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Afghanistan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Forum' to Align With Afghan Public

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue U.S. soldier in Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (Jangir/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A U.S. sergeant's slaying of 16 Afghan civilians could not only stall U.S. efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, but give the group more public support ahead of U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year, according to Asia Society experts.

Watch: Japanese Punk Band Becomes Voice of 'Generation Fukushima'

A screenshot of the Frying Dutchman video for
Arts

The Kyoto-based band's spoken-word song "humanERROR" has turned into an anthem of sorts for Japan's traditionally apolitical youth.

Interview: Akash Kapur on Making Sense of India's Transformation

Indian-American writer Akash Kapur speaks about reacquainting himself with India as the country undergoes rapid social and economic development.

Interview: Photographer Palani Mohan Captures Hong Kong on iPhone [Photos]

Multimedia "Walking the city with only a mobile phone makes you invisible as a photographer, enabling you to get close to your subject," he said.

Photos: John Lennon Made From Thousands of Paper Cranes in Japan

A John Lennon mural made from more than 10,000 origami cranes at the train station in Kagoshima, Japan. (Michael McAteer)
Multimedia An 8th grade class in Kagoshima, Japan created a John Lennon mural using 10,656 origami "peace cranes."

Interview: Sunada Mami on Filming Her Father's Final Days [Images/Video]

Sunada Tomoaki in a still from his daughter's documentary film about his death. (Bitters End, Inc.)
Arts

Sunada’s directorial debut Death of a Japanese Salesman (2011) opens Asia Society New York’s new film series Extreme Private Ethos: Japanese Documentaries on March 10.

Interview: Sai Abishek Captures Daily Life in Nepal [Photos]

Multimedia

Travel photographer and self-styled "outsider" Sai Abishek captures daily life in Nepal, in both its rural and urban manifestations.

Desai: On March 8, Remember Women's Rights Are Human Rights

Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai and a panel of experts offer thoughts to mark International Women's Day in 2012.

Video: Veteran Official Robert D. Hormats Offers Long View of U.S.-China Relations

Policy

Veteran U.S. official Robert D. Hormats reflects back on a time when, for most Americans, a trip to China was like "going to the moon."

Interview: Sean Leow on Where to Find Creativity in China [Images]

Multimedia

Co-founder of Shanghai-based creative collective NeochaEDGE, Leow speaks to Asia Blog in advance of his March 9 multimedia presentation on China's creative scene at Asia Society New York.