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On 21 April in Asian history

ON 21 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 21, 2017

900 AD: The Laguna Copperplate Inscription (the earliest known written document found in what is now the Philippines) : the Honourable Namwaran and his children, Lady Angkatan and Bukah, are granted pardon from all their debts by the Commander and Chief of Tundun, as represented by the Honourable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah. Luzon, Philippines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguna_Copperplate_Inscription

1521: In the Philippines, Ferdinand Magellan baptisms Cebu island chief Rajah Humabon, his wife Ratu Humanay and 500 of their followers
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Rajah_Humabon

1526: Babur (Babar or Baber), the ruler of Kabul, leads Mughal forces against the sultan of Delhi, Ibrahim Lodi, killing him in the Battle of Panipat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Panipat_(1526)
http://www.iloveindia.com/history/medieval-india/delhi-sultunate/1st-panipat-battle.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21-april-1526-the-first-battle-of-panipat-was-fought

1651: Birth of Joseph Vaz, Indian priest and missionary, apostle of Ceylan, who died on January 16, 1711
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/17/bl_joseph_vaz,_first_saint_to_sri_lanka/1106730
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Vaz
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/664534/3-things-to-know-about-sri-lankas-first-saint-joseph-vaz

1701: Death of Asano Naganori, Japanese warlord, born on 28 September 1667
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Asano_Naganori

1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama 1) as his new capital
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/bangkok/history
http://www.hellosiam.com/html/Bangkok/Bangkok%20-%20history.htm

Bangkok 1822

1879: Birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, Indonesian leading feminist who died on September 17, 1904
http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=kartini_indonesia_05_ul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartini

R. A. Kartini

1938: Death of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a Muslim poet, philosopher and politician who introduced the theory of the Two-Nation theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Muhammad_Iqbal
http://www.allamaiqbal.com/

1951: U.S. Defense Department announces the appointment of a Military Assistance Advisory Group for Taiwan, on whose recommendation the U.S. resumes direct military aid to the Nationalists

1954: Birth of Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebiet_G._Ade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIX5TwrEJ1A

1958: Birth of Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
http://lambiek.net/artists/u/usui_yoshito.htm

1959: The 14th Dalai Lama arrives in Mussoorie, India, receiving political sanctuary there
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090406/dplus.htm#1

1960: The disagreements between Beijing and Moscow publicly disclosed by some texts published in the Red Flag under the title « Long life Leninism »

1964: Death of Bharathidasan, Indian poet, born on April 29, 1891
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharathidasan

Bharathidasan

1970: On the same day that Soviet Party leader Leonid Brezhnev condemns the anti-Soviet campaign in China, the Beijing People’s Daily publishes an editorial calling for the overthrow of the Soviet government. A joint editorial in three leading Chinese newspapers the next day criticizes the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and attacks the Brezhnev Doctrine

1972: In Pakistan, Martial Law is lifted by President Ali Bhutto. The constitutional rule is restored in the country. Hamoodu-ur-Rehman is sworn in as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

1975: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu resigns and flees to Taiwan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2935000/2935347.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-flees-saigon-as-xuan-loc-falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xfEJJiGw2g

1977: Ziaur Rahman is sworn in as Bangladesh president
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziaur_Rahman

1987: The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that explodes in the Sri Lanka capital of Colombo, killing 106 people
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2525000/2525415.stm

1989: The day before the Hu Yaobang’s funeral, 100,000 students march on Tiananmen Square, gathering there before the square could be closed off for the funeral
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chinese-students-begin-protests-at-tiananmen-square

1989: Death od Princess Dukhye (Deokhye) of Korea, born on 25 May 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deokhye%2C_Princess_of_Korea

1997: Deve Gowda Indian PM since June 1, 1996 is succeeded by IK Gujral
http://www.gloriousindia.com/biographies/deve_gowda.html
http://www.gloriousindia.com/biographies/inder_kumar_gujral.html

1997: Death of Diosdado Pangan Macapagal, 9th president of the Philippines (1961-1965) born on 28 September 1910
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15013858

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syPi-wCXGuM

1999: Agreement between factions to stop violence in East Timor

2003: In Indonesia, seven servicemen, including four officers, are condemned to jail for the murder, in November 2001, of Theys Eluay, chairman of the West Papua’s Papua Presidium Council
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/21/1050777211770.html

2003: In Sri Lanka, LTTE break off negotiations with the government

2006: Death of T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian communist politician, born in 1922
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/tk-ramakrishnan-dead/article3151119.ece

2011: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the Kathmandu government to bring Maoist army and militias leaders responsible for crimes against humanity to trial. In 10 years, the conflict claimed more than 12,800 deaths and nearly 100 thousand displaced
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu,-UN-calls-for-justice-for-victims-of-civil-war-21369.html

2011: The US military’s top officer, Adm Mike Mullen, accuses Pakistan’s spy agency of having links with militants targeting troops in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had a « long-standing relationship » with a militant group run by Afghan insurgent Jalaluddin Haqqani
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13153538

2014: A court in Shanghai orders the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html

2014: Death of Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/ http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

2015 : Japanese maglev train sets new world speed record, hits 603 kph in test run. Bullet train tops 603 kph, with officials confident new technology is likely to shape a new global generation of trains
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/japan-breaks-train-speed-record-maglev-train-150421085448739.html

2016: Laos National Assemby names 78-year-old Bounnhang Vorachit for the nation’s President post while Tongloun Sisoulith, 70, will take on the prime ministerial role
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/laos-elects-new-president-and-pm-during-inaugural-national-assembly-meeting/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-laos-leaders-take-office-communists-welcome-world
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Video_FileVDO/Apr16_New_leaders.htm

 

Holidays and observances

Indonesia: Kartini Day

Main news on Bangladesh

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

29 AUGUST 2016

Kerry offers security aid to help Bangladesh fight terror, says Islamic State has links in the country

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2010891/kerry-offers-security-aid-help-bangladesh-fight-terror
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/kerry-in-bangladesh-for-security-talks-amid-terror-concerns-1.1887155
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

23 JULY 2016

80 killed, over 200 injured in twin suicide bomb attacks on Kabul protesters; Islamic State claims responsibility

Islamic State (IS) jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/1993817/islamic-state-bombings-kabul-kill-least-80-making-it-groups
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/23/bloodshed-in-kabul-as-isil-murder-scores-of-minority-hazarahttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36874570

21 JULY 2016

Bangladesh court convicts former PM’s son

A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-court-convicts-former-pm-s-son-1.1866356
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/07/21/tarique-used-his-political-clout-as-a-shield-to-commit-financial-crime-high-court

2 JULY 2016

ISIS attack on Dhaka café leaves 20 foreigners dead

In an act that killed nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, assailants wrenched a cafe’s customers from a space of tolerance and cultural exchange to one of terrorism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/20-foreigners-killed-in-bangladesh-hostage-carnage-1.1856179
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36692613

12 JUNE 2016

Bangladesh arrests 3,000 as PM vows to catch killers

Police in Bangladesh have arrested 85 suspected militants and more than 5,000 other suspects in a nationwide crackdown over Islamist killings. The government claims that domestic jihadi groups are behind the attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/bangladesh-arrests-160611161725828.html
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-thousands-over-killing-wave/a-19324753

28 MAY 2016

Tokyo renews pledge to give Dhaka $6b

Japan yesterday (28) assured Bangladesh of fulfilling its commitment to provide Bangladesh with $6 billion and under the arrangement Dhaka would get $1.5 billion this year.
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/tokyo-renews-pledge-give-dhaka-6b-1231042

11 MAY 2016

Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging. Condemnations in Pakistan

Clashes erupted in Bangladesh Wednesday after the execution of a top Islamist leader, heightening tension in a country reeling from a string of killings of secular and liberal activists.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/bangladesh-hikes-security-top-islamist-hanged-war-crimes-082146919.html?nhp=1
http://www.dawn.com/news/1257686/pakistan-accuses-bangladesh-of-killing-opposition-leaders-through-flawed-trials
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/05/11/we-are-nizami-pakistan-jamaat-protests-their-war-criminal-comrades-execution-by-bangladesh

10 MAY 2016

Top Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has executed Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government beefed up security to deal with a possible backlash from Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/top-islamist-leader-motiur-rahman-nizami-hanged-in-bangladesh/a-19248272
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36261197

5 MAY 2016

Bangladesh top court upholds Nizami death sentence for 1971 war crimes

The Supreme Court in Dhaka has confirmed the death sentence for Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was convicted of rape and murdering top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-court-upholds-nizami-death-sentence-for-1971-war-crimes/a-19237525
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36210552

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/04/16/police-arrest-journalist-shafik-rehman-in-a-2015-sedition-case

30 MARCH 2016

Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest

A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year
http://www.dw.com/en/dhaka-court-orders-ex-pm-khaleda-zias-arrest/a-19152053
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/03/30/court-orders-khaledas-arrest-over-deadly-bus-firebombing-in-dhaka

28 MARCH 2016

Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/bangladesh-court-upholds-islam-religion-state-160328112919301.html
http://atimes.com/2016/03/bangladesh-islamists-protest-legal-move-to-scrap-state-religion/

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh starts tally of Rohingya minority

Bangladesh has begun a count of the number of Rohingya Muslims living on its territory, as reported persecution continues to drive thousands from Myanmar. The census will also include data on living conditions.
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-starts-tally-of-rohingya-minority/a-19046349
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/bangladesh-begins-survey-of-undocumented-rohingya-muslims/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh sentences two to death for war crimes

The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/bangladesh-sentences-death-war-crimes-160202130516749.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2016/02/02/134303.php

31 JANUARY 2016

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issues a decree to ensure the safety of journalists and give them access to accurate information

The deputy spokesman for Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that the decree focuses on the safety of journalists as well as ensuring probes into the killing of journalists
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/23554-ghani-issues-decree-to-ensure-safety-of-journalists

24 JANUARY 2016

Taliban demands removal from blacklists to join peace talks

The militant group has said pre-conditions must be met before they join any talks aimed at ending their insurgency. The statement comes as Afghanistan boosts efforts to end the conflict amid an uptick of violence
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-demands-removal-from-blacklists-to-join-peace-talks/a-19001347

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

17 JANUARY 2016

In Bangladesh, Ershad makes brother GM Quader Jatiya Party co-chairman

Ershad announced that Quader has been made co-chairman of the party at a media call in its stronghold Rangpur on Sunday
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/01/17/ershad-makes-brother-gm-quader-jatiya-pa

6 JANUARY 2016

Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/bangladesh-court-upholds-death-sentence-nizami-160106071459350.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/06/supreme-court-seals-fate-of-nizami-confirms-jamaat-chiefs-death-sentence-for-horrific-war-crimes
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/the-nightmare-named-nizami-198244

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for war crimes

Death row war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed of the Jammat-e-Islami party and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were executed after Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid rejected their mercy petitions late Saturday
http://atimes.com/2015/11/decks-cleared-for-execution-of-2-war-criminals-in-bangladesh/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/bangladesh-executes-opposition-leaders-151121145034814.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Two Bangladesh opposition leaders to be put to death over war crimes after court appeal rejected

Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-18/bangladesh-opposition-leaders-to-be-put-to-death-over-war-crimes-after-court-appeal-rejected/1516088
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/death-sentences-bangladesh-leaders-upheld-151118055645478.html

31 OCTOBER 2015

Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A publisher of a slain online critic Avijit Roy has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, police say, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/10/31/avijit-roys-publisher-dipan-hacked-to-death-at-shahbagh-hours-after-attack-on-another-publisher
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/secular-publisher-hacked-death-bangladesh-151031151220898.html

22 OCTOBER 2015

Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists

A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/bangladeshi-group-orders-firing-female-journalists-151022125708043.html

7  AUGUST 2015

Fourth secular Bangladesh blogger hacked to death

A gang armed with machetes has hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police have said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/fourth-secular-bangladesh-blogger-hacked-death-150807102408712.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/11789697/Bangladeshi-blogger-who-criticised-Islam-hacked-to-death.html

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2015/07/31/102277.php

16 JUNE 2015

Death sentence upheld for Islamist leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed involved in 1971 killing of Bengali intellectuals

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, a leading figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is guilty of crimes against humanity. His party has called for a general strike tomorrow, raising fears about fresh violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-upholds-death-sentence-top-islamist
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Death-sentence-upheld-for-Islamist-leader-involved-in-1971-killing-of-Bengali-intellectuals-34529.html

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

20 APRIL 2015

Shots fired’ at Bangladesh opposition leader’s car

Shots were fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, her secretary said Monday, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/shots-fired-bangladesh-opposition-leaders-car-203112061.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/khaledas-motorcade-comes-under-attack-78383

13 APRIL 2015

Two killed as Bangladesh Islamists protest at execution

Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the largest Islamist party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/527067/two-killed-as-bangladesh-islamists-protest-at-execution
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175690/two-killed-as-bangladesh-islamists-protest-execution-of-ji-leader

11 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Kamaruzzaman for war crimes

Jamaat-e-Islami henchman Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been hanged for his atrocities that were ‘worse than the Nazis’ to stop the dawn breaking on Bangladesh in 1971
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/04/11/bangladesh-hangs-islamist-leader-kamaruzzaman-for-war-crimes-worse-than-nazis
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/profile-kamaruzzaman-76902
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32263541

5 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh opposition head granted bail in graft cases

Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in two graft cases after appearing before a special court
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/bangladesh-khaleda-zia-opposition-150405070328147.html

Taliban publish biography of ‘RPG-loving’ ‘special’ Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban has published a biography of their « charismatic » supreme leader Mullah Omar, in which they say he has a « special » sense of humour and that his weapon of choice is a RPG-7 grenade launcher
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11517249/Taliban-publish-biography-of-RPG-loving-special-Mullah-Omar.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150406-taliban-publish-biography-leader-mullah-omar-afghanistan/

30 MARCH 2015

Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday, the second such attack on a critic of religious fundamentalism in the mainly Muslim country in less than two months
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/another-blogger-hacked-death-bangladesh
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/bangladeshi-blogger-murdered-capital-dhaka-150330084024852.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by extremists

Avijit Roy, who has been killed in an attack in Dhaka at the age of 42, was a Bangladeshi-American blogger, published author, and prominent defender of the free-thought movement in Bangladesh.
http://www.news.com.au/world/bangladeshi-american-blogger-avijit-roy-hacked-to-death-by-extremists/story-fndir2ev-1227242353108
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31664262

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Arrest warrant issued for Bangladesh ex-PM

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/02/arrest-warrant-issued-bangladesh-pm-150225061136694.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1165835/bangladesh-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-khaleda-zia

18 FEBRUARY 2015

War crimes court sentences Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan to death in Dhaka

A war crimes tribunal on Wednesday sentenced Abdus Subhan to death a senior leader of hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence, raising fresh fears of violence in the Muslim-majority nation.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/war-crimes-court-sentences-jamaat-leader-to-death-in-dhaka/73029

4 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia charged over arson attack

Bangladesh’s opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has been charged with instigating an arson attack on a bus which claimed the lives of seven people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31127763

27 JANUARY 2015

Tens of thousands mourn son of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia

Tens of thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s son in a massive show of support for the embattled former premier
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tens-thousands-mourn-son-bangladesh-opposition-leader-khaleda-zia

19 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia released after 16 days of confinement

Bangladesh has ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/bangladesh-opposition-leader-khaleda-zia-released-20151197294842666.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-ends-confinement-opposition-leader-zia

4 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader locked in office

Bangladesh police have banned all protests in the capital Dhaka from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office, ahead of the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/bangladesh-opposition-khaleda-zia-20151472120761851.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-police-lock-opposition-leader-office-ban-protests

30 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death

ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the nation’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, became the 16th person and the 11th Islamist to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/12/bangladesh-sentences-islamist-leader-death-2014123071546419103.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/punished-to-the-maximum-57747

23 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to death for war crimes

A former government minister in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The special tribunal in Dhaka found Syed Mohammad Qaiser, 73, guilty of genocide, murder and rape.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30587716

6 DECEMBER 2014

India arrests accused in suspected plot to kill Bangladesh PM

Indian police have arrested a key suspect behind a blast in the state of West Bengal who is also believed to have been involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and stage a coup there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-arrests-accused-suspected-plot-kill-bangladesh-pm

3 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh ranks 14th in graft index

Corruption rose in Bangladesh with the country sliding two notches to rank the 14th most corrupt country in the world, according to this year’s Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.
http://www.thedailystar.net/graft-rising-53288

2 DECEMBER 2014

Child labour in Bangladesh persists

A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Child-labour-in-Bangladesh-persists–68439.html

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader loses fresh bid to stop trials

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2014/11/25/422590/Bangladesh-opposition.htm

Bangladesh court hands out death verdict to war criminal Mobarak

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangladesh-court-hands-out-death-verdict-to-war-cr-68039.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences fugitive mayor to death for war crimes

Zahid Hossain Khokon, a main opposition party official, was found guilty of 10 charges including forcibly converting minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month war.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443150/bangladesh-sentences-fugitive-mayor-to-death-for-war-crimes

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for war criminal

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-court-upholds-islamists-death-sentence/2505673.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2014/11/04/421040/Bangladesh-court.htm

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali

A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29870007
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/440983/bangladesh-court-orders-islamist-tycoon-to-hang-for-war-crimes

29 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/jamaat-chief-sentenced-death-bangladesh-201410296842621834.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29813571

23 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91

Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29749450

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Sexual abuse rates spike in Afghanistan

The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) has expressed concerns about rising rates of sexual abuse and harassment in Afghanistan. Over the past six months alone, there were over 240 recorded cases of sexual abuse against women and children in at least six provinces of the country
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16503-sexual-abuse-rates-spike-in-afghanistan

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh passes law to impeach judges

Bangladesh’s parliament has approved legislation amending the country’s constitution to allow the impeachment of Supreme Court judges.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/bangladesh-passes-law-impeach-judges-20149186316677635.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist Delwar Sayeedi death sentence commuted

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence given to Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29233639

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432404/bangladesh-sets-two-year-jail-term-for-child-marriage

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh’s Zia loses court battle on corruption charges

Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432202/bangladesh-zia-loses-court-battle-on-corruption-charges

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Dhaka-quits-UN-race-for-Tokyo-64237.html

9 JULY 2014

Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/bangladesh-wins-sea-border-dispute-with-india-20147881221238354.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-india-welcome-courts-ruling-sea-border

24 JUNE 2014

Bangladesh defers verdict on Jamaat leader

Bangladesh’s war crimes court has postponed a verdict on the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle, according to local media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/bangladesh-defers-verdict-jamaat-leader-201462462725784475.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-delays-war-crimes-verdict/1943626.html

23 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court orders opposition chief’s trial go ahead

A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406285/bangladesh-court-orders-opposition-chief-trial-go-ahead

20 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court delays Zia ‘fraud’ trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has received a short reprieve after a court postponed its decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her imprisoned for life if found guilty
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/04/bangladesh-court-delays-zia-fraud-trial-2014420143710145938.html

20 MARCH 2014

A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-million-children-live-on-the-streets-of-Bangladesh-30616.html

19 MARCH 2014

Bangladesh opposition’s Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered Wednesday to stand trial over charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in a case that could see her jailed for life.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400710/bangladesh-opposition-chief-to-face-corruption-trial
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26643635

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition wins in local elections

The Nationalist and Islamic fundamentalist parties take 51 upazila (sub-districts) out 97. For the opposition, the result shows that the general election in January was « a farce. »

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh-opposition-wins-in-local-elections-30364.html

30 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

A Bangladeshi court has sentenced Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/bangladesh-arms-smugglers-sentenced-death-2014130101339413268.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25962798

29 JANUARY 2014

Political assassinations on the rise in Bangladesh, with 138 deaths in January

Human rights activists are sounding the alarm about the rise in political assassinations, particularly among the ranks of the opposition. Many murders are at the hands of the police, which has refused to comment the allegations. In 2013, nearly 4,400 people have died.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Political-assassinations-on-the-rise-in-Bangladesh,-with-138-deaths-in-January-30165.html

12 JANUARY 2014

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh for the third time

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080042/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-bangladesh-pm-for-third-time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/389199/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-pm-in-crisis-hit-bangladesh

Bangladesh’s third largest party head becomes opposition leader

With Sheikh Hasina taking oath as prime minister today and third largest party’s head Raushan Ershad already named leader of the opposition, Bangladesh will have two PMs and two leaders of the opposition at the same time

http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-56005.html

10 JANUARY 2014

Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10564063/Britain-reviews-aid-to-Bangladesh-after-election-violence.html

