Central Asia

Air Quality over China Improves After Coronavirus Quarantine

March 12, 2020

NASA satellite observes ‘significant decreases’ in nitrogen dioxide as factories shutter and workers stay home.

Coronavirus: Is the Climate Plague Here?

February 14, 2020

Journalists Bryn Nelson and Jane C. Hu talk about how the climate crisis means we could see more deadly outbreaks, plus the rise of xenophobia as the virus spreads.

Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic

January 17, 2020

President Trump says his just-signed trade deal with China is unprecedented, but it’s mostly symbolic and has little to nothing to offer ordinary Americans, says Jocobin’s Nicole Aschoff.

China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk

October 8, 2019

A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game.  So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

Youth Indigenous Activist Speaks on Deforestation in Indonesia

October 8, 2019

14-year-old Kynan Degar explains how the palm oil industry harms indigenous Indonesian communities through deforestation—an interview at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

Millions Fear Loss of Indian Citizenship and Detention

September 27, 2019

Concern is growing in India’s northeastern state of Assam that people excluded from a new citizens’ registry could be sent to detention camps under construction across the state. The government says it created the registry to root out undocumented migrants, but almost 2 million people, many of whom have spent their entire lives in India,…

Is India Restricting Freedom of the Press in Kashmir?

Is India Restricting Freedom of the Press in Kashmir?

September 10, 2019

A month after India suspended autonomy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, reporters there still face severe restrictions. Local media outlets are struggling to report freely under an unprecedented communications blackout. What does that mean for Kashmiris?

Kashmir Lockdown Leaves Medical Care in Chaos

Kashmir Lockdown Leaves Medical Care in Chaos

September 8, 2019

In August, India revoked Kashmir’s special status and imposed a communications blackout. The restrictions have had an impact on medical care. With hospital operating rooms on standby for emergencies, patients with scheduled operations are put on hold

US-China Trade War Causes Damage, but is Exaggerated

US-China Trade War Causes Damage, but is Exaggerated

September 6, 2019

Trump hit China with more tariffs on $300 billion of imports, but as a percentage of GDP the trade war remains relatively small in its impact, and is thus unlikely to lead to a recession says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Assam's Citizen Register May Exclude Genuine Indians

Assam’s Citizen Register May Exclude Genuine Indians

September 1, 2019

The Indian state of Assam will soon release its National Register of Citizens, a list of residents of the state who can prove they have been living there for roughly seven decades. The government says the list will weed out illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh – but any flaws in the system can have far…