ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

In Vietnam’s Capital, Old Town Braces for Makeover

With property values high, Vietnam’s Old Quarter could change dramatically in coming years as similar ones already have in Singapore, Shanghai and many other cities.

Wife of China’s Jailed Nobel Laureate Liu Hospitalized

The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo has been hospitalized after police refused to allow her to seek medical help overseas.

A New Suit, Chemotherapy as Aging Koreans Prepare For Reunions

The first round in three years of reunions of families divided by Korea’s 1950-53 war is set to take place in the North starting Thursday.

Vietnamese Court Rejects Appeals by Dissident

A Vietnamese appeals court upheld the conviction and 30-month prison sentence against a well-known dissident in a case that rights groups say is politically motivated.

Thai Protesters to Rally Against PM After Deadly Bangkok Clashes

A medical center in the Thai capital says a police officer and four protesters were killed Tuesday, when security forces attempted to take back protest sites.

Crisis in Tiny Nauru Puts Spotlight on Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy

The role of Nauru in Australia’s asylum seeker policy may be eliciting a hands-off approach from Canberra on the tiny Pacific island’s domestic political affairs.

Thai Police Officer Killed, Dozens Hurt in Bangkok Clashes

A Thai police officer is killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters are wounded in gun battles and clashes in Bangkok.

Tacloban Rising

The Philippines picks up the pieces after being struck by Typhoon Yolanda, or Haiyan, one of the deadliest typhoons in the Southeast Asian country’s history.