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Old problem, new threats

The South China Sea is still one of the world’s most dangerous ocean areas. But although it is subject to some of Mother Nature’s most violent typhoons, its real danger is its international disputes. After a long period of relative … Continue reading

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Burmese Army Still Recruits Children: UN

The United Nations released a “List of Shame” on Wednesday, detailing armed groups and governments around the world that still recruit children as soldiers and/or practice in sexual violence against children in the theater of conflict. It was no surprise … Continue reading

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Chinese Civilian Boats Roil Disputed Waters

The diplomatic discord set off by Japan’s recent detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain points to what foreign military officials say is a growing source of friction along China’s borders: civilian vessels plying disputed waters — and sometimes acting as proxies for … Continue reading

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Senkaku / Diaoyutai Islands

The Tiao Yu Tai islands (called “Senkaku” in Japanese) are a group of eight uninhabited islands on the continental shelf, separated from the Liu Chiu islands by a deep underwater trench. These eight uninhabited islands and barren rocks have a … Continue reading

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The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

I blogged recently about the dust-up in Asia between China and Japan over the uninhabited islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China. Both claim them, as does Taiwan for good measure. http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/more-on-the-senkakudiaoyu-islands/

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Mozambique price riots continue

Violent protests over high food prices are continuing in Mozambique, with at least seven people killed since demonstrations began on Wednesday. Shops were looted, cars set on fire and roads barricaded on Thursday, while troops attempted to clean up streets and … Continue reading

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Brazil government gives go-ahead for huge Amazon dam

Brazil’s government has given the formal go-ahead for the building on a tributary of the Amazon of the world’s third biggest hydroelectric dam. After several failed legal challenges, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the contract for the Belo Monte … Continue reading

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Mekong River in danger of becoming ‘Chinese river’

Plans to build hydropower dams on the upper Mekong will turn Southeast Asia’s longest waterway into a “Chinese river”, the regional head of the US-based Stimson Centre has warned. China has already built four hydropower dams on the upper mekong … Continue reading

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Gadgets to show Congo war links

Does that smart phone in your pocket contribute to rape and murder in the depths of Africa? Soon, you’ll know. A new US law requires companies to certify whether their products contain minerals from rebel-controlled mines in Congo and surrounding … Continue reading

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Adapting To The Freshwater Crisis

A very useful set of resources from Scientific AmericanForward-thinking experts are getting a better handle on the growing global water shortage and coming up with innovative approaches to ensuring the security, safety and sustainability of this resource. http://www.scientificamerican.com/report.cfm?id=water-2009

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