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On 11 July in Asian history

 

ON 11 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 11, 2018

1156: In Japan, the siege of Shirakawa-den begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Shirakawa-den

1405: Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sails for his first campaign
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/china/a/The-Seven-Voyages-Of-The-Treasure-Fleet.htm

1628: Birth of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, famous Japanese warlord
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Mitsukuni
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=558

1648: Death of Qin Liangyu, the ancient China only one female general
http://www.colorq.org/Articles/article.aspx?d=asianwomen&x=qinliangyu
http://gambargin.deviantart.com/art/Qin-Liangyu-of-Shizhu-1620-AD-Women-War-Queens-490813591

Qin Liangyu 2

1688: Death of King Narai of Siam (1656-1688), born in 1629
 http://www.thaimain.com/eng/monarchy/ayutthaya/narai.html

1863: In Shimonoseki Strait, a Japanese battle cruiser shoots at Dutch warship Medusa, killing 4
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-2725

1893: The first cultural pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto
http://www.pearl-guide.com/mikimoto.shtml

1921: After a revolt against the Chinese led by Sukhbaatar, a provisional government is formed in Outer Mongolia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damdin_S%C3%BCkhbaatar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_Revolution_of_1921

1937: Birth of Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer
https://www.cpr.cuhk.edu.hk/resources/press/pdf/4d5a2312c72bd.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai_Hsien-yung

1947: USA announces it sends a mission led by General Wedemeyer to China during the civil war

1950: Pakistan joins the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank

1950: Birth of Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Hoodbhoy

1952: Treaty of Amity between India and the Philippines
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1952/8.html

1953: Birth of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India
http://www.in.com/suresh-prabhakar-prabhu/profile-504.html

1953: Birth of Wu Shu-chen, wife of former President Chen Shui-bian of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Shu-chen

1957: Prince Karim Husseini Aga Khan IV inherits the office of Imamat as the 49th Imam of Shia Imami Ismaili worldwide, after the death of Sir Sultan Mahommed Shah Aga Khan III
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karim_Aga_Khan_IV

1961: The China-DPRK (North Korea) Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Treaty is signed in Beijing
https://www.marxists.org/subject/china/documents/china_dprk.htm

1961-07-11 Sino-North Korean Friendship Treaty

1966: Birth of Kentaro Miura, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentaro_Miura

1969: Birth of David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Tao

1976: Chinese archeologists announce they have found thousands of terracotta warriors in the tomb of first Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi
 
http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/terracotta_army.php

1976-07-11 Découverte Terracottas

1980: Birth of Im Su-jeong, South Korean model and actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Im_Soo_Jung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOV5nKydIGY

1992: Death of Deng Yingchao, widow of Zhou Enlai, born on February 4, 1904
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEED61E39F931A25754C0A964958260

1995: United States establishes full diplomatic relations with Vietnam
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/12/world/opening-vietnam-overview-us-grants-vietnam-full-ties-time-for-healing-clinton.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-establishes-diplomatic-relations-with-vietnam

1998: In Indonesia, Akbar Tanjung, a friend of President Habibie, becomes chaiman of Golkar while followers of Suharto leave the party
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Tandjung

2001: In Cambodia, the National assembly pass a bill that authorize the trial of the former Khmer Rouge leaders

2001: Visit of Kim Yong-nam, number 2 of North Korea to Hanoi. He is the highest leader to go to Vietnam since Kim Il-sung in 1964
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2001/07/11/korea-hanoi.htm
http://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-peoples-republic-korea/nkorea-head-state-hanoi-seeking-support

2001: With no more majority, Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga suspends the parliament for two months and announces a referendum on a new constitution
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/07/sri-j14.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1441186.stm

2003: The Lahore-Delhi bus service resume after suspension of 18 months

2004: In Japan, renewal of half of the members of the Senate. Failure for the Liberal democratic party of PM Koizumi, but he keeps the majority thanks to his Komeito party ally

2006: 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attack in Mumbai (India)
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/07/11/mumbai.blasts/

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/09/30/india.bombs/index.html?section=cnn_world

2006: In South Korea, Kang Jae-sup is elected chairman of the Grand National Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Jae-sup

2007: For the first time since 1971, a train cross the India-Bangladesh border with an Indian delegation to Dakha. Before, only buses where authorized

2007: After height days of siege. The Pakistani army storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad where Islamists where entrenched
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6286500.stm
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/10/pakistan.mosque/index.html

2009: China announces measures to boost cross-Straits entertainment, educational co-op with Taiwan
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/11/content_11692555.htm 

2012: Veteran Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa, who resigned from the ruling party over plans to raise sales tax, has formed a new opposition party
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18794030 

2012: Korean president Lee Myung-bak’s 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is jailed
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/presidents-brother-held-over-graft
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/south-korea-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2012: The United States eased its economic sanctions on Myanmar while maintaining a ban on ties with its military, President Barack Obama announced after the appointment of the first US ambassador to Burma in two decades
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/us-myanmar-easing-sactions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2015 : Hasif Saeed, a former Taliban leader then ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan is killed in a U.S. drone strike
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

2015: China detains dozens of rights lawyers
http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/china-dozens-of-human-rights-lawyers-targeted-in-nationwide-crackdown

 

Holidays and observances

Mongolia: First day of Naadam, independence Day

Main news on Indonesia

11 JULY 2018

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/is-indonesia-retreating-from-democracy/#9HgvMeSycKdbPxDB.97

5 JULY 2018

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

4 JULY 2018

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

2 JULY 2018

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

22 JUNE 2018

Indonesian terrorist Aman Abdurrahman sentenced to death over 2016 Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman, blamed for a 2016 terrorist attack on a Jakarta Starbucks cafe, has been sentenced to death
https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-linked-cleric-behind-indonesia-terrorist-attacks-receives-death-sentence_2570897.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-22/indonesia-starbucks-attack-terrorist-sentenced-to-death/9899298?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2151976/indonesian-court-sentences-cleric-death-ordering-attacks

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting January 1 and will join the UN’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2150034/indonesia-south-africa-and-dominican-republic-win-un
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116105/govt-gets-plaudits-for-unsc-seat-win

30 MAY 2018

Indonesia, India agree to strategic partnership, declare shared vision on maritime cooperation

Indonesia and India have agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership based on their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-india-agree-to-strategic-partnership-declare-shared-vision-on-maritime-cooperation/
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115927/indonesia-india-step-up-bilateral-ties

25 MAY 2018

Indonesia toughens anti-terror laws after Surabaya attacks

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/9/14/43/1527230153273.html
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115864/house-of-representatives-passes-into-law-the-bill-on-terrorism
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-passes-controversial-anti-terror-laws-fight-isil-180525055635674.html

21 MAY 2018

Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Soeharto

The shadow of former leader General Muhammad Soeharto still looms over Indonesia, 20 years after he left office
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indonesia-20-years-downfall-general-muhammad-suharto-180519141225082.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-corruption-rampant-20-years-soehartos-fall-180521131342962.html

18 MAY 2018

Surabaya bombings: Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the alleged spiritual leader of the group said to be responsible for the Surabaya bombings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-18/prosecutors-seek-death-for-alleged-bomb-attack-spiritual-leader/9776686
https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-seeks-death-penalty-for-is-linked-cleric/4399563.html

16 MAY 2018

Indonesia : Four terrorists killed after machete attack on Pekanbaru policemen

The terrorists killed one policeman and wounded another. The commando driver arrested. After the Christian minority, victim of a series of attacks in Surabaya, the Indonesian security forces are once again targeted by terrorists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Four-terrorists-killed-after-machete-attack-on-Pekanbaru-policemen-(Photo-Video)-43892.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/asia/indonesia-samurai-sword-terror-suspects-killed-intl/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/16/militants-armed-with-swords-attack-indonesian-police-station

13 MAY 2018

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-13-killed-as-suicide-bombers-hit-indonesian-churches-17424
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-links-church-attacks-local-isil-inspired-group-180513045333808.html
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-deadly-surabaya-church-attacks-committed-by-family/a-43761007

3 MAY 2018

In Indonesia, Interfaith Marriage is Legal – But With Many Obstacles

In Indonesia, interfaith marriage is legal but culturally discouraged and some religious figures have made it their mission to help couples of different religious backgrounds get married despite societal obstacles
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-indonesia-interfaith-marriage-is-legal—but-with-many-obstacles-/4373874.html

24 APRIL 2018

Setya Novanto, Indonesia’s former speaker of parliament, jailed for 15 years over corruption charges

A senior Indonesian politician has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for police fighting corruption in Indonesia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/indonesias-former-speaker-of-parliament-jailed-for-corruption/9693818?section=world

18 APRIL 2018

The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?

12 APRIL 2018

Prabowo Subianto named as Gerindra’s candidate in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Controversial former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in next year’s Indonesian elections
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/jokowi-rival-prabowo-to-stand-for-indonesian-president/9645650?section=world
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-set-repeat-contest-2019-presidential-poll/

9 APRIL 2018

Ahok: The rise and fall of Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese governor

The businessman-turned-politician’s rise and fall made headlines around the world, raising questions about religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation
https://asianews.network/2018/04/09/ahok-the-rise-and-fall-of-jakartas-first-ethnic-chinese-governor/

31 MARCH 2018

Russia raises its head in Indonesia

Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-raises-head-indonesia/

27 MARCH 2018

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejects Ahok’s blasphemy appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki « Ahok » Tjahaja Purnama’s case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-blasphemy-appeal
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-case-review-petition/

13 MARCH 2018

Muslim Cyber Army: a ‘fake news’ operation designed to derail Indonesia’s leader

Police in Indonesia believe they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt the political process and destabilise the government
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/muslim-cyber-army-a-fake-news-operation-designed-to-bring-down-indonesias-leader

7 MARCH 2018

Indonesian Islamic university bans students who wear burqas from graduating

An Islamic university in Indonesia has been criticised after announcing it will not allow female students who continue to wear face veils on campus to graduate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indonesia-islamic-university-burqa-ban-female-students-graduation-java-yogyakarta-city-a8243726.html

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/indonesian-politicians-pass-law-targeting-their-critics/9489336?section=world
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/another-threat-to-the-kpk-constitutional-court-sides-with-the-dpr/

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesia inks deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia

According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/18/552745/russia-indonesia-sukhoi-billion-dollar

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Jokowi cements ties with Indonesia military in political shift  

Standing before thousands of soldiers, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto delivered a blunt message intended to resonate far beyond the army’s strategic command headquarters in East Java
http://www.todayonline.com/world/jokowi-cements-ties-indonesia-military-political-shift

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian terrorist gets 10 years’ jail for buying guns in Philippines

An Indonesian court has sentenced hardened terrorist Suryadi Mas’ud to 10 years in jail for procuring firearms in the Philippines and for his involvement in funding terrorism
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/veteran-indonesian-terrorist-gets-10-years-jail-for-buying-guns-in-philippines

29 JANUARY 2018

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-explores-ties-with-controversial-indonesian-army-unit/4229468.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

China’s concessional loans help to explain why Indonesia’s foreign debt increased during 2015 and 2016, despite the government’s intention to reduce its dependence on foreign aid. What makes China’s foreign aid preferable to foreign aid from DAC countries?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/02/why-does-indonesia-seem-to-prefer-foreign-aid-from-china/

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

4 NOVEMBER 2017

In Indonesia, one in five students for the caliphate, one in four ready to fight

Islamic groups are making inroads in Indonesia’s public and political life. Authorities warn against radical infiltrations in student organisations and campuses. Intolerance grows among middle-income Indonesian suburbanites
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-in-five-students-for-the-caliphate,-one-in-four-ready-to-fight-42233.html

24 OCTOBER 2017

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

17 OCTOBER 2017

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

16 OCTOBER 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mob justice on the rise in Indonesia

Many perceive the police to be ineffective in responding to petty crime and decide to take the law into their own hands. But the violence is not just reserved for criminals. Some members of Indonesia’s religious and ethnic minorities have been victimized by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority, with the authorities often siding in favour of the mob
http://www.france24.com/en/20170928-focus-indonesia-mob-justice-rise-vigilante-violence-ethnic-religious-minorities

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Indonesia’s maritime strategy: what’s been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future ‘global maritime fulcrum (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the 2nd century
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/indonesias-maritime-strategy-whats-achieved/

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

22 JULY 2017

Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/22/jokowi-orders-police-to-gun-down-foreign-drug-traffickers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/joko-widodo-police-shoot-suspected-drug-dealers-170722104559016.html

19 JULY 2017

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for sharia and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesia-bans-local-branch-of-islamic-group-hizb-ut-tahrir-1.610313
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/indonesia-govt-officially-disbands-islamist-group-hizbut-tahrir/#JdRIGiYPexSLeow6.97

18 JULY 2017

Indonesia parliament Speaker Setya Novanto formally named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around US$170 million out of government coffers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-parliament-speaker-setya-novanto-named-suspect-in-major-graft-case
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/house-speaker-denies-wrongdoing-e-ktp-project/

15 JULY 2017

South China Sea: Indonesia renames part of maritime economic zone in defiance of Beijing

In an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region, Indonesia will now call the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the ‘North Natuna Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-15/south-china-sea-indonesia-renames-part-of-maritime-economic-zone-in-defiance-of-beijing/1686180

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/indonesia-signs-decree-ban-extremist-groups-170712064633968.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-issues-perppu-expedite-disbanding-anti-pancasila-organizations-including-hti/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-president-inks-decree-ban-radical-groups

7 JULY 2017

‘Indonesia among the best economies in the G20’

In an interview with DW, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati emphasized that compared to Europe, Indonesia’s economy is benefitting from a combination of a young population and effective fiscal policies
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-among-the-best-economies-in-the-g20/a-39598526

3 JULY 2017

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: President

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-reputation-as-model-of-moderate-islam-intact-jokowi/

29 JUNE 2017

Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok

Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

9 MAY 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

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/

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

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

 

 

 

 

Human rights in China

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11 JULY 2018

Beijing sentences dissident Qin Yongmin to 13 years in prison

The 64-year-old activist has already served 22 years in prison. The dissident was formally condemned for the first time only in 1998, on charges of having founded the China democracy party. He is a leading exponent of pro-democracy movements. The sentence was announced the day after the release of Liu Xia
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-07112018112618.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/11/asia/qin-yongmin-china-intl/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/11/chinese-democracy-activist-qin-yongmin-sentenced-13-years-subversion/

10 JULY 2018

Liu Xia leaves China for Germany after eight years of house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, left China on Tuesday after growing international pressure for her release from eight years of house arrest, an extrajudicial confinement that took a huge toll on her physical and mental health
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liuxia-germany-07102018100158.html
https://www.dw.com/en/widow-of-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-leaves-china/av-44597845
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44776687
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/liu-xia-wife-late-china-dissident-left-berlin-report-180710052434027.html

5 JULY 2018

Woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping in Shanghai goes missing

Chinese activists are concerned about the fate of a young woman missing since yesterday after she splashed ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Her Twitter account has been deleted and nothing has been heard from her since
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/05/video-concerns-whereabouts-shanghai-woman-splashed-ink-xi-jinping-poster-twitter-account-disappears/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Woman-who-splashed-ink-on-a-poster-of-Xi-Jinping-in-Shanghai-goes-missing-44356.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ink-07052018111115.html

14 MAY 2018

European diplomats banned from visiting Liu Xia

 The Chinese authorities have blocked five European diplomats who wanted to visit Liu Xia, widow of the late dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobao, one of the authors of Charter 08, a manifesto for human rights and democracy in China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/European-diplomats-banned-from-visiting-Liu-Xia–43874.html

3 MAY 2018

Chinese Nobel laureate’s widow ‘ready to die’ in house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, has said she is ready to die in protest at being held under house arrest in China for more than seven years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/chinese-nobel-laureates-widow-ready-to-die-in-house-arrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43985629

11 APRIL 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, under house arrest

The wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer who had nearly completed a 100-km (60-mile) march to highlight her husband’s plight said she had been placed under house arrest on Wednesday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1391039&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes+%28The+Japan+Times%3A+All+Stories%29#.Ws7T0CYh02w
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/-Li-Wenzu-under-house-arrest%3A-%26ldquo%3BIf-you-dare-to-come-out%2C-we%27ll-kill-you%26rdquo%3B-43605.html

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Lawyers pen open letter in protest of professional persecution

Dozens of Chinese lawyers have signed an open letter calling on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to respect their professional rights and release all detained human rights lawyers immediately
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-lawyers-pen-open-letter-in-protest-of-professional-persecution-02152018094213.html

6 FEBRUARY 2018

China says publisher Gui Minhai held under criminal law, amid protests from Sweden

China acknowledged Tuesday that Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was in custody under criminal law, brushing aside Stockholm’s protests after he was seized under the eyes of Swedish diplomats last month
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/06/china-says-publisher-gui-minhai-held-criminal-law-amid-protests-sweden/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-confirms-arrest-bookseller-gui-minhai-180206090723234.html

29 JANUARY 2018

Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng charged with ‘subversion’

Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng has been charged with « inciting subversion of state power, » according to his lawyer. Yu was detained at his apartment two weeks ago after calling for democratic reforms in China
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-charged-with-subversion/a-42351556
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/29/chinese-lawyer-yu-wensheng-held-secret-location-subversion-charges-urging-constitutional-reform/

16 JANUARY 2018

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence

A senior Chinese human rights lawyer and activist, Yu Wensheng, said he has had his licence to practice law revoked, three months after he wrote an open letter criticising President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-says-legal-licence-revoked-1.3357854
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42702731

30 DECEMBER 2017

China launches website to inform on those ‘fabricating information’ about army and communist party

China has announced plans for an anonymous tip-off website that offers rewards to members of the public for reporting those who criticise the ruling communist party or the army
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/china-launches-website-inform-fabricating-information-army-communist/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China jails activist Wu Gan for 8 years for ‘subverting state power’

A human rights activist nicknamed ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ has been jailed in China for eight years for “subversion” – the harshest sentence given in a crackdown on activists that began in the country in 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/26/china-jails-activist-wu-gan-8-years-subverting-state-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/26/china-jails-human-rights-lawyer-known-super-vulgar-butcher/
https://www.voanews.com/a/wu-gan-sentenced-to-8-years-in-chinese-prison/4179270.html

22 DECEMBER 2017

France couple in China unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute

Two artists from France have been unreachable in China after they painted a tribute to the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, sparking concern over their whereabouts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42454865
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171222-Franco-Chinese%20pair%20missing%20after%20Liu%20Xiaobo%20tribute

15 DECEMBER 2017

China hails year of ‘remarkable progress’ in human rights as US and EU warn situation is worsening

A white paper issued by China’s State Council Information Office on Friday lauded « remarkable progress » in the law-based protection of human rights over the past five years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124561/china-hails-year-remarkable-progress-human-rights-us
https://search.chinadailyasia.com/articles/165/9/61/1513330628857.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255748947/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls

21 NOVEMBER 2017

China jails prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 2 years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict passed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism that has drawn widespread international criticism
http://www.dw.com/en/jiang-tianyong-chinese-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison/a-41460569
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong-condemned-to-two-years-prison-for-‘subversion’–42373.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/121/26/24/1511257246675.html

20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

10 OCTOBER 2017

 In China, Scholars Are Being Punished Amid Growing Squeeze On Public Expression

 In the past five years, space for public expression has been tightening in media, the arts and civil society. Education hasn’t been spared: The ruling Communist Party and congress have ordered the country’s institutions of higher learning to build themselves into bastions of socialist and Marxist ideology, while purging campuses of liberal thought and subversive foreign ideas
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/10/10/553484924/in-china-scholars-are-being-punished-amid-growing-squeeze-on-public-expression

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

China Tries to Muzzle Rights Lawyers Defending ‘Politically Sensitive’ Cases

 More than 70 lawyers with a history of defending vulnerable groups in cases considered politically sensitive by the government were told to attend a « symposium » in Beijing from Aug. 28-31, attendees told RFA
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-09012017110411.html

18 AUGUST 2018

Cambridge University Press pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing’s request

Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/cambridge-university-press-pulls-scholarly-articles-from-china-website-at-beijings
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107419/cambridge-university-press-pulls-sensitive-journal

15 JULY 2017

China releases rights activist Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong, an eminent rights activist, has been freed by Chinese authorities. His release comes days after the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident and Nobel peace laureate who was not allowed a cancer treatment abroad
http://www.dw.com/en/china-releases-activist-xu-zhiyong/a-39703649

China stages ‘hasty’ cremation of Liu Xiaobo and has his ashes scattered at sea

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody on Thursday, was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea on Saturday in a state-choreographed service that friends and activists said was aimed at preventing supporters from honouring him
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2102761/liu-xiaobo-cremated-funeral-ailing-widow-makes-first
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-hong-kong-liu-xiaobo-charter-08-shenyang-communist-party-amnesty-international-mozart-requiem-a7842861.html

