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  1. MALAYSIA: Privatisation of Healthcare Turns Election Issue

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    A plan by the Malaysian government to privatise the public healthcare system and get consumers to pay for it through salary cuts is rapidly turning into a major election issue.

  2. Privatisation Derailed Argentina’s Rail System

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Increasingly frequent and tragic railway accidents in Argentina, like this week’s crash, show that the rail system, run by private companies that receive hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from the state, constantly ignores warnings from inspectors and fines, observers say.

  3. BALKANS-ECONOMY: One-Dollar Steel Mill Exposes Cracks in Privatisation

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    For the first time in its history, Serbia has bought back a company sold to a foreign investor almost ten years ago, for the symbolic price of a single dollar. But while the purchase has stirred a sense of national pride, it is hardly a success story for the Balkan economy; rather, it has exposed the failure of a decade-long effort to privatise the national economy.

  4. EUROPE-DEVELOPMENT: The 'Indignados' Still Have Wind in Their Sails

    Monday, February 06, 2012

    Months of protest across the European Union, sparked by ‘indignant’ youth demanding an end to the brand of free market capitalism that has blighted the continent with an unemployment epidemic, finally bore fruit on Jan. 30 when Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, proposed an ambitious jobs scheme.

  5. Romanians Discover Street Protest

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    For more than a week, thousands have been demonstrating in cities across Romania. Participants from all walks of life bring to the fore the broadest array of demands in what looks like a celebratory discovery of street protest. The main call is against lack of transparency and accountability in decision-making.

  6. EUROPE: Unrest Spread Eastwards

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Protests in Hungary and Romania are the first signs of anti-systemic mobilisation in the Eastern half of the continent. While protests in both countries indicate dissatisfaction with their governments’ authoritarian turn, their origins differ, as does the European Union’s reaction to them.

  7. Africa Begins to Rise Above Aid

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    An increasing number of African countries are beginning to step away from aid dependency, as the domestic private sector becomes the engine of growth across much of Africa.

  8. INDIA: Dangers of a Lax Nuclear Strategy

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    On August 26, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned, taking responsibility for the disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was caused by the March 2011 undersea earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

  9. Q&A: 'Grabbing of Drylands is a Serious Concern'

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Designated Drylands Ambassador, United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), at its 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in South Korea in October, Dennis Garrity is mandated to raise awareness of land degradation.

  10. Q&A: 'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security'

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.

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