Asia

Al-Amin and Fatima outside their new home in a slum in Dhaka. Photo: Mubashar Hasan/IRIN

Bangladesh’s climate change migrants

by Mubashar Hasan IRIN News November 13, 2015

Al-Amin used to be a rice farmer in the fertile plains of Bangladesh’s vast Ganges Delta, but the river washed his land away and now he pulls a rickshaw in a slum in the sprawling capital, Dhaka....

Chowkipur, a village in India that has no electricity. Photo: Simon de Trey-White/Washington Post

India’s huge need for electricity is a problem for the planet

by Annie Gowan Washington Post November 6, 2015

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China ends one-child policy, allowing families two children

by Chris Buckley New York Times October 29, 2015

BEIJING — Driven by fears that an aging population could jeopardizeChina’s economic ascent, the Communist Party leadership ended its decades-old “one child” policy on Thursday, announcing that all married couples would be allowed to have two children....

Al Jazeera investigation reveals Myanmar government triggered deadly communal violence for political gain

by Al Jazeera Investigative Unit October 28, 2015

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to "strong evidence" of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School....

Implementing the right to food: The debate over India’s new national food security law

by Hunger Explained September 26, 2015

Also see Food and Agricultural Organization "State Food Provision as Social Protection: Debating India's national food security law" (80 page PDF) See Hunger Notes special report on the right to food...

Nearly $100 billion flowed iIllegally through Myanmar from 1960 to 2013

by Christine Clough Global Financial Integrity September 9, 2015

Illicit Outflows average 6.5% of Myanmar’s Official GDP; Technical Smuggling of Imports via Fraudulent Misinvoicing Accounts for 71.0% of Myanmar’s Illicit Inflows.Underground Economy Averaged 55.1% of Country’s GDP; Drives and is Driven by Illicit Flows...

India targets tax evaders who hide ‘black money’ at home and abroad. A new law imposing stiff tax penalties and up to 10 years in prison has creat...

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post September 7, 2015

NEW DELHI — Among the pledges that propelled Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power a year ago was one to bring home millions of dollars of illicit money the super-rich had stashed abroad....

Living like a fugitive: The attempted killing of a famed Pakistani newsman is one example of a widespread backlash

by Idrees Ali and Dana Priest Washington Post July 25, 2015

The most famous television journalist in Pakistan lives like a fugitive. Hamid Mir tells no one where he is going, how he will get there or where he will spend the night....

Syria increasingly disintegrates in crucible of war

by Ann Bernard New York Times July 15, 2015

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria is falling apart, as warring groups carve it into de facto fiefs, and it is increasingly hard to see how its disintegration can be reversed....

This is the Domiz camp in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. 1.6 million refugees living in countries nearby Syria had the per-capita ­ration allowance cut from $27 to $19 a month in December, and the amount will be reduced to $13.50 a month soon — half the calculated minimum that the refugees need to survive. Photo: IRIN News

UN slashes food aid to Syrian refugees

by Liz Sly Washington Post July 1, 2015

By Liz Sly July 1, 2015 BEIRUT — The United Nations said Wednesday that it is slashing food aid for Syrians because of funding shortfalls that are already deepening the suffering of millions of refugees from their country’s protracted civil war....