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  • Nepal's first international wrestling tournament

  • The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. Each year, the sea level rises by about half an inch. Though this may not sound like much, it is a big deal considering the islands are only a few feet above sea level, which puts…

  • Many young teenagers in Kathmandu leave their homes to get away from their dysfunctional families. A lot of the kids end up taking drugs to numb the emotional pain, as well as find old food in the garbage to keep themselves alive. Saroj Shrestra used to be…

  • The war in Mindanao is finally over after the government and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) guerrillas have finally signed a peace settlement. The newly created autonomous Muslim region of Bangsamoro is about to be drawn on the map.

  • Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha has developed solar-powered floating schools which park at the mainland to pick-up students. Each boat-classroom accommodates about 30 -35 students and come equipped with solar panels that power an internet-linked laptop, library…

  • Where do the mega freighters and super tankers of the world go when they are deemed to be taken out of service? Sadly, the answer to this question would be the muddy beaches of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Here, workers risk their lives on a daily basis when disassembling…

  • Jharia in India's eastern Jharkand state is literally in flames. This is due to the open cast coal mining that takes place in the area. For more than 90 years, the Jharian coal mines have been alight with coal mining villages of around seven hundred…

  • Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Thailand. But in the shadow of mass tourism, there is a different reality. Reporters have found serious grievances among migrant workers in hotels used by the tourists. Trafficking and modern slavery are…

  • Hazaribagh ranks as the world's most polluted area in terms of plastic pollution and is home to all the leather waste from Dhaka's leather tanneries where laborers work under dangerous conditions without regulations or protective equipment.

  • The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children – they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in…

  • The tsunami of December 2004 was as deadly as the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki together; but at the same time paved the way for peace in Indonesia. Inspired by Swedish social democracy, Aceh is now trying to build a functional…

  • The Muslim Rohingya ethnic group is traditionally from the state of Arakan in western Burma. After a populist Buddhist party had a majority of supporters, violence erupted in 2012 between Muslims and Buddhists. Hundreds of Muslims were killed and 125,000…

  • Where do the mega freighters and super tankers of the world go when they are deemed to be taken out of service? Sadly, the answer to this question would be the muddy beaches of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Here, workers risk their lives on a daily basis when disassembling…

  • 585 people were taken hostage, six crew members were killed and 32 more were left injured from pirate attacks in 2012. The reported piracy in 2012 accumulated up to 297 seizures compared to about 439 in 2011. Part of the decline is due to effective combat…

  • The Kamaiya/Kamlari issue is a form of slavery system where families sell their daughters as child-slaves in exchange for loans. Ongoing issues on these human rights have been battled against for many years. As exorbitant debts were charged, many families…

  • Thai prisoners, many of them hardened by years of incarceration, were pitted against free foreign fighters in both Muay Thai and traditional boxing bouts. Both sides were competing for a little cash, but the Thai prisoners were also fighting for their lives,…

  • Oil money and migrant workers are exactly what is required to build the infrastructure and stadiums of Qatar as they plan to host the World Cup in 2022. The migrant workers who travel to the Persian Gulf hope to find better jobs and a future for themselves,…

  • “There are no problems in North Korea”. After a group trip to North Korea, it is clear that not much has changed since the Korean War. A small portion of the population belongs to a middle class, but all live under heavy surveillance.

  • Recently, there has been an increasing number of Burmese immigrants moving to Thailand in the hopes of getting better employment. It is estimated that more than two million Burmese people live in Thailand, of which 300,000 live in Phuket. It is unknown how…

  • Mongolia today is known for its large deposits of copper, coal, gold and earth elements required to build circuit boards for today's computational technology, buried right under the country's soil. The government not only encourages people to mine…

  • Photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD election tour in Mandalay 2012.

  • With its reputation as one of the epicenters of Thailand's sex industry, Pattaya represents a unique challenge for the tourist industry. While the city remains a popular destination, drawing throngs of travelers throughout the year, some people are keen…

  • Eggs from Europeans, semen from wealthy Westerners and embryos planted in desperate women's bodies. The Indian baby factories have become a growing multi-billion dollar industry.

