Asia

22.06.2017

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in a number of Asian countries for many centuries—even for more than 1000 years in some Chinese areas, the United Nations reports. With… »

11.06.2017

Nationwide protests oppose ‘anti-conspiracy’ bill, as Japan moves to remilitarize

Nationwide protests oppose ‘anti-conspiracy’ bill, as Japan moves to remilitarize

By Lisa Torio June 8, 2017 for Waging Nonviolence Since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “anti-conspiracy” bill entered the upper house of parliament in early April, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets in protest. Demonstrations against the… »

28.05.2017

Economic boost in NE India after PM inaugurates country’s longest river bridge

Economic boost in NE India after PM inaugurates country’s longest river bridge

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday 26th of May inaugurated the country’s longest river bridge in eastern Assam over the Lohit River, a major tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. PM Modi, who arrived in the morning hours from New Delhi, dedicated the new bridge to the nation and named… »

17.05.2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: an ancient route renewed

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: an ancient route renewed

China’s Belt and Road Initiative revives history for modern trade, development and renewable energy across Asia Stretching thousands of kilometres, across mountains and deserts, the Silk Road holds a special place in history. Traversed by Marco Polo and named after one of its most precious goods, the trade route facilitated… »

14.05.2017

Belt & Road: China welcomes heads of state, international bodies at global cooperation forum

Belt & Road: China welcomes heads of state, international bodies at global cooperation forum

Beijing is hosting a high-level international cooperation forum, dubbed “One Belt, One Road,” which brings together dozens of heads of state and government, along with financial organizations and hundreds of business representatives and entrepreneurs. “Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and… »

14.05.2017

China pledges $124bn to Silk Road initiative

China pledges $124bn to Silk Road initiative

China has pledged as much as $124 billion to a project which is meant to revive the ancient Silk Road intercontinental trade route. The Belt and Road initiative could be the world’s most expensive multi-modal transportation project. It is expected to funnel investments worth up to $502 billion into… »

14.05.2017

Enriching the Belt and Broadening the Road

Enriching the Belt and Broadening the Road

Viewpoint by LI Hong LI Hong is Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. BANGKOK (IDN) – The Silk Road, which is a route linking several major world civilizations 2000 years ago, is invigorated by… »

05.05.2017

What is driving North Korea to nuclear madness?

What is driving North Korea to nuclear madness?

Another cycle of conferences started this week in Vienna to culminate in a conference to review the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2020.  States Parties and civil-society organisations have exchanged views in the general debate and in a number of side events.  At an International Peace Bureau event on “NATO,… »

29.04.2017

IPPNW statement on Korea crisis

IPPNW statement on Korea crisis

The persistent tensions on the Korean peninsula are rapidly escalating into a crisis fueled by mutual fears, provocations, and the volatile temperaments of two unpredictable, nuclear-armed heads of state. The current US administration seems determined to “resolve” the situation through shows of force and military threats. The government of Kim… »

28.04.2017

Civil Society under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison

Civil Society under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison

One year ago, on 28 April 2016, the Cambodian Government arrested five prominent Cambodian human rights defenders. Four senior staff members from the NGO Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Mr. Ny Sokha, Mr. Yi Soksan, Mr. Nay Vanda, and Ms. Lim Mony, and Mr. »

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