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In India, close to a million Dalit women work as manual scavengers: labourers who are forced to empty out dry latrines with their bare hands. Photo: Neeta Lal/IPS

In India, a broken system leaves a ‘broken’ people powerless

by Neeta Lal Inter Press Service May 8, 2015

As India paid glowing tributes to Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of its constitution and a champion of the downtrodden, on his 124nd birth anniversary last month, public attention also swivelled to the glaring social and economic discrimination that plagues the lives of lower-caste or ‘cast...

Aid agencies pour into Nepal – and then what?

by Kristy Siegfried IRIN News April 29, 2015

Following the earthquake that killed 220,000 Haitians in 2010, the influx of hundreds of aid agencies and civil society organisations – many with no prior knowledge of the country – proved impossible to fully coordinate and in some cases was actually detrimental to the response, according to an ...

People burned the bodies of victims at a mass cremation in Katmandu on Sunday. An estimated  2,600 people were killed in the earthquake. Photo: Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Nepal terrorized by aftershocks, hampering relief efforts

by Thomas Fuller and Gardiner Harris New York Times April 26, 2015

KATMANDU, Nepal — A growing sense of despair spread through Katmandu on Sunday as the devastated Nepali capital was convulsed by aftershocks that sent residents screaming into the streets, where they were pelted by heavy rain....

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Singh hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered to rally against the government’s contentious reform of land purchasing laws. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Farmer’s public suicide in India opens debate over compassion and climate

by Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 23, 2015

Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi. Singh hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered to rally against the government's contentious reform of land purchasing laws....

Eritrea and North Korea are the world’s most censored countries, advocacy group says

by Rick Gladstone New York Times April 21, 2015

The impoverished African nation of Eritrea has the lowest rate of cellphone ownership in the world, less than 1 percent of its people can go online, and its journalists are so terrified of offending the president that even reporters for the state-run news media live in perpetual fear of arrest....

Christians who use the language of Jesus being uprooted by Islamic State

by Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 14, 2015

BEIRUT — Suhail Gabriel was in bed when Islamic State militants stormed his village in eastern Syria, firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Gabriel rushed his wife and daughter onto his motorcycle and sped through the early-morning darkness, he later recalled....

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background,  opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced the others to resettle in the nearby city of Holingol, demolishing their original homes.  Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Washington Post

In China’s Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders

by Simon Denyer Washington Post April 7, 2015

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background, opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced...

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.  It hasn’t been able to acquire the land because the owners won’t sell.  Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said “Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gives me a life of dignity.” Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

In rural India, farmers will not sell their land for others to develop, so Indian government wants to force them to sell

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 6, 2015

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. It hasn't been able to acquire the land because the owners won't sell. Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said "Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gi...

Chinese riot police crush grasslands protest over chemical pollution

by Simon Denyer Washington Post April 6, 2015

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Photo feature: Yemeni civilians in the crossfire

by Almigdad Mojalli IRIN News April 6, 2015

Twelve days ago, a Saudi-led coalition of 10 nations began bombing Yemen to displace Houthi rebels who seized the capital Sana'a last September. The attacks, which have been questioned under international law, have already killed many civilians....

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