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Book Review: The New Asian Power Game

It is not often these days that the author of a new book on foreign policy opens with a tribute to President George W Bush. Bill Emmott begins his new book on emerging Asian power dynamics by describin... Read More...
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Asia Times Online Clipped by Libel Charge

Asia Times Online, the region’s biggest all-Internet news source, has been hit by a HK$1.3 million libel judgment on behalf of a Dubai-based gold trader and financier, Abdul Razzak Yaqoob and his comp... Read More...
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The Atomic Genie in India’s Bottle

While the world has been preoccupied with the possibility that Iran is preparing to produce weapons-grade atomic materials, India is probably going to get there first, if it can get its act together, and... Read More...
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Women Battle the Breadline

These are ruthless times. The current food crisis is an assault on the already difficult lives of the poor in developing countries. Picture this: Afghan women are reported to buy leftover food, otherwise ... Read More...
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A Chinese Woman in PAS Country

It's 4 am in Kota Bahru.  The streets are empty in the capital of Kelantan, the northern state bordering Thailand on Malaysia’s east coast.  Here in the heart of the old town, which is... Read More...
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China’s Disasters by the Number

The Chinese government declared three days of official mourning beginning Monday for last week’s earthquake. In addition to a lax ban on “public entertainment,” and advertisements, it ... Read More...
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Thumb your way to a fortune on the phone

At last: something to do with your phone while commuting. The Asia-Pacific region is about to get its own world-class book prize—for a novel written on the keypad of a mobile phone. The Australia... Read More...
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India’s Outsourcing Blues

After eight months in a high-paying business process outsourcing job, 21-year-old Anurag Verma’s life metamorphosed completely. The onetime middle-class, bus-commuting college kid was earning b... Read More...
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Death in Saigon’s Cholon District

It was the telltale drifting smoke that Sunday morning in the sky over Cholon, Saigon's teeming Chinese sector, that first alerted correspondents to the possibility that the second shoe was ... Read More...