When aid doesn’t help

It was, according to a report circulated by Associated Press, “the year the Earth struck back”. Natural disasters killed a quarter of a million people or more in 2010, the worst death toll for a generation. Most of the deaths, of course, were in and around...

Outside Edge: Of turtle doves and inflation hawks

The UK’s coalition put up value added tax by 2.5 percentage points last week, guaranteeing a day of bad headlines about rising prices. But anyone buying products dependent on the price of oil, or gold, or copper, or wheat, doesn’t need George Osborne to experience a...

Game on for the virtual sweatshop

I’m a board game fan myself, but I know that millions of people spent their Christmas exploring the underwater realm of Vashj’ir, thanks to the online computer game, World of Warcraft, which launched a new version, Cataclysm, in December. Loyal readers will know why...

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