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, by OpenDemocracy

Nigeria and the politics of massacre

In Nigeria, patterns of “religious” massacre are many decades old, but it is wrong to see this as simple “sectarianism”. A poor society facing modernisation at the hands of corrupt elites is vulnerable to the use of violence as a means of asserting economic and political power and the mobilisation (...)

, by IPS

Health: Putting the Focus on Cities

The world’s public health policy-makers should focus on urban health problems, since for the last three years the majority of the planet’s population is living in cities, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts say. Read more

, by Pambazuka

Race, liberation and authentic citizenship in South Africa

A discussion with the Afrikaner Resistance Movement’s Andrie Visagie on live national television has ‘brought into sharp focus a whole host of tensions, contradictions and implications of what it means to be a South African in 2010’, writes Liepollo Lebohang Pheko. Visagie’s outburst is a reminder, (...)

, by Himal Southasian

An Electoral Path-breaker

Two portentous results emerged from the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka. The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Mahinda Rajapakse won a resounding victory, just short of the two-thirds majority needed for a constitutional change. And almost 40% of the electorate (...)

, by In These Times

The New ‘Lost Generation’: Young Workers

A devastating new report, "The Kids Aren’t All Right," released by the Economic Policy Institute underscores the plight facing young workers in the US—and how little is being done to address the long-term damage this recession has inflicted on a generation of workers. Read (...)

, by Foreign Policy in Focus

The New Anti-Nuclear Movement

There is a lot of news about nuclearism these days. But to cut through the verbiage of treaties and agreements and summits, and move people from fear to action, we need to focus on three concepts. The United States is the biggest problem when it comes to nuclear weapons. We need a new treaty to (...)

, by Down to earth

Carriage of convenience

Metro projects can ease congestion. But lack of integrated planning is undoing the benefits of this mass transport system. Nidhi Jamwal and Ankur Paliwal report. Read more

, by New York Times

Big Banks Draw Profits From Microloans to Poor

In recent years, the idea of giving small loans to poor people became the darling of the development world, hailed as the long elusive formula to propel even the most destitute into better lives. But the phenomenon has grown so popular that some of its biggest proponents are now wringing their (...)

, by The Guardian

The ’Obama doctrine’: kill, don’t detain

The ambitious desire to close Guantánamo hailed the coming of a new era, a feeling implicitly recognised by the Nobel peace prize that President Obama received. Unfortunately, what we witnessed was a false dawn. The lawyers for the Guantánamo detainees with whom I am in touch in the US speak of (...)

, by Frontline

Stunted India

India has the largest number of stunted, wasted and underweight children in the world. Under-nutrition, as a “silent” emergency, haunts the lives of millions of Indian children. Several facts reveal the magnitude and severity of the nutritional crisis facing the country. Close to two million (...)

, by OpenDemocracy

Beyond “liddism”: towards real global security

The first decade of the 21st century has been dominated by wars that have killed or injured close to half a million people, wars that arose after determined paramilitaries used parcel-knives to exploit the weaknesses of the world’s most advanced state. That incident might in principle have been (...)

, by KURLANTZICK Joshua, London Review of Books

Thailand: Red v. Yellow

In recent decades, Thailand has been running one of the world’s most successful national marketing campaigns. Building on its reputation for hospitality, beautiful beaches and splendid food, the tourism ministry has created an image of Thailand as an exotic paradise where travellers are ushered (...)

, by FIAN

Kenya’s Hunger Crisis - the Result of Right to Food Violations

Kenya suffers from recurring drought. The situation during the past three years, however, has reached levels unparalleled in living memory.
"Kenya’s Hunger Crisis - the Result of Right to Food Violations" is the title of a report launched today by FIAN International and RAPDA. These words also (...)

, by Foreign Policy in Focus

The Political Economy of Earthquakes

The survivors of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile are still scrambling to deal with the damage. Here, however, pundits are still scrambling to explain the dramatic difference in impact. Haiti’s quake on January 12 came in at 7.0 on the Richter scale, leveled the capital city, and (...)

, by Tomdispatch.com

Afghanistan as a Drug War

Since Afghanistan now grows the opium poppies that provide more than 90% of the world’s opium, the raw material for the production of heroin, it’s not surprising that drug-trade news and war news intersect from time to time. More surprising is how seldom poppy growing and the drug trade are (...)