News in Asia

This week, we talk about the completely preventable tragedy of a hospital hit by U.S.-NATO forces, some good environmental news, girls climbing mountains and Internet protesters.

A hospital that was run by the organization Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit as part of a NATO airstrike, killing 22 people, including staff of the organization. A statement from Doctors Without Borders called it a war crime and they demand an investigation. Because of the bombing, the organization is leaving Kunduz.

If you want to donate to Doctors Without Borders, you can do so here. Sidenote: This is the organization I donate to instead of the Red Cross during any kind of crisis or disaster.

The airstrike was seemingly in conjunction with Afghan forces reclaiming the city from Taliban rule. This account by Amnesty International describes what life was like under Taliban control (trigger warning for rape).

Shifting focus to the environment and slightly better news, India pledges to cut down on carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030.

South Korea has pledged $500 million towards economic development in Pakistan, including, “infrastructure, hydropower, improvement of power distribution system, information technology and health sector.”

Novelist Perhat Tursun, sometimes referred to as China’s Salman Rushdie, is being published again, 16 years after the publication of his novel, The Art of Suicide. After its publication, Tursun began receiving death threats because the novel was deemed anti-Islamic. Perhat is from the Uighur ethnic minority of China.

Vogue published this profile on Poorna Malavath, the youngest girl to climb Everest.

Protests continue in Nepal over the new constitution and the government has now banned sale of petrol.

Recently, the Thai government announced they would make one Internet gateway to monitor what they deem “inappropriate content.” In what looks like a protest of the new policy, Thai government websites have been hit with a DDoS attack.

In a speech to the UN, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged his country would triple aid to help Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country.

Finally, though he is a more problematic figure than normally presented in quotes on Facebook, India took time to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 146th birthday.


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