Monthly Archives: June 2010

Junk food or humanitarian aid?

There are currently an estimated 195 million children suffering from malnutrition around the world, according to the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. The problem is compounded by the politics surrounding global food aid programmes, with critics concerned that … Continue reading

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One on One – Steve McCurry

The internationally renowned photographer talks to Riz Khan about documenting humanity in times of war and peace.

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Bangladeshi labourers demand more pay

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers demanding higher salaries were met with rubber bullets and tear gas during a recent protest ooutside Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Garment workers are currently paid a minimum of just $24 a month … Continue reading

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Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table

The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate. The developer of the salmon has been trying to get approval … Continue reading

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China: The next superconsumer?

With the US sinking in debt, the world’s biggest corporations are targeting China. And Shanghai is their beachhead… Until recently, China was living within the planet’s means. If everyone in the world consumed what the average Mr or Mrs Wang … Continue reading

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Battle for the Nile as rivals lay claim to Africa’s great river

With crises of population and resources upstream, there is now deadlock over who owns the Nile For a decade the nine states in the Nile basin have been negotiating on how best to share and protect the river in a … Continue reading

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Revealed: How ‘zero-grazing’ is set to bring US-style factory farming to Britain

Plans to rear thousands of pigs and cows in huge new industrial units condemned by animal welfare charities A battle is under way in the British countryside to fight off plans for massive factory farms that would house thousands of … Continue reading

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China flooding claims over 200 lives, dozens missing

Soldiers and rescue workers on Friday pulled stranded people out of deluged swathes of southern China inundated by 11 days of heavy rain, state media said. The rains have led to the deaths of 211 people in 10 provinces, while 119 … Continue reading

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Tuna’s End

Perhaps people will never come to feel about a tuna the way they have come to feel about whales. Whales are, after all, mammals: they have large brains; they nurse their young and breed slowly. All of that ensconces them … Continue reading

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Indians, Envious of U.S. Spill Response, Seethe Over Bhopal

The contrast between the disasters, more than a quarter-century and half a world apart, could not be starker. In 1984, a leak of toxic gas at an American company’s Indian subsidiary killed thousands, injured tens of thousands more and left a … Continue reading

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