NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

KDDI and SUMITOMO to enter Myanmar’s Mobile Game Industry

May 22, 2019 Picture:  TOKYO, May 22, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – KDDI CORPORATION and SUMITOMO CORPORATION plan to jointly operate a mobile game publishing business in Myanmar through FUNCREATE MYANMAR LTD. (FCM), a subsidiary of Singapore-based joint venture FUNCREATE PTE. LTD. (FC). Both FC and FCM are assembling a repertoire of mobile device games … Continue reading “KDDI and SUMITOMO to enter Myanmar’s Mobile Game Industry”

Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS

by Austin Bodetti As Iraq continues its lengthy recovery from a ruinous four-year showdown between the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and an American-led coalition, Iraqi officials are determining which aspect of their country’s reconstruction to prioritize. Among the most pressing challenges remains confronting the twin phenomena of climate change and environmental degradation, problems that … Continue reading “Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS”

Armées oubliées de l’Asie britannique

On ignore généralement, en Occident, ce que fut la guerre en Asie. La colère que vient de susciter en Chine un nouveau manuel scolaire japonais a rappelé les crimes épouvantables commis par l’armée de Tokyo. Pourtant, celle-ci trouva des alliés dans les pays qu’elle occupait : des mouvements pour qui (…) / Asie, Asie du … Continue reading “Armées oubliées de l’Asie britannique”

L’Arabie saoudite était informée à l’avance des attentats au Sri Lanka

La police du Sri Lanka a arrêté un prédicateur wahhabite, Mohamed Aliyar, directeur du Centre de guidance islamique de Kattankudy, ville de l’Est à majorité musulmane. Il serait lié à Zahran Hashim, le chef de l’opération conduite par Daesh à Pâques et qui a coûté la vie à près de 270 personnes et blessé plus … Continue reading “L’Arabie saoudite était informée à l’avance des attentats au Sri Lanka”

InnoVEX Returns in 2019 for New Thinking, New Engineering, and New Future

May 19, 2019 Picture:  TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 17, 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– InnoVEX is the startup focused special exhibition of COMPUTEX. Started in 2016, the event has continued to see significant growth every year. InnoVEX saw a 20% growth between 2018 and 2019; with current exhibitors numbering 467 startup teams from 24 countries & … Continue reading “InnoVEX Returns in 2019 for New Thinking, New Engineering, and New Future”

The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle

Where it’s at, and the periphery Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia. As Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, the satellite map showed, quite simply, that “more people live inside this circle, than outside of it”. THE POPULATION EPICENTER We are in the business of … Continue reading “The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle”

Plus de 250 000 réfugiés rohingyas ont reçu une pièce d’identité de l’ONU

Les Nations unies ont indiqué, hier vendredi, avoir distribué des pièces d’identité à plus de 250 000 Rohingyas réfugiés au Bangladesh après avoir fui des violences en Birmanie, pays qui ne leur reconnaît pas la nationalité birmane. «Plus d’un quart de million de réfugiés rohingyas de Birmanie ont été enregistrés et munis de cartes d’identité … Continue reading “Plus de 250 000 réfugiés rohingyas ont reçu une pièce d’identité de l’ONU”

When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s

Ladakh officially opened itself to the world in 1974 when the Government of India first allowed tourists into this strategically sensitive high-altitude region. However, in 1972, a young and ambitious 19-year-old Phonsok Tsering Dimbir, popularly known as Phonsok Ladakhi, decided to plunge into the world of cinema, seeking admission into the prestigious Film and Television … Continue reading “When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s”

Islam and Environmentalism

by Austin Bodetti Across the Global South, community leaders, politicians, and scientists are wrestling with how to rally their compatriots to combat climate change and prepare their countries for the dangers of environmental degradation. In several corners of the Muslim world, academics and environmentalists have looked for inspiration from a source that has mobilized countless … Continue reading “Islam and Environmentalism”

Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism

Sri Lanka has been a primarily Buddhist land since King Ashoka’s son Mahinda preached there in the third century BCE. At present 70% of the population is Buddhist, 13% Hindu, 10% Muslim and 7% Christian. (Surely there are secular people, atheists, Marxists, etc. but these are historical communities and identities.) It has been a site … Continue reading “Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

Prédicateur, fils de magnat : les profils surprenants des terroristes présumés du Sri Lanka

Après que le Sri Lanka a été frappé, le 21 avril, par des attentats sanglants ayant fait 253 morts dans trois églises et trois hôtels de luxe, le voile se lève peu à peu sur l’identité des terroristes. Le gouvernement a annoncé que neuf kamikazes au total avaient péri au cours de cette journée. Après plusieurs jours d’enquête, les … Continue reading “Prédicateur, fils de magnat : les profils surprenants des terroristes présumés du Sri Lanka”

Une architecture internationale de sanctions imposée au nom de la sécurité des Etats-Unis

Les sanctions extraterritoriales décidées par les Etats-Unis concernent une vingtaine de pays répartis dans quatre continents, Amérique, Afrique, Europe et Asie. Dans le cas de certains pays ou régions, elles interdisent toute transaction commerciale sans licence spéciale, c’est-à-dire autorisation d’une entité gouvernementale des Etats-Unis. C’est le cas de de la Corée du Nord, de Cuba, … Continue reading “Une architecture internationale de sanctions imposée au nom de la sécurité des Etats-Unis”

