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Angelo Nuestro, 16, right, packed to return to Italy with his aunt, Jocelyn Santia, who works in Milan. Photo: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Philippine workers overseas toil far from home, dream of their return to their country, and send home income representing 10 percent of the total Phil...

by Normitsu Onishi New York Times September 18, 2010

MABINI, the Philippines — Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored houses dot the coast and hills of this rural town in the Philippines, dwarfing their traditional counterparts made of unpainted concrete blocks under roofs of corrugated zinc. The larger houses, barely inhabited, many of them empty, ...

Some families have gone days without a decent meal. Photo: Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN

Pakistan: What did you eat today?

by IRIN News September 1, 2010

For hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis forced by the floods to abandon their homes, food is a primary concern: some families have gone days without a meal.Frances Kennedy, a World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, told IRIN: “We are very concerned about the nutritional situation. About 2.8 milli...

Upstarts chip away at the power of Pakistani elite

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times August 28, 2010

MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan — In Pakistan, where politics has long been a matter of pedigree, Jamshed Dasti is a mongrel. The scrappy son of an amateur wrestler, Mr. Dasti has clawed his way into Pakistan’s Parliament, beating the wealthy, landed families who have ruled here....

Indian government agency fights US companies trying to copyright their versions of yoga. Yoga is ancient collective knowledge and should be available ...

by Emily Wax Washington Post August 23, 2010

Heard of Naked Yoga? Kosher Yoga? Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? More than 30 million Americans practice some sort of yoga in an ever-expanding industry generating an estimated $6 billion in the United States alone....

Dr. Archana R. Khade, left, and a nurse, Sunita Laxman Jadhav, right, explained incentives to delay childbirth to a new bride near Satara this month. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

India tries using cash payments to slow birthrates

by Jim Yardley New York Times August 21, 2010

SATARA, India — Sunita Laxman Jadhav is a door-to-door saleswoman who sells waiting. She sweeps along muddy village lanes in her nurse’s white sari, calling on newly married couples with an unblushing proposition: Wait two years before getting pregnant, and the government will thank you....

Jogdiya, 2, lay with an intravenous drip in the Jhabua District Government Hospital as his father, Ratan Bhuria, looked after him and his 4-year-old sister. Bhuria’s children hover at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His son, Jogdiya, is 2 and weighs only eight. Landless and illiterate, drowned by debt, Mr. Bhuria and his ailing children have staggered into the hospital ward after falling through India’s social safety net. They should receive subsidized government food and cooking fuel. They do not. The older children should be enrolled in school and receiving a free daily lunch. They are not. And they are hardly alone: India’s eight poorest states have more people in poverty — an estimated 421 million — than Africa’s 26 poorest nations. Photo: Lynsey Addario/ New York Times

India asks: Should poor people have a right to food?

by Jim Yardley New York Times August 8, 2010

JHABUA, India — Inside the drab district hospital, where dogs patter down the corridors, sniffing for food, Ratan Bhuria’s children are curled together in the malnutrition ward, hovering at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His son, Jogdiya, is 2 and weighs o...

Pakistani rescue teams try to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by floods which are now estimated to have affected three million people. Photo: BBC

Pakistan floods: Rescuers aim to reach stranded victims

by BBC News August 3, 2010

While water is receding in some areas, many communities remain cut off by the region's worst flooding for 80 years.The UN said 3m people had been affected and more than 1,400 had been killed. The government said some 27,000 people remained trapped and awaiting help....

Men queue for food assistance in the wake of Cyclone Sidr. Along with India, Bangladesh has the highest proportion in the world of newborns with low birth weight. Micronutrient malnutrition is also at alarming levels in Bangladesh, affecting nearly 30 million women and 12 million children under five years old. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

Bangladesh: Unemployment, food prices, high population growth spur growing hunger

by IRIN July 22, 2010

Rising unemployment and food prices and a sluggish economy are taking their toll on Bangladesh, where a growing number of people are struggling to survive. ...

A security guard standing at the entrance of a Mercedes Benz dealer in Islamabad. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

Controlling the government, Pakistan’s elite pay few taxes, widening the vast gap between rich and poor, hindering development, and creating conditi...

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times July 18, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Much of Pakistan’s capital city looks like a rich Los Angeles suburb. Shiny sport utility vehicles purr down gated driveways. Elegant multistory homes are tended by servants. Laundry is never hung out to dry....

Many North Koreans lack food and basic medical care, a report by Amnesty International said this week Photo:Gerald Bourke/AP

North Korea’s giant leap backwards: Last year’s disastrous currency reform wiped out savings and caused healthcare to collapse–now m...

by Barbara Demick The Guardian July 17, 2010

For North Koreans, the definition of success is when you can eat an occasional egg, preferably with a bowl of rice, instead of the unappetising concoction of corn and weeds on which most of the population survives. Until recently, a sizeable segment of the North Korean population could afford the ba...

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