In India, greed creeps into microlending, critics say

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post October 31, 2010

The microcredit revolution has been celebrated for helping poor women in developing countries start small businesses. By borrowing money for purchases such as a buffalo or sewing machine, the women were able to help lift their families out of poverty....

Microenterprise for women in India (4 minute video)

by Trickle Up October 9, 2010

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Nobel peace prize given to jailed Chinese dissident

by Andrew Jacobs and Jonathan Ansfield New York Times October 8, 2010

"BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his activism, has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."...

China, Brazil are fueling world economic growth

by Mimi Whitefield Miami Herald October 7, 2010

New economic reports released Wednesday show that Latin America and the East Asian Tigers are lifting the world economic tide, showing more resilience to the global economic crisis than the United States and many European nations.Read more here: ...

US warns China on currency policy

by William Branigin Washington Post October 6, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner warned China on Wednesday that its resistance to currency reform risks undermining international economic growth and cooperation, and he called on other countries to join the United States in creating "an effective multilateral mechanism" to resolve the issue....

Generals in Pakistan push for shakeup of government

by Jane Perlez New York Times September 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country’s devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieute...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Il, right, and his son Kim Jong Un, left, salute from the balcony as they attend a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday. Photo: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

North Koreans boost power of ruler’s kin

by Martin Fackler and Mark McDonald New York Times September 28, 2010

TOKYO — Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s supreme leader, took new steps on Tuesday to ensure that his family remains in charge after his death, but the biggest leadership shuffling in a generation has so far produced more political intrigue than signs of real change in North Korea, one of the world’...

Egypt and thirsty neighbors are at odds over Nile

by Thanassis Cambanis New York Times September 25, 2010

BATAMDA, Egypt — One place to begin to understand why this parched country has nearly ruptured relations with its upstream neighbors on the Nile is ankle-deep in mud in the cotton and maize fields of Mohammed Abdallah Sharkawi. The price he pays for the precious resource flooding his farm? Nothing...

A woman washes clothes along a river in Bangladesh. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers – together one of the largest freshwater flows in the world – pass through Bangladesh on their way to the ocean, but the rivers flow from the Himalayas through countries including India and China that, as the snow melt from the Himalayas declines, are planning dams to conserve water for their own use. This would drastically reduce the water available to Bangladesh, affecting its agriculture. Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

India and China’s plans to dam rivers before they flow through Bangladesh could destroy nation’s agriculture

by IRIN News September 20, 2010

Ongoing wrangling over vital waterways that pass through China and India – the two most populous countries in the world – could lead to agricultural devastation further downstream in Bangladesh, experts warn. ...