13 JULY 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an important critic of China’s Communist Party, has died after years of imprisonment. He is known for his peaceful fight for democracy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101601/chinese-dissident-and-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu
http://www.dw.com/en/liu-xiaobo-chinas-dissident-without-enemies/a-39657576
https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Press/Press-Releases2/Norwegian-Nobel-Committee-mourns-Liu-Xiaobo-statement-by-Chair-Berit-Reiss-Andersen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykrfqa90Vfs

10  JULY 2017

China orders telecoms to block access to personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet, according to Bloomberg
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253925356/china-orders-telecoms-to-block-access-to-personal-vpns-by-february

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/11/china-moves-to-block-internet-vpns-from-2018

9 JULY 2017

How China buys the silence of the world’s human rights critics

Wealth and power have enabled China to mute challenges to its crackdown on free expression, paving the way for further muzzling of dissident voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101795/how-china-buys-silence-worlds-human-rights-critics

In 2015, China crushed rights lawyers but activists are still organising

This Sunday is the second anniversary of a major Chinese government crackdown that led to the detention of hundreds of rights lawyers
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/2015-china-crushed-rights-lawyers-activists-still-organising/#EpLWUI0hGE5clqOx.97

3 JULY 2017

China’s Great Firewall gets tougher to scale as popular VPN shut down

Getting around the Great Firewall, the system used by China to control internet access, just got harder with a popular virtual private network forced to cease operating on orders from the government
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2101084/chinas-great-firewall-gets-tougher-scale-popular-vpn-shut-down

29 JUNE 2017

US brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The US State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-brands-china-among-worst-human-trafficking-offenders/

26 JUNE 2017

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being recently diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer and supporters said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

20 JUNE 2017

German ambassador to China calls for release of pope-chosen bishop

The German ambassador to China called on authorities on Tuesday to end the apparent confinement of a Catholic bishop and said he was concerned by proposed changes to the country’s rules governing religion
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2099209/german-ambassador-china-calls-release-pope-chosen
http://www.asianews.it/theme-en/China-1.html

8 MAY 2017

China puts leading human rights lawyer on trial for ‘inciting subversion’

Xie Yang, a 45-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China’s “war on law”, went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/china-puts-leading-human-rights-lawyer-on-trial-for-inciting-subversion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/08/content_15609643.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/08/chinese-human-rights-lawyers-seen-enemies-state/

2 MAY 2017

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

China’s internet regulator has updated its rules on internet and social media news, requiring all online news broadcasters to obtain government licences
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092405/china-updates-internet-regulations-tighten-control-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/02/content_15607693.html

28 APRIL 2017

China human rights lawyer Li Heping given suspended jail term

One of China’s best-known human rights lawyers has been given a three-year suspended jail term for subverting state power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39741893
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-court-sentences-human-rights-lawyer-li-heping-in-secret-trial

2 APRIL 2017

Chongyi Feng’s detention in China a blunt warning to Chinese Australians

Subjected to daily interrogations and blocked from leaving China for more than a week, Australia-based academic Feng Chongyi arrived home in Sydney on Sunday, vowing to return to the mainland later this year to complete his research
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-02/chongyi-fengs-detention-in-china-a-blunt-warning/8409186?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2084163/blocked-academic-returns-australiavowing-return

27 MARCH 2017

Concerns for Sydney-based academic Feng Chongyi detained in China

A Sydney professor and critic of growing Chinese government influence in Australia has been prevented from boarding a flight to return home to Sydney, and the ABC understands he has been told he is not allowed to leave China
http://www.dw.com/en/concerns-for-sydney-based-academic-detained-in-china/a-38142604
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-25/uts-professor-prevented-from-boarding-flight-from-china/8386982?section=world

12 MARCH 2017

Punishing rights lawyers a top achievement, says China

China has praised punishments given to a prominent human rights lawyer and his associates as one of its legal system’s top accomplishments last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/punishing-rights-lawyers-top-achievement-china-170312044612735.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

China ‘eliminating civil society’ by targeting human rights activists – report

China’s human rights situation further deteriorated last year as police systematically tortured activists and forcibly disappeared government critics while state TV continued to broadcast forced confessions, a new report shows
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/china-eliminating-civil-society-by-targeting-human-rights-activists-report

23 JANUARY 2017

China must respect lawyers’ human rights

From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/china-must-respect-lawyers-human-rights
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights-Lawyers-tortured-to-extract-confessions-39754.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Historian’s new book on Cultural Revolution turns acclaim in China to censure

It seemed that China’s censors had finally muzzled Yang Jisheng, the famed chronicler of the Mao era
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/historians-new-book-on-cultural-revolution-turns-acclaim-in-china-to-censure

21 JANUARY 2017

Beijing internet censors close websites of liberal economic think tank

Two websites run by a liberal Chinese think tank, have been shut down by government censors
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064260/beijing-internet-censors-close-websites-liberal

18 JANUARY 2017

China: As Xi Jinping praises free trade, critics of Mao lose their jobs

This month, state media has reported three high-profile incidents of people losing their jobs for criticizing Mao, as universities restrict discussion of the Party and school history textbooks are revised to emphasize the Communists’ role in fighting Japan during World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/18/asia/china-mao-insults/index.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

Human Rights: letter to Xi Jinping for arrested Chinese writers

More than 100 authors from around the world have signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him to stop violations against the writers of his country on the World Day for Human Rights, which is celebrated today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights:-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-for-arrested-Chinese-writers–39366.html
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/dec/10/human-rights-day-us-and-eu-call-on-china-to-release-political-prisoners

11 OCTOBER 2016

Imprisoned Chinese Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti given top human rights award

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other groups bestow honour on economics professor who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of separatism
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2027106/imprisoned-chinese-uygur-scholar-ilham-tohti-given-top
http://www.martinennalsaward.org/?p=1078

6 OCTOBER 2016

Two dueling visions of human rights in China

U.S. CECC annual report and China’s own human rights action plan showcase starkly difference concepts of “human rights.”
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/2-dueling-visions-of-human-rights-in-china

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Three Labour rights activists sentenced in China amid worker unrest

Three labour rights activists were handed suspended prison terms in China in a case which illustrates Beijing’s growing anxiety over worker unrest as the economy stalls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/27/three-labour-rights-activists-sentenced-in-china-amid-worker-unr/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160927_35/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years’ jail for fraud

A prominent mainland rights lawyer who took on high-profile politically sensitive cases has been jailed for 12 years for fraud in one of the harshest sentences to be imposed on rights advocates in recent years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021629/prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-xia-lin-sentenced-12
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/22/china-lawyer-for-ai-weiwei-jailed-for-12-years-in-severe-retaliation

4 AUGUST 2016

China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge

Zhou Shifeng, 51, was the first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July. About 300 suspects were detained or interrogated in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html

3 AUGUST 2016

Christian church leader jailed in Chinese human rights crackdown

Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998638/second-activist-sentenced-subversion-charges-after-huge
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/03/christian-church-leader-hu-shigen-jailed-chinese-human-rights-crackdown

2 AUGUST 2016

Chinese human rights Zhai Yanmin gets suspended-three-year sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a secrecy-shrouded yearlong case involving hundreds of rights activists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998132/human-rights-activist-sentenced-3-years-jail-suspended
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36950011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/china-sentences-activist-in-first-trial-of-lawyer-crackdown/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

7 JULY 2016

China releases human rights worker Zhao Wei on bail after a year of detention

Almost a year to the day after she was seized from her Beijing home and spirited into secret detention, Chinese police say they have released a young legal assistant on bail
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/07/china-to-release-human-rights-worker-zhao-wei-on-bail-after-a-year-of-detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1986633/young-chinese-legal-assistant-held-huge-crackdown

14 JUNE 2016

Citizens’ civil, political rights effectively protected: Chinese Report

Citizens’ civil and political rights have been effectively protected, and the people have been guaranteed and supported to act as masters of their own country, according to a report reviewing the human rights development from 2012 to 2015 released by the Chinese government on Tuesday.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/14/content_15448544.html

11 MAY 2016

China refuses entry to German chair of human rights committee

Beijing has refused entry to the German lawmaker who chairs the parliament’s Human Rights Committee. The decision comes after he reportedly criticized rights violations in Tibet
http://www.dw.com/en/china-refuses-entry-to-german-chair-of-human-rights-committee/a-19249261

24 APRIL 2016

China: Police prevented Western diplomats from visiting civil rights lawyer Ni Luyan

Last month, Ni was meant to receive the International Women of Courage Award in Washington D.C. for her work in defending those unfairly evicted from their homes, but was barred from traveling to the U.S. as the government refused to issue her a passport
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-police-prevented-western-diplomats-from-visiting-civil-rights-lawyer/

30 MARCH 2016

Rights activist Ni Yulan ‘barred from leaving’ China

A Chinese human rights activist says she has been barred from leaving the country just as she was planning to travel to the US to accept an award
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35924192

29 MARCH 2016

China editor resigns over media censorship

Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35915056
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12206275/China-newspaper-editor-resigns-over-media-control.html

24 MARCH 2016

Christian lawyer Zhang Kai released in China

A Chinese Christian lawyer who opposed a Communist Party campaign to remove crosses from churches has been released after seven months in detention, according to his social media accounts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12202826/Christian-lawyer-Zhang-Kai-released-in-China.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Zhang-Kai,-lawyer-who-defends-China’s-crosses-from-demolition,-is-released-37033.html

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist ‘disappears’ while trying to fly to Hong Kong

Jia Jia, a Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.h
ttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/chinese-journalist-disappears-fly-beijing-hong-kong

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-columnist/2612280.html

16 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist Yang Jisheng banned from flying to US to accept a prize for his work

Yang Jisheng, a retired correspondent from Beijing’s official news service Xinhua, was awarded Harvard University’s prestigious Louis M Lyons Award in December for his “ambitious and fearless reporting” on one of the 20th century’s deadliest man-made catastrophes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/asia/yang-jisheng-tombstone-harvard.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/chinese-journalist-banned-from-flying-to-us-to-accept-a-prize-for-his-work

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

29 JANUARY 2016

EU slams China’s on-air ‘confessions’ as unacceptable

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China’s human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens « unacceptable »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-chinas-air-confessions-unacceptable

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

13 JANUARY 2016

China charges two more rights lawyers in crackdown: attorney

China has formally arrested on “subversion” charges two more human rights lawyers held in secret for six months, a lawyer said Wednesday, bringing the total accused to nine as a sweeping crackdown intensifies.
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/13/china-charges-two-more-rights-lawyers-in-crackdown-attorney/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-lawyers-01132016110726.html

12 JANUARY 2016

China charges human rights lawyers with ‘subversion’

The Chinese authorities have arrested and charged at least seven human rights lawyers and associates with « subversion », friends and family say.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35289978
http://www.dw.com/en/china-formally-arrests-human-rights-laywers/a-18974654

10 JANUARY 2016

China arrests four labour activists amid crackdown: Lawyers

China has formally arrested four labour activists who have helped workers fight for their rights, lawyers for two of them said on Sunday, as the government steps up a crackdown on activists pressing for change within the system
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-arrests-four-labour-activists-amid-crackdown-lawyers

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

China Jails Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

A court in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has handed down an 18-month jail term to an activist who showed online support for last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in neighboring Hong Kong
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/239826259

22 DECEMBER 2015

Pu Zhiqiang: China rights lawyer gets suspended jail sentence

A Beijing court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence to Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most outspoken human rights lawyers, for posting online comments critical of the Communist Party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35157525
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893795/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-convicted-be-releasedhttp://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893800/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-pays-price-beliefs-he

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

2 NOVEMBER 2015

New Criminal Laws Take Effect in China

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls “starting rumors on the web.”
http://www.voanews.com/content/new-criminal-laws-take-effect-in-china/3033335.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

8 AUGUST 2015

Chinese Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Held For ‘Subversion’ As Crackdown Continues

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin are holding a top rights lawyer under « residential surveillance » on suspicion of subversion, denying her visits from her defense attorney amid an ongoing crackdown on the legal profession, rights groups and lawyers said.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235566701

22 JULY 2015

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s passport after four years

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has gotten back his passport four years after it was confiscated by Beijing authorities and plans to attend a London exhibition in September
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/dissident-chinese-artist-passport-150722145714881.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/526750/news/world/china-returns-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-s-passport-after-four-years

19 JULY 2015

China carries out crackdown on lawyers and activists

Since July 9, more than 200 lawyers and activists have been targeted in what Amnesty International called an « unprecedented » spree of detentions and police questioning
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-crackdown-lawyers-activists-150719112829794.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/detained-china-human-rights-lawyer-confesses-state-media

11 JULY 2015

China detains dozens of rights lawyers: Amnesty

« More than 50 lawyers and activists were targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown, » Amnesty International said in a statement
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/620292/china-detains-dozens-of-rights-lawyers-amnesty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/234661653

15 MAY 2015

China indicts detained a year ago rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on charge of making trouble

Pu Zhiqiang was charged with « inciting ethnic hatred » and « picking quarrels and provoking trouble », Beijing prosecutors said
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150516_01.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-indicts-detained-lawyer-charge-making-trouble-092821738.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/562895/china-rights-lawyer-charged-after-a-year-in-detention

17 APRIL 2015

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for leaking state secrets

Amid tight security, a Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1768883/jailing-chinese-journalist-gao-yu-part-push-silence
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/17/asia/china-gao-yu-jail/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32346382

13 APRIL 2015

China releases 3 of 5 female activists

A lawyer for 5 detained Chinese activists says 3 of the women have been released. The status of the other 2 activists remains unknown, but they are believed to be still in custody
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150414_03.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32285585

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11493548/China-jails-Christian-pastor-who-fought-church-demolitions.html

24 MARCH 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and US singer Joan Baez win Amnesty’s top rights award

Amnesty International awarded its top honour Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to US folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-03-25/chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-and-us-singer-joan-baez-win-amnestys-top-rights-award/1429133 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/506944/amnesty-international-honours-ai-weiwei-joan-baez

20 MARCH 2015

Reuters websites blocked in China

 Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China on Friday, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503431/reuters-websites-blocked-in-china
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503651/chinese-anti-censorship-group-says-it-under-attack

12 MARCH 2015

Chinese police detain five women’s rights activists

China formally detained five women’s rights activists on Thursday, apparently for planning to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, paving the way for police to levy formal charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-police-detain-five-womens-rights-activists

3 MARCH 2015

China Detains Activist Demanding Rehabilitation of Zhao Ziyang

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained a political activist who called publicly for the rehabilitation of late ousted reform-minded premier Zhao Ziyang, fellow activists said on Tuesday. Veteran Beijing-based activist Li Jinping, who has campaigned on behalf of Zhao’s name for more than a decade, was taken away on Monday by police
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/petitions-03032015112330.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

China to put 81-year-old writer Tie Liu on trial: Lawyer

An octogenarian Chinese writer who has spent more than two decades in labour camps will be put on trial Wednesday, his lawyer said, as part of Beijing’s crackdown on critics of the Communist Party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-put-81-year-old-writer-trial-lawyer

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights abuses in China ‘cruelest’ since 1989: report

The Hubei-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch group described a « worsening and regressive human rights situation, » and a domestic security regime that is more oppressive than anything seen in the past 25 years.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/human-rights-abuses-in-china-cruelest-since-1989-report/73015

28 JANUARY 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/461258/us-concerned-about-press-freedom-in-china-senior-diplomat

16 DECEMBER 2014

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450253/china-pro-democracy-activist-xu-youyu-awarded-swedish-rights-prize

China Jails More Journalists Than Any Other Country in 2014

China led the world in imprisoning journalists in 2014, with a total of 29 behind bars, amid fears Beijing may be exporting its model of censorship within the East Asian region, a Paris-based press freedom group said in an annual report on Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-12162014133255.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

China: Mongol dissident Hada freed but in poor health, family says

One of the country’s longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who spent much of the last two decades behind bars, has been freed, a family member said yesterday.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1659192/mongol-dissident-hada-freed-poor-health-family-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-releases-one-its-longest-serving-political-prisoners-relative-says

28 NOVEMBER 2014

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: lawyer

Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445955/china-activists-stand-trial-in-dissent-crackdown-lawyer
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rights-11272014171205.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China rejects Uighur scholar’s appeal against life sentence

A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-rejects-uighur-scholars-appeal-against-life-sentence-0

19 NOVEMBER 2014

China Says Controls on Internet Needed to Maintain Stability

Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-says-controls-on-internet-needed-to-maintain-stability/2526010.html

12 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese activist Guo Yushan detained on criminal charge

A Chinese scholar and human rights advocate who was instrumental in helping the blind activist Chen Guangcheng escape from extrajudicial detention in 2012 has been detained on the criminal charge of “provoking troubles”, his lawyer has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/chinese-rights-activist-guo-yushan-detained

10 OCTOBER 2014

More than 40 detained in mainland for backing Occupy Central

After a first wave of repression, mainland police continues to persecute those who express support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Special Autonomous Region. In Beijing, arrests, searches, violence and detentions continue. The persecution also affects Chongqing, Guangzhou and Anhui province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-40-detained-in-mainland-for-backing-Occupy-Central-32387.html

1 OCTOBER 2014

China detains activists for supporting HK protests: rights groups

Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435353/china-detains-activists-for-supporting-hk-protests-rights-groups

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government
 
The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin « disappear » after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-internment-in-a-mental-hospital-for-criticizing-government-32197.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese writer Huang Zerong, also known as Tie Liu, has been detained by police allegedly for writing articles critical of a senior official.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29204874

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten « ideological » control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429938/china-universities-vow-ideology-clampdown-on-staff-students
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1582944/three-prestigious-mainland-universities-vow-strengthen-ideological

30 AUGUST 2014

China tells journalists to learn ‘Marxist news values’

China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn « Marxist news values » and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the media
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-tells-journalists-learn-marxist-news-values

23 AUGUST 2014

China independent film festival shut by authorities

A Chinese independent film festival was closed by authorities on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, the latest sign that free expression is being increasingly targeted in the tightly-controlled country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/428330/china-independent-film-festival-shut-by-authorities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28911343

7 AUGUST 2014

Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng released from prison

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Gao Zhisheng, has been released after three years in jail
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28689580
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11019505/Wife-speaks-to-dissident-Gao-Zhisheng-after-he-is-released-from-prison.html

China tightens control over instant messaging

Move will curtail growing use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/china-tightens-control-over-instant-messaging-201487155558180234.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125593/china-blocks-line-kakao-talk/

30 JULY 2014

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism

Tohti’s lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘shocking’ handling of case and ignoring his rights to a defence
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/china-uighur-scholar-ilham-tohti-charged
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423276/chinese-prosecutors-charge-uighur-academic-with-separatism

17 JULY

Advice for journalists in China: Hire a lawyer

Investigative journalists in China have always had to bow to censorship and worry about being arrested. But this year, the Communist party has stopped them from working altogether
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10971707/Advice-for-journalists-in-China-Hire-a-lawyer.html

4 JULY 2014

In China, protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for « fraud » and « gathering crowds ». His lawyer slams the « fabricated charges »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protestant-pastor-gets-12-years-for-opposing-the-seizure-of-church-land-31540.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10945422/Christian-leader-jailed-for-12-years-amid-Chinese-church-crackdown.html

26 JUNE 2014

China Uighur scholar denied food in detention: lawyer

Beijing – Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang denied food for 10 days to a prominent Uighur academic detained on separatism charges, his lawyer told AFP Thursday, as nine in the region were sentenced for terror offences
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417633/china-uighur-scholar-denied-food-in-detention-lawyer
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124197/china-detained-uighur-scholar-went-for-days-without-food/

21 JUNE 2014

China rights lawyer arrested for ‘state subversion’

« Tang Jingling has been arrested on charges of ‘inciting subversion of state power’, » his wife Wang Yanfang wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog account, where she also posted a photo of the notice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416691/china-rights-lawyer-arrested-for-tate-subversion

 

19 JUNE 2014

‘Tell me where my husband is’ Ilham Tohti’s wife plea to China’s Communist Party

Nearly six months after her husband disappeared into the custody of China’s security services, the wife of respected Uighur academic Ilham Tohti issues an emotional plea for information on his whereabouts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10911745/Tell-me-where-my-husband-is-wifes-plea-to-Chinas-Communist-Party.html

China jails activists demanding more transparency

A Chinese court sentenced three activists to lengthy prison terms on Thursday after they campaigned for asset disclosure by senior government officials including President Xi Jinping.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/acb1ad16-f765-11e3-9e9d-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz356mim7lF
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416237/heavy-jail-terms-for-chinese-anti-graft-trio-lawyer

18 JUNE 2014

China bans unapproved ‘critical reporting’

China has banned its journalists from undertaking « critical reporting » without prior approval, state media said Wednesday, a further clampdown in a country whose media restrictions already rank among the world’s harshest
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416036/china-bans-unapproved-critical-reporting-xinhua
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-unauthorized-critical-journalism/1939580.html

17 JUNE 2014

Chinese rights lawyers warn of crackdown after arrest of Pu Zhiqiang

Chinese rights lawyers have warned that they are under mounting pressure, with the formal arrest of one of China’s best-known advocates, Pu Zhiqiang, and multiple detentions.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/chinese-rights-lawyers-crackdown-arrest-pu-zhiqiang-ai-weiwei

