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  1. Indian Ocean storm buffets US-Japan alliance

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Asia correspondent Greg Torode The two Japanese ships steaming home from the Indian Ocean today, their mission to support US-led operations in Afghanistan shelved, are sailing ... 1 per cent of its gross domestic product on its military. Yet the wrangle over deploying the ships, part of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Forces, in the Indian Ocean is exposing deeper ...

  2. Storm & Conquest: The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1808-10

    Posted Sep 09th 2007, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters Storm & Conquest: The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1808-10 by Stephen Taylor Faber & Faber, HK$330 History is often selective, and rarely more so than in school ... on the British in the Indian Ocean, while a blind eye is turned to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. By the same token, such British schoolchildren who concern themselves with history nowadays ...

  3. Myanmar's border towns gasp for economic life

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Christopher Johnson

    ... Christopher Johnson Western leaders proposing sanctions against Myanmar need to examine the nuts and bolts of the Myanmese economy in order to avoid harming ordinary people. They are already suffering from exorbitant living costs, a plummeting currency an ...

  4. Why non-violence has failed in Myanmar

    Posted Oct 09th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer Empty monasteries, severed telecommunications and a sullen, beaten silence; it doesn't just feel like a defeat for the Myanmese people- it feels like the end of an era. It was an era that began at the other end of Southeast Asia two decad ...

  5. Edge of despair

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... The military crackdown is the latest in a long line of letdowns for the nation's exiled dissidents, writes Simon Parry Hope isn't a friend Win Hlaing can afford to give up on. It sustained him when he was a student leader in the 1988 protests in ...

  6. the five Ws

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... Kate Whitehead Your primer to an issue in the news What? Cyclone Sidr has killed more than 3,000 people and millions are now homeless. Where? In Bangladesh. Southern Bangladesh is hit every year by cyclones and floods, but cyclone Sidr was one of the most ...

  7. Discoveries from the deep heading for HK

    Posted Jul 24th 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Dayang Yihao, or Ocean No1, is the mainland's only deep-sea research vessel sailing around the world. After a 220-day journey across the Indian and Pacific oceans, the 5,500-tonne ship ... It made China's first discovery of active hydrothermal vents, or 'black smokers', in the Indian Ocean. Black smokers are formed when superheated water from the crust comes through ...

  8. Building blocks

    Posted Nov 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of pearls' strategy in the Indian Ocean, aimed at acquiring access and strategic bases along more than 10,00km of sea lanes. Sticking to Indian diplomacy's division of labour, Mrs Gandhi did ... the more credit, therefore, to the Italian-born leader of India's ruling Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, for painting the fundamentals of Sino-Indian relations in such stark terms during her ...

  9. A false dawn

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... Banda Aceh's post-tsunami economy is booming thanks to a construction frenzy, but not everyone is benefiting- and the bubble may soon burst, writes Fabio Scarpello It is late evening in Banda Aceh's Jalan Simpang Surabaya and the place is buzzin ...

  10. Training vital for disaster prevention

    Posted Sep 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Within minutes of Wednesday's earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, governments across the Indian Ocean were being alerted to the possibility of a tsunami. Radio ... the earthquake off Sumatra on December 26, 2004, has been well learned. A tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean, like that long operating in the Pacific, is in place and functioning as intended. ...




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