News in Asia

This week’s news brings us weapons of mass destruction, things happening in with the Chinese stock market, countries being awful to refugees and all the other major news of the week.

North Korea claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb. Most everyone is skeptical about this and South Korea resumed its propaganda broadcasts across the DMZ*.

*Maybe because I’m a child of the 80’s/90’s, I always feel an obligation to post this video:

A sharp drop-off of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar isn’t because of improved conditions at home, but because the governments of Thailand and Bangladesh are cracking down on human traffickers and smugglers.

India is lifting its ban on a bull-fighting festival, much to the dismay of animal rights activists.

Now that China has gotten rid of its one-child policy, those families that defied the law before the ban was lifted are asking that their second child be registered with the government and that any fines levied against them be cancelled.

The Chinese stock market tanked this week and that caused issues.

Two different human rights groups have reported that the Sri Lankan government still imprisons and tortures the Tamil minority in that country.

The Philippines has cut the budget for contraceptives, even though there is a law mandating birth control for the poor*.

*My reaction reading the above story.

Gif of Alan Rickman angrily flipping a table

You can now bring more bags on Malaysian Airlines flights to Europe. Yay!

This is a cool photo essay about the Badjao, who live a nomadic lifestyle on the waters of Southeast Asia and whose way of life is now transitioning.

That’s it for this week!

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.

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