Asia

Generals in Pakistan push for shakeup of government

by Jane Perlez New York Times September 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country’s devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieute...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Il, right, and his son Kim Jong Un, left, salute from the balcony as they attend a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday. Photo: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

North Koreans boost power of ruler’s kin

by Martin Fackler and Mark McDonald New York Times September 28, 2010

TOKYO — Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s supreme leader, took new steps on Tuesday to ensure that his family remains in charge after his death, but the biggest leadership shuffling in a generation has so far produced more political intrigue than signs of real change in North Korea, one of the world’...

Egypt and thirsty neighbors are at odds over Nile

by Thanassis Cambanis New York Times September 25, 2010

BATAMDA, Egypt — One place to begin to understand why this parched country has nearly ruptured relations with its upstream neighbors on the Nile is ankle-deep in mud in the cotton and maize fields of Mohammed Abdallah Sharkawi. The price he pays for the precious resource flooding his farm? Nothing...

A woman washes clothes along a river in Bangladesh. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers – together one of the largest freshwater flows in the world – pass through Bangladesh on their way to the ocean, but the rivers flow from the Himalayas through countries including India and China that, as the snow melt from the Himalayas declines, are planning dams to conserve water for their own use. This would drastically reduce the water available to Bangladesh, affecting its agriculture. Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

India and China’s plans to dam rivers before they flow through Bangladesh could destroy nation’s agriculture

by IRIN News September 20, 2010

Ongoing wrangling over vital waterways that pass through China and India – the two most populous countries in the world – could lead to agricultural devastation further downstream in Bangladesh, experts warn. ...

Angelo Nuestro, 16, right, packed to return to Italy with his aunt, Jocelyn Santia, who works in Milan. Photo: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Philippine workers overseas toil far from home, dream of their return to their country, and send home income representing 10 percent of the total Phil...

by Normitsu Onishi New York Times September 18, 2010

MABINI, the Philippines — Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored houses dot the coast and hills of this rural town in the Philippines, dwarfing their traditional counterparts made of unpainted concrete blocks under roofs of corrugated zinc. The larger houses, barely inhabited, many of them empty, ...

Some families have gone days without a decent meal. Photo: Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN

Pakistan: What did you eat today?

by IRIN News September 1, 2010

For hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis forced by the floods to abandon their homes, food is a primary concern: some families have gone days without a meal.Frances Kennedy, a World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, told IRIN: “We are very concerned about the nutritional situation. About 2.8 milli...

Upstarts chip away at the power of Pakistani elite

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times August 28, 2010

MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan — In Pakistan, where politics has long been a matter of pedigree, Jamshed Dasti is a mongrel. The scrappy son of an amateur wrestler, Mr. Dasti has clawed his way into Pakistan’s Parliament, beating the wealthy, landed families who have ruled here....

Indian government agency fights US companies trying to copyright their versions of yoga. Yoga is ancient collective knowledge and should be available ...

by Emily Wax Washington Post August 23, 2010

Heard of Naked Yoga? Kosher Yoga? Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? More than 30 million Americans practice some sort of yoga in an ever-expanding industry generating an estimated $6 billion in the United States alone....

Dr. Archana R. Khade, left, and a nurse, Sunita Laxman Jadhav, right, explained incentives to delay childbirth to a new bride near Satara this month. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

India tries using cash payments to slow birthrates

by Jim Yardley New York Times August 21, 2010

SATARA, India — Sunita Laxman Jadhav is a door-to-door saleswoman who sells waiting. She sweeps along muddy village lanes in her nurse’s white sari, calling on newly married couples with an unblushing proposition: Wait two years before getting pregnant, and the government will thank you....

Jogdiya, 2, lay with an intravenous drip in the Jhabua District Government Hospital as his father, Ratan Bhuria, looked after him and his 4-year-old sister. Bhuria’s children hover at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His son, Jogdiya, is 2 and weighs only eight. Landless and illiterate, drowned by debt, Mr. Bhuria and his ailing children have staggered into the hospital ward after falling through India’s social safety net. They should receive subsidized government food and cooking fuel. They do not. The older children should be enrolled in school and receiving a free daily lunch. They are not. And they are hardly alone: India’s eight poorest states have more people in poverty — an estimated 421 million — than Africa’s 26 poorest nations. Photo: Lynsey Addario/ New York Times

India asks: Should poor people have a right to food?

by Jim Yardley New York Times August 8, 2010

JHABUA, India — Inside the drab district hospital, where dogs patter down the corridors, sniffing for food, Ratan Bhuria’s children are curled together in the malnutrition ward, hovering at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His son, Jogdiya, is 2 and weighs o...

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