6 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh ruling party wins elections marred by boycott, violence

The Bangladesh Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were marred by low turnout and violence and were boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/06/world/asia/bangladesh-elections/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/06/bangladesh-ruling-awami-league-wins-election-scarred-by-violence-and-boycotts/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10553249/Bangladesh-prime-minister-Elections-were-legitimate.html

5 JANUARY 2014

18 dead, polling booths firebombed as Bangladesh votes

Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and at least 18 people were killed as violence flared across Bangladesh on Sunday during a walkover election boycotted by the opposition.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/18-dead-polling-booths/943662.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-mars-controversial-bangladesh-polls-20141510625512920.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10551743/At-least-18-killed-in-Bangladesh-election-violence.html

4 JANUARY 2014

Renewed violence in Bangladesh ahead of disputed election

Dozens of polling booths were torched on the eve of Bangladesh’s violence-plagued election Saturday as the opposition staged a general strike in a final act of defiance against the « farcical » polls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10550571/Renewed-violence-in-Bangladesh-ahead-of-disputed-election.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/04/world/asia/bangladesh-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-eve-bangladesh-elections-2014141337726950.html

3 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader urges vote boycott

Bangladesh opposition leader made a last-ditch plea Friday for voters to boycott this weekend’s « farcical » elections and accused the government of placing her under house arrest.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-opposition/942394.html

30 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia ‘under house arrest’

Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader, has been put under house arrest, her aides said today as police surrounded her home in the capital Dhaka.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10542535/Bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-Khaleda-Zia-under-house-arrest.html

29 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh activists clash with police at polls protest

Supporters of Bangladesh’s opposition parties have clashed with security forces in Dhaka ahead of the country’s general election next week.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25543054
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/protester-killed-during-clashes-bangladesh-2013122984511139648.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition leader under ‘virtual house arrest’

Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386749/bangladesh-opposition-leader-under-virtual-house-arrest

15 DECEMBER 2013

Violences kill 13

At least 11 people were killed in Noakhali and Nilphamari as Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers and ran riot in several parts of the country to protest the execution of their leader Abul Quader Mollah

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ten-more-dead-bangladesh-pm-issues-warning

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/violence-kills-11/

13 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh execution sparks violent protests

A wave of violence has swept through Bangladesh after the hanging of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-execution-sparks-violent-protests-201312135743734649.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10516017/Four-killed-in-clashes-after-Islamist-leader-executed.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384660/clashes-in-bangladesh-after-islamist-hanged

12 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh executes opposition leader

Bangladesh has hanged opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah over war crimes, making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2013/12/bangladesh-politician-be-executed-20131212622649656.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-supreme-court-will-not-review-death-penalty/1808614.html

11 DECEMBER 2013

UN chief, Kerry call Bangladesh PM over poll standoff

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday to stress the need for talks with the opposition to resolve the country’s election standoff.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384339/un-chief-kerry-call-bangladesh-pm-over-poll-standoff

4 DECEMBER 2013

Ershad’s house cordoned off

Law enforcers have entered the house of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in Baridhara in the capital hours after he directed his partymen to resign from their posts of ministers and adviser to the PM.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/ershad-asks-jp-leaders-to-withdraw-nomination/

2 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition to boycott elections

Bangladesh’s 18-party opposition coalition has said it will boycott a general election scheduled for January, plunging the volatile country into political uncertainty just hours before the final deadline for nominations.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-opposition-boycott-elections-2013122900876856.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Seven dead in Bangladesh opposition vote protest

Bangladesh opposition supporters blocked roads and ripped up railway tracks Tuesday in protests against elections announced for January, leaving seven people dead and plunging the nation into fresh turmoil.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381761/seven-dead-in-bangladesh-opposition-vote-protest

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh to hold parliamentary elections in January

Bangladesh’s parliamentary election will be held on 5 January, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has announced.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25093165

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Garment Industry to See Rise in Minimum Wage

Bangladesh factory owners say they have agreed to a 77 percent increase in the minimum monthly wage for garment workers, after days of unrest forced the closure of hundreds of production facilities. Thursday’s announcement followed a meeting between the manufacturers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that resulted in the agreement, which will raise wages to about $66 per month.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-garment-industry-to-see-rise-in-minimum-wage/1790050.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-200-Bangladesh-garment-factories-reopen-with-bigger-paycheques-for-workers-29540.html

13 NOVEMBER 2913

Dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory protest

Riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns in Bangladesh during a protest over wages Tuesday that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured, police said.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115776/dozens-hurt-in-bangladesh-garment-factory-protest/

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh arrests 5 opposition leaders

Bangladeshi authorities have arrested three senior leaders of the main opposition party amid increasing tensions ahead of next year’s elections, an official said Saturday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115596/bangladesh-arrests-5-opposition-leaders/

5 NOVEMBER 2013

152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi court has convicted more than 300 soldiers at the start of a mass verdict over a 2009 military mutiny in which scores of senior officers were massacred.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/05/world/asia/bangladesh-soldiers-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/05/bangladesh-court-sentences-152-to-death-for-2009-mutiny/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/bangladesh-mutiny-verdict-due-201311561736760822.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh convicts UK Muslim leader, US citizen of war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-convicts-uk-muslim-leader-us-citizen-war-crimes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10423362/British-Muslim-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24793127

31 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh garment workers reject proposed pay hike

Bangladeshi garment workers on Thursday rejected a proposed 50 per cent wage rise and there were fears of fresh strikes in the crisis-hit industry if the impasse was not quickly resolved.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-garment-workers-reject-proposed-pay-hike

28 OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence erupts across crisis-hit Bangladesh

Fresh violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday, leaving at least four people dead as rival party activists clashed on the second day of a strike amid a mounting political crisis.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-violence-erupts-across-crisis-hit-bangladesh

27 OCTOBER 2013

Opposition strike begins in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, wants Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, to hand power to a caretaker administration before the January election.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/opposition-strike-begins-bangladesh-201310276169411597.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition protest turns deadly

At least five demonstrators have been killed and dozens injured across Bangladesh and thousands of opposition activists rallied in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday to demand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quit and order polls under a caretaker government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-opposition-protest-turns-violent-20131025123326451853.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh ex-minister Abdul Alim jailed for war crimes

Abdul Alim, 83, of the Bangladesh National Party was guilty of nine of 17 charges dating back to the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24456910

1st OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh MP sentenced to death

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-mp-sentenced-death-201310171446700799.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-lawmaker-to-death-for-war-crimes/1760364.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Low Pay, Shut Factories

More than 100 garment factories in Bangladesh have been forced to close as workers protest for a third day demanding a sharp raise in their minimum wage.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladeshi-garment-workers-protest-pay-shut-factories/1755037.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-garment-workers-stop-Bangladesh,-demanding-higher-wages-29086.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Abdul Quader Molla, 65, the fourth-highest-ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country’s Supreme Court after it overturned an appeal to acquit him of all
harges.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391735611372698.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-islamic-leader-to-death-for-war-crimes/1751139.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/17/world/asia/bangladesh-islamist-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10315433/Islamist-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Anwar Hossein passes away

Veteran character actor of Bangla cinema Anwar Hossain passed away due to old-age complications, at the age of 82.
He was admitted to Square Hospital in the capital on August 18 with various complications.
http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/anwar-hossain-passes-away/

13 AUGUST 2013

Clashes mark Bangladesh opposition strike

Violent clashes between police and protesters take place during 48-hour shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami party.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201381372219815527.html

12 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh: U.S. Calls for Activist’s Release

The United States on Monday urged Bangladesh to free a human rights activist, saying his detention had a “chilling effect” on civil society. The police seized the activist, Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the human rights group Odhikar, on Saturday after the organization questioned the official account of a deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters in May

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/bangladesh-us-calls-for-activists-release.html?ref=asia&_r=0

1 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh Islamist party Jamaat e Islami is banned

Bangladesh’s main Islamic party, the Jamaat e Islami, launched violent protests last night after a court banned its members from contesting next year’s general election.
http://dawn.com/news/1033394/bangladesh-court-rules-jamaat-illegal-bars-party-from-polls
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10215920/Bangladesh-Islamist-party-election-ban.html

17 JULY 2013

Bangladesh war crimes: Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to be executed

Clashes erupt after tribunal finds Jamaat-e-Islami secretary-general Mojaheed guilty of war crimes in 1971 uprising.                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201371765535804837.html                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23340507

16 JULY 2013

Violence erupts in Bangladesh after verdict against former Islamic leader

90 year-old Ghulam Azam sentenced to 90 years in prison for war crimes. The verdict sparks explosions, clashes and scenes of urban warfare all over Bangladesh for national hartal (strikes) organized by supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and secular activists of Gonojagoron Mancha. Four people die, including a child.                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violence-erupts-in-Bangladesh-after-verdict-against-former-Islamic-leader-28481.html

27 JUNE 2013

US cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety

An order by President Barack Obama removed Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges under the « GSP » program, increasing pressure on Dhaka to boost workplace safety after a series of disasters in the country’s huge garment industry.                                                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357336/us-cuts-bangladesh-trade-privileges-over-worker-safety

21 JUNE 2013

Poverty-cut rate rare, remarkable

Poverty rate in Bangladesh will drop between 23.34 and 26.51 percent of the total population by 2015 provided that the country maintains its current pace of poverty reduction, according to World Bank estimates.                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/poverty-cut-rate-rare-remarkable/

Bangladesh: 10 Islamic terrorists sentenced to death

A court in Dhaka have sentenced 10 Islamic extremists to death for a suicide bombing in 2005. Eight people were killed in the attack, including four lawyers, and 70 were injured. The prisoners are part of the fundamentalist group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), banned by the government in the same year of the attack                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh:-10-Islamic-terrorists-sentenced-to-death-28266.html

13 JUNE 2013

Bangladesh, work at 12 or face starvation

Roni is the assistant mechanic because « at home we had nothing to eat. » Poverty is the main reason that 7.4 million children are forced to work. 80% domestic workers, of which 17% suffer abuse and torture.                                                                                                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-work-at-12-or-face-starvation-28194.html

14 MAY 2013

Bangladesh hit by Jamaat shutdown

Bangladesh’s opposition party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has called for a nationwidewide shutdown following the arrest of its leader, local media have reported.                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135145217704963.html

10 MAY 2013

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse tops 1,000

The death toll from the collapse of a building housing textile factories outside the Bangladesh capital rose above 1,000 on Friday, as dead bodies continued to be pulled from the rubble, officials said                                                                                                              http://www.france24.com/en/20130510-death-toll-bangladesh-building-collapse              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-toll-passes-1-000-as-stacks-o/670182.html

9 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death

War tribunal convicts Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129

8 MAY 2013

Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800

The army in Bangladesh says 804 people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the capital Dhaka.                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22450419                                                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/08/bangladesh-building-collapse-death-toll-over-800/

6 MAY 3013

Skirmishes erupt again on Afghan-Pakistan border

Clashes resumed along the contested Afghan-Pakistan border on Monday after Pakistani troops returned to repair a gate adjacent to a Pakistani border post between the Afghan province of Nangarhar and the Pakistani tribal agency of Mohmand that was the site of last week’s firefight Afghanistan, which has refused to recognize the 1893 British-mandated border between the two countries, says the gate is illegally located on Afghan territory.                                               http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border

6 MAY 2013

Clashes over Bangladesh protest leave 27 dead

The government in Bangladesh has cracked down on protests, taking a television station off-air and transferring the man at the head of the group that instigated the deadly protests out of Dhaka under police escort.                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22423815                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013561483654241.html

5 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600

More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22420025

Riot police battle Islamists in Dhaka Bangladesh

Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22418379

1 MAY 2013

Bangladesh ‘slave labour’ condemned by Pope

Pope Francis has denounced as « slave labour » the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22370487

Bangladesh factory-collapse toll passes 400

May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths of more than 400 people after a building collapsed near Dhaka. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135161932635626.html

26 APRIL 2013

Violent clashes erupt over Bangladesh building collapse

Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during a mass rally by garment workers outside of the capital Dhaka on Friday, two days after a building collapse killed more than 300 people and left scores more unaccounted for. http://www.france24.com/en/20130426-bangladesh-police-protestors-clash-mass-rally-building-collapse

18 APRIL 2013

Yunus given rare honour in USA

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States, in recognition of his efforts toward combating global poverty. Yunus is only the seventh person in history to have won both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, another of the highest US civilian awards                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/yunus-given-rare-honour/

11 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh opposition editor Mahmudur Rahman arrested

He faces charges including sedition and unlawful publication of a conversation that led to the resignation of the head judge of a war crimes tribunal.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22110132

8 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam.                                                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html

6 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law

One person has been killed as hundreds of thousands of people continued protests in Bangladesh to demand that the government introduce an anti-blasphemy law that would include the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134661058364976.html                                http://www.voanews.com/content/thousands-in-bangladesh-rally-for-antiblasphemy-laws/1636029.html

20 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman dies

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said.                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130320-410090.html                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013320123245762582.html

14 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh political crisis deepens

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), leader of the 18-party opposition, threatened to call another national strike on March 21 if more than 150 of its activists, are not released from police custody soon. The activists were arrested after violence marred a political rally in Dhaka on Monday, with attacks and vandalism spreading through the country during a dawn-till-dusk protest over clashes in a political standoff that have claimed nearly 100 lives in the past two weeks                                                                                                    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-05-140313.html

2 MARCH 2013

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.                                                                                                                    http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/02/more-deaths-in-bangladesh-war-crimes-violence/

1 MARCH 2013

Afghanistan political puzzle

The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014 certainly has decisive impact on both Afghanistan’s domestic situation as well its relations with its neighboring states. Afghanistan’s internal political environment will inescapably transform, once the foreign troops depart from the country.                                                                                                                                                                          http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3355&storylist=1&goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_219108636

1 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh verdict sparks deadly protests

At least 34 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in Bangladesh after a member of the opposition was sentenced to death for war crimes.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322814221920994.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to death

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Journos denounce attacks

Journalists and their professional bodies have denounced the Friday attacks on journalists by religious fanatics during demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men and their sympathisers in the capital and elsewhere.                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=270265

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh protests trigger changes to war crimes law

Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law which will allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader, after protesters called for his execution.                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21492198

8 FEBRUARY 2013

Huge Bangladesh rally seeks death penalty for war crimes

Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth highest ranked leader of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been found guilty of rape, genocide and murder, by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal.                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132561816876315.html                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/96949/bangladesh-jails-islamic-party-leader-to-life/

31 JANUARY 2013

Bangladesh strike over war crimes trials sparks clashes

At least two people were killed as violence erupted across Bangladesh during a strike called by the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21271872

25 JANUARY 2013

MPs to resign if caretaker not restored

BNP yesterday threatened that its lawmakers would quit parliament if the government did not restore the caretaker government system. The threat came following the recent comment by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the next general election would be held under her government.                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266568

21 JANUARY 2013

Death for Bachchu Razakar

The international crimes tribunal made history yesterday (21) by sentencing Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment, for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.                                                                                                http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266151

20 OCTOBER 2012

Bangladesh mutiny: 723 border guards jailed

Nearly 6,000 people have now been jailed for the mutiny over pay and conditions, which left 74 people dead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20018665 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254694

1 October 2012

Buddhist villages ransacked by angry Muslims

Muslim protestors have attacked several Buddhist villages in Bangladesh after an image said to show a burnt Koran was posted on a social website.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/01/buddhist-villages-ransacked-by-angry-muslims/
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh_braces_for_more_muslim_attacks-on_buddhist_sites/1517988.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=252081

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Bangladesh: More data needed on abandoned children, trafficking

Children in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by their parents are vulnerable to traffickers, but tackling the problem is hampered by the lack of data on missing children, say aid workers
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96250/BANGLADESH-More-data-needed-on-abandoned-children-trafficking

1 AUGUST 2012

Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted

Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348

30 JUNE 2012

World Bank cancels loan for Bangladesh bridge

The World Bank has cancelled a $1.2bn loan for Bangladesh’s Padma bridge project, saying the government had not co-operated in investigating « high level » corruption in the project. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201263062236349471.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-18655846

15 JUNE 2012

UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804

13 MAY 2012

Bangladesh indicts opposition leader

Former Bangladeshi opposition leader, Ghulam Azam, has been indicted by a special court for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation’s 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan. Azam, 89, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party  is accused of creating and leading pro-Pakistan militias which carried out many killings and rapes during the nine-month-long war http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012513125224311695.html

7 MAY 2012

Dhaka, Delhi agree to sign extradition treaty

Bangladesh and India have agreed to conclude an extradition treaty at the earliest and vowed not to allow domestic or foreign militants and insurgents in each other’s territories.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=233275

30 APRIL 2012

General strike disrupts life in Bangladesh

The strike on Monday was called to protest against the disappearance of an opposition official, Elias Ali, which his party, the BNP, blames on the government and security agencies http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012430174341357708.html

23 APRIL 2012

Strike turns violent in Bangladeshi town of Sylhet

One person has been killed and at least 20 injured as thousands of people protested over a politician’s disappearance in the Bangladeshi city of Sylhet, police have said. Demonstrators are angry at the disappearance of opposition leader Ilias Ali http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813091

15 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh claims victory in Bay of Bengal dispute‎

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday 15 termed the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28675&sec=1

12 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh given 90 days to restore caretaker gov’t

Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226106
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336583

6 MARCH 2012

Teaching troubles in Bangladesh

Almost half the population of Bangladesh does not know how to read or write. Authorities want to change this so they have made education free and mandatory until the age of 11
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/20123610259989341.html

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Inflation hits 15yr high

Fuel import, energy price hike, and taka’s devaluation against the US dollar have jacked up the country’s non-food inflation to 13.16 percent in January — which is the highest in the last fifteen years
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=221423

19 JANUARY 2012

Bangladesh ‘foils anti-government plot’

The Bangladesh army has foiled a plan to bring down the government of Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, according to a military spokesman. Brigadier-General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said around 16 former and active officers were involved in the plot, unearthed in December
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/2012119105036344988.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16627852

12 JANUARY 2012

Ghulam Azam lands in jail

Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam was sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=218007

25 NOVEMBER 2011

Hasina, India in bind

POPULARITY is a rare quality which begins to elude the rulers when they need it the most. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a similar situation. Her stock has shrunk at a time when she requires it badly. People had returned her with a sweeping majority. Yet they increasingly feel, three years after her being in power, that her non-governance, if not mis-governance, has only made their life miserable.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=39802

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Bangladesh opens 1971 war crimes trial

The first trial of a suspect from Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence began on Sunday, in a widely-criticised court process that the government says will finally bring traitors to justice.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111120-311674.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15811848

5 NOVEMBER 2011

Political killings on the rise

Incidents of political killing have taken an alarming rise in the country with death of over 100 leaders and activists of different
parties in the last 10 months.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=209283

4 NOVEMBER 2011

Energy-starved Bangladesh signs nuclear power deal with Russia

« Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, » said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/bangladesh-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 JULY 2011

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s son charged for grenade attack

Bangladeshi prosecutors have charged the eldest son of  prime minister Khaleda Zia over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 20 people
and injured current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Zia’s long-time rival
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110703-bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-khaleda-zias-son-charged-grenade-attack

 

Philippines foreign Policy & security

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21 APRIL 2017

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday (April 21), brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-defence-chief-visits-disputed-spratly-island
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/22/1692733/chinese-challenge-philippines-defense-chiefs-plane

19 MARCH 2017

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-duterte-says-not-war-china-cant-stop-scarborough-shoal-activities/#H2H4yozdRHh0LQvW.97
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153556/duterte-cant-stop-china-panatag
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1217622/duterte-bound-for-bangkok-monday-cant-stop-china

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

Philippine president’s courting of China as he pivots away from the United States could reap dividends – or a military coup
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2073858/duterte-plays-dangerous-game-south-china-sea

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group’s lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
http://www.dw.com/en/duterte-wants-mindanao-peace-does-milf-want-it-too/a-37078888

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

3 JANUARY 2017

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

20 DECEMBER 2016

China offers $14 million arms package to Philippines for free

China has offered to provide $14 million worth of small arms and fast boats to the Philippines for free, aiding President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and fighting terrorism, Manila’s defence minister said on Tuesday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250331103
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2056027/china-offers-14-million-arms-package-philippines-free

