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Stories about Asia

22 January 2017

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

21 January 2017

A Persecuted Bangladeshi Writer Get a New Life in the US. But Exile Isn't Easy.

“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."

20 January 2017

Thousands Worldwide Protest Coal Plant Near the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

The Sundarbans is a World Heritage site due to its outstanding biodiversity.

Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat

"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

18 January 2017

Discarded Plastic Bottles Become Blooming Plant Barricades at an Indian Railway Station

"The most critical impact of this simple intervention blew me away..."

A Nepali Transgender Model Is Set to Break Boundaries on the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week

"The path surely must not have been easy but I'm sure that this path will lead you to a bright and beautiful future that you truly deserve."

17 January 2017

Day of Mourning in Kyrgyzstan After Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.

15 January 2017

Thai Army Invites Children to Play with Real Guns, Tanks and Assault Helicopters

"[We're] familiarizing them with soldiers and weaponry. By familiarizing them, they learn to love soldiers and even become soldiers."

Kyrgyz Security Services Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

“Now many Internet users have a common passion — to get on this list."

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

Catchy Singlish Songs Urge Hong Kong to Return Military Hardware to Singapore

"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"

13 January 2017

Miniature Superhero Models Boost Jakarta Governor's Re-election Campaign in Indonesia

To show his support, a young Jakartan has created a miniature figure of Jakarta's controversial, famous governor.

12 January 2017

Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say

"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

Global Voices Advocacy

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

Tajik President's 29-Year-Old Son Becomes Mayor of the Capital

"A 29-year-old general, a fighter of corruption, [Rustam Emomali] just became Dushanbe's mayor. And what have you achieved?"

11 January 2017

Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’

After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.

10 January 2017

Chinese Wonder If Smog Is Blackening Their Lungs Like It Is High-Speed Trains

"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."

9 January 2017

A Life Outside Work for Hong Kong’s Filipino Domestic Helpers

"We have to enjoy it rather than sitting down [and being] sad," says Michelle Saluta, a domestic worker, about her day off each week.

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