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Alastair Lawson-Tancred December 9, 2002
At the end of Ramadan, terrorists bombed four Bangladeshi cinemas, killing 17 people. In response to the bombing, government officials have vigourously denied that the terrorist network Al Qaeda is to blame, even arresting several opposition activists as if to prove the point. The Indian government, however, has long claimed that Al Qaeda cells may be operating out of neighboring Bangladesh....
December 9, 2002
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said recently that he favors preemptive strikes against terrorists in Asian nations, unleashing a flood of criticism from within Australia and without. This commentary in Singapore's Straits Times argues that the notion of preemption must be examined by the international community. The United Nations must be consulted before preemptive strikes occur...
Christina Klein December 9, 2002
Taiwan-born director Ang Lee won accolades for turning a Chinese novel into the fantastical, money-making movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. With undeniably Chinese martial arts action and a romantic story the Brothers Grimm would have praised, Lee's blockbuster appealed to audiences the world over. But with so many different cultural elements in the film, should we think of the movie...
December 6, 2002
In the past decade, as China opened its markets to foreign investment, the northeastern city of Dandong developed into a bustling center of economic activity. But its North Korean counterpart city across the border, Sinuiju, is still languishing in bleak poverty. North Korea has made plans to imitate China’s efforts in Dandong, however, by turning Sinuiju into an administrative center. The...
Richard McGregor December 6, 2002
In a surprise turnaround for Disney, Shanghai has decided to favor Universal Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, with plans to open a theme park outside the city. Disney had originally negotiated with Shanghai to open its own theme park outside of the city. However, the slow process of the deal, the competition with Disney’s proposed theme park in Hong Kong, and the exorbitant...
Sidney Jones December 6, 2002
The war on terror in Southeast Asia has a quickened tempo in the wake of the discovery of a bombing plot in Singapore and the Bali bomb attacks killing nearly 200 people. These heightened anti-terrorist measures come just as countries like Indonesia and the Philippines are emerging from years of despotic rule. According to some observers, already there are worrisome signals that the new...
Brendan Pereira December 5, 2002
In our era of super-fast communication and cheap international transportation, even ideas and political strategies are not always wholly domestic. Leaders of an Islamic Malaysian political party just returned home from a trip to Turkey where they consulted with newly-elected Islamic politicians and asked about the secret to political success. "'The victory in Turkey has really inspired...