Zainab al-Khawaja, a human rights activist in Bahrain, writes a letter from prison about why she is on a hunger strike and how Martin Luther King Jr. guides her acts of civil disobedience.
Guest blogger Seema Jilani writes about a Pakistani girl who, after being shot alongside Malala Yousafzai last year, is struggling under threats from the Taliban.
Guest blogger Shalini Kantayya writes about her own experience of sexual assault in India, and the unacceptable response she received from American and Indian institutions.
The winner for my annual win-a-trip contest is a journalism student at University of Wisconsin at Madison. She blogs, produces videos and served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan.
I'm taking leave of my column for a few months to work on a new book. Speaking of which, title suggestions welcome....