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The Sentinels of the Sentinelese
November 26, 2018

The Sentinels of the Sentinelese

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India was right to deny access to one of the world’s last unresearched tribes.
The Geopolitics of Language in the Himalayas
November 09, 2018

The Geopolitics of Language in the Himalayas

By Gerald Roche and Lauren Gawne
The Himalayas are a global center for linguistic diversity. But that diversity is at risk.

A Risky Choice: Rakhimov Elected President of Amateur Boxing Federation
November 06, 2018

A Risky Choice: Rakhimov Elected President of Amateur Boxing Federation

By Catherine Putz
The IOC, responding to Rakhimov’s election, expressed “grave” concern over judging scandals, anti-doping, and governance.

Is Taiwan’s Drive to Legalize Gay Marriage Descending Into Chaos?
November 06, 2018

Is Taiwan’s Drive to Legalize Gay Marriage Descending Into Chaos?

By Nick Aspinwall
With contradictory referendums set to hit November ballots, LGBTQ advocates are critical of President Tsai for not acting sooner.

Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
November 05, 2018

Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables

By Krzysztof Iwanek
An altercation between a Christian woman and Muslim women was based on a Hindu custom.
2 Central Asians and the Future of Olympic Boxing
October 31, 2018

2 Central Asians and the Future of Olympic Boxing

By Catherine Putz
A Kazakh boxing legend and an Uzbek businessman face off for leadership of the scandal-ridden International Boxing Association.

Is This the Start of an Illegal Fishing Crackdown in Taiwan?
October 25, 2018

Is This the Start of an Illegal Fishing Crackdown in Taiwan?

By James X. Morris
Taiwan authorities halt Fuh Sheng No. 11 for labor violations. Are Taiwan’s fishing practices finally changing?
Singapore: Crazy Rich But Still Behind on Gay Rights
October 24, 2018

Singapore: Crazy Rich But Still Behind on Gay Rights

By Chirag Agarwal
Singapore’s protection of its LGBT community leaves much to be desired.

Commercializing Tradition in Yunnan, China
October 11, 2018

Commercializing Tradition in Yunnan, China

By Layne Vandenberg
An interview with Thiago Braga on pu’er tea culture and industry

Life in New York's Little Pakistan
October 05, 2018

Life in New York's Little Pakistan

By Nushmiya Sukhera
This once-thriving community is still trying to put itself back together after the 9/11 attacks.

India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
October 03, 2018

India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Another Hindu temple will open its gates to women, reigniting the debate on Indian secularism.
Goodbye, Dr. Ho: The Passing of a Chinese Doctor (and Tourist Attraction)
October 02, 2018

Goodbye, Dr. Ho: The Passing of a Chinese Doctor (and Tourist Attraction)

By Keith Lyons
Dr. Ho, a longtime draw for tourists in southwest China, passed away at aged 95.

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