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Thirty years on, Bhopal still cries out for answers
December 5, 2014 1:00 am

Thirty years on, Bhopal still cries out for answers

The march of time can be cruel. As months and years go by it erodes even the most horrifying events until they are dulled of their searing poignancy.

Dialogue the only way forward on reform path
December 5, 2014 1:00 am

Dialogue the only way forward on reform path

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, was founded on the idea that political dialogue is the only path to finding sustainable solutions to the world's problems.

Thailand's sliding reputation is costing much more than just...
October 29, 2014 1:00 am

Thailand's sliding reputation is costing much more than just...

In the last few months, international media have been flooded with adverse stories about Thailand. We first attracted the global spotlight with a coup d'etat, though most observers reserved judgement.

Money in the modern world
August 2, 2014 1:00 am

Money in the modern world

The Bank of England has recently published two articles in its Quarterly Bulletin on "Money in the Modern World" and "How Money is Create" (www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Documents/quarterlybulletin/2014/qb14q102.pdf ).

Empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!
May 22, 2014 1:00 am

Empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!

Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary roadmap for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More than 17,000 delegates and...

SE Asia's heavyweight human rights violator still flying under...
May 20, 2014 1:00 am

SE Asia's heavyweight human rights violator still flying under...

Facing mounting pressure from the international community and seeking trade and security commitments, the Vietnamese government recently released five prisoners of conscience. I was one of them.

Asean weathering storms, making progress elsewhere
May 15, 2014 1:00 am

Asean weathering storms, making progress elsewhere

When Asean leaders gathered last weekend in Myanmar, the predicted weather was for high temperatures with a chance of storms. The political atmosphere proved similar, with lightning-rod issues electrifying the regional group's first summit of...

From the ruins of empire
April 26, 2014 1:00 am

From the ruins of empire

US President Obama's visit to Asia raises questions within this region on where we are going and how Asia should engage and embrace the West.

Here's how you change the world
March 25, 2014 1:00 am

Here's how you change the world

News Story: Facebook affects US elections. In 2012 political scientist James Fowler did a study. He sent messages to people on Facebook in the US encouraging them to vote. He sent to a different group of Facebook users a message with pictures of...

MH370: Six theories in search of a plane
March 14, 2014 1:00 am

MH370: Six theories in search of a plane

Malaysian Airlines MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur in the early hours of Saturday, bound for Beijing. Less than two hours later, the aircraft lost contact with air-traffic control. No distress call was made by the pilots. The aircraft was flying at...