Asia

“Land grabs” in Laos are driving poor farmers, including ethnic minorities, off their land, away from livelihoods they know and into further poverty, activists and experts say. Photo: Martin Abbiati/IRIN

Laos “land grabs” drive subsistence farmers into deeper poverty

by Dana MacLean IRIN News May 22, 2014

“When these lands [are given] to companies and converted to industrial agriculture or other uses, it destroys the foundation of rural people’s lives, livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as their access to food, nutrition, medicines and incomes," Shalmali Guttal, a senior analyst with Focu...

CIA: No more vaccination campaigns in spy operations

by Lena H Sun Washington Post May 19, 2014

Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday....

Disease of Pakistan’s poor now worries the affluent

by Saba Imtiaz and Declan Walsh New York Times May 10, 2014

KARACHI, Pakistan — Until recently, polio was considered a poor man’s problem in Pakistan — a crippling virus that festered in the mountainous tribal belt, traversed the country on interprovincial buses, and spread via infected children who played in the open sewers of sprawling slums....

Polio’s return after near eradication prompts global health warning

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 5, 2014

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007....

Big budgets, little oversight in war zones

by Scott Higham, Jessica Schulberg and Steven Rich Washington Post May 4, 2014

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Bangladesh, with its low elevation and severe tropical storms, is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, though it has contributed little to the emissions that are driving it. Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

Borrowed time on disappearing land: Facing rising seas, Bangladesh confronts the consequences of climate change

by Gardiner Harris New York Times March 28, 2014

DAKOPE, Bangladesh — When a powerful storm destroyed her riverside home in 2009, Jahanara Khatun lost more than the modest roof over her head. In the aftermath, her husband died and she became so destitute that she sold her son and daughter into bonded servitude. And she may lose yet more....

Bangladesh is a rare Muslim-majority democracy with a growing economy. But the country is at risk as a prolonged political feud continues to generate violence. Photo: A.M. Ahad/Associated Press

Bangladesh’s political unrest threatens economic gains, democracy

by Anne Gowan Washington Post March 22, 2014

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Poor state of India’s food subsidies

by Manu Joseph New York Times March 4, 2014

NEW DELHI — The latest economic survey of India contains cheerful prose. India’s immediate future is “propitious.”But there are grim bits, too. If the rich reach the third chapter of Volume 1, they may groan with exasperation, because it addresses subsidies for the poor. The chapter is title...

An employee of the Hattigor Tea Estate, which is owned by Amalgamated Plantations, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam in December. Photo: Himanshu Khagta/New York Times

Hope, and homes, crumbling on many Indian tea plantations

by Max Bearak New York Times February 13, 2014

NAHORANI TEA ESTATE, India — For a century and a half, Madhu Munda’s forebears toiled on the same tea plantation that she lives and works on now. Belonging to central Indian tribes brought to what is now the northeastern state of Assam by the British in the mid-19th century, they and millions of...

Akhtar, 68, carries a stack of branches through Margalla Hills National Park in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 18.  Photo: Tim Craig/Washington Post

Energy shortages force Pakistanis to scavenge for wood, threatening tree canopy

by Tim Craig Washington Post February 1, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Ramesh Iqbal lives in one of the Pakistani capital’s middle-class neighborhoods and attends college. But on a recent day, he and two friends emerged from a wooded area, their arms full of the logs and branches they had gathered to warm their homes...

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