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Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Why do rich nations help the poor in faraway places? There are a mix of very different reasons, ranging from the high-minded – “It’s our moral duty” – to the venal – “We can look good and make a fast buck out of this”. Commonly, the governments of rich countries use combinations of altruism and […]

The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

  The Botswana police helicopter spotted Tshodanyestso Sesana and his friends in the afternoon. The nine young Bushmen, or San, had been hunting antelope to feed their families, when the chopper flew towards them. There was a burst of gunfire from the air and the young men dropped their meat and skins and fled. Largely […]

Bridging The Language Divide In Thailand’s Strife-Torn Deep South

Bridging The Language Divide In Thailand’s Strife-Torn Deep South

    For Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. During the past decade, his government school has endured three firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, witnessed the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen […]

High Birth Rates And Poverty Undermine A Generation Of African Children – Report

High Birth Rates And Poverty Undermine A Generation Of African Children – Report

African children will make up nearly half the world’s poorest people by 2030 if nothing is done to reverse existing trends, according to a report. Despite economic growth, one in five children will live in poverty because of high fertility rates, inequality and deep-seated privation, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The first of […]

Rescuing refugees: ‘You Never Get Used To It – And That’s A Good Thing’

Rescuing refugees: ‘You Never Get Used To It – And That’s A Good Thing’

It was the silence of the passengers that Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui first noticed. Usually when the humanitarian rescue boat sees a tiny dinghy bobbing about in the Mediterranean there’s frantic waving and shouting. “When our team approached in smaller boats and everyone was so quiet we realised something was wrong,” she says. “We asked permission to […]

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Air pollution caused by war may be a major factor in the numbers of birth defects and cancers being reported in Iraq and other war zones, a study has suggested. Human exposure to heavy metals and neurotoxicants from the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition affects not only those directly targeted by bombardments but […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

‘Humanitarian Airstrikes’: A Reassuring Gloss For The Actions Of Politicians

‘Humanitarian Airstrikes’: A Reassuring Gloss For The Actions Of Politicians

When the United States bombed the Syrian town of Kobani in 2014 to stop it falling to Islamic State, the retired American general charged with building the military coalition against the jihadists, General John R Allen, said he would not use terms like “strategic target” or “strategic outcome” to describe the action, then added, “We […]

Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

The world is becoming a less peaceful place according to this year’s global peace index, with violence and war more entrenched in certain countries, and terrorism at an all-time high. The Middle East and North Africa is the world’s least peaceful region, and conflict in Syria and Iraq is frequently in the headlines. South Sudan […]

Cambodia Proves Fertile Ground For Foreign Surrogacy After Thailand Ban

Cambodia Proves Fertile Ground For Foreign Surrogacy After Thailand Ban

  After a long day of selling snacks at her son’s primary school, Kew, who is seven months pregnant, squats on the Bangkok pavement to take a rest. The single mother has no idea whose baby she is carrying, or where its future parents live. She says it makes no difference to her. “The first […]