13 MAY 2014

Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

Police in China on Friday arrested one of the country’s most celebrated human rights lawyers, as leaders of the ruling Communist Party renew their push to punish government critics
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/13/world/asia/china-human-rights-lawyer-arrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415242/chinese-police-arrest-prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang

8 MAY 2014

China journalist Gao Yu detained in Tiananmen lead-up



Prominent journalist Gao Yu has been « criminally detained », China has announced, as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests nears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27321241

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10816725/Chinese-journalist-charged-with-leaking-state-secrets-and-paraded-on-TV.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

For decades, China’s capital has been the last resort for citizens whose grievances could not be solved through the legal system at the local level.  But starting Thursday, legal reforms ban petitioners from taking their case to higher authorities, in a move that analysts say highlights the leadership’s uneasiness with local grievances reaching the capital
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-public-from-petitioning-beijing-over-local-grievances/1905217.html

23 APRIL 2014

Chinese dissident Cao Shunli who died in detention nominated for rights Nobel

Cao Shunli, a Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406308/chinese-dissident-who-died-in-detention-nominated-for-rights-nobel
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-dissident-who-died-detention-nominated-rights-nobel

18 APRIL 2014

China jails four more New Citizens Movement activists

A Chinese court sentenced four anti-corruption activists to prison on Friday, closing another chapter in a protracted crackdown on dissent
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/china-jails-new-citizens-movement-activists
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/china-sentences-anti-corruption-activists-201441885818751847.html

17 APRIL 2014

Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on ‘internet rumours’

Qin Zhihui, who was detained in official effort to gain greater control over social media, found guilty of ‘provoking troubles’

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/chinese-blogger-jailed-crackdown-internet-rumours-qin-zhihui

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-blogger-sentenced-to-3-years-for-spreading-rumors-online-30859.html

China releases blogger Charles Xue on grounds of ill-health

A Chinese-American venture capitalist known for his controversial blogs has been released on bail after nearly eight months in detention because of a « serious illness », Beijing police said amid a crackdown on online dissent

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/china-releases-blogger-charles-xue-ill-health

15 APRIL 2014

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/chinese-rights-lawyers-police-torture

11 APRIL 2014

Chinese activist group warns Communist Party: ‘We cannot be stopped’

A trenchant essay by the civil rights group New Citizens’ Movement is published condemning Beijing’s ‘systematic persecution’ of dissidents as its jailed leader’s appeal is denied

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10759457/Chinese-activist-group-warns-Communist-Party-We-cannot-be-stopped.html

China upholds four-year sentence of activist Xu Zhiyong

Chinese authorities have rejected an appeal by imprisoned rights advocate Xu Zhiyong, as a publisher released his autobiography – and his beleaguered civic group, the New Citizens Movement, launched a website – in a concerted gesture of defiance.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/china-upholds-sentence-activist-xu-zhiyong

10 APRIL 2014

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10756813/China-denies-church-demolition-campaign-but-says-Christianitys-growth-excessive.html

China film directors’ guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors’ association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404387/china-film-directors-guild-declines-to-award-best-picture

8 APRIL 2014

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church ‘demolition campaign’

Christians in eastern China are calling on Communist Party leaders to abandon what they say is an « ill-conceived » and invasive campaign to tear down local churches.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10752477/Chinese-Christians-urge-Communist-Party-to-halt-church-demolition-campaign.html

2 APRIL 2014

Falun Gong lawyers ‘incited illegal activities’

Chinese state media lashed out Wednesday at four rights lawyers detained for investigating the treatment of practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, saying the quartet « incited illegal activities »

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403120/falun-gong-lawyers-incited-illegal-activities

27 MARCH 2014

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren released from prison

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren has been released after serving his full, five-year term in prison. He was sentenced in February 2010 for “inciting subversion of state power” when he criticised the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement of June 1989.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/27/chinese-dissident-and-earthquake-campaigner-tan-zuoren-released-from-prison/

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-quake-activist-released-from-prison/1880618.html

26 MARCH 2014

Cao Shunli: ‘Access denied’ to Chinese activist’s body

The family of a Chinese activist who died in police detention this month have been denied access to her body, Amnesty International says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26753856

14 MARCH 2014

Chinese activist Cao Shunli dies after being denied medical help

Human rights activist Cao Shunli has died of illness after Chinese state security agents denied her medical attention, a human rights website has reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/14/china-activist-cao-shunli-dies-human-rights
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10698538/Chinese-activist-dies-after-six-months-in-detention.html

13 MARCH 2014

China detains citizen journalists after Tiananmen ‘immolation’: Amnesty

China has detained at least four people including the founder of a citizen-run news website which reported that a woman set herself on fire last week in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a rights group said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399802/china-detains-citizen-journalists-after-tiananmen-immolation-amnesty

3 MARCH 2014

Detentions of Chinese Activists Tripled Last Year: Report

The number of arrests and disappearances of government critics tripled in a « nightmarish » first year of Xi Jinping’s presidency, an overseas rights group said in an annual report on Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/detentions-03032014182151.html

2 MARCH 2014

China’s human rights situation ‘worst in decades’

First year under president Xi Jinping sees the most severe campaign against dissidents for decades

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10670520/Chinas-human-rights-situation-worst-in-decades.html

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.

http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Cao Shunli Chinese activist falls into coma while in detention

A leading Chineseactivist, who disappeared into detention last September as she tried to board a flight to Geneva, has been taken to hospital in a coma.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10653269/Chinese-activist-falls-into-coma-while-in-detention.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo hospitalised

Liu Xia, who has been under effective house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, suffers from heart problems, possibly severe depression, and other ailments made worse during her time under guard, her friends say.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10650516/Wife-of-Chinas-jailed-Nobel-Laureate-Liu-Xiaobo-hospitalised.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/20/liu-xia-wife-of-jailed-nobel-winner-taken-to-hospital-say-supporters

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Outspoken Chinese scholar joins US think tank

Xia Yeliang, an outspoken professor dismissed from Beijing’s top university, has joined the Cato Institute in Washington where he will work for a « freer China, » the think tank said Wednesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394754/outspoken-chinese-scholar-joins-us-think-tank

29 JUANARY 2014

New York Times journalist forced to leave China after visa row

Austin Ramzy, who has reported from the country for six years, is the third of the paper’s staff not to receive a resident journalist visa since it ran a story on the wealth of the former premier Wen Jiabao’s family in 2012

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/new-york-times-journalist-leave-china-visa

28 JANUARY 2014

Chinese lawyers warn Communist Party will target legal teams

As the Communist party wages its most intense campaign against free speech in years, there are fears it will now attack the lawyers who dare to defend dissidents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10601346/Chinese-lawyers-warn-Communist-Party-will-target-legal-teams.html

26 JANUARY 2014

Chinese court sentences human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in jail

A Chinese court sentenced prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for political transparency and the right for poor children to be educated. The US has condemned his conviction.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140126-china-court-xu-human-rights/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10597707/Who-is-Xu-Zhiyong.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25900272

25 JANUARY 2014

China activist Liu Yuandong on trial in Guangzhou

Mr Liu, a leader of a movement which has organised small protests urging an end to one-party rule, is accused of disrupting public order
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Liu-Yuandong,-activist-who-called-for-end-of-single-party-rule,-on-trial-in-Guangzhou-30132.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25874436

22 JANUARY 2014

For Freedom, Justice and Love — My Closing Statement to the Court

This is Xu Zhiyong’s closing statement on January 22, 2014, at the end of his trial. According to his lawyer, he had only been able to read “about 10 minutes of it before the presiding judge stopped him, saying it was irrelevant to the case.”

http://chinachange.org/2014/01/23/for-freedom-justice-and-love-my-closing-statement-to-the-court/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-2

22 JANUARY 2014

Chinese anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong goes on trial

Xu stood trial behind closed doors at a Beijing court on charge of disrupting public order. The charge stems from small protests authorities say he helped organize to call for education equality or the disclosure of public officials’ assets to curb corruption
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/22/chinese-anti-corruption-activist-xu-zhiyong-trial
http://asiancorrespondent.com/118692/china-rights-activist-trial-opens-tight-security/

13 JANUARY 2014

China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism

The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-crackdown-on-cyber-activism/

9 JANUARY 2014

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them without trial.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10561434/China-abolishes-its-labour-camps-and-releases-prisoners.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

China steps back from expelling journalists

The Chinese government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal by Joe Biden, the American vice-president.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10527425/China-steps-back-from-expelling-journalists.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese labour camps to continue under other name: Amnesty

China’s much-vaunted abolition of its widely loathed « re-education through labour » camps risks being no more than a cosmetic change because of other rights abuses, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385243/chinese-labour-camps-to-continue-under-other-name-amnesty

13 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong indicted over series of anti-corruption protests

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted prominent activist Xu Zhiyong four months after he was arrested for organising protests against official corruption, his lawyer said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/13/chinese-activist-xu-zhiyong-indicted-anti-corruption-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10515923/Chinese-civil-rights-activist-to-face-trial-within-weeks.html

11 DECEMBER 2013

US calls for Liu Xiaobo release

In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Liu’s detention, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China to release Liu Xiaobo as well as his wife, Liu Xia, who is currently under house arrest.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/us-calls-for-liu-xiaobos-release/

China university ‘sacks scholar for political criticism’

Zhang Xuehong said he was dismissed by the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai on Monday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25319846

6 DECEMBER 2013

Police Recommend Trial for Chinese Rights Advocate

The police in Beijing have recommended that one of China’s most prominent human rights advocates, Xu Zhiyong, be tried for his role in organizing demonstrations demanding that the Communist Party disclose officials’ wealth and provide equal educational opportunities, his lawyer and a friend said
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/07/world/asia/chinese-rights-advocate.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 DECEMBER 2013

New York Times and Bloomberg facing expulsion from China

The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10498086/New-York-Times-and-Bloomberg-facing-expulsion-from-China.html

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Outspoken Chinese journalist leaves magazine

An award-winning Chinese journalist who made high-profile corruption allegations against a senior official has left his magazine post, sources said on Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382072/outspoken-chinese-journalist-leaves-magazine

25 NOVEMBER 2013

An exiled Chinese dissident has again been rejected in his bid to turn himself in to Chinese authorities.

Wu’er Kaixi, listed by Beijing as the second-most-wanted leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, tried to surrender during a stop at the Hong Kong airport Monday
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-dissident-rejected-in-surrender-bid/1797163.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s top court bans police from torturing suspects

Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25029934 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/top-china-court-calls-for/895148.html

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese media ‘ordered to ignore celebrated director Jia Zhangke’

Leaked directive from Chinese censors reportedly tells media outlets they must not report or comment on Jia Zhangke’s latest film, which focuses on the human cost of China’s breakneck development
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10457249/Chinese-media-ordered-to-ignore-celebrated-director-Jia-Zhangke.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

China to abolish ‘re-education through labour’ system

China is to abolish its controversial « re-education through labour » system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380051/china-to-abolish-re-education-through-labour-system

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Dell suppliers accused of human rights violations in China

Mingshuo Computers, which assembles motherboards for Dell, has been filmed by undercover reporters breaking Chinese labour laws.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/06/dell-suppliers-accused-of-human-rights-violations

Family of blind Chinese dissident get permission to visit him in the US

The mother and brother of a prominent blind Chinese activist have received permission from the government to visit him in United States, a rare sign of tolerance on the part of authorities amid a broader crackdown on dissents.
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21317262-family-of-blind-chinese-dissident-get-permission-to-visit-him-in-the-us?lite

31 OCTOBER 2013

Top Chinese film-maker says country’s censors are ‘ridiculous’

Prominent Chinese director Feng Xiaogang has spoken out against the restrictions imposed by the country’s censorship bureau, calling them « ridiculous ».
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/31/chinese-censors-ridiculous-feng-xiaogang

28 OCTOBER 2013

How Chinese censorship is reaching overseas

The efforts of China’s leaders to prevent its citizens from circulating information inconvenient to the ruling Communist Party are well known. But while censorship is a daily reality for media outlets inside mainland China, their counterparts abroad are increasingly finding themselves under pressure as well.
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/28/how-chinese-censorship-is-reaching-overseas/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese paper apologizes after reporter confesses

A newspaper whose detained reporter made a televised confession saying he had defamed a company in exchange for money published a front-page apology Sunday, saying the improper practices had taught it a “profound lesson.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24690631
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10407433/Chinese-newspaper-apologises-for-reporters-conduct.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114955/chinese-paper-apologizes-after-reporter-confesses/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese daily takes on police over jailed reporter

A Chinese newspaper made a bold front-page appeal on Thursday – for a second day – urging the authorities to release one of its journalists after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a state-owned construction company.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-china-newspaper-plea-police-jail-reporter

23 OCTOBER 2013

China’s global war against press freedom

Over the past five years the Chinese government has expanded its campaign to constrain foreign news outlets from casting China in a negative light, according to a report released today by the non-government organization Freedom House
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/chinas-global-war-against-press-freedom/
http://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/CIMA-China_Sarah%20Cook_10_22_13.pdf

22 OCTOBER 2013

China’s Human Rights Record Challenged at UN

China has made a spirited defense of its human rights record, which is under review at the U.N. Human Rights Council.  While admitting some shortcomings Tuesday, the Chinese delegation told the 47-member U.N. body that Beijing has made many improvements in promoting and protecting the rights of its citizens.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-defends-record-before-un-human-rights-council/1774419.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/china-challenged-human-rights-un

19 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese university fires outspoken economist amid crackdown on dissent

Professor Xia Yeliang, 53, had drawn the ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic reforms and rule of law in China. Xia said he was told on Friday that professors and school leaders had voted to end his contract.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-dismisses-professor-advocating-free-speech/2013/10/19/d83951de-3896-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/edvantage/chinese-university-fires-outspoken-economist-amid-crackdown-dissent?page=0%2C0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375406/china-economist-critical-of-government-sacked-from-university

16 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Held After Retweeting News of Unrest

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan are holding a prominent rights activist in administrative detention after she retweeted news of ethnic unrest in the troubled region of Xinjiang, her husband said. Liu Linna, widely known by her pseudonym Liu Shasha, was detained on Monday by authorities in her home city of Nanyang after she went to apply for a permit to visit her husband in Hong Kong
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/retweet-10162013104615.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Journalist Amid Crackdown on Rumors

A Chinese investigative journalist who has accused officials of corruption has been arrested, his lawyer said on Thursday, becoming the latest in a series of government critics to be swept up in Beijing’s crackdown on rumors.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-arrests-journalist-amid-crackdown-on-rumors/1766963.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24476615

7 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Accuses Shanghai Police of Undermining Rule of Law

A Chinese rights activist says police who confiscated personal items from his Shanghai home are undermining the rule of law espoused by China’s new leadership. In a phone interview with VOA Monday, Feng Zhenghu called for an investigation into the seizure of his items in 11 police raids on his home between April 2010 and December 2012.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-activist-accuses-shanghai-police-of-undermining-rule-of-law/1764912.html

5 OCTOBER 2013

China land rights disabled activist Ni Yulan released from jail

Disabled Chinese activist Ni Yulan said Saturday she had been freed from jail but was in very poor health after spending more than two years locked up for « picking quarrels ».
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/disabled-chinese-rights-activist-freed-jail
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-rights-lawyer-vows-sue-police
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24413126

5 OCTOBER 2013

China’s two million web police monitor Internet

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/digital1/chinas-two-million-web-police-monitor-internet
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24396957

2 OCTOBER 2013

How Internet Censorship Actually Works in China

Studies show that the government permits some dissent online—but strikes down hard on calls for collective action.
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/10/how-internet-censorship-actually-works-in-china/280188/

1 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Activist for Seeking Public Comment in Rights Report

Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights petitioner, has been missing since September 14, when police barred her from boarding a plane to Geneva. Cao was on her way to a human rights meeting in the Swiss city.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-arrests-activist-for-seeking-public-comments-in-un-rights-report/1760594.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Wei Jingsheng: Anti-blogger laws worse than Cultural Revolution

The great Chinese dissident comments on latest repressions imposed by the government of Xi Jinping on freedom of expression and attacks the communist regime, interested only in safeguarding their privileges while continuing to violate the rights of the people: « They are even more brazen faced than Mao Zedong. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wei-Jingsheng:-Anti-blogger-laws-worse-than-Cultural-Revolution-29106.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

A tiny crack may have formed in China’s determination to wall off its internet from the world, after a report suggested that uncensored web access would be allowed in a small area of Shanghai.
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/china-to-allow-facebook-and-twitter-in-shanghai-free-trade-zone/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10329989/China-to-lift-Twitter-Facebook-bans-in-free-trade-zone.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

China Detains Activists Over UN Campaign

Chinese authorities have detained two prominent rights activists who were en route to Geneva ahead of a U.N. review of Beijing’s rights record, and are questioning two more on suspicion of subversion after they campaigned against China’s application to join a U.N. human rights agency, overseas groups and relatives said this week
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/campaign-09182013110608.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb « wanton defamation » of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/chinese-communist-party-online-crackdown

China activist still seeks democracy after 50 year fight

When Chinese police beat elderly former professor Sun Wenguang so badly they broke four ribs, it was just part of the price he has paid for a lifetime defying authority.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-activist-still-seeks-democracy-after-50-year-fight?page=0%2C0

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Detained Chinese-American blogger confesses to ‘irresponsible’ online posts

Chinese state television aired a surprising video Sunday of one of the country’s best-known bloggers in handcuffs admitting that he spread irresponsible information on the Internet – just days after the government announced a new crackdown on online rumors. 

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/16/20526388-detained-chinese-american-blogger-confesses-to-irresponsible-online-posts?lite

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Police arrest billionaire and friend of dissidents, Wang Gongquan

He is accused of gathering people « to disturb public order » : the same accusation with which activist Xu Zhiyong was imprisoned. Wang is one of the proponents of a collection of online signatures for the release of Xu . The billionaire believes that faced with the Party corruption, the gap between rich and poor, abysmal pollution; an alliance between entrepreneurs and citizens is needed to push the government to increasing openness thus avoiding a rise in violence.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/16/china-detains-activist-billionaire-wang-gongquan-amid-crackdown-on-dissent/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Police-arrest-billionaire-and-friend-of-dissidents,-Wang-Gongquan-28998.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s Guangzhou moves to end ‘Re-education Through Labor’ camps

China’s third-largest city Guangzhou — capital of China’s richest and most progressive province Guangdong — has announced it has taken the first concrete steps in unbolting the country’s often reviled « Re-education Through Labor » (RTL) system.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/china-reform-labor-camps/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

China releases Shi Tao reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

Shi Tao was released Aug 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement. There was no indication why Shi was released early.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10294042/China-releases-reporter-jailed-in-Yahoo-email-case.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-releases-prominent-dissident-early-says-rights-group/1745531.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113078/china-releases-reporter-jailed-in-yahoo-email-case/

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Media: Official Drowned During Corruption Questioning

Chinese officials said a Communist Party member was drowned after having his head held under water by investigators who were trying to get him to confess to corruption. State media said six Communist Party graft investigators will soon stand trial on intentional injury charges related to the death of Yu Qiyi, an engineer at the Wenzhou Industry Investment Group
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-official-drowned-during-corruption-questioning-state-media/1742869.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201394143723109399.html

25 AUGUST 2013

China journalist held for Chongqing ‘rumours’

China has detained a journalist for « fabricating rumours », police said Sunday after he made online accusations of wrongdoing against a former senior official in Chongqing, the megacity once headed by Bo Xilai.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-journalist-held-chongqing-rumours

24 AUGUST 2013

Chinese police arrest anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong

Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112419/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10262461/Chinese-police-arrest-anti-corruption-campaigner-Xu-Zhiyong.html

Chinese prof banned from classrooms over speech

An outspoken college law professor calling for constitutional rule has been banned from teaching, as the Chinese authorities tighten ideological controls, including launching an unusual assault on advocacy of constitutionalism.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112425/chinese-prof-banned-from-classrooms-over-speech/

20 AUGUST 2013

Chinese lawyers targeted as Xi Jinping tightens control

China’s new leaders have accelerated the country’s descent into a police state, not only arresting scores of critics but now also targeting their lawyers.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10254632/Chinese-lawyers-targeted-as-Xi-Jinping-tightens-control.html

17 AUGUST 2013

China detains prominent rights activist: group

Police in the southern city of Guangzhou arrested Yang Maodong, an advocate for legal reform, on a charge of « assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place », US-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said on a blog.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-detains-prominent-rights-activist-group

16 AUGUST 2013

Chinese Court Upholds Jail Sentence of Nobel Laureate’s Relative

A Chinese court has upheld what some see as a politically motivated prison sentence against the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-sentence/1730836.html

8 AUGUST 2013

China’s legal system leading to ‘terrorism’

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-080813.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Chinese journalist ‘was illegally abducted’ by security forces

