Typhoon Trump could pummel Asian region

| Oct 8, 2016

Typhoon Trump could pummel Asian region

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Should Asian leaders be worried about Trump? Hell yes. The world managed to survive the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush, but the alarming prospect of a Trump presidency recently prompted 50 senior Republican national security officials, including former aides and Cabinet members, to ...

Asia and the threat of untethered nationalism

| Oct 1, 2016

Asia and the threat of untethered nationalism

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George Orwell famously commented that nationalism is one of the "worst enemies of peace," feeding on grievance and insecurities, appealing to primordial instincts and unifying by invoking past traumas. Indian author Rabindranath Tagore also warned about this "great menace," arguing that nationalism enables people ...

| Aug 27, 2016

Bears encroach on blurred human boundaries

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It is puzzling that the black bears have become aggressive recently, given their previous inclination to retreat when confronted by humans. My theory is that winters are shorter and that means shorter hibernations and more active time spent consuming dwindling supplies of food. They ...

Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

| Jul 30, 2016

Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

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This past spring, at a restaurant in Tokyo's upscale Omotesando neighborhood, I encountered something new in Tokyo: a prominent sign written in English on the door of the communal WC declaring it "gender-free." In recent years, there have been a number of encouraging signs that ...