North Korea women’s rights

North Korea’s human rights record is among the worst in the world. But women in North Korea face particular challenges. North Korea is a patriarchal society and the man has long been seen as the head of...

The looted antiquities trade

Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some...

India’s air pollution crisis

Recently an international cricket match in the Indian city of Delhi had to be temporarily halted in the middle of the game for an unusual reason. The cause: air pollution levels so high that a top...

China’s internet addicts

It’s hardly uncommon for parents to be worried their teenagers are spending too much time online. But in China the concern is particularly acute, where internet cafes in cities often teem with young men...

Arctic shipping grows as ice melts

For hundreds of years, European explorers sought a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Now as Arctic ice melts, just such a route is opening across northern Russia.  In August a Russian-owned tanker...

Japanese pacifism under attack

After World War II, Japan adopted a constitution that formally renounced war or maintaining military forces. In the years since, Japan has bolstered what it calls its "Self-Defense Force." The SDF is a...

The overpopulation debate

Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus's time,...

Rohingya crisis in Myanmar after attacks

Just two years ago, once-isolated Myanmar seemed firmly on a new course. Longtime opposition Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and Myanmar state counselor (AP Photo/Mark Baker) leader and Nobel laureate...

Robots: Should they be allowed to kill?

Advances in technology have transformed modern armies. But as robotics and artificial intelligence progress, so do the chances that militaries will be able to develop 'killer robots' to fight future...

North Korea’s nuclear gambit

Sixty-four years ago, a ceasefire brought a halt to the Korean War and left Korea divided.  But in recent weeks the frozen conflict on the Korean peninsula threatened to re-erupt over the North’s...