Asia – A Week in Pictures 7 August 2011

August 8, 2011

After rioting in Xinjiang left 11 dead at the start of Ramadan the Chinese authorities stated that the insurgents who started the trouble had fled to Pakistan. Security forces quickly deployed in numbers to ensure that any further trouble was prevented or quickly quelled. Shanghai-based Carlos Barria travelled to Kashgar to shoot a story on the renovation of the old Kashgar centre, an example of China’s modernising campaign in minority ethnic regions. A busy week for Aly Song, who is also Shanghai based, with taxi drivers on strike over rising fuel costs while Lang Lang had local fishermen preparing for typhoon Muifa to hit. In both pictures, the eye is cleverly drawn  to the distance to show in one image, a line of  striking taxi drivers, and in the other, rows of boats bracing for the imminent typhoon.

Ethnic Uighur men sit in front of a television screen at a square in Kashgar, Xinjiang province August 2, 2011. Chinese security forces blanketed central areas of Kashgar city in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday, days after deadly attacks that China blamed on Islamic militants highlighted ethnic tensions in the Muslim Uighur area.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Armed police officers are deployed at a square in Kashgar August 2, 2011. Chinese police have shot dead two suspects being hunted for a deadly attack in the restive western region of Xinjiang, which an exiled regional leader blamed on Beijing’s hardline policies towards her people. The two suspects, Memtieli Tiliwaldi and Turson Hasan, were shot by police late on Monday in corn fields on the outskirts of Kashgar city, where on Sunday assailants stormed a restaurant, killed the owner and a waiter, then hacked four people to death, according to the Khasgar government website.  REUTERS/Stringer

 

A woman cooks in her house next to the remnants of other houses, demolished as part of a building renovation campaign in the old district of Kashgar, in Xinjiang province August 3, 2011. The ‘renovations’ of the old Kashgar center is a prime example of China’s modernizing campaigns in minorities ethnic regions. However many city residents have mixed feelings about the disappearance of the narrow streets and adobe homes once hailed as the best surviving example of Central Asian architecture. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man walks past taxis parked on the road during a strike in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province August 2, 2011.
Taxi drivers in the Chinese tourist city of Hangzhou in eastern Zhejiang province went on strike for a second day on Tuesday to protest about rising gasoline prices and congested roads. REUTERS/Aly Song

 Fishing boats are docked at a port in the city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang province August 5, 2011. China’s eastern Zhejiang province has evacuated over 200,000 residents as it braces itself for the powerful typhoon Muifa that could be the worst in the area in years, the provincial government said on its website. REUTERS/Lang Lang

As the US slowly moved to the deadline over the debt crisis, concerns about euro zone sovereign debt problems and Japan struggling to keep ontop of their economy with Yen intervention the key markets in Asia started to react to various the potential crisis. Illustrating a financial story is hard enough in most cases, covering a financial story that has not happened and is not even in your patch almost impossible. I can only admire the series of pictures the team in Asia produced, from Tokyo based Nakao Yuriko’s picture of the currency broker peering past a flag almost as if he were a hunted animal,  Australia Chief Photographer Tim Wimborne’s picture of a TV pundit looking at a global world map outlining the market reaction, Korea based Jo Yong-hak’s invester seems to be sinking with the weight of losses on Korea stocks led by the falls in shipping industry,

A foreign exchange broker is seen behind the national flags of Japan and the U.S. at a dealing room in Tokyo August 4, 2011. Japan intervened in the currency market and its central bank looked set to ease policy on Thursday in a concerted effort to stem a rise in the yen that Tokyo fears could derail the economy’s recovery from the March earthquake. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A television journalist looks at a display board shortly after the local market opened at the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney August 5, 2011. Australian stocks sank over 4 percent in opening trade on Friday, after worries about European sovereign debt and weakness in the U.S. economy hammered stock markets from Europe to Wall Street.   REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

 

An investor looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices in a customer lounge of a stock trading firm in Seoul August 5, 2011. South Korean shares fell on Friday for the fourth consecutive session, with shipbuilders leading declines on concerns over meager global economic growth. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ended 3.7 percent lower at 1,943.75 points. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A picture illustration shows U.S. 100 dollar bank notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. The Swiss franc rose to a record high against the euro and was close to a record versus the dollar on Tuesday as concerns about euro zone sovereign debt problems and a slowdown in the global economy buoyed demand for the safe-haven currency.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Linking India to Japan people took to the streets to raise their concerns over the nuclear industry on the 66th anniversary of the nuclear attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the US during WWII. Danish Siddiqui stark portrait of a demonstrator showing tears of blood puts me in mind of one of the characters in the post apocolytic film Mad Max.   

A student with a painted face participates in a peace rally in Mumbai August 6, 2011, to mark the 66th anniversary of the world’s first atomic attack on Hiroshima, Japan. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  

I could not resist the opportuniuty to link two unrelated pictures from India, the back breaking work being carried out by labourers in the coal industry shot by New Delhi based Parivartan Sharma and his colleague, Adnan Abidi’s picture of the old Tibetan man who is stooped almost double as he makes his way uphill. One can only hope the coal workers don’t end up with a similar crippled bodies in old age. This week from India we ran a special report on child brides and the effect on the health it has on these young women. Mumbai based Danish Siddqui was able to track down a child wedding couple he had photographed over a year ago to find out how the 11 year old bride and her 13 year old husband have got on. What was nice to see was that the couple were happy even though they are poor. I love the picture of the young wife leading her husband to their home after she had returned from visiting her family, no doubt in my mind who is in charge. Click here if you are interested in reading the report and seeing more picture.   

Labourers unload coal from a supply truck at a wholesale market in Noida, in the outskirts of New Delhi August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

 

A Tibetan man uses the help of a cane as he climbs a hillside street in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Child bride Krishna (C), 12, walks as her husband Kishan Gopal, 14, stands behind her outside her house in a village near Baran, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but weddings like these are common, especially in poor, rural areas where girls in particular are married off young. Some 47 percent of women aged between 20 and 24 years old are married before the age of 18, according to the government’s latest National Family Health Survey. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Jakarta based Beawiharta has been shooting a long term picture story at the boarding school that is funded by disgraced cleric Bashir who was jailed last month for 15 years on terror related charges.  I have picked two of my favourites from a series of about 20 images as children learn the teachings of Islam during Ramadan. I have also included three other Ramadan related images from Asia, the first from Supri in Jarkara and the second from Faisal Mahmood in Islamabad and the last from Fayaz Kabli in Kasmir. 

A student reads the Koran before morning prayer on the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province, August 2, 2011. The Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school, founded by Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in 1972, has 231 teachers and houses 1,503 students, both males and females, between the ages 12 to 18. Bashir was jailed for 15 years in June for helping plan a paramilitary group that aimed to kill the country’s president. According to Ibnu Hanifah, head academic at the boarding school, 300 new students enrol at the school annually and pay an enrolment fee of around 4 million rupiah ($470) and 500 thousand rupiah ($59) in school fees, which includes supplies of daily food for a month.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

A student yawns as he reads the Koran before morning prayer during the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province, August 2, 2011. The Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school, founded by Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in 1972, has 231 teachers and houses 1,503 students, both males and females, between the ages 12 to 18. Bashir was jailed for 15 years in June for helping plan a paramilitary group that aimed to kill the country’s president. According to Ibnu Hanifah, head academic at the boarding school, 300 new students enrol at the school annually and pay an enrolment fee of around 4 million rupiah ($470) and 500 thousand rupiah ($59) in school fees, which includes supplies of daily food for a month.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

A student reads the Koran in a mosque in Jakarta August 6, 2011. More than 1,000 students will try to finish reading the Koran in one day during a mass Koran reading on Saturday during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Supri

A boy holds a Koran as he walks out after attending a religious class at a mosque in the outskirts of Islamabad August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Shoes line-up behind men performing prayers outside a mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan in Srinagar August 5, 2011.   REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Afghanistan this week threw up the strangest combination of situations. Violence continues with a US helicopter crashing killing all 38 inside, the Taliban claiming they had brought it down, and insurgents attacking a police station in Kunduz, Photographer Wahdat getting very close to the action as government soldiers closed in on the attackers.  Meanwhile in Kabul Ahmad Masood covered the show business story of the filming an Afghan version of the TV sitcom “The Office” with the bullying middle manager character being replaced by a fictional government official. 

