Climate change in South Asia

Climate change is already having big effects on southern Asia. Deadly heat waves like one that killed 3,500 people in India and Pakistan in 2015 are becoming more frequent. The summer monsoon rains are...

India’s witch hunts

For many, witch trials may seem like a relic of early colonial America. But in fact witch-hunting is still a feature of rural life today in many some of the world. One place where it's prevalent is India....

The ‘Red Market’ in human organs

The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering. There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other...

Japan’s #MeToo movement faces culture of silence

The #MeToo movement has spread from the United States to other parts of the world as women have increasingly spoken out about sexual assault and sexual harassment. One country where it has struggled is...

China’s war on pollution

China’s rapid economic growth over the past two decades been nothing short of remarkable. Of course there’s been a dark side to this growth. As China has built more factories, power plants and cars, it...

Orphanage ‘tourism’ draws scrutiny

To people in the U.S., an orphanage sounds like an outdated concept. Many of us only remember seeing them in movies like “Annie” Orphanages fell out of favor in the U.S. around World War II after many...

Death squads in the Philippines

In recent days Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would withdraw his country from the treaty governing the International Criminal Court. That move came just over a month after the ICC’s top...

China’s ‘one-child’ legacy

A little less than four decades ago China’s population was nearing the 1 billion mark. In 1979 this led the Communist Party to institute the “One-Child Policy” to slow the country’s population...

Olympic diplomacy in Korea

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea have kicked off with official luge, biathlon and ski jumping training sessions. But these games may be remembered for more than just who skied the fastest or...