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    Industrial Mining: A Wild Frontier in Need of Monitoring

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Climate and Environment, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America • 
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    Extracting minerals from the earth is a messy, albeit lucrative business, and the disputes that plague the industry tend to be equally challenging. As the center of international trading of mining company stocks, London is regarded by some watchdog groups as a hub of multinational mining companies that they say tends to disregard the...

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    Can New UN Goals Put an End to Filthy Air in Beijing and Delhi?

    by  • August 17, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    Remarkably after a yearlong effort by environmental health advocates, air quality has been embedded in the new set of universal development goals for a sustainable future. Since an estimated 60 percent of the global population will live in cities by 2030, which is the deadline of the new goals, outdoor urban air quality is...

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    Freed From Extreme Poverty, but Left Out of the Middle Class

    by  • August 3, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Poverty • 
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    When the final assessment of what the Millennium Development Goals achieved was released on July 6, the United Nations said confidently that more than 1 billion people had been lifted from poverty since 1990, the baseline year for setting the goals, which were then monitored from 2000 to 2015. But where did these poor...

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    The World’s Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Misao Okama celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5 surrounded by her family, which included great-grandchildren, and congratulatory government officials. This milestone made Okama the world’s oldest woman. She died on April 1. Based on the most recent population forecast and data from the United Nations, it comes as little surprise that the world’s oldest...

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    The Controversial Cambodian-Australian Refugee Deal Hits Snags

    by  • April 21, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights, Myanmar, Refugees, UN Agencies • 
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    PHNOM PENH — A controversial $40 million deal signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments last September to resettle about 1,000 refugees from detention centers on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to Cambodia was the first time two ratifying states of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees agreed to transfer their...

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    Middle-Income Countries May Hold the Key to Ending Global Hunger

    by  • March 25, 2015 • Asia, Latin America, Poverty • 
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    To the ever-expanding archive accumulating over recent years on how to make global development policies more effective, a venerable research organization has added a novel proposal. In a report published in March, the International Food Policy Research Institute suggests that looking at food-exporting rich countries as the key to ending hunger and malnutrition worldwide,...

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    Vanuatu Women Track Cyclone Pam’s Damage on Subsistence Lives

    by  • April 3, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Humanitarian Aid, Women's Issues • 
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    On March 13, a cyclone of historic proportions struck the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu with winds equivalent to those of a Category 5 hurricane. The story of this disaster briefly occupied the international media and then disappeared, perhaps because the death toll was surprisingly low. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian...

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    Sacking of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage Takes Yet Another Turn

    by  • March 4, 2015 • Asia, Middle East, Unesco • 
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    The shocking scenes of irreplaceable centuries-old treasures being smashed and toppled from their pedestals in a museum in Mosul — with the rabid acts of destruction proudly videotaped by fighters who call themselves the Islamic State — has provoked global outrage. But for Iraqis, who have seen decades of losses over centuries of intermittent...

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    Women Reap Some Surprising Benefits From Nepal’s Ghost Economy

    by  • February 3, 2015 • Asia, Migration, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    KATHMANDU, Nepal — Migration in this country is omnipresent. Nearly everyone has a relative or a neighbor who works abroad, while the Department of Foreign Employment, based in the capital here, teems with job-seekers. Landlocked Nepal has a long history of labor exportation, but the scope of the country’s current migration boom is unprecedented:...

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    Somaly Mam, Anti-Trafficking Crusader Caught in a Scandal, Revives Her Cause

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Somaly Mam in 2010. Her anti-trafficking work has been hurt because of scandals sourced to questions about her life story. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALY

    PHNOM PENH — Dueling depictions of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian activist who has campaigned against sex trafficking in her country and elsewhere, have splashed across large media outlets in the last six months. Mam, who contends she was a child prostitute, became a worldwide name when her story was written by The New York...

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