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Syrian Stuck at Airport Turns to Social Media – Southeast Asia Dispatches

KUALA LUMPUR – Thirty-seven year-old Syrian asylum seeker Hassan Al Kontar uses social media to share his story of life at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Because of Hassan’s posts, volunteers from Malaysia to Canada have taken up his cause. Adam

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Hassan Al Kontar: A Life in Limbo – CBC The World this Weekend

KUALA LUMPUR – Hassan Al Kontar is a 37-year-old Syrian living at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for six months. Human rights defenders inside Malaysia have advised him not to seek asylum in the country because it’s not a signatory to

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Montréal, tales of gentrification in a bohemian city (redux)

Montreal, tales of gentrification in a bohemian city. Montréal: histoire de la gentrification d’une ville bohème. This 80 minute documentary examines the rapid push for condo development in Montréal. Residents speak about how this development is having an effect in

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Journalists for Human Rights Face New Challenge in East Africa

Years of experience working with journalists in West Africa could not prepare Canada’s media development organization, Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), with what would happen next in East Africa. Written by a former JHR Tanzania media trainer. ARUSHA, Tanzania –

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Catching a break in Nairobi: How two Canadian freelancers covered the Westgate mall shooting

Two recent Canadian journalism graduates, dreaming of careers as international journalists, caught the break of a lifetime landing a fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Wanting to combine her passion for journalism and travel, French journalist Flavie Halais applied

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Rights Radio Report #4: Ghana

Farm Radio International works in Africa to help empower rural families and farmers, using radio. In Ghana, the organization launched a project to help improve farming techniques and is building local programming in the north to educate Ghanaians about the

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Rights Radio Report #3: War & Peace games

Every year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, political science students undergo an intensive peacebuilding exercise. This is all part of a class to train students how to overcome bureaucratic obstacles post-conflict. McGill professor Rex Brynen created a unique peacebuilding

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