Police fight suicide attackers who took over a guesthouse in Kunduz province August 2, 2011. Three suicide bombers raided a guesthouse frequented by foreigners in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Tuesday, killing four Afghan security guards employed by a German company, a senior police detective said. One attacker detonated a car bomb at the gates of the guesthouse. The other two stormed the building where they fought Afghan forces for a couple of hours before detonating their explosives, said Kunduz police detective Abdul Rahman. REUTERS/Wahdat

Afghan actor Anyatullah Farmin (L) stands with a mock gun as an unidentified actor has his make-up done  before the filming of a scene for the comedy “The Ministry”, in Kabul August 2, 2011. Britain and the United States poke fun at incompetent, arrogant middle managers in the television comedy “The Office”, but in Afghanistan the target is a fictional minister of garbage in a new series called “The Ministry”. Instead of a series mocking drab office life in impoverished Afghanistan, where there is widespread unemployment, “The Ministry” mockumentary puts a satirical spin on some serious issues such as corruption, drug trafficking and nepotism. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

In this last section I like to include pictures for no other reason that I like them, often for reasons I cannot even explain to myself. What I can explain is my intrigue with the picture of the man failing in his tight rope attempt to walk between two air balloons suspended in the air. As someone who is not too comfortable with heights I cannot stop looking at this fool hardy activity. It makes my bood run cold just looking at it.

Saimaiti Aishan, a 27-year-old Uighur acrobat of tightrope walking, hangs on a 15-metre-long tightrope connected between two hot air balloons as he fails in an attempt for setting a 100 metre height record in Langshan, Hunan province August 6, 2011. Aishan, the nephew of Adili Wuxor, who is known as “Prince of the Tightrope”, is the first person to perform tightrope walking between two hot air balloons. He set a national tightrope walking record at 30 metres high on Saturday, but failed in his attempt of 100 metres, local media reported. REUTERS/China Daily

In the Philippines typhoon Muifa brought floods and high winds which just provided an extended playground for children in Manila. the slow shuuter speed emphasising the splasheas as the boy plays in the flood waters in the traffic – double danger seemlingly ignored in the pusuit of pleasure.  Further on the continual pursuit of please a wonderful cricket picture from Sri Lanka based Dinuka Liyanawatte, perfectly timed with a clean background the Australia attack takes on balletic status as if the dance is being watched from behind a stage curtian. Lastly two pictures that feel they should be joined up in a game of misfits, the first by Seoul based Jo Yong-Hak and the second by Kuala Lumpur based Samsul Said.  The eyes of the protester who claims the contested Dokdo islands should belong to Korea and not Japan and the red painted aging lips of a Chinese operatic artist.

A boy swims in a knee-high floodwaters brought about by continuous rainfall from Typhoon Muifa along a main street in Maceda, metro Manila August 2, 2011. Due to heavy rains and flooding in many places in the capital region of metro Manila, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has suspended all classes in schools and work in government agencies, according to local media. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Australia’s fast bowler Brett Lee bowls during a practice session ahead of their Twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka, in Kandy August 5, 2011. Australia will play two Twenty20, five ODI and three Test matches against Sri Lanka.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Caption for picture below – A South Korean protester holds up a picture of disputed islands, called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, during an anti-Japan rally at Gimpo airport in Seoul denouncing Japan’s sovereignty claim on the islands August 1, 2011. South Korea on Monday denied the entry of three Japanese lawmakers, who planned to visit South Korea’s Ulleung Island to protest against South Korea’s claim of the disputed islands. Japan and South Korea have a long-simmering feud over the islands which are about equidistant from the two countries. South Korea controls the islands with a police presence. The text of the picture reads: “Dokdo is South Korean territory!” REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A Chinese Malaysian shows her heavily made-up lips before performing Chinese opera in Kuala Lumpur August 4, 2011. Chinese opera is often associated with heavily painted make-up with dramatic eyes that seem to give out a piercing, authoritative gaze, transforming the performers into characters that are bold and prominent that seem to loom larger than life. The performers, accompanied by the “clapper” or drums and bamboo flute, have to be all-rounders: they sing, act, perform martial art and acrobatics and apply their own make-up. REUTERS/Samsul Said

 

 

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