  • The desire for ivory is on the rise again in emerging Asian markets. This ever increasing demand for “white gold” is threatening to erase the entire elephant population in Africa. Although Thailand's government likes to be seen to be protecting elephants…

  • Abortion in the Philippines is illegal under the constitution and the Catholic Church has opposed attempts to liberalize abortion laws and continues to pit itself against the use of contraceptives. Consequently many women in this impoverished country, especially…

  • Waves of anti-muslim violence paralyzes stirred up by nationalist monks threatens to derail democratic reforms in Myanmar. Whilst the historic reforms of president Thein Sein are being praised by the outside world many people are in shock. How is it that…

  • The Sumatran tiger faces extinction from threats such as poaching, illegal logging and a boom in human population growth in the recent decade. A breeding programme seems to be the only hope for the Sumatran tiger's survival.

  • The tragic plight of the Rohingyas, described by the UN as one of the planet’s most persecuted peoples, has been all but eclipsed by optimistic coverage of Burma’s democratic reforms. A Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Burma, the Rohingyas have…

  • A village of green revolution, Dosan produces biofuels such as palm oil in the aim of becoming Indonesia's Green Gold. The global demand for palm oil in recent years has increased which ultimately led to a greater amount of deforestation to provide space…

  • Land grabbing has become a serious issue in Cambodia in recent years. Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes and have received no compensation. The controversial eviction of communities living around the Boeung Kak Lake area in the heart of…

  • In the recent years, acid attacks have become a prominent issue in Cambodia. Whether they are committed as crimes of the heart or from conflicts of interest, more and more perpetrators seem to prefer acid as their choice of weapon. According to a report by…

  • The Gulabi gang, or "the pink gang" (a direct translation from Hindi), is a group of women who have decided to take justice into their own hands. Out of desperation following government officials' incompetence in dealing with abusive domestic…

  • It is now 30 years since the emergence of AIDS, yet the stigma attached to the disease in countries like India remains a major obstacle in the fight to stem the pandemic. Despite official support for the distribution of free condoms and antiretroviral drugs,…

  • Kaziranga National Park is one of the last refuges for the single horned rhinoceros. Almost extinct in the early 1900s, protection of the species and re-population has increased their numbers to 2,500 with most living in this Indian nature reserve. However…

  • Leave out the sugar, honey and milk. Take one teaspoon of Darjeeling’s finest white tea leaves, put them in water heated to 80 degrees for four minutes, pour into a champagne flute, sit back and open all your senses to the finest tea in the world. The mountains…

  • Students come from all over the world to train at the Iyengar Yoga Center in Dharamsala. The school’s founder, Sharat Arora was taught by the master himself, B.K.S. Iyengar who started what is probably the most widely practiced form of yoga in Europe and…

  • You have probably never heard of it and you’re even less likely to go there, but Burma’s new administrative capital is actually a place called Naypyidaw. The city is located 320 kilometers north of Burma’s historic capital, Rangoon. With its broad boulevards,…

  • Appeals court in the Philippines rejects appeal - upholds sentences on two Swedes imprisoned for life on charges of human trafficking after they were found to be operating an illegal cybersex den that exploited minors. In handing down the unusually harsh…

  • The trial of the Ampatuan clan has begun in the Philippines where political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. On the front lines of this nation’s struggle for press freedom, many local journalists have found themselves literally in the firing line.…

  • AUG 13TH - COURT UPHOLDS SENTENCE - SWEDE MUST SERVE TIME. A 63 year-old Swedish man convicted of pedophilia claimed that he had paid US $11,000 to four Cambodian judges to overturn his six and a half year sentence and set him free. In January he was convicted…

  • Voters will take to the polls on May 10th 2010 in the Philippines. One of the most pressing issues that the new President will face will be the long term problem that has dogged many of his or her predecessors, a guerrilla war without end. The New Peoples…

  • At dusty border crossing points between Nepal and India, buses, cars and bicycle-taxis are stopped and young girls and women are questioned by women from Maiti Nepal. They work for an NGO set up to prevent the human trafficking of the daughters of Nepal who…

  • After the Maoists came to power in a landslide election victory in 2006, a peace deal was brokered to integrate the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into the Nepalese army, bringing the erstwhile rebels firmly under government control. That deal now looks in…

  • Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in Asia, also has one of the most rapidly growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the region. The HIV epidemic has spread beyond high-risk groups, such as sex workers or injection drug users, to the general population. And a new…

  • Karin Bhat is no ordinary Swede. She has chosen to defy stereotypes and abandon the tranquility of her homeland. She did so out of love. When Karin, 35, met Manzoor her life changed course; she moved to the northern Indian city of Srinigar to marry him. The…


 

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