Hackers Strike in Asia

A new security report asserts that China has been attempting to hack into Southeast Asian and Indian government and business systems for a decade.

Indonesia aims to look tough against China

While Indonesia isn’t involved directly with the myriad of competing claims in the South China Sea, it has accused China of trying to incorporate its Natuna Islands into its territory as part of the Nine-Dash Line. Now, Jakarta is looking to partner with the United States as a deterrent.

Beijing limits visits to Hong Kong

Tensions continue to run high between Hong Kongers and those from the mainland. To help smoothing things over, Beijing is now restricting the number of times mainlanders can visit the Special Administrative region.

Hackers continue causing trouble in Asia, Indonesia hopes partnering with the United States will deter China, and Beijing revokes some privileges when traveling to Hong Kong.

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s administration is involved in yet another scandal, Bangladesh does on high alert, plus a truck bomb explodes in Thailand.

South Korea’s Park faces more trouble, Bangladesh hangs war criminal, and bomb blast in Thailand


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Monday | April 13, 2015

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s administration is involved in yet another scandal, Bangladesh does on high alert after hanging an Islamist leader, plus a truck bomb explodes in Thailand.

South Korean government rocked by scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye just can’t seem to catch a break. A Seoul businessman committed suicide last week and on his body was a list of eight names that may have received cash, including former Chiefs of Staff and the current Prime Minister.

Bangladesh hands Islamist for war crimes

Bangladesh hanged an Islamic leader for war crimes committed in 1971. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was hanged on Saturday. Since then, his Jamaat-e-Islami Party has called for a general strike today in protest.

Truck bomb explodes in Thailand

A Truck bomb exploded Friday evening in Koh Samui as the Thai new year festival gets under way. Seven were injured and now Thailand beefs up security as some 500,000 tourists arrive.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s administration is involved in yet another scandal, Bangladesh does on high alert, plus a truck bomb explodes in Thailand.

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