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  • Referendums in the Pacific are attracting attention faraway
    TESTING THE popular will does not come naturally to Melanesian governments. Policy decisions are normally taken behind closed doors, away from the prying eyes of the general public. That may now be changing. New Caledonia, still a French possession,…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • Koalas almost bring down an Australian state government
    EVERYONE LIKES koalas. Lots of people worry about their dwindling numbers. When fires tore along Australia’s east coast last summer, some humans risked their lives to rescue them. Strange, then, that a dispute about their conservation almost blew u…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • A domestic worker takes on her Singaporean boss—and wins
    THE CASE should have been thrown out. The police investigation was botched. The accuser’s testimony was riddled with inconsistencies. But on March 20th last year Parti Liyani, an Indonesian maid accused by her Singaporean employer of attempted thef…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • A real-life Bollywood tragedy becomes a political farce
    WHAT STORY should top the news? That covid-19 cases are rising by nearly 100,000 a day? That the economy shrank by a shocking 23.9% last quarter? Or perhaps that an increasingly bellicose China is massing troops on the border? No! Even with the darke…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • As Bangladesh’s relations with India weaken, ties with China strengthen
    SYLHET, A CITY in north-eastern Bangladesh, is some 50km from the border with India. But when the government awarded a $250m contract in April to build a new airport terminal in the city, the Indian bidder lost out to a Chinese firm, the Beijing Urba…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • Asia’s migrant workers are having a rough time under covid-19
    THE 200-ODD Bangladeshi and Indian men engaged to build a new resort on Baa atoll in the Maldives were becoming increasingly desperate. Since covid-19 closed the island nation to tourists in March, migrant workers had been forced to work without pay.…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • Suga Yoshihide, Japan’s new prime minister, promises continuity
    HISTORICAL ROLE models say a lot about political leaders. Suga Yoshihide’s is Toyotomi Hidenaga, the younger brother and right-hand man of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the better-known warlord who united Japan in the 16th century. As Abe Shinzo’s loyal ch…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • As America draws down its troops, Afghans clear their throats
    AFTER SIX months of intransigence and delay, the Taliban and Afghan government leaders at last sat down together on September 12th in Doha, the capital of Qatar, to seek an agreement on how to run their country. An accord in February between America…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • Japan’s rural railways are disappearing
    TUCKED AWAY in the verdant mountains of Shimane, in western Japan, Gobira railway station has nearly disappeared. Its signs have faded, the letters hardly legible. The tracks are blanketed in thick moss and overgrown with weeds. Its last departure wa…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Sep 20, 10:56am -
  • Typhoon season makes Japan and the Koreas ponder climate change
    SENSO-JI IN TOKYO, dedicated to the boddhisattva of compassion, is Earth’s most visited sacred site. Some 30m people a year pass through the temple’s imposing entrance, known as Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, flanked by Fujin, the god of wind, and…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Sep 20, 10:56am -

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