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‘Polygamy club’ draws criticism in Indonesia

By Mon, Oct 26, 2009 2:53AM UTC

Plans to open branches of a Malaysian “Polygamy Club” in Indonesia have upset women’s groups and religious leaders in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, who say the search for multiple wives should be handled privately — not by a matchmaking service. Under Islamic law, Muslim men are permitted four

Online uproar exposes Philippines relief aid fiasco

By Mon, Oct 26, 2009 12:21AM UTC

Last Friday was a terrible day for the Philippines after a blogger exposed to the nation and the world that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was stockpiling relief goods donated by foreign donors at its warehouses.  Terrible because amid continued efforts by citizen organizations to drum up

“Push factor” argument blown out of the water

By Sun, Oct 25, 2009 9:24PM UTC

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia on unauthorized boats has increased by more than 3000 per cent for 2008/09, according to the Department of Immigration’s Annual Report which is to be tabled in Parliament this week. The more than 30-fold increase on the previous reporting period sinks the

Kali: The indigenous Filipino martial arts

By Sun, Oct 25, 2009 7:12PM UTC

  WHILE pounding the keyboard of my desktop, I saw a rerun of Discovery Asia’s feature on the Filipino’s unique contribution to the world of martial arts. Kali, or more popularly arnis or eskrima, has caught the attention of American law enforcers several decades ago and has been included in

Banning child labor does not work

By Sun, Oct 25, 2009 4:33PM UTC

  Bala Murali Krishna’s post on “India’s Forgotten Child Labourers” brought to mind an earlier post of mine from October 2006 where I wrote, “Child labor is a symptom; it is not the problem. The problem lies elsewhere and unless the problem itself is addressed, merely addressing the symptom makes

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