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Fair Trade having enforcement difficulties in growing $6 billion market Simon Clark and Heather Walsh Bloomberg News December 28, 2011 See also Fair Trade Wikipedia

Demonstrators in Nice, France, last month urged the leaders of the Group of 20 nations to do more to help the poor by means of the 'Robin Hood tax' — a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor.  Photo: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images

Demonstrators in Nice, France, last month urged the leaders of the Group of 20 nations to do more to help the poor by means of the 'Robin Hood' tax — a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor.  Photo: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images

Tiny tax on financial trades gains advocates Steven Greenhouse and Graham Bowley New York Times December 7, 2011  

UN climate talks’ real-world outcome will be determined in Asia Julliet Eilperin Washington Post December 12, 2011  In Durban, Kyoto treaty seems set to meet its end Geoffrey York Globe and Mail December 7, 2011 Climate deal pushed by poorer nations Richard Black BBC News December 1, 2011 EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks. Tough stand causes consternation among large developing countries, and discord threatens the future of the Kyoto protocol. Fiona Harvey The Guardian November 30, 2011  UN climate talks get underway in South Africa. Kyoto protocol may be extended in weakened form; patchwork measures may provide some progress. Juliet Eilperin Washington Post November 27, 2011 Pope calls for responsible deal in Durban climate change conference Nicole Winfield Huff Post November 27, 2011

Fund halts new grants for AIDS, TB and malaria treatment in poor countries as developed country contributions drop David Brown Washington Post November 23, 2011  Report cites dramatic drop in AIDS deaths worldwide David Brown Washington Post November 21, 2011  See full report. See more nutrition and health stories.

Can the oceans continue to feed us? Renee Schoof McClatchy Newspapers November 10, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

How fear drove world rice markets insane Dan Charles NPR November 2, 2011 Food: Causes of high and fluctuating food prices IRIN News October 17, 2011 Speculation on food commodities may harm the hungry Marilyn Geewax NPR October 16, 2011

Bolivian indigenous groups undertook a 325-mile march from the central lowlands to La Paz, to protest a Brazilian-backed road project through their territory.  Photo: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/New York Times

 Bolivian indigenous groups undertook a 325-mile march from the central lowlands to La Paz, to protest a Brazilian-backed road project through their territory.  Photo: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/New York Times

Bolivia scraps Amazon road project protested by indigenous people BBC News October 21, 2011 Brazil's long shadow vexes some neighbors  Simon Romero New York Times November 4, 2011

Population growth taxing planet's resources; expanding demands are depleting seas, fresh water and forests Juliet Eilperin Washington Post October 24, 2011 Feeding nine billion people in a  sustainable way will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has ever faced, new report says Justin Gillis New York Times October 12, 2011  With the death of forests, a loss of key climate protectors Justin Gillis New York Times October 1, 2011 Scientists call for an end to deep-sea fishing; fish stocks dangerously depleted Juliet Eilperin Washington Post September 6, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Aid policy: The rise of the new donors IRIN News October 19, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report Development assistance

Food: Rumpus over genetically modified food aid IRIN News October 18, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Development assistance

Developing countries out in the cold at the World Trade Organization Ravi Kanth Devarakonda AllAfrica.com October 14, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report Trade and Hunger

New edition of FAO publication fails to estimate number of hungry people Justin Gillis New York Times October 10, 2011

Mother with sick child. Malaria accounts for 20% of childhood deaths in Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Malaria accounts for 20% of childhood deaths in Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade BBC News October 18, 2011  See more nutrition and health stories

Congress passes trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama  Zachary A. Goldfarm and Lori Montgomery Washington Post October 12, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Trade and Hunger

US officials estimate that about 10 metric tons of cocaine are smuggled along Belize’s coast each year en route to American consumers. By landing their lucrative cargo in Belize, the traffickers avoid detection by beefed-up Mexican army and navy patrols, marking the latest advance by the Mexican cartels into Central America’s impoverished, weak states, through which as much as 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States now p

