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Myanmar Elections Show 'Nascent Return' Of Opposition Politics

National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections outside party headquarters on April 1, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio sees hope in Myanmar's parliamentary elections and calls on the U.S. to respond by easing sanctions.

Photo of the Day: Trading Blossoms in Bangalore, India

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A look inside the flower stalls in Bangalore, India's historic Russell Market on January 17, 2012. (initials BB /Flickr)

Karl Marx and China's Big Chill 2.0

This statue of Karl Marx (L) and Friedrich Engels graces Shanghai's Fuxing Park. (Hennie Schaper/Flickr)
Policy

As China embarks on another internet crackdown in the name of maintaining stability, Jeffrey Wasserstrom calls into question the predictive powers of Karl Marx.

In Southeast Asia, U.S. Preaches Human Rights While China Opens Door to Trade

A Cambodian woman washing dishes outside her house on the edge of the Boeung Kak lake (background) in central Phnom Penh as debris from destroyed buildings litter the ground nearby on May 25, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The U.S. needs to tone down its human rights rhetoric with Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar if it intends to compete with China in the region.

Peter Popham: Aung San Suu Kyi Always 'Knew What She Wanted'

Policy

On the eve of parliamentary elections, biographer Peter Popham discussed Aung San Suu Kyi's unconventional path to political leadership, and Myanmar's political future, at Asia Society New York.

Photo of the Day: Taking the Ferry in Kerala

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A state water transport department ferry gliding along the canal in Kerala, India on December 11, 2011. (peregrinari/Flickr)

Oz Prize Finalists Talk War in Afghanistan, Reform in Myanmar, and Chinese Stocks

Journalists at work in Hoi An, Vietnam. (Espen Faugstad/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's six finalists for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia give insights into their nominated reports. The winner will be announced next month.

Stakes High in War Over Indonesia's Gas Prices

An Indonesian policeman shoots tear gas towards protesters during a protest against the government's plan to hike prices of fuel in Surabaya on March 29, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Lifting fuel subsidies to invest in education, social services and infrastructure is a necessary step to secure Indonesia’s economic and political future, writes Ann Marie Murphy.

Interview: 'Tina's Mouth' Author Has Graphic, Novel Take on Indian American Life

Budding existentialist Tina Malhotra is the heroine of 'Tina's Mouth.'
Arts

With the publication of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, Indian Americans now have a graphic novel heroine to call their own.

Photo of the Day: Masked Dancer in Sri Lanka

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A masked performer brings magic and myth to life in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 6, 2012. (L'oeil_ --- Lost/Flickr)