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Thinking Aloud: India’s Ire Bringing Nepal to Its Knees

Sept. 29, 2015 by Darius  A week after adopting its first-ever constitution, Nepal is facing a fuel shortage so severe that the Nepali government has imposed driving restrictions based on the last digit of motorists’ license plates. Why has the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Rights Groups Say China Exports ‘Tools of Torture'”

“Rights Groups Say China Exports ‘Tools of Torture’” The New York Times, September 24, 2014, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world/asia/rights-groups-accuse-china-of-exporting-tools-of-torture.html “Chinese companies, some of them state-owned, are profiting from the production and export of law enforcement equipment that can be used for torture, fueling … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Tibetans Repressed in Nepal, Rights Group Finds”

“Tibetans Repressed in Nepal, Rights Group Finds” The New York Times, April 2, 2014, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/world/asia/rights-group-documents-repression-of-tibetans-in-nepal.html?_r=0 “Under enormous pressure from China, the Nepalese government restricts the political freedoms of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal, subjects them to abuse and harassment by the security … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Beating Bribery: Small Change”

“Beating Bribery:  Small Change” The Economist, Dec. 7-13, 2013, p.63 http://www.economist.com/news/international/21591198-increasingly-popular-weapon-fight-against-corruption-fake-money-small-change “Worthless currency is not necessarily useless.  It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe.  That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ad Hoc Country”

“Ad Hoc Country” The Economist, June 22-28, 2013, p.45 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21579882-election-called-political-stability-remains-distant-dream-ad-hoc-country “The streets of Nepal’s sprawling capital are choked with traffic and diesel fumes.  The worst are lined with half-smashed houses and rubble—a legacy not of war but of a half-finished … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “First Saudi Woman Scales Mount Everest”

“First Saudi Woman Scales Mount Everest” The Associated Press, May 18, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/world/asia/climber-is-first-saudi-woman-to-scale-mount-everest.html “A Saudi Arabian woman was among 64 people who successfully scaled Mount Everest on Saturday from Nepal’s side of the mountain, according to mountaineering officials. … The Saudi climber, Raha … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Ethnic Cleansing in Bhutan

May 9, 2013 by Darius This week, I learned that there is a large community of Bhutanese refugees living in my area.  I had, of course, heard of Bhutan (see the map below if you need a refresher), but I … Continue reading

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