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Stories about Asia

25 September 2016

The Beginning Autumn Gives Japanese People a Great Excuse to Post to Social Media

It's that time of year when pictures of flowers, food, and cats are washing over Twitter in Japan.

Need the Latest News on Flooding? In Jakarta, There's an App for That.

In a “living laboratory for disaster,” a social media app is helping Jakartans improve upon the government's response to frequent flooding.

24 September 2016

Convicted of Sexual Assault, Elite Japanese University Students Get Suspended Sentence

After the sexual assault of a university student, sex, class, privilege -- and strong cultural attitudes -- all play a role in the lighter sentences handed down to the perpetrators.

23 September 2016

Drone Video Exposes Illegal Burning of Land on Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

A drone video has captured the extent of land clearing in western Indonesia, which has caused a cloud of haze to descend in the region and in nearby countries.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

What Central Asian Leaders Can Learn from Ban Ki-moon’s Last Speech as UN Secretary General

"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

20 September 2016

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

19 September 2016

There's a Premier Dinosaur Museum in Japan's Oft-Overlooked Fukui Prefecture

The Fukui Dinosaur Museum is one of the top tourism attractions in Japan, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at fossil remains from millennia gone by.

18 September 2016

Japan Finally Gets Free Public WiFi… Just Not For Japanese Residents

"Japanese government has announced plans to expand public WiFi access points across Japan. But just for tourists."

Singapore Debates Whether Paralympic and Olympic Gold Medalists Should Receive the Same Rewards

"We cannot measure (or reward) human endeavour by money alone but withholding it sends a wrong message to society too."

Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper

"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"

17 September 2016

Malaysian Animal Lovers Launch Online Petition Against Malacca State Law Banning Dogs at Terrace Houses

"Take action only [against] dog owners who do not comply through fines or means other than forcing them to give up the dogs."

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Rising Voices

Do you use free and open source software?

15 September 2016

A Former Street Child in Mumbai Builds a Cafe-Cum-Library for Homeless Youth

"I sold books for nearly three years to collect funds to set up this cafe. We will always be open to street children and never reject their entry..."

14 September 2016

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."

Chinese Police Violently Crack Down on Protests Against an Elected Village Leader's Imprisonment

Residents believe Lin Zuluan was forced into confessing that he took a bribe because he had planned to protest land seizures taking place without the village's consent.

13 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Disturbing the Peace

This week, we take you to Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, India and Brazil.

Many See Ethnicity-Based Discrimination in Nepali Ministry’s Ban on Using an Imported Holy Scarf

"I totally agree if the ban is imposed on all unnecessary imported goods, but taking a target only on Khada is outrageous and unacceptable."

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