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Reassessing China’s Social Credit System

Reassessing China’s Social Credit System

Wired takes a new look at China’s social credit system that has been nearly unanimously maligned in the West as a totalitarian tool that should frighten any freedom-loving citizen of a Western democracy out of his or her wits. The Chinese claim it is an efficient management tool. Wired clearly...

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

The headlines grabbed attention: “China’s economy grows at slowest rate in nearly 30 years,” noted the Financial Times in a typical example. China’s GDP growth in the second quarter had slowed to 6.2%, the smallest gain since 1992, back when the country’s economy was first shifting into...

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives....

How Do Indians Clean Their Bottoms?

How Do Indians Clean Their Bottoms?

The seemingly simple act of cleaning bottoms reveals invaluable insights about the Indian psyche’s fixation with purity and pollution. This is the first of a three-part series. Understanding how Indians clean their bottoms demands a deeper examination of Indian culture. It requires an analysis...

Blasphemy Laws: Sacrilege in God’s Name

Blasphemy Laws: Sacrilege in God’s Name

Blasphemy laws create religious extremism, repress the people, bind the hands of government and paralyze the country at will. On February 25, 2018, Rome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red to condemn Asia Noreen’s death sentence. Commonly known as Asia Bibi, Noreen is a Christian woman in...

Ramadan 2019: How Sri Lankan Muslims Can Respond

Ramadan 2019: How Sri Lankan Muslims Can Respond

At a time when their country needs healing and support, Sri Lankan Muslims have an obligation this Ramadan. Each Ramadan, I set myself a challenge: How and what can I improve this year? For me, Ramadan is about setting and overcoming challenges in an attempt to progress spiritually and become a...

Asian Para Games Can Bring Change to Indonesia

Asian Para Games Can Bring Change to Indonesia

The Asian Para Games can bring change to Indonesia so it can be more friendly to people with disabilities. The 2018 Asian Para Games is currently taking place in Jakarta. The multi-sport event is held every four years for athletes with physical disabilities. A total of 2,762 athletes with...

Developing Regional Security in the Indo-Pacific

Developing Regional Security in the Indo-Pacific

Can East Asian nations help develop an Indo-Pacific security architecture? Contesting International Society in East Asia, edited by Barry Buzan and Yongjin Zhang, provides an account of how remnants of colonial thought and the distinct civilizational inheritances of East Asian countries have...

The Falling Indian Rupee: Crisis or Contagion?

The Falling Indian Rupee: Crisis or Contagion?

American economic policies are causing the rupee to fall, but India’s fast-approaching elections might make its economic situation worse. On August 26, the Indian rupee started falling. On September 11, it fell to a record low with $1 worth Rs72.7. This led to a plunge in stock markets,...

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