US officials estimate that about 10 metric tons of cocaine are smuggled along Belize’s coast each year en route to American consumers. By landing their lucrative cargo in Belize, the traffickers avoid detection by beefed-up Mexican army and navy patrols, marking the latest advance by the Mexican cartels into Central America’s impoverished, weak states, through which as much as 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States now passes, according to US assessments.  Photo: Washington Post

Mexican drug cartels reach into tiny Belize Nick Miroff Washington Post October 11, 2011

Victoria Montenegro was abducted as a newborn by a military colonel. She testified last spring in the trial over baby thefts. Photo: Joao Pina/New York Times  

Daughter of 'dirty war,' raised by man who killed her parents Alexi Barrionuevo New York Times October 8, 2011

Austerity measures risk irreversible impact on children, Unicef warns. UN children's fund challenges pledges by IMF and World Bank to safeguard poor people from the worst of the global downturn  Larry Elliot guardian.co.uk September 25, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis

The cost of maize meal-based porridge provided by aid agencies has been going up. Photo: Manocher Degahti/IRIN

Corn and wheat prices are set to go up, FAO says IRIN News September 8, 2011  See FAO report See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis

Global land grab: Foreign investors are scooping up vast tracts of farmland in some of the world’s hungriest countries to grow crops for export  Terry J. Allen Truthout August 26, 2011

The marchers (shown here)  say the road threatens their ancestral territory by encouraging illegal deforestation and settlement.   Photo: AP

The marchers say the road threatens their ancestral territory by encouraging illegal deforestation and settlement.   Photo: AP

Indigenous Bolivians march against Amazon road through their homeland, a pristine forest reserve BBC News August 15, 2011

For the past decade, hundreds of Afghan war widows have convened on a slope known as Tapaye Zanabad (the hill that women built) building mud hovels by hand and living as a community of sisters.  Photo: Washington Post

Afghan widows form community on Kabul hill Joshua Partlow Washington Post August 15, 2011

Humanitarian aid in 2010 was at its highest-ever levelUS$16.7 billionbut so were aid costs, says aid watchdog Development Initiatives IRIN News July 20, 2011 See report. See Hunger Notes special report Development assistance

When food shortages mean conflict Christian Parenti Salon July 19, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis

Pope says selfish economic models at root of world hunger John Thavis Catholic News Service July 1, 2011  

Amid criticism, UN food agency to elect new chief Raphael Minder New York Times June 24, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Development assistance

G20 summit to address the world food crisis barely addresses key issues including biofuels, safety nets and trade restrictions  IRIN News June 24, 2011  See G20 report See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis See Hunger Notes special report Development assistance

UNHCR report says refugee numbers at 15-year high Shiv Malik The Guardian June 20, 2011 UNHCR 2011 refugee statistics: full data The Guardian June 20, 2011 

“Domestic workers face beatings, sexual abuse, non-payment of wages and human trafficking situations. They run the gamut of physical and mental abuse used to control someone and in some households it is a slave owner mentality,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Director in Asia Phil Robertson. “There are enough cases of abuse that there has to be some sort of protective framework for these domestic workers.” To activists and domestic workers celebrating both in Geneva and abroad, the most groundbreaking part of the document is the acknowledgment that domestic work is, in fact, work.  Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

“Domestic workers face beatings, sexual abuse, non-payment of wages and human trafficking situations. They run the gamut of physical and mental abuse used to control someone and in some households it is a slave owner mentality,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Director in Asia Phil Robertson. “There are enough cases of abuse that there has to be some sort of protective framework for these domestic workers.” To activists and domestic workers celebrating both in Geneva and abroad, the most groundbreaking part of the document is the acknowledgment that domestic work is, in fact, work.  Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

 International Labor Organization passes convention giving rights to domestic workers IRIN News June 17, 2011

Leftist former army officer Ollanta Humala elected president of Peru; wants to strengthen US ties BBC News June 8, 2011

Rosineide Lima da Silva and her family could be in line to benefit from Brazil's new, expanded anti-poverty progam. Brazil's strong economic growth, and past anti-poverty programs are credited with lifting 20 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in the last 10 years. Nonetheless, some 16 million people still live in extreme poverty, defined as having 70 reais ($44) or less a month.

