CAIRO -- The pile of trash overwhelmed the median divider on Ahmed Zaki Street and spilled into oncoming traffic – egg shells, rotten eggplants, soiled diapers, bottles, broken furniture, junked TV sets.
Amsterdam, eat your heart out. This South American country has big plans for marijuana fans.
The distribution of narcotics impacts virtually every country in the world; there are incredibly divergent strategies on how to mitigate these problems that are a result of sophisticated distribution networks. What is the best way to stop the flow of dangerous drugs and the illegal activities that accompany the drug trade? If you were in charge, what strategies would you recommend?
According to a report on adult human biomass published by the British Medical Council, increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demand as an extra half a billion people living on the Earth...
Check out how fat the U.S. in terms of total world excess human biomass.
Thailand has a huge fishing industry that's chronically short of workers. Human traffickers recruit desperate men from Cambodia and Myanmar, who then find themselves at sea for extended periods in miserable conditions.
Rapid growth of Africa's cities is putting pressure on food producers to meet growing and projected demand for food. This is a good example of the challenges of intraregional migration--especially rural-urban migration and ties in nicely with agricultural development.
In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.
The idea is mind-blowing to say the least. More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities.
Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive? What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia?
This article asks about the vernacular region of the "South." Namely, it asks if Washington, D.C. was or is a southern city. As I am in Washington for the next week, I think this is an excellent question, even if the article is over a year old.
Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world's countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy.