Anthony Kuhn http://wfae.org en After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://wfae.org/post/after-two-disasters-can-malaysia-airlines-still-attract-passengers The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' <em>annus horribilis</em>. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.<p>But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.<p>It was expected to announce a restructuring plan even before MH17 was shot down. That plan is expected very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 55484 at http://wfae.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine http://wfae.org/post/its-way-kuala-lumpur-plane-brought-down-over-ukraine Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 55182 at http://wfae.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong http://wfae.org/post/violence-and-other-threats-raise-press-freedom-fears-hong-kong On the evening of July 1, just hours after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327226527/thousands-rally-in-hong-kong-to-call-for-democratic-vote">Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy protests in years</a>, the printing presses of the <em>Ming Pao</em> newspaper — long respected for its editorial independence — suddenly ground to a halt.<p>The paper's managers removed the bold headlines from the front page and replaced them with new ones that made no mention of the protesters' main demands: free, fair and direct elections for the Chinese-ruled special administrative region.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 55005 at http://wfae.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone http://wfae.org/post/after-losing-only-child-chinese-parents-face-old-age-alone It's been nearly 3 1/2 decades since China's government started limiting most urban families to one child. The family planning policy successfully slowed the nation's population growth, but it has had some unintended consequences.<p>One is that some parents lose their only children to illness or accidents and end up with no one to care for them in their old age. Now, these parents have gotten together to demand their rights.<p>A group of parents meets at a Beijing restaurant to talk and console each other. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54660 at http://wfae.org After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone Mistrust Overshadows U.S. Talks With China http://wfae.org/post/mistrust-overshadows-us-talks-china Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. High-level meetings between the U.S. and China underscore a long-term problem. They have the world's two largest economies. They're likely the two most important nations on earth.<p>INSKEEP: And neither trusts the other's intentions. Because they must cooperate, Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks.<p>MONTAGNE: But the point of this next story is that words may not ease mistrust. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54598 at http://wfae.org Marchers Take To Streets Of Hong Kong To Protest Eroding Autonomy http://wfae.org/post/marchers-take-streets-hong-kong-protest-eroding-autonomy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Tens of thousands - possibly hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong today. People there are angry about what they call an erosion of the rights Beijing promised them when the former British colony was reclaimed by China. That happened 17 years ago today. And the massive protest came after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum calling for more democratic elections. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54057 at http://wfae.org Democracy Protesters In Hong Kong Call For Free Elections http://wfae.org/post/democracy-protesters-take-streets-hong-kong Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>CHORUS: (Foreign language spoken).<p>GREENE: This comes on the 17th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. The protesters are demanding greater democracy, a bigger role in selecting leaders. China's government tries to control the political process through a nominating committee. NPR's Anthony Kuhn spoke to Renee yesterday about an unofficial referendum this week. Nearly 800,000 of the city's 7 million people voted for full democracy. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54011 at http://wfae.org In Unofficial Referendum, Hong Kong Voters Demand Change http://wfae.org/post/unofficial-referendum-hong-kong-voters-demand-change Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Residents of Hong Kong are pushing for more say over how they are governed. Results are in today on a referendum organized by democracy advocates aimed at giving Hong Kong voters power over choosing their own leader. Hundreds of thousands of residents casted ballots over the last 10 days. The vote is non-binding, but pro-democracy leaders hope it will apply pressure on China's Communist Party, which, in any event, has denounced the vote. Joining us to tell us more is NPR's Anthony Kuhn, he's in Hong Kong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53940 at http://wfae.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid http://wfae.org/post/clock-ticking-aung-san-suu-kyis-presidential-bid Time is running out for Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her bid to become president.<p>The long-serving political prisoner and democracy activist is now 67. If she wins general elections next year, she could become Asia's most famous politician.<p>But, for now, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/03/economist-explains-3">the country's constitution, which came into effect in 2008, bars her from running</a>. The rule disqualifies anyone whose spouse or children are foreign nationals from holding the office of president or vice president. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53774 at http://wfae.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics http://wfae.org/post/rift-over-interfaith-ban-new-fault-line-burmese-politics Myanmar's parliament is now considering a bill that would restrict marriages of people from different religions. Buddhist nationalists hope it will protect their religion from the spread of Islam and claim it's a way to prevent coerced conversions, but critics lambaste the proposed law as targeting the country's Muslim minority. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53574 at http://wfae.org