Tag Archives: Asia

Myanmar’s ethnic groups have long suffered from military brutality. The junta gave them a common foe

Throughout years of conflict in Myanmar’s jungles and mountains, ethnic people have witnessed and been subjected to horrific atrocities including massacres, rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture, forced labor and displacement by the armed forces, as well as state-sanctioned discrimination. Determined to fight against those abuses and ensure their distinct voices and demands […]

Increasing evidence that Myanmar’s military forces are shooting to kill

Wednesday was the bloodiest day in four weeks of protests, as security forces opened fire on crowds of people across the country, killing at least 38 people. Images and footage, captured by bystanders, local reporters and citizen journalists, showed bodies lying in the street surrounded by pools of blood as protesters run to take cover. […]

Analysis: China’s plans to ‘improve’ democracy in Hong Kong could spell the end of the city’s opposition

Hong Kong may be about to find out the democracy that fits best, at least in Beijing’s opinion, is no democracy at all. At the opening of the two sessions — the twin meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) — Thursday, Zhang Yesui, the NPC spokesman, […]

38 killed in Myanmar’s deadliest day of protest, says UN envoy

The United Nations said the total death toll since coup was now 50, though activists put that total as higher. “Today was the bloodiest day since the coup happened,” Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener told a briefing Wednesday. Around 1,200 people have been detained, while many relatives are unsure where they are being held, she […]

Myanmar police and military kill at least 18 people after opening fire on protesters, UN says

At least 18 people died and more than 30 were injured, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office, as police attempted to extinguish a month-long nationwide protest movement against the military coup which ousted the democratically elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Activist groups have put the death toll and number […]

Why Japan took so long to start Covid-19 vaccinations, even with the Olympics looming

In Japan, only about 18,000 doses have been administered, according to the Japanese government. Like the US, Japan is using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its program. Yet Japanese regulators took two more months to approve its use. The government says it has been deliberately cautious. After a series of vaccine scandals stretching back […]

India was in crisis months ago. Why have its Covid cases plummeted?

This has all happened without drastic measures such as circuit-breaker lockdowns, which have been used in places like New Zealand and Australia to get outbreaks under control. The Indian government is still implementing certain social distancing restrictions and has scrambled to assist overstretched hospitals — but the economy has reopened, domestic travel has resumed, and […]

India’s groundwater crisis threatens food security for hundreds of millions, study says

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, found that overuse of groundwater could cause winter harvests in some regions of the country to fall up to two thirds by 2025. A team of international researchers analyzed satellite imagery and census data to gauge the impact on winter harvests, which account for 44% of […]

Russia hosts new Kyrgyzstan leader on his 1st foreign trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting the newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan, voicing hope for the Central Asian nation’s political stabilization after it saw a violent change of government for the third time in 15 years By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press February 24, 2021, 3:21 PM • 2 min read MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir […]

Lam backs Hong Kong electoral changes excluding opponents

HONG KONG — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s politics. Her comments came a day after a top Beijing official signaled major changes would be coming to ensure Hong Kong is […]