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Communist rebels see Philippine-US ties troubling peace deal

Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249664433

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Meeting Putin, Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western « bullying » and « hypocrisy » during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/20/content_15528859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/20/rodrigo-duterte-slames-western-hypocrisy-as-he-meets-putin

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte makes U-turn on US order for 26,000 rifles

The Philippines police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier, the police chief said on Monday, following an about-face by President Rodrigo Duterte, who previously said the deal would be scrapped
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2045745/philippines-duterte-makes-u-turn-us-order-26000-rifles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-police-boss-says-us-guns-deal-after-duterte-u-turn

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte lashes United States ‘monkeys, fools’ for halting sales of 26,000 weapons

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chides the United States for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision « fools » and « monkeys » and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-11-03/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-lashes-united-states-monkeys-fools-for-halting-sales-of-26000-weapons/1630234
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/philippines-can-buy-assault-rifles-russia-duterte-says-us-suspends-sale/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

25 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan for three-day of talks, but the first day of his visit was overshadowed by his rants against the United States, calling Americans « foolish » while threatening to cut off a 2014 defence pact with Washington DC
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/duterte-warns-defence-pact-japan-visit-161025141718165.html

20 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte announces ‘separation’ from US; aligns Philippines with China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his « separation » from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had « lost » and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-announces-separation-us-aligns-philippines-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/philippines-duterte-china-announces-split-161020131226993.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038577/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-gets-red-carpet

19 OCTOBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte says ‘goodbye’ to US ties in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was « time to say goodbye » to the US during a visit to China on Wednesday, as the combative leader reconfigures his country’s diplomatic alliances
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte-says-goodbye-to-us-ties-in-beijing/3219936.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-20/rodrigo-duterte-says-south-china-sea-case-to-take-back-seat/7948474?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-praises-friendly-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-during-visit

Anti-US protests dispersed in Manila

Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-US protesters outside the US embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators
http://www.atimes.com/article/anti-us-protests-dispersed-manila-duterte-china/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37702784

6 OCTOBER 2016

Rodrigo Duterte wants to liberate Philippines from United States ‘shackling dependency’, Minister says

The President of the Philippines wants to liberate his country from a « shackling dependency » on the United States which can not guarantee its help when Philippine sovereignty is under threat, the foreign minister says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-wants-liberate-philippines-us-shackles-foreign-minister

4 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte tells Obama ‘you can go to hell’ in new tirade

President Rodrigo Duterte told his US ally Barack Obama « you can go to hell » in a speech Tuesday that was his latest tirade against the US over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/04/1630518/duterte-tells-obama-you-can-go-hell-new-tirade
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/16/duterte-to-obama-go-to-hell
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2025064/philippine-leader-duterte-tells-obama-go-hell-eyes-arms
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/philippine-us-war-games-under-way/7903038?section=world

US, Philippines launch war games amid uncertainty over ties

 The US and Philippines have launched war games as relations between the two allies have been cast into doubt. The new Philippines president has vowed to make the country less dependent on the US
http://www.dw.com/en/us-philippines-launch-war-games-amid-uncertainty-over-ties/a-35952731
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161004_27/

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines Duterte seeks alliances with China and Russia

President Duterte said on Tuesday he would build by next year “new alliances” with China and Russia to cushion the fallout from the possible withdrawal of the United States from the Philippines
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-president-duterte-seeks-alliances-russia-china
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/248009851

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

After blasting the United States supposedly for interfering in his war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday said he wanted American troops out of Mindanao as he blamed Washington for the conflict and security threats in the South
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/13/1623292/rody-wants-us-troops-out-mindanao
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-says-he-wants-us-special-forces

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a « son of a whore ».
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/obama-calls-meeting-duterte-following-insult
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-06/barack-obama-scraps-planned-talks-with-rodrigo-duterte-over-son-of-a-whore-slur/1614908

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

21 AUGUST 2016

Philippine President Duterte threatens to quit UN after it calls for end to drug war-related killings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday (Aug 21) after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-duterte-threatens-to-quit-un-after-it-calls-for-end-to-drug-war
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/22/1616049/rody-threatens-quit-un

8 AUGUST 2016

Philippines receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan Thursday, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/18/national/philippines-accepts-first-10-japan-funded-patrol-vessels-beef-coast-guard/#.V7Y3xY9OI2w
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-receives-first-japanese-coast-guard-vessel#sthash.oS2i0p4U.dpuf

12 AUGUST 2016

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

Japan on Friday announced it would give the Philippines two new vessels to boost Manila’s capacity to patrol its waters, with the allies facing Chinese aggression in separate maritime disputes.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/577429/news/nation/japan-gives-philippines-patrol-ships

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

10 AUGUST 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls US envoy Philip Goldberg ‘gay’, prompting summons

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row after calling the US ambassador « gay », in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila’s envoy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-leader-calls-us-envoy-gay-prompting-summons
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-calls-us-envoy-gay/7717106?section=world

9 JULY 2016

China’s proposal to start South China Sea talks not based on court ruling refused by Philippines

The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China’s foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/asia/south-china-sea-philippines-talks/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-refuses-bilateral-talks-with-china-following-south-china-sea-ruling/a-19408968
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245966867

3 JULY 2016

Philippines celebrates victory in South China Sea case, despite China’s refusal to accept result

People across the Philippines are celebrating victory after an international court in The Hague ruled China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/philippines-celebrates-victory-in-south-china-sea-case/7623440?section=world
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/13/filipinos-call-on-china-to-do-a-chexit-in-the-south-china-sea/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245785487
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/13/1602477/full-text-aquino-says-maritime-arbitration-ruling-victory-all

 

13 JUNE 2016

Filipino group say flag-planting on disputed shoal in South China Sea halted by China

Chinese coast guard vessels prevented a Philippine nationalist group from planting a Filipino flag on a rocky South China Sea outcrop, the group said on Monday (June 13), the latest territorial standoff between the two countries
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/filipino-group-say-flag-planting-on-disputed-shoal-in-south-china-sea-halted-by-china

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

 5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

3 MAY 2016

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

15 APRIL 2016

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines and will keep 300 troops including combat aircraft in region

The United States revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1935972/us-reveals-joint-patrols-south-china-sea-philippines-and-will
http://www.singaporestar.com/index.php/sid/243161959
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-to-rotate-more-aircraft-troops-through-philippines-1.404418

8 APRIL 2016

Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute

The United States has allocated more than US$120 million (85.19 million pounds) in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-gets-us-military-aid-boost-amid-south-china-sea-dispute

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

18 MARCH 2016

US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines

Representatives of the US and the Philippines have reached a deal on five locations for US troops on the island country. The move comes as tensions with Beijing rise over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.dw.com/en/us-agrees-with-manila-on-bases-in-philippines/a-19128268
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/20/1564662/us-philippines-agree-5-base-locations-under-edca

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

1 MARCH 2016

Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer

The Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Japanese and Philippine governments have signed an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and related technologies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-sign-deal-defense-equipment-transfer
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1456641889&section=13

29 JANUARY 2016

In the Philippines, Japan’s royals honor war dead

Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan’s brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation
http://www.manilatimes.net/japans-royals-honor-war-dead/242074/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160129_24.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601290062

26 JANUARY 2016

Japan’ Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims

Emperor Akihito said Tuesday that Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and Empress Michiko embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/26/national/imperial-couple-departs-philippines-first-ever-official-visit-reigning-emperor/#.VqfwEDjMvIV
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/27/1546748/philippines-japan-forge-stronger-ties
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160126_39.htm

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

Philippine Supreme Court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

 

21 DECEMBER 2015

Philippine leader says $2.5b to be spent on military modernisation

Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised Monday that 83.9 billion pesos (US$1.77 billion, S$2.5 billion) allocated for military modernisation projects would be spent by 2017 as the country faces a territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-leader-says-25b-be-spent-military-modernisation

 

18 NOVEMBER 2015

US Gives the Philippines 2 New Vessels Amid South China Sea Tensions

The United States will hand over two new ships to the Philippine navy to boost the U.S. ally’s maritime security capabilities amid tensions in the South China Sea, President Barack Obama announced November 17 in Manila as he kicked off his weeklong visit to Asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-gives-philippines-two-new-vessels-amid-south-china-sea-tensions

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

14 OCTOBER 2015

Philippine army rejects call for negotiations to free hostages who appear in new video held by men with guns and machetes

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

17 AUGUST 2015

Philippines can’t afford full military modernisation: officials

The Philippines can only afford a « frugal » military upgrade, defence officials said Monday, even though maritime tensions with China are growing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/658596/philippines-can-t-afford-full-military-modernisation-officials

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

31 JULY 2015

Aquino endorses interior minister Manuel Roxas as successor

Speaking to Liberal Party (LP) members, allies and supporters, said there is no other person who can continue the reforms that his administration has started but Roxas, whom he called a man of “clear integrity.”
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/31/content_15298359.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/709554/aquino-names-mar-of-the-hour
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/aquino-endorses-roxas-as-lp-standard-bearer/

21 JULY 2015

Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 per cent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said on Tuesday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/11753108/Philippines-hikes-defence-budget-amid-China-tensions.html

16 JULY 2015

Philippines to re-open Subic Bay former US base amid China sea row

The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/phl-reopens-subic-bay-military-000000185.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-open-former-us-amid-china-sea-row-183755548.html

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

24 JUNE 2014

Philippine vice president Jegomar Binay blasts Aquino, declares candidacy

Controversial Philippine vice-president Jejomar Binay on Wednesday angrily lashed out at President Benigno Aquino as he declared his determination to run for president in 2016
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/602804/philippine-vice-president-blasts-aquino-declares-candidacy
http://www.manilatimes.net/aquino-govt-a-failure/194823/#end

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

8 MAY 2015

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea: sources

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-hold-first-naval-drill-south-china-sea-sources

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

25 APRIL 2015

US seeks access to eight Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

20 APRIL 2015

Vietnam asked Philippines to form pact to counter China, Aquino reveals

A new “strategic partnership” being negotiated between two states fending off China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea was suggested by Vietnam, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has revealed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1771526/vietnam-asked-us-form-strategic-pact-counter-china-philippine

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

26 FEBRUARY 2015

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push

The Aquino government is also warmly embracing Hollande’s trip, the first by a French head of state since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1947, as an endorsement of the Philippines’ maturing democracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/francois-hollande-in-philippines-for-climate-change-push
http://www.france24.com/en/20150226-hollande-enlists-film-stars-climate-change-push-manila-philippines-marion-cotillard-melanie-laurent/

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

5 JANUARY 2015

Philippines urges China to show respect in South China Sea. Protest rejected by China

The Philippines accused China on Thursday (Feb 5) of ramming Filipino fishing boats off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, and demanded its powerful neighbour respect its sovereignty over the potential flashpoint territory.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-urges-china/1640354.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/05/content_15224411.html

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/philippines-vietnam-upgrade-ties-in-show-of-unity-against-china-38204.html

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

China’s reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a « threat » to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-island-building-threat-all-asean-philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-slams-china/1608684.html

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at the Philippines for criticising Beijing’s ongoing reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea, saying that its actions were within the scope of Chinese sovereignty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-philippines-criticising-island-project-south-china-sea

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

7 DECEMBER 2014

China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-condemns-philippines-over-disputed-sea-arbitration
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1207/c90883-8819170.html

6 DECEMBER 2014

Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

A Swiss hostage has escaped from the armed group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, after hacking one rebel commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity, security officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447649/swiss-escapes-philippine-militant-kidnappers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/daring-escape-swiss-hostage-philippines-2014126620353561.html

4 DECEMBER 2014

Amnesty says police torture thriving in Philippines

Torture of suspected criminals by police in the Philippines has thrived under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, human rights monitor Amnesty International said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/447235/amnesty-says-police-torture-thriving-in-philippines

3 DECEMBER 2014

Manila has ‘nothing to gain’ from military pact with US

A defence pact that Manila and Washington inked early this year serves as only a deterrent to a « shooting war » between the Philippines and China, the Philippines’ Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/manila-has-nothing-gain-military-pact-us

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Manila won’t join US-led fight against ISIS: Aquino

The Philippines, a treaty ally of the United States, will not join the US-led coalition against the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Manila-wont-join-US-led-fight-against-ISIS-Aquino-67915.html

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

17 OCTOBER 2014

Philippine militants release two German hostages

Two German hostages have been freed by the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, the Philippines military and the group have said, on the day the group had threatened to kill one of them.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/philippines-abu-sayyaf-hostages-2014101713310373157.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29665728

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

In Asia’s Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-great-south-china-sea-clash-china-vs-vietnam-11058

30 JULY 2014

Philippines’ Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140730/DEFREG03/307300025/Philippines-Aquino-Seeks-Quash-Rumors-Military-Coup

26 JULY 2014

Aquino rating 8 points down vs graft

Carried out from June 24 to July 2, the survey showed an 8-point decrease in the proportion of Filipinos approving of the administration’s anticorruption efforts—from 50 percent in March to 42 percent in June
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623514/aquino-rating-8-points-down-vs-graft

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

13 JULY 2014

The Philippines offer US$1.5bn to modernize its armed forces

 

The Philippines has offered a US$1.5 billion budget to defense contractors around the world for phase one of its three-tier armed forces modernization program. It wishes to strengthen its bargaining chips in the dispute over the South China Sea’s disputed territories, reports the US Defense News Weekly.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140713000038&cid=1101

11 JULY 2014

Australian jihad campaigner arrested in Philippines

An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join « jihad » in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/australian-jihad-campaigner-arrested-philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/philippines-arrests-australian-imam-2014711134919534455.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vietnam-joint-commission-deepen-defence-ties

4 JULY 2014

Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

A Philippine court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the country’s most prominent politicians and the third legislator facing criminal charges in a massive corruption scandal.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-court-orders-third-senator-arrested-over-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/616957/juan-ponce-enrile-surrenders

24 JUNE 2014

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414224/vietnam-philippines-navies-in-first-spratlys-games
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

7 JUNE 2014

Philippines to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

The three, who include a son of former president Joseph Estrada and a 90-year political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, are accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-arrest-three-powerful-senators-corruption-scandal

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

4 JUNE 2014

China ordered to submit counter-argument in sea dispute with Philippines by Dec. 15

China has been ordered by the international Arbitral Tribunal handling the maritime dispute case filed by the Philippines to file its counter-memorial, or counter-argument, by Dec. 15, despite its position that it will not participate in the arbitration
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/105670/china-ordered-to-submit-counter-argument-in-sea-dispute-by-dec-15

3 MAY 2014

Communist rebel officer arrested in Philippines

A high-ranking communist rebel officer has been arrested in the Philippines, a military official said on Saturday, amid a surge of deadly clashes between soldiers and the insurgents

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407981/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-in-philippines

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-philippines

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

21 APRIL 2014

Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405929/suspected-communist-guerrillas-kill-philippine-mayor

http://www.voanews.com/content/gunmen-kill-philippine-mayor/1897553.html

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

1 APRIL 2014

3 Philippine senators indicted for plunder

An OMB special panel said Tuesday there was enough basis to hold Philippine Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and several others criminally liable for plunder and graft in connection with the alleged illegal disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress

http://www.asianewsnet.net/3-Philippine-senators-indicted-for-plunder-58738.html

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140401000069&cid=1101
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402933/china-says-ties-damaged-by-philippines-un-ruling-call

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/590216/ship-evades-chinese-blockade

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26806924

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402458/philippine-vessel-evades-china-blockade-of-disputed-reef

28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402331/philippines-to-defy-china-pursue-un-case-on-sea-row

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

The terms of the deal, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) disband its 12,000-member guerrilla force and share power with Manila in the Muslim south of the mainly Catholic nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399907/philippines-muslim-rebels-to-sign-peace-treaty-on-march-27

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524388

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392396/philippines-stands-firm-in-diplomatic-row-with-hong-kong

29 JANUARY 2014

Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, military officials said Wednesday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119044/philippines-says-37-rebels-killed-in-offensive/

27 JANUARY 2014

Philippines launches offensive against rebels

The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-launches-offensive-against-rebels-201412723831805504.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391762/philippine-military-attacks-hardline-muslim-renegades

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

15 JANUARY 2014

Philippines seeks US ships to counter China

The Philippines has said it wants to acquire two more navy ships from the US to boost its maritime protection amid military threats from China, according to the country’s military chief.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-gains-more-us-navy-ships-20141157811844465.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/

31 DECEMBER 2013

PHL-China relations in 2014: How to navigate the West Philippine Sea disputes

The year 2013 was, by all means, a challenging period for Philippine-China relations. Despite earlier hopes that a new Chinese administration, under President Xi Jinping, would positively change the complexion of bilateral relations, we have instead seen an escalation in maritime tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/341702/opinion/blogs/phl-china-relations-in-2014-how-to-navigate-the-west-philippine-sea-disputes#!

20 DECEMBER 2013

Philippine mayor killed at Manila airport

Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province, was killed together with his wife, an 18-month-old baby and one other person, Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reported from Manila on Friday.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/philippines-mayor-killed-at-manila-airport-201312205187710448.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/philippine-mayor-three-others-killed-at-manila-airport/1814248.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/china-territorial-dispute-philippines

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking

With aid running short and near anarchy in the hardest-hit areas, the estimated two million children affected by the monster storm are its most vulnerable victims, Save the Children warns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10447457/Typhoon-Haiyan-children-at-risk-of-abuse-and-trafficking.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity

The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24901993
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/11/philippines-tens-of-millions-affected-by-typhoon-haiyan-as-president-declares-state-of-calamity/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippines-state-national-calamity-2013111116128730244.html

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan havoc

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has promised that help is on the way for the hundreds of thousands hit by Typhoon Haiyan, as the death toll was expected to reach 10,000 in one province alone.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippine-leader-pledges-help-after-typhoon-201311109527746483.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/10/death-toll-in-philippines-after-typhoonhaiyan-more-than-10000/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/10/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-survivors-in-pictures#/?picture=422109427&index=12

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

Manila’s development of Oyster Bay has been driven in part by rising traffic at Subic Bay, particularly as more American battleships drop anchors at its piers. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), 72 US warships and submarines visited Subic between January and June this year. That figure compares with 88 US naval vessel visits in 2012, 54 in 2011 and 51 in 2010. The figures exclude port calls made in Manila and other ports outside Subic.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-071113.html

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago. http://asiancorrespondent.com/115344/hk-warns-manila-of-sanctions-over-hostage-tragedy/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/hong-kong-gives-philippines-sanctions-warning-20131156552579778.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

South China Sea: Manila backtracks on accusing Beijing of « imperialism”


Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea:-Manila-backtracks-on-accusing-Beijing-of-imperialism”-29360.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

20 OCTOBER 2013

Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the « Sultan of Sulu » after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375482/philippine-ultan-who-launched-sabah-incursion-dies
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88357/heir-of-sulu-sultanate-dies

12 OCTOBER 2013

US Warns Of Mindanao Terrorist Threats

The United States embassy in Manila yesterday warned US citizens of a “series of credible security threats” in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-us-warns-mindanao-terrorist-threats/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former President Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others were charged with plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

Philippines fails to reach deal with US over increased military presence

Discussions over proposals to expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines failed to reach a deal, Filipino officials said Thursday, a day after US President Barack Obama called off a Manila visit.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-fails-reach-deal-us-over-increased-military-presence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372903/philippines-says-deal-on-wider-us-role-needs-more-work

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Coordinated MNLF attack shows Misuari’s hand

The separate but coordinated moves of five rebel commanders from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by Nur Misuari betrayed Misuari’s hand in the deadly attack on Zamboanga City, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/498307/coordinated-mnlf-attack-shows-misuaris-hand-afp#ixzz2gPkVrz3Q

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/miss-philippines-crowned-miss-world-amid-muslim-anger
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/09/27/2714291/miss-world-2013-winner-revealed.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippines military frees final hostages, still pursuing rebels

Efforts to negotiate the hostages’ release failed, resulting in intense bursts of fighting that had left 158 people dead as of Thursday, including 125 members of the MNLF, the government-run Philippines News Agency said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-troops-rescue-last-hostages-kill-15-muslim-rebels
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/asia/philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aquino to charge Philippine rebel leader over city attack

Philippines – President Benigno Aquino vowed Sunday to bring criminal charges against Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari for a deadly attack on a major southern Philippine city that left hundreds dead or injured.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aquino-charge-philippine-rebel-leader-over-city-attack