L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US

Depuis le Traité de Maastricht, tous les membres de l’Union européenne (y compris des pays neutres) ont placé leur défense sous la suzeraineté de l’Otan ; laquelle est exclusivement dirigée par les États-Unis. C’est pourquoi, lorsque le Pentagone délègue au département du Trésor le siège économique des pays qu’il veut écraser, tous les membres de … Continue reading “L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US”

Attentats à Sri Lanka : comment se met en place le climat de terreur

Si personne n’a revendiqué les attentats qui ont ensanglanté Sri Lanka ce dimanche 21 avril, faisant au moins 290 morts et environ 500 blessés, le ministre de la Défense Ruwan Wijewardene a déclaré que la vague d’attentats était le fait d’un seul groupe et que les coupables avaient été identifiés : il s’agirait d’extrémistes religieux. Selon ce haut responsable, … Continue reading “Attentats à Sri Lanka : comment se met en place le climat de terreur”

When Christians Are Under Attack, Muslims and the Left Need to Defend Them

Security personnel inspect the inside of St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images From Christchurch, New Zealand, to Xinjiang, China, there is a war on Muslims. Many of us … Continue reading “When Christians Are Under Attack, Muslims and the Left Need to Defend Them”

Analyse à chaud des attentats terroristes de Pâques au Sri Lanka

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 21 avril 2019 − Source eurasiafuture.com Les horribles attaques terroristes qui ont frappé le Sri Lanka le jour de Pâques et provoqué la mort de presque 200 300 [nombre ajusté au moment de la traduction, NdT]  personnes ont choqué la communauté internationale. Même si de nombreux éléments restent à déterminer, … Continue reading “Analyse à chaud des attentats terroristes de Pâques au Sri Lanka”

Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause

Apr 22, 2019 Kuala Lumpur, April 2019 – Following the successful campaign last year, Grab Malaysia and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia are joining hands once again in raising funds to purchase a dialysis machine for the poor kidney failure patients in NKF. The collaboration between Malaysia’s first non-governmental organisation to offer haemodialysis … Continue reading “Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause”

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF

Apr 21, 2019 Picture:  According to the study – Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh – the country’s flat topography, dense population and weak infrastructure make it “uniquely vulnerable to the powerful and unpredictable forces that climate change is compounding”. The threat is felt from the flood and drought-prone lowlands … Continue reading “Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF”

China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs. This provides the backdrop for the 19th Party Congress, as China seeks to balance external influence with domestic … Continue reading “China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure”

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country

Dam projects on the Irrawady in Myanmar could not only devastate livelihoods but add more conflicts to an already sensitive region. Saw John Bright, Author providedMyanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar … Continue reading “Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country”

Refugees in India have to fend for themselves – we’ve been talking to them about how they manage

Attempts by the Indian government to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have thrust the country’s laws into the spotlight. Lawyers representing the Rohingyas have reiterated the constitutional right (of citizens and non-citizens alike) to equality, life and personal liberty in India. Meanwhile, the government has claimed such refugees may pose a security threat … Continue reading “Refugees in India have to fend for themselves – we’ve been talking to them about how they manage”

Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader

The emerging humanitarian crisis that has been rocking Myanmar – where an estimated 370,000 Rohingya have been forced out of the country – has prompted broad international condemnation. But so far it has translated into little concrete action. United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein has called the Rohingya’s plight a “textbook … Continue reading “Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader”

Rohingya genocide: the world can’t help until Myanmar changes its ways

After two weeks of extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where at least 400 people have been killed and 270,000 Rohingyas have fled their homes, the country’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, finally spoke up to acknowledge the crisis. But to the disappointment of several international human rights agencies, she didn’t … Continue reading “Rohingya genocide: the world can’t help until Myanmar changes its ways”

As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law

More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this week – has announced that … Continue reading “As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law”

Food for Elders Pavilion Showcases Tasty & Functional Food at ELDEX Asia 2019

Apr 18, 2019 Singapore, 14 March 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Enterprise Singapore, the trade and enterprise development government agency, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting close to ten Singapore-based food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural ELDEX ASIA exhibition and conference … Continue reading “Food for Elders Pavilion Showcases Tasty & Functional Food at ELDEX Asia 2019”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: the challenges that await the UN

Seventy years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we do not only have cause to complain, far from it. We must take stock of the distance we have already travelled. Before 1945 and the United Nations Charter, human rights simply did not exist in international law. An individual was only … Continue reading “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: the challenges that await the UN”

Nagaland’s Gandhi: The Story of the Legend Who Fought All Odds To Bring Peace

Natwar Thakkar, popularly known as Natwar Bhai, remains one of the most fascinating personalities of post-Independence India. Inspired by Kaka Kalekar, the Gandhian social reformer, this social worker from the coastal town of Dahanu in present-day Maharashtra migrated to Nagaland in the early 1950s. There, he set up a Gandhian ashram at Chuchuyimlang village in … Continue reading “Nagaland’s Gandhi: The Story of the Legend Who Fought All Odds To Bring Peace”

Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn’t Work

Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible … Continue reading “Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn’t Work”

New Facility to Mobilize $1 Billion for ASEAN Green Infrastructure

Apr 04, 2019 Picture:  CHIANG RAI, THAILAND (4 April 2019) — Southeast Asian governments, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and major development financiers today launched the “ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility”, a new initiative to spur more than $1 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia. The launch ceremony was witnessed by Thailand’s Minister … Continue reading “New Facility to Mobilize $1 Billion for ASEAN Green Infrastructure”

Ayatollah Trump

by John Feffer If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, the president seems to worship regularly only at the Church … Continue reading “Ayatollah Trump”