Prohibition Continues for Women in Sri Lanka

On January 14, 2018, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reversed a new law that would have allowed women over the age of 18 to purchase alcohol for the first time in 39 years since 1979. The law had been decided just a week earlier by the country’s finance minister, mangala Samaraweera in an effort to “restore gender neutrality” and remove remnants of sexism from the statutes. It would have also allowed women to work in bars without a state permit. To put the law in context, when it wa...
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The New Autocratic State

On November 16th, Cambodia’s Supreme Court announced a ruling that effectively dissolved the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). With this, Prime Minister Hun Sen is likely set to retain his position of three decades in the upcoming general elections next year. The ruling also included a five-year political ban for 118 members of the party. But to understand the tension between the two parties necessitates a look at the history of the relationship between CNRP an...
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North Korea Is Not Backing Down Anytime Soon: Here’s Why (or Here’s Who)

On October 1st, TransTeleCom began providing Internet connection to North Korea. What is interesting about this is that TransTeleCom is a major state-owned telecommunications company- from Russia. The connection first appeared on routing databases around 5:38p.m. in Pyongyang time (which is not in line with how time is tracked by location, in its effort to “break from imperialism”). Prior to this, Internet connection was funneled through only one line: the route between North Korean ISP Star ...
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Morsi’s Death Sentence Overturned

In a new court ruling, the Court of Cassation overturned the death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial. Morsi first came into power in 2012 as the first democratically elected president. Despite this apparent gain for the people, Morsi quickly fostered a great deal of resentment among Egyptians. He was accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian and exploiting his power to push for a more Islamic rule of law. At the same time, Egypt found itself in...
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Brewing War in Myanmar

Violence has once again found its place in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. On October 9th, a group of militants launched a coordinated attack on three border posts, killing nine police officers and wounding five. In retaliation, according to eyewitness reports, Myanmar soldiers shot several unarmed civilians the next morning. Since then, several groups of armed civilians began aggressively calling for war. One man said, “The fighting can start now, today. The Myanmar Army tried to search for...
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