Each summer in India is a fresh roll of the dice on whether a freak event will occur that leads to a vast number of deaths.
For Ruth Pollard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
What’s happening in Ukraine is one of the worst large-scale campaigns of sexual violence in war since Islamic State’s attacks on the Yezidi minority in Iraq in 2014.
A crucial World War II battle was fought in the Solomons. It’s now the focus of the latest Pacific power struggle.
"Myanmar has been in a state of civil war for a long time, but until now it has been limited to certain territories and ethnic regions. Now, even the Bamar heartland is in conflict.”
Drones have opened the door to weaponized artificial intelligence, algorithmic and robotic warfare and loosened human control over the deployment of lethal force.
The furor over Novak Djokovic's COVID-19-related detention has brought to global attention the nation’s strict immigration policies.
The informal currency swap will prop up a small part of the Afghan economy but certainly won’t be enough to prevent the country from slipping into full-blown famine this winter.
Afghans are trapped between a radical Islamist group and a global community apparently content to sit back and let their aid-dependent country plunge into crisis.
In an aid-dependent economy already in deep trouble, the removal of tens of thousands female workers, many supporting large families, will only add to those facing hunger.
IS has argued that the Taliban’s actions weren’t so much a conquest as a takeover coordinated with the U.S. and that its violent path to victory over the West is the right way.