Kim Jong-un's North Korea: More of the same?

Kim Jong-un's North Korea: More of the same?

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is best known for one thing: secrecy. However, when the DPRK wants the world to know something, the DPRK propaganda machine does it well. Supreme leader Kim Jong-il rose to power after his father, Kim Il-sung died in 1994 at the age of 82...

A Democratic Shift in Burma? Not so fast...

A Democratic Shift in Burma? Not so fast...

On Nov. 13, officials released Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi from her most recent episode of house arrest. As they dismantled the barbed-wire barricades that had been in front of Suu Kyi’s residence throughout her confinement, hundreds of supporters and reporters waited outside. Delivering a speech the following day, she was greeted by thousands waiting to hear words from their revered leader, who has now spent 15 of the last 21 years in detention during three separate periods of house arrest starting in 1990, 2000, and 2003, with various extensions imposed throughout...

School Lunch: Feeding India's massive student population

School Lunch: Feeding India's massive student population

Ashkaya Pertaya is a non-profit group that runs 17 kitchens across eight states within India, feeding 1.26 million children everyday in their schools. This organization is the main partner for the Indian government’s Mid-day Meal Scheme, the largest school-lunch program in the world. It aspires to feed 5 million children by 2020, with 65 percent of its funds coming from the state, according to an article in Time Magazine...

Obama and Hu at G-20

G-20 Summit fails to tackle currency issues...

G-20 Summit fails to tackle currency issues...

As G-20 leaders met in Seoul last week, efforts to ease the rising tensions over currency manipulation floundered amidst criticism of the fed's quantitative easing (QE2) policy. A director general at China's Ministry of Commerce told reporters: “Don’t make other people take the medicine for your disease. Quantitative easing will have a very big impact on developing countries including China.”

Drone Strikes in the FATA...

Drone Strikes in the FATA...

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the FATA.

The United States has drastically increased the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its struggle against al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates. In 2010 alone, 93 drone strikes targeted militants throughout Northwestern Pakistan (the vast majority of which struck in North and South Waziristan), more than doubling the 45 strikes authorized during the entire Bush administration.