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Huge Haul of Slain Sea Turtles Tests Vietnam

National Geographic

Vietnamese authorities seized 7,000 dead sea turtles in 2014, but the trader suspected of being behind the killings has yet to be arrested.

In November 2014, authorities in Vietnam confiscated 10 tons of dead sea turtles, the single largest seizure of marine turtles ever. Photograph by Doug Hendie
In November 2014, authorities in Vietnam confiscated 10 tons of dead sea turtles, the single largest seizure of marine turtles ever. Photograph by Doug Hendie

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Mr. K had never imagined it would be this bad. After leading a three-year undercover investigation of sea turtle smuggling in Vietnam, his home country, those efforts had finally yielded tips from informants, landing him on the doorstep of three warehouses in a rural area outside Nha Trang, a beach town in Khanh Hoa Province, about 250 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Sexual health in East Asia: it’s a matter of life and death

Pregnant women attend lectures on family planning in a local government health centre in Navotas, Metro Manila March 3, 2011. Lawmakers in the lower house of Philippine Congress will begin debate on the proposed reproductive health measure, promoting use of contraceptives, including condoms, but the conservative Roman Catholic bishops are expected to oppose the bill, local media reported.
Every year, close to 13,000 women die of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth in the ASEAN region Image: REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Written by Yoriko Yasukawa – Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Population Fund

WF – Published Monday 30 May 2016

As a Japanese citizen, I read with great interest the speech US President Barack Obama gave during his recent historic visit to Hiroshima, and one sentence struck me like no other: “Those who died, they are like us.”

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A Battle Over Money in Beijing

WSJ – Economic policy is a flashpoint in China’s political succession fight.

China's Premier Li Keqiang at the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting economic growth in Beijing on July 22.
China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting economic growth in Beijing on July 22. Photo: Associated Press

 Aug. 17, 2016 6:40 p.m. ET 

A succession struggle is underway in China ahead of next year’s Communist Party Congress. And this time the central fight is over monetary policy instead of ideological slogans. The outcome has implications for China’s response to slowing economic growth.

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Great stonewall: China curbs communications with Taiwan

The Economist

I can’t talk right now
IT WAS only six months ago that China and Taiwan achieved a symbolic breakthrough in their decades-long standoff: the two countries’ presidents met for the first time since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, both looking chuffed that they had finally broken the ice. Now it is back to normal. On June 25th China shut down a channel for communication between the two sides because of the refusal of Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, to accept that there is but “one China”, and that Taiwan is a part of it. A new chill is descending over the Taiwan Strait.

 

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The New Rules on Public Speaking: 6 Tips for Success

WisBar

Lawyers are public speakers. This article includes some new rules on public speaking. No fig leaves gentlemen, and ladies too.

Joe Forward

Joe Forward, Saint Louis Univ. School of Law 2010, is a legal writer for the State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison. He can be reached by email or by phone at (608) 250-6161.

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Aug. 17, 2016 – As a lawyer, your words matter. From the courtroom to the boardroom, from conferences to cocktail parties, words tell a story about you, and potential clients want to know your story. Are you credible? Are you a power player? Are you a leader?

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Long Tan commemoration cancelled, then rescheduled with modifications agreed upon by Vietnamese and Australian PMs

For Aussies and New Zealanders, the Battle of Long Tan is the highlight of their wartime experience in Viet Nam, a singular event in which an outnumbered force of ANZAC infantry and artillery held off more than 1500 Viet Cong, inflicting serious casualties while suffering relatively few casualties of their own. Over the years, Vietnamese authorities have quietly permitted groups of Australian and New Zealand veterans to return on special occasions to commemorate the battle at the site near the beach resort town of Vung Tau.

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A Nation, Building

by JOHN S. ROSENBERG – MAY-JUNE 2014

Hanoi’s streets (in 2007, above) are now full of motorcycles and scooters, and shop shelves are no longer bare.

Hanoi’s streets (in 2007, above) are now full of motorcycles and scooters, and shop shelves are no longer bare. Photograph by Chau Doan/Getty Images

building”>harvardmagazine – A RECENT Monday morning, during a class on global trade, the professor reviewed the effects of nations’ limits on such commerce: tariffs, quotas, and the “voluntary” restraints exporting countries impose on their shipments to eager customers (lest protected interests in the importing area wilt). His students, arrayed in a teaching amphitheater laid out like the classrooms at Harvard Business School (HBS)—complete with laminated placards bearing each

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What It Takes to Get an Alleged Mass Rapist and 67 Militiamen Arrested in Congo

What It Takes to Get an Alleged Mass Rapist and 67 Militiamen Arrested in Congo

It was in a sickly green, fluorescent-lit meeting room in Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a couple of years ago that someone whispered to me that babies were being gang-raped in a nearby town.

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New Photos Cast Doubt on China’s Vow Not to Militarize Disputed Islands

When President Xi Jinping of China visited President Obama at the White House last September, he startled many with reassuring words about his intentions for the Spratly Islands, a contested area where the Chinese government has been piling dredged sand and concrete atop reefs for the past few years and building housing and runways on them.

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Why green growth is the key to Southeast Asia’s future

By Vaidehi Shah

NCCS – The “grow now, clean up later” approach which has dominated economic development for the past century just isn’t working anymore as multiple environmental crises prove. Green growth may be a better way forward for Southeast Asia and the world.

Solar panels on Sumba Island, Indonesia. Over 8.1 million people are now working in renewable energy worldwide. Image: Asian Development Bank, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Underground revolution: Asia’s grave problem

To solve land shortages, many Asian countries have encouraged “eco-burials” that involve the cremation process. But considering the environmental effects of cremation, the benefits may be short-term at best.

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These elaborate, expansive Chinese tombs are a symbol of piety and reverence for ancestors, but at what environmental price? Image: Shutterstock

eco-business: In the crowded cities of Asia, the lack of space isn’t just a problem for the living: cemeteries are filling up faster than ever and governments are scrambling to solve the sensitive yet urgent problem of where to put the dead.

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Seema Bansal: How to fix a broken education system … without any more money

Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She’s looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. Bansal and her team have found success using creative, straightforward techniques such as communicating with teachers using SMS group chats, and they have already measurably improved learning and engagement in Haryana’s schools.

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Antibiotic Resistance Requires Global Response Similar to AIDS, Climate Change

Unregulated sales of antibiotics are contributing to growing resistance. Credit: Adil Siddiqi/IPS

IPSnews – UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2016 (IPS) – Addressing antibiotic resistance will require a global political response similar to the way the world has reacted to climate change or HIV / AIDS, Sweden’s Minister of Public Health Gabriel Wikstrom, told IPS recently.

“(These problems) began with a small group of experts discussing and trying to warn the rest of us and it was not until it was politically addressed that it really became an issue that was solvable.”

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West Bank garden of teargas canisters – in pictures

theguardian _ The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier

tear gas garden: A palestinian woman waters the plants Sabiha Abu Rahmeh waters the plants. Her son, Bassim, was killed in the weekly protests five years ago Photograph: Fadi Arouri/Xinhua Press/Corbis

 
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