Brazil launches plan to end extreme poverty in three years; plan would raise incomes of 16 million people BBC News June 2, 2011 Fast-growing Brazil tries to lift its poorest Juan Forero Washington Post May 11, 2011

Almost 17 million acres of land in Colombia were stolen by armed groups involved in the country's civil conflictgovernment plans to return land to rightful owners in 'gigantic' task BBC News May 29, 2011

Protestors take over Peruvian city, say new silver mining operation will pollute Lake Titicaca BBC News May 27, 2011  

After Egypt's revolution, malaise spreads: 'Old days were better' Ernesto Londono Washington Post May 24, 2011 Mubarak to face conspiracy charges in protest shootings Ernesto Londono Washington Post May 24, 2011

Promise of Arab uprisings is threatened by religious, ethnic and clan divisions  Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirpatrick New York Times May 21, 2011

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply BBC News May 19, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Wikileak cables show race to obtain Arctic resources as ice retreats Meirion Jones and Susan Watts BBC News May 12, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Administration planning $1 billion debt relief for Egypt Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post May 7, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report on development assistance and debt forgiveness

Planting for the future  Carrie Madren  Interpreter Online  May 2, 2011

Ernesto Sabato, 99: Writer led investigation of Argentina's 'dirty war' Peter Eisner Washington Post May 1, 2010  

Climate-change aid to developing world difficult to track, report says Brian Vastag Washington Post May 20, 2011 Food prices driven up by global warming, study shows. Scientists warn that farming practices must be adapted to a warmer world and rises in global population. guardian.co.uk May 5, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Commodity prices fall sharply as investors sell BBC News May 5, 2011 How Goldman Sachs created the food crisis (opinion) Frederick Kaufman Foreign Policy April 27, 2010 See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis

Syrians who took to the streets Friday after prayers knew they were defying threats from their president. But they poured out anyway, tens of thousands of them, calling for his ouster a day after he lifted a set of despised emergency laws. And in towns and cities across the country, President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces answered with guns.By late Friday, 81 people were confirmed dead in at least 10 towns and cities, said Wissam Tarif, director of a Syrian human rights group. It was the biggest single-day death toll in Syria’s six-week-old uprising,

More deaths on Syria's 'day of defiance' Al Jazeera May 6, 2011  Syrian businessman becomes magnet for anger and dissent Anthony Shadid New York Times April 30, 2011 Syria's crackdown on protesters becomes dramatically more brutal. Tanks and troops enter towns and villages for the first time as scores of people are reportedly killed across Syria. Katherine Marsh, Matthew Taylor and Haroon Siddique guardian.co.uk April 25, 2011  Syrian security forces kill dozens of protesters Tara Bahrampour Washington Post April 23, 2010  

The nutrition community mourns the death of Michael Latham  United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition April 2011 Michael Latham, nutritionist who advocated breast-feeding, dies at 82 Emma Brown Washington Post April 20, 2011

Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans John Vidal The Guardian April 10, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Global stillbirths: 2.6 million a year, overlooked and often preventable David Brown Washington Post April 13, 2011 See more nutrition and health stories

The graph shows that food prices, as well as other commodity groups such as grains, have increased to near their all-time highs reached in 2008. (M03 refers to the 3d month, April in the graph.)  Source: World Bank

The graph shows that food prices, as well as prices of other commodity groups such as grains, have increased to near their all-time highs reached in 2008. (M03 in the graph refers to the 3d month, April.)  Source: World Bank

