Marketed by the White House as America’s first ‘Asian’ president, Barack Obama spent several years growing up in Indonesia. But as Ben Bland discovers, not all Jakartans are enamoured with the metre-tall incarnation of ‘Barry’ erected in a park last week.
They embraced the religion of their invaders to escape the caste system that had condemned them to a miserable existence. But Karlos Zurutuza reports on how, centuries later, Christians in the Taliban stronghold of Quetta are once again becoming ‘untouchables.’
Two months after docking in Indonesia, a boat full of Sri Lankan refugees still don’t know if they will be allowed to reach their intended destination of Australia. Susan Merrell looks at how the debate has unfolded in Australia and visits a New South Wales town with direct experience of the issue.
Dubbed the ‘Dreamhub’, Seoul’s massive international business district project is meant to be the jewel in the crown of the city’s redevelopment efforts. But as Ben Hancock reports, the plan’s grandeur belies a deep conflict over the future of the city and its residents.
As Singapore emerges from its sharpest and most protracted recession, the city-state’s policymakers have been keen to emphasize the importance of immigrants to the country’s future well-being. But as Jeya Segaram discovers, the downturn has exacerbated simmering tensions over an immigration policy that some Singaporeans believe is too lax.
Just weeks after Timor-Leste voted for independence, the town of Suai was visited by a gang of pro-Indonesian rule militiamen who slaughtered dozens of unarmed citizens hiding in a church. Steve Holland meets Manuel dos Santos who, 10 years later, is still waiting for justice–and for his abducted daughter to come home.
After years of political unrest, the Solomon Islands is now reinventing itself as the ultimate destination for adventure-seekers. Dominic Rolfe explains why travellers who want that extra degree of independence on their holidays should head there
After decades in exile, some Tibetans are beginning to question whether the breathtaking location in India that has served as their temporary residence might, despite their best hopes, be taking on the trappings of a more permanent home. Saransh Sehgal meets the exiles living in Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama.
Parents in India desperate for sons have been taking advantage of advances in medical technology and liberal abortion laws to ensure they don’t have daughters. Shreyasi Singh looks at the reasons behind the dramatic distortions in the country’s sex ratio.
The Diplomat’s Pakistan correspondent, Mustafa Qadri, meets refugees from the conflict in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and finds anger, trepidation and hope as they return home after this summer’s counter-Taliban military offensive.
In this country they assume you’re an enemy right off the bat,” the elderly Polish-American tourist said as our ancient Soviet airplane descended into the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on the regular Air Koryo flight from the northern Chinese city of Shenyang.