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Bowe Bergdahl Freed by Taliban, But at What Cost?


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"You are not forgotten" Photo by: Dave 77459

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 12:42 p.m. DST, 2 June 2014 AN AMERICAN SOLDIER captured in Afghanistan in 2009 is returning home. 28-year-old Bowe Bergdahl was the last prisoner of war from the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom conflicts. His homecoming marks the end of an ongoing discussion with Taliban executives, which were […]

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Pregnant Pakistani Stoned in “Honor Killing” Outside High Court



The Stoning of a Woman

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 04:43 p.m. DST, 27 May 2014 LAHORE, Pakistan — Islam does not allow for “honor killings.” And yet, a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman is the latest victim of murder at the hands of her family. The couple had been engaged for several years, and were only recently married. Farzana […]

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The Efficacy of Drone Assassinations


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Drone Aircraft, Photo Courtesy of Abayomi Azikiwe

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 04:35 a.m. DST, 24 May 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House announced this week that it will release classified documents about the planning and justification behind drone attacks that killed four American expatriates in 2011. Growing pressure from a bipartisan array of Senators and legal action by the […]

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Malala Yousafzai, Two Years After Attempted Assasination



Malala Yousafzai Oval Office, 11 Oct 2013

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 13:30  p.m. DST, 15 April 2014 INTERNATIONAL – On October of 2012, 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot for speaking up about women’s rights to education. As an inside correspondent with BBC, subject of two documentaries and frequent guest in newsrooms, Yousafazai was becoming the poster child […]

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Opposition to Child Marriage in Pakistan Gains Momentum



Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan by DFID - UK Department for International Development

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 01:10 a.m. DST, 01 April 2014 PAKISTAN – Child marriages are a major and disturbing problem in Pakistan and elsewhere. Eleven percent of the world’s children will be married before the age of 15 — amounting to over 2 million child brides. In Pakistan 7% of girls married […]

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