Corn prices double since April 2010 due in part to  increased  biofuel production resulting from higher oil prices; recent food price increases drive 44 million people into hunger, World Bank estimates IRIN News April 18, 2011 Rush to use crops as fuel raises food prices and hunger fears Elisabeth Rosenthal New York Times April 6, 2011  See Hunger Notes special report: The world food and hunger crisis

Bankok climate talks stall Reuters The Guardian April 7, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Environment and hunger

Colombia agrees to protect unions Howard Schneider and Juan Forero Washington Post April 7, 2011 US-Colombia trade pact faces hurdles--key Democratic legislator says Colombia needs significant improvement in labor rights and worker protection Howard Schneider Washington Post March 30, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report Trade and Hunger

In Syria, many uneasy about where a power struggle might lead. The majority Sunni Muslims want power while the minority Alawite sect is determined to keep itcivil war might erupt as a result Leila Fadel Washington Post March 30, 2011Thousands march to protest Syria killings New York Times March 24, 2011

Rebel fighters and civilians fled Ajdabiyah, the last defensive line before the rebel capital of Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday.  Photo:Goran Tomasevic/Reuters More photos

United States finds $29 billion of Libyan assets in one bankfreezes them Robert O'Harrow Jr., James V. Grimaldi and Brady Dennis Washington Post March 24, 2011 Shady dealings helped Qaddafi build fortune and regime--Colonel Qaddafi’s family and his government have accumulated billions of dollars with the help of international corporations Eric Lichtblau, David Rohde and James Risen New York Times March 24, 2011

Surge in drug violence puts prosperity at risk in Monterrey, Mexico's richest city Nick Miroff and and William Booth Washington Post March 10, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood is rising force in new Egypt Michael Slackman New York Times March 24, 2011 Egypt approves constitutional changes by overwhelming vote  Al Jazeera March 20, 2011 Headquarters of Egypt's widely feared security agency overrun in Cairo William Wan and Liz Sly Washington Post March 5, 2011 Egyptians desperate for democracy, but wary of US assistance in part because most past US aid has gone to the military and been interpreted by Egyptians as support for a regime that oppressed them Kathy Lally and Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post March 5, 2011 See more stories on development assistance

Rebel fighters and civilians fled Ajdabiyah, the last defensive line before the rebel capital of Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday.  Photo:Goran Tomasevic/Reuters More photos

Shady dealings helped Qaddafi build fortune and regime--Colonel Qaddafi’s family and his government have accumulated billions of dollars with the help of international corporations Eric Lichtblau, David Rohde and James Risen New York Times March 24, 2011 Western forces attack Libya, establish no-fly zone; Arab League objects to severity of attack Al Jazeera March 20, 2011 Obama demands pullback of Libyan troops; Tripoli declares ceasefire  William Branigin, Liz Sly and Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post March 18, 2011 Libyan forces rout rebels as West's effort for no-flight zone stalls Anthony Shadid New York Times March 15, 2011

Gaddafi forces make gains: Town of Zuwarah said to be in hands of Libyan leader's forces as their fight for rebel-held city of Ajdabiya continues. Photo: Al Jazeera March 14, 2011  

Gaddafi forces make gains: Town of Zuwarah said to be in hands of Libyan leader's forces as their fight for rebel-held city of Ajdabiya continues. Photo: Al Jazeera March 14, 2011  

Battle for control rages in LibyaGaddafi forces inch towards opposition stronghold of Benghazi while wrangle over UN decision on no-fly zone crawls  Al Jazeera March 15, 2011 Swiss freeze Qaddafi assets: How dictators stash their cash 101 Stephen Kurczy Christian Science Monitor February 25, 2011 See State Department cable published by Wikileaks on Quaddafi Incorporated Gaddafi adresses loyal crowd in Tripoli; many protesters shot Al Jazeera February 25, 2011 Fighting nears Tripoli, where Quaddafi keeps grip on power Kareem Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 23, 2010 Bengazi, Libya: Citizens protest 42 year rule of Gaddafisecurity forces respond, killing 200 Al Jazeera February 20, 2011 Access Bengazi citizen video of events 

