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Myanmar turns to pop-up power stations
BBC News, 19 December 2014
Nestled on a bed of gravel, an hour's drive from Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the country's newest power station.

[Editorial] Employment war arising
The Korea Times, 19 December 2014
Employment rates have a critical impact on economic conditions and the growth of each nation and therefore determine social stability in the present and the future.

Moving backward
The Korea Times, 19 December 2014
I had lunch with Srirak Plipat, Asia-Pacific director of Transparency International (TI), in Seoul on Nov. 21. He came to Korea as part of an Asian visit before the anticorruption watchdog released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on Dec. 3.

The North Korea model for consumer complaints
ABC News, 19 December 2014
Don't like something? Just threaten retribution until it goes away. After all, it worked for some North Korean cyber-terrorists who didn't want Hollywood comedy The Interview to be released, writes Ben Pobjie.

After a ragged year, where to for Abbott?
ABC News, 19 December 2014
Since the budget the Government has lost a mountain of political capital for little or no gain. So as it ends 2014, what does it need to do in 2015? Tony Abbott's former adviser Terry Barnes writes.

Obama canít win a terror war he refuses to identify
Washington Times, 18 December 2014
The enemy does everything it can to make clear its motivation, and we do everything we can to bury it.

[Editorial] More immigrants
The Korea Herald, 18 December 2014
Controversy recently erupted over a bill aimed at guaranteeing undocumented immigrant children the right to receive education and medical treatment. Some Koreans raised objections to using taxpayers’ money to care for the children of those who are...

[Editorial] Kim Jong-unís choice
The Korea Herald, 18 December 2014
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be seen as having been successful in consolidating his control over the isolated regime since he took power in December 2011 following the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il.

Mad or bad: the inadequacy of the lone wolf theory
ABC News, 17 December 2014
Religiously motivated terrorism and psychological imbalance are not mutually exclusive. Viewing the tragedy in the Lindt Café as a 'one-off' by a 'maddy' is dangerous wishful thinking, writes Rachael Kohn.

U.S. slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan
Reuters, 17 December 2014
The United States confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday in a decision that may inflame trade tensions between the two countries.

[Editorial] The school killings in Pakistan
The Guardian, 17 December 2014
A massacre of the innocents which shows Islamist extremism at its most callous. But Pakistan’s own policies are also to blame.

The Guardian view on Shinzo Abeís re-election: it paid off, but it was no ringing endorsement
The Guardian, 16 December 2014
The results of the Japanese general election are, in one word, strange. The coalition led by the incumbent prime minister, Shinzo Abe, won a commanding two-thirds of the seats, and secured its hold on government for the next four years. But it did so...

Is China's economy really the largest in the world?
BBC News, 16 December 2014
For the first time in more than 140 years, the US has lost the title of the world's largest economy - it has been stolen by China, according to the IMF. But how reliable are the statistics underpinning this claim? The BBC's economics editor, Robert...

[Editorial] Renewed mandate for Abe
The Korea Times, 16 December 2014
As expected, the Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a landslide victory in Japan's parliamentary elections Sunday. Having maintained its two-thirds majority of the 475-seat lower house, Abe and the LDP will be able to push almost...

Sydney siege: confronting our anti-Islam backlash
ABC News, 16 December 2014
In the aftermath of the Sydney siege, I hope the outpouring of support for the Muslim community will define us more than the anti-Islam sentiment that ignited immediately. But I'm sceptical, writes Ruby Hamad.

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