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Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

History Lessons From Karbala

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas examines the misconceptions surrounding the Muslim observance of Ashura and why terrorists and extremists like al-Qaeda and the Taliban often attack Ashura-related gatherings. more
Veena Malik on the cover (cropped) of the December 2011 issue of FHM India. (

Pakistan: Starlet, Skin and Spies Add Up to Scandal

Pakistani actress Veena Malik sparks controversy with a provocative nude cover for Indian magazine. more
American edition of The Convert by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press, 2011).

Interview: Deborah Baker's 'Convert' Presents a Life of Exile and Extremism

Deborah Baker on why she wrote about an unusual American convert to Islam. more
L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.

Richard Holbrooke, 'The Unquiet American,' Remembered at Asia Society New York

A distinguished panel of journalists and historians assess the outsized legacy of the career diplomat and Asia Society's former Chairman. more

The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke (Complete)

The late Asia Society Chairman and veteran U.S. diplomat's career is assessed by his ex-wife, journalists and a historian. more
Then-Pakistani Information Minister Sherry Rehman briefs media representatives in Islamabad in 2008. Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2011. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)

Challenges for Pakistan's New Ambassador to the US

Asia Society's Hassan Abbas and Suzanne DiMaggio comment on Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. more
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)

Mind Your Text Messages, Say Pakistani Officials

Pakistani officials cite concerns for the country's young people in announcing a ban on obscene text messages. more

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

Interview: Ayesha Haroon on Pakistan Education and Religious Intolerance

Ayesha Haroon:Those who make and implement policies do not send their children to public education system. more
An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in front of a wall bearing the grafitti 'Gaza Strip' during an undeclared curfew in Srinagar on May 21, 2011. Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir placed separatist leaders under house arrest to thwart a rally marking the anniversaries of the killing of two of the independence movement's key figures. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)

Mishra: Kashmir "Doomed to a Very Long Silence"

Authors Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra appeared at Asia Society in New York on November 11, 2011, to discuss their new book "Kashmir: The Case for Freedom." more