- Mars Latest to Announce “No Deforestation” Palm Oil Pledge
The multinational food giant Mars, Inc. unveiled Monday a new set of guidelines aimed at ensuring that its palm oil supply lines are completely traceable and sustainable by next year. Global demand for palm oil has increased substantially in recent years, for use in both foods and household goods. Yet the industry, overwhelmingly centred in […]
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- Sea Swallows the Stories of Africans Drowned at Ceuta
“Who will speak for them now? Who will tell their stories to their families in Cameroon or Ivory Coast?” asked Edmund Okeke, a Nigerian, about the 16 migrants who died while trying to swim to the shore of the Spanish city of Ceuta from Morocco. The victims were driven back with rubber bullets fired by […]
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- What’s Going on in the Gulf? Unsurprisingly, It’s Probably About Iran
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, citing Qatar’s alleged support for organisations and individuals that threaten “the security and stability of the Gulf states” and for “hostile media.” This came right on the heels of a U.A.E. court sentencing Qatari doctor Mahmoud al-Jaidah to seven […]
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- What We Can Learn from Child Soldiers
In 2003, Moses Otiti, a 15-year-old from Uganda, was walking in a group with his father when members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ambushed them. Because he was a child, Moses was the only one to survive. For the next 12 months, he was forced to serve the LRA as a soldier in the […]
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- Turkey Walks a Tightrope over Crimea
The Russian-Ukrainian crisis over Crimea is forcing Turkey into a delicate balancing act: Ankara feels a need to be seen as a protector of the peninsula’s Tatar minority, yet it does not want to vex Russia’s paramount leader Vladimir Putin in a way that complicates Turkish-Russian economic arrangements. There are abundant reasons why Turkey is […]
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- Stateless in Nepal
Around 4.3 million of Nepal’s 27 million population lack citizenship documents, rendering them stateless, says a report by the Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), which works to promote and protect the interests of Nepali women. Today in Nepal one cannot register birth, file for a change of address, buy or sell land, acquire […]
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- A Matter of Life and Death
Martin Khor, executive director of the South Centre, warns that negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement are a matter of life and death.
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- Women Turn Potatoes into Gold in Zimbabwe’s Cities
Shyline Chipfika, 26, is one of thousands of Zimbabwean women in urban centres who have struck gold by growing potatoes. And a lot of their success has to do with an import ban. “I used to be a mere housewife, and my life has changed in a big way after I ventured into potato growing,” […]
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- Gazans Find Tuneful Resistance
Like almost everyone else in Gaza, these six are angry about the Israeli-imposed blockade and the resulting misery. Except that they are expressing their anger through music – without the music itself sounding angry. There’s much to say – or sing if you prefer to say it that way. More than a million-and-a-half people in […]
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- Pakistani Women Hit Hurdles in Medical Profession
On one of her many visits to Pakistan recently, Sarah Peck, director of the US-Pakistan Women’s Council, spent some time talking to young women medical students in Pakistan. She was struck by their passion and commitment — and by the hurdles they face. The US-Pakistan Women’s Council is working with expatriate Pakistani doctors to find […]
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