from The Great Debate:

Despite the headlines, progress in Myanmar isn’t slipping away

By Jean-Marie Guehenno and Richard Horsey
November 19, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Yangon

Is Myanmar’s reform effort going into reverse?

Not even close. Yet if international support for its political transition seriously weakens in the face of recent setbacks, the prophecies of Myanmar’s critics may be fulfilled. The international community needs to show staying power and accept that the road to reform is long.

from FaithWorld:

Obama meets Dalai Lama at White House, China sees U.S. interference

July 17, 2011

(The Dalai Lama arrives to deliver A Talk for World Peace on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 9, 2011/Yuri Gripas)

from FaithWorld:

South Korea’s religious harmony put to the test by Christian president

By Reuters Staff
June 26, 2011

(South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the presidential Blue House in Seoul June 9, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jo Yong-Hak)

from FaithWorld:

Japanese Buddhist priest discusses spiritual toll of nuclear crisis

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2011

(Sokyu Genyu during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo June 4, 2011/Chisa Fujioka)

from FaithWorld:

China rejects U.N. claim on Tibetan monks’ disapperance

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2011

(Tibetan monks walk at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, July 19, 2009/Grace Liang )

from FaithWorld:

Chinese forces detain 300 Tibetan Buddhist monks for a month – sources

By Reuters Staff
May 23, 2011

(A young Tibetan monk walks around the courtyard at the Namo Monastery on the outskirts of Kangding in Sichuan province February 23, 2009/David Gray)

Security forces have detained about 300 Tibetan monks from a monastery in southwestern China for a month amid a crackdown sparked by a monk's self-immolation, two exiled Tibetans and a prominent writer said, citing sources there. Tension in Aba prefecture, a heavily ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province, have risen to their highest levels since protests turned violent in March 2008, ahead of the Beijing Olympics, and were put down by police and paramilitary units.

from FaithWorld:

China says everything normal at restive Tibetan temple

April 20, 2011

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(A Tibetan in Nepal on a 24-hour hunger strike in Kathmandu April 18, 2011, to express solidarity with victims of a Chinese crackdown last month/Navesh Chitrakar)

from Afghan Journal:

Huge natural stone arch new Afghan treasure

March 31, 2011

photo courtesy of  Ayub Alavi/Wildlife Conservation Society

photo courtesy of Ayub Alavi/Wildlife Conservation Society

Afghanistan surprises most first-time visitors (including many on military transport planes) with stunning natural beauty -- there's little room in column inches taken up with war to describe snow-topped mountains, lush valleys, spring fields scattered with crocus and other pleasures of living here.

from FaithWorld:

A Buddhist burial in the rain for Japanese tsunami victims

By Reuters Staff
March 26, 2011

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(At a funeral in Kassenuma town, Miyagi prefecture March 26, 2011/Carlos Barria)

from FaithWorld:

Tibetan monk burns to death in China protest, support group says

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2011

tibet protest

A Tibetan Buddhist monk burnt himself to death in western China Wednesday, triggering a street protest against government controls on the restive region, a group campaigning for Tibetan self-rule said. The self-immolation appeared to be a small repeat of protests that gripped Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, when Buddhist monks and other Tibetan people loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops.