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Will the Qatar crisis engulf India as well?

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Author: Ashok Sajjanhar, Institute of Global Studies A political earthquake shook the Persian Gulf and its neighbours on 5 June 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt all severed links with Qatar, a member of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). These countries were soon joined by Libya, Yemen and the Maldives. […]

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BBIN countries are building connections

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Author: Prabir De, Research and Information System for Developing Countries The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) sub-regional grouping has realised that narrowing connectivity gaps is a must for facilitating regional trade. Improved connectivity, which the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is only making slow progress on, is essential to providing cheaper access […]

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South Asian countries building connections

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Author: Prabir De, Research and Information System for Developing Countries The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) sub-regional grouping has realised that narrowing connectivity gaps is a must for facilitating regional trade. Improved connectivity, which the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is only making slow progress on, is essential to providing cheaper access […]

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UN abandons democracy in Asia

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Author: Jorge Carrillo-Rodriguez, Bangkok The UN’s development agencies frequently operate in a political minefield. Stuck between the zealously guarded sovereignty of member states and the need to spur structural transformations, these agencies tread carefully. But they still push, albeit timidly, for democratic values such as participation, civic engagement, accountability and broad citizenship. Until now. It […]

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New heights for ASEAN–China commercial diplomacy in aviation

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Author: Alan Khee-Jin Tan, NUS In 2010 ASEAN and China concluded an air transport agreement to establish a liberalised market access regime for both sides’ airlines. Yet the benefits from the arrangement were unbalanced, with China making much bigger gains in access than the ASEAN states. A closer look at this imbalance makes clear the […]

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Is Abe securing or threatening Japan’s peace and democracy?

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Authors: Sebastian Maslow, Kobe University and Christian Wirth, Griffith University Despite his involvement in a series of political scandals, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains unscathed. And with a firm grip on power, his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has shifted its focus away from economic reform towards conservatives’ long-cherished goal of constitutional revision to allow […]

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[Professional Review] Derailed (DVD) (Korea Version)

Korean writer director Lee Seong-tae makes his feature debut with the dark noir drama Derailed, following up on an acclaimed series of short films, including The Ten-Minute Break, which played several festivals back in 2007. Despite being an indie production, the film has a big-name cast, headlined by Ma Dong-seok, currently riding high after his popular turn in the blockbuster Train to Busan, and Min Ho of SHINee fame, taking on his first substantial big screen role after making an appearance in the melodrama Canola. After premiering at the 21st Busan International Film Festival the film has been making waves on the circuit, playing at a number of other events around the world. Min Ho ... Read More

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Dynastic demolition in Singapore?

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Author: Michael D. Barr, Flinders University An extraordinary dispute within Singapore’s ruling family broke into the open on 14 June. Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang — the two younger children of the late Lee Kuan Yew — posted a message on Facebook accusing their elder brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, of subverting […]

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[Entertainment News] Seo Kang Joon to play robot in new sci-fi romance

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Seo Kang Joon (Cheese in the Trap) and Gong Seung Yeon (The Master of Revenge) will team up for a robot-human romance in the new KBS drama Are You Human Too? In the sci-fi romance, the actor will play both a comatose business heir apparent and a humanoid robot falling in love with his bodyguard. The drama also features Kim Sung Ryung (Mrs. Cop 2), who portrays the protagonist's mother, the mastermind behind a deceitful robot project.

Are You Human Too? will follow an AI robot who gets involved in a fierce power struggle. Nam Shin (Seo Kang Joon), a young man from a rich family, falls into a coma after an accident. His mother (Kim Sung Ryung), an expert in

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Scandals starting to stick to the Abe administration

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Author: Aurelia George Mulgan, UNSW Canberra School scandals are wiping some of the shine off the Abe administration. This time, the school is Kake Gakuen, a veterinary medicine school being constructed in a national special strategic zone (NSSZ) in Ehime Prefecture. Having weathered the Moritomo Gakuen scandal earlier this year with barely a blip in […]

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