News in Asia

Hello fellow unicorns, it’s time for some more news from Asia. As always, I try to include a mix of the good and funny, along with the depressing and sad things that occur while in this mortal coil. Thanks for reading!

Pakistan

Ongoing peace talks with the Taliban have been called off by the Pakistani government because of ongoing bombings and killings of police forces. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said:

Dialogue and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has been asked to retaliate in self defense, which is their right. This [self defense] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot be taken away from them.

Pakistan’s sole competitor in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Mohammad Karim, placed 70 spots behind the gold medal winner in men’s giant slalom. He’s only the second Pakistani to compete in the Winter Olympics.

India

Hundreds of deaths of migrant workers in Qatar are getting the attention of human rights groups. Many workers from India and other Southeastern Asian countries have been hired to build the infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

India’s Supreme Court has declared that religion should not be used as a hinderance in adoption.

Hong Kong

With the Chinese government exerting more control over the city, thousands marched in protest over ever increasing restrictions on freedom of the press. Many longtime journalists have been dismissed over liberal views and criticism of the Chinese government.

China

Speaking of China, the government officially asked President Obama to cancel a meeting with the Dalai Lama saying, “Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China, which allow no foreign interference.”

Thailand

Well, if massive and sometimes violent protests won’t sway a government, maybe hitting them in the pocketbook will. Thai protesters have begun calling for a boycott of companies tied to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s family. The protesters are using social media to spread the message.

North Korea

Another Christian missionary has been arrested in North Korea; this one from Australia.

South Korea

I was rooting for her all through the Olympics and thought she deserved the gold, but South Korea’s Yuna Kim won the silver in the ladies figure skating competition in Sochi. I though Kim’s long program was simply divine.

In other news, South Korea has begun developing cyberweapons in an attempt to damage North Korean nuclear facilities. Have they not seen the movie War Games? This could end badly.

Taiwan

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit north Taiwan over the weekend.

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Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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