Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
The overpopulation debate
By  • 19 October 2017
Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus's time, world population has grown from…
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Rohingya share tales of repression
Burning villages. Dead bodies. Overcrowded boats full of desperate Rohingya refugees looking for a haven.  Such is the legacy of the Myanmar government's offensive against its Muslim-minority Rohingya people in the country's Rakhine state. At…
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India's 'missing children' problem
By  • 20 April 2017
The movie "Lion" won enormous popular acclaim in 2016 for its heartrending tale about a 5-year-old Indian boy who loses his family after boarding the wrong train. The movie has helped shed light on the…
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Indian parents cling to hope for missing kids
By  • 20 April 2017
"They are just hoping to find their children's bodies at the very least..." [caption id="attachment_8280" align="alignright" width="240"] Mansi Thapliyal (courtesy)[/caption] It's hard to find something positive in the pain of a parent whose child has…
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Project Exile: Bangladeshi reporter makes new life in Sweden
By  • 11 January 2017
"I’m not the first or the last [Bangladeshi] journalist to be detained and tortured but I’m sort of the only one who spoke up." It was just after midnight on May 11, 2007 when a…
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'Sherpa' highlights Everest's inequalities
By  • 22 December 2016
  Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting foreign hikers up Mt. Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of…
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Pakistani author speaks out on "honor" killings
By  • 21 November 2016
"There is a social revolution underway in Pakistan and it is very women-led." About 1,000 women in Pakistan are killed every year by relatives who believe those women have dishonored their families.  These so-called "honor" killings may come…
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"Honor" killings under fire
By  • 17 November 2016
About 5,000 women are killed each year in so-called "honor" killings around the world. These are crimes in which the victims, who are almost always female, are killed by family members - usually men -…
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'Sherpa' highlights Everest's inequities
By  • 2 June 2016
  Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting foreign hikers up Mt. Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of…
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Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains
By  • 26 May 2016
At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a…
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