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Archive for April, 2009
Until the global recession, the former Soviet republic of Latvia was experiencing the kind of growth that some described as miraculous. Now, it has all tumbled down, with unemployment at 14.5 percent.
Despite the recession, many world financial markets have risen sharply in the last six weeks, but analysts warn that those gains mask the deep economic problems that remain and will continue for some time. Marcus Mabry of The New York Times discusses the economic outlook for the rest of 2009.
The fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has lasted for more than a decade and killed more than 5 million people. Some Congolese women living under the most adverse conditions are still struggling to preserve something precious to them -- their beauty.
China is seeing the consequences of excessive water usage and grazing as millions of acres of fertile farmland transform into desert. The country has relocated some of its farmers. Sean Gallagher of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting visits the arid town of Hongsibao in the highlands of north-central China.
As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Listen now.
As the Sri Lankan military encroaches on the rebel Tamil Tigers, protests are rising up around the world — from London to Oslo to Ottawa — as Tamils living abroad demonstrate against the Sri Lankan offensive. Nirmala Rajasingam, a Sri Lankan Tamil activist who lives in exile in London, argues that Tamil protesters abroad need to face difficult truths about the Tamil Tigers and their tactics.