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2021/04/26 | Dr. Bonny Ling

Let’s Really Talk About Slavery and Cotton

In recent months, international attention has mounted on cotton and China, but this is not the first time that the country has intersected with the complicated and entangled global history of slavery and its abolition.

2021/05/17 | Judy Chen

Coming Home to a Place I’ve Never Lived

On being grounded not in the dead wood of the doorframe but the rich soil of earth.

2021/12/16 | Jonah Walters

Nicaragua’s Rejection of Taiwan Was Pragmatic — Not Principled

By ending its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Ortega administration has unambiguously, and perhaps irrevocably, disconnected itself from what was previously its single most significant source of aid revenue.

2021/03/29 | Hideki Sunagawa, Ph.D.

A Bittersweet Victory on Same Sex Marriage in Japan

The landmark ruling is a symbolic victory for the Japanese LGBTQ community. I wish my friend, Ikuo Sato, was here to share it and continue the struggle.

2021/04/01 | Safina Nabi

‘It Feels Like It Was a Trap’: Stateless in Indian Administered Kashmir

For the past three months, Uzma Rayees has been grieving her father’s death from afar. She’s one of a group of women in Kashmir rendered stateless by accompanying a husband seeking to take up a rehabilitation program for ex-militants.

2021/03/08 | Janine Sun Rogers

Anti-Asian Attacks in US Repeat History, Motivate Community Action

In the face of recent violent attacks, the Asian American community reflects on systemic oppression and turns to community-based solutions.

2021/07/13 | The Interpreter

Taipei’s Growing Legion of Friends

There’s serious regional clout behind Taiwan’s goal of peace and stability.

2021/03/26 | Deutsche Welle

China Goes After Western Retailers Over Xinjiang Cotton

China’s wrath at Swedish retailer H&M and Nike sportswear over their past remarks on “forced labor” in cotton-hub Xinjiang has expanded to other Western brands. The criticism comes hot on the heels of fresh sanctions.

2021/01/06 | Coco Dollanganger

Philippine Lawmakers Push for Police Reform After Tarlac Shooting

After a Filipino mother and her son were fatally shot by an off-duty policemen, Philippine lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the case and demanding police reform.

2021/01/22 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: Armed Forces University Ban Canceled

The Philippine government has canceled a long standing agreement that barred armed forces from entering the country’s leading university, University of the Philippines.

2021/02/05 | Sylvie Tanaga

Chinese New Year in Indonesia Is Political

After Suharto’s New Order collapsed, Chinese New Year became a national holiday. It could only be celebrated at home before.

2021/03/12 | Dolma Tsering

The Tibetan National Uprising Day and China’s Tibet Dilemma

This March marks the 62nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. It’s also an occasion to question the intentions behind the PRC’s policies.

2021/05/25 | Leo Galuh

How Trans Women in Bandung, Indonesia Built New Lives in Covid Economy

When Covid-19 began to take hold in Indonesia in March 2020, the trans women community in Bandung suffered. Gardening and community kitchens are some of ways they’ve responded.

2021/08/20 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The Pain of Evacuations

What are the chances that our local colleagues, neighbors, and friends can be left well and unharmed when all the journalists, humanitarian workers, and diplomats leave?

2021/05/19 | Michael Beltran

How a Young Journalist Was Detained in the Philippines Throughout the Pandemic

Frenchie Mae Cumpio’s incarceration has come to represent the challenges facing young journalists in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration took office in 2016.

2021/12/24 | Michael Beltran

Why Is Duterte Reluctant To Spend on Typhoon Rai Recovery?

Filipino activists say that the Duterte administration has the money for disaster relief. But systemic corruption and a well-funded security state stand in the way.

2021/06/21 | Voice of America

Researchers Begin Trials of Covid-19 Nasal Spray Vaccine

Australia approves the development of a new Covid-19 vaccine which attacks the virus as it enters the body.