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Because Thais keep them happy, fed and pregnant. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGKOK, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/thailand">Thailand</a> — Tonight, there are six. Six stray dogs. Six snouts. Buried in six soggy mounds of rice.</p> <p>The pack dines in a semicircle around Khun Somthanat, a housewife squatting near Pheung Mi Lane. Her left hand, fitted with a neon-orange industrial glove, rests in a pot brimming with rice and chicken bones.</p> <p>Each dog eats from an upturned tin lid. And above the din of traffic, there is the smacking of dog tongues and metallic scrapes as the dogs nudge their lids across the pavement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081208/the-dogs-bangkok" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Health Thailand Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:53:42 +0000 Patrick Winn 1494 at http://www.globalpost.com Americans are stiffing the Chinese http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081208/americans-are-stiffing-the-chinese <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could U.S. corporate defaults hurt political stability in China? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/china">China</a> — U.S. consumers take note: Many of the Chinese companies that made your toys, clothes, shoes and vast numbers of other products are still waiting to get paid. <br>  </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081208/americans-are-stiffing-the-chinese" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific China Mon, 08 Dec 2008 23:32:11 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 1543 at http://www.globalpost.com Who bankrolled Thailand's revolution? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A look behind the secretly-financed "yellow shirt" uprising </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGKOK, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/thailand">Thailand</a> — As anti-government protesters ground parts of Bangkok to a halt last year, vivid yellow stickers began to appear on noodle carts and shop windows. </p> <p>“Buea Mob,” they read. Bored of the mob.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Technology Thailand Thu, 18 Dec 2008 23:51:58 +0000 Patrick Winn 1548 at http://www.globalpost.com Christians of India under attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081209/christians-india-under-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The spate of violence against a religious minority tears at the secular fabric of India </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonya Fatah </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW DELHI &ndash; Inside the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, an oil painting of Jesus at the Last Supper looked down upon the congregation as a priest led some 200 in prayer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Mass here was underway and the hymns in Hindi wafted up among the high vaulting arches, but this air of peace and tranquility inside the cathedral contrasted sharply with the ominous feeling that has descended over India's minority Christian community in recent months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081209/christians-india-under-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific India Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:37:29 +0000 Sonya Fatah 7146 at http://www.globalpost.com South Koreans shrug at news from the north http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/081210/south-koreans-shrug-at-news-the-north <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How news of Kim Jong Il plays on South Korean streets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jiyeon Lee </div> </div> </div> <p>SEOUL — Thursday was another confusing day on the Korean peninsula.</p> <p> </p> <p>Has North Korean leader Kim Jong Il named his youngest son to succeed him, as <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/south-korea">South Korea</a>'s Yonhap news agency reported?</p> <p> </p> <p>Would it be his eldest son, as another local report said?</p> <p> </p> <p>The National Intelligence Service, Seoul's top spy agency, could not confirm the reports, according to the Associated Press.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/081210/south-koreans-shrug-at-news-the-north" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy South Korea Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:06:32 +0000 Jiyeon Lee 1555 at http://www.globalpost.com Indonesia's militaristic underbelly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081210/indonesias-militaristic-underbelly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After 10 years of reform it's getting better, but slowly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <p>JAKARTA, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/indonesia">Indonesia</a> — Imam Supnadi was at home celebrating his son's birthday when three of his neighbors, all of them bleeding badly from gunshot wounds, came crashing through the front door. He knew instantly what had happened.</p> <p>"I was shocked," he said. "I just couldn't believe they did this to us. I mean, we are only simple villagers, we are weak."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081210/indonesias-militaristic-underbelly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Indonesia Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:20:26 +0000 Peter Gelling 1557 at http://www.globalpost.com India's Obama? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/indias-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How the "Dalit Queen" is changing India, and slapping foes with sandals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Overdorf </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW DELHI, India &mdash; As her lavish birthday celebration approaches, Mayawati Kumari, a powerful politician known for fiery speeches and a diva's temperament, has once again run into controversy. This time, it's not the size of her cake or her diamond necklace that has her in trouble with India's muckraking press, but the alleged murder of an engineer&nbsp; from the state's public works department by one of her party workers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/indias-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific India Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:39:35 +0000 Jason Overdorf 2238 at http://www.globalpost.com Surfin' Swamis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/surfin-swamis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catching waves, and spirituality, in India's emerging surfer culture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Overdorf </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/india">NEW DELHI</a>, India — Swami Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha paddles hard and drops into a 6-foot wave off the coast of Mangalore in South India. </p> <p>As the 61-year-old surfer cuts left and races down the face of the wave spiralling toward the wastewater treatment plant up the beach, half a dozen local fishermen look on with bemused fascination at the aging white dude, who also goes by his given name of Jack Hebner. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081212/surfin-swamis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle India Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:49:05 +0000 Jason Overdorf 2259 at http://www.globalpost.com Financial crisis halts Central Asia’s economic boom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/russia-and-its-neighbors/081216/financial-crisis-halts-central-asia%E2%80%99s-economic-boom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As oil revenues and easy capital dry up in Russia and Kazakhstan, the incomes of emigrant workers from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan shrink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David L. Stern </div> </div> </div> <p>BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Maksat Bolotbekov crouched down, rubbed his blackened hands and caught the last waves of warmth from the fire’s grey ashes. Across the street the darkened windows of a Soviet-era munitions factory stared out blankly, coldly.</p> <p> </p> <p>Bolotbekov, 37, is a construction worker.  He and 10 of his comrades gather daily on the side of Lev Tolstoy Street, in the center of this small ex-Soviet republic’s capital, waiting for someone to come by and offer them part-time work. In good times they earn about $600 a month, they say.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/russia-and-its-neighbors/081216/financial-crisis-halts-central-asia%E2%80%99s-economic-boom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Europe Russia Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:20:57 +0000 David L. Stern 2777 at http://www.globalpost.com Riding high on "Cycle Island" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/riding-high-cycle-island <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taiwan's bicycle boom defies economic downturn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonathan Adams </div> </div> </div> <p>TAOYUAN COUNTY, Taiwan — Here at Pacific Cycles, which sits in an industrial park an hour's train ride from Taipei, the factory floor buzzes with activity.  Taiwanese and <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/philippines">Filipino</a> employees are busy spot welding, aligning parts, applying decals, sorting wheels, polishing and painting.</p> <p> </p> <p>Marketing manager Max Yeh guides me around the floor, showing off different wares. Pacific Cycles specializes in high-end, hand-crafted bikes, with an average price of $1,200.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/riding-high-cycle-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific China Technology Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:10:24 +0000 Jonathan Adams 2778 at http://www.globalpost.com Living in the valley of the dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/living-the-valley-the-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Six months after the Sichuan quake, a family struggles for survival </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <p>BEICHUAN, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/china">China</a> — When Mu Xiangui and his family lost their home and most of their town to the catastrophic Sichuan earthquake in May, it seemed logical they would abandon this place that, suddenly, sat amid madness and devastation.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/living-the-valley-the-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Aid China Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:26:04 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 2830 at http://www.globalpost.com Trouble in Paradise? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081216/trouble-paradise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bali rebounds from terrorism, but new threats emerge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <p>JAKARTA, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/indonesia">Indonesia</a> — The story of Bali in the last six years is one of miraculous comebacks.</p> <p>In the face of Islamic extremism, natural disasters, outbreaks of disease and an airline industry beset by lax safety standards, Indonesia's tiny island paradise has managed to surpass all its foreign tourist arrival records for the second year in a row.</p> <p>Even fresh challenges — such as the global financial crisis and the solemn reminder from Mumbai of the persistent threat of terrorist attacks — have not yet thwarted Bali's resurgence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081216/trouble-paradise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Indonesia Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:32:40 +0000 Peter Gelling 2832 at http://www.globalpost.com Dying to procreate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ngos/081219/dying-procreate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why so many women die in childbirth, and how the Millennium Development Goals are failing them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William Dowell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA &mdash; Humanitarian worker Maha Muna recalls an encounter with an elderly woman in Sudan&rsquo;s Darfur region recovering from a common and debilitating condition.</p> <p>The woman had finally succeeded in reaching a hospital and undergoing a relatively simple procedure to cure her fistula &mdash; a medical condition in which a hole is torn in the birth canal, usually during a prolonged delivery without proper medical care. &nbsp;</p> <p>On the day of Maha's visit, the woman spoke of her relief. &quot;Now I can die in peace,&quot; she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ngos/081219/dying-procreate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Asia-Pacific Aid Europe Health Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:37:12 +0000 William Dowell 3868 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's manga man http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/081223/japans-manga-man <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prime Minister Taro Aso loves comics. As for governing effectively? Not so much. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gavin Blair </div> </div> </div> <p>TOKYO, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/japan">Japan</a> — Taro Aso, Japan's embattled prime minister, has managed to cram a horrible year into his first three months in office, raising larger questions among many Japanese as to whether the nation's political system can work effectively.</p> <p> </p> <p>Since Aso assumed leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September — becoming Japan's seventh prime minister in a decade — he has unleashed a series of verbal gaffes.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/081223/japans-manga-man" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Japan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:30:37 +0000 Gavin Blair 4471 at http://www.globalpost.com