Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Criticizing Kurdish referendum leads to exile
By  • 28 June 2019
"He told me to either leave or they would beat me very terribly."  Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has long had a reputation in the West as a bastion of stability in a chaotic region plagued…
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Sudan's political crisis
By  • 28 June 2019
When Sudan's dictator of 30 years was ousted in April following months of protests, many were hopeful that the African nation might transition towards democracy. Yet less than three months after Omar al-Bashir's arrest, the…
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"One-Child Nation" shows scars of Chinese policy
By  • 23 May 2019
Having a child renewed filmmaker Nanfu Wang's interest in China's one-child policy. In effect from 1979 to 2016, the restrictions on family size halted China's explosive population growth but have left the country with a…
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Cuba eyes information revolution
By  • 11 April 2019
Cuba has long been one of the world’s least connected countries. Cubans weren’t allowed to buy personal computers until about a decade ago, and didn’t have access to the Internet until 2013. But things are…
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Ending period poverty
By  • 4 April 2019
At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on the subject of menstruation taboos in India and the story of a…
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Australia's refugee 'islands of despair'
By  • 21 March 2019
Australia's continued detention of about 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers on two remote Pacific islands has garnered international criticism as details emerge of alarming rates of attempted suicide and poor medical care. Yet many Australians see…
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Ghana journalist Anas speaks out after colleague's murder
By , • 12 March 2019
"We suspected that people would come and attack us." The West African nation of Ghana has a well-deserved reputation as a beacon of democracy and freedom of expression, and perhaps the best symbol of this…
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Ghana, Egypt face assaults on press
By  • 7 March 2019
On the surface, Ghana and Egypt couldn't be more different places when it comes free expression. Ghana ranks higher than the U.S. and U.K. by some measures of press freedom, while Egypt's government is now…
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Starving Yemen
By  • 15 November 2018
The struggling nation of Yemen is on the brink of what could become the worst famine the world has seen in decades. The country’s economy has collapsed amid a three-year-old civil war involving a Saudi-led…
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Child marriage in Southeast Asia
By  • 8 November 2018
In late October, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive to state officials: raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen years old. The move came after a huge public outcry earlier this year…
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