Karen Zusman, an independent journalist, recently returned from Malaysia, where she reported on the plight of Burmese refugees trapped inside that country. Listen to the full audio documentary and view images from her travels.
Elaine Pearson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the status of the Myanmar refugees in Malaysia and the problem of human trafficking in Asia.
Anasuya Ray is a researcher for an NGO based in Pune, India. She writes about her recent fieldwork in India’s tribal belt, where grinding poverty and malnutrition are driving villagers to support the Naxalites, a rebel group seeking to overthrow the government.
On Wednesday, Indonesia -- the world’s third-largest democracy -- went to the polls in its second direct election. Indonesia had long suffered at the hands of dictators, but is now setting an example of stability in an otherwise chaotic region. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Indonesia describes the mood on election day.
The U.S. remains on the offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the Pakistani and American campaigns against the Taliban and the battle for civilians' hearts and minds.
In India, a court ruled that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offense in New Delhi, the capital. Advocates hailed it as a huge step forward, as homosexuality has been a crime in conservative India since the British colonial era.