North Asia

by Vladimir Rozanskij | BELORUSSIA

There are over 8,000 people imprisoned for political reasons and over 300,000 who have been forced to leave the country for the same reasons in a land of just 10 million inhabitants. And ever since the Lukasenko regime forced citizens abroad to return to their homeland to reissue their passports, the number of stateless Belarusians around Europe and the world has multiplied exponentially.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Moscow is pushing to extend the free trade area created in 2014 with Belarus and Kazakhstan and already extended to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to all non-hostile former Soviet countries. But the Eurasian countries are gaining big economic benefits from geopolitical tensions. With the oil sector, in particular, now poised between traditional routes and new prospects of collaboration with Westerners.

| 11/04/2024
| RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA

Today's news: Hong Kong denied access to a Reporters Without Borders representative, who was searched and then deported; At least 16% of the candidates in the first phase of the Lok Sabha vote have pending criminal cases; Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 16, over 1100 injured; The Houthis claim an attack on four boats in the Gulf, also a 'US warship'. 

| 11/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY

Today's news: Indian court dismisses appeal against arrest of opposition leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal; Sunni militants kill five policemen in Sistan-Baluchestan; South Korea invests billions in artificial intelligence; Protests in Manila against Chinese 'aggression', Xi Jinping's image trampled. 

| 10/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Vladimir Rozansky

In an effort to re-read Russian history in the context of today's war effort, the case of a teacher who used a culinary example has gone viral on Russian social networks. 'Better to prepare pelmeny than to play with assault drones'.

| 10/04/2024
| RUSSIA

Today's news: Record gold seizure at Hong Kong customs worth more than million; For the Thai premier, it is time for talks with the coup junta in Myanmar, which is starting to 'lose strength'; Beijing blocked a popular Tibetan-language blog; Meeting between the foreign ministries of Russia and China, Putin's visit to Xi Jinping on the agenda. 

| 09/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY

Today's news: reports of workplace abuse have doubled in South Korea in five years; Baghdad will send 10 million liters of fuel to the Gaza Strip; Public apology from a company in Malaysia for a shoe logo that resembles the word "Allah"; The Taliban have built a wall around the Eidgah mosque in Kandahar for fear of ISIS attacks: Moscow has slowed issuing work permits to migrants from Central Asia.

| 08/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”