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Aung San Suu Kyi: The Lady of Burma and Steward of Myanmar’s Precarious Future

“Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights, is not ‘given,’ it is earned through courage, resolution, and sacrifice,” Aung San Suu Kyi famously wrote about her struggle for power in an undemocratic Burma.
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The Guardian: Breathing in Poison – Lahore’s Growing Air Pollution Problem

Toxic smog in Pakistan’s second largest city risks the health of its residents, but the government is failing to address the issue.

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For Refugees, Soccer Helps Pass an Eternity in Limbo

CISARUA, Indonesia — Indonesia is a transit country for approximately 14,000 refugees, half of whom are from Afghanistan. In the interim period, the refugees cope by playing long games of soccer.

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The Guardian: Dry Dams, Leaky Pipes and Tanker Mafias – Karachi’s Water Crisis

“There’s nothing here,” says Farzana Khatoun, surveying the dry expanse of land before her. “We don’t even have enough water to wash up for prayer, do our laundry or wash our dishes.” Khatoun cannot simply turn on a tap and expect water to gush out; her home is not connected to the water pipelines of Karachi, the sixth most water-stressed city in the world.

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The Guardian: The ‘Avon Ladies’ of Pakistan Selling Contraception Door to Door

ALLAH BACHAYO KHASKHELI, Pakistan — From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices.

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State of Insecurity

A suicide bomb attack on Lahore’s Christian community on Easter Sunday has highlighted the precarious position of Pakistan’s religious minorities.

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Warscapes: Yemeni Drone Victims Still Waiting for Accountability

On August 29, 2012, in Yemen’s eastern Hadhramaut province, a U.S. drone struck the village of Khashamir.

The strike allegedly killed Waleed bin Ali Jaber, a 26-year-old policeman, and his brother-in-law Salem, a 43-year-old religious leader who delivered a sermon against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) the Friday before his death.

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Lahore, the Policed City

“We’re the last generation that’s seen a Lahore that was not paranoid,” said artist Naira Mushtaq, sitting in a restaurant in Pakistan’s second-largest city.

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