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine airstrike hits rebels in Zamboanga

The Philippine armed forces have launched a helicopter airstrike as part of their ongoing assault at Muslim rebels occupying parts of a major southern city, stepping up efforts to end an eight-day standoff that has left dozens dead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139165552136175.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine clashes rage despite truce effort

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has headed to the southern city of Zamboanga in a bid to broker a truce with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters holding scores of civilian hostages while locked in a deadly stand-off with government forces.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391444458212495.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/487263/govt-misuari-agree-on-ceasefire-starting-saturday-midnight-says-binay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24089553

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Fighting rages amid Philippine hostage crisis

Troops in the Philippines have surrounded six villages in the south of the country where hundreds of fighters linked to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding at least 170 hostages.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139106147258221.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/10/new-clashes-between-islamic-rebels-and-philippine-government-forces/

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine rebels take hundreds hostage

At least 200 people have been taken hostage in southern Philippines after rebels rampaged through coastal communities, leaving at least six people dead, local news reports say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013990014907480.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/philippines/2013/09/10/388579/200-Filipino.htm
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/484401/mnlf-storms-zamboanga-city-leaves-6-dead

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Women in Philippine politics

If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity. In 1998, only 16.2 per cent of elected officials (including the president and vice president and Congress and local government officials, down to city and municipal levels) were women.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Women-in-Philippine-politics-51279.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila, Beijing, and UNCLOS : a test case ?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-030913.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-accuses-china-of-building-on-disputed-reef/1742128.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

France drops Philippines from tax blacklist

The Philippines has been removed from the French government’s blacklist of noncooperative countries for their tax policies.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/france-drops-philippines-tax-blacklist

30 AUGUST 2013

Philippine radio commentator gunned down

A popular radio commentator known for being critical of alleged corruption and rising crime in a southern Philippine city has been killed by a gunman, police said Friday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112688/philippine-radio-commentator-gunned-down/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/ http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

Across the Philippines on Monday, « National Heroes Day, » tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against discretionary funds given to lawmakers that critics say are not being used as intended and instead are funneled to corrupt organizations..

http://www.voanews.com/content/filipinos-protest-government-corruption/1736852.html

21 AUGUST 2013

‘Million people march’ vs pork spreads like Arab Spring

A social media initiative calling for a “million people march to Luneta” to demand the scrapping of the lawmakers’ pork barrel is shaping up as a sort of an Arab Spring spreading across the Philippine archipelago—from Baguio in the north to Davao in the south.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring

20 AUGUST 2013

Floods in the Philippines – in pictures

Flooding caused by some of the heaviest rains on record in the Philippines submerged more than half its capital, Manila, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/aug/20/floods-philippines-in-pictures

12 AUGUST 2013

US to increase Philippines presence

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longtime allies had already agreed in principle to allow a bigger US military presence in the Philippines.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364262/philippines-wants-to-use-more-us-military-assets

8 AUGUST 2013

Philippines to start talks with US on greater military presence

The Philippines said it would soon start talks on expanding US access to its bases, a move that would result in a greater presence of American troops in the country amid rising tensions with China.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-start-talks-us-greater-military-presence

6 AUGUST 2013

Philippines adds 2nd major warship to fleet

The Philippines on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter as its second major warship to challenge China’s massive territorial claims that Filipino officials say have intruded into their country’s potentially oil-rich offshore seas.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111582/philippines-adds-2nd-major-warship-to-fleet/

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

27 JULY 2013

Japan’s Abe vows maritime help to Philippines amid China row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-abe-vows-maritime/758032.html

22 JULY 2013

Thousands of farmers to get plots of Aquino family farm

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday that work would start in weeks to divide his family’s giant sugar plantation between thousands of peasant farmers, ending a decades-long struggle for control.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130722-439150.html

Thousands protest in Philippines

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippines Monday to demand better jobs, more inclusive growth and the protection of human rights ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s state of the union address.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/361026/thousands-protest-ahead-of-philippine-president-speech
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615756-filipino-protesters-demand-more-as-president-delivers-address?lite

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

A fraught naval stand-off between a modern Chinese flotilla and a rusty Philippine hospital ship over a South China Sea shoal is undermining supposed regional progress towards a binding code of conduct over the waters. With Beijing’s military focused on fortifying its positions and Manila loathe to lose its gateway to untapped energy reserves, neither side is likely to back down. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180713.html

14 JULY 2013

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will receive 75% of the gold, copper and other resources mined from the southern island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23305339 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201371473745138809.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

6 JULY 2013

Philippine communists vow revenge for slain spokesman

Communist insurgents Saturday promised revenge after Philippine soldiers killed their regional spokesmen along with seven other rebels in the latest operation against the militants since talks to end one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies collapsed. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130706-435213.html

5 JULY 2013

Philippines aims to nearly halve poverty by 2016

Nearly 28 percent of the country’s 97 million people live below the poverty line and the government’s aim is to reduce that to 16.6 percent within the next three years. http://asiancorrespondent.com/110282/philippines-aims-to-nearly-halve-poverty-by-2016/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country’s weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357802/philippine-president-vows-to-rebuild-air-force-by-2016 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/436579/aquino-vows-to-beef-up-philippines-air-power

24 JUNE 2013

China rejects Philippines’ illegal seizure of Ren’ai Reef: Chinese FM spokeswoman

China will not tolerate the seizure of the Ren’ai Reef, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal, which the country claims as its indisputable territory, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130625000097&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

6 JUNE 2013

Philippines’ Enrile Quits as Senate President, Blasts Colleagues

The Philippine Senate’s Marathon Man, Juan Ponce Enrile, had been expected to be ousted from his post as Senate president after the May 13 election when forces aligned with President Benigno S. Aquino III became a majority. But probably nobody expected the 89-year-old lawmaker to go out with such an astonishing burst of acrimony, comparing himself to Jesus Christ being « crucified » by his enemies. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5478&Itemid=187

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

23 MAY 2013

China sent warship to break Philippine control of reef: Global Times

China sent a warship to a shoal in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea earlier this month because it was trying to stop the Philippines from trying to assert de facto control of the reef, according to the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130523000150&cid=1101

23 MAY 2013

Taiwan stops hiring Filipino workers

Taiwan is refusing to hire new workers from the Philippines after the country’s coast guard shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352324951266483.html

21 MAY 2013

Aquino: We can fight back vs any threat

Faced with territorial disputes and worries of external and internal threats, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday claimed that the Philippines can fight back and defend itself within its bounds. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75177/philippines-protests-chinese-warships-presence

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

4 MAY 2013

Palace rues PH tag as 3rd worst place for journalists

Malacañang is not elated by reports that the country remains the third worst place for journalists. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/73535/palace-rues-ph-tag-as-3rd-worst-place-for-journalists

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-philippines-over-disputed-is/654032.html

10 APRIL 2013

Philippines Files Charges Against Chinese Ship Stuck on Reef

Philippine officials say 12 fishermen who were onboard a suspected Chinese ship are facing the first of several charges after their vessel got stuck on a major protected reef in the southwestern Philippines far from reefs and islands in the South China Sea that are contested by China. http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-files-charges-against-chinese-ship-that-got-stuck-in-protected-reef/1638419.html

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

9 MARCH 2013

21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized in Syria arrive safe in Amman

The United Nations welcomed the release on Saturday of 21 Filipino peacekeepers, who had been seized by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights, as they crossed to freedom in Jordan after a three-day ordeal. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/298564/pinoyabroad/news/21-filipino-un-peacekeepers-seized-in-syria-arrive-safe-in-amman?ref=bannerh1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21725991

8 MARCH 2013

Philippines: HRW condemns extrajudicial killing of activist mother

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for swift justice following the gunning down of an activist and mother of three in Davao City in the Philippines earlier this week. http://asiancorrespondent.com/100807/hrw-philippines-activist-cristina/

7 MARCH 2013

Philippines demands Syrian rebels release UN troops

The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407070.html

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China strategy for the Pilippines

The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/china-strategy-for-the-philippines/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos’ standoff in Borneo linked to peace deal with Muslim rebels

The peculiar standoff on Borneo between Malaysian security forces and a group of men from the southern Philippines has its roots in a recent landmark peace deal between Manila and Muslim rebels, according to an expert on the region. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/18/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Sultan: Hold your ground

Saying there was no turning back, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has declared that his followers who crossed into the town of Lahad Datu in the Malaysian state of Sabah this month were staying put to reclaim their ancestral homeland. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64851/sultan-hold-your-ground

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos refuse to end Borneo standoff

Followers of a Philippine sultan who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan has said amid a tense standoff. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201321824845491993.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/295486/news/regions/sabah-standoff-a-result-of-peace-pact-with-milf-sulu-sultan-claims?ref=bannerh1

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipino gunmen to leave Malaysia territory if demands are met

A group of close to 100 Filipinos, who are in a standoff with Malaysian authorities after forcing out villagers from Kampung Tanduao, is claiming to be the royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate. They also want to stay put in Sabah, an area they are laying claim to, and not be deported to the Philippines. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.asianewsnet.net/Filipino-gunmen-to-leave-Msia-territory-if-demands-42775.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130215-402284.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64577/heirs-of-sultan-of-sulu-pursue-sabah-claim-on-their-own

11 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines’ Aquino visits rebel stronghold

Philippines: Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory in a bid to speed up efforts to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253538/1/.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294388/news/nation/pnoy-visits-milf-in-former-battleground-in-maguindanao?ref=topstories

1 FEBRUARY 2013

China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ request to take South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/01/china-opposes-taking-sea-disputes-to-un-fm/

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

The Philippines has taken the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario announced. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippines-takes-China-to-UN-tribunal-41801.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21137144

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

3 JANUARY 2013

The Philippines the big surprise

The Philippine GDP growth rate for 2012 is now estimated to be 6 per cent, which exceeds many earlier consensus forecasts of around 5 per cent. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/03/the-philippines-2013-outlook/

2 JANUARY 2013

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131284554693970.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

27 DECEMBER 1012

A delayed take-off

The Philippines is finally picking up economic momentum, but this rapid growth has passed over the vast majority of the poor http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f0d5036-4443-11e2-932a-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_202857748#axzz2HekwaLbK

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

7 DECEMBER 2012

Death toll over 500 in the Philippines following typhoon

Rescuers were digging through mud and debris Friday to retrieve more bodies strewn across a farming valley in the southern Philippines by a powerful typhoon. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing. http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752731-death-toll-over-500-in-the-philippines-following-typhoon?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9714430/Philippines-criticises-dictatorial-China.html

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territor
http://asiancorrespondent.com/92683/philippines-will-not-stamp-new-chinese-passport/ http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-vietnam-refuse-to-stamps-new-chinese-passport/1554884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Manila, booming economy: growth exceeds (also) the estimates

The figure for the third quarter (July/September) showed a 7.1% increase compared to the same period in 2011. From « the sick man of Asia », the Philippines have become « the region’s diamond. » The country is among the top 10 in the world in 2012 for economic growth. Mindanao opens investment after the agreement between the government and the MILF
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila,-booming-economy:-growth-exceeds-(also)-the-estimates-26476.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-protests-depiction-of-disputed-islands-on-new-chinese-passports/1550883.
html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211229560658870.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Sea dispute to be raised at ASEM: Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday his country would raise overlapping claims to the South China Sea during a summit of Asian and European leaders in Laos this wee
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1235211/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Misuari to followers: Armed option remains

Moro leader Nur Misuari on Sunday told his followers here that armed struggle remained an option for the Moro National Liberation Front to advance the cause of the Bangsamoro people even if the MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/293208/misuari-mnlf-keeping-options-for-armed-struggle-open

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1231404/1/.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

Hunted by U.S.-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaida-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines. But the rebels turned them away, afraid that harboring extremists would scuttle their peace talks with the government.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90675/philippine-peace-deal-seen-as-blow-to-terrorists/

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Audit finds Philippines lost US$2.46b to anomalies

The Philippines lost $2.46 billion through misuse of state funds and assets during the latter years of graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s rule, government auditors said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1229865/1/.html

Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Media groups, Filipinos protest tough cyber law

Media groups and Filipinos stepped up calls Wednesday for repealing a tough new law that targets cybercrime but activists fear will be used to suppress online freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation. http://asiancorrespondent.com/90299/media-groups-filipinos-protest-tough-cyber-law/ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/281742/sc-no-tro-on-cyberlaw

2 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks on resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90293/philippines-muslim-rebels-close-to-peace-accord/

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines-China tension eases

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas met with China’s leader-in-waiting on Friday 21 and told him that Manila hoped to have friendly relations with Beijing and overcome difficulties caused by a territorial row in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/50916/ph-china-tension-eases

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

24 AUGUST 2012

First female chief justice named

President Benigno Aquino on Friday named a veteran judge as the first female chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, following his controversial ousting of her predecessor. http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367401.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/271066/news/nation/pnoy-names-sereno-new-chief-justice?ref=bannerh1

18 AUGUST 2012

Philippines interior secretary missing in plane crash

Interior secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after small plane crashed at sea off a central island. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/asia/philippines-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/252450/robredo-2-others-missing-after-plane-crash

6 AUGUST 2012

Philippines: Battle rages between govt troops, Islamic rebels in Maguindanao

Government troops and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are still locked in pitched battles in several towns of Maguindanao leaving the national highway that connects Cotabato City and General Santos City impassable.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87137/battle-rages-in-maguindanao/

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/45499/china-fishing-boats-warships-drop-anchor-off-pag-asa

25 JULY 2012

Philippines’ ex-leader Gloria Arroyo free on bail

A Philippine court has granted bail to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on election sabotage charges, but she is unlikely to leave detention immediately because of a pending corruption case.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86492/philippine-ex-leader-gets-bail-ruling-still-held/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18979995

23 JULY 2012

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all Filipinos on Monday to unite in sending a message to China over a territorial row, insisting his country would not give in to its more powerful neighbour. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120723-360873.html

20 JULY 2012

Philippines struggles to curb child labour

In the Philippines there is a renewed push to stamp out child labour where over millions of children eke out a living as workers, miners and farm hands instead of going to school. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012720103130712708.html

17 JULY 2012

Filipinos charged over $12,000 to flee Syria: Manila

Filipino workers trying to flee the unrest in Syria are being charged up to US$10,000 (S$12,624) by their employers before they can leave, the foreign department in Manila said on Tuesday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120717-359698.html

9 JULY 2012

Philippines suspends governor for hitting reporter

President Benigno Aquino suspends a province governor for a month without pay for storming a state-run radio station and hitting a broadcaster on the head with a microphone.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120709-358093.html

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

China’s rising assertiveness to claims over the contested Spratly Islands has spurred the Philippines to ramp up a long-overdue upgrade of its external defense capability. Manila’s move signals an impending arms race in the increasingly volatile region. Next month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government will begin bidding for some 70 billion pesos (US$1.8 billion) worth of military contracts, the initial outlay of a 500 billion peso budget for a five-year modernization of the 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG06Ae01.html

30 JUNE 2012

Gov’t not doing enough to punish rights abusers’

A New York-based human rights watchdog on Saturday said Philippine government efforts at prosecuting human rights violators were not enough, with most cases failing to reach the trial stage.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/42407/govt-not-doing-enough-to-punish-rights-abusers

28 JUNE 2012

Another prospective witness in Maguindanao massacre case confirmed killed

A prosecutor in the Maguindanao massacre case on Thursday confirmed that another prospective prosecution witness has been killed.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/263428/news/nation/another-prospective-witness-in-maguindanao-massacre-case-confirmed-killed?ref=topstories
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621705

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials. http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

18 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said Monday 18.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40487/china-not-pulling-out-7-vessels-around-scarborough-shoal

17 JUNE 2012

Communists ready to resume talks with Philippines

Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies said Sunday they were prepared to resume formal peace talks with the government.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/214067/communists-ready-to-resume-talks-with-philippines

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40007/scarborough-shoal-it%E2%80%99s-ph-map-vs-china-map

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

29 MAY 2012

Philippine Senate convicts chief justice

Philippine senators have voted overwhelmingly to convict Renato Corona, the country’s top judge, for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts after a trial that lasted five months http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252992220148225.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203217/guilty-corona-accepts-fate-after-senate%e2%80%99s-20-3-vote

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/37711/92-china-ships-now-in-panatag-shoal-tensions-up

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

Hundreds of Filipinos demonstrated outside the Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday over an escalating territorial row, with the protesters denouncing China’s rulers as arrogant bullies http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/philippines-china-dispute/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120511-345343.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18030805

28 APRIL 2012

UN approves PH territorial claim to Benham Rise

The United Nations has approved the Philippines’ territorial claim to Benham Rise, an undersea landmass in the Pacific Ocean potentially rich in mineral and natural gas deposits, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/183779/un-approves-ph-territorial-claim-to-benham-rise

23 APRIL 2012

Manila Court Backs Breakup of Aquino Estate

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court in the Philippines ruled unanimously on Tuesday 23 to break up the rambling estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to more than 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of sometimes bloody conflict over the land
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/manila-court-backs-breakup-of-aquino-estate.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

In the strongest comments yet from an American official on the South China Sea dispute, Commander of the US Marines in the Pacific Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen said the Philippines and US were bound by a military agreement
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255828/news/nation/us-commander-reaffirms-phl-defense-treaty?ref=related_stories

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29742&sec=1

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Panatag Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday 17
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/33497/china-to-philippines-quit-scarborough-shoal http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340640.html

11 APRIL 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to corruption charge

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband have pleaded not guilty to corruption charges related to an overpriced deal with a Chinese telecommunications company in a second criminal case against her
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114826389816.html

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

The Philippines has summoned China’s ambassador in Manila after two Chinese ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241112736382783.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29560&sec=1

18 MARCH 2012

Japan to pour more investments in PH

The Japanese are back and a euphoric President Benigno Aquino III says he expects the wave of Japanese investments currently pouring into the country to continue for some time.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/163239/japan-to-pour-more-investments-in-ph

3 MARCH 2012

Government defends abstention in UN vote on Syria

Fearing reprisals against Filipino workers, the Philippine government abstained from voting on a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolution deploring the “brutal actions of the Syrian regime” and reiterating the need to urgently address humanitarian needs, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/27133/government-defends-abstention-in-un-vote-on-syria

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120229-330899.html

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to poll fraud

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has pleaded not guilty to an electoral fraud charge at the opening of a landmark trial.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222311129150864.html

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16459425

7 JANUARY 2012

While one general rises …

Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, a senior military aide to former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, will now serve « Cory’s » son, current President Benigno Aquino III, as the 43rd chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Dellosa’s appointment comes at a time of rising security threats, including growing maritime tensions with China and changing dynamics in insurgencies in the country’s southern region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae02.html

… while another one falls
The recent filing of kidnapping and illegal detention charges against prominent retired Philippine general Jovito Palparan has restored faith in President Benigno Aquino’s promised reform agenda and given cheer to the country’s many human-rights campaigners. Palparan, a figure intimately tied to the rash of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances recorded during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidency, has disappeared since the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued charges against him and three other soldiers for kidnapping two University of the Philippines students and a peasant farmer in June 2006
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae01.html

27 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flash floods death toll nears 1,500

Almost 1,500 people are now known to have died in flash floods that struck the southern Philippines more than a week ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336706

19 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines floods: Aid agencies say 120,000 in need

Aid agencies in the Philippines are trying to reach more than 120,000 people affected by flash flooding on the island of Mindanao. At least 972 people died in the disaster, according to goverment sources.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16249763
http://www.france24.com/en/20111219-mass-burial-flash-flood-victims-death-count-650-philippines-washi-rescue
18 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flood toll passes 650 as search continues

The number of people killed in the Philippines by floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi has risen to 650. Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing on southern Mindanao island. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112184120695345.htmlhttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/philippines-storm/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-16236757 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/flooding-kills-scores-in-southern-philippines.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 DECEMBER 2011

US urges China to release human rights lawyer

The United States has urged China to « immediately release » human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and to clarify his whereabouts. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121618851238855.html
13 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine vote official held on fraud charge

Benjamin Abalos, the former head of the country’s election authority, surrendered to a Manila regional court in suburban Pasay city on Tuesday 13 and was placed under arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121375759425118.html

12 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine chief justice impeached

