Anthony Kuhn http://wrur.org en On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine http://wrur.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 7258 at http://wrur.org In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics http://wrur.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 6934 at http://wrur.org 25 Years Later, Tiananmen Square Is A Forbidden Subject In China http://wrur.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 6661 at http://wrur.org Many Sunken Ferry Victims Believed To Be Trapped Below Deck http://wrur.org/post/many-sunken-ferry-victims-believed-be-trapped-below-deck Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In South Korea today, officials have requested arrest warrants for the captain and also two crew members of the ferry that capsized off the country's southern coast. At least 28 people are dead and nearly 300 people remain unaccounted for. Many of them are believed to be trapped below deck, but divers have so far not been able to get inside that vessel. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 6084 at http://wrur.org Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Airliner Went Down http://wrur.org/post/malaysian-prime-minister-announces-airliner-went-down Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. We have breaking news this morning on the status of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 307. Earlier this hour Malaysia's prime minister announced that the government there now believes the plane is lost.<p>PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK: It's therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.<p>INSKEEP: Ended up in the ocean, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5784 at http://wrur.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' http://wrur.org/post/flight-370-families-every-day-torment Family members of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have grown increasingly frustrated in the nearly two weeks since the flight disappeared. Despite the efforts of airline and government officials, many relatives are angry about the lack of information. Some have even threatened to hunger strike in protest against the lack of information.<p>For many family members gathered at a Beijing hotel, the glare of media attention can be harsh. One minute, they are swatting away intrusive reporters who stick cameras and microphones in their tear-streaked faces. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5754 at http://wrur.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China http://wrur.org/post/execution-north-korea-has-chilling-effect-china North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shocked the world last month when he accused his uncle and mentor of treason and had Jang Song Thaek executed.<p>The consequences of that purge are reaching beyond North Korea's border. Jang had been in charge of trade with China, and his death has had a chilling effect on ties with North Korea's neighbor and longtime ally.<p>Nowhere is that being felt more acutely than in China's northeast, where Chinese freight trains rumble across a bridge over the Yalu River and into North Korea. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5177 at http://wrur.org An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor http://wrur.org/post/lure-chinas-gray-economy-reaches-rich-and-poor The income gap is growing dramatically in China and the rich are getting exponentially richer — the richest 10 percent of China's population are more than three times wealthier than the official figures.<p>Much of that undeclared wealth is what Chinese people call "gray income," including proceeds from corruption and other ethically "gray" areas of the economy.<p>Living on the margins of the "gray economy" are people like migrant laborer Wang Haichuan. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5092 at http://wrur.org Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins http://wrur.org/post/filipino-priest-suffers-his-flock-amid-typhoons-ruins Three young men dig a grave in a churchyard in San Joaquin Parish, a collection of about a dozen barrios outside Tacloban, the Philippine provincial capital ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.<p>They roll an unidentified body wrapped only in blue plastic sheeting up to the grave on a squeaky trolley.<p>They drag the body into the pit, which is too small for it. The soft, sandy soil falls from their shovels, and in a minute, the crumpled blue figure disappears under the earth.<p>The local priest, the Rev. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 4630 at http://wrur.org Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response http://wrur.org/post/old-political-feud-philippines-fuels-rage-over-typhoon-response Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>While international relief efforts in the Philippines are in high gear, efforts by the Philippine government have been hampered. There are bitter rivalries among the country's political clans. And two major political families - including that of the president - are sparring over the response to the disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has that story.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Mayor Alfred Romualdez is a constant and visible presence at city hall in the ruined city of Tacloban. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 4587 at http://wrur.org