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Human Rights

Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

January 9, 2020

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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Here’s how the women of this war-torn country are making peace a real prospect

December 12, 2019

Their homeland has been ripped apart by some of the most brutal sectarian violence in the world. Yet in the unlikeliest of circumstances, Muslim and Christian women of the Central African Republic — one of the least-developed nations on earth — are now coming together to try to repair the damage. It won’t be easy. Coup, then civil […]

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After Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s disasters keep piling up

December 10, 2019

Two years after shaking off its long-reigning dictator Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe remains an oppressive country in the grip of economic, environmental, and civil-rights disasters. Publicly, however, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is optimistic, stating at a recent summit in Dubai that his country is “open for business.” “Come and make money here,” he said. “All opportunities are […]

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Opinion: Why (and how) things are changing in Chile

November 17, 2019

At 2:24 a.m. on Friday, November 15, after 28 days of unprecedented unrest and violence nationwide, the Chilean congress announced that the people will get to write a brand new, “100 percent Democratic” constitution using the mechanism they will vote on next April 2020. The referendum will ask the people: 1) Do you want a […]

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Lives will be changed by the toilet of the future

November 15, 2019

World Toilet Day is November 19, and a reminder that substandard sanitation affects billions of people. Some 13 percent of humanity lives without any toilets, and 25 percent have only pit latrines or something similar. The poor sanitation adds up to enormous dangers to human health from multitudinous untreated microorganisms. Even developed countries such as […]

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The schools of El Salvador are neglected and abandoned, with glimmers of hope

November 4, 2019

In one school, there is only one outhouse for 343 students — and no electricity, so the school must pirate it. Another school finds itself in a “neutral zone” between warring gangs, whose members play ordinary games of soccer against each other on school grounds. Yet educators there risk their lives if they try to […]

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