The Philippine House of Representatives has impeached the country’s supreme court chief justice over alleged corruption and favoritism toward arrested ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A majority of the 284 members of the lower chamber of congress signed a resolution on Monday to impeach Renato Corona, who will now be tried by the senate in an impeachment tribunal
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121214140969931.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16144786

6 DECEMBER 2011

Palace-Supreme Court fight escalates

Philippines: Palace officials on Tuesday joined President Benigno Aquino III in stepping up attacks against the Supreme Court, warning magistrates against obstructing a popular reformist agenda and raising the specter of a people power uprising
against them
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/106417/palace-supreme-court-fight-escalates

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Mike Arroyo liable in helicopter scam

A fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman found the husband of the former President and now Pampanga representative liable for graft charges for the allegedly anomalous sale of helicopters to the Philippine National Police in 2009
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/99407/mike-arroyo-liable-in-helicopter-scam

Slow trial frustrates Philippine massacre kin

Two years after a political massacre in the southern Philippines became the single worst slaying of journalists in the world, more than half of the nearly 200 suspects remain at large
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45410170/ns/world_news/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK24Ae02.html

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment
18 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines: Gloria Arroyo stopped from boarding plane

The Philippine government has defied a Supreme Court ruling that allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15732351
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/20111115113623552423.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111681616795467.html

More Filipino families rate themselves poor in survey

The number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor has grown, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, particularly in Luzon (excluding Metro Manila) where gloom about worsening conditions had expanded, eclipsing improvements seen in other areas.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/93967/more-filipino-families-rate-themselves-poor-in-survey
10 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines roils South China Sea

Tensions are rising again as China and the Philippines bump boats and trade diplomatic barbs over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Adding fuel to the fire were recent « war games » staged by 3,000 American and Filipino marines near the hotly disputed maritime territory. The latest row was sparked by alleged intrusions into each other’s claimed area in the potentially oil-and-gas rich chain of islands, where more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage passes each year. It also comes ahead of a crucial East Asian Summit meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia where world leaders will be in attendance and the issue on the agenda
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK10Ae01.html

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines bans ex-president Arroyo from travel

The Philippine government on Tuesday rejected an appeal from former president Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment, saying she may be trying to avoid a graft probe.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111108-309408.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673847.php/Ex-Philippine-president-Arroyo-not-allowed-to-seek-treatment-abroad

3 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines ranks 8th among 135 on world gender equality

The Philippines, where women and men enjoy the same access to education, remains in the top 10 countries with the least gender gap, according to the 2011 Global Gender Gap rankings by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. From ninth place last year, the Philippines ranks eighth among 135 countries this year, with a score of 0.768.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/16879/philippines-ranks-8th-among-135-on-world-gender-equality

26 OCTOBER 2011

Clashes in Philippines Could Threaten Government Peace Talks

Philippine defense officials say fighting between government forces and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group has displaced some 20,000 residents of two southern provinces. The fighting is happening even though the two sides are in the midst of peace talks.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/southeast/Clashes-in-Philippines-Could-Threaten-Government-Peace-Talks-132611893.html

17 OCTOBER 2011

Italian missionary’s slay shocks Church

In a broad daylight murder that stunned members of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as government officials, Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio—fondly known as “Father Pops”—was gunned down in a church compound in Arakan town while a flag-raising ceremony was going on nearby
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/15531/italian-missionarys-slay-shocks-church

15 OCTOBER 2011

Wasted youth in the Philippines

It’s a cliche for politicians to talk about youth as the hope of a nation. In the Philippines, national leaders are instead planning a war on youth. A series of startling crimes committed by children barely out of grade school has national legislators mulling legal changes that would make kids as young as nine years old criminally liable for their actions. Calls to lower the age limit gained momentum following news footage featuring a series of armed robberies committed by minors who forcibly open the doors of taxis caught in traffic
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MJ15Ae02.html

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

24 AUGUST 2011

President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

The Philippines’ newest warship, which sailed on Tuesday into Manila Bay after a 14,679-kilometer voyage from the United States, was hailed by President Benigno Aquino III as a symbol of the country’s determination to defend its claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South
China Sea)
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/46823/president-aquino-ship-symbol-of-our-defense

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20419&sec=1
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/35983/philippines-china-word-war-worsens

29 JULY 2011

House raiders: So sorry

“You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

With those words, Senior Superintendent Rafael Santiago on Friday apologized to the Filipino nation, “and especially to Madame Susan Roces,” for what he and his men did six years ago—steal election returns (ERs) to ensure the victory of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the
fraud-marred 2004 presidential election.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/33073/house-raiders-so-sorry

28 JULY 2011

The Aquino-Arroyo Contest Heats Up

The bloodhounds appear to be sniffing closer to former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom the current president, Benigno S. Aquino III, has vowed to put in jail on corruption charges. Whether they will track her down remains problematical, given the Filipino culture of
impunity. Arroyo announced earlier this week that she was to enter St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila on July 28 for what was described as a “risky” operation to correct a pinched nerve in her spine. And, despite the fact that Aquino appears intent in getting her behind bars, the Malacañang presidential palace asked the public to offer prayers for Mrs. Arroyo’s recovery
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3351&Itemid=187

20 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys

The politicians landed on Pagasa island, the only island in the Spratlys chain populated by Filipinos, and sang the national anthem with residents
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14212130
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011720202513219765.html

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

15 JULY 2011

Philippine navy colonel detained for calling for Aquino ouster

A colonel in the Philippine Navy who allegedly called for the ouster of the government has been confined to his quarters, the chief of the navy said Frida
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1651389.php/Philippine-navy-colonel-detained-for-calling-for-Aquino-ouster

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

26 MAY 2011

A million Filipinos joined ranks of unemployed since November

More than one million adult Filipinos joined the ranks of the unemployed between November and March, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS survey, conducted on March 4 to 7 and released on Wednesday, said adult unemployment rose to 27.2 percent, or an estimated 11.3 million, from 23.5 percent (9.9 million) just four months before.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/9254/a-million-filipinos-joined-ranks-of-unemployed-since-nov

23 MAY 2011

Call for Chinese restraint over Spratlys

Meeting amid renewed tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the defence chiefs of China and the Philippines jointly called for « responsible behaviour » while all parties work for a peaceful resolution
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.htmlwsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19058&sec=1

20 MAY 2011

Saudis reject Philippine maids pay rise bid

The Philippines said Friday Saudi Arabia had rejected a demand to guarantee higher pay for Filipina maids, temporarily closing one of the largest labour markets for the struggling Asian nation. The dispute began early this year after the Philippines demanded a minimum US$400 (S$494) monthly wage for its domestic workers as well as proof that Saudi households employing them would pay and provide humane working conditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110520-279878.html

29 APRIL 2011

VFA allows US presence But DFA adds revival of US bases ‘not possible

Temporary US presence in the country may be permitted, but the return of American military bases in the Philippines is “not possible” under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110429-333544/VFA-allows-US-presence

7 APRIL 2011

Ex-dictator Marcos in Philippine ‘Hall of Heroes

Marcos, who has been accused of human rights abuses and massive corruption, is in the museum as part of a showcase for those who received the military’s highest honour, the « Medal of Valour, » Brigadier General Jose Mabanta told AFP
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110407-272352.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

07 FEBRUARY 2011

MILF divided, Mindanao peace process at risk

Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front create a new army and leave the line of dialogue supported by the rest of the group. AsiaNews sources emphasize the risk of a new civil war in the Muslim majority region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/MILF-divided,-Mindanao-peace-process-at-risk-20712.html

27 October 2010

Policeman says he was paid for Philippine massacre

A Philippine police officer on Wednesday 27 testified in court that he was paid about 350 US dollars (S$455) by a powerful Muslim clan scion to help carry out the country’s worst political massacre.

Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon said he received the money from Andal Ampatuan Jnr to set up the police checkpoint that stopped the convoy of a rival politician in the southern province of Maguindanao last year
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20101027-244498.html

19 OCTOBER 2010

Filipinos aim to give US army the boot

Some 3,000 United States Marines are currently in the Philippines for joint training exercises with their Filipino counterparts amid mounting opposition calls to scrap a controversial bilateral military pact
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LJ20Ae02.html

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

17 MAY 2010

Elections in the Philippines: Little to be Proud of

Gabriela Perdomo – Final results are yet to be announced but it is not too early to give a poor mark to the most recent presidential and legislative elections in the Philippines. The May 10 ballot was marked by allegations of fraud, vote-buying and violence, leading up to and on election day, leaving dozens of fatal victims behind
http://www.angus-reid.com/analysis/view/35499/elections_in_the_philippines_little_to_be_proud_of/

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

 

 

 

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21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend « every inch » of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia unveils stimulus to bolster economy, currency

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled a series of stimulus measures to lift slowing growth in Southeast Asia’s top economy and shore up the country’s plunging currency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/686892/indonesia-unveils-stimulus-to-bolster-economy-currency
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/joko-announces-first-policy-package-propel-economy/

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/27/ri-timor-leste-agree-resolve-border-problems-boost-ties.html

15 AUGUST 2015

Aceh celebrates 10th anniversary of peace deal

Aceh province on Saturday (Aug 15) kicked off a 3-month long commemoration of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding signed 10 years ago ending three decades of conflict in the Indonesian province
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aceh-celebrates-10th/2052610.html

11 AUGUST 2015

Suharto Family Ordered to Pay Back $324m in Embezzled Funds

The Supreme Court has ordered the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/suharto-family-ordered-pay-back-324m-embezzled-funds/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

6 AUGUST 2015

 Said Agil reelected as NahdlatulUlama chairman

 Said Agil Siradj has been reelected to lead the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), until 2020 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/06/said-agil-reelected-nu-chairman.html#sthash.tlYBJGXu.dpuf

 3 AUGUST 2015

 Indonesian foundation defends awarding Kim Jong-Un peace prize

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as « Western propaganda »
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/03/indonesian-foundation-defends-awarding-kim-jong-un-peace-prize.html#sthash.lmP7RSnG.dpuf

28 JULY 2015

Indonesia, Singapore to boost security, economic, and people-to-people ties

Singapore and Indonesia today vowed to step up cooperation between both countries in a range of areas. These include building upon already-strong business and economic ties, and will extend to partnerships in e-government, youth and sports development, technical and vocational education as well as tourism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Spore-to-boost-security-economic-and-peo-78731.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-indonesia/2012424.html

27 JULY 2015

David Cameron: Measures to counter IS agreed with Indonesia

The UK and Indonesia have agreed measures to counter the « shared enemy » of Islamic State (IS) extremism, PM David Cameron has said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33670367
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2015/07/28/441778/Cameron-in.htm

13 JULY 2015

Indonesia Jails 3 Chinese Uighurs for Trying to Join Islamist Militants

An Indonesian court sentenced three men from China’s Uighur Muslim minority on Monday to six years in prison for conspiring with militant Islamists in Indonesia, a police spokesman said
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-jails-3-chinese-uighurs-trying-join-islamist-militants/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/13/3-chinese-uighurs-get-6-years-over-terrorism-indonesia.html

24 JUNE 2015

House deals severe blow to Indonesia president Joko Widodo

 The ruling coalition of President Joko « Jokowi » Widodo suffered a severe blow on Tuesday after it failed to stop two controversial initiatives in the House of Representatives
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/house-deals-severe-blow-jokowi
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-bill-allows-mps-hundreds-millions-setback-war-graft

13 JUNE 2015

The Battle over Indonesia’s first Female Sultan

When Indonesia’s Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, governor of Yogyakarta, made an announcement paving the way for his eldest daughter, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pembayun, to succeed him on the throne, he dismantled a 400-year-old gender barrier in the nation’s only kingdom that still retains political power
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/indonesia/2015-06-09/watch-throne?cid=nlc-twofa-20150611&sp_mid=48858218&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0

10 JUNE 2015

Indonesian president breaks tradition in picking new military chief

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has picked the army chief of staff to lead the military, a presidential palace spokesman said on Wednesday, breaking with a reform-era tradition of rotating the position between the branches of the armed forces
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-breaks-tradition-picking-new-military-chief

5 JUNE 2015

Book Review: Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Hamish McDonald, a prize-winning former foreign correspondent whose career started in Indonesia with the Far Eastern Economic Review and who is now a Fellow of International Affairs based at the Australian National University in Canberra, has set out to chronicle the events of the 21st century that got the country where it is today
http://www.asiasentinel.com/book-review/demokrasi-indonesia-21st-century/

30 MAY 2015

FIFA suspends Indonesia over long-running row

FIFA’s decision “resulted from the effective ‘take over’ of the activities of PSSI (the Indonesian football association) by the Indonesian authorities,” a spokesman for the world governing body said
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/sports/2015/05/30/fifa-suspends-indonesia-over-long-running-row/

22 MAY 2015

Armed group declares ‘all-out war’ against Indonesians in Papua

Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province have declared open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/opm-declares-open-war-security-forces-non-papuan-civilians/

21  MAY 2015

Indonesia sinks 41 illegal fishing boats

Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, reports said Thursday, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/568891/indonesia-sinks-41-illegal-fishing-boats
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/05/21/beijing-voices-concern-after-indonesia-sinks-chinese-boat/

18 MAY 2015

Court confirms Bakrie as Indonesia’s opposition leader

An Indonesian court on Monday ruled that tycoon Aburizal Bakrie was leader of Golkar, the country’s largest opposition party, dashing rivals’ hopes the party would defect to the ruling coalition under a different leader.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564979/court-confirms-bakrie-as-indonesia-opposition-leader

15 MAY 2015

700 Migrants rescued from sinking boat off Indonesia’s Aceh but Indonesia says to halt migrant boats at sea to avoid ‘social issues’
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32747616
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-says-halt-migrant-boats-sea-avoid-social-issues

12 MAY 2015

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono re-elected Indonesia’s Democratic Party chairman

Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Party late on Tuesday (May 12), hours after its three-day congress opened.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/susilo-bambang-yudhoyono/1845318.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/05/13/sby-give-direct-command-new-leadership-term.htm

9 MAY 2015

Indonesia President Jokowi signals reconciliation with restive Papua province

President Joko Widodo announced on Saturday he was lifting restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua immediately, after signing off pardons for five political detainees held for over a decade in a prison in the restive eastern province
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jokowi-signals-reconciliation-with-restive-Papua-p-74910.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32677259
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-president-pardons-prisoners-in-papua-province.html?ref=asia&_r=0

28 APRIL 2015

Eight drug convicts executed by Indonesian firing squad

Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/eight-drug-convicts/1813474.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150428-indonesia-executes-eight-drug-convicts-filipina-not-among-them

22 APRIL 2015

Indonesia’s Joko Loses the Economic Plot

Against the symbolic backdrop of a week-long international summit marking the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference, one of the landmarks of developing world nationalism, Indonesia has taken a series of measures  that could isolate the country from investors, alienate long-term trading partners and drive growth rates down
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/indonesia-jokowi-loses-economic-plot/

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia bans alcohol sales in small shops

Indonesia on Thursday introduced a ban on small retailers selling most alcoholic drinks, the latest move to curb drinking in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, despite opposition from the industry and in tourism hotspots
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/530367/indonesia-bans-booze-sales-at-small-retailers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32330135

13 APRIL 2015

Many death penalty cases in Indonesia flawed, study shows

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) on Sunday released a study on 42 death sentences — in drug and premeditated murder cases — handed down from 2002 to 2013, some of which it said were the result of unfair judicial processes
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Many-death-penalty-cases-in-Indonesia-flawed-study-74055.html

4 APRIL 2015

Hundreds of enslaved fishermen rescued in Indonesia

More than 300 fishermen who were rescued by the Indonesian government from forced labour and slavery in the remote island of Benjina have arrived safely in the port of the neighbouring Tual island
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/indonesia-slavery-fishermen-150404074236914.html

19 MARCH 2015

PDI-P named most corrupt political party

A government plan to ease a remission regulation for corruption convicts has been described as a way of protecting members of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI-P) from legal charges, the party having suffered more corruption convictions than any other over the past decade
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/19/pdi-p-named-most-corrupt-political-party.html

21 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Recalls Ambassador to Brazil Over Death Penalty Spat

Indonesia has recalled its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country postponed a ceremony sealing his appointment, Jakarta said on Saturday, amid a row over the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-brazil-death-penalty-spat/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/21/brazil-s-overreaction-puts-diplomatic-ties-risk.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Falls in Global Press Freedom Ranking

Press freedom in Indonesia fell six places in the latest ranking from Reporters Without Borders, which places Southeast Asia’s largest economy below Afghanistan and Brunei in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index
http://blogs.wsj.com/indonesiarealtime/2015/02/13/indonesia-falls-in-global-press-freedom-ranking/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_SEA_Blog

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

24 JANUARY 2015

Joko Widodo’s 100 days as Indonesia President: Tough, decisive and lucky

Today marks Joko Widodo’s 100th day as Indonesian president. Despite criticism that he is an inexperienced lightweight, he has been tougher, more decisive and luckier than anyone expected..He has shown that he is extremely energetic and has done more in the last three months than what the previous administration did in its last three years, » said Jakarta-based political analyst Paul Rowland
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Joko-Widodos-100-days-as-Indonesia-President-Tough-70825.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/26/asia/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-interview/index.html

20 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia reverses local-election ban

Indonesia’s parliament backed direct elections for local leaders on Tuesday, formally reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key reform of the democratic era and giving a boost to President Joko Widodo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/458455/indonesia-reverses-local-election-ban
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/direct-elections-bring-democracy-back-indonesia/

18 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia executes five foreigners despite protest

In a deepening diplomatic row, Indonesia has gone ahead and executed six prisoners for drug offences, including five foreigners. Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in protest, as their pleas for clemency were ignored
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/18/indonesia-goes-ahead-with-executions-of-foreigners-despite-protest/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30866752
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/457630/fury-as-indonesia-executes-foreigners-by-firing-squad

10 DECEMBER 2014

Thousands of workers protest in Indonesia over minimum wage

Hundreds of thousands of laborers across the country joined street rallies on Wednesday, demanding reviews of minimum wages
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/11/thousands-workers-protest-streets-over-minimum-wage.html

Indonesia’s Plans to Triple Defense Budget

The new government’s plan to bolster the country’s defense spending to almost triple its current budget by 2019 has received support from international relations analysts and military experts in Indonesia.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/analysts-welcome-governments-plans-triple-defense-budget/

5 DECEMBER 2014

Indonesia blows up Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing

Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world’s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-blows-vietnamese-boats-stop-illegal-fishing

1 DECEMBER 2014

Rift in Indonesia’s Golkar party as chairman Bakrie changes congress date

A deep split has emerged in Indonesia’s second-largest party Golkar after its chairman, Aburizal Bakrie who is seeking re-election, decided to bring forward its party congress from January to today. But a key faction backed by Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla, who is Bakrie’s predecessor, not only wants to stick to the original January timing, it also wants a new man in charge
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Rift-in-Indonesias-Golkar-party-as-chairman-Bakrie-68315.html

22 NOVEMBER 2014

Jakarta sets up task force to fight energy mafia

Red tape, graft and malfeasance have pushed up prices. Oil and gas sector comes under closer scrutiny. Despite its huge reserves, Indonesia has to import energy to meet its needs. Transparency and a crackdown against mafia infiltration have become necessary.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jakarta-sets-up-task-force-to-fight-energy-mafia-32769.html

19 NOVEMBER 2014

First Non-Muslim sworn in as Jakarta governor

Jakarta’s first Christian governor in nearly 50 years, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was sworn in on Wednesday in the face of protests from religious hardliners opposed to a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia’s most powerful political jobs http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/breaking-basuki-installed-governor-jakarta/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/non-muslim-sworn-jakarta-governor

26 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia’s Widodo unveils cabinet including female foreign minister

New Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled his cabinet Sunday, which included the country’s first female foreign minister, after a lengthy delay caused by anti-corruption authorities’ concerns about several candidates
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-widodo-unveils-cabinet-including-female-foreign-minister
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/26/jokowis-cabinet-announced-here-lineup.html
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesias-new-ministers/

24 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia to release French journalists detained in Papua

Two French journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in prison Friday for illegally reporting in Indonesia’s Papua province on tourist visas but will be released Monday after having already served time in custody, their lawyer said.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141024-indonesia-release-french-journalists-detained-papua-illegal-reporting/
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20141024-french-journalists-detained-papua-will-go-free

20 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia’s President Widodo sworn in

Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/new-indonesian-president-widodo-sworn-2014102041655878556.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/11173758/Indonesia-new-president-who-is-Joko-Widodo.html

