Feature / Analysis

  Renewable energy, once a dream, lights up some of India's slums


ASHRAYA NAGAR, India : This slum on the outskirts of Bangalore is a mix of poverty and modernism. Most huts here have no attached toilet or running water, but solar panels of all sizes appear on their asbestos rooftops.Such contradictory scenes aren't rare across India. In the northern state of Biha...

 2013 review: The year in environment


Don't stop at the bad news. Behind the usual headlines about rising greenhouse gas emissions and mostly stalled United Nations negotiations, this was a remarkable year.For the first time, there were signs that the rise in our carbon emissions may be slowing. The underlying causes seem to be better, ...

 America's hidden epidemic of tropical diseases


Millions of US citizens suffer from neglected tropical diseases that most doctors there have barely heard of, linked to both poverty and the warming climateWHEN the letter arrives, it must come as a shock. Would-be blood donors are politely rejected because they've tested positive for a deadly tropi...

 Iceland's vanishing ice


A land forged by fire and ice is losing the latter. And with the glaciers go a cultural and societal touchstone – for without ice, Iceland 'is just land.'A Climate at Your Doorstep story.SOLHEIMAJOKULL, Iceland : A fierce wind shrieks down the glacier slope, flinging ice and grit like a weather-witc...

 How climate change destroys human rights


Environmental destruction caused by people is poised to become the "most massive human rights violation ever".In a 2012 interview, Oregon State University philosophy professor emerita Kathleen Dean Moore said, “Climate change is damaging food supplies, spreading disease and creating refugees, and it...

 On the high plains, an almost invisible coal industry counts on Asia


Not far from the place where Sitting Bull defeated Custer, Cloud Peak Energyoperates one of the biggest coal mines in the U.S. Not that the casual visitor to southeastern Montana would know. The Spring Creek mine is located way off a secondary highway in Decker, a town so small it has a one-room sch...

 A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being


Coal. So 19th century, right? That’s not how the Crow tribe in southeastern Montana sees it. For Darrin Old Coyote, the tribe’s chairman, coal is the Crow's present and their future. “Coal is life,” he says.The Crow reservation lies in the Powder River Basin, a coal-rich region that straddles the bo...

 “Right to Health” gathers momentum


The duty of preserving life and maintenance of health falls not only on individuals but also on family, society and system.  In recent days “Right to Health” is becoming a talking point in the media. I had begun campaigning for “Right to Health” in late 1990s when I first called for this in my book,...

 Poll: 57% of Americans oppose with US war in Afghanistan


The majority of the Americans oppose with Washington’s anti-terror war in Afghanistan and urge president Barack Obama to withdraw troops out of Afghanistan faster, according to a latest poll report. The poll conducted by Associated Press-GfK reveals that 57 percent of the Americans believe that war ...

 As Australian troops leave Afghanistan, the burning question is: was it worth it?


The Anzac and Afghanistan campaigns were a century apart. But the bitter lessons from both conflicts have striking parallels One of the few certainties about wars is that prime ministers and presidents will always send young men to fight and die in them. Then those same leaders will just as certainl...

 Mission accomplished? Afghanistan is a calamity and our leaders must be held to account


British troops haven't accomplished a single one of their missions in Afghanistan. Like Iraq and Libya, it's a disasterOf all the mendacious nonsense that pours out of politicians' mouths, David Cameron's claim that British combat troops will be coming home from Afghanistan with their "mission accom...

 What kind of Afghanistan will foreign forces leave?


UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said that British troops will return from Afghanistan having accomplished the main aim of their mission - to achieve a basic level of security. But how secure is Afghanistan, and what shape is the country in? BBC World Service reporter Dawood Azami takes a ...

 It isn't 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan, says former ambassador after David Cameron's remark


A former British ambassador has criticized David Cameron after the Prime Minister said troops would return from Afghanistan with their “mission accomplished”. Sir William Patey said the Prime Minister’s declaration was an “unfortunate phrase” as the NATO mission in the war-torn state had bec...

 Why Cameron is wrong to declare 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan


PM's declaration is as ill-advised as George W Bush's in Iraq and as oblivious to implications of UK and NATO actions Ill-advisedly echoing George W Bush's fatuous Iraq cry of "mission accomplished", David Cameron appears determined that Britain will leave Afghanistan the same way it arrived in...

 Cameron: Afghanistan 'Mission accomplished'


Remarks come despite ongoing Taliban fight, rampant drug cultivation, widespread corruption and human rights abuses. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that British troops could leave Afghanistan next year with a sense of having accomplished their mission, despite worries about the ong...

 U.S Army Overcharged on Afghan Radio Parts, Audit Finds


The biggest supplier of combat radios for Afghan security forces overcharged the U.S. Army for parts such as transceivers and battery chargers because the service didn’t challenge the pricing, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. Personnel with the Army Contracting Command didn’t “p...

 Feature: Violence against women still prevalent in post-Taliban Afghanistan


KABUL: Despite the world community campaigns to end violence against women, an Afghan man chopped off the lips and nose of his wife in the western Herat province on Friday. After committing the barbaric act, the man fled and is still at large, police said. "My husband asked money to buy dr...

 U.S. Lawyer Works To Change The Afghan Legal System


Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines. In 2008, attorney Kimberly Motley picked up and left her native Milwaukee, where she lived with her husband and two...

 Afghanistan Detains TV Commentator


Government Moves to Shut Station After Inflammatory Ethic Remarks KABUL: The Afghan government moved to close a Pashto-language television station and detained a prominent commentator, touching off a controversy that has strained ethnic relations at a delicate moment for the country. On ...

 What If a Drone Strike Hit an American Wedding? ‏


But after a dozen or more deaths at a Yemeni wedding, don't expect anything to change. On my wedding day, my wife and I hired a couple of shuttle vans to ferry guests between a San Clemente hotel and the nearby site where we held our ceremony and reception. I thought of our friends and family...


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