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Pakistani Activist Honored With Human Rights Award

Asma Jahangir, recipient of the UNA-USA Human Rights Award, in New York City on Nov. 9, 2011. (Joseph Catapano/UNA-USA)
Policy

Asma Jahangir, Pakistani human rights activist and outgoing president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association, was awarded the 2011 United Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force award November 9 at a special ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Jahangir spoke about fighting the odds to uphold human rights as a former rapporteur for the UN and the challenges she faced as an international monitor on human rights in Pakistan.

Photo of the Day: Stilt Fishing, Sri Lanka

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A fisherman sits on a stilt in Sri Lanka on August 26, 2011. (la.souveraine /Flickr)

Orville Schell on Walmart and the Greening of China

Walmart in Shenzhen, China. (dcmaster/Flickr)
Business

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the U.S.-China Center at Asia Society, has an article in The Atlantic discussing how a burgeoning "green movement" has affected Walmart's relationship with China. Are the world's most populous country and the world's largest corporation at the vanguard of a growing environmental movement? Schell isn't so sure:

Photo of the Day: Autumn in Nikko National Park, Japan

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Nikko National Park during the autumn season in Honshū, Japan, on October 16, 2011. (Starfires/Flickr)

Interview: Beena Sarwar on Journalism and Safety in Pakistan

Journalist Beena Sarwar. (Maha Sarwar Shahid)
Policy

The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday in a remote part of the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan, marking the seventh death of a Pakistani journalist in 2011 and placing Pakistan on pace to rank as the world’s deadliest place for journalists for the second year in a row, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Video: Combating Common Stereotypes About Koreans

A still from Kerri's music video about Korean stereotypes.
Education

A project by an English teacher at the Chinju National University of Education in Jinju, South Korea who goes by the single name Kerri, addresses common stereotypes about Koreans via a music video.

Photo of the Day: Little Green Monster in Fiji

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A '"harmless and rather friendly" green iguana in Fiji on December 18, 2005. (Niemann-Buuts/Flickr)

Video: Chinese Author Murong Xuecun Talks Government (and Self) Censorship

Chinese author Murong Xuecun speaks during the Chindia Dialogues at Asia Society in New York on Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Elsa Ruiz)
Arts

Before he was featured on the front page of the New York Times, the 37-year-old novelist spoke at Asia Society in New York. Click the headline to read and watch.

Video: Animated Explanation of Thailand Floods Goes Viral

A still image from Tagwatchai Saengthamchai's
Sustainability

Flooding your mind with information to combat the flood in your area will only lead to confusion and panic, advises a cartoon series created by Thai animators in order to explain the flood situation in Bangkok and surrounding areas. The videos have gone viral on the Internet, with more 900,0000 views to date.

Created by animator Tagwatchai Saengthamchai in conjunction with Thai PBS and support from flood experts, the videos use appealing animated blue whale characters to explain the flood situation in Thailand, in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.

Photo of the Day: Celebrating Eid in Nepal

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A Nepalese Muslim performs Eid al-Adha morning prayers at the Kashmiri Mosque in Kathmandu on November 7, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)