Asia

Death toll rises in Bangladesh building collapse

by Julfikar Ali Manik, Steven Greenhouse and Jim Yardley New York Times April 25, 2013

DHAKA, Bangladesh — As rescuers struggled on Thursday to reach survivors in one of the worst manufacturing disasters in history, pointed questions were being raised about why a Bangladesh factory building was not padlocked after terrified workers notified the police, government officials and a pow...

A slum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Wide dissatisfaction has followed the boom of the 1990s. Photo: Justin Mott/International Herald Tribune

In hard times, open dissent and repression rise in Vietnam

by Thomas Fuller New York Times April 23, 2013

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — His bookshelves are filled with the collected works of Marx, Engels and Ho Chi Minh, the hallmarks of a loyal career in the Communist Party, but Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, 77, says he is no longer a believer. A former adviser to two prime ministers, Mr. Tuong, like so many peo...

China cracks down on anti-corruption activists

by Andrew Jacobs New York Times April 21, 2013

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have detained six anticorruption activists in recent days, expanding their crackdown on a citizen-led campaign that, on the surface at least, would appear to dovetail with the new leadership’s war on official graft....

Here’s how lousy life is in North Korea

by Rick Newman US News and World Report April 12, 2013

North Korean commuters ride on a trolley car in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, April 12, 2013. Reflected in the window is a roadside propaganda banner that reads: "Let's follow the example of the space conquerors," referring to the country's rocket launch program.North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un...

Indian residents in a district facing a drinking water shortage wait with plastic pots at a community tube well to collect drinking water in Bangalore on October 8, 2012. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

India states fight over river usage

by Shyamantha Asokan Washington Post April 3, 2013

MAGIZHI, India —Valan, a rice farmer in a starched white shirt and sarong, walked along the bone-dry canal bed next to his village in the state of Tamil Nadu as though it were a road. The canal should have been full from last June until the end of the year, he said, but it stood dry, except for on...

Rethinking food insecurity in Nepal’s Karnali region

by IRIN News March 21, 2013

“We can’t just stop relief all at once. There are still thousands of people in the Karnali that still need some form of relief assistance at least in the short-term,” Jagannath Adhikari, an agricultural scientist and author of the book Food Crisis in the Karnali, told IRIN. ...

An Indian vegetable vendor, an SKS Microfinance loan recipient, manages her stall in a village near the city of Ahmedabad. Microsavings programs are bringing the benefits of thrift even to the poorest of the poor. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

Microsavings programs build wealth, pennies at a time

by Ylan Q Mui Washington Post March 15, 2013

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Veteran Burmese activist Win Tin says democracy icon Suu Kyi is too conciliatory toward the military

by Simon Denyer Washington Post March 13, 2013

RANGOON, Burma — For most of two decades, while Aung San Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest, her deputy Win Tin was condemned to solitary confinement in prison, denied even pen and paper by his jailers....

A flurry of fires in Bangladesh raise concerns over garment-worker safety

by Jason Motlagh Washington Post March 1, 2013

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Clashes over land seizures batter the police in Myanmar

by Thomas Fuller New York Times February 28, 2013

BANGKOK — When angry villagers clashed with security forces on Tuesday over land seizures in Myanmar, the police apparently got the worst of it....

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