Banking on hunger
Food has become a hot asset. Markets view food scarcity as the 'investment
opportunity of a lifetime', and are pouring money into agricultural commodities.
The impact is catastrophic, as speculators push up the price of food and
force millions into poverty.
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7 Lebanon recognizes 'honour' killing is murder
8 The Maldives calls for global climate commitment
9 Ivorians still suffering after post-election violence
11 Theatre of survival
How the young Guatemalans of Caja Ludica are using drama to face down violence.
PLUS: Music as dialogue courtesy of Griselda Sanderson and Juldeh Camara; Wuthering Heights - but not as you know it - in Andrea Arnold's film; and a rollicking religious satire from Evelio Rosero.
Special feature: Banking on hunger
16 The food rush
Maize and wheat are hot assets, right up there with gold. But since investors piled into food markets, the poorest can no longer afford to eat. Hazel Healy gets to grips with the commodity speculators.
19 Meet the food speculators
20 Food speculation - THE FACTS
24 Take action/Further reading
32 Are religious schools bad for society?
Humanist Andrew Copson and feminist Catholic theologian Tina Beattie go head-to-head.
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25 Making Waves
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26 Lost causes - Russia 20 years on
Victor Sonkin weighs up the gains and the losses on the anniversary of the break-up of the Soviet Union.
30 Country profile: Iraq
35 Puzzle Page
36 Cartoon Corner
Polyp's Big Bad World, Marc Roberts' Only Planet and guest cartoonist Julio Carrión Cueva from Peru.
37 Letter from Cairo
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38 And finally...
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