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  • The Geopolitics of Food
    February, 2009 By Ilmas Futehally

    A year ago the world experienced food riots on a global scale. After being on the decline for decades, food prices increased exponentially between 2006 and 2008. Rice prices rose by 217%, wheat by 136%, maize by 125% and soybeans by over 100%. Last year, there was much talk about food security and how to ensure it, along with the reasons for the crisis. These included higher land usage for bio-fuels, combined with the failure of wheat crop in Canada and drought in Australia.

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  • A Pact with the Devil
    February, 2009 By Rohit Honawar

    One never seizes to be amazed by Pakistan’s political googlies. Whether it is the elected leadership in Islamabad or the military chiefs in Rawalpindi, the country’s frequent political seesawing has left no stone unturned. From the recently brokered deal by Maulana Sufi Muhammad of the TNSM between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the NWFP government for Nizam-e-Adl regulation in Swat or, the unexpected admission that the dastardly terror attacks on Mumbai in November 2008 were hatched on Pakistani soil – Islamabad has often left India, the US and the international community perplexed. 

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  • Bangladesh: A Fork in the Road
    February, 2009 By Sahiba Trivedi

    The newly formed Bangladeshi government, under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is serious about tackling terrorism and placing Bangladesh at the helm of a regional initiative against terrorism. 

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  • Thirty Years of Lessons to be Learnt
    February, 2009 By Ambika Vishwanath

    Earlier this month Iran celebrated the 30th anniversary of the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the Islamic revolution that followed. It has been described as one of the greatest and most important revolutions in history, one that changed the face and very core of a nation and its people, and sent waves throughout the world that resonate till date. On a religious-political front the revolution resulted in the creation of a theocratic nation as well as making political Islam a force to be reckoned with the world over.

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  • Strategic Foresight Group Reports on the Environmental Cost of Middle East Conflicts
    February, 2009 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    Green Prophet had the opportunity to interview Gitanjali Bakshi, Research Analyst at the Strategic Foresight Group. The group has produced a report on the environmental impact of conflicts in the Middle East, which was presented at the Palais de Nations in Geneva this week.

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  • After the Tigers: Challenges ahead for Sri Lanka
    February, 2009 By Brian Orland

    For the first time in twenty five years, Northern Sri Lankans will live unburdened by violent conflict. This is a great opportunity for northern and already “liberated” eastern province Sri Lankans to rapidly advance towards their peace-time potential. Now focused on rebuilding democratic governance and infrastructure along with expanding educational capacity and economic advancement, northern and eastern Sri Lankans should hit the ground running.

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  • A Responsibility To Protect: Why Mugabe Needs To Go
    February, 2009 By Anumita Raj

    On the 11th of February, 2009 Morgan Tsvangarai, leader of the opposition in Zimbabwe was sworn in as Prime Minister of his country. This came on the heels of months of international pressure on him to adhere to a power sharing agreement between his party, Movement for Democratic Change, and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.

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  • Why We Wish We Were Wrong?
    December, 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    We live in the age of knowledge. Knowledge is the basis of the 21st economy, security and progress at the macro as well as micro levels. The individual, the society or the nation that has developed high skills in processing knowledge is bound to succeed in the modern world.

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