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12/07/2018 01:16 PM
And Finally: Steve McCurry
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Famous for his portrait of the green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’, photographer Steve McCurry speaks to Graeme Green about Afghanistan, America and human vs animal nature.

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US photographer Steve McCurry, best known for his 1984 portrait of the green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’, speaks to Graeme Green about America, human nature and whether or not the world has gone mad

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09/07/2018 12:26 PM
The next financial crisis
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Clueless central banks? A trade war? Southern debt overload? Leading economists including Jayati GhoshCédric Durand and others speculate on where the next crisis might come from...

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Clueless central banks? A trade war? Southern debt? Ten years after the last one, leading economists including Jayati GhoshCédric Durand and others think about where the next crisis might come from...

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06/07/2018 09:51 AM
Mixed Media: Music
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Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo; Voice of Resistance by Rim Banna.

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Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo; Voice of Resistance by Rim Banna

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06/07/2018 09:40 AM
Mixed Media: Books
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No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid; Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff; Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright; Sara by Sakine Cansiz, translated by Janet Biehl.

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No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid; Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff; Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright; Sara by Sakine Cansiz, translated by Janet Biehl

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05/07/2018 04:48 PM
Ukrainian police connive with far-right hate
C14 activists Evgen Karas and Serhiy Bondar at a memorial march.
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Attacks on Roma and others have been ignored by law enforcement. Now two lie dead. Madeline Roache reports.

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A Roma camp attacked by far-right activists
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Ukraine’s resurgent far right commit hate crimes with ‘full impunity’, say human rights activists. Now two Roma have been killed. Madeline Roache reports

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04/07/2018 05:16 PM
Brexit looming casts shadow over EU whistleblower protections
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Naomi Colvin weighs the pros and cons of the EU draft Directive on whistleblower protection and wonders how Brexit will impact truthtellers.

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Naomi Colvin weighs the pros and cons of the EU draft Directive on whistleblower protection and wonders how Brexit will impact truthtellers

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04/07/2018 10:23 AM
Paying for your own eviction
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The Sumarins face removal from their own home in East Jerusalem. Amy Hall reports.

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Like many Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, the Sumarin family is facing eviction under a controversial Israeli law. Amy Hall reports

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04/07/2018 07:42 AM
Costa Rica: Country Profile
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Gustavo Fuchs takes a look at this country, nicknamed the ‘Central American Switzerland’.

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Gustavo Fuchs takes a look at the country nicknamed the ‘Central American Switzerland’

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★★★ <br> Gini index: 0.49 (2015, compared to 0.32 OECD average and 0.50 Latin America average). Inequality has increased in recent years. Tax evasion accounts for 8% of the GDP and fiscal revenue comes mainly from regressive taxes.
★★★★★<br> 97%.
★★★★★<br> 80 years (Nicaragua 75, US 79). Higher life expectancy than the US despite the gulf in wealth.
★★★<br> Some parties in congress are trying to close the National Women’s Institute (INAMU) which has advanced policies in support of women’s social and economic rights. Abortion, even though legal since 1970, is not practised due to social stigmatization.
★★★★<br> Press and political freedom is generally good, though media ownership is highly concentrated. The main restriction to freedom comes from crime. The country has become a strategic hub between South and North America for drug cartels and organized crime has increased in recent years.
★★★<br> Homosexuality has been legal since 1971, anti-gay discrimination is outlawed and the government has advanced various reforms intended to grant equal rights to the LGBTIQ community. However, homophobia prevails in large sections of the population.
★★★★★ EXCELLENT <br> ★★★★ GOOD<br> ★★★ FAIR<br> ★★ POOR<br> ★ APPALLING<br>
President Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
GNI per capita $10,840 (Nicaragua $2,100, US $56,810).<br> <em>Monetary unit</em>: Colón<br> Main exports: Medical instruments, banana (plantain), tropical fruits, orthopaedic equipment and coffee.<br> Since the mid-1990s, the country has opened its economy, signing bilateral and multilateral trade deals and betting on foreign capital as its main development strategy. This has created a disproportionate dependence on tax-free zones, designed to lure foreign transnationals. National producers and farmers have both suffered as a result. The US is still the main trading partner.
4.9 million, with an annual growth rate of 1.0%. People per square kilometre 95 (UK 271).
Infant mortality rate: 8 per 1,000 (Nicaragua 17, US 6). HIV prevalence rate 0.4%. Lifetime risk of maternal death 1 in 2,100 (US 1 in 3,800). <br>There is universal healthcare for citizens and foreigners alike.
The overall record is good but the country faces multiple challenges linked to its economic model. Environmental groups are demanding a moratorium on the expansion of pineapple plantations, which are highly destructive to the soil and require intensive use of agrochemicals. Large-scale trawling is endangering some native species such as rays and sharks.
Most of the population (over 80%) is mestizo (mixed indigenous and Hispanic), but there is a large Afro-Caribbean community (8%). The Bribri and Cabecar are the largest of eight indigenous groups, which together form 2.4% of the population.
Christian, including Catholic (70%), Evangelical (17%).
Spanish (official). A small percentage of indigenous communities speak Malecu, Cabecar, Bribri, Guaymi and Bocota. On the Caribbean coast large numbers speak Mekatelyu.
0.776, 66th of 188 countries (Nicaragua 0.645, US 0.920).

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03/07/2018 05:43 PM
The next financial crisis
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03/07/2018 02:40 PM
Cambodia’s ‘one party state’ prepares for polls
Members of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party inside a police vehicle in Phnom Penh.
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Prime Minister Hun Sen has dissolved newspapers and the opposition. Becky and Simon Kenton-Lake report.

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Members of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party inside a police vehicle in Phnom Penh.
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The election at the end of this month will be farce at best after strongman Hun Sen dissolved the opposition party. Becky and Simon Kenton-Lake report

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