Society

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Morality, Spies and Chastity Belts…

When Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shot down a move last month by the Islamic government in the northeastern state of Terengganu to train spies to watch couples engaged in “immoral act... Read More...
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The Sea Gypsies of Surin Island

One of the smallest ethnic minorities in Asia, Thailand’s sea gypsies were virtually unknown to the outside world until the massive 2004 tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia. One of the most amazing sto... Read More...
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The Sea Gypsies of Surin Island

One of the smallest ethnic minorities in Asia, Thailand’s sea gypsies were virtually unknown to the outside world until the massive 2004 tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia. One of the most amazing st... Read More...
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Saving the Heart of Borneo

On Feb. 12, in an elaborate ceremony in Bali, representatives of the three governments with jurisdiction over the ecological jewel that is the island of Borneo signed the “Heart of Borneo” Declar... Read More...
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The Luperci Begin Taking Back Their Holiday

Instead of just buying your sweetie a gooey St. Valentine’s Day card and a box of Godiva chocolates, it is starting to appear that the changing times dictate a trip to the nearest love hotel.  ... Read More...
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Literary Mayhem in Hong Kong

It was a dark and stormy night. The crime novelist lay dead on the ground, stabbed to death with his own Montblanc. The detective stood over the body. “This looks like a story from one of his own nove... Read More...
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Safe at Any Cost?

On its face, the issue seems black and white: In issuing a compulsory license to import or produce the generic second-line HIV/AIDS drug efavirenz on November 29—two days before World AIDS Day—T... Read More...
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Greetings, Citizen

A “personal” holiday greeting from President Hu Jintao was delivered Tuesday to an unknown number of Chinese citizens lucky or affluent enough to own upscale video mobile phones. The 27-second message, in w... Read More...