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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5 UNLOCK?

Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 52 UNLOCK?

Rundle: did the AFP trade away the lives of the Bali Nine?

If Australian nationality means anything, the Australian government needs to do everything in its power to prevent its citizens — even the ratbag, drug-smuggling ones — from being executed abroad.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

Did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash because of bad weather? Pilot error? Damage to the jet?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

China’s economic slowdown is bad — and it’s only going to get worse

Anyone depending on Chinese demand for resources (like, say, Australia) should be very worried about the quickly decelerating growth in the Chinese economy.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

Did AirAsia adequately prepare its pilots and ensure that the A320 was in good working order?

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Manus hunger strikers ‘a recipe for disaster’: doctor

A Sydney doctor and refugee advocate says the hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus Island are not receiving proper medical care — and the results could be deadly.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6 UNLOCK?

Australia bets it all on India’s coal market

Tony Abbott has appointed Rio Tinto’s CEO to the Australia-India CEO Forum, doubling down on Australia’s commitment to mining coal for Indian consumption. What could possibly go wrong?

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Are the MH370 investigators deliberately undermining the search?

A new article by a Canadian mathematician raises some compelling points about the real agenda of the MH370 investigation.

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PAUL MILLAR | ASIA-PACIFIC |

A brief history of death-defying popes

As Pope Francis tours his way through Asia, we take a look back at some of his predecessors’ hairiest encounters abroad.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

AirAsia crash fuels debate about live-streaming flight data

Recovering crash data from a sunken plane is no mean feat and, despite persistent criticism, the Indonesian authorities have so far done a very reasonable job.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Last week’s election of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka is yet another blow to China’s economic prosperity, along with falling commodity prices and competition from regional rivals.

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PAUL MILLAR | ASIA-PACIFIC | 7

How one of the world’s most dangerous nuclear states became a joke

The United States loves to laugh at silly old North Korea — but the Sony hack and more-than-implied threats thereafter showed the DPRK didn’t get the joke.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

Media sink to new lows with speculation over downed AirAsia flight

Until the black boxes are recovered, endless speculation by so-called “experts” is pointless and cruel.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | ASIA-PACIFIC |

The top 10 elections of 2014

It was a big year in elections internationally, with six of the G20 members holding electoral contests during 2014. Herewith, the most exciting for the year.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Move over, China — Abe’s strength is good news for Australia

Stop focusing all your attention on China — a free trade agreement with Japan will be a very big prize for Australia indeed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Malaysian conspiracy to cover up the truth of MH370

Crikey asked Plane Talker Ben Sandilands to explain the loss of MH370 in as few words as possible in a year end review

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China.

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GILES PARKINSON | ASIA-PACIFIC |

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Spotlight on Cambodia as it debates returning 13 Vietnamese asylum seekers

Cambodia’s treatment of 13 recently arrived Vietnamese asylum seekers will make or break Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s refugee deal.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Rising democracy burns brightly in Taiwan

Results from Taiwan’s election at the weekend send a clear message to Beijing — the people want democracy, and they have a once-in-a-century opportunity to achieve it.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Myanmar’s student protests a glimmer of hope for reform

Myanmar’s students are unlikely to achieve much by their protest. But the fact that they are permitted to express their anger on the streets peacefully shows how far Myanmar has come.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Tony Abbott’s big MH370 problem: is the Malaysian government lying?

The question that has been increasingly heard as the months pass is: who or what is the Malaysia government protecting?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Catching Ire: Thai protesters turn to Katniss for inspiration

Life imitates art as Thai protestors emulate heroic protagonist Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games film franchise.

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Myanmar’s reform process is two steps forward, one back

Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be out of house arrest, but change is still moving slowly in Myanmar.

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