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Why World Hunger Won't Go Away


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — José Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently said that "hunger leads to conflict, and conflict exacerbates hunger." Three very different new books examine the global agriculture situation, the reality of agribusiness, and the pressing need for new regulations of what can be called the "global food system." Though the situation is slightly less critical than in 2008, a year that saw food prices soar, hunger still affects 850 million people around the world.

Mark Zuckerberg, 'Pushing Hands' Of A Kung Fu Master


Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH Mark Zuckerberg has apparently learned more from the Chinese than just Mandarin.

Why U.S. Policy On Cuba Has Reached A Tipping Point


Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -Analysis- BOGOTA – Public debate on Cuba in American politics had long been frozen, due to Florida's importance in U.S.

Canada "Not Intimidated," $1 Million Apple, Adorkable


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Thursday, October 23, 2014 CANADA “NOT INTIMIDATED” Details of the suspected Ottawa gunman who killed Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa yesterday are starting to emerge.

Foreskin, The Play: Circumcision As Art For A Turkish Playwright


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT BERLIN — A quiet New Year’s Eve in the maternity ward of a Berlin hospital.

Monumental Indeed


It doesn't matter how many pictures of the Taj Mahal you've seen before, or how often you've seen the Iguazu Falls on TV: Seeing the world's wonders in the flesh will always leave you awestruck.

Identifying The Dead In Ukraine's Simmering War


Worldcrunch.com / KOMMERSANT DNIPROPETROVSK – Last week, in this central Ukrainian city, a public farewell was bid to 21 soldiers, even if their names were never determined.

In India, Some Languish In Jail For Decades Awaiting Verdicts


Worldcrunch.com / PortalKBR NEW DELHI — Vajai Kumari was five months pregnant when she was accused of murdering a neighbor in 1994, which she insists she didn't do and for which she says she was framed.

Adam Smith To Xi Jinping, Wealthy Nations Need Good Laws


Worldcrunch.com / CAIXINMEDIA BEIJING – In his book The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith explained that under tyrannical and monarchical rule, property rights are always at imminent risk of infringement – and people will usually hide their wealth.

In San Francisco Microbrew Mecca, Yearning For Bavarian Beer


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG SAN FRANCISCO — They’re called "Pliny the Elder," "Hammerhead," "Juego Con Fuego" and "Death and Taxes." No, I’m not talking about third-rate Westerns, I’m talking about American beer.

Ebola Hopes, No Russia-Ukraine Deal, Best Age To Die


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ISIS SHOWS OFF CAPTURED U.S. WEAPONS ISIS fighters released a video in which they appear to be in possession of at least one cache of weapons dropped two days ago by U.S.

The Meanings Of Bigouden


The Breton word "Bigouden" was first used to designate the very distinctive, sugarloaf-shaped lace bonnet traditionally worn by the women in the southwestern tip of the French region of Brittany.

Don't Count On That $5.4 Billion Pledge To Rebuild Gaza


Worldcrunch.com / CALCALIST TEL AVIV — The recent Gaza aid conference in Cairo concluded with an international promise to pump $5.4 billion into rebuilding the devastated Gaza Strip.

China Wants A Piece Of Europe's Booming Soccer Business


Worldcrunch.com / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — For Chinese investors, simply sponsoring Europe's soccer teams is no longer enough.

The 6 Sexiest Sax Songs


Photo: Roy Anderson/Family handout A sad note in the music world today with news of the death of Raphael Ravenscroft, the British saxophonist who worked with some of the best artists of his generation.

Even In Wartime, Syrians Hold Tight To Ancient Mosaic Craft


Worldcrunch.com / SYRIA DEEPLY ATMA — Abu Mahmoud, a 67-year-old from Aleppo's Maret al-Numan, is attempting to preserve his family's profession despite the hardships of war.

Selfies At Auschwitz: When Tourism Destroys The Meaning Of Memory


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT OSWIECIM — As if they were hitchhiking, two girls stand with thumbs outstretched by the train tracks and stare laughing at a mobile phone as they take a selfie.

Fight For Kobani, Pistorius Sentencing, Turtle Twerking


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Tuesday, October 21, 2014 NEW ISIS OFFENSIVE IN KOBANI ISIS fighters have launched an assault “on all fronts” in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

In Liberia, The Good Faith And Bad Politics Of Ebola


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE MONROVIA — Legislator Saah Joseph is an exception. First of all, this 38-year-old opposition party member refuses to join the growing ranks of his political allies criticizing the way Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is confronting the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has hit this country hardest.

Same Scene, Different Place And Time


My grandson, who's just got back from his honeymoon in Brazil, tells me he could have taken a very similar picture there, today.


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