11:56 AM, January 4th, 2013
Many families believe it’s a contagious shame. In some parts of the world, relatives of the victim see the rape as a dishonor against the family and the tribe, and in some cases kill the victim or induce her to commit suicide. Some try to “repair the damage” by forcing the victim to wed the man who assaulted her. Many women choose death instead. Last week, an 18-year old woman in Punjab chose to drink poison after being pressured by the police to marry her attacker.
Rula Jebreal argues that it’s time to view rape as a hate crime
10:21 AM, January 2nd, 2013

The six men who raped and killed a woman in India probably thought they could get away with it, and why not, writes Anuradha Roy, who explains that crimes against women are routinely ignored if not encouraged by the ruling class. Read her piece.

2:51 PM, July 31st, 2012

Photos of the blackout in northern India, where more than 600 million people are without power. 

7:18 PM, June 13th, 2012


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Srinagar, Kashmir
Indian police douse protesting government workers with purple colored water cannons.


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10:42 AM, May 22nd, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, May 22nd

  1. SpaceX Launch Successful: It’s official: Dragon has launched. The private, unmanned space shuttle built by a California’s SpaceX successfully launched early Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Fla.—the first mission by a spacecraft not commissioned by the government. See video above.
  2. U.N. Nuclear Chief: Iran Deal ‘Soon’The head of the United Nations nuclear agency said Tuesday that he has reached a deal to investigate Iran’s budding nuclear program—and he expects an agreement will be “signed quite soon.”
  3. Obama, Romney Tied on Economy: President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a statistical dead heat over the economy, the issue that Americans said they care about most ahead of the November elections, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found on Tuesday. 
  4. Facebook Shares Fall: This is not the way anyone likes to debut. Facebook shares fell seven percent at the opening of the market on Tuesday. Facebook debuted on the market on Friday at $42 a share, slightly above its initial public offering of $38 a share and finished the day at just $42.23 and then tumbled 11 percent on Monday. 
  5. Indian Train Collision Kills Dozen: At least 25 people were killed and dozens more injured early Tuesday in southern India after a passenger train rammed into a freight train. The vehicles caught fire as rescue workers tried to pull out survivors. Around 70 people were rescued from the wreckage in the six hours after the crash.

Video: SpaceX Launch Successful

5:45 PM, March 26th, 2012


Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Hard for me to believe or understand this. 

Committing suicide is a last-resort measure in any society, but it’s seen as especially extreme for Tibetan Buddhists. Because their religion reveres all living beings, many Tibetans believe those who take their own lives will not be reincarnated. That’s a grim fate for religious devotees who aspire to be reborn, again and again, in more enlightened forms. “But what else can people do? We don’t have guns. We don’t want to harm other human beings. Yet we can’t stand to see our religion and culture being crushed,” lamented one Tibetan man from Lhasa, who requested anonymity because he feared China’s massive security crackdown, which has affected parts of four provincial areas.

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1:42 PM, March 26th, 2012


Picture Of The Day: Tibetan Protester Lights Himself On Fire Ahead Of Chinese President’s Visit To India

Jampa Yeshi (pictured above), a Tibetan exile, set himself on fire in New Delhi ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India, the New York Times reports:

The exile, Jampa Yeshi, who is believed to be 26 years old, set himself on fire at Jantar Mantar, the site of frequent protests, at 12:25 p.m., shortly after a Tibetan rally made its way back from Ramlila Maidan, another popular ground for political demonstrations in New Delhi. The protesters were agitating against the India visit of Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, for the BRICS Summit, an economic meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, later this week.

Police and Tibetan activists doused Yeshi with water, and he was rushed to the hospital.   

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9:54 AM, March 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 8th

  1. Justice Department Warns Apple Over eBooksApple didn’t get to bask in the glory of its new iPad for long. The Justice Department has warned the company—along with five of the biggest U.S. publishers—that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. Newt Camp: Next Votes ‘Must Wins’: Gingrich is looking for hospitality in Southern states. Spokesman R.C. Hammond admitted that it’s going to be a long slog from here, telling reporters, “Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich.” 
  3. Syria’s Oil Minister Joins Opposition: In a YouTube video, Syria’s deputy oil minister says he’s leaving Bashar al-Assad’s government and joining the opposition, the most high-profile defection since the revolt began.
  4. Hate Groups on RiseThe number of hate groups operating in the United States continues to rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked such groups for 30 years. Fed by dislike of President Obama, changing racial demographics, and the growing gap between rich and poor, the number of hate groups and antigovernment organizations grew to 1,018 last year. 
  5. Pat Robertson: Legalize PotThis is a shift from preaching conservative family values. Evangelist Pat Robertson’s newest cause is the legalization of marijuana. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told The New York Times. 
  6. Utah Passes Anti-Sex Ed Bill: Utah’s sex-ed classes are about to get a lot shorter. The state’s legislature passed a bill that would ban public schools from teaching contraception as a way of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. The bill also prohibits teaching about homosexuality. 

Photo: Hindu devotees celebrate Holi—the festival of color—at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India. (Kevin Frayer / AP) 

6:55 PM, January 17th, 2012

Near Kolkata, India: Hindu pilgrims offer prayers at the confluence of River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. 

Bikas Das / AP Photo

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4:05 PM, December 22nd, 2011

New Delhi, India: An evicted squatter stands on the street near his belongings as they were burned by the police.

Kevin Frayer / AP Photo

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5:01 PM, December 16th, 2011

Nagpur, India: The Guinness World Records named Jyoti Amge, 18, world’s shortest woman measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches).

Punit Paranjpe, AFP / Getty Images

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11:11 AM, December 15th, 2011

Frontpage: Thursday, Dec. 15

Photo: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives for his annual question-and-answer television program. Putin said the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections reflected popular opinion but said he was pleased by the sight of mass protests of mainly young people. (Alexey Druzhinin, AFP / Getty Images)

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5:22 PM, December 5th, 2011

Masur, India: Sonu, a 10-year-old tightrope walker, balances herself on a rope with her feet inside an aluminium tin during a performance in the village of Masur. Sonu travels from village to village with her mother and father, setting up the tightrope to perform for money on the main street. She makes an average of 200 Indian Rupees per day ($3.90), and as much as 400 Indian Rupees ($7.80) on a good day. (Dec. 5, 2011)

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11:01 AM, March 1st, 2011

India’s Pink Gangthe largest women’s vigilante group in the world, shames abusive husbands and corrupt politicians by going door-to-door clad in electric pink saris and wielding sticks called laathis—the same sticks used by local cops when patrolling their beat. Recently, they’ve gained political clout by winning seats in the panchayat elections—the equivalent of American municipality elections.

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