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Al Labita October 7, 2002
If conflict breaks out in Iraq, a million Filipino workers living in the Middle East may have problems trying to send money back home. Foreign exchange remittances from overseas workers bring almost US$10 billion into the Philippines each year, and the country's economy might be devastated if that flow is suddenly halted. The Philippine government must also prepare to call in favors from...
Erik Eckholm September 30, 2002
China’s government has shown a surprising degree of support for the American ‘war on terrorism’ announced by President Bush after the attacks of September 11. Chinese leaders hope to foster better relations with the US and other countries while also gaining support in their efforts to quell Muslim unrest in western China. - YaleGlobal
Joseph Kahn September 25, 2002
The group Beijing views as the greatest threat to Chinese communism has developed new methods to spread its message throughout the country. The Falun Gong spiritual sect has cracked the code to China’s satellite system, allowing it to hijack television signals received by tens of millions of Chinese citizens and spread its teachings. In a new development, the Chinese government now believes...
Reme Ahmad September 19, 2002
With hospital costs 14 times less than in the US and 65% less than in neighboring Singapore, Malaysia is promoting a new type of tourism – one where a hospital stay is included. Health tourism, as it is known, is becoming increasingly popular among the wealthy, who may travel to foreign countries to have surgeries performed at a fraction of the cost of their home country. Malaysian hospitals...
September 7, 2002
Indonesian Islamic organizations led by the militant MMI have threatened a crackdown against foreign nationals working illegally in major Indonesian cities. The threat comes as a response to neighboring Malaysia's recent announcement of strict immigration rules against illegal workers there – many of whom come from Indonesia, The Indonesian groups' 'sweep' would check the...
Elisabeth Rosenthal September 6, 2002
China's "closed attitude" toward its growing AIDS epidemic opened slightly today when officials acknowledged that at least a million Chinese were infected with the disease and appealed for international assistance. Officials also admitted that the Chinese government had been aware of the growing AIDS problem as early as 1995. This confession was issued in compliance with the...
Howard W. French August 31, 2002
Japan has traditionally been a closed, ethnically uniform society, where foreigners are rare and conformity rules. In a sign of increasing openness, however, the number of international marriages has jumped in the past decade. Despite long-held prejudices and a language barrier, many Japanese are marrying Chinese spouses. Social factors in Japan have contributed to the increase; the Japanese...