n.30 June 2010
Italian-trained Somali gynecologist Aisha Omar reckons daily with genital mutilation and the sometime fatal medical conditions that arise as a result. Defying local tradition and culture, she is trying to teach poverty-stricken young women to become midwives. In her path are Islamic extremist organizations determined to keep local women beholden to ancient but brutal traditions.
Over the years, the void left by the Indian government in the central state of Chhattisgarh has been filled by insurgent rebels tied to the Maoist branch of the Communist Party, which is banned from public life for its terrorist ties. By siding with the poor,they’ve created a formidable dilemma for the Indian governmen. While New Delhi downplays the growing power of the rebels, it has begun actively fighting them. Complicating the tension is the role of multinationals, eager for a foothold in territories that are rich in natural resources.
Tens of millions of Chinese in southern Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou provinces are suffering through economic and personal hardship as a result of the gradual drying up of the Mekong River and its tributaries. Lack of rain and high temperatures have led farmers to scrounge for food supplies and drinking water. Beijing blames climate change, but some South Asian.