Not only has the government had to deal with an insurgency on its southern border, but the violent political clashes in Bangkok between protestors and government troops resulted in over 80 deaths and left 1,500 people wounded.
The Washington Post has printed an op-ed written by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, who urges President Obama to follow through on his commitment to reengage Burma by making U.S. policy toward the country a "high-level priority."
The United States war effort in Afghanistan was roiled over the weekend by the WikiLeaks release of 75,000 official military documents pertaining to the war, which add up to a far more dire portrait than the Obama and Bush administrations had ever made public.
In a timely though perhaps surprising move, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced on July 23 the extension of army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's term for another three years.
The Obama administration has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea and is conducting military exercises with South Korea in response to North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago.
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