Category: South Asia

Duterte’s Fight for Reproductive Health Could Alter His Legacy

Duterte's new executive order and implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law currently faces backlash from the Philippine Catholic Church. https://goo.gl/kjj6MA

In an ongoing polemic against the Catholic Church, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently issued an executive order to strengthen the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law. The RPRH was a 14-year contentious battle before its hard-fought…

Hallmarks of Genocide: The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

Rohingya girl in Teknaf, Bangladesh 
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In Majority-Buddhist Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim minority, comprising of roughly one-million people, reside mainly in the Rakhine State on the country’s west coast. Myanmar has a long history of the repression and persecution of the Rohingya, to whom it denies…

The Precarious Position of Hong Kong’s Sovereignty

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On October 12, two young legislators from Hong Kong, Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, used their Legislative Council oath-taking ceremony as an opportunity to denounce China and promote their pro-independent Hong Kong sentiments. During the mandatory ceremony before sitting on…

The Passing of the King: Thailand’s New Era

King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The recent passing of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has thrust the country into a period of mourning, leaving its people shocked and uncertain about the future lying ahead. King Bhumibol died at the age of 88 on October 14. His was…

Flight of the International Students’ Trend

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Getting an education abroad is an increasingly likely prospect for students across the globe, especially for those living in the Global South. In the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the world’s stock of internationally mobile students grew to approximately 5 million. Advocates of globalisation tend…

South China Sea: The Stand-Off Explained

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Rodrigo Duterte, the current President of the Philippines, recently stated the country will no longer challenge China’s claims in the South China Sea. This comes only weeks after China has warned Singapore to stay out of the disputes illustrates that the…