Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict  1

“The spotlight is on you and we are coming after you with all the means at our disposal, Zainab Banguara warned perpetrators of sexual violence during conflicts. “Humanity will pursue you and hold you to account.”    Jane McClenahan reports.

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Zainab Banguara, UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict. Courtesy UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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The Conversation: Apology to Korea benefits Japan, too 3

Jane McClenahan writes: As it advanced through Asia in the Second World War, the Japanese Army established an estimated 2,000 ‘comfort stations’.  This euphemism obscures the horror of what they really were – military brothels to service the sexual needs of the Japanese soldiers ….

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo by Barbara Borst

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
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The Conversation: Covert Comrades 1

Jane photoMcClenahan writes: For those interested in what is going on inside Russia I can highly recommend a newly published book which looks at how the internet has been faciliating alternative political voices inside the country. “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are” by Emily Parker considers opposition voices in China, Cuba, and Russia.

 

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Looking Ahead 1

Jane McClenahan writes: As we move into 2014, I’d like to share a few things I’m following this year. It’s a list to encourage discussion, is far from exhaustive and is shamelessly biased towards my own interests.

Terracotta army of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang, third century BC. Photo by Barbara Borst

Terracotta army of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang, third century BC.
Photo by Barbara Borst

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Peru: Pulling back the Veil 1

The eight journalists were buried in four graves excavated next to a creek near Uchuraccay. Their bodies were exhumed four days after they were massacred. Photo courtesy of Carmen Hulbert.

The eight journalists were buried in four graves excavated next to a creek near Uchuraccay. Their bodies were exhumed four days after they were massacred. Photo courtesy of Carmen Hulbert.

Leave Lima, travel a long road to 4,000 meters up in Peru’s central highlands and you come to Uchuraccay. It’s a remote and desolate place. Most people outside Peru have never heard of it. Jane McClenahan on a story rarely been covered in mainstream media.

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Invisible in New York Reply

Recently we posted on the record 22,000 homeless children in New York.  This week, the New York Times is publishing a series, Invisible Child, written by investigative reporter Andrea Elliott. It follows the lives of  11 year old Dasani and her family who live in a Brooklyn shelter.  It’s a hard read, and has provoked a range of reactions in New York.  We simply ask you to read it.