Archive for month March, 2016

  • March 31, 2016

    China: rural...

      China’s recent “new normal” growth and ongoing economic reform is destined to hurt the interests of rural migrant workers. In response to that, what Chinese government proposes is to let them go home and become self-employed without fully understanding the difficulties for them to start up businesses.   Time...

  • March 15, 2016

    Diamonds on...

    Diamonds, they say, are a girl’s best friend, but rough diamonds in Marange, Zimbabwe seem otherwise.   The diamonds have brought a myriad of problems to more than 100 000 people living around Marange diamond fields.   The diamonds which were discovered in 2006 brought hope to the poor Marange...

  • March 13, 2016

    Waste, poverty...

    In Zambia, street vending is transforming cities and towns such as Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Kitwe. To many, this does not look like a big story. Here, this is not just one among many other social phenomena: street vending epitomizes a lack of political vision.   Back in 2011, after...

  • March 11, 2016

    Refugee crisis:...

    In 2015, more than 1 million people fleeing conflicts and persecutions arrived in Europe. Now, in countries like Greece, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia, increasing border controls and scrutiny of targeted checks keep the majority of migrants that do not come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq at the borders.   This...

  • March 8, 2016

    A war...

    What makes good drug policy? A commitment to deterring drug use and cultivation through sanction, prohibition and other punitive measures? Or perhaps a leaning towards damage-limitation, as exemplified through needle exchange programmes and opioid substitution therapy? With media outlets reporting this month that all the men in an Iranian village...

  • March 5, 2016

    ‘No Outlaws...

    ‘No Outlaws in the Gender Galaxy’ (Zubaan, 2015) documents the social, economic, spatial, physical and emotional experiences of being persons assigned gender female at birth (PAGFB). The book is the result of detailed interviews with 50 PAGFB in India conducted over a year starting 2009 by LABIA – A Queer...

  • March 2, 2016

    A woman...

    Surrounded by dozens of goats in the shape of a herd, Tari a widow in her mid-forties came to her hovel amid a noisy bleating of goats in a scorching heat. Living in the Tharparkar desert, Pakistan where the life has been much harder due to regular droughts hitting every...