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Why this statue of a young girl caused a diplomatic incident

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(CNN) – In the busy South Korean port city of Busan, the young girl sits on a wooden chair, her fists balled in her lap. Sol Han and James Griffiths CNN She looks impassively forward, her expression unsmiling and determined. Her feet are bare, and on her shoulder sits a small bird. This statue has sparked… Why this statue of… Read More »

Seeking solace

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After their husbands die, many Indian widows, some young and others old, are tossed aside like… SASCHA RICHTER Asia Times There are around 40 million widows in India at this time. In the classical, brahmanical view, they are physically alive but socially… They were expected to die before their… Seeking solace… Read More »

The week in finance: US banks jump on deregulation, China tightens and RBA to hold

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After a recent loss of momentum, the so-called “Trump Trade” has bounced back on news the new administration will be taking the knife to tougher bank laws put in place in the wake of the… By business reporter Stephen Letts ABC The banking sector drove the S&P 500 up 0.7 per cent to just short of a… The ASX 200 futures were bid… The week in… Read More »

China: The Real Winner of the 2016 Election

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Can the U.S.-China relationship survive a Twitter president? Thomas J. Shattuck The National Interest After a president of the United States takes office, he normally enjoys what is called a “honeymoon period,” which is when the public and Congress generally approve of his actions and policies. During this time… China: The Real… Read More »

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

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“God, Buddha — where are they?” asks Aera magazine. Michael Hoffman The Japan Times At the Cafe de Monku, is one answer. It’s a good… Does contemporary Japan… Read More »

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

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Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

Former Norway PM held at Washington airport over 2014 visit to Iran

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Kjell Magne Bondevik describes shock after being held and questioned at Dulles hub under new US entry controls Nadia Khomami The Guardian A former prime minister of Norway has spoken of his shock after he was held and questioned at Washington Dulles airport because of a… Former Norway PM… Read More »

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

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The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »

Hundreds likely killed in Myanmar’s Rohingya crackdown: UN

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Myanmar’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, with children slaughtered and women raped in a campaign that may amount to ethnic cleansing, the… Hurriyet A report from the United Nations Human Rights office, based on… Hundreds likely killed… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Obama administration to accept some of the refugees held in Australia’s… The Australia government… Read More »

Get your money down for the Kim-Trump smackdown

Kim Trump - Asia Times

A classic matchup is brewing between the US President and North Korean leader with their stats proving surprisingly even Bradley K. Martin Asia Times As if we all were fans of pro-wrestling, commentators keep hyping the upcoming smackdown between Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un. The contest could… Get your money… Read More »

Yemen’s al-Qaeda: Expanding the Base

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Thriving on conflict, sectarianism, and local opportunism, al-Qaeda’s affiliates are stronger than ever in… ICG To shrink their growing base will require better governance in vulnerable areas, not treating all Sunni Islamists as one enemy, and above all ending Yemen’s civil… Yemen’s al-Qaeda… Read More »

Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia

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As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did Jeremy Meek Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes… Pagoda problems: the… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

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The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

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European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to prevent ‘intermingling’

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Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens. ABC The United Nations says around 69,000 people have fled the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine to Bangladesh since attacks that killed nine Myanmar border police on October 9. The attacks, believed to… Bangladesh plans to… Read More »