Chen Min, who had been demanding the release of the jailed human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, said he was seized by agents in Beijing last Friday and forcibly returned to Guangdong province in southeastern China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10223238/Chinese-journalist-was-illegally-abducted-by-security-forces.html

2 AUGUST 2013

US official: China’s rights record getting worse

« We continue to see a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in China, » said Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362781/us-official-china-rights-record-getting-worse

Chinese web giants join forces in crackdown on ‘online rumors’

Six major Chinese websites have launched a joint site dedicated to eradicating online rumors, as part of Beijing’s efforts to clean up false information on the country’s wildly popular microblogs, state media reports.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/02/world/asia/china-online-rumor-crackdown/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

19 JULY 2013

Chinese blogger ‘gagged’ after attacking government for treatment of poor

Li Chengpeng, an author and social critic with over seven million followers on Sina Weibo, China’s leading micro-blogging site, was among several prominent opinion makers who spoke out this week over the sudden and shocking death of an impoverished 56-year-old watermelon salesman from Hunan province.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190892/Chinese-blogger-gagged-after-attacking-government-for-treatment-of-poor.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190914/Li-Chengpengs-essay-translated-watermelon-vendor-died-pursuing-the-Chinese-dream.html

Chinese directors question promised reforms over censorship

Newly-announced changes to the Chinese systems of film quotas and censorship have met with a mixed reaction from film-makers in the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jul/19/chinese-film-censorship

17 JULY 2013

China detains activist Xu Zhiyong

China has detained a lawyer known for his anti-corruption and human rights campaigns, reports say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23339401                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Activist-Xu-Zhiyong-arrested-for-violence,-after-asking-Party-to-disclose-leaders-assests-28490.html

Xinhua journalist accuses China official of ‘huge graft’

A journalist with China’s official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday accused the head of a key state-owned firm of « corruption involving a huge amount ».
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130717-438031.html

Chinese whistleblower blinded in acid attack

An amateur Chinese whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the internet, was rammed by a car, blinded with acid, and deprived of two of his fingers.                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10184412/Chinese-whistleblower-blinded-in-acid-attack.html

9 JULY 2013

China frees maker of film about labor camp abuse

Du Bin, a Chinese journalist said that he has been conditionally released from detention after five weeks in which he was asked about his book on the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown and a film he made about labor camp abuses.                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/110427/china-frees-maker-of-film-about-labor-camp-abuse/

7 JULY 2013

Chinese women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan made homeless say reports

Authorities in southern China have left one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists, Ye Haiyan, homeless, according to accounts on social media websites by Ye and her supporters.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/07/china-womens-rights-ye-haiyan-homeless

25 JUNE 2013

Riot Police Raid Chinese Dissident’s Legal Team

Riot police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan on Tuesday raided the hotel rooms of four rights lawyers who arrived to defend a dissident writer and escorted them back to the provincial capital.The Guangzhou-based legal team for writer Zheng Qiuwu and his wife arrived in Hainan’s Wenchang city late on Monday, planning to meet with the couple, who are being criminally detained on suspicion of “illegal business activities,” the lawyers said.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/raid-06252013105618.html

17 JUNE 2013

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng: NYU is forcing me out

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist whose dramatic escape from house arrest last year provoked a diplomatic firestorm between Washington and Beijing, said he is being forced to leave New York University over fears his presence there is affecting the university’s relationship with China
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/17/us/chen-nyu/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

14 JUNE 2013

Liu Xiaobo’s wife appeals to Xi Jinping over jailed Chinese Nobel laureate

The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on Friday appealed to President Xi Jinping to choose « justice » over « merciless oppression », in a rare public statement since being placed under house arrest three years ago.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120771/Liu-Xiaobos-wife-appeals-to-Xi-Jinping-over-jailed-Chinese-Nobel-laureate.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130614-429855.html

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

13 JUNE 2013

Independent filmmaker Du Bin disappears in Beijing

Beijing-based documentary filmmaker Du Bin disappeared in the Chinese capital – days ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown last week – causing concern among his family and human rights advocates over the journalist’s likely detention by security organs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22883981
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1258417/independent-filmmaker-du-bin-disappears-beijing?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_249362055

9 JUNE 2013

China jails relative of Nobel prize winner

Court sentences brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years over real estate fraud. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136951959481835.html

7 JUNE 2013

Family of China Rights Advocate Chen Guangcheng Given Passports

The mother and older brother of Chen Guangcheng, a prominent rights advocate who fled to the United States last year, were both granted Chinese passports on Friday, allowing them to start the process of applying for visas to travel to the United States to see their relative.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/world/asia/family-of-china-rights-advocate-chen-guangcheng.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 MAY 2013

China launches new crackdown on internet celebrities

In its latest bid to contain the often riotous jumble of news and rumour on the Chinese internet, the Communist party has decided to bring the most high-profile and influential voices to heel.                                                   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10053820/China-launches-new-crackdown-on-internet-celebrities.html

9 MAY 2013

Chinese Police Detain Anti-Graft Activist’s Supporters

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou have detained and questioned a lawyer who attempted to visit detained anti-corruption activist Liu Ping.                                                                                                                                 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/supporters-05092013144659.html

9 MAY 2013

Exiled activist Chen Guangcheng’s brother beaten in latest attack against family

The elder brother of exiled blind activist Chen Guangcheng said he was beaten by two unidentified men on Thursday morning, the latest in a string of attacks against the Chen family over the past few weeks.                                                  http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1233721/exiled-activist-chen-guangchengs-brother-beaten-latest-attack-against

1 MAY 2013

Calls For Chinese Quake Activist’s Release

Five years after a devastating earthquake left more than 80,000 people dead and missing in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Chinese rights activists have launched a campaign for the release of a prominent writer jailed for investigating corruption and shoddy construction of school buildings. An open letter circulating on China’s Internet calling for the release of writer Tan Zuoren was signed by a number of prominent rights lawyers and dissidents, including Guo Feixiong and Zheng Enchong, as well as U.S.-based veteran pro-democracy activists Xu Wenli and Wang Ruowang.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/release-05012013111354.html

21 APRIL 2013

Activists, Monks Blocked From Sichuan Quake-Hit Area

Chinese authorities have blocked rights groups and Tibetan monks from participating in rescue efforts in an earthquake-struck zone in southwestern Sichuan province, activists said Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the tremblor climbed past 200 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/quake-04212013221452.html

19 APRIL 2013

Eight Anti-Corruption Activists Detained in China

Chinese authorities have detained eight anti-corruption activists over their participation in a signature drive that calls on central government officials to disclose their assets. Although there is widespread public support for officials to disclose such information, government efforts to promote the policy appear to be slowing. Rights lawyers in Beijing say the activists have been taken into custody in recent days on suspicion of unlawful assembly                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-corruption-activists-detained-in-china/1645053.html

17 APRIL 2013

Chinese journalists banned from quoting foreign media

Chinese journalists and newspapers have been officially banned from quoting foreign media reports in their stories. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9999880/Chinese-journalists-banned-from-quoting-foreign-media.html

13 APRIL 2013

Mother of Hunan child rape victim loses labor camp suit

A court in central China’s Hunan province on Friday rejected a demand for compensation by the mother of a young rape victim who is suing a local authority for putting her into a labor camp for petitioning.                                                                                                                                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=11&id=20130413000084

4 APRIL 2013

Christian arrested in Shanxi for daring to bring books to Christian residents

Li Wenxi ran a bookstore in Beijing. In December, he decides to go in Taiyuan, in the north of the country, to help local faithful open a bookstore. However, the police laid a trap for him, seize all his stuff and threw him in jail. « Don’t you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi, » they told him. After his desperate wife turned to the Internet, his story was reposted across the blogosphere. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-arrested-in-Shanxi-for-daring-to-bring-books-to-Christian-residents-27568.html

29 MARCH 2013

Chinese Nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo’s brother-in-law arrested on fraud charges

Police have arrested the brother-in-law of China’s jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo on fraud charges, in what the family said is the latest act of official retaliation
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/29/chinese-liu-xiaobo-brother-fraud

11 MARCH 2013

Beyond censors’ reach, free expression thrives, to a point

On March 24, 2012, investigative journalist Yang Haipeng posted on his Sina Weibo microblog a story he had heard that alleged a link between Neil Heywood, an English businessman who had been found dead in a Chongqing hotel, and Bo Xilai, the powerful Chongqing Communist Party chief. His post is widely recognized as the first significant public mention of a connection between the two men and it spread like wildfire online before being deleted the next day. A month later, Yang’s Sina Weibo account, which had 247,000 followers, was shut down.                           http://www.cpj.org/reports/2013/03/challenged-china-media-censorship-weibo-expression.php

7 MARCH 2013

Arrests and beatings, the « dark side » of the National Assembly

Just like every year around sensitive political gatherings, police and the authorities clamp down with raids and interrogations to prevent high profile dissidents and democratic activists from disrupting the Party sessions                                                                                http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Arrests-and-beatings,-the-dark-side-of-the-National-Assembly-27324.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China: 100+ leading intellectuals sign human rights petition

More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress.                                                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/                http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

Chinese environmentalist beaten after calling on official to swim in polluted creek

A Chinese environmentalist was allegedly subjected to a vicious five-hour attack after attempting to draw attention to the putrid state of the country’s waterways by challenging a local official to swim in a creek near his home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9896761/Chinese-environmentalist-beaten-after-calling-on-official-to-swim-in-polluted-creek.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Forced labour in China, the release of dissidents begins

The government opens the gates of the « re-education through labor « for some dissidents, who will finish serving their sentences under house arrest. The measure does not include the bishops and Catholic priests who are paying for their fidelity to the Holy See. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Forced-labour-in-China,-the-release-of-dissidents-begins-27150.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/02/15/is-this-really-the-end-of-chinas-re-education-through-labour/

11 FEBRUARY 2013

China tightens concert rules after Elton John’s ‘disrespectful’ Beijing show

Chinese authorities have hardened their line on foreign musicians, after Elton John infuriated them by dedicating a performance to outspoken artist and activist Ai Weiwei, according to industry sources.                                                                   http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/11/china-tightens-concert-rules-after-elton-johns-disrespectful-beijing-show/

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Ten sentenced over China ‘black jails’

Ten people have been sentenced to prison for illegally detaining petitioners who had travelled to Beijing, to appeal to the government, state media reported, in a possible sign the government is trying to rein in abuses. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132575754716886.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Asylums and mutilation: China’s new forms of torture while the central government debates

whether to reform the system of « re-education through labor » cases of human rights violations multiply and worsen. The story of Chen Qingxia, wife of a mentally ill man, beaten until she lost the use of her legs as she tried to present his petition to the central government. Her husband was interned in a psychiatric hospital and her 12 year old son has disappeared into thin air.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Asylums-and-mutilation:-China’s-new-forms-of-torture-26969.html

24 JANUARY 2013

Pregnant Chinese Woman Sent to Labor Camp

49-year-old Liu Yuling is six months pregnant. She’s not at home preparing for birth though. She’s serving a one-year forced labor sentence at the Masanjia labor camp in Liaoning province.                                                                                                                     http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-24/pregnant-chinese-woman-sent-to-labor-camp.html

22 JANUARY 2013

For the Chinese New Year « write to Gao Zhisheng, in jail for seeking justice »

The call comes from Hu Jia, one of the country’s best-known dissidents, who said: « It does not matter whether Gao received them or not, because the number of cards he received would make the authorities treat him with more respect and improve his conditions inside the jail. » After almost a year, the family can meet him for 30 minutes « but without talking about politics. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-the-Chinese-New-Year-write-to-Gao-Zhisheng,-in-jail-for-seeking-justice-26924.html

20 JANUARY 2012

Double trouble for China

China is among the least free societies in the world and suffers from a dangerously high rate of income inequality according to two reports this week from Freedom House and the Chinese government’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).                                          http://thediplomat.com/china-power/double-trouble-for-china/

7 JANUARY 2013

Protesters in China call for press freedom

The protesters gathered outside the office of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong province, on Monday calling for media freedom, a taboo subject in the country, holding banners and chanting slogans.                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131765743709723.html                                                              http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangzhou,-journalists-revolt-terrorizes-Party-26793.html

China to reform controversial forced labour camps

China will reform its controversial system of forced labour camps this year, state media reported on Monday, which would mark a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi inping.                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130107-393943.html  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/asia/china-says-it-will-overhaul-re-education-system.html?ref=asia&_r=0

4 JANUARY 2013

Guangdong: journalists criticize Party propaganda and censorship

Press freedom « raped ». Head of provincial propaganda under attack after forcing the publication of an editorial lauding party achievements and removing newspaper editorial calling for the implementation of the constitution. Open letter from journalists blocked online; their microblog threatened.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangdong:-journalists-criticise-Party-propaganda-and-censorship-26769.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20911823

3 JANUARY 2013

Shenzhen: police officer gets 14 years in prison for his pro-democracy activity

After eight months in jail without trial, Wang Dengchao, a police officer in favour of democratic reforms in China gets a harsh sentence after being convicted by a court in Luohu. Afraid that the military might join the people in the fight for freedom, the Communist party is using an iron fist against any form of unrest                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shenzhen:-police-officer-gets-14-years-in-prison-for-his-pro-democracy-activity-26762.html

28 DECEMBER 2008

China’s new law intensifies online clampdown

China has unveiled tighter Internet controls, including legalising the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain « illegal » information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121228122858304837.html

25 DECEMBER 2012

Quake Activist Gets Five-Year Term

A Chinese campaigner for victims of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake is ordered jailed for ‘disrupting public order.’
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/quake-12252012125929.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

China Censorship Not Improving Under New Leaders, Analysts Say

Analysts say China’s new Communist Party leaders are giving no indication they intend to relax the country’s tough online censorship laws.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-censorship-not-improving-under-new-leaders/1569591.html

14 DECEMBER 2012

Three Reasons to Free Liu Xiaobo

The wrongful conviction of Liu Xiaobo was based on a false premise; that citizens who hold different opinions [from the ruling Chinese Communist Party] are « dangerous elements. »
http://www.rfa.org/english/commentaries/lxb-12142012121159.html

11 DECEMBER 2012

China bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin stripped of title

Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his split from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) on Tuesday during his own ordination as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai which had been approved by Pope Benedict XVI in July.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121284751566792.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Abp.-Savio-Hon:-dismissal-of-Shanghai-bishop-an-abuse”.-Churches-of-the-world-pray-for-him-26607.html

7 DECEMBER 2012

Nobel Prize winning author Mo Yan says censorship is necessary

This year’s Nobel Prize in literature winner, Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his membership in China’s Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country’s government, has defended censorship as something as necessary as airport security checks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9728801/Nobel-Prize-winning-author-Mo-Yan-says-censorship-is-necessary.html

6 DECEMBER 2012

Nobel peace prize winer’s wife Liu Xia describes ‘Kafkaesque’ house arrest

The wife of China’s Nobel Peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo has spoken out from under house arrest for the first time in more than two years, describing the Kafkaesque conditions she is being kept in.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9726907/Nobel-peace-prize-winners-wife-Liu-Xia-describes-Kafkaesque-house-arrest.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/outcry-12062012115228.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

China war veteran, 80, sent to labour camp: Son

An 80 year old Chinese war veteran spent a year and a half in a « re-education » camp for trying to complain about a policeman, his son said, the latest in a series of high-profile labour camp cases.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121205-387865.html

2 DECEMBER 2012

In rare case, Beijing court sentences ‘petitioner interceptors’

A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/02/15611810-in-rare-case-beijing-court-sentences-petitioner-interceptors?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s nephew jailed

The nephew of the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been jailed for three years after assaulting local officials who were searching for his uncle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9713635/Blind-dissident-Chen-Guangchengs-nephew-jailed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20551967

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Jiangsu Holds Environmental Activist

Chinese authorities accuse her of having joined an overseas democracy movement. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/environment-11292012120132.html

23 NOVEMBER 2012

The hero who denounced poisoned milk dead after a beating

Jiang Weisuo, 44, shocked China and the world with his complaints of industrial pollution in children’s milk factories. In early November he had been beaten bloody by an « unknown individual. » Police arrest a suspect but won’t reveal the details
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xian,-the-hero-who-denounced-poisoned-milk-dead-after-a-beating-26436.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Child Deaths Reporter Held

A Chinese journalist who broke the story about the shocking death of five runaway boys in a dumpster in the southwestern province of Guizhou has « disappeared » after being forced into a vehicle by police, rights activists said.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/boys-11222012152908.html

1 NOVEMBER 2012

China opposition party lasts a day, founder gets 8 years in prison

A court in China has sentenced a man to eight years in prison for trying to form an opposition party and for online messages criticizing the ruling Chinese Communist Party, a week ahead of a congress which will usher in a new generation of leaders.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/01/14847377-china-opposition-party-lasts-a-day-founder-gets-8-years-in-prison?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1351756722.1351790696.202&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1351790696&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1351502809.198.8.utmcsr=asiaobserver.org|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/on-31-october-in-asia-history&__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=168977122

14 OCTOBER 2012

China writers praise Mo Yan for dissident release call

An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121014-377565.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Hainan, activist publishes free book on pollution; arrested for illegal earnings

Futang Liu, an ecologist, is likely to get two to five years in prison. Charged with illegally receiving funding from some environmental groups. In recent months, the man had issued 18 thousand free copies of a book-length investigation against the pollution of the industrial giants in China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hainan,-activist-publishes-free-book-on-pollution;-arrested-for-illegal-earnings-26080.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

Ai Weiwei slams judge as court rejects appeal

A Chinese court upheld a $2.4 million tax evasion fine against China’s most famous dissident Ai Weiwei on Thursday, ending his long legal battle with the authorities but paving the way for him to be jailed if he does not pay
http://www.france24.com/en/20120927-china-court-rejects-ai-weiwei-appeal-24-million-tax-evasion-fine-artist
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/27/14121627-ai-weiwei-slams-judge-as-court-rejects-appeal?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1348610097.1348816378.170&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1348816378&__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=168570210

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

China dissident Chen accepts Taiwan visit invitation

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese lawmakers said Saturday, in a move likely to anger China
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120901-368981.html

31 AUGUST 2012

China frees Yahoo! dissident after 10 years

A Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by US Internet giant Yahoo! was released from prison on Friday after serving a 10-year term for subversion, his wife said
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-frees-yahoo-dissident-10-years-022950632.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/88522/china-dissident-jailed-on-yahoo-info-to-be-freed/

26 AUGUST 2012

« Hundreds of Thousands » Victim of Psychiatric Abuse in China: Report

Sent to psychiatric institutions against their will—that’s what’s happening to thousands of Chinese people each year, according to a Hong Kong base human rights group
http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2012-08-24/-hundreds-of-thousands-victim-of-psychiatric-abuse-in-china-report.html

2 AUGUST 2012

Government wants more transparency, i.e. more control over NGOs

China’s Communist leaders are still unable to find a way to deal with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Although they are increasingly proving necessary for the country’s social development in support of the weakest segments of the population, they continue to be viewed with suspicion by the state. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-wants-more-transparency,-i.e.-more-control-over-NGOs-25456.html

27 JULY 2012

China activist Ni Yulan’s jail term reduced

An appeals court in China has dismissed disabled land rights activist Ni Yulan’s fraud conviction, reducing her jail time by two months. Ms Ni, who is a lawyer, will still remain in jail because of a public disturbance conviction.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19009132
http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2012-07-27/disabled-ex-lawyer-s-sentence-reduced.html#video_section

24 JULY 2012

The battle for democracy in China is changing gear

A group of Chinese lawyers asks the regime to shed light on the death of Li Wangyang and to end the suspicious deaths in custody, the blind dissident Li Guizhi is helped to escape and hid from government repression, activists in Hong Kong are increasingly asking Beijing for democracy and human rights. The communist regime reacts the same way: forced labour and summary arrests. But while dialogue with the United States seems at a standstill, the movement inside the China appears increasingly determined.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-battle-for-democracy-in-China-is-changing-gear-25372.html

21 JULY 2012

Another blind activist escapes Chinese custody

Her flight follows that of Chen Guangcheng. Li Guizhi, a 57-year-old blind woman, was arrested on 1 July trying to enter Hong Kong for a pro-democracy rally. Her relatives helped her flee. She is currently hiding out at a secret location in Hebei province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Another-blind-activist-escapes-Chinese-custody-25346.html

20 JULY 2012

Ai Weiwei loses tax evasion case

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei lost his lawsuit against the Beijing tax bureau in a local court hearing Friday, leaving him still subject to tax evasion charges and more than $2 million in fines. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/20/world/asia/ai-weiwei-tax-evasion-appeal/index.
html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20120720-china-court-rejects-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-appeal-against-tax-evasion-fine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18919834

18 JULY 2012

Fears of Chinese media crackdown ahead of leadership transition

The apparent toppling of two senior newspaper executives in Shanghai has triggered claims that Chinese authorities are conducting a pre-emptive crackdown on the media in the lead up to this year’s crucial leadership transition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9409097/Fears-of-Chinese-media-crackdown-ahead-of-leadership-transition.html

