My Grams: Anthony Bourdain on His “Magnificent” Girlfriend, Asia Argento

My Grams: Anthony Bourdain on His “Magnificent” Girlfriend, Asia Argento

By Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic. When he agreed to dive deep into his Instagram feed, chef, author, and TV host Anthony Bourdain was promoting his CNN travel documentary series, Parts Unknown, and Wasted, a documentary he produced on food waste. He had no way of knowing that, by the time this article was published, his girlfriend Asia […]

Albright: Trump may be unprepared for Asia trip

Albright: Trump may be unprepared for Asia trip

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Thursday expressed concern over President Trump’s upcoming trip to Asia, saying there’s been a lack of preparation. “Also there’s really not the support in the State Department. I’ve just been looking at the fact that most of the people in the bureaus that deal with those countries have […]

Italy’s response to Asia Argento’s sexual assault claims against Weinstein shows Italy’s deep misogyny — Quartz

Italy’s response to Asia Argento’s sexual assault claims against Weinstein shows Italy’s deep misogyny — Quartz

Last week, after a New York Times investigation (paywall) unleashed a storm of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, The New Yorker (paywall) published another investigation, even more damning. In it, women didn’t just accuse Weinstein of harassment—they said he raped them, forcing them to engage in active and passive oral sex. The accounts were […]

Chinese and Western tech giants battle for Southeast Asia

Chinese and Western tech giants battle for Southeast Asia

When Sea Limited launched its prospectus to list on the New York Stock Exchange last month, the South East Asian ecommerce and gaming group sparked a war of words — or rather numbers — with Lazada, which disputed its rival’s claims to be the region’s top dog. The spat, between companies respectively backed by China’s […]

Xi Jinping, Rohingya, Islamic State: Your Thursday Briefing

Xi Jinping, Rohingya, Islamic State: Your Thursday Briefing

Cold War attitudes may have motivated U.S. diplomats to simply watch as mass extrajudicial executions spread beyond suspected Communists to target ethnic Chinese, students and union members. Above, President Kennedy with President Sukarno in 1961. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Yuri Gripas/Reuters • “We really hold the military leadership accountable.” Secretary of […]

How China Buys Influence in Southeast Asia

How China Buys Influence in Southeast Asia

Along a major tributary of the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia sits the newly opened Lower Sesan II Dam hydropower plant. The 400-megawatt dam will produce badly needed electricity for the country, but at the cost of potential major ecological damage and the eviction of some 5,000 families from the area. Such consequences are unlikely […]

China vs. Japan: Asia’s other great game

China vs. Japan: Asia’s other great game

*** “We confer upon you, therefore, the title ‘Queen of Wa Friendly to Wei’ . . . We expect you, O Queen, to rule your people in peace and to endeavor to be devoted and obedient.”—Letter of Emperor Cao Rui to Japanese empress Himiko in 238 CE, Wei Zhi (History of the Kingdom of Wei, […]