10 OCTOBER 2014

Secretary-general of Indonesian hard-line Islamic group nabbed

The Jakarta Police arrested the hard-line group Islam Defenders Front’s (FPI) secretary-general, Novel Bamu’min, on Thursday. He is suspected of organizing last Friday’s violent protest in front of City Hall in Central Jakarta
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/10/novel-nabbed-fpi-stage-rally-again.html

3 OCTOBER 2014

Radicals in violent protest against new Jakarta governor

Indonesian riot police Friday fired tear gas during clashes with hundreds of rock-pelting Islamic hardliners who protested against Jakarta’s incoming Christian Chinese governor
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435785/radicals-in-violent-protest-against-new-jakarta-governor
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/fpi-members-riot-jakarta-city-council-non-muslim-governor/

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia’s Democratic Party decides to be opposition

The fourth largest Democratic Party (PD) led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday made a decision not to propose any of its politician in the new administration and not to join the party coalition led by largest Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), deputy chairman said.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-09/18/content_15168064.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia ratifies Asean haze pact

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was signed in 2002, went into effect the following year, and Indonesia is the last country to ratify it.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432547/indonesia-ratifies-asean-haze-pact
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-ratifies-haze-treaty-12-years-stalling/

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesian energy minister resigns after being named suspect in corruption scandal

Mr Jero Wacik resigned as minister for energy and natural mineral resources after officials accused him of raking in almost 10 billion rupiah (S$1.1 million) for his ministry’s budget through illegal means
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-energy-minister-resigns-after-being-named-suspect-corruption-scandal

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Singapore, Indonesia agree on borders

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on their maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore and will sign a treaty during president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s three-day state visit to Singapore, which starts today
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-Indonesia-agree-on-borders-64050.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesian female governor jailed for corruption

Indonesia’s first female provincial leader, and head of one of the country’s most powerful political dynasties, was jailed for four years Monday for bribing a top judge over an election dispute.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429957/indonesian-female-governor-jailed-for-corruption
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/09/01/disgraced.html

21 AUGUST 2014

Indonesia’s highest court upholds Widodo’s presidential win

Indonesia’s highest court on Thursday unanimously upheld last month’s presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world’s third largest democracy
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-highest-court-upholds-widodos-presidential-win
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/indonesia-upholds-presidential-poll-result-201482114431312552.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/21/election-finally-ends-prabowo.html

13 AUGUST 2014

Indonesia prepares for Isis backlash from returning jihadis

Indonesia is intensifying its counter-terrorism efforts to combat a possible backlash from Indonesians and other southeast Asians who have joined violent jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e2dc2b12-22c3-11e4-9dc4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3AIhKvu4s

11 AUGUST 2014

Muslim groups in Indonesia condemn ISIS

Concern over the violent approach of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and declarations of support for the group in parts of Indonesia appears to have seen a new-found urgency among Muslim groups to work with the authorities to counter the threat
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/muslim-groups-indonesia-condemn-isis

07 AUGUST 2014

Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia’s Papua

Two French journalists have been detained since August 6 by Indonesian authorities after reporting on the separatist movement in the eastern region of Papua without a proper journalist visa.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140812-indonesia-detains-two-french-journalists-reporting-papua-dandois-bourrat/
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20140808-french-journalists-detained-indonesia

3 AUGUST 2014

Jakarta welcomes first ethnic Chinese governor

As Indonesia celebrates reformist Jakarta governor Joko Widodo winning the presidential election, it also marks the rise of his deputy governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who takes over from him
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jakarta-welcomes-first-ethnic-Chinese-governor-63015.html

WikiLeaks bribery claims: Yudhoyono asks Australia to clear the air

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has defended himself against a claim in WikiLeaks that he was among leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam investigated in a bribery scandal, where currency printing contracts were secured by a company linked to the Reserve Bank of Australia
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/wikileaks-bribery-claims-yudhoyono-asks-australia-clear-air

22 JULY 2014

Joko Widodo wins Indonesia presidential election

The election commission said Mr Widodo – widely known as Jokowi – won 53.15% of the vote with his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, on 46.85%.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28415536
http://www.france24.com/en/20140722-indonesia-presidential-election-widodo-prabowo/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Prabowo-quits-Indonesia-presidential-race-62652.html

15 JULY 2014

Cracks in Golkar – call for party chief’s removal

CRACKS within Indonesia’s Golkar party over its support for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are showing, with members calling for party chairman Aburizal Bakrie to be removed before his term ends next year
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/cracks-golkar-%E2%80%93-call-party-chief%E2%80%99s-removal

9 JULY 2014

Jakarta mayor Joko Widodo winning Indonesian presidential election

Rival candidates lodged competing claims of victory as counting got underway in Indonesia’s presidential election with early samples showing that the mayor of Jakarta would win
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/10955765/Jakarta-mayor-Joko-Widodo-winning-Indonesian-presidential-election.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/rivals-camps-claim-victory-indonesia-poll-20147984839806141.html

30 JUNE 2014

Indonesia jails ex-top judge for life for corruption

The former top judge of Indonesia’s constitutional court was jailed for life Monday for accepting more than $5 million in bribes to influence rulings, in the country’s latest high-profile corruption case.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418273/indonesia-jails-ex-top-judge-for-life-for-corruption

28 JUNE 2014

Chinese community in Indonesia still seeking justice

The Indonesian Chinese Association (INTI) has urged presidential candidate Joko « Jokowi » Widodo, should he win the upcoming election, to resolve past human rights abuse cases
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-community-indonesia-still-seeking-justice

4 JUNE 2014

Campaigning kicks off for Indonesian presidential election

Campaigning for Indonesia’s July presidential election officially kicked off Wednesday, with favourite Joko Widodo facing a tough challenge from a Suharto-era former general with a chequered human rights record
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413542/campaigning-kicks-off-for-indonesian-presidential-election

1 JUNE 2014

Residents, Muslim groups attack Yogyakarta church

On the anniversary of the introduction of the state ideology Pancasila on June 1, an act of intolerance occurred in Yogyakarta as residents and members of Ormas (mass organisations) attacked a Pentecostal church in Pangukan, Sleman regency, on Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/residents-muslim-groups-attack-yogyakarta-church

23 MAY 2014

Indonesian military’s role in economy ‘set to be phased out’

The role of the powerful Indonesian military (TNI) in the country’s economy has shrunk by 80 per cent since reforms were taken to unshackle its grip – and expectations are that it will be phased out eventually, Indonesian Finance Minister Muhamad Chatib Basri said at the World Economic Forum yesterday

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-militarys-role-economy-set-be-phased-out

Indonesian government minister targeted in graft inquiry

Suryadharma Ali, Indonesia’s religious affairs minister and the PPP party leader, has been named as a suspect in a graft case centred on funding for the hajj pilgrimage

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/indonesian-government-minister-targeted-in-graft-inquiry

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411338/indonesia-religion-minister-suspect-in-pilgrimage-graft-case

19 MAY 2014

Battle lines drawn for Indonesia’s presidential election

Voters will face a stark choice in July between Joko Widodo, the softly spoken Jakarta governor, and Prabowo Subianto, a former general and self-styled strongman

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/golkar-drops-support-widodo-back-former-general

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f3598d90-df5c-11e3-86a4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32BOodWk0

10 MAY 2014

Indonesia’s most popular Islamic party backs Jokowi for president

The National Awakening Party (PKB), which is aligned with Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, is the latest party to join an alliance led by Jokowi’s Indonesian Democratic-Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-popular-islamic-party-backs-jokowi-president

9 MAY 2014

Final results confirm Indonesia opposition topped polls

Indonesia’s main opposition won most votes at last month’s legislative elections but did worse than expected, final results confirmed on Friday, as negotiations to build coalitions heat up ahead of July’s presidential polls
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/final-results-confirm/1101028.html

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/09/pdi-p-victorious-csis-quick-count.html

3 MAY 2014

Australia PM drops Indonesia trip amid asylum boat reports

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abruptly cancelled a planned visit to Indonesia, sparking criticism from opposition politicians
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266428

30 APRIL 2014

Indonesia protests Czech mosque raid

The Indonesian government has filed a diplomatic complaint with the Czech government over a recent raid at a mosque in Prague in which dozens of people, including several Indonesian diplomats, were apprehended by local police

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/30/indonesia-protests-czech-mosque-raid.html

29 APRIL 2014

Indonesia jails former top energy regulator Rudi Rubiandini for bribery

An Indonesian court jailed the former chief energy regulator for seven years Tuesday for accepting more than $1.5 million in bribes, in a case that increased concerns about the country’s business climate
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407275/indonesia-jails-former-top-energy-regulator-for-bribery
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/29/rudi-rubiandini-gets-seven-years-bribery.html

28 APRIL 2014

Indonesian renowned violinist Idris Sardi dies at 75

Indonesian virtuoso violinist Idris Sardi died on Monday, leaving a legacy of important compositions and notable protégés. He was 75
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/29/obituary-renowned-violinist-idris-sardi-dies-75.html

21 APRIL 2014

Organised persecution of Shiites launched

More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organised attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Organised-persecution-of-Shiites-launched-59483.html

14 APRIL 2014

Indonesian lawmaker jailed in Alstom-Marubeni bribe case

Izedrik Emir Moeis was found guilty of accepting $357,000 (S$445,743) from the companies to help them secure a $118 million joint contract in 2004 to supply and install boilers at a power plant on the island of Sumatra

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-lawmaker-jailed-alstom-marubeni-bribe-case

11 APRIL 2014

Infighting could ruin Jokowi’s bid

Internal rifts within the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in the wake of the party’s poorer-than-expected results in Wednesday’s legislative election could jeopardize Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s chances in the July 9 presidential election.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/11/infighting-could-ruin-jokowi-s-bid.html

9 APRIL 2014

Indonesians Vote in Parliamentary Polls

http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/09/polls-open-in-indonesian-elections/
http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesias-pdi-p-leads-in-elections-but-less-than-expected/1889417.html

21 MARCH 2014

The Meaning of Jokowi for Indonesian Politics

The Jakarta governor’s nomination for president of Indonesia has outflanked a corrupt political system. Can he deliver?http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/meaning-jokowi-indonesian-politics/

14 MARCH 2014

Jakarta governor Widodo to run for Indonesia presidency

The political party of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated the capital’s governor as its presidential candidate.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/120594/jakarta-governor-widodo-to-run-for-indonesia-presidency/

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jakarta-governor-to-run-for-president-30566.html

10 MARCH 2014

Indonesia ex-minister faces graft charge

Indonesian court charged Monday Andi Mallarangeng a former sports and youth minister in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several which hit the president’s party ahead of upcoming elections next month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399191/indonesia-ex-minister-faces-graft-charges

8 MARCH 2014

Violence against women on the rise

The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) called on the government to better protect women, arguing that gender-based violence had become all too prevalent

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/03/08/violence-against-women-rise.html

3 MARCH 2014

Why Indonesia needs to lead in economic integration

As the biggest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a natural leader of ASEAN. For decades since the association was established in 1967, Indonesia has played an important role maintaining geopolitical stability in the region. This leadership has recently become more demanding due to border disputes within ASEAN and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/03/why-indonesia-needs-to-lead-in-economic-integration/

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Major Indonesian party taking hardline tack

As Its popularity dips in recent months, Indonesia’s largest Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), has adopted a more strident tone in a bid to shore up its base.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/major-indonesian-party-taking-hardline-tack

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Jakarta Governor’s Cleanup Campaign

What Jakarta’s governor, Joko Widodo, is doing to clean up the sprawling, vice-ridden city he inherited from a luckless ally of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demonstrates an intriguing contrast to the cleanup efforts of the country’s highly praised Corruption Eradication Commission.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/jakarta-governor-cleanup-campaign/

15 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?

It is time for the two neighbors to move beyond historical grievances.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/singapore-and-indonesia-an-uneasy-coexistence/

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia, Singapore row worsens

Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Singapore-row-worsens–56944.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-move-signals-strong-displeasure-to-Indonesia-56908.html

8 FEBRUARY 2014

Sharia should not apply for non-Muslims: Aceh ulema

Imposing sharia on non-Muslims is inappropriate as Islamic law only regulates matters relevant to Islam and to do so tarnishes the image of the faith and thus harms it, says an Acehnese cleric

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/02/08/sharia-should-not-apply-non-muslims-aceh-ulema.html

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia’s foreign relations: policy shaped by the ideal of ‘dynamic equilibrium’

Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities would be based on geographic proximity, with the inner circle encompassing ASEAN (seen as the cornerstone of Indonesian foreign policy), the second circle comprising major neighbouring countries in East Asia, the third circle the wider Asia Pacific region, with the outer perimeters being of diminishing importance

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/04/indonesias-foreign-relations-policy-shaped-by-the-ideal-of-dynamic-equilibrium/

28 JANUARY 2014

Indonesia’s reform priorities: Change of pace ahead after the SBY stasis

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s presidency will come to an end in 2014. Lauded internationally as a reformer and moderniser, at home SBY (as he is popularly known) is largely viewed as a disappointment

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/28/indonesias-reform-priorities-change-of-pace-ahead-after-the-sby-stasis/

22 JANUARY 2014

Probe finds Indonesian chief judge owned 33 cars

An investigation of an Indonesian chief justice who was arrested on suspicion of receiving a $250,000 bribe has found that he has more than $16 million in assets, including 33 cars and 31 motorcycles, the graft commission said Wednesday

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118716/probe-finds-indonesian-chief-judge-owned-33-cars/

18 JANUARY 2014

Indonesian president says he felt betrayed by Tony Abbott over spying

The Indonesian president has lamented Tony Abbott’s handling of last year’s spying row, revealing in a new book he felt betrayed by the Australian prime minister, whom he had considered a good friend

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/18/indonesian-president-betrayed-tony-abbott-spying

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/01/18/sby-resents-abbott-his-new-controversial-book.html

10 JANUARY 2014

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency arrests ex-chairman of ruling party

The Corruption Eradication Commission – known locally as the KPK – arrested Anas Urbaningrum, former chairman of Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, on bribery charges in a US$205 million (S$260 million) graft scandal surrounding the construction of a sports stadium in Hambalang in West Java province.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-anti-graft-agency-arrests-ex-chairman-ruling-party

8 JANUARY 2014

Indonesian militants being drawn to Syrian civil war

The recent uncovering of plots to destroy Buddhist temples to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has also cast a spotlight on Indonesians going to fight in Syria’s civil war.
http://asianewsnet.net/Indonesian-militants-being-drawn-to-Syrian-civil-w-55843.html

24 DECEMBER 2013

Yudhoyono term ends with a whimper, survey shows

A public opinion survey has shown that the public deemed the second term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a failure, with more than 85 per cent of the respondents saying that they were dissatisfied with the current situation

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Yudhoyono-term-ends-with-a-whimper-survey-shows-55355.html

15 DECEMBER 2013

Australia PM says Jakarta actions ‘unhelpful’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Indonesia for suspending cooperation to solve the people-smuggling problem between both nations over a phone-tapping spat.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australia-pm-says-jakarta-actions-unhelpful-2013121572156701709.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Many Indonesians think vote-buying ‘acceptable’: Poll

More than 40 percent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384677/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll-finds

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Jakarta protesters attack Australian embassy over spying revelations

Protests against the Australian embassy in Jakarta have intensified as scores descended on the mission building calling for diplomats to be expelled following allegations that Australia’s spies attempted to bug the phone of the Indonesian president.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/jakarta-protesters-attack-australian-embassy-spying

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spy claims

Secret documents published jointly by Guardian Australia and the ABC, have revealed that Australian intelligence services have attempted to listen in on personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/18/australia-indonesia-spying-revelations-live
http://asiancorrespondent.com/116003/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-from-australia/

4 NOVEMBER 2013

View from above in Indonesia

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-041113.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Three million Indonesian workers strike for higher wages

Inflation, caused on purpose to enhance exports to strengthen the local economy is destroying the lives of workers. Who ask why, after contributing to the growth of the common welfare, they are forced to live in sewers.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344425/indonesian-workers-stage-nationwide-strike-over-pay

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Three-million-Indonesian-workers-strike-for-higher-wages-29421.html

28 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards

Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/28/ri-s-women-peace-activists-receive-2013-n-peace-awards.html

The Mindanao Peace Process: Can Indonesia Advance It?

The recent violence in Zamboanga has prompted Indonesia to offer assistance in brokering peace in the southern Philippines, citing its role in the OIC and its experience with mediating peace. In view of the conflict’s complexity, are those credentials enough?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28102013-mindanao-peace-process-can-indonesia-advance-analysis/

25 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations

Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/child-prostitution-rampant-tourist-destinations

24 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s forests still dwindle despite reforms

At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114859/indonesias-forests-still-dwindle-despite-reforms/

17 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency detains former minister

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency arrested a former sports and youth minister Thursday in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several to rock the president’s party ahead of polls next year.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-anti-graft-agency-detains-former-minister

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

11 OCTOBER 2103

S. Korea’s Park pushes for free trade with Indonesia

Indonesia and Korea have agreed to more than treble trade from US$29.6 billion (S$36.9 billion) in 2012, and both governments have expressed hope of finalising a free-trade agreement by year-end.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/s-koreas-park-pushes-free-trade-indonesia

Indian PM on first state visit to Indonesia to boost ties

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on his first state visit to Indonesia on Friday aimed at expanding strategic relations and bilateral trade between Asia’s two largest democracies.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-pm-on-first-state/844696.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia economy stable until 2018: OECD

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Indonesia’s economic will grow on average 6 percent annually during 2014-2018, making it the country with the highest economic growth.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/08/ri-economy-stable-until-2018-oecd.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Chief Arrested for Graft

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has announced the arrest of Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, a Golkar Party politician named Chairunissa, Gunung Mas Regent Hambit Bintih and two businessmen identified as CN and DH over bribery charges on Wednesday night in a sting operation.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/03/mk-chief-justice-golkar-lawmaker-arrested-bribery-charges.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24344995

http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesias-constitution-court-chief-arrested-for-shocking-graft/1762054.html

China president makes historic speech in Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Australian PM says ‘united’ with Indonesia on migrants

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in Indonesia on his first official foreign visit, has said the two countries are « united » on the issue of asylum seekers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24327112

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian police open fire on civilians in West Papua

One person is said to have been killed and at least two others injured on Monday when Indonesian riot police opened fire on civilians in Waghete, West Papua.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/indonesian-police-civilians-west-papua

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

US govt puts two Indonesians on latest terrorist list

The US Treasury Department has designated two Indonesians, Said Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid, as individuals linked to what it considers Indonesia-based terrorist organisationse also said that the counterterrorism operation was merely a way for the US to continue its grasp over Indonesia’s natural resources and wealth.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/US-govt-puts-two-Indonesians-on-latest-terrorist-l-51916.html

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesia moves Miss World final to Bali after protests

Indonesia said on Saturday the final of the Miss World pageant later this month would take place on the Hindu-majority holiday island of Bali instead of near the capital, after days of Muslim hardline protests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/368534/indonesia-moves-miss-world-final-to-bali-after-protests

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian Corruption Trial Sniffs at SBY’s Door

Beef scandal figure claims a presidential « friend » is connected to bribery

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5692&Itemid=175

5 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian Soldiers Sentenced for Prison Murders

An Indonesian court has sentenced eight special forces soldiers for breaking into a jail and executing four prisoners in a revenge killing.The military court in Yogyakarta handed down sentences of six to 11 years for the three who led the attack.  ive others were given sentences of 21 months in jail.

http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesian-soldiers-sentenced-for-prison-murders/1743988.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Can Indonesia play a leadership role in the Asian century?

