ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Cambodia Vies for 1st Oscar With ‘Missing Picture’

Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture,” a personal account of life under the Khmer Rouge, could win Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this weekend.

Uighur Professor Could Face Death Sentence in China: Lawyer

A prominent ethnic Uighur is unlikely to receive a fair trial and faces the death penalty on charges of separatism in Xinjiang, his lawyer says.

China’s Assertiveness Hardens Malaysian Stance in Sea Dispute

Malaysia quietly steps up cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam, the two Southeast Asian nations most outspoken over China’s moves in the South China Sea.

Once Unthinkable, Civil Strife Stalks Thailand

After almost four months of round-the-clock anti-government protests, institutions that provided a buffer in past conflicts have not stepped in, making Thailand look increasingly ungovernable.

Former Editor of Hong Kong Newspaper Stabbed Amid Media Tensions

A former chief editor of a major Hong Kong newspaper known for its critical reporting was stabbed and seriously wounded on Wednesday.

US Says Military Engagement Key for Burma Reform

David Shear, set to become the top American defense official for Asia, tells Congress that reforms “will likely falter” without the military’s support.

Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Talks to Carry On to Next Round

Negotiators end talks on a comprehensive trans-Pacific trade pact without a final agreement, but say they are pleased with progress they made in Singapore.

Thai Trade Slumps Alongside Tourism as Protest Violence Takes Toll

Thailand recorded the biggest drop in trade figures in over four years last month, as anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers.

Chinese Man Becomes First to Sue Government Over Severe Smog

Much of northern China is suffering a pollution crisis, with the World Health Organization pointing to the risk of cancer from smog.

Kerry Ups Ante in Struggle to Crack South China Sea Rules

Pressure mounts on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines Says China Used Water Cannon on Fishermen in Disputed Sea

A Chinese coastguard ship used a water cannon last month to drive Filipino fishermen out of disputed South China Sea waters, the Philippines says.

Explosion, Gunfire Ring Out Near Bangkok Protest Site

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called for dialogue to resolve the political crisis that has paralyzed the country and has begun hurting Thailand’s tourism industry.

Thai PM Leaves Bangkok As Bombs, Gunfire Punctuate Unrest

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protesters who have blocked parts of Bangkok for weeks, has left the city and is staying 150 km (90 miles) away, her office said on Monday, without specifying the location.

Thousands March in Hong Kong Against Erosion of Media Freedoms

Thousands rally outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters demanding the city’s leader uphold media freedoms amid growing anger towards perceived behind-the-scenes intrusions on local media outlets.

China, Eyeing Japan, Seeks WW2 Focus for Xi During Germany Visit

Germany is uncomfortable with China’s attempts to highlight German atonement for its past amid a row over the Japanese prime minister’s visit to a war shrine.

Thai-American Businessman Says Travel Warnings Are Overblown

Leading Thai-American businessman says embassies are off-base with travel advisories on Thailand’s political crisis.

Angry Farmers Call off Protest at Bangkok Airport

Angry farmers driving hundreds of tractors called off a threatened protest at Thailand’s main airport Friday after striking a last-minute deal with Prime Minister Yingluck.

Indonesia Hopes to Cash In on Manta Ray Tourism

Indonesian officials are persuaded by evidence that manta rays, the gentle aquatic giants known for delighting tourists, are worth more alive than dead.

Obama to Host Dalai Lama in Meeting That Angers China

President Barack Obama will meet with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday in a meeting that is straining US-China relations.

Angry and Unpaid, Thai Farmers Poised for Bangkok Airport Protest

Thousands of Thai farmers threaten to block Bangkok’s main airport in their tractors on Friday in protest against non-payment in a controversial rice subsidy scheme.