China should welcome Catholic Church and other faith traditions, for the moral good of society
G. Bin Zhao calls on Beijing to accept the pope's offer of friendship and open China's doors to the Catholic Church, as well as revive its own faith traditions, to stem society's moral degeneration.
Education Asia -- myths and realities
Asian countries have long topped the OECD's PISA survey on the state of global education. But how good really are Asia's education systems, asks John West?
No Indian university in global top 200. Why?
Why is no Indian university in the global top 200 asks Asit Biswas.
Urbanization in India
In terms of global developments, Asian countries, including India, have been comparatively newcomers to urbanization, argues Asit Biswas.
India's squalid slums
As Katherine Boo describes so vividly in "Behind the Beautiful Forevers", life in an urban slum in Mumbai can be full of squalor and deprivations.
Asia's fragile societies
Many of Asia's rapidly emerging economies appear threatened by stresses in their societies. It is critical to foster better social cohesion to support economic development.
Happiness and well-being in Asia?
Asia confirms the old adage that money doesn't necessarily buy happiness. The region's richest countries are not the happiest.
Asia's indigenous peoples
Ambitions of the international community to eliminate global poverty by the year 2030 will be challenged by the large numbers of indigenous people, especially in Asia, who live in deep poverty.
Financial crisis now hitting OECD education systems
OECD’s Education at a Glance report shows how crisis effects spread into our education systems, argues the OECD trade union movement.
The overwhelming majority of Asian working men and women have "precarious" jobs -- short-term, without a formal contract, no job security or social security.
Human rights in Asia
How can Asia achieve more effective protection of human rights, asks Anthony De Bondt, a summer student at Tokyo's Sophia University in 2014.
Addressing inequality in Singapore
Mukul Asher shares his thoughts on inequality in Singapore and its implications for India.
Rise of Asia's super rich
As rapid economic growth is lifting more and more Asians out of poverty, a super-rich elite is also blossoming.
When Jason Day won his first World Golf Championship in the US this year, and Nick Kyrgios beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, it heralded a new phase in Australia’s immersion in the Asian Century.
Plight of China's Uighurs
The sentencing of Chinese Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment is a harsh reminder that China is still an empire that employs repression and violence to control peoples within its borders.
Nutraceuticals and preventive healthcare
Nutraceuticals will play a major role in preventive healthcare, says Frost & Sullivan.
India’s caste system is still alive and well
India’s caste system continues to divide society, restricting opportunity for large numbers of Indian citizens and preventing the nation from realizing its full human potential.
Hope and promise of Japan's "womenomics"
Too many Asians do not have a chance to contribute to society or the economy. Perhaps the most egregious case is that of Japanese women.
Chinese dream means learning to manage change
Chinese dream will become reality only if China learns to manage change, argues G. Bin Zhao who examines some of the challenges that stand in the way of this dream.
Financing Smart Cities: Key Requirements
What are the key requirements for financing smart cities? Mukul G. Asher and Shahana Sheikh offer us some proposals for the case of India.
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