Category Archives: Asia

Burmese Democratization: Slow but Steady Change

Rewind to Burma (otherwise known as Myanmar) in 2010. The government was ruled by an iron-fisted military junta, the democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was being wrongfully held under a 20-year-long house arrest, and the general elections were declared fraudulent by the United Nations and a variety of Western nations, including the United States. But, with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visiting the nation and speaking with Suu Kyi yesterday, how is democracy faring in the Southeastern Asian country today? Continue reading


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North Korea’s University Shutdown

What’s Kim Jong-Il’s solution to the economic crisis? Shut down the schools and put those lazy students to work.

The reports, coming from South Korea, indicate that on Monday, the North Korean government issued an order that all universities cancel classes until April of next year, exceptions only applying to foreign students and those with imminent graduation dates. What will the ousted pupils be doing? Working on construction projects in major cities and doing repair work in agricultural regions, affected by a recent typhoon.

But, a Telegraph article reports, economic recovery may not be the primary reason for the university shutdown. Continue reading

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War Against Women?

The U.S. has involved itself in many a war recently – but what about the war against baby girls? The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the “systematic campaigns against baby girls” around the world, particularly in countries like India and China.

Biologically, the ratio of boys to girls born is 105 to 100, WSJ reports. However, India and China show vastly different demographics. In India today, there are 112 boys for every 100 girls born. In some Chinese towns, there are 150 boys for every 100 girls born. The boys per 100 girls statistics stands at 115 in Azerbaijan, 118 in Georgia, and 120 in Armenia. Continue reading

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