The injustices of Zika

Outbreaks of communicable diseases in the developing world are bad enough from a health perspective. But they also have serious implications for social justice, because they exacerbate longstanding human-rights crises, including by undermining already-weak public-services provision and deepening existing inequalities.

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Theresa May’s failed gamble

Six months ago, I predicted that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government wouldn’t last far beyond May of this year.

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S. Korea to showcase ASEAN culture

Culture is often taken for granted. In fact, culture has nurtured us in every way from the way we live, think and die.

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US interest rate hikes: How should Asia respond?

For global financial markets, the US interest rate outlook is the elephant in the room. Sharply higher rates could destabilize markets, particularly in emerging Asia where rising debt levels are shaping as a threat to growth.

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A tribute to the world’s oceans: why we couldn’t survive without them

Most of us do not realise the impact of the oceans on our daily lives, nor how humanity has changed vast parts of the big blue and its inhabitants.

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The power of mini-grids

Despite impressive economic development in recent years, Africa still lags far behind on energy, with almost two-thirds of the continent’s citizens lacking access to electricity.

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‘Himalayan Viagra’ under threat

At the beginning of the Himalayan summer, when the snows start to melt, all the schools close for the season and Nepali parents and children move to the grasslands with enough food for a month-long journey on a quest for a herb more valuable than gold.

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Donald Trump’s historic mistake

US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will no longer participate in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the landmark United Nations treaty that many of us worked so hard to achieve. Trump is making a mistake that will have grave repercussions for his own country, and for the world.

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Global players seek role in peace process

As shown at the second session of the 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference last month, China has emerged as the most important foreign player in Myanmar’s peace process.

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Managing great expectations of the new Myanmar

Expectations for Myanmar have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Sky-high expectations followed the National League of Democracy’s (NLD) victory at the 2015 elections, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But now these have given way to a somewhat downcast outlook.

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