Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika (Foreign Policy)

Colombia’s progressive abortion laws can stop the spread of Zika-linked microcephaly. But the conservative opposition has other plans. BOGOTA, Colombia — On a brisk, rainy day in late March, eight determined protesters held a seemingly endless vigil outside Santa Ana Parish on Calle 33A. With all the solemnity of a requiem, they directed their prayers …

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America’s imprint on the Philippines — the good and the ugly

The Philippines spent “300 years in the convent, 50 years in Hollywood," Stanley Karnow observed in his book In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines, a turn of phrase now often recited across the archipelago, proof of its resonance in reflecting the Southeast Asian nation's unique colonial history. It is a past that has made the country …

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Malaysia: Asylum seekers protected from current fate of Burmese refugees

A short drama that follows Burmese refugee Roi Roi's search for a real home in Malaysia, shedding light on the human rights abuse of refugees displaced in the country. Well-informed report about human trafficking across the Malaysian-Thai border Last month, a rare blessing crept into the lives of an overlooked group resigned to the plight …

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Who Listens to Chinese Propaganda Anyway?

The simple answer: not many. Speaking for those living in the urban centers I've visited (yes, not including rural areas), Chinese young and old tend to ride off the pervasive red-ribboned mandates that decorate their alleyways and markets. I often amiably ask something along the lines of, "So what do you think about that sign?" …

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Is China Looking to Singapore for Lessons in Filial Piety?

Who would have thought that passing assertive laws that forced the majority of a population to bear no more than one child would have harmful effects on a society? Well, it’s starting to happen in China as the coevals of America's “baby boomers” (engendered by Mao’s well thought-out policy of “人多好办事,” or “more people gets …

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