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It is mandatory for all Bhutanese to wear national dress in public places. Cultural pride or a repressive state?
Mention "The Insular Empire" to the average American, and they'd likely have no idea what you were talking about. They probably still wouldn't get it if you gave them another clue: "America in the Mariana Islands." These are the title and subtitle of a new film by Vanessa Warheit, which began screening on PBS earlier this year.
Kyrgyzstan has little in the way of wealth or natural resources, but it has what every real estate agent looks for: location, location, location.
A state of civil war exists in Thailand, reports columnist Walden Bello, and it has much to do with class.
Bangkok is still stunned by military assault on Redshirt encampment.
The Thai government is cracking down on protesters, but don't expect much criticism from Washington.
If we want to prevent any future Cheonans, we need to sit down with North Korea.
Red Shirt leaders leave their followers in the lurch.
Some countries are starting to think that it's time to move on from the USA.
South Korea has continuously increased its military spending since 2000 at a rate higher than conventional explanations would expect. Its spending grew 200 percent for the past ten years, higher than would be warranted by the growth of its economy or government budget over the same period.