10 JULY 2012

China bishop, named by Rome, held in his seminary

A Chinese priest who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary, in a move likely to further strain relations between Beijing and the Vatican.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48132012/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655

21 JUNE 2012

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu scoops German book prize

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu Thursday won the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20120621-354514.html

Man poisoned by the authorities in Fuzhou to stop his petition

For the last two years, Mao Qiping had sought redress after his house was demolished. He had also led a fight with fellow residents against illegal land grab. After following him, unidentified men beat him with metal rods and injected him with a chemical substance. He died after two days of agony. Like in Li Wangyang’s case, police said it was an « accident ».
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Man-poisoned-by-the-authorities-in-Fuzhou-to-stop-his-petition-25089.html

20 JUNE 2012

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei warned not to attend his own court case

The Chinese artist and social activist was noticeably absent from opening arguments at a Beijing courtroom after he was warned off by police. Instead, Ai, 54, stayed home at his studio while his wife, Lu Qing, represented their design company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., with a team of lawyers. http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12318406-chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-warned-not-to-attend-his-own-court-case?lite http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/china-ai-weiwei/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 JUNE 2012

Hunan authorities reopen Li Wangyang’s case: it was not suicide

A provincial spokesman confirms that domestic and international public opinion « convinced » the authorities to ask for the help of a team of experts to shed light on the death of the dissident who was found hanging under police guard. However, the body was cremated right after the death
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hunan-authorities-reopen-Li-Wangyang’s-case:-it-was-not-suicide-25038.html

6 JUNE 2012

Top China dissident found dead

Leading Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, jailed for more than 22 years after the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, died in strange circumstances in central China Wednesday, his family and rights groups said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120606-350971.html

1 JUNE 2012

Regaining moral high ground? Google tells Chinese when they’re being censored

“Starting today we’ll notify users in mainland China when they enter a keyword that may cause connection issues,” Alan Eustace, a Senior Vice President for Google, wrote on the company’s Inside Search blog on Thursday 31. “By prompting people to revise their queries, we hope to reduce these disruptions and improve our user experience from mainland China.”
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/01/12005289-regaining-moral-high-ground-google-tells-chinese-when-theyre-being-censored?lite
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Google-invents-a-new-way-to-circumvent-Beijing-censorship-on-web-24921.html

29 MAY 2012

New rules for Chinese microbloggers

A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on « sensitive » subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9297081/New-rules-for-Chinese-microbloggers.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47596791/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

28 MAY 2012

Father of Tiananmen victim commits suicide after years of official obstruction

The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress, a support group has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9295329/Father-of-Tiananmen-victim-commits-suicide-after-years-of-official-obstruction.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120528-348958.html

26 MAY 2012

First a Black Hood, Then 81 Captive Days for an Artist in China

The policeman yanked the black hood over Ai Weiwei’s head. It was suffocating. Written in white across the outside was a cryptic phrase: “Suspect 1.7.”…..
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/world/asia/first-a-black-hood-then-81-captive-days-for-artist-in-china.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia

24 MAY 2012

Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutality

Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/china-human-rights-report/index.
html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/05/23/beat-him-take-everything-away

19 MAY 2012

China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he was gratified by the way the Chinese government had dealt with his situation with « restraint and calm » after arriving in the United States
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252035212808683.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18135039

11 MAY 2012

Chen Kegui Charged with « Intentional Murder », Lawyers Pressured

Lawyers hoping to defend the nephew of blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng are facing an uphill battle. It comes as authorities in Shandong province reportedly charged Chen Kegui with “intentional murder” – though he has not killed anyone
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-05-11/chen-kegui-charged-with-intentional-murder-lawyers-pressured.html#video_section

4 MAY 2012

For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home

After more than a week of high-level diplomacy over the fate of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese government was widely seen as making a major concession on Friday by agreeing to allow Mr. Chen to apply to leave for the United States
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/world/asia/for-china-chen-guangchengs-exile-is-one-less-headache.html?_r=1&ref=asia

3 MAY 2012

Chinese dissident Chen seeks asylum in the US

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed for asylum in a telephone call to US lawmakers over fears for his and his family’s safety. Chen sought refuge at the US Embassy before entering the hospital on Wednesday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17947131
http://www.france24.com/en/20120503-china-chen-guangdong-blind-lawyer-dissident-asylum-usa-clinton-obama

2 MAY 2012

Chinese activist Guangcheng leaves US embassy in Beijing

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left Beijing’s US embassy where he had taken refuge after fleeing house arrest last week, officials said Wednesday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive for talks in China starting Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-china-chen-guangcheng-leaves-us-embassy-blind-lawyer-activist http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/2012528554197845.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/china-clinton-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 APRIL 2012

China dissident Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest

One of China’s best-known dissidents, Chen Guangcheng, has escaped from house arrest and has released a video addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17865465
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17865440
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201242794558183774.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17877005

Main news on Afghanistan

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11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/taliban-targets-foreigners-in-kabul-guest-house-attack/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32732083
http://www.france24.com/en/20150514-american-indians-dead-kabul-guesthouse-siege-taliban-afghanistan-pakistan

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/551259/afghan-taliban-stress-preconditions-for-any-peace-talks

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/19352-doha-confirms-hosting-of-peace-talks-between-afghan-govt-and-taliban
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/afghan-and-taliban-representatives-meet-in-

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/india-lost-afghanistan-pakistan-150426051958020.html

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32391844

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/obama-afghan-president-ghani-meeting/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/507039/us-halts-afghanistan-pullout

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32021942

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18369-amnesty-international-reports-increased-human-rights-abuses-in-afghanistan

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/21/us/afghanistan-carter/index.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31515140

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18152-president-ghani-suspends-karzais-request-for-indian-arms

9 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/09/suspected-afghan-isil-leader-killed-by-drone-strike/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31290147

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-announces-new-cabinet/26788824.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17804-nug-announces-cabinet-nominees?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/afghan-leader-without-cabinet-after-100-days-20151614918125608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454701/100-days-in-power-for-afghan-president-but-no-government

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17637-ceremony-marks-end-of-nato-combat-mission
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30616380

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141211-suicide-bomber-attacks-french-school-afghanistan/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

4 DECEMBER 2014

Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-leaders-seek-support-at-uk-conference-201412413464434398.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17356-abdullah-british-foreign-minister-open-london-summit-proceedings

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17269-senate-approves-bsa-and-sofa

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444993/afghan-lower-house-approves-foreign-troops-staying-on
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141123/DEFREG03/311230020/Afghan-Lower-House-Approves-Foreign-Troops-Staying

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suicide-blast-at-afghan/1489790.html

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30073189
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/female-afghan-mp-survives-suicide-attack-2014111672142481131.html

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17121-pakistani-cleric-tells-ghani-war-will-continue-until-foreign-troops-go

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/afghanistan-sees-rise-poppy-cultivation-20141112115426363345.html

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/uk-troops-leave-afghanistan-after-13-years-20141026145324123162.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29776544

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/afghan-police-capture-senior-haqqani-leaders-20141016113728321132.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16767-haqqani-network-dealt-blow-with-arrest-of-high-ranking-leaders

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435589/afghan-troop-casualties-at-7000-9000-this-year-us

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/afghanistan-us-security-agreement/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.dawn.com/news/1135293/afghanistan-us-sign-long-awaited-security-pact
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-welcomes-signing-of-bilateral-security-agreement-with-afghanistan/2467098.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140929-afghanistan-ghani-president-inauguration/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/profile-ashraf-ghani-20147883632825529.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16559-ghani-sworn-into-office

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-election-results-reveal-ghani-clear-winner

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16458-ashraf-ghani-elected-next-president-of-afghanistan
http://www.france24.com/en/20140921-afghanistan-ghani-named-president-elect-power-sharing-agreement/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ghani-abdullah-agree-to-share-power-in-afghanistan-as-election-stalemate-ends/2014/09/21/df58749a-416e-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16370-punjabi-taliban-to-increase-insurgency-in-afghanistan

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430711/afghan-audit-ends-but-election-puzzle-still-unsolved
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16253-audit-process-completed-after-48-days-iec 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-president-candidate-abdullah-pulls-of-election-audit/26552366.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16130-audit-process-to-continue-without-candidates

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/752996/new-afghan-president-to-take-office-september-2-karzai/

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16061-kunduz-battle-against-taliban-led-by-released-taliban

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15915–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15882-candidates-sign-joint-declaration

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistanviolence/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/425190/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-in-kabul

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140717-afghanistan-kabul-airport-attack-taliban/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/17/afghan-forces-repel-taliban-attack-on-kabul-airport/

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420281/all-votes-in-disputed-afghan-run-off-poll-to-be-audited-kerry
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15579-electoral-deadlock-broken

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/ghani-leads-preliminary-afghan-poll-results-201477143524362866.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140707-ghani-leads-abdullah-afghan-presidential-run-off-initial-results/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15518-abdullah-camp-rejects-preliminary-results

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28173990
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419040/taliban-set-200-fuel-trucks-on-fire-in-kabul

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-protest-over-alleged-election-fraud-201462773043508792.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/27/thousands-protest-over-vote-fraud-allegations-in-afghanistan/

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15352-amarkhil-resigns-in-wake-of-fraud-allegations
http://www.tolonews.com/en/election-2014/15344-abdullah-team-releases-audio-recordings-implicating-amarkhail

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27966126

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10916412/Afghanistan-elections-Kabul-protests-under-way-as-Abdullah-Abdullah-boycotts-vote-count.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416600/protests-in-kabul-deepen-afghan-election-impasse

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416495/karzai-calls-on-un-to-help-solve-afghan-election-crisis

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/14/afghanistan-votes-in-run-off-presidential-poll-in-defiance-of-taliban/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-brave-violence-elect-new-president-2014614122014871960.html

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27731116
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghan-presidential-candidate-survives-blast-201466931968347.html

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/thousands-us-troops-stay-afghanistan-201452719107242829.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27593518

15 MAY 2014

Afghan election results confirm Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Afghanistan’s presidential election will go to a second-round vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14879-presidential-elections-go-into-second-round
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10833049/Afghan-presidential-election-heads-for-AbdullahGhani-run-off.htm

4 MAY 2014

2,000 killed in Afghanistan’s landslides

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408050/landslide-kills-2000-in-afghanistan-biggest-disaster

2 MAY 2014

Afghanistan landslide ‘kills at least 350’

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27261783

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407855/350-dead-thousands-missing-in-afghan-landslides

http://www.france24.com/en/20140503-afghanistan-mudslide-badakshan-rescue/

26 APRIL 2014

Afghan election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May
http://www.france24.com/en/20140426-afghanistan-elections-abdullah-ghani-run-off/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10790522/Afghan-elections-head-to-second-round-after-no-candidate-gains-an-absolute-majority.html

24 APRIL 2014

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture names a road in Kabul as the « Press Freedom Road. »

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14650-kabul-road-named-qpress-freedomq

13 APRIL 2014

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election
http://www.france24.com/en/20140413-abdullah-ghani-afghanistan-presidential-election/

5 APRIL 2014

Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/afghan-presidential-polls-close-2014451331246955.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140405-pictures-afghans-go-polls/

16 MARCH 2014

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10702626/The-Afghan-policewomen-taking-on-the-Taliban.html

15 MARCH 2014

Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year. He said that his military was ready to take over and were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without assistance.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/karzai-says-us-troops-can-leave-afghanistan-2014315133323437829.html

9 MARCH 2014

Afghan Vice President Qassim Fahim dies at 57

Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, who suffered from diabetes, dies of natural causes, authorities say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/afghan-vice-president-fahim-qassim-dies-at-57-2014398122863543.html

3 MARCH 2014

Karzai: Afghan war fought in West’s interest

Expressing « extreme anger » towards the United States government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country’s interests in mind.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/karzai-afghan-war-fought-western-interest-20143353951600289.html

13 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan releases ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison on Thursday despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan halts suspected reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of the statue’s feet, the United Nations said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghanistan-halts-suspected-reconstruction-ancient-buddhas

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says

An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393196/proposed-afghan-law-protects-women-abusers-rights-group-says

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/karzai-urged-veto-women-no-rights-bill-201426541250185.html

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghan vote campaign begins amid violence

Campaigning for the presidential elections in Afghanistan has begun, stained by the deaths of two aides for the front-runner in a gun attack.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/afghan-vote-campaign-begins-amid-violence-20142272359554834.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigning-begins-karzai/

24 JANUARY 2014

Ismail Khan survives premature suicide attack

Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province
http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2014/01/24/ismail-khan-survives-suicide-attack-herat-mosque?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%201-24-14
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13588-muhammad-ismael-escapes-suicide-attack

22 JANUARY 2014

HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/hrw-women-rights-declining-afghanistan-20141221119835144.html

17 JANUARY 2014

IMF and UN officials killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25791002
http://www.france24.com/en/20140117-afghanistan-deadly-suicide-attack-restaurant-kabul-taliban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13510-strong-reactions-to-attack-on-taverna-in-kabul

14 JANUARY 2014

Female police tapped in Kabul

Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13462-female-police-chief-tapped-in-kabul

4 JANUARY 2014

2014 budget draft rejected by Lower House

The Lower House of Parliament voted by majority to reject the 2014 government budget draft assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), requiring the Ministry to reassess its draft and make a number of changes.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13331-2014-budget-draft-rejected-by-lower-house

3 JANUARY 2014

Karzai puts hold on Bagram prisoner realeases

In a press release issued from the Presidential Palace on Friday, it was said that the large tranche of 650 detainees expected to be released from Bagram prison on order of President Hamid Karzai’s Commission for Addressing Bagram Prisoner Cases would be put on hold and reassessed by officials.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13317-karzai-puts-hold-on-bagram-prison-releases

30 DECEMBER 2013

US report predicts chaos in Afghanistan

Assessment says progress over past three years likely to be eroded by 2017, while some say prediction is pessimistic

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/us-report-predicts-chaos-afghanistan-2013123011446669141.html

16 DECEMBER 2013

Australian troops leave Afghanistan

More than 1,000 Australian troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of a deployment that has left dozens of troops dead and hundreds more seriously wounded.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australian-troops-leave-afghanistan-201312169306647453.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Women are the main victims in Afghanistan: UN

The United Nations (UN) Women office released a report on violence against women over the course of the past 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. The report argued women have been the greatest victims of the volatility in Afghanistan over the years, and implored the government to take steps to protect women’s rights moving forward.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12994-women-are-the-main-victim-in-afghanistan-un

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383787/afghan-landmark-law-failing-to-protect-women-un

23 NOVEMBER 2013

Afghan jirga members urge Karzai to sign US security pact

Members of an Afghan grand assembly debating a crucial security pact with the United States voiced concern Saturday at President Hamid Karzai’s insistence it will not be signed until after April’s election to choose his successor.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381423/afghan-jirga-members-urge-karzai-to-sign-us-security-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Hamid Karzai tells tribal elders to delay US troop deal till next year

Afghanistan’s president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring’s elections.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10465077/Hamid-Karzai-tells-tribal-elders-to-delay-US-troop-deal-till-next-year.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Just over a year before NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan, and after over a decade of counternarcotics initiatives, the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) released a report indicating poppy cultivation had spiked from 2012 and showed no sign of abatement.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/business/12721-poppy-crop-up-36-percent-unodc

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Karzai criticises timing of Taliban leader’s killing

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tells visiting US Congress delegation that drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud « took place at an unsuitable time » but expresses hope the peace process will not suffer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10424218/Karzai-criticises-timing-of-Taliban-leaders-killing.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s only female presidential candidate demands right to run

Afghans can vote for an Islamist warlord but not a woman in next year’s presidential election after only female candidate is disqualifiedhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10404711/Afghanistans-only-female-presidential-candidate-demands-right-to-run.html

21 OCTOBER 2013

Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24608666

15 OCTOBER 2013

Afghan bomb kills Logar governor Arsala Jamal in mosque

The governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province has been killed in a blast in a mosque, during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24530600
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/blast-kills-provincial-governor-in-afghanistan/2013/10/15/a5bf3dde-3569-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Women And Conflict In Afghanistan

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/15102013-women-conflict-afghanistan/

13 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban learder warns against US-Afghanistan pact

Taliban leader Mullah Omar warned Sunday an agreement between Washington and Kabul on maintaining a US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 would have « serious consequences ».
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12272-taliban-leader-warns-against-us-afghan-pact

Kerry fails to seal security deal with Karzai

The US secretary of state has left Afghanistan after failing to reach a full agreement over the withdrawal of US troops next year.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/kerry-fails-seal-security-deal-with-karzai-2013101358552682.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10375970/Future-of-US-troops-in-Afghanistan-to-be-decided-by-loya-jirga.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistani Taliban deputy arrested in Afghanistan

Latifullah Mehsud, a close aide of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in a American operation in the eastern Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. officials.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12259-pakistani-taliban-deputy-arrested-in-afghanistan
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/usa-announce-arrest-of-taliban-commander/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10374916/Afghan-fury-as-US-seizes-spy-at-top-of-Taliban.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s most fearsome warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, apologises for decades of war as he puts together campaign to become country’s next vice-president

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10369344/Afghanistans-most-feared-warlord-says-sorry-to-victims-of-conflict.html

7 OCTOBER 2013

Hamid Karzai blasts Nato for Afghanistan ‘suffering’

As the end of his time in office approaches, the Afghan president has said Nato has brought much death and misery to his country, but little security
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10362302/Hamid-Karzai-blasts-Nato-for-Afghanistan-suffering.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former Islamist warlord who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan to run for president

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf announced his candidacy on Thursday by driving through the capital Kabul in a motorcade made up of heavily armed former Mujahideen fighters.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10353799/Former-Islamist-warlord-who-brought-bin-Laden-to-Afghanistan-to-run-for-president.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372889/ex-islamist-warlord-who-met-bin-laden-runs-for-afghan-presidency

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-releases-senior-taliban-commander/1754282.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12003-update-mullah-baradar-released-from-pakistani-prison-hpc-welcomes-move
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013921243903471.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Suicide attack targets US consulate in Afghanistan

Just before dawn on Friday, two vehicles filled with explosives were detonated in front of the U.S. Consulate in Herat and five assailants proceeded to lay siege on the consulate with heavy and light gunfire. Although the attack was eventually subdued by Afghan and U.S. forces, it left a number of civilian and security personnel casualties and heavy structural damage in its wake.
http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11909-elaborate-suicide-attack-threatens-us-consulate-in-herat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391321546145357.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Female Afghan MP freed for Taliban detainees

A female Afghan parliamentarian was freed by the Taliban on Saturday in exchange for several militants, a provincial lawmaker said. The Taliban said the freed prisoners were “four innocent women and two children.”

http://dawn.com/news/1041224/female-afghan-mp-freed-for-taliban-detainees-official

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said. http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11829-pakistan-releases-seven-taliban-prisoners http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013975411597807.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Karzai appoints new Afghan interior minister

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed Mohammad User Daudzai as the country’s new interior minister, officials have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391144528785858.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/26/karzai_arrives_in_islamabad_for_first_official_visit_in_more_than_a_year_and_a_half
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/2013/2013/08/201382652340485340.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/26/pakistan-to-help-afghan-reconciliation-efforts-with-talaban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11693-analysts-doubt-positive-outcome-from-karzais-pak-visit

18 AUGUST 2013

Afghan politicians in Munich issue resolutions

Afghan politicians gathered in Munich, Germany, to discuss the future of the Afghan political system came to a series of resolutions that involve a change in the structure of government in Afghanistan, candidates for the upcoming presidential election and the peace negotiation process with the Taliban.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11603-afghan-politicians-in-munich-issue-resolutions

14 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan: MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar abducted in Ghazni

The Taliban have kidnapped a female Afghan MP as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, the authorities say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23685833

11 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan’s pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels

For years Noor Zia Atmar was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10235137/Afghanistans-pioneering-female-MP-seeks-asylum-as-progress-for-women-unravels.html

3 AUGUST 2013

Afghan attack targets Indian mission

Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23558930
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/03/world/asia/afghanistan-bombing/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

31 JULY 2013

Afghan civilian casualties jump by 23 per cent

A surge in Taliban attacks as security is handed to local forces in Afghanistan has reversed a recent decline in civilian casualties, according to a United Nations report.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10213399/Afghan-civilian-casualties-jump-by-23-per-cent.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

30 JULY 2013

UN: Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process

Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
http://www.voanews.com/content/united-nations-womens-rights-at-risk-in-afghan-peace-process/1713318.html

24 JULY 2013

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Burma’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111035/first-afghan-woman-governor-wins-magsaysay-award/

22 JULY 2013

Danish troops withdraw from Afghanistan

Denmark exits Afghanistan after twelve years. The Danish contingent of combat troops began their withdrawal from Camp Price in Helmand Province on Monday.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/23/danish-troops-withdraw-from-afghanistan/

Afghan parliament sacks minister over worsening security

Afghanistan’s parliament has voted to dismiss the country’s interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157,000-strong police force has failed to deliver security.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10194888/Afghan-parliament-sacks-minister-over-worsening-security.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/07/201372214513133381.html

