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After decades of wars and violence, from the Vietnam War to the Killing Fields of Cambodia, peace now reigns across Southeast Asia. Even in Myanmar, war-torn for decades, peace negotiations are underway. But one war stubbornly remains: It is brutal and merciless, backed with the harshest laws and toughest police action, but is nevertheless apparently intractable and unwinnable. This is the drug war.

Money Through the Ages

Text by Shailendra Bhandare. Illustration by Richard CagomocMoney is understood to be dollars and cents today but that hasn't always been the case throughout...

Lighting the Way of Faith

Before Abraham and what we know as the three Abrahamic faiths, there were already those who worshipped one god: the Zoroastrians, or Parsis, as many of the modern-day adherents of the religion are known. A small community, who traditionally marry amongst themselves and have no doctrinal requirement to proselytise, their history and the tenets of their faith are poorly understood by outsiders. But the impact of their ideas over the past 3,000 years has been nothing short of revolutionary.

The Light of the South Shrine

Two months after the fall of Singapore on the 15th of February 1942, the victorious Japanese began building a Shinto shrine in the forests of the western part of MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore.

What’s for Tea, Darjeeling?

India is the largest consumer of tea and its second-largest producer in the world. We take a closer look at one of its most well-loved varieties, the Darjeeling.

Bangkok’s Chinese Heritage May Soon Be Bulldozed

The Thai capital's new train line may see the removal of cultural sites including an iconic village of alms bowl makers 

The Land of Women

For well over a century, women of the South Korean island province of Jeju – “the Land of Women” – have made their living by freediving – ill-equipped – to the depths of the ocean to harvest seaweed and shellfish. Reaching depths of over 10 metres in chilly waters, and lasting between two to three minutes on a single gulp of air, over 100 times a day, the Hae-Nyeo, or “sea women”, are often seen as myth-like mermaids.

Batik Gets Tech Upgrades

Batik – one of Indonesia’s age-old treasures and on UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity – has been catapulted into the modern era

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