Tag: Economic change
Blow to free speech as Greek tragedy goes on
Athens is facing furious protests following the forced closure of Greece’s state broadcaster ERT. Demonstrators fear the end of free speech. Greek democracy is in crisis.
World power shifts as US and China finish talks
This year the GDP of emerging economies will outstrip that of the advanced. As the leaders of each bloc’s greatest powers meet, will the new balance of power lead to wealth or war?
Desperate poverty behind the tragedy of Dhaka
Yesterday rescuers struggled in a terrible race against time to save victims of the worst recorded industrial accident in Bangladesh. Are Western companies to blame?
Global slowdown fuels fears of end of prosperity
Europe is in crisis, America is in the doldrums and now even fast-growing economies in Latin America are struggling. Has the era of endless economic growth come to an end?
Green policies sacrificed in rush to heal economies
Only recently, politicians across the world regularly competed to persuade voters that the environment was their main concern. A few years and a financial crisis later, priorities have changed.
Fair trade farmers celebrate record sales
‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ kicks off today: a yearly drive to give a decent deal to farmers in the developing world. The movement is flourishing – but some say it leaves a bitter taste.
Religious minorities jailed over plastic triangle
Nine men from America’s Amish community face prison today after ignoring road safety rules. They say reflective signs, demanded on their vehicles by law, are against their religion.
Ping-Pong Poms choosing the UK over Australia
For years, Brits have fled the UK for the promise of sun, sea and sport in Oz. New figures, however, show many are leaving. Is the Australian dream not what it’s cracked up to be?
Immigration to UK hits record despite tough talk
Figures released yesterday show net immigration to Britain was at unprecedented levels last year. The news has reignited one of the most controversial debates in politics.
Australia launches bold new plan on global warming
The Australian government has revealed details of a new carbon tax, to be implemented next year. It will help slow global warming, but industry leaders are worried.
‘War on motorists’ drives cars off the roads
The world is divided on what to do with cars. Some countries want to help motorists. Others want to make their lives impossible. The debate has deep cultural roots.
The truth about being a modern-day pirate
International forces are cracking down on Somali pirates. Many are now facing imprisonment or execution, but the attacks keep coming. What draws so many recruits to join the pirate fleets?
China drought raises fears of global crisis
Parts of China are experiencing their worst drought in 50 years. Desperate officials have opened dams, spending the country's water reserves. But water shortages remain a global threat.