Asia Pacific

Microsoft’s Reduced Workweek Increased Productivity by 40%

November 6, 2019

Microsoft’s Japan office reduced its workweek to four days for a full month, and productivity jumped by 40%. Why isn’t it implemented everywhere? Richard Wolff explains why we’ve worked five days a week since the 1940s.

Demonstrations Continue in Hong Kong in Defiance of Face Mask Ban

October 8, 2019

Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two protesters for defying the ban on wearing face masks during demonstrations.

Guam’s Independence Movement Grows

October 7, 2019

The small U.S. territory island of Guam, which houses significant U.S. military bases, is also home to an independence movement that is growing gradually because of the lack of self-rule. We speak to one of the movement’s leaders, Michael Lujan Bevacqua.

Malaysian children

Stateless in Malaysia

September 30, 2019

The stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia are denied access to schools, jobs, and healthcare, and their village is facing demolition. They have found advocates in the youth movement Borneo Komrad.

North Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea Because of U.S. Sanctions 

North Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea Because of U.S. Sanctions 

August 16, 2019

While U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks fail to proceed because of a lack of unanimity within the Trump administration, the North suspended peace talks with the South because of the U.S.’s refusal to lift economic sanctions, says Tim Shorrock

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

August 5, 2019

Existence is resistance: a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees live in Malaysia with no legal rights or protections

Ruthless Philippine President's High Popularity Is the Result of Failed Democracy

Ruthless Philippine President’s High Popularity Is the Result of Failed Democracy

July 16, 2019

As the death toll in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs keeps climbing, so does his popularity. How can this be? Walden Bello says it is the result of a failed liberal democracy in the Philippines

US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea 

US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea 

July 9, 2019

Trump administration officials deploy a basic lack of understanding and contradictory policies towards Iran and North Korea, despite dealing with a similar problem: nuclear proliferation. We discuss the issue with Phyllis Bennis and Tim Shorrock

NRA’s Playbook Shows Why the US Does not Stop Mass Shootings

NRA’s Playbook Shows Why the US Does not Stop Mass Shootings

March 31, 2019

After the Chistchurch shooting, New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons, while the US is promoting plans to arm school teachers instead. Al-Jazeera exposes NRA’s “playbook” on media responses after mass shootings

Trump Missed his Opportunity for a Deal on North Korean Sanctions

Trump Missed his Opportunity for a Deal on North Korean Sanctions

March 1, 2019

The two sides may have been close to making an important agreement on denuclearization and lifting sanctions. It’s not clear what went wrong, but it seems that hardliners prevented an agreement, says Tom Collina of Ploughshares