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  • Could You Live on a Dollar a Day?

    At the age of 14, Hugh Evans spent a night with cockroaches crawling all over him.

    That experience turned out to be life-changing for Evans, now 30. Far removed from his comfortable home in Australia, he traveled to the Philippines with an aid organization that set him up with a host family. Their home was in Smokey Mountain, a teeming slum in Manila. A boy in the family, Sonny Boy, was the same age as Evans. The disparity between their lives struck him hard.

    “I had an epiphany that I wanted to commit my life to this,” said Evans. “I want to see an end to extreme poverty in my lifetime.”

    It’s the same goal shared by global organizations and world leaders, and some remarkable progress has been made in reducing the numbers of the world’s poorest. In 1981, about half the developing world lived in extreme poverty. By 2010, it had fallen to about 20 percent. The figures were tallied by the World Bank, which defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.25 a day. The organization has

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  • Here’s a sneak preview of my interview with Hugh Evans, the young co-founder and CEO of The Global Poverty Project. Tens of thousands of people worldwide, including Ben Affleck, Dr. Jill Biden and Hunter Biden, just completed its five-day campaign “Live Below the Line.” They spent just $1.50 per day for meals. That amount is the U.S. equivalent of what it means to live in extreme poverty. And for 1.2 billion people around the world, that’s how little they have, not only for food, but for all the necessities of daily life.

    Watch this space for more of our interview, and a full episode on the issue of extreme poverty, posting this Thursday.

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  • The Activist and the Rebel: Love and Revolution in East Timor

    In 2002, the world recognized Timor-Leste as the first democratic nation of the 21st century. The path to independence from Indonesia for this tiny island in the Pacific Ocean was paved with violent conflict. Over 24 years of resistance, hundreds of thousands of Timorese were killed. The country’s rebel hero, Xanana Gusmao, was jailed for many of those years, but he led the liberation movement from behind bars with the unlikely aid of a young Australian woman.

    That woman was Kirsty Sword, an aspiring documentary filmmaker turned activist. Their unlikely and true-life love story and that of Timor-Leste’s independence is chronicled in “Alias Ruby Blade” by documentary filmmakers Alex and Tanya Meillier. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

    Sword said she moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, “inspired and impassioned by the cause of East Timorese and their tremendous will to achieve self-determination and independence.”

    Gusmao was serving a life sentence from

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