Feeding the world: Will there be enough food as world population grows to nine billion? The Economist February 24, 2011 This is part one of an Economist special report on feeding the world.  Other stories include Not just calories and How much is enough?  Also see Hunger Notes special report: The 2011 food and hunger crisis  As food prices soar, most developed countries ignore 2009 promise to fund food security initiative Howard Schneider Washington Post  February 18, 2011  World leaders at UN summit vow to aid farmers in bid to help starving [though past record of assistance has been dismal]  Richard Owen Times Online November 16, 2009  G8 pledges to increase assistance to developing country agriculture BBC News July 10, 2009 There has been a record of overall failure of  governments to address world hunger. In spite of the 1995 World Food Summit commitment to reduce world hunger by half from 824 billion then to 412 billion by 2015, the number of hungry people has in fact increased to over 1 billion.  Two recent studies address this failure: the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2009 by Fian International and others and Bridging the Divide by Oxfam.  See Hunger Notes special report:  Food is a human right--or is it? Food prices pushing millions into poverty Howard Schneider Washington Post February 16, 2011 See Hunger Notes special report:The 2011 food and hunger crisis

A Cairo vendor sells Safi bottled water. The brand is owned by Egypt's military, which operates a wide variety of businesses. Photo: Ed Ou/New York Times

A Cairo vendor sells Safi bottled water. The brand is owned by Egypt's military, which operates a wide variety of businesses. Photo: Ed Ou/New York Times

Swiss locate funds linked to Mubarak David Rohde and Aram Roston New York Times February 18, 2011 Mubarak family riches attract new focus Neil MacFarquhar, David Rohde and Aram Roston New York Times February 12, 2011 Egyptians say military discourages an open economymilitary runs many businesses, pays no taxes, employs conscripted labor, buys public land on favorable terms and discloses nothing to Parliament or the public David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 17, 2011 Egypt's missing stir doubts on military's vows for change  Liam Stack New York Times February 17, 2011 Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood promotes moderate path, but is mistrusted by the West and some in Egypt  BBC News February 20, 2011 Women stand for equality in Tahir Square Kathy Lally Washington Post February 18, 2011 Egypt's army helped oust President Mubarak BBC News February 19, 2011 Egypt army sets six-month blueprint, but future role is unclear David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 14, 2011 MUBARAK STEPS DOWN Egypt’s military officially takes control as crowds in Cairo erupt in jubilation Michael Slackman and Anthony Shadid New York Times February 11, 2011  

Thousands of antigovernment protesters returned to Pearl Square in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday after the police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. Photo: Andrea Bruce/New York Times  

Thousands of antigovernment protesters returned to Pearl Square in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday after the police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. Photo: Andrea Bruce/New York Times

Middle East protests: A country-by-country look New York Times February 25, 2011 Bahrein citizens return to protest in Pearl Square after security forces stop attacking Michael Slackman New York Times February 16, 2011  Unrest spreads in Middle East to Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Libya, and Iraq Neil MacFarquhar New York Times February 16, 2011

Haiti panel announces candidates for runoff presidential election--government candidate dropped after charges of vote fraud, foreign government pressure William Booth Washington Post February 3, 2011 The US government and other foreign powers praise election decision Johnathan M. Katz Associated Press/Washington Post February 3, 2011 Also see Haiti's growing momentum towards democracy: The possible return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a pushback against the electoral fix give hope (opinion) Mark Weisbrot guardian.co.uk February 5, 2011 NGOs in Haiti face new questions about effectivenesscomplaints concern poor coordination, high turnover and lack of transparency William Booth Washington Post February 2, 2011 See other stories on humanitarian assistance

Egyptians in front of the rubble of a looted property in Cairo belonging to Ahmed Ezz, one of the leading figures in the National Democratic Party

Egyptians in front of the rubble of a looted property in Cairo belonging to Ahmed Ezz, one of the leading figures in the National Democratic Party. Photo: Ed Ou/New York Times

