Asia

Indonesian politics are becoming less predictable

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on Indonesian politics are becoming less predictable
WITH an eager smile and only a few tufts of hair on his chin, Ibrahim, a 30-year-old protester in Jakarta, does not seem like much of a Muslim firebrand. Yet on September 29th he and his four-year-old son, Alid, who clutched a flag emblazoned with the opening lines of the Koran, joined thousands of hard-line Read More

The air around North Korea is getting crowded

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“DO YOU want to be pretty?” asks a teasing male voice. “Do you want to lose weight?” Such is the enticing introduction to a recent radio show aimed at North Koreans, “Let’s Learn Market Economics”. After a jaunty jingle and a skit about how falling in love will make the listener healthier and leaner, the Read More

Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan are causing pangs in Taiwan

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan are causing pangs in Taiwan
FOR a small island-nation, bobbing about on the opposite side of the globe, Taiwan has been paying close attention to the recent referendums that have taken place, amid much controversy, in Catalonia and Kurdistan. Interest in the Catalonian stand-off is perhaps to be expected. After all, the disputed vote on independence on October 1st, which Read More

As the world frets about the North, South Koreans try to relax

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on As the world frets about the North, South Koreans try to relax
SOUTH KOREANS are packing their bags. Perhaps 1.3m of them will leave the country this week. The last remaining international flights are selling out fast. Tickets on trains out of the capital, Seoul, are a hot commodity too. A few Seoulites have been sleeping at train stations, in the hope of nabbing one. The frantic Read More

A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure
BOTH Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority think of themselves as original, indigenous inhabitants of the island—an important prop to their political claims and counterclaims. But there is one group of Tamils who are relatively recent arrivals, and whose status has suffered accordingly. The first 10,000 “hill-country Tamils” came to work in Read More

India is working itself into a frenzy about interfaith marriages

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on India is working itself into a frenzy about interfaith marriages
THE older woman’s slaps come quick and hard, followed by a shrill, “Have you no shame?” The younger woman sits still, eyes downcast, holding a hesitant hand to her stinging cheek as if in disbelief. Captured earlier this month in the city of Aligarh, 140km south-east of the Indian capital, Delhi, this little act of Read More