First job woes: Underpaid, bullied, harassed or exploited in some way

A TEENAGER’S first job can be deeply rewarding, a step towards independence and building skills. But that job may also involve an early taste of exploitative workplace behaviours, including abuse, bullying and harassment. There are numerous...

What’s holding back Japan’s peace treaty with Russia?

DECADES have passed since the end of World War II (WWII), yet a peace treaty between Japan and Russia is still to be established. There’s a major barrier that makes it impossible for them to...

Australia’s Townsville floods demonstrate need for better disaster planning

ACCORDING to reinsurance company Swiss Re’s preliminary estimates, total global losses for natural and man-made disasters last year amounted to approximately US$155 billion and caused about 11,000 deaths. The report says the losses from these...

The release of sex workers is only a partial victory for China’s detainees

IF reports are true, this year China may abolish its system of extrajudicial detention for sex workers and their clients. This is welcome news. China’s sex workers deserve to live and work in safety...

Arthropod Armageddon: The decline of insects could threaten collapse of nature

CLIMATE CHANGE gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty:...

Trump’s foreign policy wreckage in Asia

IF the past year is any indication of the year ahead, US policy in Asia will be erratic and self-serving. The beginnings of an Indo-Pacific strategy notwithstanding, the Trump administration continues to work out its issues...

The collision course of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change

DESPITE almost three decades of policy recommendations, obesity rates are soaring. Nearly two billion people are overweight or obese, costing US$2 trillion a year – comparable to the global impact of armed violence and war. The...

Melting Himalayan glaciers: a big drop in a bucket that’s already full

A NEW REPORT has warned that even if global warming is held at 1.5℃, we will still lose a third of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. What does that mean for rivers that...

In historical first for Bangladesh, transgenders to run for Parliament

FOR the first time in Bangladesh’s history, transgender candidates who identify as women can vie for the 50 seats reserved for women in the upcoming elections in the Jatiya Sansad or National Parliament. The election schedule is...

In Australia, major strides by universities in responding to sexual assault

FOUR years ago, the Hunting Ground documentary explored the failure of university administrations to adequately respond to sexual assault on college campuses in the United States. Universities in Australia and elsewhere also came under the...
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