“Fear is something constant,” says Monovithya Kem, the daughter of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha. “I can say that although we have always faced a security and safety risk, you don’t get accustomed to fear.”…FULL STORY
Two years ago an American robotics company challenged a Japanese robotics company to a duel. Their weapons of choice? Giant robots. FULL STORY
One of Cambodia’s major English-language newspapers will close this week because it is unable to pay what the government says it owes in back taxes.
A respected English-language newspaper in Cambodia may close because it won’t be able to pay an enormous tax bill the government claims it owes by Sept. 4. The Cambodia Daily was slapped with a $6.3 million tax bill last month, after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation into private organizations operating in the country. The […]
There’s a new big man on campus at Louisiana State University — and he’s a cat.
The Indonesian metal group Voice of Baceprot is one noisy band. In fact, the band’s name literally means “noisy” in the ethnic Sundanese language the three members speak. They all hail from a rural, conservative part of Indonesia — West Java — about five hours southeast of the capital of Jakarta. But it isn’t just […]
The first year of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has come to a close. But Filipinos at home and in the U.S. are still deeply divided over his leadership.
A recent string of violent episodes in Southeast Asian countries sheds some light on the challenges facing this region as it grapples with extremism. READ MORE….
On April 24, 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring thousands of others. At the time, the building housed five garment factories that manufactured goods for major retail companies in Europe and North America. READ MORE…
My latest trip for NPR took me across the world to Bangladesh, where some 75,000 Rohingya refugees have fled over the last six months or so to escape a brutal crackdown from the Myanmar army in their homeland. I went with reporter (now freelancer, once NPR Correspondent) Michael Sullivan and we were in Bangladesh for […]