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Reports out of the secretive ‘hermit kingdom‘ suggest that the suspension of food aid resulting from its continued attempts to launch rockets may well precipitate a ‘hidden famine‘ and possibly cannibalism.

Little can be known for certain about the realities inside North Korea, notwithstanding recent visits by prominent visitors.

Is food is being used as tool, even a weapon?

Who will help deal with the potentially disastrous consequences on the ground?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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Given recent developments at In Amenas in Algeria, has a new front in the so-called “war on terror” been opened in the Sahel? Who is responsible for this “escalation”?

French President Francois Hollande who ordered French troops into action in Mali.

Islamist militant Belmokhtar who allegedly led the attack on the Algerian gas plant.

Members of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attend a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. -Reuters Photo

How long will the French and other European powers be embroiled in this fast-changing conflict in North Africa?

This brave little girl who dared to stand up to the Taliban is now well enough to leave hospital.

President Obama has come to South East Asia and given attention to the ongoing territorial disputes affecting this part of the world. And he has chosen ASEAN as the forum for this engagement. ASEAN does not have a good track record in serving as a mediator in this ongoing conflict. And it seems that ASEAN may have spoken too soon again.

The name of Malala Yousafzai is now synonymous with the fight for female education in Pakistan against a Taliban determined enough to deny that right to girls to send gunmen to shoot the 14 year old in the head.

If you haven’t already acquainted yourself with this story, it’s worth taking some time out to learn a little more.

The Pakistani government has offered a bounty for Malala’s assailants.

For more on the work of this brave girl, see this documentary

This little girl’s efforts have receive widespread international attention and support.

Food we something we cannot live without. And in sunny, food-crazy Singapore, we have just introduced the nation’s first commercial vertical farm. The idea was already under development a year ago

Vertical farming promises to be able to provide for up to 10% of the vegetables consumed in the country.

On the other hand, we have the intractable food crisis in the Horn of Africa

Why can’t the Horn of Africa nations deal decisively with their food security issues?

Pandemics need not only involve infectious diseases such as SARS, but also non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and other so-called “lifestyle” diseases.

See this Bloomberg video about the rise of diabetes in India for one example of this disturbing trend.

Bloomberg TV investigates the rise of diabetes in India even as many Indians escape poverty

The South China Sea has become an increasingly tense region with China asserting territorial rights, and the other smaller South East Asian states, such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia all contesting China’s claims of sovereignty over tiny land masses in this water body.

 

 

 

China’s population is ageing. By 2050 more than a quarter of the population will be over 65 years old and younger generations face an unprecedented burden of care.

BBC 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19630110

BBC 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19572056

BBC 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19647867

Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/21553056

What our food is really costing us

And what we can do to help our kids