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When civil society speak, will leaders from Asia and Europe listen?

Mid October leaders of states from Asia and Europe will meet in Brussels, as part of the Asia Europe summit which happens every two years. In its wake, civil society meet at the Asia Europe People’s Forum, as do business representatives and other lobbying groups
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Essay

Asma Jahangir: A phenomenon of engaged resistance

The Pakistani diaspora and friends of Asma Jahangir gathered in Brusels, at the Asia Platform, on March 26th, to reflect on the live, the struggles and the continued importance of Asma Jahangir. Ceciel Shiraz Raj worked for years with Asma. We publish his impassioned, personal and very relevant introduction.
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Analysis

Pakistan's steady drift towards international isolation

The Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog against money laundering and terror financing, has decided to put Pakistan in the “grey list” of the countries with deficiencies in Countering the Finance of Terrorism (CFT) and Anti Money Laundering (AML). The FATF shall formally announce this decision in June 2018 after receiving repo ...
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Analysis

Asma Jahangir: The Legacy of Courage and Hope

She was personified defiance, courage, dedication, grace and dignity. Commonly seen as, the 'bravest of the brave hearts', she was called, 'Asian Hero' by Time Magazine and 'Pakistan's Aung San Suu Kyi' by Newyorker. She defied dictators, challenged mighty establishment, exposed secret agencies, antagonized extremist outfits and blasted patriarchal ...
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Analysis

Returning Afghans might be politically rewarding, it is also life threatening

Nine European countries forcibly return Afghans, and Pakistan is even threatening to force 1.5 million Afghans back to their country of origin. These politically motivated manoeuvres can be lethal -for the Afghans.
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Analysis

Artificial glaciers for a Himalayan desert: solution or hype?

From disappearing caps in Greenland to receding glaciers on Mount Everest, ice is the most visible symbol in the debate over climate change. In the high-altitude Himalayan region of Ladakh - located in the volatile Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir - ice is more than a rhetorical concern.
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Report

Reinventing microcredit in Myanmar

After years of hype, microfinance now faces challenges in the fight against poverty. But in Myanmar’s largely unexploited market, small innovators are experimenting with solutions.
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Analysis

One image obscures more than a thousand words

We have all seen these images popping up in our social media feeds: Afghanistan in the 1970’s versus Afghanistan in the 2010’s. The first image shows girls in Kabul, who could just as well have lived in Paris or Berkeley in that period, with their long hair, short skirts, smiling faces and confident regards. The more recent image, then, ...
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Interview

Chinese Political Scientist Yan Xuetong: 'China should allow more freedom of expression'

John Vandaele had the opportunity to talk with professor Yan Xuetong, one of the leading political thinkers of China. Yan is well known for his outspokenness, even when his vision does not correspond with the ideology of the party. One thing is clear: from Beijing the world looks different. 
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News

Hundred Percent Organic Farming in Bhutan

Bhutan wants to achieve 100% organic farming. Will the only country in the world using happiness as a criterion for prosperity succeed in this premise?
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Analysis

More People Displaced By Development Than By Natural Disasters

People run from war, persecution, disaster and a hopeless future. But every year, around 15 million people are also forced to leave behind their homes, land and communities because they need to make way for large dams, mines, or other large-scale projects of economic development.
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Analysis

From emergency aid to a new Nepal

Almost 3 million Nepali are struggling to recover from the April earthquake. Hundreds of aftershocks prevented reconstruction and a monsoon causing over 6000 landslides lengthened the emergency. A team of Belgian journalists followed the aid money to investigate the situation six moths after the disaster struck. They found patience, solid ...

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