18 JULY 2013

Afghanistan, US Dispute Millions in Customs Fines

The Afghan government’s customs agency is demanding $70 million in fines for U.S. shipping containers that do not have validated customs forms.                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-us-dispute-millions-in-customs-fines/1704400.html

13 JULY 2013

Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.                                                                                      http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359732/afghan-court-ordered-release-of-child-bride-torturers

9 JULY 2013

Taliban close Qatar office in protest at flag removal

The Afghan Taliban have closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar to protest the removal of its flag and a sign identifying the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and Taliban official have said.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10169161/Taliban-close-Qatar-office-in-protest-at-flag-removal.html                                                 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359108/taliban-qatar-office-temporarily-closed-taliban-official

Washington Considers Total Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering an option for withdrawal from Afghanistan next year that would leave no American troops in the South Asian nation. http://www.voanews.com/content/washington-considers-no-troops-left-in-afghanistan/1697801.html                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359114/report-of-new-pullout-plans-bares-us-afghan-tensions

30 JUNE 2013

British PM in Afghanistan to revive peace talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan hoping to revive stalled Taliban peace talks and reassure Afghan troops that foreign forces won’t leave them high and dry in 2014. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/29/british-pm-cameron-in-afghanistan-to-revive-peace-talks/

24 JUNE 2013

Afghan Women’s Political Power Revoked

Women’s rights in Afghanistan take yet another hit, as conservative male parliamentarians secretly remove a legal requirement that states women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elections.                                                                                                                      http://www.plaintalkbm.com/afghan-womens-political-rights/?goback=%2Egde_3987253_member_253600688%2Egmr_3987253%2Egde_3987253_member_252562976

19 JUNE 2013

Karzai suspends talks with US over Taliban move

The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.                                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/109422/karzai-suspends-talks-with-us-over-taliban-move/                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/20136197363618634.html              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201361918542715227.html

12 JUNE 2013

17 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack on Supreme Court

At least 17 Afghan civilians, including six judges, were killed and more than 40 were wounded Tuesday afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside of Kabul’s Supreme Court http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/12/17_afghan_civilians_killed_in_taliban_attack_on_supreme_court         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/2013611121733644409.html

3 JUNE 2013

Land grabling, a new concern for Afghanistan

A Parliamentary Commission on Supervising the Government’s Activities on Monday said that about 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan.                                                                                                                           http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/10724-land-grabbing-a-new-concern-for-afghanistan

21 MAY 2013

More Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’, says HRW

The number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for « moral crimes » has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, a rights group says.                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22614536

19 MAY 2013

Karzai Seeks Indian Military Aid Amid Tensions with Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan’s disputed border with Pakistan.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-seeks-indian-military-aid-amid-tensions-with-pakistan/1664003.html

18 MAY 2013

Angry Afghan MPs halt debate on women’s rights

Conservative lawmakers in Aghanistan halted a debate on women’s rights after just 15 minutes today, failing to approve a law that aims to protect women because parts of it violate Islamic principles, an Afghan legislator said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10065779/Angry-Afghan-MPs-halt-debate-on-womens-rights.html

13 MAY 2013

‘Corrupt’ Afghan MPs are named in parliament

Afghan lawmakers accused of corruption have been named in parliament by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, triggering noisy cheering and applause in the lower house.                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22511143

13 MAY 2013

Taliban renounces war on anti-polio workers

The Taliban has ended its war on polio vaccination workers and admitted immunisation is the only way to protect children from the disease, its leadership said in a statement issued today.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10053981/Taliban-renounces-war-on-anti-polio-workers.html

9 MAY 2013

Karzai to allow US bases in Afghanistan after Nato withdrawal

Afghanistan is ready to let America retain nine bases in the country after Nato’s combat mission ends next year, Hamid Karzai has said.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10047898/Karzai-to-allow-US-bases-in-Afghanistan-after-Nato-withdrawal.html                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-president-agrees-to-us-request-for-bases/1657821.html

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641

4 MAY 2013

Karzai Says He Was Assured C.I.A. Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash

The C.I.A.’s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/world/asia/karzai-said-he-was-assured-of-cash-deliveries-by-cia.html?ref=asia

29 APRIL 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms secret US cash ‘help’

The Afghan president has admitted his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately.                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22343030

27 APRIL 2013

Afghan Taliban declare ‘spring offensive’

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced the start of their annual « spring offensive » against the US-backed government, vowing a nationwide series of attacks as foreign troops withdraw.                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342771055998869.html

7 APRIL 2013

NATO airstrike kills Afghan children

At least 18 people, including 11 children, have been killed in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134712422926374.html

1 APRIL 2013

Gunshots in front of BNP chief’s office

Three shots were fired “targeting” BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital last night, said her press staff. The BNP chief was inside at the time of the shooting                                                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/gunshots-in-front-of-bnp-chiefs-office/

31 MARCH 2013

Karzai meets emir of Qatar for peace talks

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has met with the emir of Qatar to discuss plans for the Taliban to open an office in the Gulf state. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201333085839412631.html

28 MARCH 2013

Child-abuse victims jailed in Afghanistan

The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction center in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school.                                                                                                      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-02-280313.html

25 MARCH 2013

Last US-controlled prison handed over in Afghanistan

The transfer of Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government ends a bitter chapter in relations between the two countries. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/25/last-us-controlled-prison-handed-over-in-afghanistan/

18 MARCH 2013

Afghan women as a measure of progress

http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.in/2013/03/afghan-women-as-measure-of-progress.html

3 MARCH 2013

Amid Hagel visit, Karzai accuses U.S. of conspiring with Taliban

The often-volatile U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai grew increasingly strained Sunday as Karzai accused the U.S. and Taliban insurgents of having a secret understanding to foment violence as a pretext to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-hagel-karzai-afghanistan-20130310,0,3678038.story?track=rss    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/karzai-chides-us-during-hagel-afghanistan-visit/2013/03/10/773cfa5c-89af-11e2-a88e-461ffa2e34e4_story.html                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259116/1/.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21732383

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan police ‘sell weapons to Taliban, are addicted to drugs and kidnap and rape young boys’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284302/On-Afghan-police-sell-weapons-Taliban-addicted-drugs-kidnap-rape-young-boys.html#ixzz2M1YfdOCQ

NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of possible torture, murder by U.S. forces

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/25/world/asia/afghanistan-us-special-forces/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders all U.S. Special Forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.”                                                                      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghan-president-karzai-ends-us-special-forces-operations-in-key-province/2013/02/24/b7e8684c-7eb6-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html                                                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9890985/US-special-forces-ordered-to-leave-critical-Afghanistan-province.html                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21566295

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

11 FEBRUARY 2013

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year’s deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253585/1/.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Study: Afghans paid nearly $4 billion in bribes last year

Afghans paid bribes totaling about $3.9 billion last year — twice the country’s domestic revenue — and two-thirds of the population says it’s acceptable for civil servants to take kickbacks for providing basic services, according to a U.N. survey released Thursday. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-afghanistan-corruption-20130207,0,230019.story?track=rss  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9855263/Afghan-officials-took-2.5-billion-in-bribes-in-2012.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghanistan: post-withdrawal engagement

The earnest desire of Afghanistan neighbors’ is to restore sustainable peace and security in the country. Peaceful Afghanistan is not only essential for combating and curbing the menace of transnational terrorist organizations, but also necessary for the economic prosperity of the region. The new silk route could only be possible, if the prevalent anarchy in Afghanistan was replaced by a stable political system and the rule of law ensured in the entire country.                                                                                                                                        http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3222&storylist=10&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_210497086

31 JANUARY 2013

Afghan Female Artist Beats the Odds

Charred bodies lie scattered against blood-stained walls and debris covers the ground. For Afghanistan, the only unusual thing in this gruesome scene is that the blood is red paint – and part of an art installation. It’s a work by Afghan artist Malina Suliman, 23, who risks her life, sometimes working by flashlight after dark, to create art in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and still one of the country’s most dangerous areas.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/reuters-afghan-female-artist-beats-the-odds/1593116.html

15 JANUARY 2013

Victory in Afghanistan? Not without U.S. troops

White House talk of 3,000 personnel — or none — by the end of 2014 ignores the reality of the situation there. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-boot-afghanistan-karzaii-withdrawal-20130115,0,2039254.story

13 JANUARY 2013

Afghan President Karzai Pays Visit to Washington

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/01/13/afghan-president-karzai-pays-visit-to-washington.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar vows fresh attacks on NATO troops

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published on Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014                         http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245634/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2012

Taliban calls for new constitution in French talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121222-taliban-calls-new-constitution-french-talks

20 DECEMBER 2012

Karzai welcomes UK troop withdrawal plan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he welcomed plans by Britain to withdraw almost 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/20/world/asia/afghanistan-uk-troops/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Afghan combat mission ends for French troops

French combat troops in Afghanistan are preparing to come home on Tuesday as their mission officially ends. http://www.euronews.com/2012/11/20/afghan-combat-mission-ends-for-french-troops/ http://www.voanews.com/content/france-ends-afghanistan-combat-mission/1549415.html

13 NOVEMBER 2012

China ready to play greater role in Afghan geopolitics

The first signs of a potential re-alignment in Sino-Afghan bilateral relations came from Karzai’s visit to Beijing on March 27, 2010. Karzai’s choice of Beijing for his second overseas visit after his controversial reelection signaled his determination to reduce his dependence on the West.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/744081.shtml

20 OCTOBER 2012

We’ll take your money but we can’t be friends, Afghan senators tell ‘infidel’ France

France is to train Afghan police and army officers as part of a 300-million-euro aid package that Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was set to discuss with Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday. But Afghan senators want to change the name of the “Friendship and Cooperation Treaty” because they say they cannot be friends with « infidels ».
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121020-well-take-your-money-we-cant-be-friends-afghan-senators-tell-infidel-france

3 OCTOBER 2012

Afghan bid to ‘de-friend’ France

Afghan senators have tried to remove the word « friendship » from a strategic pact with France, after arguing that Islamic teachings state Muslims cannot be friends with infidels.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9584584/Afghan-bid-to-de-friend-France.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Senior Chinese official visits Afghanistan for first time in 50 years

A senior official has made China’s first top-level visit to Afghanistan in nearly 50 years, as Beijing attempts to bolster diplomatic and economic ties with its war-torn neighbour ahead of the withdrawal of Nato troops in 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9560995/Senior-Chinese-official-visits-Afghanistan-for-first-time-in-50-years.
html http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120923-373259.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2012

Six US fighter jets destroyed in Prince Harry base attack

Six US fighter jets were destroyed and two significantly damaged when Taliban attackers stormed a heavily fortified Afghan base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed on Friday, a NATO spokesman said http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/16-Sep-2012/six-us-fighter-jets-destroyed-in-prince-harry-base-attack

10 SEPTEMBRE 2012

Afghan government takes charge of Bagram military prison

The handover of the controversial high security prison, sometimes referred to as « the other Guantánamo », had been hailed a victory for Afghan sovereignty as America prepares to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9533807/Afghan-government-takes-charge-of-Bagram-military-prison.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201291094118439921.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19539412

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Kabul declares crackdown over insider attacks

Afghan authorities say they have cracked down on hundreds of soldiers believed to have links to the Taliban in a bid to crush the rise of alleged insider attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201295194054238683.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/05/afghan-army-arrests-or-sacks-hundreds-of-troops/

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Karzai’s choice for Afghan intelligence chief suspected of torture, trafficking http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/04/world/asia/afghanistan-intelligence-chief/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

New Zealand confirms April Afghanistan withdrawal

New Zealand has formally announced it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister John Key
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88715/new-zealand-confirms-april-afghanistan-withdrawal/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19461540

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

US halts Afghan police training after attacks

The US military has halted the training of some members of the Afghan Local Police force for at least a month following a string of attacks on international forces by men in Afghan National Security Force uniforms. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-us-suspends-afghan-military-training-after-insider-attacks-taliban-green-on-blue
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129210058203544.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9515684/US-suspends-Afghan-militia-training-after-attacks-on-Nato-forces.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Karzai moves to replace Afghan security chiefs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai moved to replace the country’s intelligence chief and the ministers of defense and interior Wednesday, the first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider Cabinet shakeup aimed at solidifying the president’s power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces. http://news.yahoo.com/karzai-moves-replace-afghan-security-chiefs-223445854.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice

When she refused to prostitute herself or have sex with the man she was forced to marry when she was about 13, officials said, Sahar Gul’s in-laws tortured her and threw her into a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying in hay and animal dung
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/world/asia/wed-and-tortured-at-13-afghan-girl-finds-rare-justice.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 AUGUST 2012

Afghan parliament votes to sack key ministers

The interior and defence ministers were criticised for failing to prevent cross-border shelling from Pakistan and security lapses that resulted in the assassinations of senior officials.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19124808
http://www.france24.com/en/20120804-afghan-government-dismisses-key-security-ministers-karzai

 

1 AUGUST 2012

Afghan Finance Minister Under Scrutiny

Afghanistan’s powerful finance minister came under scrutiny on Wednesday when an Afghan television network broadcast copies of two of his bank account statements that showed sizable payments from businesses and individuals and transfers of money from those accounts to bank accounts in Canada.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/world/asia/afghan-finance-chief-under-scrutiny-over-bank-records.html?_r=1&ref=asia

14 JULY 2012

Prominent Afghan MP killed in suicide attack

The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of guests at his daughter’s wedding before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist, a security forces spokesman said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/201271445145150582.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9399740/Top-Afghan-MP-killed-in-suicide-attack-at-daughters-wedding.html

13 JULY 2012

Female Afghan politician Hanifa Safi killed

As the provincial head of the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs, Mrs Safi had for years been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18832391

12 JULY 2012

Mullah Omar could be Afghan president, Hamid Karzai says

Hamid Karzai has said the supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, could run for political office and even the Afghan presidency if he abandoned his armed struggle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9395688/Mullah-Omar-could-be-Afghan-president-Hamid-Karzai-says.html http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-urges-mullah-omar-to-join-afghan-political-process/1403839.html

4 JULY 2012

French army hands over control of Kapisa to Afghan forces

French troops on Wednesday handed over the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces as President François Hollande’s promise to bring France’s forces home gets under way. But they will continue to train Afghan security forces in the province.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20120704-french-army-hands-over-control-kapisa-afghan-forces

22 JUNE 2012

Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends

Afghan security forces have ended a 12-hour attack by Taliban militants on a hotel outside Kabul, in which at least 20 people died, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18545884 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012621223821763757.html

2 JUNE 2012

SAS launched rescue mission for British aid worker after warning she could be dead in 24 hours

Helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers in the early hours of Saturday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

29 MAY 2012

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

Their classrooms might have been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls entered, police spokesman Khalilullah Aseer said. He blamed the Taliban
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/29/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

25 MAY 2012

Hollande says 1,400 soldiers to stay on in Afghanistan

Around 1,400 French soldiers will stay on in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of 2,000 combat troops later this year, François Hollande announced on Friday 25. The soldiers will remain in the war-torn country to help with training and logistics
http://www.france24.com/en/20120526-hollande-says-1400-soldiers-stay-afghanistan-france-war-taliban

24 MAY 2012

Afghan schoolgirls ‘poisoned by Taliban’

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north. The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2 MAY 2012

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to ‘finish the job’

President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/01/politics/afghanistan-obama/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 APRIL 2012

Afghanistan, US Agree on Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghanistan-US-Agree-on-Strategic-Agreement-148434865.html

15 APRIL 2012

Taliban strike across Afghanistan in ‘spring offensive’

Militants have staged a wave of co-ordinated attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul and other locations. Foreign embassies, Nato’s HQ and the Afghan parliament were hit in the first major attack on Kabul in more than six months. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17719956

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prison

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after hundreds of Taliban militants raided the facility.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/15/world/asia/pakistan-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.france24.com/en/20120415-pakistan-northwest-banu-hundreds-escape-prison-raid-islamist-militants-taliban
14 APRIL 2012

Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son

Salahuddin Rabbani will chair the country’s High Peace Council, which leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-17712058

5 APRIL 2012

Karzai Orders Prosecutor and Tribunal in Scandal Over Kabul Bank’s Losses

With Afghanistan’s foreign backers set to meet next month in Chicago, President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a special tribunal to try those involved in the near collapse of Kabul Bank, a scandal that laid bare the crony capitalism and corruption that has thrived here in the past decade http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/world/asia/karzai-orders-inquiry-in-kabul-banks-losses.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 MARCH 2012

The Afghan girls who live as boys

For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh – disguising girls as boys
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15262680

25 FEBRUARY 2012

NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting
NATO on Saturday 25 pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1185273/1/.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012225151435215869.html http://www.france24.com/en/20120225-nato-kabul-government-ministries-united-states-afghanistan-koran-burning-protests-taliban

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Obama Sends Apology as Afghan Koran Protests Rage

The potential scope of the fallout from the burning of several copies of the Koran by American military personnel this week became chillingly clear on Thursday as a man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed two American soldiers, while a crowd nearby protested the desecration of the Muslim holy book. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/koran-burning-afghanistan-demonstrations.html?ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120223-obama-afghanistan-koran-burning-nato-troops-apology-karzai?no-cache=1

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Shots fired as Afghans protest ‘Koran burning’

At least eight people were shot dead in Kabul on Wednesday during protests where furious Afghans shouted « Death to America » and burned vehicles and shops for a second day following reports that NATO troops had burned copies of the Koran
http://www.france24.com/en/20120222-afghan-protests-over-koran-burning-enter-second-day-nato-usa

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Afghan civilian deaths rise for fifth year, says UN

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011 compared with 2,790 in 2010 and 2,412 in 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-16883917
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

28 JANUARY 2012

Afghans criticise French plan for 2013 troop withdrawal

France’s plans for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan drew criticism from Kabul on Saturday 28, with experts and lawmakers accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of putting politics ahead of Afghans’ safety http://www.france24.com/en/20120128-france-sarkozy-plans-early-withdrawal-draw-criticism-afghanistan

20 JANUARY 2012

France suspends Afghan troop training

France has suspended its training programmes for Afghan troops after an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern part of the country, killing four French soldiers, according to both NATO and Afghan accounts http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201212085958596644.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/world/europe/sarkozy-weighs-afghan-withdrawal-after-4-french-troops-killed.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120120-france-suspends-afghan-military-mission-after-attack-troops-sarkozy

12 JANUARY 2012

Anger at video of US troops ‘urinating on dead bodies’

The US promised to investigate a video on Thursday that appeared to show US forces in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. But the insurgent group has said it would not harm efforts to broker peace talks
http://www.france24.com/en/20120112-afghan-anger-over-urination-video-taliban-afghanistan http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/01/2012112135558618227.html

5 JANUARY 2012

Karzai orders Afghan takeover of Bagram prison

The Afghan government, angry at being sidelined over peace talks, flexed its muscles on Thursday by ordering the takeover of a US military prison and parading British detainees at a news conference. President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram – sometimes called « Afghanistan’s Guantanamo » to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1175040/1/.html

4 JANUARY 2012

Taliban confirms deal to open Qatar office

The Taliban has confirmed it has come to an « initial agreement » to open a political office overseas as part of peace talks with the US, according to a statement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201213112718977856.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/world/asia/taliban-to-open-qatar-office-in-step-toward-peace-talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 DECEMBER 2011

Karzai accepts Taliban office in Qatar

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/12/201112283012391126.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16342640

16 DECEMBER 2011

This piece was published as part of The Future of Afghanistan and U.S. Foreign Policy, a collaboration between the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and ForeignAffairs.com

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136870/zalmay-khalilzad/the-three-futures-for-afghanistan

6 DECEMBER 2011

Shias targeted in Afghan shrine blasts

At least 60 people killed in twin attacks targeting Shia Muslims marking Ashoura in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/201112674650869183.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20111206-twin-afghanistan-bombings-cause-carnage-shiite-mosques-taliban

6 DECEMBER 2011

Timeline: A decade of war in Afghanistan

Major events since the US launched military operations in 2001 to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/2011/10/201110771321874374.html

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghan loya jirga: Karzai wins backing for US pact

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has won the endorsement of tribal elders and community leaders to negotiate a 10-year strategic partnership with the US.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15809068

13 NOVEMBER 2011

Life better since Taliban driven from Kabul, says Nato

Ten years since the Taliban were  driven from the Afghan capital, Nato’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Simon Gass,  says there have been big improvements.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15710041

2 NOVEMBER 2011

Karzai seeks Pakistan’s help with Taliban

The Afghan president has urged Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/11/2011112154754885520.html

1 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghanistan and Pakistan agree Rabbani murder probe

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to jointly investigate the murder of Afghan peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. The two countries’ presidents announced the move after talks in Turkey, their first since Mr Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber in September.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15533736

Afghans bemused by Karzai’s views

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai’s remarks about siding with Pakistan if it ever went to war with the United States have caused no little surprise at home as well as abroad. « If conflict breaks out between Pakistan and the US, we will be beside with Pakistan, » Karzai said in an interview shown on the privately  Geo TV station in Pakistan on October 22. His remarks caused some concern, especially since they followed closely on visits by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to both Islamabad and Kabul While in Islamabad
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MK01Df01.html

