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  • Sri Lanka’s president is struggling to keep his promises of reform
    Inflation in a nutshellAT THE time, it was seen as an astonishing victory. In retrospect, it was also something of a Pyrrhic one. Few expected Maithripala Sirisena to defeat the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the presidential election of 2015. Afte…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 4:57pm -
  • A court case exposes Singapore’s Victorian attitudes to families

    A court case exposes Singapore’s Victorian attitudes to families

    Just don’t procreateIT SOUNDS like something out of a Lewis Carroll novel. First, a father had to petition the courts to be allowed to adopt his own biological son, who was born in America with the help of a surrogate, and thus was not automat…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • America’s decision to freeze military aid to Pakistan won’t work

    America’s decision to freeze military aid to Pakistan won’t work

    IT WAS only a matter of time before Donald Trump, with his deep conviction that foreigners are taking America for a ride, discovered Pakistan. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • The two Koreas are talking again, but don’t expect much progress

    The two Koreas are talking again, but don’t expect much progress

    NORTH and South Korea had not spoken to one another in almost two years. In fact, southern officials had been attempting to use the hotline between the two governments regularly, but the North had refused to pick up. In the end, however, it took just…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • A watertight store of Indians’ personal data proves leaky

    A watertight store of Indians’ personal data proves leaky

    AADHAAR, India’s project to issue every resident a unique, biometrically verifiable identification number, is big, bold and in many ways brilliant. Aadhaar IDs provide a quick, easy and theoretically foolproof way for civil servants and firms…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • Why modern Japan’s founding moment still divides a nation

    Why modern Japan’s founding moment still divides a nation

    THE story of Japan’s modernisation began 150 years ago this month, when a band of young samurai and their allies overthrew the Tokugawa shogunate and with it seven centuries of feudal rule. Under the shoguns (military rulers), merchant and cul…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • A small Japanese city shrinks with dignity

    A small Japanese city shrinks with dignity

    THE snow accumulating on the Japan Alps is a reminder of the unforgiving winters in the city of Toyama. Kazuko Onagawa, at 87 years old, is unfazed. Lithe and trim, she power-walks around a swimming pool in the Kadokawa Preventative Care Centre. Afte…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:50pm -
  • A small town in Japan doubles its fertility rate

    A small town in Japan doubles its fertility rate

    A rare sightA PATCHWORK of nondescript houses nestled at the foot of a mountain, Nagicho looks like an ordinary Japanese town. On closer inspection, something extraordinary marks it out: babies. Yuki Fukuda is one of many local mothers with three chi…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 1:34pm -
  • Many Japanese resent paying for their boring public broadcaster

    Many Japanese resent paying for their boring public broadcaster

    Look: another mid-ranking official!TRY saying you don’t live there, suggests one website. Pretend you don’t have a television, says another. Such is the advice swapped online on how to avoid paying the “reception feeâ€� that…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Jan 18, 3:55pm -
  • Evangelicalism is spreading among the Chinese of South-East Asia

    Evangelicalism is spreading among the Chinese of South-East Asia

    WHEN Pastor Jimmy Parade took over at the Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church in Bandung, on the island of Java, five years ago, around 180 people came to services each week. Now the church—in a nondescript building in an outdoor shopping c…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Jan 18, 3:55pm -
  • Pakistan still suffers from feudalism

    Pakistan still suffers from feudalism

    If you can’t beat them, pay themPANICKED from its nest, a quail scuds low across a cotton-field. The hunters spin round and blast away. As the bird drops from the sky, a gang of poor boys in plastic flip-flops races through the mud, fighting t…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Jan 18, 3:55pm -
  • 2018 will not be any quieter than 2017 on the Korean peninsula

    2018 will not be any quieter than 2017 on the Korean peninsula

    “IT’S not a mere threat,â€� Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, announced to the world in his new-year address, “but a reality that I have a nuclear button on the desk in my office. All of the mainland United States is…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Jan 18, 3:55pm -

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