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22 November 2014

Dream Trip Around the World Becomes a Nightmare for an American Tourist in East Timor

Stacey Addison, a US national, is detained in a prison in East Timor, a country located between Indonesia and Australia. The tourist was arrested after sharing a taxi with a...

20 November 2014

How Many Animals Will Die in This Year’s Gadhimai Festival in Nepal?

Nepal's Gadhimai festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and about half a million of animals, whose gruesome fate increasingly concerns local and international rights activists.

19 November 2014

​Why an Open Letter Attacking China's Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome

Some observers fear the letter, published in a local Chinese Communist Party newspaper, is a sign that a purge of free-thinking professors is coming.

18 November 2014

Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.

Climate Change, Ebola, Ukraine: Brisbane's G20 Summit Wasn't Just About Economy

"#G20Brisbane will be remembered for Abbott's crushing failure to convince the rest of the world to ignore #climatechange"

Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."

17 November 2014

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

15 November 2014

What World Leaders Should Discuss at Brisbane's G20 Summit

Brisbane, Australia, hosts the 2014 G20 summit on 15-16 November. Netizens are speculating about what should be priorities on the agenda.

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