The future for women in Afghanistan

While the standing of women in Afghan society has improved in some ways since the dark days of the Taliban, thanks in part to the work of international aid agencies and nongovernmental organizations, much is left to be done. With

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Urban Poor: China’s changing demographic

The rapid pace of urbanization in China during the past 3 decades has led to a demographic shift of unprecedented proportions. Within less than one generation, China’s population has shifted from being less than 20% urban to being more than

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Living on the margins: Homelessness in Bishkek

A 2011 study on homeless people in Bishkek introduced ins report in this sobering way: “In spite of being a small city with less than a million population, the number of homeless people in Bishkek exceeds 3500 and according to

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Trafficking of women in the Middle East

Standing at the window of the third-story apartment in Beirut, all Manola Rajaonarison could see outside were gigantic apartment blocks. In her hand, she held a piece of paper with her father’s telephone number written on it. This was her

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Challenges Facing Youth in Lebanon

Young people in Lebanon face the challenges of identity and purpose after years of civil war. Many drift through school and face a future that gives them little reason to hope. One school principal appealed for those who love Jesus

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Education: possible for every girl?

Malala Yousafzai was shot because of her belief that girls should have the opportunity for education. While Malala continues to recover, and has vowed to continue to campaign for girls’ education, education for girls remains controversial in some Muslim countries.

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The painful reality of a revolution unfinished

The revolution in Egypt is unfinished. The protestors have returned to Tahrir Square, and are positioned around the Presidential palace in Heliopolis. Some of those protesting say they did not wage the January 25th revolution to end up with a

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Youth in the Middle East

One of the things that strike any casual observer of the Middle East is that it is very young. The median age can be as low as 15!  This means that most of the population of the country is at

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