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Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk at Hong Kong. Photo by Cloneofsnake, Wikipedia Commons.
Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk at Hong Kong. Photo by Cloneofsnake, Wikipedia Commons.


Shark Finning Debate: Not Losing Focus – OpEd

By Joel Lim In his response to Graham Land’s earlier article, Mr KT Tan paints an interesting picture as he “analyses” the issue of shark finning through a cultural-imperialist lens (‘Western Hypocrisy In The Shark’s Fin Debate – Analysis’, Eurasia Review, 27 August 2014). While Tan’s argument is seemingly sound on principle, he may have […]

Ron Paul. Photo by David Carlyon, Wikipedia Commons
Ron Paul. Photo by David Carlyon, Wikipedia Commons


Ron Paul: Defeat Of USA FREEDOM Act Is A Victory For Freedom – OpEd

It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the […]

Burma Honor Guard. Photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat, Thai Government photographer
Burma Honor Guard. Photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat, Thai Government photographer


How The Burmese Military Perpetuates Its Own Myth – OpEd

By Francis Wade A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that […]