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Human Rights

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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Turns out Bhutan has a dark side after all: Ethnic cleansing

October 25, 2019

Once upon a time, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, often likened to “Shangri-La,” made a name for itself by measuring and promoting its Gross National Happiness, and these days it claims to have achieved “universal happiness” among its Buddhists citizens. But there is a serious dark side to this near-mythic land: Ethnic cleansing, drug […]

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These forest dwellers are seeing their home and culture turned into charcoal

October 17, 2019

The roughly 1,000 members of the Mikea people are Madagascar’s last hunters and gatherers. Yet the island nation’s dependence on charcoal for cooking may destroy their home, the dry Mikea Forest, much of which is a national park. Their entire culture — including their food sources, medicines and religion — is dependent on their namesake […]

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How a cafe in Nepal is rescuing women from prostitution and slavery

October 8, 2019

The Maiti Cafe is a coffee shop with a difference — and not just due to its altitude. A popular joint in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, Maiti Cafe employs around a dozen former human-trafficking victims, and helps get them back on their feet and integrate into society. As of 2016, about 23,000 mostly rural women […]

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The Saudis are using American-made bombs to destroy Yemen

October 6, 2019

The coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia, and armed by Western nations, has for four years bombed civilians in Yemen indiscriminately, creating a humanitarian crisis almost unmatched at present in its scale and bloodletting. Optimistically dubbed Operation Decisive Storm in 2015 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al Saud, who was then the […]

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Those ‘healing’ New Age crystals are stained red

October 3, 2019

Crystals, always the rage in New Age circles for their purported healing powers, have over the past five years become a multi-billion-dollar global industry. But just a tiny fraction of those billions is seen by the impoverished crystal miners of Madagascar, who work in atrocious conditions, in hand-dug mines, to feed the frenzy for amethyst, […]

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