Field Notes — Tonle Sap Lake

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Field Notes — Tonle Sap Lake

Stimson Southeast Asia program director Brian Eyler recently visited Plov Tuok, a community of 800 floating homes atop of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake — the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the world’s largest inland fishery. The visit was facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Brian witnessed first-hand the progress of fish conversation zones that were established by local villagers and IUCN in 2014.

Click to read his Field Notes.

To Realize Duterte’s ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’ in Philippines, Better Roads a Must

In Asia, January 31, 2018 By King Francis Ocampo

For anyone who has spent time in the Philippines, you can probably relate to the frustration over the country’s poor road and transportation infrastructure. Whether in metro Manila, where an average commuter spends more than an hour stuck in traffic jams or about three hours commuting to and from work, or in the countryside, where paved roads end abruptly leaving a bumpy, grueling drive ahead, the infrastructure problem is omnipresent.
Manila traffic

Heavy traffic jammed in both directions along a major road in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. An average city commuter spends more than an hour stuck in traffic jams like this. Photo/Conor Ashleigh

In the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Index, the Philippines ranked 56th out of 137 countries. Despite moving up a notch from the previous year, the country still fell behind six of its ASEAN neighbors. One of the biggest impediments is a lack of investment in infrastructure: the index puts the Philippines 90th in terms of infrastructure ranking and warns that this is significantly undermining the country’s ability to compete globally. Tiếp tục đọc “To Realize Duterte’s ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’ in Philippines, Better Roads a Must”

India’s New Philanthropy


In Conversation: India’s New Philanthropy

January 31, 2018 By Editor

India has around 2 percent of the world’s millionaires and 5 percent of its billionaires, and since 2000, wealth in the country has grown 9.2 percent a year, faster than the global average of 6 percent. At the same time, India ranks among the highest in terms of income inequality and dominates the world’s poorest 10 percent. India’s leaders are grappling with how to narrow this gap, particularly as foreign funding to the country dwindles. Since 2009, India has added over 100 million donors, large and small, but there’s very little data on the extent of philanthropy.

A new report examines the state of Indian philanthropy, and shines a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy as an agent of social change. In Asia editor Alma Freeman speaks with Chandrika Sahai, coordinator of Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, which co-published the report, on some of the key takeaways. Tiếp tục đọc “India’s New Philanthropy”

72 Hours in Vietnam: Observations from Craft Recycling Villages


India: 63 million women statistically ‘missing,’ 21 million unwanted


The Indian government says sex-selective abortions and a neglect of girls have resulted in millions of statistically “missing” women. Despite the numbers, some gender equality indicators have improved for women.

A women-only train in West Bengal

An Indian government report presented to parliament on Monday has found that about 63 million women are statistically “missing” from India’s population, due to a preference for male children. Tiếp tục đọc “India: 63 million women statistically ‘missing,’ 21 million unwanted”

Vũ khí hạt nhân – 7 kỳ


Siêu bom hạt nhân thế hệ mới là cái gì?

02/08/2017 14:16 GMT+7

TTO – Đầu tháng 7-2017, Viện Nghiên cứu hòa bình quốc tế Stockholm đã cảnh báo tình hình hiện đại hóa vũ khí hạt nhân vẫn tiếp tục diễn ra trên thế giới.

Mỹ bắn thử tên lửa đạn đạo liên lục địa Minuteman III đêm 26-4-2017 - Ảnh: Không quân Mỹ
Mỹ bắn thử tên lửa đạn đạo liên lục địa Minuteman III đêm 26-4-2017 – Ảnh: Không quân Mỹ

Không có quốc gia sở hữu vũ khí hạt nhân nào sẵn sàng từ bỏ kho vũ khí hạt nhân trong tương lai gần. Các nước đều tiếp tục phát triển hoặc triển khai thêm các hệ thống vũ khí mới hoặc tuyên bố sẽ làm như thế
Chuyên viên Shannon Kile (Viện Nghiên cứu hòa bình quốc tế Stockholm)

Chín nước gồm năm nước thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên Hiệp Quốc và Ấn Độ, Pakistan, Israel, Triều Tiên đang sở hữu 14.935 đầu đạn hạt nhân, trong đó đã triển khai 4.150 đầu đạn. Tiếp tục đọc “Vũ khí hạt nhân – 7 kỳ”