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Heather Timmons

Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT's first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
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Pope Francis Calls the Global Arms Business “the Industry of Death”

May 13, 2015 Pope Francis was sharply critical of the global arms industry in a speech at the Vatican this week, telling thousands of children in Rome that weapons manufacturers are money-hungry opponents of peace. According to the Italian news agency AGI, the Pope said: Some powerful people make their living with the...

China Is Building a $46B Railroad Through Pakistan's Insurgency

April 20, 2015 Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Islamabad this week, where he will sign agreements to spend almost $46 billion on energy and infrastructure projects to be built along an “economic corridor” between Kashgar in China’s western province of Xinjiang and Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, soon to be operated by a Chinese state-owned...

Americans Are Some of the Biggest Water Guzzlers on the Planet

April 2, 2015 California’s decision to sharply restrict water usage is the latest reminder that the earth’s water resources are being stretched to their limit, as the world’s population grows and climate change warms the planet. California’s new rules could be just the beginning in the United States, which uses vast quantities of...

Fatal Police Shooting Shows How L.A.'s 'Safer Cities' Initiative Failed Skid Row

March 2, 2015 The fatal police shooting yesterday of a man living in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles shines a harsh light on the downtown neighborhood that contains the highest concentration of homeless people in the US, and a controversial city program that was supposed to clean the area up. Skid...

Why It Remains Difficult To Shut Down Jihadist Propaganda Online

January 12, 2015 The latest video from the Islamic State (or ISIL/ISIS), released Jan. 11, shows Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people in a Paris grocery store last week, declaring his allegiance to the self-declared caliphate and its leader, and urging other Muslims in France to follow in his footsteps. Like much of...

New Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Obesity, Marijuana, Vaccines and Guns

December 16, 2014 Vivek Murthy is the new Surgeon General of the United States, after a hard-won confirmation by the Senate yesterday. Murthy, whose position that guns are a health-care issue in the US earned him the ire of the country’s powerful gun lobby, will serve a four-year term as the nation’s top...

Is the Chinese Government Hacking Every iPhone in the Country?

October 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chinese authorities just launched “a malicious attack on Apple” that could capture user names and passwords of anyone who logs into the iCloud from anywhere in the country, the well-respected censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports. With that information, a hacker can view users contacts, photos, messages and personal information stored in...

The Invasion of Ukraine in Maps, Satellite Photos and Video

August 29, 2014 Although most world leaders have not actually come out and said so, Ukraine is being invaded. That’s according to Ukrainian politicians and military officials, NATO representatives, and, privately, officials in Washington. What, exactly, is going on on the ground? Satellite images shared by NATO yesterday showed Russian artillery units just...

Beijing Thinks the iPhone is a Threat to China’s National Security

July 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The iPhone became the latest target of China’s state broadcaster CCTV today. The phone’s Frequent Locations function, which tracks the exact places you have been and the amount of time you spent there, is capturing “extremely sensitive data,” a researcher told CCTV, according to Reuters. The data could ultimately reveal...

Hacker Attacks and Pressure From Beijing Are Killing Free Speech in Hong Kong

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Deng Xiaoping sat down with Margaret Thatcher in 1984 to negotiate the terms of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China, they hammered out an agreement that became Hong Kong’s “basic law” and spelled out how China would govern the “highly autonomous” city. Among the rights accorded to all...