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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) ...

Climate Change This Week: Continuous Clean Energy, Sultry Siberia, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.27.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Intermittency Of Renewables Is Shrinking reports Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica. Solar thermal can be designed to be continuous, off-shore wind has l...

Malaysia Economic Growth and Its Human Trafficking Issue

Ludy Green, Ph.D | Posted 09.26.2013 | Impact
Ludy Green, Ph.D

Despite Malaysia's recent increase in prosperity, the country remains plagued by thousands of human trafficking cases annually. A lack of opportunity for economic growth in neighboring countries leads many individuals to join criminal networks that traffic young girls and women.

Climate Change This Week: Vote Says O, Climate Cooks Cattle, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

*** Full Disclosure: NOBODY pays me anything to write this column - I'm a masochist! *** Acid Oceans Threaten Billion $ Oyster Biz reports Tim Radfo...

Malaysia Declares State Of Emergency Thanks To Worsening Air Pollution

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green

(Adds details on cloud seeding, school closures, visibility) KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia declared a state of emergency ...

Jamming in the Jungle

Michael Switow | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Switow

Every year, for some ten years now, I migrate to the shores of Borneo in late June or early July, to the base of a mystical mountain called Gunung Santubong, to my favourite spot for world beats -- the Rainforest World Music Festival.

Cafés and Cocktails Amid Penang's Colonial Legacy

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Penangites love to eat, drink and talk, and Penang is regarded as the street food capital of Malaysia. Unsurprisingly, many new ventures have revolved around increasingly sophisticated venues for chatting and snacking.

Malaysia -- Slaying the Tiger Economy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia's rapid economic growth may well be coming to an end, as natural resources are being depleted and the workforce has reached a limit of productivity.

Ferry Capsizes In Malaysian River

AP | SEAN YOONG | Posted 07.28.2013 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — An overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Malaysia's part of tropical Borneo island on Tues...

Malaysian Man Accused Of Rape Marries 13-Year-Old Victim

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.23.2013 | World

In an unfortunate turn of events in a Malaysian rape case, a 40-year-old man accused of rape has married the teenage victim. Riduan Masmud was char...

The Death of "Sustainability"

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

WWF's statement surprised many long-time palm oil watchers, but the organization deserves enormous credit for sticking to its principles and making clear that companies cannot claim sustainability just by sticking an RSPO label on their product while continuing to destroy the Earth's forests.

Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable," reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth.

Election Fraud in Malaysia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysians cast their ballots in the most important election in the nation's history on Sunday. On Election Day, as had been predicted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, reports of electoral fraud were widespread.