New countries borne of partitions and border changes are not common, but will partial autonomy in Somaliland lead to secession now that South Sudan provides an example?
01/12/2011 10:05 am
Our humanity prompts us to rush assistance to victims after a disaster like the Haiti earthquake. But assistance can sometimes trigger a whole new set of problems.
01/11/2011 01:18 pm
The Jan. 9 referendum vote in Sudan is expected to result in the South seceding from the North. This may alleviate conflict in the region but also renew violence, threatening regional and global security. Egypt and the US must support economic growth and compromise to prevent escalation.
01/07/2011 11:39 am
South Sudan votes Sunday in a historic referendum for its own independence. After decades of war with the North, the region looks set to secede.
01/06/2011 03:03 pm
From Egypt to Cambodia, countries that enjoy good relations with the US are cracking down on NGOs that monitor human rights and support civil society. If the US is serious about supporting freedom abroad, it can't continue sending taxpayer dollars to repressive regimes.
12/28/2010 09:35 am
Decades of food delivery and 'miracle' seeds haven't addressed underlying causes of hunger. But new efforts to replicate Africa's original ecosystems are generating impressive, sustainable results.
12/24/2010 11:05 am
In 2010 Monitor reviewers critiqued hundreds of books. Here's a list of the 11 fiction titles they considered the most outstanding. To assist you with your holiday shopping, each title here has a link that allows you to purchase the book – even as you help to support The Christian Science Monitor
12/01/2010 04:24 pm
See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities. Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization. And even with a toilet, facilities are not necessarily sanitary. WaterAid America estimates that roughly 2.5 billion people – nearly 40 percent of the global population – do their business unsafely, often in public spaces. World Toilet Day is organized by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, which has 235 member organizations in 58 countries "working toward eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation." Here's a list of the world's worst nations in terms of people lacking access to sanitary facilities.
11/19/2010 05:08 pm
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A United Nations index takes a multidimensional look at poverty and finds spikes from 'rising tiger' India to Hungary.
11/17/2010 04:45 pm