- May 15, 2013
Vietnamese companies have been ruthlessly taking advantage of Laotian locals and their environment to create vast rubber plantations. The "rubber lords" are also getting support for the land grabs from Germany's Deutsche Bank, which is violating its ethics and sustainability policies, critics say. more... [ Comment ]
- May 09, 2013
North Korea threatens to start a nuclear war, while South Korea dances Gangnam style. Those are the clichés. War has never been this close, but Koreans in Seoul confront their fears by going about a bizarre version of everyday life, complete with truffle pasta and super-smart phones. more... [ Comment ]
- April 05, 2013
North Korea's most recent irrational behavior has made clear the government's indifference to sanctions. Some believe China is the only country that can talk Pyongyang into toning down its rhetoric. In reality the United States can do much more to calm the situation. more... [ Comment ]
- January 17, 2013
Japan's once and current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is determined to restore his country to its former greatness. Apart from focusing on its ailing economy, the nationalist leader is talking tough with its much stronger neighbors. more... [ Comment ]
- January 03, 2013
The eyes of the financial world are on Greece and other heavily indebted euro-zone countries. But Japan is in even worse shape. The country's debt load is immense and growing, to the point that a quarter of its budget goes to servicing it. The government in Tokyo has done little to change things. more... [ Comment ]
- September 14, 2012
China and the US seem to be on a collision course in the Pacific. Beijing is significantly bolstering its navy, and Washington is shifting its military focus to the Asia-Pacific Region. Many fear it could alter the balance of power in a region rich in oil and crucial for global trade. more...
- January 11, 2012
Vo Van Than arrived in France in 1979 after fleeing the Communist government of Vietnam. His rage against the regime dissipated only with time and the happiness he found in cooking. But now the government has tried to cast him out again, this time as manager of a popular Paris restaurant. more...
- October 31, 2011
Historically severe floods in the heart of Thailand have crept into Bangkok. A third of the nation stands underwater and the last decade of development has left the capital without natural defenses such as forests and grasslands. The country's new prime minister is struggling to show a brave face. more...
- November 22, 2010
In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi discusses her house arrest, which lasted for more than seven years, overcoming fears of the military regime and her continuing fight for freedom. more...
- July 27, 2010
The Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia delivered its first verdict this week. Although Kaing Guek Eav will remain in prison for many years, the judges reduced his sentence substantially for time already served. Still, it's the next and most important case that will determine whether the tribunals are any more than a $150 million farce funded by the international community. more...