29 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 13 US troops

A suicide bomber has attacked a bus carrying foreign troops in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 13 US soldiers. A Nato spokesman said the attacker detonated a car filled with explosives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15504922
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/asia/index.html

11 OCTOBER 2011

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan
Detainees are hung by their hands and beaten with cables, and in some cases their genitals are twisted until the prisoners lose
consciousness at sites run by the Afghan intelligence service and the Afghan National Police, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday 10
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/20111010184857567176.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/world/asia/un-report-finds-routine-abuse-of-afghan-detainees.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15242857

7 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan marks 10 years since US invasion
Afghanistan is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the US-led invasion of the country amid growing security concerns and
questions over what the next decade will hold
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia/2011/10/201110735515474971.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15213999

4 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan and India sign ‘strategic partnership’
The leaders of Afghanistan and India have signed a strategic partnership agreement during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to Delhi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15161776
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110453629522332.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1157261/1/.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home
Afghan officials said the peace council leader, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, was likely killed by a suicide bomber in or near
his heavily guarded home in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The assassination coincided with President Hamid Karzai’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to confer with President Obama about the war. A spokesman for Mr. Karzai said he would cut short his trip to return home
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/asia/Burhanuddin-Rabbani-afghan-peace-council-leader-assassinated.html?_r=1&ref=asiahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14985779

13 SEPTEMBER 2011

Taliban gunmen armed with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launch coordinated attacks in Kabul, targeting NATO’s headquarters,
the US embassy and the Afghan intelligence agency. Gunfire and blasts engulfed what is usually the most heavily protected part of the Afghan capital, with a Taliban insurgency now at its deadliest since US-led troops ousted the Islamists’ regime after the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20110913-afghanistan-taliban-lays-seige-kabul-us-embassy-district-explosions-gunfire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14897358
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/20119139512498402.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/201191435357758832.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghanistan mourns Massoud 10 years on
Ten years to the day after anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was killed in combat, Afghanistan celebrated his passing
with a ceremony that was notable this year for the absence of President Hamid Karzai
http://www.france24.com/en/20110909-asia-taliban-kabul-afghanistan-mourns-massoud-10-years-on

15 JULY 2001

The first batch of departing U.S. soldiers left Afghanistan this week, beginning a drawdown of 10,000 American troops scheduled
to leave by year’s end
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/07/15/afghanistan.drawdown/index.html

12 JULY 2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, has been killed in
Kandahar city by a close associate, according to government officials and a member of his security team
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117127299662659.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14118884
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-most-powerful-man-southern-afghanistan-president-karzai-brother-ahmed-wali
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201171283244784171.html

France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said during a
brief visit to the country
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

27 JUNE 2011

Governor of Afghan central bank flees
The governor of Afghanistan’s central bank has fled the country in fear of his life after naming powerful individuals who benefited from a scandal at Kabulbank, the biggest lender
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3cce0178-a0e9-11e0-adae-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1QVdgmipR

31 MAY 2011

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, warns that the NATO forces fighting in his country risk becoming an « occupying force » if they do not stop air strikes on Afghan civilian homes as they hunt armed fighters
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201153165616561911.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/world/asia/01afghanistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 MAY 2011

Eleven sentenced to life for Bangladesh gang rape
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang raping a female school student during post-election violence in 2001
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13277465

25 APRIL 2011

More than 470 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan escapes through a tunnel hundreds of meters long and dug from outside the jail. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13184920
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/25/afghanistan.prison.break/index.htmlhttp://www.france24.com/en/20110425-afghanistan-taliban-nearly-500-freed-kandahar-jailbreak-tunnel

12 MARCH 2011

President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-us

27 FEBRUAY 2011

An Afghan government investigation found that NATO forces killed 65 civilians, including 40 children, during an assault in the country’s east in February, claims that NATO refutes.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110227-Afghanistan-nato-rejects-claims-forces-killed-65-civilians-attack

5 FEBRUARY 2011

Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
The jail commander had remained silent as the prisoner, Sayed Mussa, told a reporter about his journey from Islam to Christianity: his secret baptism nine years earlier, his faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of heaven
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/world/asia/06mussa.html?_r=1&ref=asia

26 JANUARY 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has opened parliament, after failing to win a delay to allow September’s disputed elections to be investigated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12283862
http://www.france24.com/en/20110126-karzai-afghanistan-parliament-election-lawmakers-dispute
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/01/201112661112799585.html

14 JANUARY 2011

Afghanistan’s Education Minister Farooq Wardak said that the Taliban no longer oppose schooling girls
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taliban-no-longer-opposed-to-female-education-20509.html

3 DECEMBER 2010

US president blames weather as he is unable to meet his Afghan counterpart during a three-hour visit to the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/12/2010123164636132232.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/12/201012382135306499.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11913302

20 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan election authorities have thrown out 1.3 million votes, 23 per cent of the 5.6 million ballots cast in last month’s parliamentary election, officials have said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/10/2010102081458138520.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11582690

7 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on inaugurates the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban and other insurgents
that have been attempting to destabilize the country since start of the US-led invasion nine years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20101007-karzai-inaugurates-high-peace-council-negotiate-taliban-afghanistan-nine-year-anniversary-afghanistan-war

27 AUGUST 2010

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has criticised the US military’s plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011. Mr Karzai said that announcing a date for the withdrawal had given the Taliban insurgency « a morale boost »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11106290

25 AUGUST 2010

Dozens of students and teachers at a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, have been sickened by an unknown gas that spread
through classrooms. This incident follows a similar pattern seen in other recent attacks at girls’ schools involving an airborne substance which could be some form of gas
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/201082513452971438.html

7 AUGUST 2010

Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan
The foreigners are believed to be six Americans, one Briton and a German, who worked for an international charity providing eye care
and medical help
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10900338
http://www.france24.com/en/20100807-eight-foreigners-northeastern-afghanistan-taliban-terrorism-germans

26 JULY 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a NATO rocket attack in southern Afghanistan has killed 52 civilians, including women and children An investigation by the Afghan intelligence service found that the rocket hit a home in the Sangin district of Helmand province
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghan-Officials-Rocket-Attack-Kills-45-Civilians-99233909.html

20 JULY 2010

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has received international backing for plans that would see Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/07/201072052634402987.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/world/asia/21afghan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2 JUNE 2010

Hamid Karzai, theAfghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

23 APRIL 2010

Nato is preparing to hand control of parts of Afghanistan to the Afghan people this year, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says after. Nato foreign ministers, and their partners in the international coalition in Afghanistan, have been meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8639029.stm

1 APRIL 2010

Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, delivers an extraordinarily harsh criticism of the Western governments fighting in his
country, the United Nations and the Anglo-American press, accusing them of perpetrating the fraud that denied him an outright victory in last summer’s presidential elections
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/world/asia/02afghan.html?ref=asia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36136784/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8598843.stm

16 FEBRUARY 2011

Mullah Abdul Ghani Brader Brader, the Afghanistan Taliban’s number two, was captured in Karachi in a secret raid by US and Pakistani intelligence forces several days ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/world/asia/16intel.html?ref=asia

25 FEBRUARY 2010

In Afghanistan, following the success of their biggest military offensive since the start of the 2001 invasion, US marines capture the
Afghan town of Marjah, a former Taliban stronghold, a « historic day » in the fight to oust the regime.
http://www.france24.com/en/20100225-afghanistan-war-historic-capture-marjah-operation-mushtarak-taliban-us-marines

7 FEBRUARY 2010

Taliban dismiss Afghanistan’s president Karzai’s latest reconciliation bid
http://www.france24.com/en/20100207-afghanistan-taliban-dismiss-reconciliation-peace-hamid-karzai

28 JANUARY 2010

An international conference on Afghanistan in London conclude with a commitment to support “full Afghan ownership” of its security
situation and to reintegrate Taliban insurgents willing to renounce violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20100128-afghanistan-london-conference-karzai-taliban-deal-security-miliband-clinton-jirga

Myanmar home policy & society

11 JULY 2018

Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebels

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military commander on Wednesday opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups in the hope of reaching lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-opens-peace-conference-with-ethnic-rebels-18827
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/peace-conference-opens-amid-low-expectations-and-calls-for-reform
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-military-chief-says-tatmadaw-wants-peace-not-weak.html

26 JUNE 2018

General involved in Rohingya crackdown fired after EU sanctions

Major General Maung Maung Soe, who is already under US sanctions, led the brutal military offensive against Rohingya
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/general-involved-rohingya-crackdown-fired-eu-sanctions-180626075100833.html
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-and-canada-sanction-myanmar-officials-over-rohingya-abuses/a-44395522
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2018.160.01.0009.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:160I:TOC

10 JUNE 2018

Myanmar lawyer Kyaw Hla Aung wins $1.1 million Aurora humanitarian prize

A lawyer from Myanmar who has worked to promote the rights of the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority has been awarded the $1.1-million Aurora Prize for humanitarianism
http://www.thestateless.com/2018/06/1-1-million-aurora-prize-for-awakening-humanity-awarded.html
https://auroraprize.com/en/aurora/article/multimedia/11015/u-kyaw-hla-aung-modern-day-hero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8kBg3OFfdY

2 MAY 2018

Burma’s ‘forgotten’ war

The fighting in Burma’s northern borderlands is one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, with the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rebel group and Burma’s army locked in conflict since the 1960s. Despite making it a flagship of her election campaign, a national peace process led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has stalled
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/05/burmas-forgotten-war/#4m5MBiEx6Z6OBfks.97

 29 APRIL 2018

Myanmar policeman who testified Reuters reporters were framed sentenced to prison

A police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday (April 29), without elaborating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-policeman-who-testified-reuters-reporters-were-framed-sentenced-to-prison

17 APRIL 2018

Burma frees 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

Burma announced the release of 8,500 prisoners in a mass pardoning on Tuesday, including dozens of political prisoners and two Christian pastors from an ethnic minority
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/17/burma-frees-8500-prisoners-holiday-amnesty/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/burma-new-president-releases-over-8000-prisoners-in-new-year-amnesty/#mmHW4tpldAyG7pbu.97

11 APRIL 2018

Seven Myanmar soldiers jailed with hard labour for massacre of Rohingya civilians

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141171/seven-myanmar-soldiers-sentenced-10-years-rohingya-massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/10/myanmar-rohingya-muslims-massacre-burma-soldiers-sentenced-jailed

30 MARCH 2018

Myanmar president pledges to amend army-scripted constitution

Myanmar’s new president promised to amend the country’s army-written constitution in an inaugural speech Friday, challenging a charter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top office and gives the military major powers
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution-10090378
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/u-win-myint-myanmars-likely-new-president.html

28 MARCH 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist Win Myint elected Myanmar president

The Union Parliament on Wednesday elected former Lower House Speaker U Win Myint the country’s 10th president after U Htin Kyaw left the post last week citing the need to rest
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-win-myint-aung-san-suu-kyi-ally-10083324
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/parliament-elects-ex-house-speaker-myanmars-next-president.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/22/67/11/1522249345942.html

21 MARCH 2018

Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw resigns ‘to take rest from duties’

Myanmar’s civilian President, Htin Kyaw, resigns with immediate effect « in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities », and is likely to be replaced by Win Myint, a Suu Kyi loyalist
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-21/myanmars-president-htin-kyaw-resigns-to-take-rest-from-duties/1744174
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/president-u-htin-kyaw-resigns-u-win-myint-tipped-as-replacement
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-president-htin-kyaw-resigns/a-43058749

8 MARCH 2018

US Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi’s inaction over what it called « mounting evidence of genocide » committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/us-holocaust-museum-strips-rights-award-from-myanmar-s-suu-kyi-15763
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/us-holocaust-museum-strips-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-human-rights-award/#o2WtaELgwXw1MY8u.97
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-holocaust-museum-suu-kyi-20180308-story.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar bulldozing Rohingya villages to destroy its ‘crime scenes’

New satellite imagery shows that the government of Myanmar is bulldozing more than dozens of already-burned-out Rohingya Muslim villages in the west of the country in an attempt to destroy evidence of violence committed by the military, rights groups say
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-bulldozes-rohingya-villages-after-cleansing-campaign-15428
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/23/553332/Myanmar-bulldozing-Rohingya-villages-crimes-scenes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/23/burmese-government-bulldoze-scores-rohingya-villages/

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar signs ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict

Two ethnic armed groups in Myanmar signed a ceasefire with the government on Tuesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-02-2018/myanmar-signs-ceasefire-with-two-rebel-groups-amid-decades-of-conflict
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/nmsp-ldu-formally-sign-nationwide-ceasefire-agreement
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-win-peace-commission-mon-lahu-groups-sign-nca.html
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/anc-not-certain-sign-nca-says-nai-han-thar

17 JANUARY 2018

Seven ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed as Myanmar police fire on riot

Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office, in unrest that left seven dead in a state already scored by violence and bitter divisions
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/seven-ethnic-rakhine-killed-myanmar-police-fire-riot
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/rohingya/myanmar-police-shoot-dead-seven-protesters-in-troubled-rakhine-1.2158943

10 JANUARY 2018

Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, after almost a month behind bars. They were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya in Rakhine state
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-court-charges-reuters-journalists-under-official-secrets-act/a-42089691
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-police-charge-reuters-journalists/av-42094207
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/10/reuters-journalists-charged
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180110_39/

29 DECEMBER 2017

Myanmar frees journalists after two months in prison for filming with drone

Two journalists and their two local staff have been released from a Myanmar prison, two months after their arrest for allegedly flying a drone over the parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-29/myanmar-releases-journalists-and-staff-arrested-over-drone/9292710?section=world
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-releases-trt-world-journalists-and-fixer-arrested-over-drone-13726

Aung San Suu Kyi has Freedom of Dublin award revoked

Dublin councillors have voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/aung-san-suu-kyi-has-freedom-of-dublin-award-revoked
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/councillors-vote-to-revoke-aung-san-suu-kyis-freedom-of-dublin-36406369.html

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

 Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi

In the debate over whether Aung San Suu Kyi should do more to stop the violence in Myanmar, it’s often pointed out that she has limited power to intervene — the « de facto leader » has widespread support, but the army still rules the joint, writes Liam Cochrane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-24/myanmar-how-the-military-still-controls-the-country-not-aung-san-suu-kyi/1703974

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Rohingya in Myanmar: what you need to know

What makes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
http://www.dw.com/en/the-rohingya-in-myanmar-what-you-need-to-know/a-40340067

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/rohingya-muslims/

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

2 APRIL 2017

Suu Kyi’s party wins string of seats in by-elections but is rejected by Myanmar’s minorities

Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections on Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

1 APRIL 2017

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-goes-to-polls-for-by-elections-in-first-vote-since-suu/3643878.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/01/myanmar-by-election-seen-as-test-for-aung-san-suu-kyi

30 MARCH 2017

Myanmar – A year of democracy

 A year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took over the reins of the country as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century. Things haven’t turned for the better for everyone since then. Verena Hölzl reports
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-a-year-of-democracy/a-38210040

6 FEBRUARY 2017

30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town

At least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2076489/30-dead-intense-fighting-breaks-out-myanmar-china-border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39182713

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised to investigate UN allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/myanmars-suu-kyi-vows-to-investigate-crimes-against-rohingya/8241036?section=world

29 JANUARY 2017

Suu Kyi Muslim political advisor Ko Ni shot and killed at Yangon airport in Myanmar

A gunman has killed a legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon Airport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/prominent-myanmar-suu-kyi-ally-assassinated/8221980?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2066370/prominent-muslim-lawyer-gunned-down-yangons-international

11 JANUARY 2017

Burma: Fresh fears for freedom of speech under Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration

Given the dozens of people who have been charged or jailed under the new administration for supposed online defamation of the regime, it appears those expectations may have been misplaced
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/burma-fresh-fears-freedom-speech-aung-san-suu-kyis-administration/

8 JANUARY 2017

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/buddhist-hardliners-stop-myanmar-muslim-ceremony/3422998.html

 

China’s economy and development

11 JULY 2018

China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat

China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/china-vows-retaliation-latest-200bn-tariff-threat-180711055648748.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/65/14/129/1531291961278.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-vows-to-hit-back-over-new-us-tariffs

5 JULY 2018

Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit

The United States is « opening fire » on the world with its threatened tariffs, the Chinese government warned on Thursday (Jul 5), saying Beijing will respond the instant US measures go into effect as the two locked horns in a bitter trade war
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/china-says-u-s-tariffs-to-backfire-damaging-the-whole-world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/trump-trade-war-to-become-reality-as-china-tariffs-hit-10500896
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109642.shtml

15 JUNE 2018

Trump hits China with tariffs on $50 billion of goods; China says it will retaliate

President Trump is enacting a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods « that contain industrially significant technologies, » after months of exchanging threats amid concerns over a potential trade war
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/15/620259820/trump-levies-50-billion-in-tariffs-as-china-says-it-will-retaliate?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-06-15/trump-hits-china-with-list-of-tariffs-video
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1107164.shtml

30 MAY 2018

U.S.-China tensions hit a peak: White House slaps new tariff

After a week-long delay, the White House says on Tuesday said it will impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods with « industrially significant technology. »
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257373180/us-china-tensions-hit-a-peak-white-house-slaps-new-tariff
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/285702-us-announces-25-per-cent-new-tariffs-on-chinese-tech-goods
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-slams-surprise-us-trade-announcement–says-ready-to-fight-10287864
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148526/united-states-threat-tariffs-chinese-imports-just

20 MAY 2018

US and China call a ceasefire in trade dispute

Both sides this weekend said they had agreed to not impose new tariffs on one another while talks continue, after reaching an initial agreement on trade
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/19/news/china-united-states-trade-announcement/index.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/39/194/85/1526800627197.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-us-agree-to-abandon-trade-war-china-s-vice-premier-10251524

3 MAY 2018

US-China trade talks start in Beijing, but they’re not giving anything away

China and the United States began talks on Thursday after a senior US delegation of hardliners landed in Beijing, with all eyes on whether the two countries can avert an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144586/us-china-trade-talks-start-beijing-theyre-not-giving
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/tech-deficit-underlies-us-china-trade-conflict/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-wont-submit-to-us-threats-as-trade-talks-begin

4 APRIL 2018

China targets US soybeans, cars, planes with new 25 per cent tariffs, but leaves room for negotiation

Beijing wasted little time in firing back at Washington’s latest trade action by unveiling plans to slap additional 25 per cent of tariffs on a range of goods it imports from the US, including soybeans, cars and planes, as the world’s two largest economies edge ever closer towards an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2140263/china-strikes-back-25pc-tariffs-106-us-imports-all-out
http://www.dw.com/en/us-proposes-punitive-tariffs-targeting-50-billion-worth-of-chinese-imports/a-43243114
http://www.france24.com/en/20180404-china-raise-tariffs-billions-us-products-retaliation

2 APRIL 2018

China hits back at Trump with retaliatory tariffs on 128 US imports, worth US$3 billion a year

China on Monday imposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 US imports worth US$3 billion a year, including fruits and pork, in retaliation to US duties on steel and aluminium, fuelling fears of a trade war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43614400
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2139858/china-hits-back-trump-retaliatory-tariffs-128-us
http://www.dw.com/en/china-targets-us-meat-fruit-in-retaliation-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/a-43222342

23 MARCH 2018

China announces retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, deepening fears of a trade war

China on Friday unveiled plans to impose tariffs on 128 products, or $3 billion worth of American goods, including California staples such as wine, fruit and almonds
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-tariffs-20180323-story.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-targets-3-billion-in-us-goods-over-trump-s-steel-tariffs-16154
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-warns-us-actions-could-push-ties-danger-zone/4312973.html

22 MARCH 2018

Donald Trump hits China with $50 billion in tariffs, raising fears of new trade war

Donald Trump has announced $50 billion of tariffs on China to punish the country for forcefully acquiring US intellectual property, triggering fears of a new trade war
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/22/china-says-will-not-hide-trade-war-donald-trump-prepares-announce/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/trump-hits-china-trade-measures-white-house-exempts-allies-tariffs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/22/china-us-sanctions-trade-war

11 MARCH 2018

China: Trade war with US would be disastrous

China says it does not want to initiate a trade war with the US following Trump’s decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum. It, however, vows to defend its national interests amid American protectionism
http://www.dw.com/en/china-trade-war-with-us-would-be-disastrous/a-42925378
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214947
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-will-try-avoid-trade-war-us-will-retaliate-must/

7 MARCH 2018

Europe renews tariffs on Chinese steel pipes as high as 72%

As the world watches breathlessly if Trump will follow through with his threat to slap steel and aluminum import tariffs, Europe continues to quietly ratchet up its own trade war with China and nobody seems to mind
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-06/europe-renews-tariffs-chinese-steel-pipes-high-72

5 MARCH 2018

China sets 2018 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 percent for 2018, unchanged from that for 2017, according to a government work report released Monday
http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/0305/c90000-9432825.html
https://gbtimes.com/china-reduces-annual-gdp-growth-target-for-2018

3 MARCH 2018

China, Russia sign deal on lunar exploration at global space agency meeting

The space agencies of China and Russia have signed a deal on lunar exploration, including possible cooperation on orbital and south pole Moon missions and a joint data centre
https://gbtimes.com/china-russia-sign-deal-on-lunar-exploration-at-global-space-agency-meeting

2 FEBRUARY 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves China with over 7 billion euros of trade deals

Her visit has yielded new trade deals worth seven and half billion dollars to Britain which is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/02/british-prime-minister-theresa-may-leaves-china-with-over-7-billion-euros-of-trade-deals
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180202_09/

28 JANUARY 2018

Explaining China’s fast rise as an innovative country

In the last few years, China has climbed to the pinnacle of nations of the world in terms of creativity and innovation, especially in the realms where it matters. In fact, China has spurted ahead in the race to the top to the degree it has become noticed and admired but also feared by some
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/638.html

24 JANUARY 2018

China will surprise world with reforms in 2018, Xi adviser says

China will introduce more reform measures to open up its economy this year, according to Liu He, the top financial and economic adviser to President Xi Jinping
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-24/china-will-surprise-world-with-reforms-in-2018-xi-adviser-says
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-s-economic-mastermind-pledges-more-reform-at-davos-9892514

16 JANUARY 2018

China says foreign direct investment up 7.9% in 2017

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland posted steady growth in 2017, through further opening-up and improved structure of foreign investment
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/64/228/1516113060640.html

NUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new « Silk Road, » France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

1 JANUARY 2018

China’s economic power is actually a lot smaller than you think

China’s economic presence on world markets is actually much smaller than that of the United States of America and smaller than our key three Asia-Pacific allies combined
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-01/chinas-economic-power-is-actually-a-lot-smaller-than-you-think/9291700?section=world

2 DECEMBER 2017

Xi sets out economic road map for China Dream

His vision of China becoming a rich and powerful nation gets clearer timeline and goals
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/xi-sets-out-economic-road-map-for-china-dream

30 NOVEMBER 2017

China pushing billions into Iranian economy as Western firms stall

China is financing billions of dollars worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-nuclear-china/china-pushing-billions-into-iranian-economy-as-western-firms-stall-idUKKBN1DU2A8

29 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s State-owned entreprises (SOE) reform wrangle

For the past twenty years, Chinese reformers have sought to improve the efficiency of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), with the latest through mixed-ownership reform. Despite the ever-deepening process, so far the new initiatives have not been very fruitful
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/29/chinas-seo-reform-wrangle/

21 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Can China transition to a more innovative economy?

