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Ben Barber has been a journalist and photographer for 30 years for the London ObserverLA TimesUSA TodayUnited Press International, the Washington Times, the Christian Science MonitorLegion magazine and McClatchy newspapers. He also served as senior writer for USAID and is a communications consultant. Excerpts below can be viewed in their entirety by clicking on the article. Additional articles can be viewed by clicking here.

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Mormon Show Paints Africa Down

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 8:32 PM

Watching The Book of Mormon recently was an ordeal I had not expected.

It's not simply that despite the acclaim it has received -- hailed as greatest musical of the century -- there was not a single memorable tune such as I'd heard in West Side StoryCatsor other...

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State Ties Religion to Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 4:21 PM

As religion fuels conflicts in Burma, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, the U.S. State Department has decided to drop its long-term opposition to religion as part of itsdiplomacy. A newly-created Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives defies a long-term taboo at State against working with religion and...

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Seven Minute Guide to Peace and Prosperity in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:30 PM

A few weeks ago I was asked to set down in a seven minute speech my ideas on how Pakistan can reverse years of stagnation and resume the path of developing peace and prosperity for its 180 million people.

My talk to the annual convention the Association of Physicians of...

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African Lead Mine Poisons Children

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:51 PM

KABWE, Zambia -- From the screaming children being tested for lead in this African city, to the clouds of toxic dust blown across soccer fields, streets and courtyards, this is one of the world's worst lead poisoning epidemics.

The lowest blood lead levels in nearly 300 children we tested in...

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Pollution Deaths Soar but Aid Is Cut

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:51 AM

A widening plague of industrial pollution in the developing countries has become the largest cause of global deaths each year -- killing 10 million people -- but world heath officials are downplaying pollution as a focus of concern.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 25 released a report noting...

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Americans Afraid to Rescue the Nigerian Girls

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:51 PM

The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, was afraid on May 16 to fly to the Northeastern city, Chibok where about 250 high school girls were kidnapped in April and are being held hostage by an Islamist extremist group known as Boko Haram.

Also fearing to engage the Islamists, apparently, was...

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Opponents of Peace

(6) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:29 PM

So the opponents of peace have had their way again, for now.

Chief among them is Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who threw so many obstacles in front of the peace train that it finally derailed, as he had expected all along.

How did he have the guts to insist...

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Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 10:04 AM

When Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expelled U.S. democracy projects in 2010, he correctly saw them as threatening his control over the Russian people.

He knew the threat was real after he saw the 2004 Orange Revolution in the Ukraine -- a place where he is today trying...

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Greeks Struggle to Pay Bills

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:42 AM

The t-shirt in an Athens store said it all: "No job, no money -- NO PROBLEM."

Unemployment is at 27 percent. But youth unemployment is at a heartbreaking 60 percent.

Greeks may smile and enjoy the Mediterranean winds and sun but inside they are suffering...

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Russia's Shadow Returns

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:59 AM

A few years after my father died in his adopted Canada, the Russian tanks occupying his homeland, Czechoslovakia, finally pulled out. I remember walking the cobbled streets of Prague and Brno, wishing he had lived to see that day.

Now that I see the return of Russia's shadow over Eastern...

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