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The Basij in Iran
By Transterra Editor
21 Oct 2013

Basij is a voluntary organization in Iran with a focus on military, education and other socio-economic projects. It is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and is one of the public branches of this organization. Basij has millions of members; many of these members are women of different ages. It deals with and executes a lot of projects that are related to construction, and cultural and economical activities throughout the country. Many of these projects include helping the poor in deprived regions of the country, organizing religious teaching, publishing different books and magazines that have Islamic content, arranging different educational courses for the illiterate; to educate them in the fields of science and train them for arranging festivals, seminars, and plays. Basij also plays a role in holding military training that take place in Tehran and other regions of Iran. These trainings are annual and take place at the same time. This collection documents the women members of Basij participating in the training. Women may join the Basij for religious reasons or in order to have access to more benefits through the Basij and be among other women. In this training, the women learned how to shoot, what to do in the event of an explosion or a hypothetical enemy attack, and how to to deal with street outrage and riots.
Photos and text by Yalda Moaiery

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Editor's Picks 24 August 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
23 Aug 2012

Protest Against Repression of Journalistic Freedom
Dozens of writers, journalists and intellectuals gathered at Talaat Harb Square in central Cairo Thursday evening, August 23, to protest what they consider the "Repression of the press and freedom of expression." The participants chanted slogans indicating their hostile stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood and condemning the imprisonment of journalists as against the basic tenets of freedom of the press.

Trial Of Al Dustour Editor in Chief
Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

Tension In Tripoli
The port city of Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, remains tense, with armed men driving through the city and shooting rounds of live fire into the air.
Clashes between the rival neighborhoods of the anti-Assad Sunni stronghold of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite-dominated and pro-Assad Jabal Mohsen erupted on Monday over a personal dispute.

Early Childhood Education In Kenya
A touching photo essay produced in Nairobi, Kenya, showing the difficult and rudimentary conditions of an elementary school and the will of young children to learn and get an education.

Silent victims: Landmine survivors in Cambodia
Cambodia reported 96 landmine casualties in the first five months of 2012, according to a report of the Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System, and they quoted sadly young children account for about half of all landmine victims

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Education in Rural Uganda (8 of 14)
Bombo, Uganda
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jul 2012

The literacy rate in Uganda is high for youth (15-24 years), standing at almost 90%, but dips to 73% for adults.