Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court: “Much ado about nothing” at the Philippine Supreme Court? (Part I)

18 Oct Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court: “Much ado about nothing” at the Philippine Supreme Court? (Part I) 18.10.18 | The Philippine Supreme Court has just completed hearings in a legal challenge relating to the Philippine withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. On the heels of the South African High Court ruling against the withdrawal from the ICC on the grounds of unconstitutionality and thereby invalidatingthe withdrawal, this case in the Philippines bears watching. Read More …

Badiucao (巴丢草): Google CEO Defends China Plans

At the WIRED 25 Summit on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai commented on the company’s plans, codenamed Project Dragonfly, to return to China with a new search engine. Its prospective accommodation of official censorship and surveillance has sparked vocal protests both within and outside Google. Pichai defended the plans while swiping at prospective competitor Baidu and its past medical scandals. From Nitasha Tiku at Wired: “It turns out we’ll be able to serve well over Read More …

State Practice regarding Self-Defence against Non-State Actors: An Incomplete Picture

17 Oct State Practice regarding Self-Defence against Non-State Actors: An Incomplete Picture 17.10.18 | Two weeks ago, the International Law Association released its long awaited and very interesting report on use of force. It is a very thorough document that is a must-read for anyone interested in jus ad bellum. Some parts of the report have generated some interesting discussions that I think are worth expanding in a post here. Particularly, the main point of Read More …

China-Africa Ties Strained as Trump Reveals Counter-offer

Beijing continues to prioritize China-Africa ties, especially in investment, with Xi Jinping recently pledging another $60 billion in new projects at the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). However, in recent months, there have been increasing concerns about Chinese companies’ racist and discriminatory practices. These include Kenya deporting a Chinese motorcycle trader for his racist diatribe against Kenyans as “monkeys,” and reports that Kenyans working on the debt-saddling $4 billion Standard Gauge Railway were underpaid Read More …

Live-streamer Detained for “Insult” to National Anthem

At Inkstone News, Mandy Zuo reports on the likely career-ending five-day detention of a young live-streaming star over a single line of China’s national anthem flippantly sung during one of her videos: First coming to fame live-streaming her singing, she was reportedly signed by a video site for $7 million (50 million yuan). This summer, she released her first record and performed on national television. Online, she racked up as many followers as the hottest Read More …