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  • An ethnically motivated attack alarms multi-ethnic Kazakhstan
    IN A BUCOLIC setting, fringed by the snow-cloaked mountains of south-eastern Kazakhstan, lie two adjoining villages separated by a field of bleating fat-tailed sheep. This week the ethnic Kazakhs of Qarakemer were going about their business as usual,…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 10:56am -
  • Why the Philippines is the only country where divorce is illegal
    “YOU HAVE to lose before you can win,” explains Jesus Falcis. He is referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss, on procedural grounds, a petition he filed in 2015 challenging a law which proclaims that marriage can occur only between…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 10:56am -
  • The Philippines tears up a defence pact with America
    SINCE HE BECAME president in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte has talked loudly and often about his disdain for America, which is a former colonial power in the Philippines. But never before have his grievances translated into action. On February 11th he cancel…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 10:56am -
  • Indonesia’s government wants to get on with China in private
    WHEN CHINA’S president, Xi Jinping, launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, Indonesia was seen as essential to its success. So much so that he went to Jakarta, its capital, to launch the maritime dimension of his world-girdling program…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 10:56am -
  • India’s ruling party receives a drubbing in Delhi
    IN MAY Narendra Modi won a triumphant second term as India’s prime minister, with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament. His Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did especially well in Delhi. It grabbed all s…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 1:18pm -
  • How poor Pakistanis are tricked into becoming drug mules
    THE LAST time Abdul Haq saw his son, the young man was bound for a new life, with a work visa in his new passport and a lucrative job awaiting. The rickshaw with which he made a living had been sold to pay for the fresh start, but no matter: he was t…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 10:51am -
  • The Japanese government wants to build three flashy casinos
    AS HE PACES the cramped cell in Tokyo where he is being held on suspicion of corruption, Akimoto Tsukasa may be wondering where it all went wrong. In 2017, while serving as the minister in charge of the government’s scheme to build Japan’s first…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 10:51am -
  • Singaporean ministers can decide what is fake news
    AS SINGAPORE GRAPPLES with the first cases of local transmission of the Wuhan virus, its government is also worried about another form of contagion: fake news. The two are not unrelated. In late January a Singaporean website claimed that someone in t…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 10:51am -
  • India’s police are overstretched, poorly trained and politicised
    THE PUPILS at Shaheen School in Bidar, a big country town in the state of Karnataka, are learning some unusual lessons. In recent days a group of police inspectors has taken over a classroom. They are not there for educational outreach. Rather, the o…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 10:51am -
  • How artificial shrimps could change the world
    FOR A LONG time, beef has been a target of environmentalists because of cattle farming’s contribution to global warming. But what about humble shrimp and prawns? They may seem, well, shrimpy when compared with cows, but it turns out the tasty decap…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 10:51am -

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