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January 08, 2010
Young, Restless--But Not Failed Yet
Ten years after voting for independence even the opposition is upbeat about Timor-Leste’s future, reports Anthony Anderton. But the country still faces daunting obstacles for long-term stability.
Young, Restless--But Not Failed Yet
December 18, 2009
Barry Obama? Not Here Thanks.
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.
Barry Obama? Not Here Thanks.
December 14, 2009
Meet Quetta's 'Untouchable' Christians
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.’
Meet Quetta's 'Untouchable' Christians
We Were All Boat People Once
December 03, 2009
We Were All Boat People Once
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.
We Were All Boat People Once
November 27, 2009
Growing Pains
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.
Growing Pains
Too Close for Comfort?
November 20, 2009
Too Close for Comfort?
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.
Too Close for Comfort?
November 19, 2009
Faith, Hope and Justice
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.
Faith, Hope and Justice
November 13, 2009
Adventure Haven
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
Adventure Haven
No Place Like Home?
November 10, 2009
No Place Like Home?
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.
No Place Like Home?
The Lost Girls
November 06, 2009
The Lost Girls
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 Lost Girls
November 02, 2009
Long Journey Back to Heaven
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.
Long Journey Back to Heaven
November 01, 2009
The Silent Treatment
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.
The Silent Treatment
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
October 30, 2009
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
Award-winning photojournalist Stephen Dupont reminisces about his life on the frontline in Afghanistan.
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
Smashing The Glass Ceiling
September 28, 2009
Smashing The Glass Ceiling
Where is the best place in the Asia-Pacific for female career advancement? Vivienne Stanton investigates.
Smashing The Glass Ceiling
Russian Revolutionary
September 28, 2009
Russian Revolutionary
Harriet Riley reports from St Petersburg on the link between badly dubbed Western movies and an award-winning human rights activist
Russian Revolutionary
September 23, 2009
Iran, Michael Jackson, and Generation X
Our writer argues that his young tech-savvy peers, celebrity fixations aside, are increasingly engaged in global issues like this summer’s riots in Tehran.
Iran, Michael Jackson, and Generation X
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