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2018/09/23 | The Conversation
Indonesia's Rich History of Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Sexuality
They are considered binary in modern mainstream culture, but gender and sexual diversity in Indonesia have a history that predates Western influence.
2019/07/17 | The Conversation
How Did China Manipulate the Media Narrative in the Hong Kong Protests?
China creates its worldview with intricate layers of propaganda at different levels, with different tactics.
2019/09/09 | The Conversation
How Are the Hong Kong Police Trained for Riot Control?
Historically, Hong Kong police have responded to riots with a paramilitary mentality. The trust that was rebuilt between the police and the public since 1967 is destroyed again in the recent anti-extradition movement.
2019/09/16 | The Conversation
Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times
Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?
2019/09/05 | The Conversation
India's New Law to Protect Muslim Women Divides Feminist Groups
India passed a law criminalizing "triple talaq" — the controversial Muslim practice of instant divorce — and making it punishable with up to three years in prison. But Muslim women in the country are divided over the court ruling.
2018/11/21 | The Conversation
OPINION: Trump's Iran Sanctions Open Door to China in Middle East
The threat of US sanctions on Iran leaves a void that Chinese firms will be only to eager to fill.
2019/01/21 | The Conversation
An Ebola-Like Virus Called 'Mengla' Has Been Discovered in China
Scientists believe the recently discovered virus has the potential to infect humans.
2019/07/23 | The Conversation
Why Does the U.S. Sentence People to 400 Years in Prison?
What's the point in giving out prison sentences of 400+ years if no one can live that long?
2018/11/16 | The Conversation
Borneo Cave Paintings of Wild Cattle Emerge as World's Earliest Figurative Art
Cave paintings discovered in Malaysian Borneo in the 1990s have been revealed to be much older than first thought.
2019/09/19 | The Conversation
How Technology Turned Its Back on Uyghurs
When the Chinese government first implemented cellphone networks in Xinjiang, social media platforms like WeChat became a major communication tool for Uyghurs — but it turned out to be a trap.
2018/11/22 | The Conversation
OPINION: Blockchain Offers Chinese Consumers Food Safety Solace
Blockchain can help food manufacturers prevent against fraud and help those with a mind ensure that producers receive fair pay for their toil.
2019/03/01 | The Conversation
Hsieh Hsueh-hung: Taiwan's Communist Champion of Self-Determination
Remembering her life, her heroism during the 1947 uprising, and the legacy of the communist movement in Taiwan.