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Impartiality Critical to Ensuring Afghanistan's Election Credibility

April 16, 2014

Afghan women wait in line in a rainy Kabul to cast their ballots in Afghanistan's April 5 election. Estimates show a turnout of over 50 percent, 37 percent of whom were women.

Election day in Afghanistan exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, with long queues of men and women turning out to vote for a new president in what many are declaring a sign of increased political maturity and belief in democratic systems among Afghans today. Estimates show a turnout of over 50 percent – 37 percent of whom were women – all the more significant in an environment where fear of violence was on high in the lead-up to the election and threatened to impact voter turnout. Instead, Afghans defied threats and attacks by insurgent groups and came out in large numbers to cast their vote. On Sunday, Afghans heard the first official report of partial results, with two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, appearing to take the lead with a run-off likely.

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Notes from the Field

Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature

April 16, 2014

Last month, China unveiled its grand urbanization plan to increase the number of people living in cities to 60 percent, or around 100 million additional people, by 2020. In fact, China's migration plan reflects a global trend: right now, about half of the world's population...

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Nine Takeaways from Indonesia's Legislative Elections

April 16, 2014

Indonesia's legislative elections on April 9 confirmed some well-established assumptions but also produced a few surprises. On the basis of quick count results, media reports, and independent election observation, here are nine key takeaways from these elections...

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Notes from the Field

Bangladesh Moving Fast Toward Cleaner Leather Industry

April 16, 2014

Bangladesh’s Buriganga River is a vital economic link to the rest of the country connected by an intricate network of rivers and tributaries. Above, fruit sellers throw jackfruit from the boats in the river. Photo/Conor Ashleigh

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Made (Green) in Vietnam

April 16, 2014

The burgeoning growth of the apparel industry in Vietnam offers an opportunity to foster best practices in sustainable manufacturing processes. While China may be best known for, and is currently the leading global exporter for apparel, many multinational companies...

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Prejudice at the Polling Booth: Disabled Indonesians Face Barriers in Voting

April 9, 2014

Millions of Indonesians voted in legislative elections on Wednesday, their ink-stained fingers marking another important moment in the consolidation of Indonesian democracy. Sixteen years after the fall of the Suharto regime, elections are largely considered free and fair...

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India's Youth in the World's Biggest Election

April 9, 2014

India is one of the youngest countries in the world, with an estimated 65 percent of the population under the age of 35. With an estimated 150 million 18- to 23-year-olds eligible to vote for the first time, political parties are actively using social media to reach these young voters. Photo/Conor Ashleigh

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