Beware of dog food: The great dog meat debate howls on

Today marks the end of my two-year hiatus from Investvine, a business news portal covering predominantly Southeast Asia affairs. And to establish my return, I decided to cover the Yulin dog meat festival, which is now trending on social media under hashtags created by animal activists (#stopyulin, #stopyulin2015) to stop the inhumane butchering of "man's best …

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Food for thought: a good deed in the diet

Ever wonder how you can help change the world? Believe it or not, the answer can be found with your choices of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Heavy-protein diets and overindulgence in processed foods are, in fact, not only bad for your health, but also straining on the finite resources with which these foodstuffs are made …

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Who are the waitresses at Pyongyang restaurants in Shanghai?

Recently I've been fixated with totalitarian regimes, and it's beginning to show in my work. Today I published a piece titled "The odd reality behind Shanghai's Pyongyang restaurants" for CNNGo in which I discovered that waitresses of the three North Korean-government run Pyongyang restaurants in Shanghai have no clue of each others' existence. Like the …

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Malaysia’s Ramadan Bazaars

I passed the closing hours of Ramadan last week in Jakarta, where the indefatigable prayers of imams tolled out from loudspeakers mounted on minarets nonstop into the night at such a pitch that they continuously jarred me out of sleep. Back in Kuala Lumpur, the final prayers of the season rung out until 11 or …

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Calorie counts in US chains need time to counter norms

From the volume of globular beings plodding across aisles in Walmart to an increasingly explicit trove of accessible web junk, obesity – judging from my recent visit – is clearly the order of the day in today’s US. Yet while keeping updated on the latest “feature creatures” at People of Walmart keeps me cracking up …

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