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The aid industry in Nepal

Nepal is the biggest receiver of foreign aid in South Asia. Nevertheless, the country is captured in a downward spiral of poverty. In 2008, donor money still flows to 'wrong' projects, going from de ...
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Radical Religious Politics: The last Utopia

The 21st century has only just started but some people are already claiming it will be characterized by religious politics, although just a few years ago this phenomenon seemed destined to disappear i ...
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Humanitarian intervention in Burma [opinion]

There is no denying a humanitarian intervention in Burma was indeed justified more than ever : hundreds of thousands vulnerable and wounded people were held hostage, while everything needed - water, b ...
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Glory days for piracy

Pirates have been striking on an almost daily basis during the past ten years, says Cyrus Mody, analyst at the International Maritime Bureau, which is a division of the International Chamber of Commer ...
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Europe wants to simplify its arms trade

The European Commission is working on making the arms trade easier inside Europe. At the moment, the European Parliament is discussing a guideline formulated by the Commission at the end of last year. ...
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African economy continues to grow substantially

Although the oil- and foodprices put a damper on the world economy, still there is no lack of optimism in Subsahara Africa.
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Developing countries gain some power in IMF

The 185 members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) came to an agreement in April on the new partition of the power in the Fund. AQ small step towards a more equitable partition of power was take ...
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A new future for agriculture

The increasing food prices, the growing world population, the decline of soil fertility, the lack of water and global warming: all these bottlenecks give an idea of the gigantic challenges agriculture ...
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‘Biological diversity is life’

Until the 30th of May, the ninth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity takes places in Bonn, Germany. Since the convention has been called into being, after the Summit for Sustainable Deve ...
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Tax havens: The Financial Pirates of Treasure Island

Some scornfully call them the ‘Achilles’ heel of capitalism’, while others admire them for being ‘the lubricant of the wheels of the international economy’. For years tax havens have been under fire b ...
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Graça Machel, alias Madam Mandela: 'Me, President? Never! I know too much!'

At the age of 52, Graça Machel for the second time in her life became First Lady. In 1986, her first husband, president Samora Machel of Mozambique, died in a suspicious plane crash. Today Graça is ...
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The indifferent industry

The large pharmaceutical companies – often referred to as Big Pharma – hold on to a policy of protecting their patents, the high prices and corresponding huge profits. This stubbornness collides with ...

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