Here’s how lousy life is in North Korea

by Rick Newman US News and World Report April 12, 2013

North Korean commuters ride on a trolley car in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, April 12, 2013. Reflected in the window is a roadside propaganda banner that reads: "Let's follow the example of the space conquerors," referring to the country's rocket launch program.North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un...

Indian residents in a district facing a drinking water shortage wait with plastic pots at a community tube well to collect drinking water in Bangalore on October 8, 2012. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

India states fight over river usage

by Shyamantha Asokan Washington Post April 3, 2013

MAGIZHI, India —Valan, a rice farmer in a starched white shirt and sarong, walked along the bone-dry canal bed next to his village in the state of Tamil Nadu as though it were a road. The canal should have been full from last June until the end of the year, he said, but it stood dry, except for on...

Rethinking food insecurity in Nepal’s Karnali region

by IRIN News March 21, 2013

“We can’t just stop relief all at once. There are still thousands of people in the Karnali that still need some form of relief assistance at least in the short-term,” Jagannath Adhikari, an agricultural scientist and author of the book Food Crisis in the Karnali, told IRIN. ...

An Indian vegetable vendor, an SKS Microfinance loan recipient, manages her stall in a village near the city of Ahmedabad. Microsavings programs are bringing the benefits of thrift even to the poorest of the poor. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

Microsavings programs build wealth, pennies at a time

by Ylan Q Mui Washington Post March 15, 2013

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Veteran Burmese activist Win Tin says democracy icon Suu Kyi is too conciliatory toward the military

by Simon Denyer Washington Post March 13, 2013

RANGOON, Burma — For most of two decades, while Aung San Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest, her deputy Win Tin was condemned to solitary confinement in prison, denied even pen and paper by his jailers....

A flurry of fires in Bangladesh raise concerns over garment-worker safety

by Jason Motlagh Washington Post March 1, 2013

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Clashes over land seizures batter the police in Myanmar

by Thomas Fuller New York Times February 28, 2013

BANGKOK — When angry villagers clashed with security forces on Tuesday over land seizures in Myanmar, the police apparently got the worst of it....

Farm workers remove weeds from young plants at the palm oil plantation owned by Karuturi Global, near the town of Bako, in Ethiopia. Photograph: Jose Cendon/Getty Images

Indian investors are forcing Ethiopians off their land. Thousands of Ethiopians are being relocated or have already fled as their land is sold off to ...

by John Vidal The Guardian February 6, 2013

Ethiopia's leasing of 600,000 hectares (1.5m acres) of prime farmland to Indian companies has led to intimidation, repression, detentions, rapes, beatings, environmental destruction, and the imprisonment of journalists and political objectors, according to a new report....

The right to food in Bangladesh

by IRIN News January 22, 2013

DHAKA, 22 January 2013 (IRIN) - NGOs in Bangladesh are pushing for a constitutional amendment to guarantee the legal right to access food, or a food security “framework law” that will hold the state liable for any scarcity....

A farmer worked her land in the shadows of a lead factory in Hengyang, Hunan province, where scholars say soil pollution is especially acute. Photo:Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Pollution rising, Chinese fear for soil and food

by Edward Wong New York Times January 1, 2013

CHENJIAWAN, China — The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice...