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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Apr 25 2018

With pink vests and protests, Philippine clergy bless land rights struggle

KORONADAL, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For some years now, people in bright pink vests have become as familiar a sight in parts of Mindanao in the southern Philippines as gun-toting soldiers, a ray of hope for the indigenous peoples who have been forced off their lands by armed conflict.

Apr 25 2018

As water shortages grow, 'Day Zero' becomes everyday in India

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its "Day Zero" - an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry - to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts.

Apr 25 2018

'Kill us if you take our land', protesting Indian farmers say

BANGKOK, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 5,000 farmers in the western Indian state of Gujarat have told authorities they would rather die than live without their land, as disputes over the resource become increasingly contentious in the country.

Apr 20 2018

Charges against Thai activists dismissed, mining protest to go on

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Thai court has dismissed all charges against seven female activists accused of violating public assembly laws, just weeks after a United Nations team called on the government to end attacks on human rights campaigners.

Apr 18 2018

Driven from home, Philippine indigenous people long for their land

MADAUM, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Philippine military battalions closed in, shutting down schools, rounding up men and harassing women, Tungig Mansumuy had to make a tough decision: stay and protect their homes, or flee to save their lives and risk losing their land.

Apr 17 2018

Murder of eight-year-old in India tied to nomadic land rights, activists say

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in India, that has triggered massive protests, highlights nomadic tribes' vulnerability and lack of land rights, activists said.

Apr 09 2018

Rights in poorer nations must be upheld as Thai firms go abroad, activists say

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thailand's businesses and its government must do more to protect the rights of vulnerable people abroad, analysts and activists said, after a landmark case filed by Cambodian farmers in a Bangkok court against a Thai sugar firm.

Apr 09 2018

French photographer captures stark divide in booming Indian city

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A photographic exhibition in Paris aims to capture both the rapid growth of an Indian city and the deep divide in the South Asian giant's urban centers, where the poor can only aspire to live in the gleaming properties they build or clean.

Apr 04 2018

Thai businesses must act to curb abuses at home and abroad - U.N.

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thailand's fishing industry has made significant progress in curbing abuse, but measures to prevent rights violations must now be adopted in other sectors, and by Thai firms operating overseas, United Nations experts said on Wednesday.

Mar 29 2018

As wild weather worsens, Philippines migration takes on a female face

PAMANTINGAN, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the rains failed in 2015 and drought gripped southern Mindanao in the Philippines, Corazon Vegafria knew what she had to do: move to the city of Koronadal, about an hour away by bus, and find work as a domestic helper to support her family.

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