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Lydia Polgreen

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February 2005: Journalist.


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Dec 07, 2013 In Nation Remade by Mandela, Social Equality Remains Elusive

QUOTE: [Mandela] led a party that had fought an armed insurgency against the apartheid government, yet when he emerged from prison he preached forgiveness and harmony. Stripped of bitterness, Mr. Mandela negotiated a peaceful end to white rule, giving birth to the rainbow nation. But racial equality at the ballot box has proved much easier to achieve than social and economic equality.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2013 Emirates’ Laws Trap a Doctor Just Passing Through

QUOTE: Foreigners have long faced unexpected legal trouble in the emirates, where the legal system often differs considerably from what they expect at home.

New York Times
Dec 21, 2011 Scaling Caste Walls With Capitalism’s Ladders in India

QUOTE: The rapid growth that followed the opening of India’s economy in 1991 has widened the gulf between rich and poor, and some here have begun to blame liberalization for the rising tide of corruption. But the era of growth has also created something unthinkable a generation ago: a tiny but growing group of wealthy Dalit business people.

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Apr 25, 2010 Indian Justice Inches Closer to Chapters of Violence

QUOTE: These two spasms of horrific sectarian bloodletting have stood as direct challenges to India’s status as a democratic, secular state governed by the rule of law. In both instances, senior officials of the party in power were accused of looking the other way or, in some cases, even orchestrating the bloodshed. In both cases, a mere handful of the killers were ever convicted. In both cases, the political fortunes of politicians accused of fomenting the violence flourished in the aftermath.

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Mar 02, 2010 Abuse Case Rouses India’s Middle Class

QUOTE: Girls are molested all the time in India; powerful officials often abuse their office to avoid criminal prosecution; sclerotic courts are painfully slow and often corrupt. But the case is emblematic of the way India’s growing middle class, egged on by a lively news media hungry for sensational stories, is increasingly unwilling to accept these seemingly immutable truths...

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Oct 03, 2009 Questions on Executions Mount in India

QUOTE: The sensational case [of Indian police killing an innocent woman] has fed a heated national debate about the longstanding Indian police practice of killing suspects.

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Jul 13, 2008 Sudanese Protest War Crimes Case Against President at Scripted Rally in Capital

QUOTE: Thousands of people took to the streets of Sudan’s tense capital on Sunday in a carefully choreographed protest against the expected request by the International Criminal Court to arrest President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on war crimes charges. Students and members of the ruling National Congress Party were bused to the center of the capital, Khartoum, where they waved banners denouncing the international court and the United Nations.

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Jul 10, 2008 The Pursuit of Justice vs. the Pursuit of Peace (Memo From Africa)

QUOTE: But the complexity and fragility of Sudan’s multiple conflicts have led many diplomats, analysts and aid workers to worry that the Sudanese government could lash out at the prosecutor’s move by expelling Western diplomats and relief workers who provide aid to millions of people displaced by the fighting, provoking a vast crisis and shutting the door to vital diplomatic efforts to bring lasting peace. The dueling objectives have exposed a growing tension: between justice and peace, that is, between the prosecution of war criminals and the compromises of diplomacy.

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Jul 07, 2008 British Mercenary Sentenced in Coup Plot

QUOTE: He was arrested in 2004 in Zimbabwe after meeting a plane headed for Equatorial Guinea loaded with 80 mercenaries and a stockpile of weapons. He had served part of a seven-year sentence for weapons trafficking in Zimbabwe, but was extradited to Equatorial Guinea after being released early. Last month, he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, after a four-day trial in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital.

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Apr 05, 2008 Overcoming Customs and Stigma, Sudan Gives Orphans a Lifeline

QUOTE: But in the last few years a radical shift led by an unusual coalition of government officials, Western aid organizations and religious leaders has taken place here. It has rescued many infants of Maygoma from a grim fate by transforming religious and legal attitudes toward children born out of wedlock in this deeply conservative society.

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Nov 09, 2007 Gangs Terrorize Nigeria’s Vital Oil Region

QUOTE: The origins of the violence are as murky and convoluted as the mangrove swamps that snake across the delta, one of the poorest places on earth. But they lie principally in the rivalry among gangs, known locally as cults, that have ties to political leaders who used them as private militias during state and federal elections in April, according to human rights advocates, former gang members and aid workers in the region.

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Nov 04, 2007 The Orphans Who Didn’t Need Saving

QUOTE: But the scandal involving the French charity, Zoé’s Ark, is tangled in an even more complicated web, a modern one of apparently good intentions gone awry and of the perceived exploitation of the suffering of vulnerable people, and a profound cultural misunderstanding.

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Apr 17, 2007 Nigerian Court Says Candidate Illegally Excluded

QUOTE: The ruling, a firm rebuke of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s efforts to prevent politicians he says are corrupt from running for office, throws the already chaotic election season in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer into deeper turmoil. The unanimous decision also applies to candidates for governor who were barred from races for suspected corruption in half a dozen states. Those state elections took place last Saturday, amid widespread allegations of fraud and intimidation. The ruling raised fresh doubts about whether the results would stand.

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Apr 15, 2007 Millions Vote in Nigeria, but Intimidation Is Widespread

QUOTE: The election, if it is successful, could lead to something new in Nigeria: the first time one elected government hands over power to another, a watershed moment for a nation that has suffered through repeated coups, military rule and a grim civil war that nearly destroyed the country...If this election fails, it could plunge Africa’s most populous nation and largest producer of crude oil into chaos, potentially destabilizing oil markets and the entire region.

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Mar 25, 2007 Diamonds Move From Blood to Sweat and Tears

QUOTE: An international regulatory system created after the war has prevented diamonds from fueling conflicts and financing terrorist networks. Even so, diamond mining in Sierra Leone remains a grim business that brings the government far too little revenue to right the devastated country, yet feeds off the desperation of some of the world’s poorest people...In many cases, the vilified foreign mine owners have simply been replaced by local elites with a firm grip on the industry’s profits.

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Aug 31, 2006 Shaky Darfur Peace at Risk as New Fighting Looms

QUOTE: Nearly four months after signing the agreement, the [Sudanese-ed.] government is preparing a fresh use 10,500 of its own troops to crush the rebellion, a move that would violate the peace agreement...bringing Darfur to the edge of a new abyss

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Aug 28, 2006 Journalist Faces Charges Over Entering Darfur Region

QUOTE: The Sudanese government has charged Paul Salopek, a foreign correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, with espionage and entering the country illegally...Mr. Salopek was traveling in Chad to report for an article about the culture, history and politics of the Sahel region.

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Aug 17, 2004 New York City Lowering Its Sights for a Convention Boom

QUOTE: With the prospect of large political protests, extra security and skittish residents planning to leave town, many businesses, far from banking on a boom, are simply hoping that the four-day convention...will not make what is always a tough week worse.

New York Times
Jul 27, 2003 For Mixed-Race South Africans, Equity Is Elusive

QUOTE: among the mixed-race residents of the Cape Flats, where poverty and unemployment help push young men into violent street gangs, and where life seems to have gotten harder since apartheid's end, many people say they feel there is no place for them in the new South Africa.

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