News in Asia

Hello my fellow unicorns, welcome to another week and more news. I hope all is well in your particular world as some things are not as great in the wider world, though there are a couple of bright spots out there. So here we go…

Well it looks like North Korea is revving up to kickstart another diplomatic crisis by restarting the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility. At least that’s what it looks like from satellite photos. The facility was shut down in 2007 in a disarmament agreement and can generate both electricity and can produce fissile material for nuclear weapons. Well, that’s a scary form of multitasking. This is AFTER North and South Korea agreed to reopen the Kaesong industrial zone.

The Afghan government is looking to increase the number of women in their police force. According to a report by Oxfam, only one percent of Afghan’s police force is female and the need for more is evident as it encourages more women to report crimes and abuse. The government wants to recruit 5,000 women to the police force by 2014, though they face many challenges, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, physical attacks from male colleagues, little training and assignment of menial tasks. It’s a tough sell.

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taliban went on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

[Trigger warning for rape.]

The four men accused of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi were found guilty and sentenced to death.

In things I honestly didn’t know, wasted rice emits over 600 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. The rice is discarded via poor processing or spilled during transportation. As the population in Asia increases, the carbon footprint left by the wasted product is expected to increase.

Poverty is a pesky thing that gets in the way of corporate expansion. That’s at least the problem in Mumbai where the international airport cannot expand without destroying a large part of the city’s second biggest slum. The airport would have to relocate 65,000 shanties in order to expand.

The ancient tomb of China’s first female prime minister has been found. Shangguan Wan’er, who lived from 664-710 AD, was also a poet and served China’s first empress, Wu Zetian. She was killed during a palace coup and her life inspired a TV series.

In not great Afghan news, the Taliban have attacked the U.S. Consulate in Herat, leaving several dead.

In news that is really great, the Afghanistan football team (aka soccer) beat India to win the South Asian Football Federation, defeating the two-time defending champions.

Is there any news of interest that I missed? Anything you wish to discuss further? Leave it in the comments below!

By 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.

3 replies on “News in Asia”

The Dehli rape verdict was big news over here. The english language news station spent a lot of time with their correspondents at the court waiting for the verdict to come out — after hearing about the case for so long in American media, it was a little disconcerting to be hearing it from local media. I don’t know if this was a tidbit reported in the US or simply something I missed, but the reports here claimed that the victims dying wish was that her rapists be burned alive. It was a chilling statement and one I’m not sure how I feel about.

I had not heard about that statement in all my reading on this. I have to be frank and also admit I don’t know how I feel about it either. I am anti-death penalty, but this crime was so heinous that I feel conflicted about it. I don’t know if that makes me a bad liberal or human.

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