Four days of days of protests in Thailand came to an end on Tuesday. But as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, with competing groups still vying for power, the new year may bring little relief to the country.
India, the world’s largest democracy, is scheduled to begin its multi-stage parliamentary elections on April 16. Mahima Kaul, a freelance reporter based in Delhi, explains how India's political landscape has changed over the past several decades, as political support has fragmented and smaller parties have become more influential.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is in a state of chaos after a major escalation of political violence and the cancellation of an Asian summit meeting over the weekend because of protests. Fighting took place across the city as thousands of troops fired warning shots and tear gas at anti-government protesters.
Fighting is heating up in Sri Lanka as the government launches what the U.N. says may be a "final confrontation" with the rebel Tamil Tigers. But Maura R. O'Connor of the Pulitzer Center writes that regardless of the outcome of the battle with the Tigers, peace may not be in Sri Lanka's future given tensions between the country's various paramilitary groups.
In a scene that might appear to be déjà vu in politically-unstable Thailand, thousands of protesters massed in Bangkok Wednesday demanding the government's resignation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about the reasons for the current protests.
Arif Rafiq of World Politics Review discusses U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke and Admiral Mike Mullen's trip to Pakistan and what role Pakistan can play in stabilizing Afghanistan as the country deals with its own security issues.
Multimedia reporter Ben Piven spent nine months documenting the caste system in Mumbai on a Fulbright grant. He recalls his field research and the questions surrounding caste and Indian nationalism in the slums of Mumbai.
As a consequence of India's caste system, the country's lowest class has been forced to work in the sewers. Hema Konsotia is a member of the lower-caste Dalit community, known by some as the "untouchables." She is also a college graduate and union activist who works with Dalits, teaching skills and urging political involvement.
Cricket is wildly popular in India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries, but even sports aren't immune to terrorism -- attacks in recent months have created doubt about the safety of holding matches, writes a Worldfocus contributing blogger.