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

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

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.

Podcast: Shahrukh Hasan: The Peace That Could Save Pakistan

Shahrukh Hasan, managing director of the Jang newspaper group in Pakistan.

A Pakistani media mogul launches a gutsy campaign to retire official anti-India rhetoric.

Chicken Stuffed with Rice (Morgh-e tu por ba berenj)


2 small frying chickens, about 6 to 7 pounds, or 2 Cornish game hens
2 teaspoons salt
2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 cup butter or oil
1/2 cup rice, cleaned and washed
1/2 tablespoon advieh (Persian spice mix)
1 teaspoon dried rose petals
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup dried barberries, cleaned and drained, or 1/4 cup dried tart cherries