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14 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Followers | @SilkRoute2014 | The Silk Route is a curation of news articles, commentaries and photo stories by Yepoka Yeebo and Ruchika Tulshyan. Lists and rankings of "must-read" articles often leave out the important voices of journalists of diverse backgrounds and gender. The Silk Route aims to collect the best stories from a variety of reporters around the world.

Getting elected Egypt’s president is nothing compared to fixing its economy

There were no surprises in Egypt’s elections this week. Former general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi secured a sweeping victory after three days of lackluster turnout. His election was all but assured, given the lack of any real, credible opposition. But his real challenge lies ahead: fixing the decimated …

Economy

An Open Letter to Narendra Modi From The Women of India

Dear Mr Modi,<p>Congratulations on your victory!<p>You’ve made Indians – and ethnically-Indian foreigners like myself – hopeful. Whether we initially wished to see you in power or not, there’s something to be celebrated about this new India, where a tea-seller could rise to become the Prime Minister of …

Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong's 17-Storey Melting Pot, by Yepoka Yeebo

The trading mall in Chungking Mansions is an eclectic jumble of Asian and African restaurants, laundries, money-changers and Pakistani and Indian …

Missing

Yakubu Kabu, a Nigerian civil servant and the father of one of the more than three hundred girls abducted from a school in the village of Chibok, was struck by the fact that the first real news of his daughter came from the Boko Haram terrorists who had taken her, and not from the government. To …

Nigeria's Bride Price app: Cause of controversy, but is it just a sly social commentary on the past?

Honey, so your life will be sweet. Palm oil, to lubricate life's aches. Salt, to preserve and keep you. Kola nut, I can't remember exactly, but is it …

Nigeria

There's A Dark Side To The Prime Minister Who Just Won India's Election By A Huge Landslide

Modi will be sworn in as the new prime minister of India on May 21.<p>Indian stocks surged to a record in India, with the BSE having risen as much as 6.15%, and the rupee also strengthened against the U.S. dollar. Modi has largely positioned himself as a champion of economic progress as India's …

India

In the Land of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls

A journey to the village of Chibok, where insurgents hide in the bush as families mourn the loss of their daughters.<p>On Monday morning, May 12, I sat in the backseat of a Toyota Corolla, headed to Chibok. With a satin abaya draping my body in a sheath of black, and my hair curled underneath a black …

I Remember Maya

Dr. Maya Angelou lit a path for my life, as she did for so many of her readers. May her teachings live beyond her.<p>Growing up, when I got angry with my mother, she would reply, "Don't think you're going to grow up and write a book about this." It was her way of joking, but I couldn't think of …

Maya Angelou

The Dream-Time of the World Cup

Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.<p>My grandfather, born in 1919, grew up playing …

Here's What Happened When I Went To Vegas With 1,800 Hedge Fund Managers

Frankly, the idea of attending SALT Las Vegas 2014, the biggest hedge fund conference of the year, scared me a bit, especially as I figured I'd be one of the few women in attendance. But I'm used to it. I'm a New Yorker, and I'm good at being one. I've found the afterparties, and the after- …