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Irwin Loy
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" http://ow.ly/HeZ130j088P As leader of one of Canada’s largest refugee agencies, Fariborz Birjandian, a refugee himself, has years of experience welcoming the world’s most vulnerable — Kosovar Albanians fleeing ethnic cleansing, Burmese Karens evicted from Thai refugee camps and Syrians escaping the civil war. Nothing prepared him for the Yazidis."
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Myanmar says it could house returned Rohingya refugees in a temporary camp. Satellite images show it’s being built on the flattened remains of former Rohingya villages. http://www.irinnews.org/maps-and-graphics/2018/03/12/myanmar-levels-former-rohingya-villages-build-camp-returnees
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"I lost my money, but at least I could save the ID cards. They are more important to us anyway": After fleeing #Myanmar, Rohingya refugees cling to old documents as proof they belong to a country that now rejects them. http://ow.ly/hJDR30iSoQ1
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Submerged homes, crumbling hillsides, and key infrastructure washed away: mapping the risks of the coming monsoon season in Rohingya refugee camps. http://www.irinnews.org/maps-and-graphics/2018/02/05/mapped-how-monsoon-rains-could-submerge-rohingya-refugee-camps
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Tracking rights abuses from space: Researchers at the University of Nottingham have been using satellite imagery to trace the proliferation of brick kilns — which labour and rights groups say are a widespread source of abuse and exploitation — over a swathe of South Asia. In findings released this month, the researchers estimated there were more than 55,000 brick kilns over a vast “brick belt” spanning parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and northern India. Researchers say the figure is “the first rigorous estimate” of brick kilns in the area, and a key step to providing the missing data that others can use to confront labour abuse on the ground. They say it’s also another example of how “remote sensing” can be used in the humanitarian sector, calling the technology “ripe for exploration”. Rights groups say debt bondage and child labour are rampant in South Asia’s brick kilns, which make heavy use of migrant workers. A September report from Anti-Slavery International claimed India’s brick-making industry was rife with “endemic levels of debt-bondage and the worst forms of child labour”, particularly among migrant workers.
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Google has updated its Earth Timelapse “with four additional years of imagery, petabytes of new data, and a sharper view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016.”

This is 32 years of changes to a stretch of the Mekong River in Xayaburi, northern Laos. The sudden construction in recent years is the controversial Xayaburi hydropower dam project.

Here’s my story on Laos’ energy plans from 2011, when the Xayaburi project was still in its proposal stages: http://www.irwinloy.com/stories/2011/6/19/energy-and-the-mekong-river-a-future-flashpoint-in-southeast.html
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In a Cambodian village near Udong. #Cambodia #GIFs #movingpictures #pagoda
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3/26/16
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