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Powerless Media=Powerless Citizens, Says China Youth Daily Editorial

A Chinese policeman stops photojournalists from taking pictures in Beijing. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Tapping into widespread public frustration with corruption among government officials, advocates of press freedom in China seem to have found an effective tool with which to ally citizens to the journalistic cause.

Asia Society Global Council Member Tommy Koh: Safe Water is a 'Human Right'

Clean drinking water from rainwater harvesting tank in Tilonia, India. (Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia/Flickr)
Policy

700 million people in Asia don't have access to safe drinking water. In a Straits Times op-ed, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh proposes solutions for a looming crisis.

Photo of the Day: An Offering for the Gods in Sri Lanka

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)
Multimedia

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)

Interview: New Website Tracks China's Air Pollution in Pictures

Lifestyle

China Air Daily, a new site from Asia Society's China Green project, allows users to view daily photographs of the skies of China's major cities instead of having to plow through lists of statistical data (but if you like statistical data, it has plenty of that, as well).

Listen: The Official Theme Song for North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Policy

The "Great Successor" now has his very own propaganda hymn, entitled "Onwards Toward the Final Victory." Watch the video for it here, and download the sheet music.

For Lessons in Governance, Could Tidy Singapore Look to New York?

View from Marina Bay in southeastern Singapore. (Freimut/Flickr)
Policy

Singaporeans should be encouraged to get involved, and quickly, in the decisions that affect their everyday lives, argues Andrew Billo.

Photo of the Day: Lighting a Candle for Buddha in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)
Multimedia

A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)

China's Shark Fin Soup Ban Draws Contrasting Reactions on Weibo, Twitter

Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk in Hong Kong on September 27, 2011. (cloneofsnake/Flickr)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

Users of Chinese and Western social media speak out on an announced ban on consumption of shark fin soup at Chinese government banquets. 

Interview: Peter Hessler on His Surprising First Trip to China

Peter Hessler in his apartment in Fuling, China, in the fall of 1996 shortly after he arrived. His apartment looked down to the Wu River and then the Yangtze in the distance. The main city of Fuling is visible to the left, at the juncture of the rivers.
Lifestyle

You probably know Peter Hessler from his acclaimed books on China, but you may not be aware that it was "happenstance" that led him to the country in the first place.

Photo of the Day: Colorful Rooftops in Ulaanbaatar

In recent years, more than a million Mongolians have moved into Ulaanbaatar, by far the country's largest city. Photographed on June 22, 2012.
Multimedia

In recent years, more than a million Mongolians have moved into Ulaanbaatar, by far the country's largest city. Photographed on June 22, 2012. (Al Jazeera English/Flickr)