SAMANTHA CLANCY WRITES — Earlier this month, Bhutan launched Prizm, a national cryptocurrency, which the kingdom hopes will increase income levels and decrease poverty levels, as it will be accessible to all. In fact, every citizen will be granted 100 Prizm. This project has been completely backed by the government, which has…Full Article BHUTAN: CAN A NATIONAL CRYPTOCURRENCY BE GOOD FOR ALL?
Category: South Asia
BHUTAN: AN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY WITH BITE AS WELL AS BARK
SAMANTHA CLANCY WRITES — In a time of rising carbon emissions, one country is commendably focusing its efforts on environmental sustainability: Bhutan. Located between China and India, its mountainous terrain and dense forest areas provide a sort of natural inaccessibility, allowing ecosystems to flourish, thanks to both the current administration’s…Full Article BHUTAN: AN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY WITH BITE AS WELL AS BARK
MYANMAR: IF MERE TALK WAS CONVERTIBLE TO RICHES, THE ROHINGYA WOULD SURE BE IN THE CHIPS
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES—Last weekend, a delegation of Burmese representatives traveled to neighboring Bangladesh to speak with some of the 1.2 million Rohingya refugees situated there. Their goal was to confront this humanitarian crisis and somehow convince these beleaguered refugees to return to Myanmar. This isn’t the first time the…Full Article MYANMAR: IF MERE TALK WAS CONVERTIBLE TO RICHES, THE ROHINGYA WOULD SURE BE IN THE CHIPS
Asia Round-Up: As Election Season Looms in the Region, Why is the Environment a missing topic of concern?
NICOLE ALAVERDIAN WRITES – It is no secret that humans are amid a most severe environmental problem — global climate change. Ecological reports and scientific evidence point to the possibility of the “sixth great mass extinction” taking place. Countries have suggested climate change guidelines: The Paris Climate Agreement, of course.…Full Article Asia Round-Up: As Election Season Looms in the Region, Why is the Environment a missing topic of concern?
SRI LANKA: A MOST UNHOLY HOLY SEASON, WHATEVER THE RELIGION
LAMA AL TAHER WRITES– Who was the mass murderer? Despite ISIS taking credit for the gruesome Easter bombing on April 21, Colombo authorities continue to link the attack to the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a radical Muslim group based in Sri Lanka. However, it is believed that NTJ operatives are…Full Article SRI LANKA: A MOST UNHOLY HOLY SEASON, WHATEVER THE RELIGION
LOS ANGELES: EMPOWER 2019, A CUTTING-EDGE ASIAN-AMERICAN ‘KOLLABORATION’
AASHNA MALPANI WRITES– Kollaboration, a non-profit, hosted the EMPOWER conference last week. The organization held its fifth annual event on March 23 and 24 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The two-day symposium aims at bringing people across all communities together to learn more about filmmaking, music…Full Article LOS ANGELES: EMPOWER 2019, A CUTTING-EDGE ASIAN-AMERICAN ‘KOLLABORATION’
LGBTQ: The Indian Films From Outfest You Need to See
PAULA MARKOW WRITES– Outfest Fusion, a film festival that showcases the LGBTQ community, ran from March 1 to 5 at the Chinese Theatre, offering an array of short films. One segment that caught my attention was a series of shorts about the LGBT community in India. The first short, Yaman,…Full Article LGBTQ: The Indian Films From Outfest You Need to See
Kuwait: Dreams of ‘Silk City’
MUHAMAD ALOTHMAN WRITES– Kuwait and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November of 2018, in Beijing. This non- binding agreement gives Kuwait the opportunity to expand and even become a leading global financial hub in the Gulf. Oil prices, Kuwait’s main source of income, have been declining over the…Full Article Kuwait: Dreams of ‘Silk City’
BANGLADESH: Rohingya Exodus – What’s Happening in Cox’s Bazar?
AASHNA MALPANI WRITES– Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, victims of Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing, are packed into refugee camps just 20 miles from the city of Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. Their everyday life is riddled with little access to education and restricted cellular reception. And they are social pariahs. “The average…Full Article BANGLADESH: Rohingya Exodus – What’s Happening in Cox’s Bazar?
INDIA: Postpartum Depression, Women, and the Indian Society in Between
(Certain names in the story have been shortened to protect the person’s identity.) AASHNA MALPANI WRITES– I hear a piercing wail in the background. My source puts the phone on hold for a minute, then returns with apologies: “Sometimes I wish I never had him.” She sounds exasperated, complaining about…Full Article INDIA: Postpartum Depression, Women, and the Indian Society in Between
Bangladesh: The Fight for Free Speech & Media
KAISARA WALTON WRITES — Bangladesh’s government recently enacted a controversial new law, the Digital Security Act, invoking sections of the colonial era 1989 Official Secrets Act, which included restrictions in freedom of the press. Press releases from other entities such as the US, the EU, and human rights activists have…Full Article Bangladesh: The Fight for Free Speech & Media
But Modi Ji, What About India’s LGBT Population?
AASHNA MALPANI WRITES — On September 6, India’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of legalizing consensual same-sex relations by striking down a draconian law that deemed LGBT Indians to be “against the order of nature.” The landmark ruling marks the culmination of decade-long protests staged by gay Indians and…Full Article But Modi Ji, What About India’s LGBT Population?
SINGAPORE: EAST WEST CENTER MEDIA CONFERENCE OFFERS OPTIMISTIC VIEWS IN CONTRAST TO MEDIA’S GENERAL SKEPTICISM
Courtesy of the East West Center: From Singapore, 30 June 2018—From the Himalayas to the Korean DMZ to the South China Sea, the balance of power in Asia appears to be shifting. But beneath the rhetoric, have the fundamentals really changed? At this past week’s 2018 East-West Center International Media…Full Article SINGAPORE: EAST WEST CENTER MEDIA CONFERENCE OFFERS OPTIMISTIC VIEWS IN CONTRAST TO MEDIA’S GENERAL SKEPTICISM
BANGLADESH: ‘DIGITAL OPIUM ADDICTION’, THE TEENAGE TECHNO-RELIGIONS OF THE PEOPLE
DELANEY DEWHURST WRITES–Paying for Facebook–a thought that probably hasn’t crossed most people’s minds. It’s a given that you log on at no cost to connect with family and friends by sharing photos, videos and updates on your life. Yet across the globe in Bangladesh, talks are underway about putting a…Full Article BANGLADESH: ‘DIGITAL OPIUM ADDICTION’, THE TEENAGE TECHNO-RELIGIONS OF THE PEOPLE
PAKISTAN: Malala Yousafzai Comes Back to Pakistan Six Years Later After Attack
MURAD BASRAWI WRITES—Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women’s education and the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan this past month, six years after she was shot by the Taliban for advocating for women’s education. Security was tight when Yousafzai and her family arrived…Full Article PAKISTAN: Malala Yousafzai Comes Back to Pakistan Six Years Later After Attack
INDIA: NOT UNLIKE FACEBOOK, WILL ‘AADHAR’ PROVE A BOON OR A CURSE?
YOUSEF AL HOMAIDHI WRITES — Aadhar is an ambitious project started by the Government of India which functions under the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and came into existence in 2009. Aadhar is a 12-digit unique identification number that is given to each and every citizen by UIDAI. It…Full Article INDIA: NOT UNLIKE FACEBOOK, WILL ‘AADHAR’ PROVE A BOON OR A CURSE?