AsiaMedia Commentaries http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu AsiaMedia en-us 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111868 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" http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111822 Adding up the math By electing the Democratic Party, Japan recognizes the need to adjust to emerging powerhouse China, writes Tom Plate http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111816 Multicultural broadcasting Ethnic language broadcasts will help foreigners in Korea adapt easier and will familiarize Koreans with other cultures, writes 'The Korea Herald' http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111733 The Chosun one Tom Plate eulogizes the late South Korea President Kim Dae-jung, whose passing unites the Korean peninsula for a moment http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111704 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' http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111694 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111693 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111675 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111670 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111571 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111303 Information Commission bureaucratised Abdullah A. Dewan criticizes the appointment of former government officials for two of three information commissioner positions http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111291 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111260 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111233 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 http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=111220