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Aid and Independence
September 29, 2011
Aid and Independence
Almost a decade after it secured independence, Timor-Leste remains the second poorest state in Asia. It might help if aid donors listened a little more.
Aid and Independence
Benchmarks for Burma
September 25, 2011
Benchmarks for Burma
Burma’s government has pledged change, and there are signs something is really happening. But there are ways to measure the regime’s progress toward democracy.
Benchmarks for Burma
China's Growing Spy Threat
September 19, 2011
China's Growing Spy Threat
The Chinese government’s ‘vacuum cleaner’ approach to espionage is worrying foreign governments, companies and overseas dissidents. They’re right to be concerned.
China's Growing Spy Threat
Bangladesh’s Troubling Death Squad
September 16, 2011
Bangladesh’s Troubling Death Squad
The Rapid Action Battalion has enjoyed strong public support for routinely killing alleged criminals. But is it always acting within the law?
Bangladesh’s Troubling Death Squad
Why to Give North Korea Food Aid
September 12, 2011
Why to Give North Korea Food Aid
Kim Jong-Il’s regime doesn’t make it easy to help his country’s starving population. But in the long run, offering aid is the lesser of two evils.
Why to Give North Korea Food Aid
China Fears 'Toxic' Rumours
September 09, 2011
China Fears 'Toxic' Rumours
The Communist Party’s crackdown on ‘toxic’ Internet rumours is misguided. The tighter it squeezes freedom, the more credibility slips through its hands.
China Fears 'Toxic' Rumours
Asia’s Gay-Friendliest Nation?
September 07, 2011
Asia’s Gay-Friendliest Nation?
A flexible view of sexuality has allowed gays to find a place in the community in the Philippines – as long as they stay focused on the family.
Asia’s Gay-Friendliest Nation?
The Truth Behind China Brawl Story
September 04, 2011
The Truth Behind China Brawl Story
YouTube video of the fight between the Georgetown basketball team and their Chinese rivals went viral. But the aftermath was more encouraging than reported.
The Truth Behind China Brawl Story
China’s Accident Prone Period
August 22, 2011
China’s Accident Prone Period
Last month’s high-speed rail crash was a wake-up call for officials. An emphasis on prevention will be far more effective – and much cheaper.
China’s Accident Prone Period
China’s Summer of Discontent
August 20, 2011
China’s Summer of Discontent
The Chinese public’s tolerance for the government’s high-speed, low-quality growth strategy is wearing thin. Can China’s leaders avert a political crash?
China’s Summer of Discontent
South Korea’s Racism Debate
August 08, 2011
South Korea’s Racism Debate
Foreigners are often quick to claim that South Korea has a significant racism problem. But the vocal views of many English teachers overshadow a complex issue.
South Korea’s Racism Debate
How Shanghai Schools Beat Them All
August 01, 2011
How Shanghai Schools Beat Them All
Shanghai students are ranked the best in the world, according to an OECD assessment. So why are they so much better than their peers?
How Shanghai Schools Beat Them All
July 25, 2011
North Korea’s Underground Railway
The sleepy Thai district of Chiang Saen has become a key transit hub for North Korean refugees. But it’s leaving Bangkok with a political headache.
North Korea’s Underground Railway
Cambodia’s Uighur ‘Madness’
July 19, 2011
Cambodia’s Uighur ‘Madness’
WikiLeaks cables suggest serious shortcomings in Cambodia’s willingness to abide by human rights treaties – and China’s continuing influence in the country.
Cambodia’s Uighur ‘Madness’
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
July 15, 2011
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
As the nuclear crisis is dissected by commentators, some have turned to cultural stereotypes to explain the problems. It’s a dangerous approach.
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
Burma’s Dead Men Walking
July 13, 2011
Burma’s Dead Men Walking
A new Human Rights Watch report details how hundreds of convicts were beaten, forced to carry supplies for the military – and clear landmines with sticks and forks.
Burma’s Dead Men Walking
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