Indonesia has become an unlikely star of the international economy, with its resilient growth in the midst of the US sub-prime mortgage and European sovereign and banking crises. But political, social and environmental conditions at home are not commensurate with the quality of Indonesia’s relatively outstanding growth.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/03/can-indonesia-play-a-leadership-role-in-the-asian-century/

Indonesia jails police general for corruption

Insp Gen Djoko Susilo was found guilty of taking $13m (£8.4m) in bribes from a firm that supplied driving simulators when he led the traffic division.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23945608
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-indonesia-policeman-guilty-graft-could-pave-way-more-arrests

23 AUGUST 2013

Indonesian Muslim clerics lash out at Miss World

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority lashed out Friday at the country’s decision to host the Miss World beauty pageant next month, saying that women exposing their bodies went against Muslim teaching.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366090/indonesian-muslim-clerics-lash-out-at-miss-world

21 AUGUST 2013

Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/21/virginity-tests-female-students-indonesia

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112221/virginity-test-proposed-for-indonesian-students/

20 AUGUST 2013

Controversy over the opening of Papua separatist bureau in the Netherlands

After Oxford, the OPM opens a bureau in the Netherlands. A former Dutch colony, the western half of the island of Papua has pitted Jakarta against separatists for decades, partly because of its mineral resources.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Controversy-over-the-opening-of-Papua-separatist-bureau-in-the-Netherlands-28782.html

19 AUGUST 2013

As Jakarta celebrates independence, the energy sector is still colonial in nature

Parties, celebrations and environmental initiatives characterised the 68th anniversary of independence. In his address to the nation, Yudhoyono stressed economic progress and integration, but sectarian intolerance and the loss of « energy sovereignty » threaten them.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Jakarta-celebrates-independence,-the-energy-sector-is-still-colonial-in-nature-28776.html

18 AUGUST 2013

Indonesia’s Democrats deny links to graft scandal

Democratic Party officials have denied allegations of underhanded dealings with the head of Indonesia’s oil-and-gas regulatory agency, Rudi Rubiandini, who was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly taking bribes from an oil trading firm in a case that has dominated headlines.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-democrats-deny-links-graft-scandal

16 AUGUST 2013

Indonesians shocked by oil corruption scandal

A new corruption scandal has hit a high ranking political, institutional and financial Indonesian official: Rudi Rubiandini, head of the special commission of control over the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Company, better known as SKK Migas. The Department Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) – caught him on the night of 13 August, while pocketing a substantial bribe (U.S. and Singapore dollars for a sum of not less than one million) from a representative of a foreign oil company

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesians-shocked-by-oil-corruption-scandal-28753.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Call for Probe of Indonesian Rights Violations

A new report by Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights on « gross human rights violations » during the 30-year campaign by Indonesia’s military to suppress the separatist Free Aceh movement is likely to be ignored as its predecessor, about the appalling violence that took place against Communists in 1965, was a year ago

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5639&Itemid=202

The Growing Problem of Land Conflicts in Indonesia

Land and resource conflicts are an increasing source of violence in Indonesia, and a looming showdown in Sumatra shows why. The dispute in Mesuji, Lampung province is over an industrial tree plantation, but it could just as easily be a mine or a palm oil estate. Whatever the cause of the initial dispute—in this case a land-grab that goes back decades—the conflict has become infinitely more complex over the last two years as political and economic stakes have increased.

http://cogitasia.com/the-growing-problem-of-land-conflicts-in-indonesia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_266504416#%21

4 AUGUST 2013

Indonesian Temple Bombing Linked to Burma Violence

Officials say a bomb went off late Sunday at the entrance of a temple in Jakarta, injuring one person and causing minor damage. A message attached to the device said, « We hear the screams of the Rohingyas. »
http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-temple-bombed-in-response-to-burma-violence/1723855.html

2 AUGUST 2013

Military operation in Aceh was ‘gross human rights violation’

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared that the military operation in Aceh, which lasted from 1989 until a peace deal was signed in 2005, could be categorized as a gross human rights violation and that the Indonesian Military (TNI) was responsible for the atrocities.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/02/military-operation-aceh-was-gross-human-rights-violation.html

29 JULY 2013

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from the 2008 financial storm, the country has proceeded to join the G20 large economies (2009), won its first investment-grade credit ratings for over a decade (2011 and 2012), and grown GDP at a rate of 6% through 2010-2012.

http://globalriskinsights.com/2013/07/29/in-spite-of-challenges-indonesia-is-booming/

27 JULY 2013

Govt to disburse Rp 40 billion to provide legal aid for the poor

With the poor often victimized by the graft-mired judicial system, the government decided to disburse Rp 40.8 billion (US$3.9 million) to legal aid institutes. The government has verified 310 legal aid organizations that will receive the funds. They signed a contract with the government during a national meeting on legal aid and access to justice in Jakarta that was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday 26

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/27/govt-disburse-rp-40-billion-provide-legal-aid-poor.html

11 JULY 2013

Indonesia Losing Corruption Fight

Indonesia, which fought its way painfully up from near the bottom of the ranks of the world’s most corrupt countries, appears to be falling back again, raising concerns for international investors as well as its own citizens. Transparency International, the NGO that monitors global corruption patterns, released its « Global Corruption Barometer » report this week, leaving Indonesia at 118th of 176 countries in the world after rising to 96th in 2010.                                                                                                                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5558&Itemid=175

9 JULY 2013

Disappointing politics: Australia’s Indonesia relationship

There are two deep disappointments about the recent visit by Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Indonesia and one deep source of satisfaction. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/09/disappointing-politics-australias-indonesia-relationship/

5 JULY 2013

Islamisation gets a boost in Jakarta, as Supreme Court suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages

The leaders of the Islamic Defender Front has been fighting for a ban on alcohol, especially during Ramadan. With its ruling, the Supreme Court suspends a 1997 presidential decree that authorised the sale of alcohol, stressing that « it is not apt » to maintain order. Fundamentalists are overjoyed. For them, « rapes and adultery are alcohol-related. »                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamisation-gets-a-boost-in-Jakarta,-as-Supreme-Court-suspends-the-sale-of-alcoholic-beverages-28390.html

2 JULY 2013

Indonesia Assembly Bill Raises Fears of Crackdown on Freedoms

Indonesia’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday curbing freedom to organize and assemble, prompting street protests and raising concerns among religious groups and labor unions that it will allow the government to silence opposition                                                           http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-assembly-bill-freedoms/1693874.html

1 JULY 2013

As Conservative Islam Rises in Indonesia, Polygamy Flourishes

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/38922?goback=%2Egde_134242_member_254340956

27 JUNE 2013

Indonesia jails Islamic terror leader for 10 years

Badri Hartono led an extremist group called Al-Qaeda Indonesia and was found guilty of sending recruits to a militant camp on a jungle-clad island known as a terror hotbed.  http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357242/indonesia-jails-islamic-terror-leader-for-10-years

21 JUNE 2013

Indonesia: the need for peaceful dialogue in West Papua

The Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) has opened an office in the city of Oxford in the United Kingdom.                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/indonesia-the-need-for-peaceful-dialogue-in-west-papua/

15 JUNE 2013

Indonesian anti-corruption authority detains Riau governor

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) finally detained Riau Governor Rusli Zainal on Friday after questioning him for the third time for his alleged involvement in two separate graft cases. After being questioned for more than seven hours, Rusli, who is also a member of the Golkar Party’s central executive board, exited KPK headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, wearing a KPK detainee’s jacket.                                                        http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesian-anti-corruption-authority-detains-Riau–47979.html

12 JUNE 2013

Next generation radicals in Indonesia

Driven by strong exports and buoyant domestic markets, Indonesia is projected to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2025. While the future looks bright for Southeast Asia’s largest economy, a growing tide of religious intolerance threatens to undermine those gains. Where officials have in the past attributed religious violence and terrorism to foreign influenced groups, now the threats to stability are more clearly homegrown.                      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-120613.html

31 MAY 2013

Indonesia’s next parliament: celebrities, incumbents and dynastic members?

Among the candidates are 10 current Cabinet Ministers,15 relatives of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the wives of two ministers, and 51 celebrities, including models, singers and TV-personalities. The lists strengthen the impression that Indonesia’s politics is dominated by political dynasties, fame and money, rather than capability, experience and merit. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/31/indonesias-next-parliament-celebrities-incumbents-and-dynastic-members/

23 MAY 2013

Religious Award Sparks Indonesia Protest

Leading religious figures in Indonesia have come out against a U.S.-based interfaith group’s plan to award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s support for religious freedom. They said it sends the wrong message about a country where religious minorities face increasing violence and persecution                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/religious-award-sparks-protest-in-indonesia/1666855.html

21 MAY 2013

Fifteen Years After Suharto, Indonesia Has Made Great Steps Forward

Fifteen years ago the riots and the fall of President Suharto took place, disrupting the daily lives of many Indonesians. Today, we have returned to the peace that prevailed before those events, with the gifts of a vigorous democracy, a healthy economy and growing prowess in the arts and sciences. But what of the tumult in between — what exactly did we overcome and how did we restore our lives back to normal?                                                                                                               http://cogitasia.com/fifteen-years-after-suharto-indonesia-has-made-great-steps-forward/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_243235181

8 APRIL 2013

Child protection a low priority in Indonesia

Efforts to protect children in Indonesia from abuse are obstructed by barriers to crime reporting, which may worsen with the threatened closure of police-run units that handle crimes against women and children                                                                                                http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97800/Child-protection-a-low-priority-in-Indonesia

1 APRIL 2013

Indonesia row: Aceh crowds support disputed flag

Thousands rallied in Aceh’s capital in support of the flag. Indonesia’s government has given provincial authorities seven days to change it.                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21993299

15 MARCH 2013

Indonesia carries out first execution since 2008

Officials confirmed that Adami Wilson, a Malawi national convicted of drugs smuggling, was executed by firing squad north of Jakarta on Thursday night.                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21805413

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Head of Indonesia’s ruling party steps down

Anas Urbaningrum, who was elected in 2010 as general chairman of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, announced his resignation on Saturday in a news conference at the party’s headquarters.                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322314592522318.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Indonesia names ruling party chairman as graft suspect

Indonesia’s anti-graft body said Friday it has named the chairman of President Susilo Bambang yudhoyono’s party as a suspect in connection with corruption allegations.                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21551310                                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130222-403996.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Can Prayer Save Indonesia’s SBY From Scandal?

With his ruling political party in a shambles due to the continuing impact of several scandals, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to a higher power this week, sending a text message from Mecca asking party leaders to pray for Allah’s guidance. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5169&Itemid=175

31 JANUARY 2013

Indonesia detains Islamic party chief over graft

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq allegedly accepted a sum of one billion rupiah (S$125,000) from meat importer PT Indoguna Utama to secure a government contract. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130131-399270.html

17 JANUARY 2013

Indonesia in 2012: reform and the people

Indonesia’s economy had a good year overall in 2012.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/17/indonesia-in-2012-reform-and-the-people/

Indonesian capital Jakarta hit by deadly flooding

Some 20,000 people have abandoned their homes, as officials warn that the rain could worsen in the next few  days.                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21054769

15 JANUARY 2013

Indonesian supreme court hopeful’s rape remarks spark outrage

An Indonesian supreme court candidate has sparked public outrage after suggesting that women may enjoy being raped.                                                  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/16/indonesian-supreme-court-hopeful-rape             http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-rape-indonesia-supreme-court-20130116,0,4913905.story?track=rss

12 JANUARY 2013

Further implementation of Sharia in Aceh to cause greater social tensions

Many fear a split between fundamentalist and moderate Muslims. Political expediency and poor governance are the driving force behind the province’s islamisation. Critics slam the province’s morality police for its crackdown on deviant behaviour. In 2012, 50 cases of Sharia-related violence were recorded.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Further-implementation-of-Sharia-in-Aceh-to-cause-greater-social-tensions-26851.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Reaching Indonesia’s poor and vulnerable

The rate of poverty reduction continues to slow in Indonesia, despite sustained economic growth. With the exception of the 2006 increase in poverty due to the international food price crisis, the decrease in the official poverty rate from 12.5 per cent of all Indonesians in 2011 to 12 per cent in 2012 was the smallest since 2003.                                                                                                http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/02/reaching-indonesias-poor-and-vulnerable/

29 DECEMBER 2012

Attacks Against the Press Still a Problem in Indonesia: AJI Report

Instances of violence against journalists dropped in 2012 despite several high-profile abuse allegations levied against the Indonesian Military (TNI) and government officials this year, according to an Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) report. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/attacks-against-the-press-still-a-problem-in-indonesia-aji-report/563957?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

28 DECEMBER 2012

Two Indonesian authors received Hellman/Hammet awards

Two Indonesian authors achieved international awards from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). They are included on the list of forty-one authors around the world who also received such award. Those two authors are Putu Oka Sukanta from Bali and Dominikus Sorabut from Papua who received Hellman/Hammett Award. This appreciation is specially rendered to the authors who used to become the torture target for political background or human rights abuse in the past and need financial aid.                                                                  http://projectingindonesia.com/people/two-indonesian-authors-received-hellmanhammet-award/?fb_source=pubv1&goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

26 DECEMBER 2012

Indonesia’s strong growth and stable outlook

Indonesia’s GDP, while slowing down slightly, still grew by 6.2 per cent year-on-year (yoy) during the third quarter of 2012, which was slightly lower than during the second quarter, due to the continuing slower growth of exports.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/26/indonesias-economic-development-in-2012/

7 DECEMBER 2012

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister resigns

As minister resigns in Jakarta over corruption inquiry storm hits Yudhoyono and Democrats Sports and Youth Minister Andi Malaranggeng quits after his family finds itself in middle of scandals over tender in the case of a sports centre. President and his party end up in the middle of a scandal and shady dealings
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-minister-resigns-in-Jakarta-over-corruption-inquiry-storm-hits-Yudhoyono-and-Democrats-26566.html http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/12/07/sports-and-youth-minister-resigns.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Tens of thousands protest in Indonesia

Tens of thousands of workers have gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in Indonesia, demanding higher wages, better working conditions and that more economic growth trickle down to the working class. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112253436646925.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/92400/thousands-of-indonesian-workers-rally-for-benefits/

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Improving the quality of Indonesia’s education spending

Indonesia has made an extraordinary commitment to education in the past decade. Since 2002 the government has had a constitutional mandate to allocate at least 20 per cent of its budget to education, a figure it achieved in 2009.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/16/improving-the-quality-of-indonesias-education-spending/

31 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia Makes Huge Jump in Annual Global Prosperity Index

Indonesia has been ranked 63rd in the latest prosperity index, published by think-tank Legatum Institute on Tuesday, which showed an improvement that put it in line with its growing economic position
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesia-makes-huge-jump-in-annual-global-prosperity-index/553361?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_180635841

23 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia’s Aceh shuts Christian, Buddhist places of worship

Authorities in Indonesia’s only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said Tuesday they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from certain Muslim groups
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232987/1/.html

20 OCTOBER 2012

Political battle in Jakarta over death penalty moratorium

President and the Supreme Court commute the death penalty against drug traffickers. According to the critics this will jeopardize the fight against drugs. Foreign Minister in favor of moratorium. Asia home to almost all executions.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Political-battle-in-Jakarta-over-death-penalty-moratorium-26143.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia factory workers on strike for more pay

Tens of thousands of Indonesian factory workers have gone on a one-day strike to demand higher wages and better working conditions
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19816462

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227194/1/.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Indonesians clash with police outside US Embassy

Indonesians enraged over an anti-Islam film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Monday, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and setting tires ablaze. At least one police officer was seen bleeding from the head while being carried to safety by fellow officers http://asiancorrespondent.com/89473/indonesians-clash-with-police-outside-us-embassy/ http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violent-protests-in-Jakarta-over-Muhammad-blasphemy-movie-25841.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

The 2013 Indonesian state budget draft

Indonesia’s 2013 state budget was initially expected to help boost economic growth by stimulating domestic consumption, investment and foreign trade but a review of the draft budget suggests that it is highly unlikely that this will be the cas
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/09/15/the-2013-indonesian-state-budget-draft/

31 AUGUST 2012

Indonesia short of naval muscle

Now, Indonesia is emerging again as a crucial player as US foreign policy « pivots » towards Asia, a geostrategic shift aimed at counterbalancing China’s rising power in the region. The geographical location of the sprawling archipelago, through which the majority of the world’s trade flows, includes a strategic chokepoint at the Malacca Strait for China’s energy imports
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH31Ae01.html

25 AUGUST 2012

Indonesia may sell weapons, supplies to Iraq, Uganda

Indonesia may soon sell weapons and military supplies to Iraq and Uganda, in what a top defense official said would be a first for an ASEAN member nation
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/08/25/indonesia-may-sell-weapons-supplies-iraq-uganda.html

24 AUGUST 2012

Golkar Tells Indonesia’s 1965 Massacre Survivors Forget it

In July, after a four-year investigation, the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) labeled as a serious human rights violation and a crime against humanity the orgy of violence that shook the country in 1965 following a failed coup attempt blamed on the communists. It is thought that up to 500,000 people died in the purge targeting the left, sparked by an attempt to overthrow the country’s founding President Sukarno
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4759&Itemid=202

6 AUGUST 2012

Interpol drops ‘red notice’ for dissident Benny Wenda; case was mainly ‘political’

Global policing body Interpol has dropped a wanted notice for an Indonesian dissident after authorities ruled the case against him was “predominantly political in nature.” http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/06/13144025-interpol-drops-red-notice-for-dissident-benny-wenda-case-was-mainly-political?lite&__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1344185328.1344273891.119&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1344273891&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=260850382

19 JULY 2012

It’s official: Fauzi, Jokowi face showdown in September runoff

Election officials have confirmed that Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo were top finishers in the Jakarta gubernatorial election on July 11 and will face each other in a runoff election on Sept. 20.  In announcing the final vote tabulations on Thursday, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) said none of the six candidates running for governor had achieved the 50 percent of the vote required to win the election on the first ballot.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/20/it-s-official-fauzi-jokowi-face-showdown-september-runoff.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214712/1/.html

18 JULY 2012

Officials Turn Blind Eye as Religious Tensions Rise in Indonesia

The problems began shortly after Tajul Muluk, a Shiite cleric, opened a boarding school in 2004. The school, in a predominantly Sunni Muslim part of East Java, raised local tensions, and in 2006 it was attacked by thousands of villagers. When a mob set fire to the school and several homes last December, many Shiites saw it as just the latest episode in a simmering sectarian conflict
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/world/asia/indonesia-turns-blind-eye-as-religious-tensions-rise.html?_r=1&ref=asia

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33587&sec=1

11 JULY 2012

Runaway radicals in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) pressure group has this year in turns assaulted Ahmadiya and Christian places of worship, attacked journalists who reported critically on its activities, forced through intimidation the cancellation of Lady Gaga’s scheduled concert, and ambushed various government police stations and courts.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG12Ae02.html

6 JULY 2012

Islamic scholar Moeslim Abdurrahman passes away

Islamic scholar long known for his audacity in fighting against religious conservatism and promoting interreligious dialogue in Indonesia Moeslim Abdurrahman died on evening at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta at the age of 64.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/07/islamic-scholar-moeslim-abdurrahman-passes-away.html

21 JUNE 2012

Indonesian court sentences Bali bomber to 20 years in jail

An Indonesia court has sentenced Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/21/world/asia/patek-bali-bombing-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262113311341476.html

20 JUNE 2012

Islamists attack Health minister over condoms

New Health Minister Nafsiah Mboy, a pediatrician, wants to generalise the use of condom to stop the spread of AIDS. Ulema Council calls the proposal « immoral, » an encouragement to extramarital and premarital sex
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamists-attack-Health-minister-over-condoms-25082.html

14 JUNE 2012

Indonesian jailed over Facebook comment

Alexander Aan, 30, was found guilty on Thursday in a West Sumatra court of “spreading information inciting religious hatred” after declaring his atheism online and posting links to explicit cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8092c9c2-b6d5-11e1-8c96-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1xt9dooZx
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/15/prison-minang-atheist.html

Indonesian police kill Papua separatist Mako Tabuni

Police in the restive Indonesian province of Papua have shot dead a senior separatist leader, Mako Tabuni, sparking violent protests by locals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-18442620

27 MAY 2012

Lady Gaga calls off Indonesia concert

A show by pop diva Lady Gaga in Indonesia has been cancelled after religious conservatives threatened « chaos » if she entered the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252744957169990.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/27/gagas-romance-with-indonesian-little-monsters-ends-badly.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/27/gaga-cancellation-reflects-weak-govt-setara.html

5 MAY 2012

Indonesian Muslims rethink sex in new book

The Indonesian Family Planning Association (PKBI) has taken an unusual step to promote population control by releasing a book exploring the Koran’s position on sexual issues
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30257&sec=1

9 APRIL 2012

Indonesians vote to elect new Aceh governor

People in Indonesia’s western-most province of Aceh have voted for a new governor, testing the strength of a peace deal signed by separatist fighters and the government in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124993311249877.html

