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Seven billion - the no-nonsense guide to population growth


The world’s population is about to hit seven billion - should we panic?

Among friends: the Counterpower tour begins

‘Writing a book is a lonely experience… Speaking about a book is much more enjoyable’

The perils of writing a history of the world

When I first embarked on writing a brief history of the world, my colleagues at the New Internationalist thought I was mad, says Chris Brazier.

The No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration

An embrace from Silvio Berlusconi is generally best avoided, at any age. But one of the more dubious welcomes he extended earlier this year was to 20,000 or so migrants from Tunisia in an exodus following the Arab spring.’

NoViolet Bulawayo wins 2011 Caine Prize

The winner of the 2011 Caine Prize is Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo for her story ‘Hitting Budapest’.

Blog reviews of the Caine Prize Shortlist

Read the stories for yourself and then find out what others think by following the Caine Prize blogathon. 

The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Terrorism

‘Terrorism has decreased over the past decade. What has increased, on the other hand, is the investment and activity of counterterrorism… The size and scope of this new apparatus is astonishing.’

Caine Prize 2011 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2011 award has been announced and the stories are available online. Choose your favorite before the award on 11 July.

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Health

‘The world almost hit rock bottom through reckless gambling on the world markets. When will we wake up and start to take our medicine?’

Social Media, Anti-Social Ends

Perhaps social media doesn’t kill people, it’s governments that kill people, and Western tech firms just follow the law. But whatever else you use Facebook or Twitter for, don’t believe the hype – they’re not your friends.’

Rax Interview with Tamsin Omond (Independent Candidate)

If you don’t like the system do your own thing instead. Don’t lose hope – there are huge challenges ahead but together we have the power to turn things around.’

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