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The umbrella protests brought Hong Kong to a halt late 2014 - police clear the debris

Broken umbrellas line the road as Hong Kong police clear the barricades and a grinning protester flashes the V sign, December 2014 - Photo: Vijay Verghese

Give Peace a Chance - a Nobel for HK students?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Why a few US congressmen are on the wrong side of history in citing a young Hong Kong trio for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. For a city receiving its first ever Nobel nomination, is this a triumph or a travesty? more…

Asian Panama canal a vision or mirage?

The Kra Canal in Southern Thailand could cut shipping times

Andaman Sea entrance to the proposed Kra Canal - Photo: William Mellor

WILLIAM MELLOR
BANGKOK

The long touted Kra Canal could cut shipping times and bring much needed economic development to South Thailand. more…

The seige of the Taj Mahal - whose tears?

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under threat from the Hindu fundamentalist BJP party in India

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under siege - Photo: Vijay Verghese

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As the BJP redefines India as a Hindu nation long subjugated by foreigners, attacks on the Taj are mounting. more…

An Aye for an Aye - online click storm

Google office at Mountain View California - how Internet giants are reshaping our world, for better and worse

Google office at Mountain View California. Where is it leading us?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once a force for good. What happened? The online click-storm affects us all. more…

Politics of hate and the end of Liberalism

Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests

Neo-Nazi protestors march with lit torches in Charlottesville

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

From Trump to Modi, a new breed of ‘outsider’ politician offers a narrow nationalism that offers little room for dissent. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by October, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

Saudi women now in the driver's seat

Saudi women can now drive cars

Saudi women can drive, though a camel may be safer given road statistics

DELSHAD KARANJIA
PUNE

Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to drive is a small step for the kingdom but a giant leap for Saudi women. more…

One flag, many bumps

North and South Korea come together for the PyeongChang Olympics but many oppose detente. See world opinion

MeToo and three ladies

As the battle of the sexes hots up the American presidency enters the debate and sozzled travellers ponder what exactly is politically correct. more…