Saturday, April 17, 2021

War on Terror: 10 years on

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A quick look back over the decade since the 9-11 attacks finds that the neo-conservatives have achieved the opposite of what they set...

Health and poverty; a vicious cycle

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The relationship between health and poverty is reasonably well known; one can exacerbate and contribute to the other in a vicious cycle. This update,...

Corruption

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Corruption is both a major cause and a result of poverty around the world. It occurs at all levels of society, from local...

East Africa Food Crisis 2011

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Into mid-2011, the world’s worst food crisis is being felt in East Africa, in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Despite successive failed rains, the crisis...

The world is awash with money; trillions hidden offshore

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It seems the world is awash with money, even though most governments are facing economic pressures. Trillions are being hidden away by a...

Surveillance State: NSA Spying and more

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At the start of June 2013, a large number of documents detailing surveillance by intelligence agencies such as the US’s NSA and UK’s...

Global arms sales sharply increased in 2011 compared to 2010

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The latest data covering global arms sales shows that sale of arms in 2011 increased to around $85 billion, 84% of which went...

COP18 – Doha Climate Conference

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An overview of the Climate Change Conference (also known as COP 18), held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. Predictably and sadly, the same...

Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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Twenty years ago at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, countries adopted Agenda 21 — a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social...

Action on climate change is cheaper than inaction

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Many are afraid that tackling climate change is going to be too costly. But increasingly, studies are showing action will not just be cheaper...

COP20 — Lima Climate Conference

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An overview of the Climate Change Conference (also known as COP 20), held in Lima, Peru in December 2014. While it seemed like it...

Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

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An overview of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa that has been described by the World Health Organization as the largest, most severe...

COP19 – Warsaw Climate Conference

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An overview of the Climate Change Conference (also known as COP 19), held in Warsaw, Poland in November 2013. Predictably and sadly, the same issues...

Tobacco kills. Higher taxes and advertising controls work

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It is well known that tobacco smoking kills. But it also exacerbates poverty, contributes to world hunger by diverting prime land away from...