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...

For South Korea’s old, a return to poverty as Confucian filial piety weakens

by Chico Harlan Washington Post January 21, 2014

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Indian rights groups say Khobragade case shows callousness toward domestic workers

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post January 12, 2014

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Politicians, Muslim scholars join vaccination effort as violence hinders Pakistan polio drive

by Pamela Constable Washington Post January 11, 2014

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Afghanistan’s worsening, and baffling, hunger crisis

by Rod Nordland New York Times January 4, 2014

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — In the Bost Hospital here, a teenage mother named Bibi Sherina sits on a bed in the severe acute malnutrition ward with her two children. Ahmed, at just 3 months old, looks bigger than his emaciated brother Mohammad, who is a year and a half and weighs 10 pounds....

North Korea: Malnutrition persists

by Associated Press New York Times December 28, 2013

The World Food Program said Thursday that North Korea’s food production had increased for the third year in a row but that mothers and children still lacked sufficient vitamins, fat and protein in their diets. The agency’s representative in North Korea, Dierk Stegen, said that many children rema...

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, people in Basey, Samar Island, went to the Arc of Archangel Saint Michael Church for refuge. Photo:  Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Challenge for the government: 4 million are displaced, and hunger grows

by Austin Ramzey New York Times November 18, 2013

BASEY, the Philippines — When Typhoon Haiyan hit this coastal town, residents ran for Saint Michael the Archangel Church. Now, 10 days later, more than 100 of them remain....

Powerful yphoon causes devastation in Philippines: A deadly storm left the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins. Photo:  Dennis M. Sabangan/European Pressphoto Agency

Philippine typhoon death toll feared in thousands

by Floyd Whaley New York Times November 9, 2013

MANILA — The powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines on Friday, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction through several central islands, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins and leading to early, unconfirmed estimates of as many as 10,000 de...