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Before the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, journalists covering China had to make do with peering in from afar. “I would look longingly across the border, and say, ‘Why can’t I be there?’” recalled veteran foreign correspondent Jim Laurie,about his early days reporting from Hong Kong.
(Isaac Stone Fish for Foreign Policy)
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229 Million Children Are Officially Invisible
Registering babies at birth may be a routine, almost automated process in the United States, but it’s a rarity in some impoverished nations in both South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report released on Tuesday by UNICEF. In all, there are nearly 230 million children in the world who are nameless and stateless. And they may languish in anonymity for a good portion of their early lives.
Living without any proof of your existence can be a major challenge. The associated paperwork is often necessary to secure healthcare, education, and other basic rights. And children who don’t have identification are also left at higher risk of displacement, exploitation, and human trafficking. In the chaos of war or disaster, reuniting children separated from their family can be difficult, if not impossible, without proper documentation. And with no formal proof of age, marriage, military service, and employment may all become a reality much sooner than appropriate.
Read more. [Image: Stuart Price/United Nations]
Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was totally faking it the whole time.
Liu Xia has been convicted of no crime, yet she is living in a prison.
Her home is guarded. She has no access to phone, the Internet, or mail. Her visitors have been detained. She is not even allowed to read letters from her husband.
Click here to learn about her plight and make your own missing poster.
Photo: Shanghai smog, by 张 春海 http://ift.tt/1cAgAgD
December 11, 1941: Germany and Italy Declare War on the U.S.
On this day in 1941, Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Fascist Italy’s Benito Mussolini declared war on the United States in support of their ally, Empire of Japan. The U.S. government responded by passing resolutions of war against the two Axis powers, thereby entering World War II.
The declarations came a few days after the Japanese attack and bombing of the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Follow Ken Burns’s World War II timeline to discover important events and figures during this global conflict.
Photo: President Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Germany, Dec. 11, 1941 (Library of Congress).
Pope Francis named Time ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013
Time Magazine: Pope Francis, the religious leader of the Catholic Church, has been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2013.
Edward Snowden, Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, were runners-up.
Photo: Pope Francis poses with young people during a meeting with the Piacenza diocese in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Aug. 28, 2013. (Reuters via NBCNews.com)
The real problem with China’s “Air Defense Identification Zone” is that nobody knows what it actually is. http://fam.ag/18xcpk6