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Challenges Lie Ahead for Burma/Myanmar Leadership

Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on December 8, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Drn /Getty Images)

Today marks a historic day in Burma/Myanmar but the country's leadership must be prepared to make structural changes.

The Continued Trial of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, at Tompkins Square Park, New York, 1986

The Chinese Communist Party continues to make life difficult for the artist Ai Weiwei. Following a three-month detention earlier this year on account of "economic crimes", Ai has resumed his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government through social media outlets like Twitter and Google+.

Photo of the Day: Elephant Bath, Sri Lanka


A Sri Lankan man gives a bath to an elephant near Villa Ocean View hotel in Wadduwa, Sri Lanka on November 12, 2011. (Rakhitha M. Karunarathne /Flickr)

Is This the Burmese Spring?

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Indonesia on November 18, 2011. (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)

When Hillary Clinton makes her historic visit to Burma in December, she needs to press and prod the government towards reform.

Mind Your Text Messages, Say Pakistani Officials

A Pakistani mobile seller shows phones to a customer at a Lahore electronics market in 2010. As of late 2011, Pakistan is estimated to have 100 million cell phone users. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) are planning to impose a ban on a list of words considered obscene or offensive.

The Guardian story Butt out! Pakistan Telecom Watchdog drafts rude text message ban mentions words like "strap-in", "beat your meat", "crotch rot". "love pistol", "pocket pool" and "quickie" from the banned list to illustrate some examples. 

New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey

Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Photo of the Day: Lulusar Lake, Pakistan


A view of Lulusar Lake, the source of the Kunhar River which lies along the Naran-Babusar-Chilas Highway, in Mansehra District, Pakistan, taken in October 2009. The lake is famous for its placid waters and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. (Imran M. Khan)

Interview: Ayesha Haroon on Pakistan Education and Religious Intolerance

Pakistani and foreign religious students taking an exam at the Jamia Binoria madrasa in Karachi in 2009. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

A new study by the U.S. government's commission on religious freedom (USCIRF) found that Pakistan's public schools and madrassas — privately run religious schools — fuel discrimination by casting Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in a negative light.

Photo of the Day: Volcanic Eruption on Mount Yasur


The Mount Yasur volcano erupts on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, on October 26, 2011. Mt. Yasur has been blasting out sulfur, ash and chunks of lava for some 800 years. (Chris Arneil /Flickr)

Top Tweets About China's Mysterious Desert Images

What do you think is going on in the deserts of China?

On Sunday, Gizmodo published a story entitled, "Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? Some in the traditional media have tried to make sense of the mysterious patterns in the desert, and others have bandied about wild guesses on Twitter. We've included some of our favorites below.