A small part of the vast Mangar Bani forest in Mangar, Haryana. Photo: Enrico Fabian/ For The Washington Post

Villagers just protected a sacred forest outside India’s polluted capital

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post May 1, 2016

The schoolchildren enter the forest at dawn on a bird-watching field trip. They step softly on crisp fallen leaves and speak in hushed whispers....

Taya Quezon was displaced by fighting between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).  Photo Jared Ferrie/IRIN

The Philippines: Militancy rising as peace talks stall

by Jared Ferrie IRIN News April 28, 2016

Mindanao is rich in resources as well as population diversity. It is also home to a violent patchwork of sometimes-overlapping armed groups. These include Islamist revolutionaries as well as extremist militants, communist rebels, paramilitaries, clan-based private armies, and networks of organised c...

In this April 12, 2016 photo, a boy who migrated from drought hit areas of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, carries water to his family’s makeshift hut in Kukse Borivali, 85 kilometres (53 miles) north-east of Mumbai, India. Decades of groundwater abuse, populist water policies and poor monsoons have turned vast swaths of central and western India into a dust bowl, driving distressed farmers to suicide or menial day labor in the cities. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press

Poor policies blamed as India reels from drought, hardship

by Nirmala George AP Washington Post April 15, 2016


Photo: IRIN

Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism? How paramilitaries rule by fear in Mindanao

by Lennart Hofman IRIN News February 26, 2016

Kailo Bontulan sat in front of a cluster of thatched bamboo huts next to a humble Protestant church in Davao, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. About 700 members of his indigenous community fled there almost a year ago following deadly attacks by paramilitary groups....

Reporting on life, death, and corruption in Southeast Asia

by Thomas Fuller New York Times February 21, 2016

BANGKOK — The protesters built what looked like medieval ramparts topped with sharpened wooden stakes in the heart of Bangkok. The military was preparing to sweep them out....

The new normal in Fata

by Ashfaq Yusufzai Inter Press Service February 11, 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 2016 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan’s army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata af...

Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49.  The report listed general causes for suicide such as  mental health problems, relationships, marriage and family issues, and  youth (since 21 percent of the suicides were committed by young women aged 18 years and under) but did not elaborate on causes. Photo: Brennon Jones/IRIN

Nepal: Why are so many young women killing themselves?

by IRIN News January 22, 2016

Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49, outranking other causes such as accidents and disease, according to a government study. ...

Thousands of farmer suicides prompt India to set up $1.3bn crop insurance scheme

by Agence-France Presse The Guardian January 13, 2016

Women working the fields in India where a vast number farm, but make little money. Photo: © Neeta Lal/IPS...

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...

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