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A Club in Malaysia Tells Its Members to Be Whores -- That Way, Their Husbands Don't Have to Use One

Lina Eroh | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Lina Eroh

My husband and I learned about an organization called the "Obedient Wives Club." It was founded in Malaysia in 2011 and the Penang branch counts several female doctors and other educated women amongst its members. The goal of the club is as off-putting as its name: to teach wives how to submit to their husbands, in life and in bed.

Dim Prospects for Peace in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since February of this year the Malaysian government has sponsored talks in Kuala Lumpur (KL) with the aim of ending the bloodshed that has plagued southern Thailand for nearly a decade.

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

China Amps Up Its Soft Power in the South China Sea While Washington Shows the Flag

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The federal government shutdown debacle finally ended, but its effects live on. In this case, continuing to effect America's Asia-Pacific pivot, our big geopolitical shift from fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to heightened engagement with the rising Asia-Pacific.

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Anyone Can Say 'Allah', Not Only Muslims

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Who Owns Allah, the God? The Malaysian Muslim Fitna

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.

10 Things to Know About Travel in Southeast Asia

Viator | Posted 09.23.2013 | Travel
Viator

As much as we highly recommend you visit these places, the prudent traveler will do his/her homework as to abide the laws and traditions of these very different countries, as well as be prepared to face the risks, both financial and otherwise that could wind up tarnishing your vacation.

Defining God: Revealing the Poverty of Religious Literacy

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

While recent events and crises demand our mourning and reflection on the implications of violence and bloodshed, a recent development in Malaysia also demands our reflection on the implications of ignorance and fear in our world.

Playing On The Walls In Singapore

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.16.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

A quickly rising street art installation artist from Lithuania is keeping his work refreshingly down-to-earth and sincerely engaging with the public...

Malaysia Says Only Muslims Can Use This Word

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God, o...

Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States

Niels Gerson Lohman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Niels Gerson Lohman

I have been cursed at a Chinese border. In Dubai, my passport was studied by three veiled women for over an hour and my suitcase completely dismembered. In the Philippines I had to bribe someone in order to get my visa extended for a few days. But never, ever, will I return to the United States of America.

Pan Asia: The Cultural Sphere Expands

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.11.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

As various forms of Asian popular cultures and individuals are crossing borders as easily as the bird flu, the old idea of Pan-Asianism is once again on the rise.

The Shutdown Crew Takes a Big Bite Out of U.S. Geopolitics

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

America is being judged by what's going on in the Washington clown show. The right-wing faction behind it is like the proverbial barking dog that catches the car -- no idea what to do now. And almost certainly no real grasp of the trouble it's causing.

Climate Change This Week: Carbon Crash Diet, Attack of the Giant Hornets, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

IPCC Says: Humans Cause Global Warming, Need Crash Carbon Diet NOW in their latest report, notes InsideClimate News. To avert ever worsening catastro...

Shutdown Forces Obama To Shorten Asia Trip

AP | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has canceled two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the partial governmen...

Spotting Borneo's Wild Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants, and Proboscis Monkeys--on a Budget

Lina Eroh | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Lina Eroh

When people hear the word "Borneo" they typically think two things: unexplored and expensive. While Borneo is definitely not a cheap destination, especially since the Malaysian ringgit is doing well against the dollar, there are ways to explore its rain forests and keep your wallet intact.

Taiping, Malaysian Town of Heavenly Peace

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Taiping was founded in violence, which is ironic given that its attractions today are of a gentle nature. A relaxed place to savor leafy pleasures, it is a quiet town where the residents go about their business largely untroubled by glossy shopping malls and big tour groups.

What to Eat, Drink and Discover in Penang

Lina Eroh | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Lina Eroh

Have you heard of Penang? If so, it's probably because you're a foodie. Often referred to as the "Food Paradise of Asia," Penang does offer amazing eats, but it also plays host to a number of other delicious experiences.

Stop TPP Protections for Big Tobacco

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Malaysia's chief negotiator last week proposed the only effective solution: Carve out tobacco control regulations and laws, and also remove tobacco products, from being covered by the TPP.

When a Burned Down Church Becomes an Opportunity

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

This you have to see to believe. Here in a country known for opposition to Christian faith, long a stronghold of Islamic tradition and faith, sits a most spectacular church.

When Religious Jingoism Rules

Dawn Morais | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Would you believe that anyone could get arrested and have his or her resident status revoked because of a simple act of genuine hospitality to people of another faith? This senseless drama just played itself out in Malaysia.

McRib Made With Chicken?!

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 09.03.2013 | Business

The McRib is a strange seasonal offering from McDonald's that's not, in fact, made from pork ribs. It's actually just a rib-shaped patty of ground por...

You'll Never Guess Where These Amazing Photos Were Taken

Posted 08.23.2013 | Travel

No matter the reason for wanting to travel to Asia -- the dense population, the lookalike cities or even their bizarre flavors (hello, Pepsi Cheetos) ...