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VII Magazine: Girls of the Lord’s Resistance Army

In the second in a series from VII photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, a young Ugandan woman recounts being recruited as a child soldier at the age of 11, then forced into motherhood. Hear her story and see the photos at VII Magazine, a special Need to Know partnership.

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  Libya’s uprising, in photos

Violent clashes in Libya have sent thousands fleeing the country. VII photographer Franco Pagetti documents the situation in the port of Benghazi, where makeshift camps have been set up.

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  Bernard Haykel: What happens next in the Middle East?

Bernard Haykel, professor of near eastern studies at Princeton University, says the world must promote political dignity and good governance in the Middle East.

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Human Rights Watch in Libya

The organization’s special crisis adviser discusses the situation inside the country and prospects for the future.

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Burying the lede

Joshua Foust: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings had a story about how the military influences public opinion, but he buried it.

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  Financial scandal in the California National Guard

As much as $100 million in taxpayer money may have been improperly or illegally paid out to undeserving Guard members in the form of cash bonuses or loan repayments.

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  Upheaval in the Middle East

Protests continue to rage in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while in Egypt, ministers from Hosni Mubarak’s ousted regime are behind bars.

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Pakistan blasphemy laws retake center stage

In Pakistan, the deadly blasphemy laws have reared their ugly head yet again, in the wake of a new film and death threats against a liberal reformist.

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  A revolution in the streets, but not in the paper

Editor Mona Anis was working for an Egyptian government mouthpiece newspaper by day and protesting the government by night.

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Marjah one year on

Few reporters have visited Marjah, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, since a major offensive began there a year ago. And when they do, writes Joshua Foust, they’re not reporting on Marjah so much as peripheral issues like cross-dressing interpreters.