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A tale of two cities (or why Europe has something worth protecting) NEW
Feeding the habit 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
A week ago, while visiting American relatives, I took a walk around the neighbourhood of Harlem in New York City. Guidebooks and popular wisdom had led me to believe that, rather than blighted inner-city slum, the area was now a home to the arts, cul...
Nationalism bad, patriotism good? NEW
Feeding the habit 11 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
In the opening scene of HBO drama ‘The Newsroom’, renegade news anchor Will McAvoy shocks his audience by declaring that ‘America is not the greatest country in the world’. The fallout plays out through the rest of the series,...
Lessons for Europe in the Central African Republic NEW
Feeding the habit 1 Year, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Following months of violence across the Central African Republic (CAR), the last two weeks have seen the EU agree to deploy 500 troops to Bangui in support of French forces, and now a unanimous UN Security Council vote in favour. In parallel, hundred...
The G8′s great land-grab NEW
Feeding the habit 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
On Saturday David Cameron was celebrating the historic commitments to ending under-nutrition that had been secured under the UK’s G8 presidency. But another less visible development was also being celebrated, namely Malawi’s decision to b...
Eurosceptics: freedom-fighters or falsifiers? NEW
Feeding the habit 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
“People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting...
How to sell out a country in 30 seconds NEW
Feeding the habit 2 Years, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
At Davos last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a naked call to the World Economic Forum for investment to flood into Russia. In a message echoing so many of those ringing out around the world, Medvedev declared his country open for b...
Why the EU must dare to debate ‘degrowth’ NEW
Feeding the habit 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
What if, instead of saying that Europe must get back to growth, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso decided to say the opposite? For all of its bluster, the current EU budget battle is being waged over fairly narrow stakes: whether Europe w...
Is it time to vote Green? NEW
Feeding the habit 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
At last month’s Rio+20 summit, world leaders chalked up what for many people was a failure too far on the environment. The lack of binding agreements on anything, and the general lack of urgency shown by governments, led Greenpeace chief Kumi N...
The slow death of fast food NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Another year, another dire health warning about fast food. This time the sector is under fire from the influential American Institute of Medicine. The dangerous obesity epidemic engulfing America – and many other countries – cannot be put down to...
Test-tube burgers and skyscraper farms NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 12 Minutes ago
Humankind has degraded its environment and stretched the planet’s ecological limits beyond the point of no return. The food supply is threatened, and the world’s top scientists embark on a race against time to develop novel means of producing foo...
Food waste: beating bourgeois etiquette NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Why is it a social faux pas to bring a half-eaten cheese to a dinner party? Food waste is one of the most irrational and soluble problems of the modern world, but tackling it is not simply about logistical questions such as supermarket sell-by dates...
Salvaging Durban’s invisible climate talks NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
What marks out the current climate talks in Durban– ‘COP17’ – from Cancun, Copenhagen and its other predecessors? A lack of media coverage is perhaps the most conspicuous factor. Type COP17 into Google News and the shortage of coverage from b...
People power: lessons from La Paz NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 7 Months, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
It has been a good few weeks for people power. Protest movements have occupied the world’s financial centres, brought European capitals to a standstill, and – with a helping hand from the West – brought down Gaddafi’s Libyan regim...
Overpriced berries and the junk food complex NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
I was recently having a discussion with a friend who does not work in agriculture, and asked her the following question: If you could ask one thing of the EU’s upcoming reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), what would it be? She repl...
Development goals: celebrating on an empty stomach NEW
Feeding the habit 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Just four years shy of 2015, the date by which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will have been met or missed, the world is preparing to celebrate a major success: the 2011 progress report shows that the world is on track to reach the headline...
Biodiversity – what’s that again? NEW
Feeding the habit 4 Years, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
One quarter of animal species are at risk of extinction, fish are getting smaller and fewer in number, pollinators are disappearing, and naturally water-purifying ecosystems are falling apart. Faced with this genuine ecological crisis, it is no wonde...
Climate change: king of the road(map) NEW
Feeding the habit 4 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 22 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
‘Roadmaps’ are often disappointing in politics. George Bush had a roadmap for peace in the Middle East, until the election of Hamas in Gaza and other off-piste developments consigned it to failure. This week the European Commission produc...
Why are food prices soaring again? NEW
Feeding the habit 4 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Only six months ago, the world appeared to have put the destabilising food price spikes of 2008 behind it. Wealthy countries had clubbed together to deliver new seeds and fertiliser to African farmers, global harvests proved bountiful in 2009, and fo...
Waiting for Doha NEW
Feeding the habit 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 7 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
World leaders have set themselves yet another deadline for completing the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Round. The trade talks, launched in 2001 and tipped for completion in 2005, 2008 and then 2010, should now be wrapped up in 2011, accordin...
CAP reform: austerity or posterity? NEW
Feeding the habit 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The stage is set for reform of the EU’s ever-contentious Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The public has been consulted. Stakeholders have defended their stakes. MEPs have put their two cents in. And member states have laid down their red line...