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The myth of women’s ‘empowerment’

For only $100, you can empower a woman in India. This manageable amount, according to the website of the organization India Partners, will provide a woman with her own sewing machine, allowing her to take the very first step on the march to empowerment.

Rafia Zakaria, Oct 15 2017

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The fake wokeness of the boy scouts

The news arrived on Oct. 11, a day—as Facebook reminded us—designated as the International Day of the Girl. On the surface, it even seemed like kind of a progressive change:

KATE TUTTLE, Oct 15 2017

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Prisoners of Kathmandu

I was asked to comment on a book entitled The Prisoner of Kathmandu: Brian Hudgson in Nepal 1820-43 (2015) by Mandala Book Point at the international book fair in Kathmandu.

ABHI SUBEDI, Oct 15 2017

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Changing stripes

Life is so complex. We think of all beings as either animals or plants and this means a lot when you are vegetarian and determined not to hurt.

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI, Oct 15 2017

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Roots of change

Throughout history, one of the most effective strategies for people to look for a better future has been to move. In most cases leaving impoverished rural areas in search of more productive opportunities elsewhere.

JOSÉ GRAZIANO DA SILVA, Oct 15 2017

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Light up

An estimated 16 percent of the world’s population, 1.2 billion people, lack access to modern electricity and remain trapped in a daily cycle of poverty and basic survival, and 80 percent of these people live in rural areas,

RAMHARI POUDYAL, Oct 15 2017

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