In May 2008, a massive cyclone hit Myanmar. An
estimated 1,5 million people were affected and the victims were in dire need of
help. However, all foreign aid workers’ visas were rejected and the aid planes,
filled with water and food for the people, were stopped in Rangoon and asked to turn back.
has been plagued by terrorists for decades, almost a century even.
The people of especially the three most southern provinces –
Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat – lives like this: Almost all news from their part
of the world involves bombs and someone dying. They attend funerals frequently.
There are bullet holes in their kids’ classrooms. And no one goes about
anywhere after dark. These people live in fear.
Presidential elections, parliamentary Elections, opposition presidential
candidate arrested, president extends his presidential periode, takes over
ministry of information and communication. Some how all seen before including
the reaction of the Western powers.
The Maguindanao province, located
on Mindanao island in Southern Philippines, made headlines in international
media on November 23, 2009, when a convoy on the way to an election office was
held en route by armed men and 57 people were brutally killed. The governor of
the province, Andal Ampatuan, is pointed out as the prime suspect for the
Sivarak Chutipong is a name everyone, who follows South East
Asian news, will recognize. From complete anonymousity just a few months ago,
Sivarak Chutipong became famous over night. Why? He is a spy.
In the last days of August, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) put a decisive end to the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) half century of practically uninterrupted rule. Soon after, 29 September, the new minister of justice, Keiko Chiba (DPJ), announced she would introduce early next year a bill for revising the Civil Code in order to introduce an optional separate surnames system for married couples. Such a bill would arguably reform the family model that has ruled Japanese social life for over a century.
Frida Hastrup, post.doc, Department of Anthropology,
University of Copenhagen
Danes love to have their cake and eat it. Or as the
Danish expression goes: to blow air and yet keep flour in your mouth. In the
past, before globalization, we could say one thing at home, and do something
else abroad. Or we could rely on being so insignificant that others did not
bother to react to contradictory policies on our part. Being a small country,
though, has never prevented us from imagining ourselves a great power – perhaps
remembering Viking times. A number of times we accordingly collided with
In the global struggle to combat climate change China’s sector renewable
energy is becoming of increasing importance. High targets for renewable energy
(hydro, solar, wind, biomass and biofuel), continued economic growth and the
simultaneously increasing needs for energy means that the market looks
extremely promising. In this brief note it is argued that five factors will
work to make the sector one of the most dynamic places for developing renewable