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  • Could Australia’s government have handled China better?
    IT IS THE oldest move in the Communist Party’s playbook: to lock a country in the doghouse when it has offended the cosmic order. Yet even by China’s standards, the 14 grievances presented to the government of Australia this month are striking in…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 11:00am -
  • Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority has become more politically fractured
    HANGING ABOVE the desk of Emmanuel Arnold, the mayor of Jaffna, are images of three Hindu deities, as well as the Buddha, Jesus and the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina. He has to respect all the religions of his city, he explains. Most Sinhalese, the…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 11:00am -
  • South Korea’s president wants to take politics out of prosecutions
    THE IMAGERY is funereal. The slogans attached to the sides of the vans outside the Ministry of Justice are framed in black, like pictures of someone recently deceased. They read, “Democracy is dead” and “The Ministry of Justice is dead.” The…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 11:00am -
  • Public order in Singapore has been shaken by a hand-drawn smiley face
    IN MARCH AN activist named Jolovan Wham stood outside a police station, held up a piece of cardboard with a smiley face drawn on it and got somebody to take a picture. Passers-by, if they noticed at all, might have wondered what he was doing. None re…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 11:00am -
  • Pakistan’s opposition takes on both the government and the army
    ELECTIONS AMID the craggy splendour of Gilgit-Baltistan are usually of interest only to its residents—if them. The region at the northern tip of Pakistan is home to five of the 14 mountains in the world that exceed 8,000 metres, but contains only 1…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:56am -
  • South Korea’s government is making it easier to get an abortion
    THE WORST thing about it was the shame. “I worried about how other people would judge me for doing something illegal, what my parents and my friends would say if they found out,” says Kim Min-kyoung, a 24-year-old student from Seoul who decided t…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:56am -
  • The pandemic is inducing Japanese doctors to go digital
    AS COVID-19 SPREAD through Japan this spring, a doctor despaired. What appalled him was not the pace of infection, or a lack of protective equipment, but the archaic systems used to tabulate test results and so track the course of the epidemic. “Ev…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:56am -
  • India’s ruling party invents a Muslim plot against Hindu women
    THE ORGANISER, an English-language weekly that is a mouthpiece for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the century-old flagship of India’s swelling armada of Hindu nationalist groups, is in no doubt about the dangers of “love jihad”. The luring o…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:56am -
  • An Indo-Pacific club builds heft
    WHEN AMERICA, Australia, India and Japan met in 2007 for a “quadrilateral dialogue” on security matters, many bet the new grouping would fizzle, despite acquiring the much snappier title of “the Quad”. Once non-aligned India, still suspicious…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 6:03am -
  • As America pulls out of Afghanistan the Taliban fight on
    TO REACH THE front line in Afghanistan’s civil war, you do not need to go far from the capital, Kabul. At a police outpost in Wardak province, about 20km outside the city on the main highway leading south, the Taliban’s encroachment is evident.…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 11:41am -

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