Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

Best.Diet.Ever. …?… [TIME]

In Asia, Miscellaneous, World News on June 7, 2010 at 12:07 am

Indian patient Prahlad Jani claims he has survived without food and water for more than seven decades. A multidisciplinary study is being led by Defense Institute of Physiology & Allied Science (DIPAS) neurologist Sudhir Shah to examine the man, believed to be in his 80s, and the claim he has maintained a hunger strike, without water, for several decades.

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Pond’s White Beauty Commercial

In Asia, Miscellaneous, World News on April 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

this is ridiculous on so many levels it doesn’t even warrant conversation about how truly pathetic and unfortunate it is. the sad fact is though that in nearly every country around the world, especially in countries throughout africa, the middle east and asia, there is a huge market for products like these.

how do we teach the world to love itself??


p.s. this video is only part 1 of an incredibly cheesy, faux intense 5 part series.

Burma: 19 Years of Protest [TIME]

In Asia, History, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:29 am


The Opposition Leader
Aung San Suu Kyi has lived under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy, which achieved a decisive victory in the last national election, held in 1990. The junta has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of that vote.


The 8888 Uprising
The current democracy movement in Burma draws inspiration from a series of mass demonstrations culminated on August 8, 1988 (8/8/88 – a day deemed auspicious).


The 8888 Uprisings drew fuel, in part, from anger over the killing of a student activist who had protested the demonetization of Burma’s currency, which wiped out the savings of most Burmese.

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Myanmar Bars Suu Kyi from Polls [Al Jazeera]

In Asia, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

”]Myanmar’s military government has announced a new election law that bars Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s detained opposition leader, from standing in polls expected later this year.

The Political Parties Registration Law, published in state-run newspapers on Wednesday, excludes anyone convicted of a crime from joining a political party and thus, from contesting in elections.

The law could also disqualify about 2,100 political prisoners that human rights groups say the military government has jailed.

Nyan Win, one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers and a senior member of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said the new law also bars people who have lodged an appeal against a conviction, a provision which he said “clearly refers” to the Nobel Peace Laureate.

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The politics of repression in China [The Economist]

In Asia, World News on March 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

What are they afraid of?

The economy is booming and politics stable. Yet China’s leaders seem edgy.

“THE forces pulling China toward integration and openness are more powerful today than ever before,” said President Bill Clinton in 1999. China then, though battered by the Asian financial crisis, was busy dismantling state-owned enterprises and pushing for admission to the World Trade Organisation. Today, however, those forces look much weaker.

A spate of recent events, from the heavy jail sentences passed on human-rights activists to an undiplomatic obduracy at the climate-change negotiations in Copenhagen last December, invite questions about the thinking of China’s leaders. Has their view of the outside world and dissent at home changed? Or were the forces detected by Mr Clinton and so many others after all not pulling so hard in the direction they were expecting?

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“It’s China’s world. (We just live in it)” [Fortune Magazine]

In Africa, Asia, World News on October 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm


After a shopping spree for natural resources, the Chinese are shifting to automakers, high-tech firms, and real estate. Where will they strike next?

You wouldn’t think the men who run the oil-rich country of Nigeria would have much spring in their step these days. The nation is plagued by a never-ending guerrilla war, one that has trimmed the country’s oil production to two-thirds of its potential capacity.

But now Nigeria is in the process of renewing production licenses for some of its most prolific offshore fields, and there’s a new player in town making the traditional oil powers from the West (Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), Exxon Mobil (XOMFortune 500), Total (TOT)) very nervous — and the Nigerian government very happy.

CNOOC (CEO), one of China’s three largest oil companies, is trying to pick off some of the licenses; indeed, the Beijing-based company wants to secure no less than one-sixth of the African nation’s production. And CNOOC, apparently, isn’t screwing around.

Tanimu Yakubu, an economic adviser to the Nigerian President, recently told the Financial Times that the Chinese company is “really offering multiples of what the existing producers are pledging [for licenses].” Then he added giddily: “We love this kind of competition.” Read the rest of this entry »

“North Korea: Secrets and Lies” [LIFE]

In Asia, World News on September 1, 2009 at 3:30 am
Photo: Howard Sochurek./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Photo: Howard Sochurek./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Kim Il-Sung and His Friends From Moscow

North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung (front right) sits with a group of uniformed Russian advisers, around 1950. The two modern Koreas were formed when the Soviets and United States divided political control of the Korean peninsula after the fall of the Japanese Empire in World War II in 1945.

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Kim Il-Sung: Man of the People

Kim Il-Sung chats with workers on an unofficial visit to a machine plant in 1967. Kim launched North Korea on five- and seven-year plans to rebuild its infrastructure, promoting a concept he called “juche.” It emphasized utter self-reliance as a national goal — and demanded absolute obedience to him. In 1972, juche replaced Marxism and Leninism as the official state ideology. Read the rest of this entry »