ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
UN Chief Concerned at China Activist’s Death

Calls mount for an investigation into the death of human rights activist Cao Shunli, who was detained by authorities and denied medical care.

Family Anger Erupts as Malaysia Jet Search Appears Deadlocked

Malaysian authorities are accused of withholding information about the Malaysia Airlines flight, which has been missing for almost two weeks.

Thai Radar Might Have Tracked Missing Plane

Thailand’s military says it saw radar blips that might have been from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 but “didn’t pay attention to it” immediately.

China Crafts Chain Suspends Controversial Ivory Sales

A state-owned Chinese retail chain suspends sales of elephant ivory after a series of high-profile seizures of smuggled ivory and protests by conservation groups.

Taiwan Students Occupy Legislature Over China Trade Deal

The ruling Kuomintang party is facing criticism from the opposition over growing influence from mainland China on the island nation’s economy.

Missing Plane Throws Spotlight on Passport Theft

Two Iranians were traveling on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 using European passports that were among many stolen from tourists in Thailand.

Despite Scandal, Indonesia Election Could Entrench Political Dynasties

In Indonesia, political families are both increasingly common and dogged by allegations of corruption, neglect and misrule.

Planning Could Hold Key to Disappearance of Flight MH370

By choosing a navigational black hole to vanish into radar darkness, whoever took control of the flight appears to have acted only after meticulous planning.

Malaysia Plane Search Straddles Continent as Police Focus on Crew

Australia joins the search for the missing Malaysian airplane and Malaysia requests radar data from numerous countries, amid mounting evidence that its disappearance was planned.

In China, Michelle Obama to Stay Firmly in ‘Mom-in-Chief’ Mode

The US first lady is not expected to raise human rights issues during an upcoming visit to China, where education will be on the agenda.

Indonesia Starts Election Campaign, Voters Set to Choose Radical Change

Indonesia’s raucous election season kicks off with the promise of a fresh style of leadership in the world’s third largest democracy.

‘Good Night’: Haunting Final Contact From Missing Malaysian Jet

Last words from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were uttered after someone on board had begun disabling the plane’s automatic tracking systems.

Suspected Uighurs Rescued From Thai Trafficking Camp

About 200 people rescued from a human trafficking camp in southern Thailand are suspected Uighur Muslims from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang.

Well-Known Chinese Dissident Dies After Being Denied Treatment

Cao Shunli was detained in September, while on her way to human rights training in Geneva, for staging sit-in protests outside China’s foreign ministry.

Tank-commanding Cartoon Girls Capture Fans for Japan’s Military

As tension with China erode Japan’s post-war pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige—helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and cartoons.

A Nervous Region Eyes Robust Chinese Response to Missing Malaysian Plane

China, which is locked in maritime disputes with a number of Southeast Asian countries, flexes its growing military muscle during search efforts.

Search for Malaysian Plane May Extend to Indian Ocean: US

A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, significantly broadening the potential location of the missing plane.

Mishaps Mar Malaysia’s Handling of Flight Tragedy

A series of miscues and media gaffes are turning Malaysia into an object of anger and criticism following the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

Search Planes Find No Sign of Missing Airliner at Spot Located by China

Search planes find no trace of a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in an area where satellite images showed debris as the hunt enters day six.

Manila Air-Drops Supplies to Troops on Disputed Reef

The United States has called a Chinese blockade stopping supplies to Filipino marines are posted at a grounded ship “provocative.”