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Report: Global offshore wind market to grow 32 per cent year-on-year

The global offshore wind energy market will enjoy rapid growth over the next seven years, led by the deployment of a new fleet of offshore wind farms in British waters. That is the conclusion of a new report from analyst firm GlobalData, which predicts global offshore wind capacity will grow from 5.5GW in 2012 to … Continue reading

Is cyber the new gunpowder and corruption the spark?

by James Black, Transparency International A 2013 report by Kroll Advisory Solutions suggests that more than two-thirds of all cyber cases involving theft of data stem from corrupt corporate insiders – but that companies’ desire to deal with incidents quietly and internally means they rarely reach the public eye. Cyber threats can take a range of … 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

Global Corruption, Global Protests: The Odds of Success Against the System

By Laurence Cockcroft   Corruption has featured heavily in the rounds of street-led protests over the last three years, and in some cases much earlier. Sometimes the protesters have focused directly on the corruption issue (as in Indonesia, Egypt and Russia); in other cases there has been a stronger focus on issues such as profligate … Continue reading

Have International Financial Institutions Improved?

By Franziska Wehinger Has the Performance of International Financial Institutions in Dealing with “Post-Conflict” Societies Improved Since the mid-1990s? Introduction As Jonathan Stevenson points out, “International Financial Institutions’ efficacy cannot make a peace process, but International Financial Institutions’ inefficacy can break one.”[1] Indeed, the engagement of International Financial Institutions (IFIs), namely the International Monetary Fund … 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

African governments still underfunding health

NAIROBI, 23 July 2013 (IRIN) – Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at … Continue reading

Clean stove cooks up power alongside food

by Erin Berger NUNEATON, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On a sunny July day at the Queen’s Gurkha Signals barracks in Warwickshire, England, a crowd gathered near a picnic table as men in military garb dished out paper plates of rich Nepalese stew. But the real attraction was the innovative stove used to cook the lunch. … Continue reading