Anthony Kuhn http://blog.wlrn.org en Beijing Begins Apparent Corruption Probe Into High-Level Official http://blog.wlrn.org/post/beijing-begins-apparent-corruption-probe-high-level-official China has begun investigations into one of the country's senior politicians. Zhou Yongkang was a former domestic security chief, and he's suspected of "serious disciplinary violations" — a phrase which usually stands for corruption. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 36351 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 36271 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign http://blog.wlrn.org/post/celebrity-news-anchor-swept-chinas-anti-corruption-effort Chinese often complain that corruption is endemic in every sector of their society. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 36222 at http://blog.wlrn.org News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://blog.wlrn.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 36030 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? In 5 Months, 2 Lost Planes: Malaysians Struggle To Cope http://blog.wlrn.org/post/5-months-2-lost-planes-malaysians-struggle-cope Malaysia is reeling from the loss of a second plane in five months. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the reaction from Malaysians in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 35801 at http://blog.wlrn.org On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine http://blog.wlrn.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 11:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 35774 at http://blog.wlrn.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong http://blog.wlrn.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 35630 at http://blog.wlrn.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone http://blog.wlrn.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 35356 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone Marchers Take To Streets Of Hong Kong To Protest Eroding Autonomy http://blog.wlrn.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 34851 at http://blog.wlrn.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid http://blog.wlrn.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 34637 at http://blog.wlrn.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://blog.wlrn.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 34474 at http://blog.wlrn.org Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/chinese-authorities-ensure-tiananmen-anniversary-passes-quietly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>25 years ago today, these were some of the sounds from Tiananmen Square, as Chinese soldiers used rifles and tanks to end nearly two months of pro-democracy protests.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTS)<p>CORNISH: Hundreds are believed to have died. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 33428 at http://blog.wlrn.org 25 Years Later, Tiananmen Square Is A Forbidden Subject In China http://blog.wlrn.org/post/25-years-later-tiananmen-square-forbidden-subject-china Immediately following the crackdown, the government began a long-term campaign of suppression. Even today, many believe the government's goal is to erase the historic event from the nation's memory. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 33390 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins http://blog.wlrn.org/post/buddhist-majority-myanmar-muslim-minority-gets-pushed-margins Thirteen-year-old Zomir Hussein lives with his family in a simple wooden home in a village outside the city of Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine state. Not long ago, he accidentally overdosed on medicine he was taking to treat his tuberculosis.<p>Now he lies on the floor, his hands curled into claws, his eyes staring vacantly. He cries out to his parents for help. His mother cradles him, and for a moment, he seems to smile.<p>Zomir was getting treatment at the main hospital in downtown Sittwe. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 33036 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins China Puts Brass On Trial In Fight Against Military Corruption http://blog.wlrn.org/post/china-puts-brass-trial-fight-against-military-corruption China's ongoing crackdown on military corruption may be the toughest — or at least best publicized — in more than six decades of communist rule. Some top brass are on trial, and teams of inspectors have fanned in search of graft.<p>But all of that may seem like a distant light at the end of a long tunnel for former navy captain Tan Linshu. Wed, 14 May 2014 07:45:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 32297 at http://blog.wlrn.org China Puts Brass On Trial In Fight Against Military Corruption