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Associated Press/Photo by Haruna Umar

Tar bubbles and terrorism

Human Rights | Punishing crimes big and small can be life-and-death business
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/03/13, 01:00 am

When I was a girl about 4 years old, I ventured into the street with a playmate one hot afternoon to pop tar bubbles. Playing in the street was a no-no and my mother greeted me grim-faced when I came inside. “Were you playing in the street?” she asked. “No,” I said, quickly hiding my tar-stained fingers behind my back. She sent me to my room.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hassan Ammar

Globe Trot: Saudi Arabia mulls paralysis as criminal punishment

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/05/13, 01:10 pm

April is the Month of Microfinance and today is the day every gift to Five Talents, one of many groups majoring in microfinance projects, gets doubled. Microfinance projects put financial services in the hands of small groups of business owners and crafts people who otherwise would not have access to the infusions of cash needed to launch business expansion and enterprise.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sang Tan

Globe Trot: No need to panic

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/11/13, 11:50 am

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