December 29, 2013, 5am PST
Many of Poland's older, iconic Communist buildings require major renovations and are seen as unwelcome reminders of a bygone time. But many people see them as historic landmarks that merit preservation.
December 12, 2012, 2pm PST
Anthony Paletta reviews the recent glut of art volumes devoted to communist architecture in the former Eastern bloc, and includes stunning photos of "sublime sci-fi" Soviet architecture largely unseen in the West.
October 30, 2009, 2pm PDT
In Huangping, China, schoolchildren are required to salute passing cars in an effort to reduce traffic accidents. This rule is just one of many bizarre local ordinances in China, where the power of local bureaucrats can sometimes get out of hand.
April 16, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Environmental activism is on the rise in China. It's not a fast rise, but its existence is seen by many as a major step.</p>