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India needs to “Save its Daughters” through education and gender equality. India ranks 130th of 155 countries in newly released gender ine...

by Neeta Lal Inter Press Service January 8, 2016

Women constitute nearly half of the country’s 1.25 billion people and gender equality — whether in politics, economics, education or health — is still a distant dream for most. This fact was driven home again sharply by the recently released United National Development Programme’s Human Dev...

Global grocer supply chains tied to slave-peeled shrimp

by Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan Associated Press December 14, 2015

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Poor migrant workers and children are being sold to factories in Thailand and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains, including those of Wal-Mart and Red Lobster, the world's largest retailer and the world's largest seafood restaurant chain, an Ass...

In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 photo, children and teenagers sit together to be registered by officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Abuse is common in Samut Sakhon, which attracts workers from some of the world’s poorest countries, mostly from Myanmar. An International Labor Organization report estimated 10,000 migrant children aged 13 to 15 work in the city. Another U.N. agency study found nearly 60 percent of Burmese laborers toiling in its seafood processing industry were victims of forced labor. Photo: © AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

Global grocer supply chains tied to slave-peeled shrimp

by Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan Associated Press December 14, 2015

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Poor migrant workers and children are being sold to factories in Thailand and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains, including those of Wal-Mart and Red Lobster, the world's largest retailer and the world's largest seafood restaurant chain, an Ass...

Myanmar military still big power despite opposition victory

by Thomas Fuller IRIN News November 13, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — Amid the mold-covered facades of downtown Yangon are police stations, a five-story building housing the Special Branch state security agency and government offices where citizens are required to register out-of-town houseguests....

Al-Amin and Fatima outside their new home in a slum in Dhaka. Photo: Mubashar Hasan/IRIN

Bangladesh’s climate change migrants

by Mubashar Hasan IRIN News November 13, 2015

Al-Amin used to be a rice farmer in the fertile plains of Bangladesh’s vast Ganges Delta, but the river washed his land away and now he pulls a rickshaw in a slum in the sprawling capital, Dhaka....

Chowkipur, a village in India that has no electricity. Photo: Simon de Trey-White/Washington Post

India’s huge need for electricity is a problem for the planet

by Annie Gowan Washington Post November 6, 2015

See special report...

China ends one-child policy, allowing families two children

by Chris Buckley New York Times October 29, 2015

BEIJING — Driven by fears that an aging population could jeopardizeChina’s economic ascent, the Communist Party leadership ended its decades-old “one child” policy on Thursday, announcing that all married couples would be allowed to have two children....

Al Jazeera investigation reveals Myanmar government triggered deadly communal violence for political gain

by Al Jazeera Investigative Unit October 28, 2015

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to "strong evidence" of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School....

Implementing the right to food: The debate over India’s new national food security law

by Hunger Explained September 26, 2015

Also see Food and Agricultural Organization "State Food Provision as Social Protection: Debating India's national food security law" (80 page PDF) See Hunger Notes special report on the right to food...

Nearly $100 billion flowed iIllegally through Myanmar from 1960 to 2013

by Christine Clough Global Financial Integrity September 9, 2015

Illicit Outflows average 6.5% of Myanmar’s Official GDP; Technical Smuggling of Imports via Fraudulent Misinvoicing Accounts for 71.0% of Myanmar’s Illicit Inflows.Underground Economy Averaged 55.1% of Country’s GDP; Drives and is Driven by Illicit Flows...

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