Geeking out to help end global poverty. (That's meant with the highest respect for geeks.) Tapping great minds to help the world's poorest, Shashi Buluswar leads the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in Berkeley, California.
When slavery ended, plantation owners looked for a new form of cheap labor and found it in indentured servitude. Thousands of men and women were sold into indentured servitude and shipped across the seas to work the plantations. A new book tells their stories.
A Saudi Arabian cleric is making waves in his effort to keep women off the roads — by arguing that they'll damage their ovaries if they do. Women in the rest of the world must surely be puzzled by that argument. All that and more in today's Global Scan.
Ramadan just ended and with it the period of daylight fasting observed by most Muslims around the world. In India especially, the fast is often broken with a dish called haleem, a sort of meat porridge that manages to bridge the religious divide and appeal to all manners of Indians.
If you drive south from downtown Calcutta, past scores of aging British colonial buildings, past roadside camps, and past the Hindu Temple devoted to violent Goddess Kali, you will eventually reach the South Calcutta Physical Culture Association.
Saroo Brierly was separated from his family when he was just 5 years old. He'd gotten on a train, fallen asleep and woken up in Calcutta, far away from his hometown -- a home he didn't even know the name of. He was eventually adopted by an Australian couple but recently used Google Earth to research where he might be from. He reunited with his mom 25 years after being separated from her.
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