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India’s raucous democracy is becoming more subdued

THE candidate that India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put forward for the largely cer...

The outrageous death of Otto Warmbier

“HOW safe is it? Extremely safe!” So read the guidance for North Korea on the website of Young P...

Property disputes are Vietnam’s biggest political problem

FOR years residents of Dong Tam, a village on the edge of Vietnam’s capital, have fought for the r...

China persuades Panama to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan

There isn’t much Taiwanese shippingTHAT there is only one China, and that Taiwan is merely a reneg...

Why North Korea is testing so many missiles

IT IS as if Kim Jong Un wants to be seen to be flinging his explosive toys about with ever more aban...

Sri Lanka debates its antiquated Muslim family laws

TO AVOID being married at 17 to a stranger, the Muslim schoolgirl from Sri Lanka’s north-west trie...

Australia battles Chinese political influence

WHEN Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, urged China earlier this month to respect “th...

A feud erupts between Singapore’s prime minister and his siblings

“WE FEEL big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us,” declared L...

The Cambodian strongman’s party keeps control

THE day after Cambodia held its five-yearly local elections, both sides could claim some kind of vic...

Japan gives short shrift to a UN rapporteur looking into press freedom

IF YOU had to pick someone to ruffle feathers, it would hardly be David Kaye, the UN special rapport...

Why the world’s biggest school system is failing its pupils

ON THE ground floor of a primary school in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, five dozen pupils wait ...

Imran Khan’s party improves services in Pakistan’s wildest province

“THEY are getting away with murder,” says Khalid Masud, director of the Lady Reading Hospital in...

How Kim Jong Un builds his personality cult

No one cuts ribbons more brilliantly than Kim Jong UnFEW could hope to rival the engineering feats o...

As terror threat rises, Philippines reaches to America

Islamic State's bid to gain a foothold in the Philippines has put counterterrorism back at the foref...

Bangladesh’s government is pandering to Islamist zealots

IN THE dead of night workers prised the statue off its base, raised it onto the back of a truck and ...

Democracy has muzzled Myanmar’s parliament

MYANMAR’S laws are an abject muddle of colonial holdovers, socialist ukases and military decrees...

How foreigners misunderstand Singapore

SINGAPORE has never been short of admirers. Many leaders of developing countries respect Lee Kuan Ye...

South Koreans get dewy-eyed about a former president

Roh and Moon, purveyors of possibilitiesA DOCUMENTARY that intersperses old friends reminiscing abou...

A horrific attack in Afghanistan deepens Western dilemmas

EVEN for a city familiar with explosions, the power of the bomb that ripped through Kabul on May 31s...

China and ASEAN declare progress in the South China Sea

A reef with Chinese characteristicsTO CALL negotiations between China and the ten-country Associatio...