30 MARCH 2012

Indonesia parliament votes against fuel price hike

Indonesia’s parliament rejected Saturday 31 a plan to hike the heavily subsidised fuel price by a third, instead voting in a law that would allow future hikes if global oil prices rise furthe http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1192305/1/.html

8 MARCH 2012

Women’s rights still denied in Indonesia

With this year’s International Women’s Day around the corner, women in Indonesia continue to struggle in a male-dominated world and efforts to protect their rights have been met with opposition from conservative groups. Data from the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) said that 119,107 cases of violence against women took place in 2011, up 13 percent from 105,103 in 2010
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28470&sec=1

6 MARCH 2012

Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts

Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing « provocative » clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120306-331966.html

27 FEBRUARY 2012

Indonesia court orders militant Bashir to serve 15 years

Indonesia’s top court on Monday 27 upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693041.php/Indonesian-court-reinstates-15-year-jail-term-for-radical-cleric

13 FEBRUARY 2012

Indonesian firms invest heavily abroad

Direct investments made by Indonesian companies abroad almost tripled in value last year, central bank data reveals. Although the latest development is considered positive, many business players argue that it reflects deteriorating investment conditions domestically
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=27606&sec=1

Bali bomb suspect goes on trial in Indonesia

Umar Patek faces multiple charges, including premeditated murder, for deadly attacks that killed more than 200 people
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221335321846839.html

28 JANUARY 2012

Arms-wrestling in Indonesia

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in danger of being caught in the crossfire between a newly emboldened parliament and the Indonesian military over a controversial US$600 million plan to buy 100 surplus Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBT) from the Netherlands
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA28Ae01.html

30 DECEMBER 2011

Shiite property burned down

A property compound belonging to the Shiite community in Sampang, Madura, was allegedly burned down by Sunni followers, the majority Islamic group in the country. The incident serves as a caution for the nation’s inter-religious relations
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/30/shiite-property-burned-down.html

23 DECEMBER 2011

Yudhoyono’s Annus Horribilis

As 2011 draws to a close, it would be hard to imagine a worse year for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Democratic Party. The president’s image as a reformer has been irreparably damaged, along with his party’s hopes to maintain control of Indonesian politics into the future
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4083&Itemid=175

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111222-317755.html

9 DECEMBER 2011

Netherlands apologises for Indonesia massacre

The Dutch government has formally apologised to the families of victims of a 1947 massacre on Indonesia’s Java island which left at least 150 people dead
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112964254240828.html
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/09/9319481-six-decades-later-dutch-state-apologizes-for-indonesia-massacre
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1679846.php/LEAD-Netherlands-apologizes-for-1947-massacre-in-Indonesia

19  NOVEMBER 2011

Unrest in Indonesia’s Papua under scrutiny

Human rights organisations have called on Barack Obama, the United States president, to address abuses in West Papua during the his visit to Indonesia.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/201111194134492932.html17 NOVEMBER 2011

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Ex-Citibank Indonesia manager goes on trial in fraud case

A former manager at Citibank in Indonesia went on trial Tuesday for allegedly embezzling 5 million dollars from the accounts of rich customers that she managed.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673829.php/Ex-Citibank-Indonesia-manager-goes-on-trial-in-fraud-case

7 NOVEMBER 2011

Indonesia’s economy grows driven by high consumption

Gross domestic product rose 6.5% in the three months to September, compared to a year earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15615577

Indonesia to increase military spending

The Indonesian government has said it will increase its defence budget by 35 per cent next year, in a step which is seen as helping to balance China’s growing military strength in the region.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/201111752946225190.html

27 OCTOBER 2011

Indonesian court reduces Bashir’s sentence

A prominent Indonesian Muslim religious figure accused of setting up a « terror » training camp, has had his prison sentence reduced from 15
years to nine years by an appeals court. The court reduced Abu Bakar Bashir’s prison sentence on Wednesday, though no reason was given for the decision.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/201110275509579785.html

7 OCTOBER 2011

Indonesia’s Electorate Smells Graft

Indonesia’s citizens are growing increasingly fed up with the crookedry of their politicians. As an indication of the failure of the ostensible commitment of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reformasi, only 12 percent believe the current crop are doing a better job than those who were running the country under the former strongman Suharto
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3834&Itemid=175

14 SEPTEMBER 2011

Dutch state liable over Indonesia massacre

A Dutch court has ordered the government to compensate the widows of seven villagers who were summarily executed and a man shot and
wounded in a notorious massacre during Indonesia’s bloody battle for independence from colonial rule.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/09/2011914132145205737.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2011

Indonesia’s second-largest political party Golkar on Monday picked tycoon and power-broker Aburizal Bakrie as its presidential candidate for elections in 2014

Bakrie and his entrepreneurial family are collectively worth billions and run businesses in Indonesia selling everything from telecommunications to coal to education. But the Bakries and their companies are mired in allegations of corruption and tax fraud. A Bakrie family spokesman has denied any wrongdoing, saying such allegations are « baseless and untrue »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1152685/1/.html

26 JULY 2011

Indonesia’s SBY in Trouble

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is said by political analysts in Jakarta to be a major crisis, with his governing Democrat Party’s fugitive former treasurer leveling charges of widespread corruption against top party members
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3342&Itemid=175

15 JULY 2011

Indonesia’s Pols Spend Little Time Behind Bars

Indonesian lawmakers, who have been appearing in droves before the country’s anti-corruption court to confess to long strings of wrongdoing, appear to regard jail as a relatively minor annoying prospect. They seem to spend little time behind bars
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3318&Itemid=202

16 JUNE 2011

Abu Bakar Bashir, the controversial Indonesian cleric, has been jailed for 15 years on charges he helped plan and fund a camp of fighters in the western Aceh province which aimed to kill the country’s president.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/06/201161643518233306.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13781199http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3256&Itemid=202

30 MAY 2011

Fleeing politician tarnishes Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is faced with a simmering scandal at the heart of the Democratic Party that he heads,
threatening its unity just as jockeying is underway ahead of national elections due in 2014.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3225&Itemid=175

27 MAY 2011

Indonesia ex-treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin ‘flees’

The ex-treasurer of the governing Democratic party, Muhammed Nazaruddin, is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3m (£1.8m).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13571046

25 MAY 2011

Tommy Suharto’s Brazen Libel Verdict

You can get away with it but only in Indonesia and when you’re Suharto’s son

Indonesia’s court system, ranked one of the most corrupt in Asia, has awarded the convicted murderer son of the late strongman Suharto Rp12.5 billion (USUS$1.46 million) from a magazine that called him a convicted murderer.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3215&Itemid=202

16 APRIL 2011

Eyes on spies in Indonesia

New legislation before Indonesia’s parliament aims to give special powers to intelligence agencies charged with fighting terrorism. While advocates of the bill argue tougher laws are needed to pre-empt attacks, if passed as proposed the legislation will erode civil liberties and represent a significant setback for the country’s fledgling democracy. The bill proposes to grant the main state intelligence agency, known as BIN, the power to arrest  errorists before they attack. It also allows for the pre-emptive
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MD16Ae02.html

9 APRIL 2011

Boom in births worries Jakarta

Last year, the number of children born in Indonesia equalled almost the entire population of Singapore, or about 4.5 million. That brought the total population of the world’s fourth-most populous country to nearly 240 million.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=18376&sec=1

22 MARCH 2011

Indonesia’s Yudhoyono in the Cross Hairs

Al Jazeera says SBY’s former Army buddies are using Islamist attacks to oust him from power

It has seemed a mystery in recent weeks — why is the Ahmadiyah sect such a big issue all of a sudden in Indonesia?

On Tuesday, Al Jazeera English attempted to answer that question by airing long-whispered reports that « senior retired generals » are supporting Islamic hardliners to incite religious violence and overthrow Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

« The generals are using the groups in their efforts to topple President Yudhoyono because they feel he is too weak and too reformist, » Al Jazeera correspondent Step Vassen said in the report.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3080&Itemid=175

 

18 FEBRUARY 2011

Indonesian hardliners rally to disband Muslim sect

Hundreds of hardline Islamists rally in the Indonesian capital to demand President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disband a minority Muslim
sect or resign. The white-clad members of the Islamic Defenders Front, carried banners calling for Yudhoyono’s resignation unless the Ahmadiyah sect is outlawed
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110218-264278.html

8 FEBRUARY 2011

A Muslim mob burned churches and clashed with police in Indonesia on Tuesday as they demanded the death penalty for a Christian man
convicted of blaspheming against Islam, police said.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110208-262445.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110208-mob-attacks-churches-central-java
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12393075

9 NOVEMBER 2010

US President Barack Obama has praised Indonesia’s successful transition to democracy and sealed a « comprehensive partnership » agreement with his Indonesian counterpart on the first day of a long-delayed visit to his childhood country.
http://www.france24.com/en/20101109-barack-obama-pledges-close-partnership-trip-indonesia-jakarta

16 OCTOBER 2010

Suharto’s law prohibiting freedom of expression abolished

The Constitutional Court rules depriving the Attorney General the power to ban books and printed materials. The law of 1963 was used during the regime of President Suharto as a tool of repression of all forms of political dissent.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Suharto’s-law-prohibiting-freedom-of-expression-abolished-19740.html

5 OCTOBER 2010

Indonesian President Postpones Netherlands Trip

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delayed a state visit to the Netherlands on October 5, 2010 on fears he could be arrested over
accusations of human rights abuses
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/world/asia/06indo.html?ref=asia

Dutch court dismisses Indonesian president arrest call
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11483401

24 AUGUST 2010

Indonesia’s Aceh Province and Shariah

Eroding Indonesia’s Secular Freedoms

Despite Indonesia having a secular Constitution, devoutly Muslim Aceh was allowed to adopt parts of Shariah law, presumably to prevent the Acehnese from joining the rebellious Free Aceh Movement (GAM). In 1999, then-President BJ Habibie signed a special law on Aceh that, among other things, granted the province a special status and the right to partly implement shariah. However, the law did not stipulate how Islamic law would be implemented. Two years later, President Megawati Sukarnoputri signed into law an autonomy package that included comprehensive regulations on establishing Shariah courts and Shariah bylaws. Based on these two pieces of legislation — that were drafted, discussed, and approved in Jakarta, Aceh established its first shariah court in 2003, and publicly caned its first violator in 2005.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2650&Itemid=175

9 AUGUST 2010

Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian Muslim cleric once imprisoned for his links to the group behind the Bali bombings, has been
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/08/20108954020564174.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-1091031http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1576673.php/Police-Arrested-cleric-is-leader-of-al-Qaeda-Indonesia

24 JULY 2010

US, Indonesia retie a controversial knot

Thursday’s (July 22) announcement in Jakarta that Washington will resume training for the Indonesian military’s controversial special forces unit Kopassus has been denounced by human-rights groups and two key lawmakers here
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LG24Ae01.html

29 MARCH 2010

Siradj, new president of Nahdlatul Ulama, a Muslim organisation friendly towards Christians

Elected as the new leader of the organization, Sais Agil Siradj wants to promote basic education and social and economic assistance for everyone. He reiterates his organization’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and to openness towards minorities and other religions Sais Agil Siradj, the new leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said that he was close to the founding principles that gave rise to the Muslim organization, which will remain above the political fray. In his inaugural address as NU chief, he laid out his plans for the organization and indicated that his real concern was to guarantee a basic education to everyone and provide social and economic assistance to Muslims throughout Indonesia.
Known for its moderate views, NU has in the past defended Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, from the violence of Muslim extremists

Siradj will follow the line of former NU leader and former President Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, who insisted that the organization should not become a political party, a task that belongs to the National Awakening Party (PKB). NU members should thus keep politics and religion apart.

Finally, the NU’s new president reminded his audience, “None of the students staying at one of the organization’s 14,000 boarding schools is tied to terrorism” and that he would fight to preserve the “pluralist spirit” that characterizes the movement.

In directly addressing the issue of terrorism, the new leader responded to an appeal made by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, who during the five-day meeting of the organization, called for a “joint effort” in the struggle against religious extremism and terrorism.

Siradj, who is a graduate of a Saudi university, will be joined by Kiai Hajj Sahal Mahfudz as his second in command at the helm of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization with some 60 million members.

Founded in 1926, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is a Sunni Muslim organisation known for its tolerance towards other Muslim groups and
religious minorities.

Former President Abdurrahman Wahid was one of its most charismatic leaders. He played a key role in repealing laws that discriminated
against the country’s Chinese minority
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Siradj,-new-president-of-Nahdlatul-Ulama,-a-Muslim-organisation-friendly-towards-Christians-18007.html

18 MARCH 2010

39 Indonesian Lawmakers Named in Bribery Case

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission formally named 39 former and sitting members of the House of Representatives Thursday of
taking billions of rupiah in bribes to secure the appointment of Miranda Goeltom as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2351&Itemid=175

30 December 2009

Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid passes away at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Central Jakarta.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/30/former-ri-president-abdurrahman-wahid-passes-away.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/30/president-lead-gus-dur039s-funeral.html

2 DECEMBER 2009

Indonesia ‘bans’ film on journalists’ deaths in East Timor

Indonesia has banned the film Balibo, which depicts the deaths of six foreign journalists in East Timor, the head of the foreign correspondents club said. The journalists died as Indonesian troops invaded East Timor in 1975
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8390075.stm
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2173&Itemid=202
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912824629737228.html

13 MARCH 2009

Papua’s struggle for independence

Papua became part of Indonesia in 1969 after a controversial and very limited vote. Ever since there have been calls from some Papuans for independence and for decades a low-level armed resistance has been rumbling on, largely unnoticed by the outside.

Here is a rare video of Papua’s freedom fighters filmed by a British activist
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7942026.stm

21 May 2008

Ten years ago, it was the fall of General suharto, the 32 years long dictator of Indonesia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7412198.stm

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 21 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 21 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 21, 2017

1526: Babur (Babar or Baber), the ruler of Kabul, leads Mughal forces against the sultan of Delhi, Ibrahim Lodi, killing him in the Battle of Panipat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Panipat_(1526)
http://www.iloveindia.com/history/medieval-india/delhi-sultunate/1st-panipat-battle.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21-april-1526-the-first-battle-of-panipat-was-fought

1951: U.S. Defense Department announces the appointment of a Military Assistance Advisory Group for Taiwan, on whose recommendation the U.S. resumes direct military aid to the Nationalists

1960: The disagreements between Beijing and Moscow publicly disclosed by some texts published in the Red Flag under the title « Long life Leninism »

1970: On the same day that Soviet Party leader Leonid Brezhnev condemns the anti-Soviet campaign in China, the Beijing People’s Daily publishes an editorial calling for the overthrow of the Soviet government. A joint editorial in three leading Chinese newspapers the next day criticizes the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and attacks the Brezhnev Doctrine

1975: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu resigns and flees to Taiwan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2935000/2935347.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-flees-saigon-as-xuan-loc-falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xfEJJiGw2g

1999: Agreement between factions to stop violence in East Timor

2003: In Indonesia, seven servicemen, including four officers, are condemned to jail for the murder, in November 2001, of Theys Eluay, chairman of the West Papua’s Papua Presidium Council
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/21/1050777211770.html

2003: In Sri Lanka, LTTE break off negotiations with the government

2006: Death of T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian communist politician, born in 1922
http://www.hindu.com/2006/04/22/stories/2006042215910400.htm

2011: The US military’s top officer, Adm Mike Mullen, accuses Pakistan’s spy agency of having links with militants targeting troops in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had a « long-standing relationship » with a militant group run by Afghan insurgent Jalaluddin Haqqani
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13153538

On 21 April in South Asian history

ON 21 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 21, 2017

1526: Babur (Babar or Baber), the ruler of Kabul, leads Mughal forces against the sultan of Delhi, Ibrahim Lodi, killing him in the Battle of Panipat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Panipat_(1526)
http://www.iloveindia.com/history/medieval-india/delhi-sultunate/1st-panipat-battle.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21-april-1526-the-first-battle-of-panipat-was-fought

1651: Birth of Joseph Vaz, Indian priest and missionary, apostle of Ceylan, who died on January 16, 1711
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/17/bl_joseph_vaz,_first_saint_to_sri_lanka/1106730
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Vaz
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/664534/3-things-to-know-about-sri-lankas-first-saint-joseph-vaz

1938: Death of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a Muslim poet, philosopher and politician who introduced the theory of the Two-Nation theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Muhammad_Iqbal
http://www.allamaiqbal.com/

1959: The 14th Dalai Lama arrives in Mussoorie, India, receiving political sanctuary there
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090406/dplus.htm#1

1964: Death of Bharathidasan, Indian poet, born on April 29, 1891
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharathidasan

Bharathidasan

1972: In Pakistan, Martial Law is lifted by President Ali Bhutto. The constitutional rule is restored in the country. Hamoodu-ur-Rehman is sworn in as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

1977: Ziaur Rahman is sworn in as Bangladesh president
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziaur_Rahman

1987: The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that explodes in the Sri Lanka capital of Colombo, killing 106 people
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2525000/2525415.stm

2003: In Sri Lanka, LTTE break off negotiations with the government

2006: Death of T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian communist politician, born in 1922
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/tk-ramakrishnan-dead/article3151119.ece

2011: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the Kathmandu government to bring Maoist army and militias leaders responsible for crimes against humanity to trial. In 10 years, the conflict claimed more than 12,800 deaths and nearly 100 thousand displaced
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu,-UN-calls-for-justice-for-victims-of-civil-war-21369.html

2011: The US military’s top officer, Adm Mike Mullen, accuses Pakistan’s spy agency of having links with militants targeting troops in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had a « long-standing relationship » with a militant group run by Afghan insurgent Jalaluddin Haqqani
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13153538

 

On 21 April in Southeast Asian history

Bangkok 1822

ON 21 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 21, 2017

900 AD: The Laguna Copperplate Inscription (the earliest known written document found in what is now the Philippines) : the Honourable Namwaran and his children, Lady Angkatan and Bukah, are granted pardon from all their debts by the Commander and Chief of Tundun, as represented by the Honourable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah. Luzon, Philippines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguna_Copperplate_Inscription

1521: In the Philippines, Ferdinand Magellan baptisms Cebu island chief Rajah Humabon, his wife Ratu Humanay and 500 of their followers
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Rajah_Humabon

1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama 1) as his new capital
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/bangkok/history
http://www.hellosiam.com/html/Bangkok/Bangkok%20-%20history.htm

Bangkok 1822

1879: Birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, Indonesian leading feminist who died on September 17, 1904
http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=kartini_indonesia_05_ul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartini

R. A. Kartini

1954: Birth of Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebiet_G._Ade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIX5TwrEJ1A

1975: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu resigns and flees to Taiwan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2935000/2935347.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-flees-saigon-as-xuan-loc-falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xfEJJiGw2g

1997: Death of Diosdado Pangan Macapagal, 9th president of the Philippines (1961-1965) born on 28 September 1910
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15013858

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syPi-wCXGuM

2014: Death of Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/ http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

 

Holidays and observances

Indonesia: Kartini Day

On 21 April in Japan’s history

ON 21 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on April 21, 2017

1701: Death of Asano Naganori, Japanese warlord, born on 28 September 1667
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Asano_Naganori

1958: Birth of Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
http://lambiek.net/artists/u/usui_yoshito.htm

2014: A court in Shanghai orders the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html

2015 : Japanese maglev train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run . Bullet train tops 603kph, with officials confident new technology is likely to shape a new global generation of trains
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/japan-breaks-train-speed-record-maglev-train-150421085448739.html

On 21 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 21 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on April 21, 2017

1951: U.S. Defense Department announces the appointment of a Military Assistance Advisory Group for Taiwan, on whose recommendation the U.S. resumes direct military aid to the Nationalists

1959: The 14th Dalai Lama arrives in Mussoorie, India, receiving political sanctuary there
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090406/dplus.htm#1

1960: The disagreements between Beijing and Moscow publicly disclosed by some texts published in the Red Flag under the title « Long life Leninism »

1970: On the same day that Soviet Party leader Leonid Brezhnev condemns the anti-Soviet campaign in China, the Beijing People’s Daily publishes an editorial calling for the overthrow of the Soviet government. A joint editorial in three leading Chinese newspapers the next day criticizes the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and attacks the Brezhnev Doctrine

1989: The day before the Hu Yaobang’s funeral, 100,000 students march on Tiananmen Square, gathering there before the square could be closed off for the funeral
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chinese-students-begin-protests-at-tiananmen-square

2014: A court in Shanghai orders the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html