Tag Archives: Asia

Thinking Aloud: Rohingya Running Out of Food, Water and Options

May 16, 2015 by Darius  One contender for the miserable title of worst-off-group-not-in-an-active-war-zone are the Rohingya of Myanmar.  Stateless, persecuted, and virtually imprisoned in concentration camps, the Rohingya are taking the only option left: boarding boats, often little more than … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Nearly 600 Rescued Off Northern Indonesia, Thought to Be Rohingyas”

“Nearly 600 Rescued Off Northern Indonesia, Thought to Be Rohingyas” Reuters, May 10, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/10/us-indonesia-rohingya-idUSKBN0NV0PC20150510 “Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were rescued from two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province, authorities … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Roof of the World’s Shaky Foundation

Apr. 27, 2015 by Darius  The massive earthquake that hit Nepal two days ago has caused at least 3800 deaths thus far and displaced tens of thousands more.  But this is just the most recent in a long line of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Thailand in No Hurry to Return to Democracy”

“Thailand in No Hurry to Return to Democracy” The Washington Post, April 14, 2015, p.A6 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/thai-junta-enjoys-absolute-power-as-opposition-quietly-bides-its-time/2015/04/12/dbaf5592-dc83-11e4-b6d7-b9bc8acf16f7_story.html “Eleven months after overthrowing a democratically elected government, the military junta that seized control of Thailand is growing comfortable in power — and many Thais, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Piling Sand in a Disputed Sea, China Literally Gains Ground”

“Piling Sand in a Disputed Sea, China Literally Gains Ground” The New York Times, April 9, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/world/asia/new-images-show-china-literally-gaining-ground-in-south-china-sea.html?_r=0 “The clusters of Chinese vessels busily dredge white sand and pump it onto partly submerged coral, aptly named Mischief Reef, transforming it … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Confucius and the World He Created”

Mar. 15, 2015 by Darius Last week, I saw journalist Michael Schuman talk about his new book Confucius and the World He Created. Most people, both in Asia and in the West, know at least something about Confucius.  But the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels: Water’s Edge”

“The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels: Water’s Edge” Reuters, December 12, 2014 http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/waters-edge-the-crisis-of-rising-sea-levels/ “Sea levels have risen an average of 8 inches globally over the past century as a result of glacial thaw, polar ice melt and the expansion of water … Continue reading

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