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Malaysian Rapper Namewee Pulls in Horns for HK Concert

Controversial Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Chee has become the latest to join a growing number of artists and brands facing stern Chinese limitations on their performance in return for a bite of China’s US$150...
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Art Becomes a Commodity

While astronomical prices for art have been around for decades, today business opportunists have commodified art as never before -- dealers who see art only as a means to make profit. In this new world, art tra...
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Antibiotics Overuse Means Superbugs are On the March

As has long been feared, antibiotic use is driving antibiotic resistance and creating what critics have said could be a plague of virtually uncontrollable superbugs for a wide range of diseases including syphil...
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A Minor Case Shows Depressing Change in Hong Kong

Hong Kong presents itself as Asia’s World City and constantly emphasizes how it is ruled by law and correct procedures. But as Hong Kong draws closer into China’s web, the reality appears to be increasingly div...
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Beyond the Body Counts

Are homicide statistics just another number crunching exercise or a helpful indicator for humanitarian intervention?  The Homicide Monitor, a new, interactive online tool that collates country-by-country stat...
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Grim Annual Toll of Killed, Jailed Journalists

As 2013 did, and several years before that, 2014 appears about to end with a depressing number of journalists killed for attempting to tell the world about war, corruption, crime, human rights violations and po...
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The CIA Torturers Started at the Top

In 1971, a Stanford University team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo and funded by the US Navy and Marine Corps set up a famous experiment into the causes of conflict between military ...
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Trade and Transfats in the Pacific

Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometers away from this backdrop, high-...
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Elected Women Must Redefine Agendas to Include Own Sex

Almost 20 years ago, the Beijing Declaration and Platform For Action was adopted by consensus by 189 countries during the Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, calling for governments and other institut...
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Surrogacy: Human Right or Reproductive Exploitation?

What used to be a costly, sci-fi solution to childlessness has emerged as an everyday story. But as the procedure becomes more common, so do cross-border legal and ethical problems, as highlighted by a case aft...