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“Footprints”, A Film That Chronicles the Horrors Caused by Cluster Bombs Years Later in Laos and Afghanistan

July 20, 2012

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SnagFilms  has an online catalog of over 3,000 titles composed of mainly documentaries and independent films that cover a range of political, social, and cultural issues and awareness. Snagfilms is currently showcasing the heart -wrenching short film, Footprints. Footprints is a film that aims to raise awareness to the issue of cluster bombs dropped on […]

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Guwahati Girl, We Are With You.

July 19, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Urmila Chanam “Don’t tell your daughter she cannot go out alone at night. Don’t restrict the clothes she wears. Teach your sons better.” A minor girl studying in class 11 was molested by 20 men over 30 minutes while she was coming out of a posh club in a crowded street of Guwahati’ […]

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Friendship Across the Border

July 9, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Atif Yaqub If you have seen the whole world and could not visit the two great nations of India and Pakistan you have certainly missed something very special. India and Pakistan share a common border of nearly 1800 miles between them. Despite the recent conflicts and three wars between the two nations over […]

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A Murderer at the Age Fifteen. Shouldn’t We Be Concerned?

May 18, 2012

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    We don’t need no education Lots of hazards in the classroom!! -Pink Floyd   Years ago this song was banned in the US where the youth were revolting against the stringent and authoritative dictates of teachers and the stifling atmosphere in classrooms. The rejection of teachers and this kind of teaching had the […]

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One Day Unannounced

April 10, 2012

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By: Urmila Chanam I have lived, studied and worked in several towns and cities in my country and trust me, I have been to almost every corner of India. It’s interesting to see the variation in the way people look, dress, eat, live, marry, differ, hold their perspective regarding life in general and towards other […]

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A Journey Through the Plight of India’s Eunuchs, Simply the ‘Third Gender’

March 30, 2012

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By: Urmila Chanam Somewhere someplace it’s still just a little before the crack of dawn. And no one else is present for this ‘ceremonial’ ritual other than the ‘dai-ma’ and her assistant. The oil is boiling hot when the knife is dipped in it. A normally born male baby is playing around on the soft […]

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Chinese Authorities Detain Hundreds of Tibetan Pilgrims

March 1, 2012

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BY: Anna Malinovskaya Since February 6th, Chinese authorities have detained hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims who returned from Bihar, India, where they attended religious teachings by Dalai Lama from December 31, 2011 to January 10, 2012. Usually Tibetans caught crossing Chinese border with no valid legal documents are detained up to 6 months and then sentenced […]

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Faulty Medicine Kills Over 100 People in Pakistan

February 20, 2012

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By: Atif Yaqub   Bilquis Bibi, an aged woman, was fighting for her life in a local hospital in Pakistan.  She was insisting to her son to let her go home because she didn’t want to die in the hospital. She was among those thousands of unfortunate people who were taking free medicines for cardiac […]

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Power2Women is Looking For Program Coordinators!

January 17, 2012

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Objective of Power2Women: Interact with women on women safety and to impart knowledge to women on strategies for safety and psychological empowerment against crime, violence & sexual abuse. Position available: Program coordinators at Power2Women Job description : 1. Organize funding for interns program expenses 2. Organize & co-conduct the corp workshop with the main speaker […]

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2011, A Year Through Photographs

December 29, 2011

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2011 has been an incredible year. From the Arab Spring and Wallstreet protests to the Eurpean debt crisis and the death of Osama Bin Laden, 2011 has definitely been a year to remember. As we look back on the year and reflect, let us look back on the photos that captured those life changing moments […]

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Two Monks Set Themselves On Fire in Protest to China’s Restrictions on Freedom of Religion

September 27, 2011

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TIBET.— On Monday, 18 year-old monks, Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province’s Aba prefectuture set themselves on fire in protest to China’s tight control on Buddhist practices. The Free Tibet campaign said in a statement that the monks called for religious freedom shouting, “We need freedom of religion! Long […]

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Malaysian Journalist Killed in Shooting While On a Humanitarian Mission in Somalia

September 10, 2011

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SOMALIA.— A Malaysian camera man has been killed in a shooting attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, a cameraman with Malaysia’s national Bernama TV, was killed while traveling with the aid agency Putera 1Malaysia Club on a humanitarian mission. The aid agency arrived in Mogadishu on Monday, September 29th bringing 250 tons of food and […]

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Hein Min Aung Recalls His Haunting Experiences As a Child Soldier and His Escape From the Myanmar Army

August 16, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon MYANMAR.— Hein Min Aung was only 14 when he was recruited. At the time he lived with his parents and five younger siblings and worked at the market in Prome, north of Yangon. One night in March of 1999, Aung went into town with two friends to make photocopies, on their […]

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Women Prisoners Face Appalling Living Conditions and Abuse in Sri Lanka’s Notoriously Overcrowded Prison Facilities

July 30, 2011

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SRI LANKA.— Sri Lanka has the second most overcrowded prison system in South Asia after Bangladesh, with Welikada, Sri Lanka’s largest incarceration facility, housing nearly 4,500 inmates in a facility intended for 2,000. Cristina Albertin, a representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said, “Institutional capacity is 11,000 prisoners, the current total prison […]

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Toxic Chemicals Used by Leather Tanneries in Bangladesh Continue to Harm the People of Hazaribagh

July 17, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon BANGLADESH.— There are about 200 leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh district of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The tannery industries of Hazaribagh are situated in the densely populated residential areas of the district. Tanning and making leather involves the application of numerous chemicals, most of which are potentially harmful to the workers, environment and […]

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Protests Calling for Electoral Reform Turns Violent in Malaysia

July 9, 2011

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MALAYSIA.— More than 20,000 demonstrators arrived at Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, demanding electoral reforms. Confrontations between pro-reform demonstrators and police soon turned violent, precisely what government officials claimed they sought to avoid by banning the demonstrations. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government declared the demonstration illegal and the police sealed off parts of the […]

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‘Daughters of the Brothel’ Chronicles the Stories of Former Sex Workers of the Chaturbhuj-sthan Brothel in India

July 6, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon INDIA. — Home to about 10,000 women and children, Chaturbhuj-sthan is a brothel in Bihar, near the border of Northern India. Historians believe it was first established during the Moghul era. Prostitution has become a family tradition in Chaturbhuj-sthan, passed down from generation to generation. After reading Jugnu, a 32-page monthly magazine written and […]

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More Than 500 Slaves Rescued By Government Officials in a Raid in India

July 1, 2011

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DRAFTED BY: Ashly Bloxon INDIA.— More than 500 bonded laborers, including women and children, were rescued from a private brick kiln by government officials in India. Most of the laborers were poor migrant workers who had been brought in from another state. The laborers were forced to work day after day in a tiny brick […]

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Chinese Artist and Activist Ai Wei Wei Released From Detention

June 24, 2011

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CHINA.– The Chinese artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei,was released from custody after spending three months in prison. Ai Wei Wei spent nearly 80 days of detention in an unknown location with no formal charges brought against him, he has now been released on bail, having confessed to tax evasion and destroying documents. Ai Wei […]

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Myanmar Political Prisoners Held in Dog Cells After Protests

June 8, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon MYANMAR.–  On 24 May, seven hunger strikers including two Buddist monks were placed in solitary confinement in small cells designed for military dogs. The hunger strikes were started by three female political prisoners on 17 May at Insein prison in Yangon, in protest against the government’s prisoner amnesty program that failed to include most political […]

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