ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Jakarta Sees Chilly Ties With Australia Until Oct: Indonesian Govt Document

Indonesia expects ties with Australia to remain on ice for at least six months, in the wake of reports Canberra spied on top Indonesians.

John Kerry Mocks Those Who Deny Climate Change

In a speech to Indonesian students civic leaders and officials, the US Secretary of State calls climate change “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Migrants Say Firms Force Workers Out of Singapore

Workers from overseas who stay too long face confinement and threats as companies employ “repatriation companies” to send them home.

Graves of Empire Tell of India’s Troubled Past

A graveyard in Delhi is the final resting place of hundreds of British citizens who, for better or worse, played roles in India’s colonial past.

Thai Police Target Traffickers But Rescued Rohingya May Face More Abuse

Thai police announce a new campaign against human traffickers, although hundreds of rescued Rohingya boat people could end up back in the clutches of traffickers.

Thai Police Move to Reclaim Protest Sites

Protesters abandon camp near Government House, offering no resistance as riot police take back a camp for the first time in three months of demonstrations.

Japan on Backfoot in Global PR War With China After Abe Shrine Visit

Japan risks losing a global PR battle with China after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a controversial shrine for Japan’s World War 2 dead.

For South China Sea Claimants, a Legal Venue to Battle China

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has publicly compared China to Nazi Germany, as Vietnam weighs up whether to join case at The Hague.

Corruption Sting Follows Indian Athletes to Sochi

The taint of corruption followed India’s Olympic athletes to Sochi, after ethics violations by the country’s Olympic Association, which elected two graft-tainted officials as leaders.

Australian Drug Trafficker’s Media Payday in Doubt

Schapelle Corby was released from an Indonesian jail on Monday and quickly taken to expensive resort by Australia’s Seven Network, reportedly taking a hefty fee.

China, Taiwan Hold Highest-level Talks Since Split

China and Taiwan hailed a new chapter in their relations after they held their highest-level government talks since they split amid civil war in 1949.

Unassuming Aircraft a Drawcard at Asia’s Arms Bazaar

Many of the uniformed officers from Asia’s militaries who are visiting the biennial Singapore Airshow make a beeline for the US-built surveillance aircraft.

Nepal Picks Koirala as New PM, but Challenges Remain

Nepal’s parliament picks a social democrat as its new prime minister after a last-minute power-sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted two months.

First Key Protest Leader Arrested in Thailand

Arrest could heighten tensions in Thailand’s three-month-old political crisis as anti-government demonstrators continue on the streets of the nation’s capital, Bangkok.

Planemakers Look to Ink Asia Deals Despite Economic Worries

Aerospace firms will finalize billions of dollars of deals at next week’s Singapore Airshow, among them deals for fighter jets, maritime patrol aircraft and drones.

Bell Tolls for Legendary Thai Boxing Stadium

One of Bangkok’s oldest Muay Thai boxing venues will be demolished after 57 years to make way for high-rise urban development.

Conservatives Push Agenda at Japan’s Public TV

Suspicions that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to use Japan’s news giant to promote his nationalist agenda continue to grow.

Arrest of Indonesia’s First Woman Governor a Blow for Coalition

Ratu Atut Chosiyah’s political empire is crumbling, the latest in a series of scandals weighing on Indonesia’s ruling coalition ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections.

Starry Eyed Budget Carriers in Southeast Asia Stare at Overcapacity

Despite sharp growth in air travel, concerns rise about the region’s ability to absorb the record numbers of planes on order.

Singapore Angry at Indonesia Move to Name Navy Ship for Convicted Bombers

Anger mounts in Singapore over Indonesia’s decision to name a new naval ship after two marines executed for a 1960s bombing in the city state.