Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
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…
Climate change in South Asia
By  • 17 May 2018
Climate change is already having big effects on southern Asia. Deadly heat waves like one that killed 3,500 people in India and Pakistan in 2015 are becoming more frequent. The summer monsoon rains are changing,…
'Red Sand' project spotlights trafficking
By  • 10 April 2018
"We can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric cracks." From forced marriage in Afghanistan to unpaid laborers in southeast Asia's fishing industry, the U.N.'s…
Orphanage 'tourism' draws scrutiny
By  • 5 April 2018
To people in the U.S., an orphanage sounds like an outdated concept. Many of us only remember seeing them in movies like “Annie” Orphanages fell out of favor in the U.S. around World War II…
Rohingya crisis in Myanmar after attacks
By  • 6 October 2017
Just two years ago, once-isolated Myanmar seemed firmly on a new course. Longtime opposition [caption id="attachment_5994" align="alignright" width="300"] Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and Myanmar state counselor (AP Photo/Mark Baker)[/caption] leader and Nobel laureate…
The business of poaching
By  • 6 July 2017
Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants remaining on African savannas,…
Shining a light on Rohingya refugees
By  • 3 March 2017
"It is probably the worst kind of habitat a human can live in." When she was 11, Hasina Begum was shot in the back. She had found herself in the crossfire between Rohingya protesters and…
Myanmar's Rohingya face 'ethnic cleansing'
By  • 3 March 2017
Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in recent months amidst a campaign by the South Asian nation's military against the religious minority. Refugees have told rights groups and U.N. investigators of burned…
Duterte's drug war in the Philippines
By  • 14 October 2016
The Philippines is in the midst of a spectacularly brutal war on drugs. The man behind it is the President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office June 30. In Duterte’s first seven weeks on the job,…
Philippines press leader speaks out on bloodshed
By  • 13 October 2016
"Most of those who've been killed so far in the drug war come from the very same social strata to whom [Duterte] appealed most... the poor." Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't like criticism. Since taking office…
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