Sammy Westfall

world hong kong

Police Raid a Major Hong Kong News Outlet and Arrest Its Billionaire Owner Under the City's New National Security Law

The popular Hong Kong newspaper, 'Apple Daily', live streamed the police raid of its building.
Sammy Westfall
2 days ago
Politics

'Control By Fear': Charges Against 24 High-Profile Activists Seen As Part of Wider Shut Down of Pro-Democracy Groups in Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson told VICE News that the charges reflect a “growing intolerance for peaceful assembly and expression.” 
Sammy Westfall
2 days ago
china

China Frees a Man Who Spent 27 Years in Jail for Murder He Did Not Commit

Zhang Yuhuan's exoneration points to deeper issues within China's legal system, including its 99.9 percent conviction rate.
Sammy Westfall
8.6.20
japan

Japan Finally Recognises 'Black Rain' Victims as Atomic Bomb Survivors

The case's 84 plaintiffs were exposed to radioactive black rain as babies or children. Now in their late 1970s to 90s, they're finally recognised as A-bomb victims in a landmark ruling.
Sammy Westfall
Miran Miyano
7.30.20
Philippines

Philippine Police Seize Thousands of Copies of 'Anti-Government' Publication

Just a day before President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address, an office raid of a local magazine raises fears of diminishing liberties.
Sammy Westfall
7.27.20
china

'The Threat is On the Rise': Taiwan Is Increasingly Worried About China. They're Not Wrong

With the soaring national aspirations, increasing pressure, and growing threats, Cross-Strait relations are reaching a new degree of intensity
Sammy Westfall
7.24.20
News

Thailand Sees Largest Anti-Government Protests Since 2014 Military Coup

The youth-led protests appear to have taken a page from Hong Kong's highly decentralized pro-democracy movement last year, one expert said.
Sammy Westfall
7.21.20
world politics

'Between a Rock and a Hard Place': Experts Say the Widening US-China Divide Isn't Business as Usual

Recent days' head-spinning back-and-forth of sanctions, sideswipes, and old fashioned spite could mark a new era in the two great powers' relationship.
Sammy Westfall
7.16.20
TV

TV Shows Are Using Mannequins While Filming During the Pandemic, Including Sex Scenes

Intimacy in the time of coronavirus.
Sammy Westfall
7.16.20
Thailand

Thai Officials Are Launching a Sterilisation Campaign to Take Their Town Back From Ravenous Monkeys

A huge pandemic-related drop in tourists—and the food they have long handed out—has made Lopburi’s monkeys more belligerent than ever.
Sammy Westfall
6.24.20
Black Lives Matter

Johnson & Johnson Pulled Whitening Creams off Shelves in Asia. But Can That Dent a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry?

It remains to be seen whether one US-based company can make waves of change in the hyper-competitive market.
Sammy Westfall
6.23.20
world coronavirus

Women Feel More Anxious Because The Pandemic Is Forcing Them to Do More Unpaid Care Work

While entrenched gender roles have slowly broken down over decades, the ongoing global pandemic may be causing this progress to backslide.
Sammy Westfall
6.18.20