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Why anti-Korean racism is festering in Japan

Nationalist sentiments against ethnic Koreans are reportedly on the rise in Japan once again, reportedly in connection with looming elections in Seoul and ramped up missile testing in Pyongyang. Zainichi, the Japanese term for ethnic…

A year of Biden

Joe Biden’s first year as US president included two major historic accomplishments and a series of (often bitter) disappointments that has his party headed toward likely defeat in November’s midterm elections. Biden’s own political future…

Rape culture still an uphill battle

Haroon Janjua Stone the rapists to death, castrate them, and hang them in public. Many Pakistanis demanded their pound of flesh after two men raped and robbed a woman — whose name has not been publicly released — in front of her two…

Political ideology is harming health care

Four hundred years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo was persecuted for advancing Copernicus’s theory that the earth and other planets rotate around the sun. This heliocentric theory violated the prevailing belief dating back to Aristotle and…

Myanmar’s youth resistance among

Saw Yan Naing Htar Htet Htet, 32, has swapped her gowns for guns, having joined the ranks of a growing number of young people in Myanmar who were initially part of the peaceful demonstrations against the military junta but have since taken…

Leader counts his votes, count our dead

 Insiyah Vahanvaty When Narendra Modi rose to power in 2014, it was on the mandate of development. After more than a decade of his leadership as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, which lies along the western coast of India, Modi was…

Biden’s first 100 days

Each Spring in April we fund our national priorities. This year, as the last, we face an altered reality as we continue to grapple with a global pandemic that has taken the lives of over 560,000 Americans and almost three million people…

A coup in Myanmar, but to what end

On 1 February, Media reported that a ‘major cabinet reshuffle’ had just been announced in Myanmar. That’s a euphemistic way of describing what took place across the country beginning in the early hours that day. Another term is ‘military…

Democracy in Myanmar still under threat

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) secured a landslide victory in November’s 2020 general election. The NLD’s massive win was shocking even for close observers of Myanmar politics, who…

What next for Laos’ growth strategy?

The economic growth trend in Laos started when it first opened to foreign trade and investment in the early 1990s. Three major economic crises have hit Laos since, profoundly affecting the country’s growth strategies. Laos is a…

At the root of the crisis lies Myanmar

While one appreciates the concern that North American imams and Muslim leaders have for the Rohingya population, it serves to become another example of certain segments of the international community’s compulsion to provide sanctimonious…

Myanmar’s move

For a true resolution to the Rohingya crisis, two things need to happen without any compromise. The first is the voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya to their homeland of Rakhine under the right conditions. This means that they must be…

A mutually beneficial relationship

India has long been seen as Bangladesh’s staunchest ally, going as far back as Bangladesh’s Liberation War, in which India played a crucial role. To that end, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s words which stated that…