Sri Lanka from tragedy to farce Print E-mail
Politics and Policy
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Burdened by years of conflict, the people of Sri Lanka’s east coast thought massive international fundraising for the region following the 2004 tsunami would redevelop the economy and improve the quality of life. Instead, the benefits were frittered away through ignorance, incompetence and corruption. Melanie Gouby reports.

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Water in the Desert Print E-mail
Environment
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by Lisa Reinisch

Farmers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are going organic thanks to generous government handouts, air-conditioned glasshouses and the miraculous properties of chicken manure. But tough questions remain about the economic and environmental feasibility of agriculture in an arid country troubled by water shortages, polluted ground water and the global food crisis

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