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One Rohingya’s struggle to empower women in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Tucked away upstairs at a shopping plaza in this city’s north end is a small storefront turned classroom for dozens of Rohinyga women and children. The sound of these women reciting English phrases, laughing and the

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Malaysia: Rohingya must be consulted before repatriation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Rohingya repatriation deal is being hailed as a “first step” by the Bangladesh government, but many argue the plan is premature. Myanmar’s Rakhine state is the ancestral home for Muslim-majority Rohingya, but those living there

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Malaysia: A Rohingya safe haven?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Inside a television studio a small team of four prepare the daily news bulletin featuring horrendous stories of rape, murder, forced exile, and the lack of an international response to these crimes. But this is no

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Thailand: No Internet Freedom with new Computer Crime Act

BANGKOK, Thailand – The sound of cicadas spread as the sun sets in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen. Payu Boonsophon, 23, stares down at his smart phone. He hesitates before beginning to type a message on Facebook. He knows

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North Korean Defectors Help Escapees Reach China on ‘Underground Railroad’

SEOUL, South Korea – When she crossed the border from North Korea to China, Ann Kang understood it was only a temporary feeling of freedom, one that could be taken away in an instant. The real difficulty, she knew, lay

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South Korea’s Candlelight Nights: Seongju County Residents Oppose U.S. missiles

SEOUL, South Korea – A nightly candlelight vigil by South Korean farmers was met with police force when a controversial U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, arrived against their wishes. “The government assures us

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South Korea: World’s Longest Protest Over Comfort Women

25-year-old demonstration in Seoul draws international attention to Japan’s World War II sex slavery in occupied Asia. SEOUL, South Korea – For the last 25 years, Koreans both young and old have gathered in front of the Japanese embassy in

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#Malaysia: Snapshots of #Borneo. It’s nice when a friend brings you a pineapple bun while you’re sitting, relaxing and reading. It’s a great snack. I’m told it’s the best pineapple bun in Borneo and after eating it, I can see why. Again, I’m reminded of Hong Kong. Akinabalu Hostel, Kota Kinabalu.
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