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Bringing the Bridges Home
The danger for Afghan interpreters after Western troops have left the country is becoming increasingly recognised. They often face threats and uncertaintly, while many are killed.
“Leaving them behind is tantamount to a death sentence,” Maya Hess, forensic linguist and head of the advocacy group Red-T supporting translators and interpreters“Leaving them behind is tantamount to a death sentence,” — Maya Hess, forensic linguist and head of the advocacy group Red-T supporting translators and interpreters
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Mexico’s Climate Change Law – More Than Just Empty Words?
Critics say Mexico’s climate change law enacted in 2012 has so far failed to produce concrete changes at all levels of government.
“The government has failed to align all policy-making instruments behind the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” —Greenpeace Mexico’s communications director, Raúl Estrada
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India’s Women Lose the Election
Indian activists are anticipating a lack of female participation in the political process during election season. Women constitute 388 million, or 47.6 percent of the 814.5 million voters eligible to vote in the election running from Apr. 7 to May 12.
“This election, we get the feeling that we have lost. Women are getting more and more sidelined,” — Jyotsna Chatterji from the non-profit Joint Women’s Programme
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(Photo: Guillermo Granja / Reuters)
The fruit is under assault from a disease that threatens the popular variety that Americans slice into their cereal.
Every Easter, in the Greek village of Vrontados, members of rival churches sitting across a small valley stage a “rocket war” by firing thousands of homemade rockets towards each other while services are held. The objective for each side is to strike the bell of the opposing church. The festival, called Rouketopolemos, has been celebrated by the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani for at least 125 years, its exact origins a mystery. Gathered here are images of this rocket war from the past few years.
Q&A: The Case for Cutting African Poverty in Half
In Washington last weekend, the World Bank reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty under 3% of the global population. However, chief economist from the African Development Bank Mthuli Ncube suggest that may be difficult with certain African regions.
"We’ve some challenges in Africa. One is fragility. If you look at some of the large countries with a lot of poverty – like the [Democratic Republic of Congo], it is a fragile country. It’s not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure it’s consistent, shared and inclusive."
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South Sudan Dictates Media Coverage of Conflict
Journalists in South Sudan have been criticising the government for having controlled coverage of the recent conflict in the country.
“We have recorded more than five cases of journalists being summoned for interrogation or being arrested and detained in Juba alone and more than 10 other cases in other parts of the country since the start of the conflict in December,” —Oliver Modi Philip, chairperson of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan
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