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Assam cooks up ways for schools to cope with extreme heat

by Amarjyoti Borah GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in the northeast Indian state of Assam are mulling measures to deal with the impact of extreme heat in schools, after temperatures in June shot up several degrees higher than normal, and stayed there. The state experienced a record-high temperature of 39 degrees Celsius on … Continue reading

“I’m Mad as Hell…”: Brazilian Protests in Comparative Perspective

By Peter Kingstone Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil has come and gone largely without incident. By most accounts, it was a tremendous success and the new pontiff’s modesty and positive message was well received both in Brazil and abroad. Security officials expressed concern about the Pope’s desire to move openly and worried about the risks … Continue reading

Study links hygiene and height

BANGKOK, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) – Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child’s growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height – one measure of child nutrition. While medical studies have amply proven how improved hygiene can reduce outbreaks of diarrhoea – a leading … Continue reading

Africa and West at odds over disputed Zimbabwe election

By Cris Chinaka HARARE, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe’s main rival, Movement for Democratic Change … Continue reading

Uncertain future for Afghan businesswoman as West leaves

By Jessica Donati KABUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The United States and its allies have put promoting women’s rights at the core of their 12-year mission in Afghanistan and Liza Ghausi Nooristani has profited nicely from their intervention. Nooristani is one of the few women in conservative, male-dominated Afghanistan to set up and run a … Continue reading

Religion in the EU : How Many Divisions ?

By François Foret Sociologists present Europe as “an exceptional case” to the extent that religious beliefs and practices have declined there more than in any other part of the world. It does not mean that religion is disappearing. On the contrary, it is becoming more visible in the political and public arenas, in new, individualised … Continue reading

What are the Prospects for the United Nations?

By Joshua Colebourne At times prospects for the United Nations have seemed bleak, but at other times the United Nations has embodied endless opportunity for many people. In this piece of work I will attempt to understand the relationship between international society and the United Nations, the history of the United Nations and its perceived … Continue reading

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

By Iain Atack, Nonviolent political action has played a significant role in achieving social and political change in the last century, and continues to be a vital feature of many campaigns for democracy, human rights and social justice. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were prominent proponents of nonviolence in the twentieth century, but nonviolent … Continue reading

Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

Counter-terrorism laws can hurt humanitarian action

GENEVA, 22 July 2013 (IRIN) – The growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers, according to a new, independent study. Commissioned by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and … Continue reading