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Religion and Democracy Threaten Beijing

On December 22 a court in Beijing gave a three-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, to one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, for posting ‘seditious art... Read More...
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The Boxing Day Tsunami Two Years Later

Sometimes a tragedy is the very thing that triggers progress.  This is true in the case of Indonesia, one of the most-affected countries by the Asian tsunami that happened on Boxing Day two years ago.&... Read More...
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Being a Hostess

“Ow!" That was the sound of me slamming my knee against a futuristic Japanese toilet. Hard. Changing into a cocktail dress in a women's bathroom stall of the Shibuya Seibu department store is... Read More...
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Smells Like Kim Spirit

Jumpin’ Jong-il Flash, is a gas, gas, gas?   North Korea is not known for its rock and roll but they do have accordions... Well, maybe. If a Korean-Fren... Read More...
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China gets it up on Tiger Power

Despite the fact that the use of Viagra and Cialis, the two biggest-selling drugs for male erectile dysfunction, is skyrocketing among Asia’s males, many still believe the way to turbo charge their vi... Read More...
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Rolando Redux

What’s it like to be the only four customers in a brand-new high-end Italian restaurant, surrounded by a corps of eight superbly trained waiters, eating a meal prepared by one of the most exciting che... Read More...
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Will Al-Jazeera Change Malaysia?

Given the docile nature of the local press, Malaysia seems a curious base for one of the world’s most aggressive and controversial news organizations. But now at least a handful of the country’s... Read More...
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Teeny Tiny China

On January 21, 1992, then-Chinese President Deng Xiaoping strolled through the stone forests of Yunnan, turned left at the Three Gorges, quickly saw the Xian terra cotta warriors, walked the entire length o... Read More...
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Japan’s Pink Kink

  The Japanese sex industry, often referred to as the “Pink Trade”, looks inexplicably kinky and oddly ritualized. But as strange as it seems, it is also pervasive and... Read More...