Senior Pakistani Taliban leader ‘shocked’ by Malala attack

by BBC News July 17, 2013

A Pakistani Taliban leader has sent a letter to schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, 16, expressing shock that she was shot by Taliban gunmen last year....

Indian child eating. The Indian government recently promulgated the National Food Security Ordinance 2013. The ordinance effectively activates the bill, but it must be ratified by Parliament within six weeks of its first sitting or else the bill will lapse. This bill, and other programs, are efforts to establish economic human rights for Indian citizens, an important development. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press

India undergoing silent rights revolution as laws guarantee social services

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post July 16, 2013

DALKI SAHI, India — Three years ago, a group of parents in a remote tribal hamlet handed local officials a petition demanding a new school. Their children had to walk nearly two miles through farmland, forest and creeks to reach the closest government school although, they argued, India’s new Ri...

In a recent UN speech, Malala urged education for all, including “for the sons and daughters of the Taliban”   Photo: PA

Malala Yousafzai speaks defiantly in support of education for girls around the world

by Anup Kaphle Washington Post July 12, 2013

Nine months after the Pakistani Taliban shot her in the head when she was returning home from school, Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations speaking defiantly in support of education for girls around the world....

For Pakistani girls, just going to class is a risk (slideshow)

by Diego Ibarra Sanchez New York Times July 11, 2013

Shazia Ramzan was hurt in the same Taliban attack that critically wounded an outspoken teenage advocate of education rights, Malala Yousafzai, in October. Since then, the Taliban have continued their war against girls’ education in northwestern Pakistan, bombing schools and terrifying pupils and p...

Siege by Taliban strains Pakistani girls’ schools

by Taha Siddiqui and Declan Walsh New York Times July 11, 2013

GHALANAI, Pakistan — The classroom in Ghalanai, an area nestled amid the mountains of Pakistan’s tribal belt, has the air of a military camp: a solitary tent pitched beside a bombed-out building, ringed by a high wall and protected by an armed gunman....

The food security debate in India (opinion)

by Jean Dreze New York Times July 9, 2013

The right to food is finally becoming a lively political issue in India. Aware of the forthcoming national elections in 2014, political parties are competing to demonstrate – or at least proclaim — their commitment to food security. In a country where endemic undernutrition has been accepted for...

Ahead of elections, India’s cabinet establishes food security program that grants the right to food

by Jim Yardley New York Times July 4, 2013

NEW DELHI – Frustrated by delays in Parliament, and eager to gain favor with rural voters ahead of national elections, India’s cabinet has approved a sweeping executive order that establishes a legal right to food and will create what is likely to be the world’s largest food subsidy system for...

A predator drone at a US base in Arizona. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

US drone strikes more deadly to Afghan civilians than manned aircraft, adviser says. Study focusing on one year of conflict contradicts claims that ro...

by Spencer Ackerman The Guardian July 3, 2013

A study conducted by a US military adviser has found that drone strikes in Afghanistan during a year of the protracted conflict caused 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes by manned fighter aircraft....

Cheap, trendy ‘fast fashion’ in demand, despite factory dangers

by Cara Kelly Washington Post June 28, 2013

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US suspends Bangladesh’s trade privileges due to labor concerns

by Katerina Sokou and Howard Schneider Washington Post June 27, 2013

President Obama announced Thursday the suspension of U.S. trade privileges for Bangladesh in response to growing concerns about labor rights and worker safety in the country....

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