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Dickens "more relevant than ever" in Britain

On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth, his biographer Claire Tomalin warned that the great novelist's depiction of injustice in society was still "amazingly relevant."


Austerity cuts in Greece cause suffering

"The thing doesn't end with salary cuts. It's the uncertainty of what will happen tomorrow, because each day they tell us something new."

East Africa facing drought induced famine

Expected rains have failed to arrive for successive seasons in and around Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, causing severe shortages of food and water for millions of people.


Ecuador's social spending lifts many out of poverty

Since President Correa took office four years ago, 15.851 billion USD has been invested in public works.


Swaziland: Eviction case could pull the rug from under absolute monarchy

The start of a landmark legal challenge to the rule of King Mswati III has boosted the pro-democracy movement in the tiny southern African state of Swaziland.


World Notes: Belgium, Canada and more

World Youth Festival concludes, EU attacks poverty, African migrant workers are barred, Washington is down on dissidents, a Union takes down Wal-Mart, Statistics show social gains.


More wealth than ever, but billions still starve

The world has more than enough wealth to ensure every adult on the planet a significant nest egg - but that doesn't mean people aren't starving.


UN focus on youth

On August 12, the UN launched the International Year of the Youth, aimed at alleviating the grinding poverty, record joblessness and problems affecting millions of young people across the globe.


World Notes: Canada, Romania, Mozambique, India, Austria

The right to clean water, toxic gold mining, biofuel's human toll, measuring India's poverty, good and bad on HIV/AIDS.


World Cup musings: word from the Edge

Encouraging of football lovers to come to South Africa for the games has opened up a new window into the world.

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