Asia

The Tokyo Olympics: A Light of Hope or Another Lost Dream?

COVID-19 left the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese authorities with little choice but to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games originally planned to be kicked off last July. 11.000 Olympic athletes, 4.400 Paralympic athletes, and 80.000 unpaid volunteers were significantly affected as one of the most prestigious sporting events was forced to
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Democracy in the Stans: a myth or a future prospect?

The case of Central Asia's "island of democracy", Kyrgyzstan

The Stans is a geographical region of Central Asia consisting of 5 post-Soviet republics, who share a nomadic past and mostly Turkic-based languages. After the demise of communist rule, Central Asian republics became darlings of Western NGOs, funds, and sponsors. However, numerous attempts of outsiders to promote democracy in the region didn’t yield expected results,
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Why are the Farmers in India Protesting?

Indian farmers, mainly from northern Punjab and Haryana states, have been protesting recently implemented agricultural bills since November of last year and have gained massive international attention. Although the three bills were intended to modernize India’s farming sector, farmers worry that it will disempower them and possibly decrease their quality of life. Protestors have been
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The Rise of The Chinese Economy

China has a long and rich history during which it has seen many dynasties rise and fall. After its last dynasty it experimented with communism and in the more recent history, while still officially a communist country, it has opened up its economy and society quite a lot. For many westerners who have been accustomed
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