Egypt's ire turns to confidant of Mubarak's son Kareem Fahim, Michael Slackman and David Rohde New York Times Mubarak says he won't run for President again  David D. Kirkpatrick and Mark Landler New York Times February 1, 2011 Largest crowds yet demand change in Egypt Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 1, 2011  Rich, poor, and a rift exposed by unrest David D. Kirkpatrick and Monda El-Naggar New York Times January 30, 2011

Riot police officers rushed to confront protesters on Tuesday in Cairo. Photo: Scott Nelson/New York Times

Riot police officers rushed to confront protesters in Cairo. Photo: Scott Nelson/New York Times

Army lets protests proceed Griffe Witte Washington Post January 29, 2011 Mubarak orders crackdown, with revolt sweeping Egypt David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 28, 2011 Violent clashes mark protests against Mubarak's rule Karim Faheem and Mona El-Naggar New York Times January 25, 2011  

Germany suspends payment to AIDS fund over corruption claims BBC News January 27, 2011 More PHN stories

Poverty's new reality; there is a lot less of it in the world Laurence Chandy and Geoffrey Gertz Washington Post January 25, 2011 Access  report

Haiti charges ex-leader Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier', recently returned to Haiti, with corruption and embezzlement BBC News January 19, 2011

Freedom House releases report showing decline in democracy worldwide Hunger Notes January 13, 2011

The graph above tracks world food prices throughout the year (January to December) for 2010 and previous years.  It is an index, which means that prices are expressed as a percentage of base years, in this case the average of food prices from 2002 to 2004. Thus we can see that only in 2008 and now again in 2010 were food prices above 200 percent of what they were on average in 2002-04.  Food prices have now reached record levels, even higher than they were in 2008, the peak of the last food crisis.  Source FAO

The graph above tracks world food prices throughout the year (January to December) for 2010 and previous years.  It is an index, which means that prices are expressed as a percentage of base years, in this case the average of food prices from 2002 to 2004. Thus we can see that only in 2008 and now again in 2010 were food prices above 200 percent of what they were on average in 2002-04.  Food prices have now reached record levels, even higher than they were in 2008, the peak of the last food crisis.  Source FAO

Report: Urgent action needed to avert global hunger Pallab Ghosh BBC News January 24, 2011 Access report The coming hunger: Record food prices put world 'in danger', says UN Sean O'Grady The Independent January 6, 2011  The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us Tom Philpott Grist January 12, 2011See Hunger Notes special report: The 2011 food and hunger crisis

Demonstrators climbed the walls of the Interior Ministry in Tunis on Friday, June 14. Tunisia’s president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled his country that night, capitulating after a month of mounting protests calling for an end to his 23 years of authoritarian rule.  Photo: Holly Pickett/New York Times

Demonstrators climbed the walls of the Interior Ministry in Tunis on Friday, June 14. Tunisia’s president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled his country that night, capitulating after a month of mounting protests calling for an end to his 23 years of authoritarian rule.  Photo: Holly Pickett/New York Times

Military backs new leaders in Tunisia David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 14, 2011  Tunisia leader Ben Ali flees and prime minister takes power David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 14, 2011  Behind Tunisia unrest, rage over wealth of ruling family David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 13, 2011

The Other Mr. 10 Percent? Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is asserted to be among the world's most corrupt dictators, giving the president known as  "Mr. 10 Percent," Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari, a run for his corrupt millions. Photo: Palestinian Press Office

Tunisia's and Ben Ali's corruptions: the Wikileaks revelations Pierre Tristam About.com January 12, 2011 Text of the US cable published by Wikileaks

Sudan's leader reaches out ahead of a referendum on independence for the South Jeffrey Gettleman New York Times January 4, 2011 Sudan needs to have greater transparency over its oil revenues to help preserve peace in the region, according to a new report BBC News January 6, 2011

No police in Mexico town after last officer kidnapped BBC News December 28, 2010

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