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Spaniel vision

Early this morning I cycled into the nearby town to buy the dailynewspaper. The place might well be described as unpretentious; an oldchurch, the remnants of a village, a railway station, surrounded byfeatureless 20th century suburban sprawl. But is has a Town Council, aleisure centre (including a swimming pool, where the showers, I’m told,can come in quite handy) and, on the signs around its ill-definedperimeter, the words: ‘A Fairtrade Town’.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Life without the car: A crash through our addiction to cars

They are machines that kill more people than wars. Pouring out 1,000 known pollutants into the environment, they contribute as much as a fifth of the globe's carbon emissions. For those they transport, contact with other peoples and environments closes with their doors.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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What’s the price of the ‘right’ to alcohol?

Mari Marcel Thekaekara on the potential of prohibition in India where women have burnt down liquor shops over alcoholism’s devastation.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Welcome to the NI Japan Blog! / About Earth Garden event

NI Japan had a booth in an event called "Earth Garden Winter" in Tokyo. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Voyeurism and exploitation

Human rights violations are taking place in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean under the guise of ‘tourism’.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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The Caine Prize 2012 is coming

Shortlist announced; award is less than two months away; and the book has just gone to print!.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Maoists, militias and mafias

Governments often speak of ‘poverty’ or‘deprivation’ as among the root causes of terrorism. There is muchrhetoric about addressing basic issues, which, it is believed, createfertile terrain for fundamentalists and extremists.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Lust, caution - hijab

Adventures in the ‘terror’ zone – and how the hijab does not keep you hidden.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Peace... maybe

The Arabic word tahdiya means ‘calming’ or ‘quieting.’ Hamas and theGovernment of Israel agreed to a six month tahdiya a few days ago, justafter the first anniversary of the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip.Hostilities on both sides would cease, and the Israeli siege of Gazawould gradually ease.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Chávez - neither Satan nor Saviour

Early in 2006, while researching a magazine about Venezuela*, I wasinvited to dinner at a lovely house in a very pleasant neighbourhood ofCaracas. My host was anxious that I should not be fooled by governmentpropaganda. Passing journalists and intellectuals from the North were,she felt, rather vulnerable to it.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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