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Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent
May 08, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president continues to sharpen the country’s legal code as a tool to limit dissent.

Hong Kong Domestic Workers Decry Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
May 07, 2021

Hong Kong Domestic Workers Decry Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

By Jessie Lau
Activists say the community is being singled out unfairly, a continuation of long-standing discriminatory practices.
Under Pressure, Australia Reverses Ban on Returns from India
May 07, 2021

Under Pressure, Australia Reverses Ban on Returns from India

By Grant Wyeth
Although the ban is set to be lifted on May 15, flying home for Australians in India will still be a difficult, and expensive, prospect.

Ramadan in China: Faithful Dwindle Under Limits on Religion
May 07, 2021

Ramadan in China: Faithful Dwindle Under Limits on Religion

By Ken Moritsugu and Dake Kang
The tree-lined paths of the Id Kah Mosque's grounds are tranquil, and it's easy to miss the three surveillance cameras keeping watch over whoever comes in.

Vaccinations Progress Slowly in Central Asia
May 07, 2021

Vaccinations Progress Slowly in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
For myriad reasons, vaccination programs in Central Asia are proceeding slowly. Hesitancy is one factor.

China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators
May 06, 2021

China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators

By Bonnie Girard
An interview with Gary Bauer, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges
May 05, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges

By Catherine Putz
A month after being brutally beaten, Bazarov was released from the hospital and swiftly charged for insulting his old school in an October 2020 TikTok video.
Will Easing of Student Visa Restrictions Rekindle China-US Exchanges?
May 05, 2021

Will Easing of Student Visa Restrictions Rekindle China-US Exchanges?

By Eleanor Albert
It's a step in the right direction, but there are still substantial hurdles - both logistical and political - for Chinese students to come to the U.S.

Russia Turns to China to Make Sputnik Shots to Meet Demand
May 05, 2021

Russia Turns to China to Make Sputnik Shots to Meet Demand

By Huizhong Wu and Daria Litvinova
While pledging hundreds of millions of doses, Russia has only delivered a fraction. It’s turning to Chinese companies to help pick up the pace.

Business Moguls and Chinese (Soft) Power: The ‘Huaren’ of Southeast Asia
May 04, 2021

Business Moguls and Chinese (Soft) Power: The ‘Huaren’ of Southeast Asia

By Laura Grunberg
China's rise has come with increased outreach to the diaspora in Southeast Asia - and at times increased headaches for ethnic Chinese.

The Kazakh Herders of Xinjiang 
May 04, 2021

The Kazakh Herders of Xinjiang 

By Sribala Subramanian
Revisiting “Winter Pasture,” an early chronicle of the hardships endured by a Xinjiang-based minority group.
Fiji Locks Down Large Cities as COVID-19 Cases Rise
May 03, 2021

Fiji Locks Down Large Cities as COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Joshua Mcdonald
Health authorities believe the virus found its way back into the community after a soldier providing security at a quarantine facility became infected.

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