In February the biotech blue chip OBI Pharma (浩鼎) announced its breast cancer drug under development failed to achieve "statistical significance" in clinical tests. Since then, the company's stock price has plunged 40 percent, with hundreds of millions of market value evaporating into thin air.
In the wake of the U.S.-ASEAN Sunnylands Summit in February, a lot has been said about how ASEAN matters for great powers. It is a historical time for U.S.-ASEAN relations. However, in light of the recent ASEAN foreign ministers retreat in Laos, we need to ask: What does ASEAN mean today for its member countries?
Mahatma Gandhi once said, to judge how civilized a nation is, just look at how it treats its own minorities. Going by this yardstick, Bangladesh does not make a passing grade.
Facing Britain's imperial past, a provocative exhibition on imperial-era art recently closed at London's Tate Britain. The exhibit brought together work by colonizers and the colonized and raised difficult questions about whether modern-day Britons are meant to consider this era with pride or shame.
Even before the Paris agreement on climate change was formally signed, research data would suggested that groundwater levels in the Indian subcontinent have been severely depleted by climate change, intensive irrigation, and population growth.
In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.
Taiwan has once again demonstrated a level of maturity that the international community hopes mainland China will one day show. The recent debacle over the use of "Republic of Taiwan" stickers on passports has shown that Taiwan respects the right of self-expression.
The Punjab bill on the prohibition of child labor in brick kilns is a double-edged sword. Ostensibly, the bill is designed to end the evil of child labor in a fairly large sector, but it also aims to revive the curse of peshgi (an advance against wages), and thus legitimizes bonded labor.
The new constituent country representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) met this week in Jakarta. They include Indonesia's Dinna Wisnu, director of the Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy, who replaced Rafendi Djamin, who had served on the AICHR since its establishment in 2009.
The operation against militants in Punjab was long overdue. Both skeptics and believers of state policies had been watching out for it, locked in a "will it/won't it/when will it" debate. It's kind of like the monitoring of Voyager 1 to see whether a manmade device could exit the heliosphere, the boundary separating the solar system from the rest of the galaxy. That occurred in the same year as Pakistan's first democratic transition, which for some seemed equally improbable.