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  • “Saving Face”: Horrific Acid Attacks Target Women in Pakistan

    Every year in Pakistan around 150 women are victims of acid attacks, horrific incidents where liquid acid is thrown on their face, leaving them permanently scared and disfigured.

    Many are left without access to proper medical care, while those that do have access often require up to 20 surgeries to properly treat the damage.

    In truth, the number of victims is likely much higher than those reported as many are attacks are typically carried out by someone close to them, such as a disgruntled husband or suitor looking for revenge.

    According to filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who just won the Academy Award for the short form documentary "Saving Face", "If a man wants to take on a second wife but his first wife doesn't want him to, he says, right I'll just throw acid on her face and get rid of her, so she'll spend the rest of her life in and out of hospitals."

    It's been difficult for advocates of women's rights in Pakistan to combat the attacks since many go unreported, while attackers

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  • Is U.S. Committing Superpower Suicide Against China?

    While there has been growing concern that the United States is slowly losing ground as the world's dominant Superpower, Robert Kagan, author of the new book, The World America Made, believes it's all in our head.

    "I think that the basic measures of power indicate that the United States really is just as strong as it's ever been," says Kagan, "People have talked themselves into this notion that we no longer have the capacity to play the role we've been playing."

    But as the United States begins to pull troops out of Afghanistan, after already pulling out of Iraq, there are questions as to whether America has the resources to assert its power in future conflicts, including the brewing situation with Iran.

    "I don't think it's a question of whether we can afford it," says Kagan "we certainly have that capability,"

    Kagan doesn't deny that countries like China, whose international power is clearly growing, are a threat to America. Rather, his point is that the threat is nothing new. "We tend

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  • Living in state of relative exile, the ousted president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks exclusively with Chrstiane amanpour on the Around the World about his forced resignation and how politics in the Maldives impacts the rest of the world.

    In 2008, Mr. Nasheed became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, a nation of Islands in the Indian Ocean.  Now, after what he believes was a Coup to throw him from power, he is hiding in a secure location in Sri Lanka.

    "Democracy is at stake," Mr. Nasheed believes. "What happens in the Maldives happens in the middle east always two or three years later."

    "You will probably see similar incidence two or three years down the line in Egypt," Mr. Nasheed believes.

    The remarkable documentary "The Island President" takes a closer look at the life of Nasheed is in theaters March 28th.

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