China

A fearful symmetry

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Members of the privileged families of the party–state are escaping China’s current anti-corruption campaign, writes GEREMIE R. BARME. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? —William Blake By September 2014, some 48 high-level Chinese Communist Party cadres, military officials and party–state bureaucrats—that […]

Laos, Thailand

Laos foots the bill for power-hungry Bangkok

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Bangkok’s ever increasing electricity consumption is perpetuating injustice in Laos, writes DANNY MARKS. Seven months ago, in May, Bangkok’s latest shopping mall, Central Embassy, celebrated its opening with aplomb, attracting several thousand Bangkok celebrities to this glitzy affair. The 144 000 square-meter luxurious and futuristic-looking mall was described by Travel & Leisure magazine as a ‘monster […]

Indonesia

A missed opportunity: environmental education in Indonesia’s new curriculum

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Indonesia’s new school curriculum, writes LYN PARKER,  disappoints when it comes to environmental education In 2013, Indonesia introduced its second new school curriculum since the resignation of former President Suharto in 1998. Back then, with the reinstigation of democracy, it was felt that Indonesia needed a new, more democratic, more locally responsive and relevant curriculum, […]

Myanmar

Religious apartheid in Myanmar

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The Myanmar government could find itself in breach of international law over plans to offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their ethnic denomination, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Myanmar has notified the United Nations that it is finalising a plan that could offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their […]

China

An unofficial history of China’s Cultural Revolution

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The diaries of people who lived through the Cultural Revolution may show the ‘10-year catastrophe’ in a new light, writes SHAN WINDSCRIPT. When I first told my mother about my research project she looked somewhat bemused and then asked, ‘But what good are those diaries?’ Like millions of other Chinese people, she had been an […]

Myanmar

Has Myanmar’s reform process stalled?

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The pace of reform in Myanmar has slowed, notes TREVOR WILSON—but the reasons for this call for a considered assessment, not just a politically oriented one. Myanmar’s best known citizen, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, gave a press conference in Yangon on 5 November 2014. According to media reports, she expressed her concern that Myanmar’s […]