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Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo Barred from Leaving Country

Former Philippines President and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on Nov. 15, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The November 15 photograph of former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a wheelchair and neck brace at the Manila International Airport became something of a media sensation last week as Arroyo is now appealing the government's decision to not let her fly out of the country for medical reasons.

The case, the latest in a long series of Philippines dynastic political battles, pits Arroyo against the government of President Benigno Aquino III.

Memogate: Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Resigns, Twitter Reacts

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S Husain Haqqani. (Pakistan Embassy, Washington, DC)
Policy

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani announced from his Twitter account (@husainhaqqani) this morning that he asked Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gillani to accept his resignation. The resignation has been accepted.

Challenges Lie Ahead for Burma/Myanmar Leadership

Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on December 8, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Drn /Getty Images)
Policy

Today marks a historic day in Burma/Myanmar but the country's leadership must be prepared to make structural changes.

Is This the Burmese Spring?

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Indonesia on November 18, 2011. (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

When Hillary Clinton makes her historic visit to Burma in December, she needs to press and prod the government towards reform.

New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey
Policy

Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Top Tweets About China's Mysterious Desert Images

What do you think is going on in the deserts of China?
Policy

On Sunday, Gizmodo published a story entitled, "Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? Some in the traditional media have tried to make sense of the mysterious patterns in the desert, and others have bandied about wild guesses on Twitter. We've included some of our favorites below.

Interview: Frank Dikötter, Author of 'Mao's Great Famine' [UPDATED]

Frank Dikötter, author of 'Mao's Great Famine.' (Hong Kong University)
Policy

The author of Mao's Great Famine, which was a runner-up in the 2011 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award, spoke with Asia Blog about China, famine, and why the Great Leap Forward doesn't get enough attention. He also has a few choice words for The New Yorker's Pankaj Mishra.

Video: Duncan McCargo on the Political and Economic Impact of Thailand's Floods

Policy

In a video interview, Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo, the 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, analyzes the political and economic implications of Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century.

Kashmir: A Case for Self-Determination

L to R: Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, Mohamad Junaid and Philip Oldenburg in New York City on November 11, 2011.
Policy

Over the years, Asia Society has had a proud tradition of being an open forum for ideas on important and sometimes controversial issues — such as the one that has vexed South Asia for more than 60 years.

Mishra: Kashmir "Doomed to a Very Long Silence"

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in front of a wall bearing the grafitti 'Gaza Strip' during an undeclared curfew in Srinagar on May 21, 2011. Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir placed separatist leaders under house arrest to thwart a rally marking the anniversaries of the killing of two of the independence movement's key figures. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Authors Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra appeared at Asia Society in New York to discuss their new book Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Roy stated: "The word has gotten out … many more Indians are now aware and uncomfortable about participating in this occupation." But has the word truly "gotten out"? And do all sides view this as an "occupation"?