After more than three decades of high growth based on the exploitation of low wages and demographic advantages, as well as incremental market-oriented reforms and international openness, China now confronts higher wages and a shrinking workforce. Future growth will depend increasingly on innovation and increased productivity. What is the likelihood of China making this transition?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/07/can-china-transition-to-a-more-innovative-economy/

13 OCTOBER 2017

How can China afford its science and technology goals?

 China is at a historic economic juncture. Its urban-centric growth model has orphaned the rural population while the urban population struggles with incomes below OECD levels and housing, education and health costs above those in Europe
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/13/how-can-china-afford-its-science-and-technology-goals/#more-91341

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

OECD: Chinese GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017

China’s economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2017-09/21/content_32275000.htm

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

24 JULY 2014

IMF revises China growth forecasts for 2017, 2018 higher

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday revised upwards China’s growth forecasts for 2017 and 2018 to 6.7 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/30/95/1500896621199.html

2 JULY 2017

Latest Long March rocket fails after launch from southern China

China’s ambitious space programme appeared to suffer a setback on Sunday when a Long March-5 rocket with a communications satellite on board failed to successfully launch
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100960/latest-long-march-rocket-fails-after-launch-southern

5 JUNE 2017

Why Canadians are opposed to a free-trade deal with China

China and Canada have been engaged in exploratory talks towards a free-trade agreement. Yet, in its public statements to Canadians, Ottawa often sounds non-committal. A free-trade deal makes good sense for both countries. So what’s not to like?
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2096867/why-canadians-are-opposed-free-trade-deal-china

01 JUNE 2017

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect, and many are confused

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-new-cybersecurity-law-goes-effect-rattles-businesses

18 MAY 2017

New Chinese law hurts foreign business say economists & industry organisations

More than 50 world industry organisations have urged the Chinese government to delay enforcement of the country’s first cybersecurity law in a letter sent Monday, May 15
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/18/new-chinese-law-hurts-foreign-business-says-economists-industry-organisations
https://www.uschina.org/sites/default/files/May%202017%20Global%20Association%20Letter%20on%20Cybersecurity%20Law%20Implementation%20%28ENG%29.pdf

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

15 MAY 2017

EU rejects China’s vision for ‘modern Silk Road’

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/eu-china-summit-bejing-xi-jinping-belt-and-road

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-hosts-silk-road-summit-in-shadow-of-n-korea-missile-1.2027198
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-14/china-wants-new-silk-road-one-belt-one-road-project-to-help-it-dominate-world-trade/1671328

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

12 MAY 2017

Beijing, US reach trade deal to boost American imports to China in wake of Xi-Trump summit

The United States has reached a trade agreement with Beijing that will boost shipments of American liquefied natural gas, beef and other products, as well as improve its market access of financial services to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2094045/china-us-sign-trade-deal-wake-xi-trump-summit
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2017/05/13/497313/p2/China-agrees.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39894119

5 MAY 2017

China sends homegrown jumbo passenger jet C919 into sky

Change is in the air in China as the country’s first domestically made airliner – the C919 – successfully completed its much-delayed maiden flight from Shanghai Airport
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/05/china-s-c919-airliner-gets-set-to-challenge-airbus-and-boeing
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/05/content_15608516.html

17 APRIL 2017

Rumbling of reform in China’s fiscal foundations

Significant progress is being made towards building the foundations of a fiscal system to undergird rule-based governance. The most important driver of change is the Budget Law and associated documents
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/17/rumbling-of-reform-in-chinas-fiscal-foundations/

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

1 APRIL 2017

New Chinese work permit system to rank foreigners

The Chinese government has introduced a new ranking system for foreign nationals applying for working permits
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170402_01/

16 MARCH 2017

China, Saudi Arabia sign agreements worth about $91 billion

China and Saudi Arabia on Thursday (March 16) signed MOUs and letters of intent potentially worth about US$65 billion (S$91.8 billion) during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a senior Chinese diplomat said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-saudi-arabia-sign-agreements-worth-about-91-billion
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0316/c90000-9191261.html

5 MARCH 2017

China sets 2017 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

Premier Li Keqiang announced the figure on Sunday as he delivered a government report at the opening of the country’s annual session of parliament, the National People’s Congress
http://www.ecns.cn/business/2017/03-05/247926.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2076224/amid-brexit-and-trump-uncertainties-china-strikes-note-caution
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170305/1083.html

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetized the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as a Global Power
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/365.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Weighing up China’s investment in the United States

Chinese investment flows into the United States have reached unprecedented heights over the past two years and the future promises more of the same. The acquisition of US companies accounts for 84 per cent of these investments
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/15/weighing-up-chinas-investment-in-the-united-states/

9 FEBRUARY 2017

For China, Europe is the new Africa

For the past few years, Chinese investments in Italy have grown exponentially in every sector, from football to engines, fashion to real estate, tourism to energy
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-China,-Europe-is-the-new-Africa-39892.html

7 JANUARY 2016

EU ready to help China fight protectionsim

The EU is ready to stand with China in the fight against protectionism, but Beijing needs to reform to be fair to investors, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-%E2%80%98ready%E2%80%99-help-china-fight-protectionism

29 JANUARY 2017

A time of test for the China model of economic growth

The ‘China model’ of economic growth has been essentially a story of a hyper-charged economy led by an authoritarian state. But now the model has become unsustainable, with China experiencing economic slowdown as well as rampant corruption, growing inequality and environmental destruction
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/29/a-time-of-test-for-the-china-model-of-economic-growth/

20 JANUARY 2017

China’s economy grows 6.7% in 2016

China’s economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38686568
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/china-questionable-gdp-numbers-why-does-it-even-bother/8198196?section=world

27 DECEMBER 2016

China issues white paper on space development

China on Tuesday issued a white paper on the development of space industry since 2011 and major tasks for the next five years
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/27/content_15548171.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-27/china-says-space-programme-must-help-protect-national-security/8149676?section=world

18 DECEMBER 2016

The social cost of smashing China’s iron rice bowls

China has ordered state firms to smash the decades-old system of providing cradle-to-grave welfare support, known as the country’s “iron rice bowl.”
http://www.atimes.com/article/social-cost-smashing-chinas-iron-rice-bowls/

11 DECEMBER 2016

US-China trade shows signs of improvement

Trade between the world’s two largest economies has shown signs of improvement as the US trade deficit with China, a long-term US concern, narrowed significantly in October
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-12/11/content_15540347.html

8 DECEMBER 2016

China considers easing foreign investment limits

China has indicated it could relax restrictions on foreign investment in some sectors as it struggles to counter an overseas exodus of capital, while facing accusations of protectionism from US President-elect Donald Trump
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-considers-easing-foreign-investment-limits-0

30 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s New ‘Cybersecurity’ Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China’s new laws on cybersecurity are no better than trade protectionism in a new guise
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/chinas-new-cybersecurity-rules-look-like-cyberprotectionism-instead/

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China steps up protection for property, intellectual rights

China will increase protection for property rights, including stepping up oversight of the management of state-owned assets, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing guidelines issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-steps-protection-property-intellectual-rights/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

China working to make yuan key international currency

China government is making strategic moves to construct an Asia-based economic bloc based on the Chinese yuan
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-working-make-yuan-key-international-currency-29417

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Evaluating China’s Economy

Can China keep up its growth and deliver on its “harmony” pact with the Chinese people?http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/evaluating-chinas-economy/

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Despite the yuan’s devaluation, China’s exports continue to fall

Although the yuan lost about 1.5 per cent against the US dollar last month, Chinese exports still dropped 7.3 per cent in dollar terms compared to a year earlier. October’s decline follows a fall of 10 per cent in September
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-the-yuan’s-devaluation,-China’s-exports-continue-to-fall-39082.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-11/08/content_15522785.html

31 OCTOBER 2016

France and China are set to very soon launch a fund for joint investment in overseas projects

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke of the plans after meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/31/france-and-china-investment-fund-to-seek-global-opportunities

30 OCTOBER 2016

China, Japan and South Korea pledge to promote talks on free trade and energy

Trade chiefs from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Saturday to promote negotiations on free trade and cooperation in the energy sector at a trilateral meeting in Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2041375/china-japan-and-south-korea-pledge-promote-talks-free-trade-and

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

From the outset of China’s economic reform era, diaspora Chinese have provided the lion’s share of inward foreign investment. This has been concentrated in export-oriented sectors, driving growth of transnational production networks that today bind China’s neighbours to it through the world’s most integrated intraregional trading system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/14/the-chinese-diasporas-role-in-the-rise-of-china/#more-52297

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia-China Economic and Trade Partnership Falters

Russian-Chinese trade fell by 5 percent year-on-year to $28 billion in the first six months of 2016, mainly because of plummeting prices for commodities such as oil, gas, lumber, metal and coal, Russia’s main exports. At the same time, the U.S. remains China’s most important economic relationship with bilateral trade between the two hitting $263 billion in the first half of this year
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-china-economic-trade-partnership-falters-n645291

18 AUGUST 2016

Reconstructing China’s steel industry

China’s annual production of crude steel reached 804 million tonnes in 2015, 6.3 times higher than the total production in 2000. It accounts for nearly 50 per cent of total global steel output, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883a jump from only 15 per cent at the end of the previous century
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883

18 JULY 2016

China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project

Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245920175

15 JULY 2016

China GDP: Economy beats expectations with 6.7pc growth

In the face of deteriorating conditions, China’s economy has defied expectations of a slowdown with GDP growth for the June quarter holding steady at 6.7 per cent
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/chinese-economy-beats-expectations/7632616?section=world
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-growth-steadies-while-still-raising-concern/a-19401936

5 JULY 2016

China revises GDP calculation

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has adopted a new method of calculating GDP that it says « better reflects the contribution of innovation to economic growth. »
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/07/05/3521s933150.htm

28 JUNE 2016

China’s first regional jet takes maiden flight

 China’s first commercial regional jet, the ARJ21, took maiden flight from Chengdu city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province to Beijing on Tuesday, marking a landmark success
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-28/216020.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/06-28/97979.shtml

13  JUNE 2016

China’s fixed asset investment slumps to 16-year low

China’s fixed asset investment — a proxy for construction and infrastructure spending — slows to its slowest rate of growth since 2000, suggesting the impact of financial stimulus injected into the economy is already starting to wane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-13/chinas-fixed-asset-investment-slumps-to-16year-low/1589960

3 MAY 2016 

Is China making life difficult for foreign companies?

Once, China welcomed them with open arms, but now overseas firms are complaining about the country’s increasingly hostile business environment as concerns rise over protectionism, forced technology transfers and tightening censorship
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1940397/china-making-life-difficult-foreign-companies

2 MAY 2016

China completes implementation of VAT scheme

China has replaced all business tax with value-added tax (VAT) after extending the policy to cover the construction, real estate, finance and consumer services sectors
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-05/02/content_15425968.html

26 APRIL 2016

China’s ‘Triple Bubble’ Economy Poised to Burst

After a nearly disastrous start to the year in January and February, China’s economy steadied itself in March. Now, the early April indicators suggest a continuation of the uptick
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98triple-bubble%E2%80%99-economy-poised-burst-0

1 APRIL 2016

China manufacturing rebounds unexpectedly

An unexpected expansion in Chinese manufacturing has provided cause for renewed optimism in the world’s second largest economy. Last year China saw its slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century
http://www.dw.com/en/china-manufacturing-rebounds-unexpectedly/a-19157202

23 MARCH 2016

China offers $11.5 billion in loans, credit to 5 Mekong River nations

Premier Li Keqiang said that China will be using money to build its influence with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, specifically, the five countries along the Mekong River
http://atimes.com/2016/03/china-offers-11-5-billion-in-loans-credit-to-5-mekong-river-nations/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/China-to-help-develop-Mekong-River-basin

16 MARCH 2016

Lawmakers approve China’s five-year plan against economic headwinds

Chinese lawmakers on Wednesday approved the country’s economic and social development blueprint for the 2016-2020 period, which sets targeted average annual economic growth at above 6.5 percent in the next five years.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/16/c_135194463.htm
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-risky-experiment/a-19120034

12 MARCH 2016

Foreigners in China to get better legal service

China’s top judge has asked the courts to improve the legal environment through better handling of disputes involving foreigners, particularly in the marine sector, as the country opens wider to the outside world and tries hard to attract overseas enterprises
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreigners-china-get-better-legal-service

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Latin America: China’s power play right under the U.S.

Chinese banks sent nearly $30 billion in loans to Latin American governments last year, more than double the amount from 2014. It’s also more money than the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank gave to the region last year combined, according to the Inter-American Dialogue, a non-profit in Washington.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/11/news/economy/china-latin-america-billions-of-dollars-loans-investments/index.html

3 FEBRUARY 2016

China top planner: GDP will grow 6.5% to 7% this year

On the heels of the Chinese manufacturing sector posing its lowest reading in three years, China’s top economic planner reinforced previous forecasts and said the world’s second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5% and 7% this year
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-top-planner-gdp-will-grow-6-5-to-7-this-year/
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/facing-economic-headwinds-china-predicts-slower-growth-in-2016/

19 JANUARY 2016

China economy grew 6.9% in 2015, slowest pace in 25 years

The official figures released on Tuesday (Jan 19) confirm a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that is rippling around the world and spooking global financial markets
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/china-economy-grew-69-in-2015-slowest-pace-in-25-years
http://en.people.cn/business/n3/2016/0119/c90778-9005938.html
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Economic-problems-bring-threat-of-deflation?page=1

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 11 July in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 11 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on July 11, 2018

1156: In Japan, the siege of Shirakawa-den begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Shirakawa-den

1863: In Shimonoseki Strait, a Japanese battle cruiser shoots at Dutch warship Medusa, killing 4
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-2725

1921: After a revolt against the Chinese led by Sukhbaatar, a provisional government is formed in Outer Mongolia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damdin_S%C3%BCkhbaatar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_Revolution_of_1921

1947: USA announces it sends a mission led by General Wedemeyer to China during the civil war

1952: Treaty of Amity between India and the Philippines
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1952/8.html

1961: The China-DPRK (North Korea) Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Treaty is signed in Beijing
https://www.marxists.org/subject/china/documents/china_dprk.htm

1961-07-11 Sino-North Korean Friendship Treaty

1995: United States establishes full diplomatic relations with Vietnam
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/12/world/opening-vietnam-overview-us-grants-vietnam-full-ties-time-for-healing-clinton.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-establishes-diplomatic-relations-with-vietnam

2003: The Lahore-Delhi bus service resume after suspension of 18 months

2006: 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attack in Mumbai (India)
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/07/11/mumbai.blasts/

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/09/30/india.bombs/index.html?section=cnn_world

2007: For the first time since 1971, a train cross the India-Bangladesh border with an Indian delegation to Dakha. Before, only buses where authorized

2007: After height days of siege. The Pakistani army storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad where Islamists where entrenched
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6286500.stm
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/10/pakistan.mosque/index.html

2012: The United States eased its economic sanctions on Myanmar while maintaining a ban on ties with its military, President Barack Obama announced after the appointment of the first US ambassador to Burma in two decades
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/us-myanmar-easing-sactions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

 

Holidays and observances

Mongolia: First day of Naadam

On 11 July in South Asian history

ON 11 JULY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Updated on July 11, 2018

1950: Pakistan joins the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank

1950: Birth of Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Hoodbhoy

1952: Treaty of Amity between India and the Philippines
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1952/8.html

1953: Birth of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India
http://www.in.com/suresh-prabhakar-prabhu/profile-504.html

1957: Prince Karim Husseini Aga Khan IV inherits the office of Imamat as the 49th Imam of Shia Imami Ismaili worldwide, after the death of Sir Sultan Mahommed Shah Aga Khan III
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karim_Aga_Khan_IV

2001: With no more majority, Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga suspends the parliament for two months and announces a referendum on a new constitution
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/07/sri-j14.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1441186.stm

2003: The Lahore-Delhi bus service resume after suspension of 18 months

2006: 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attack in Mumbai (India)
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/07/11/mumbai.blasts/

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/09/30/india.bombs/index.html?section=cnn_world

2007: For the first time since 1971, a train cross the India-Bangladesh border with an Indian delegation to Dakha. Before, only buses where authorized 

2007: After height days of siege. The Pakistani army storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad where Islamists where entrenched
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6286500.stm
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/10/pakistan.mosque/index.html

2015 : Hasif Saeed, a former Taliban leader then ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan is killed in a U.S. drone strike
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

 

On 11 July in Southeast Asian history

ON 11 JULY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 11, 2018

1688: Death of King Narai of Siam (1656-1688), born in 1629
 http://www.thaimain.com/eng/monarchy/ayutthaya/narai.html

1952: Treaty of Amity between India and the Philippines
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1952/8.html

1983: Birth of Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Poon

1995: United States establishes full diplomatic relations with Vietnam
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/12/world/opening-vietnam-overview-us-grants-vietnam-full-ties-time-for-healing-clinton.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-establishes-diplomatic-relations-with-vietnam

1998: In Indonesia, Akbar Tanjung, a friend of President Habibie, becomes chaiman of Golkar while followers of Suharto leave the party
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Tandjung

2001: In Cambodia, the National assembly pass a bill that authorize the trial of the former Khmer Rouge leaders

2001: Visit of Kim Yong-nam, number 2 of North Korea to Hanoi. He is the highest leader to go to Vietnam since Kim Il-sung in 1964
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2001/07/11/korea-hanoi.htm
http://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-peoples-republic-korea/nkorea-head-state-hanoi-seeking-support

 

On 11 July in Japan’s history

ON 11 JULY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1156: In Japan, the siege of Shirakanawa-den begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Shirakawa-den

1628: Birth of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, famous Japanese warlord
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Mitsukuni
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=558

1863: In Shimonoseki Strait, a Japanese battle cruiser shoots at Dutch warship Medusa, killing 4
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-2725

1893: The first cultural pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto
http://www.pearl-guide.com/mikimoto.shtml

1966: Birth of Kentaro Miura, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentaro_Miura

1975: Birth of Riona Hazuki, Japanese actress
http://www.tohokingdom.com/people/riona_hazuki.htm

1985: Birth of Aki Maeda, Japanese actress
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Maeda

2004: In Japan, renewal of half of the members of the Senate. Failure for the Liberal democratic party of PM Koizumi, but he keeps the majority thanks to his Komeito party ally

2012: Veteran Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa, who resigned from the ruling party over plans to raise sales tax, has formed a new opposition party
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18794030