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October 12, 2018
No country is immune from boorish behavior by some powerful elites. The #MeToo movement began in the United States, with accusations and investigations against film directors, journalists, corporate and political leaders, a Supreme Court nominee and more – and may be spreading to India with an accusation of a Bollywood actress. An Asian Age opinion essay poses questions that apply to the movement...
Chandan Kumar Duarah September 29, 2018
Dams, volatile weather patterns, pollution complicate the water supply from cross-border rivers, increase environmental hazards and even brings ruin to some communities in China and India. The two countries have shared hydrological data since 2006 with some disruptions, such as damaged equipment due to flooding. But improved technologies, including satellite imagery, and increased cooperation...
Linah Alsaafin September 2, 2018
As the United Nations invests in improved infrastructure and living conditions for refugees, risk emerges that temporary homes become permanent and discourage a return home. Camps housing 1 million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are overwhelming, writes Linah Alsaafin, and she compares the experiences with those of Palestinian refugees. The Rohingya camps confront challenges...
Nayan Chanda July 30, 2018
The United States has approved the sale of unmanned combat drones known as Sea Guardians to India. Sales of these drones were once limited to NATO allies. “India has increasingly looked at drones to protect its borders and vast coast line,” explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal, in his column for the Times of India. “The threat from the sea has grown since with the increased...
Omar Waraich July 28, 2018
Imran Khan has declared victory as prime minister in an election in Pakistan marred by charges of corruption and military interference. Khan’s supporters hope he can soothe country’s many internal divisions. “Khan views himself as classic populist, a politician who opposes a corrupt, morally inferior class of elites,” writes Omar Waraich for the Atlantic. “But many doubt whether he can unite such...
Minar Rashid July 11, 2018
Political opponents can be counted on to issue dire warnings to sway support their way. Supporters of the Awami League warn that the party’s loss could make Bangladesh similar to Pakistan, and some observers suggest India may be working to boost the Awami League in the elections to be held later this year. With more than 160 million people, Bangladesh ranks as the world’s eighth most populous...
Yanghee Lee and Georgia Drake July 11, 2018
Local and international organizations have reported serious violations and abuses in Myanmar for decades, and sexual violence cases overwhelmingly feature members of Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw. Yanghee Lee and Georgia Drake report for the Guardian: “Myanmar has faced civil war since shortly after independence in 1948, and there are countless instances of its peoples facing serious...