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Malaysia refuses to recognize Burmese as refugees

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Malaysia refuses to recognize Burmese as refugees

Karen Zusman, an independent journalist, recently returned from Malaysia, where she reported on the plight of Burmese refugees trapped inside that country. Listen to the full audio documentary and view images from her travels.

Posted: July 13, 2009 12:22   Comments: 8
Burmese refugees rounded up and sold in Malaysia

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Burmese refugees rounded up and sold in Malaysia

In Malaysia, some immigration officials have been accused of involvement in selling refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma, to gangs in Thailand.

Posted: July 13, 2009 12:21   Comments: 9
Malaysian immigration officials implicated in human trafficking

Interview (video)

Malaysian immigration officials implicated in human trafficking

Elaine Pearson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the status of the Myanmar refugees in Malaysia and the problem of human trafficking in Asia.

Posted: July 13, 2009 12:20   Comments: 5
What is statelessness?

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What is statelessness?

This summer, Worldfocus.org's multimedia project "Stateless to Statehood" explores the relationships between individuals and the states they live in. Twelve to 15 million people live in limbo without the benefits of nationality.

Posted: July 10, 2009 15:34   Comments: 2
Naxalite rebellion menaces the heart of India

Perspectives

Naxalite rebellion menaces the heart of India

Anasuya Ray is a researcher for an NGO based in Pune, India. She writes about her recent fieldwork in India’s tribal belt, where grinding poverty and malnutrition are driving villagers to support the Naxalites, a rebel group seeking to overthrow the government.

Posted: July 9, 2009 17:27   Comments: 2
Indonesia heads to polls, clinging to newfound stability

Perspectives (blog)

Indonesia heads to polls, clinging to newfound stability

On Wednesday, Indonesia -- the world’s third-largest democracy -- went to the polls in its second direct election. Indonesia had long suffered at the hands of dictators, but is now setting an example of stability in an otherwise chaotic region. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Indonesia describes the mood on election day.

Posted: July 8, 2009 11:30   Comments: 1
Civilians grow weary as U.S. ramps up battle against Taliban

Interview (video)

Civilians grow weary as U.S. ramps up battle against Taliban

The U.S. remains on the offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the Pakistani and American campaigns against the Taliban and the battle for civilians' hearts and minds.

Posted: July 3, 2009 14:07   Comments: 3
India rules homosexuality is no longer a crime

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India rules homosexuality is no longer a crime

In India, a court ruled that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offense in New Delhi, the capital. Advocates hailed it as a huge step forward, as homosexuality has been a crime in conservative India since the British colonial era.

Posted: July 2, 2009 10:59   Comments: 2
Two pieces of good news on defense

Nina Hachigian (blog)

Two pieces of good news on defense

Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian comments on the F-22 aircraft and Kyrgyzstan's decision to allow America to continue to use the Manas air base critical to the war in Afghanistan.

Posted: June 25, 2009 16:15   Comments: 0
In Afghanistan’s small towns, Canada rebuilds

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In Afghanistan’s small towns, Canada rebuilds

Anup Kaphle is embedded in Afghanistan and describes how Canadian forces are helping with local reconstruction efforts in the country's small towns.

Posted: June 24, 2009 16:15   Comments: 0
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