Author: Miho Kitamura

SEATTLE — Tuvalu is a country made up of five small islands in the continent of Oceania, northeast of Australia. With a population of only 11,200 people and encompassing an area of 26 square kilometers, Tuvalu has no political parties, just a Parliament comprised of 15 members elected every four years and a prime minister chosen by the members of Parliament. While the law in Tuvalu recognizes equality between men and women, in reality, women experience imbalances that present challenges in the political, educational and employment sectors. In addition, violence against women is a serious issue that requires attention. However,…

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SEATTLE — The southeastern Asian country of Cambodia is located on the Gulf of Thailand, surrounded by Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Although the most recent 2013 elections were relatively peaceful, its dark past still very much lingers in the form of landmines in Cambodia. In 1975, under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge came into power after capturing the capital of Phnom Penh and began a brutal four-year project of turning Cambodia back into an agrarian society. The regime executed intellectuals and middle-class Cambodians and implemented drastic measures such as banning the use of money, religion and private…

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