- Khadija Patel
In November last year, Europe’s first retirement project exclusively for elderly members of the gay and lesbian community was launched. Called Regnbågen –“Rainbow” – it’s based in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. There’s already a long waiting list for tenants, and other major global cities are considering similar initiatives. REBECCA DAVIS checked it out.
Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine even as G7 leaders warned of further steps, while Ukraine's government accused pro-Russian rebels of placing land mines near the site of a crashed Malaysian airliner to prevent a proper investigation. By Polina Devitt and Gabriela Baczynska for Reuters.
Argentine default in balance as government refuses to capitulate Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's unflinching poker face in the battle against "holdout" investors suing the country is increasing the odds that her government will default for a second time in 12 years at the end of this month. By Eliana Raszewski and Richard Lough for REUTERS.
Why, and how, do so-called ‘failing’ states recover? Countries are quick to respond to emergency situations, or to engage militarily, driven often by their own domestic political considerations. But the biggest challenge lies in changing attitudes and ingraining a culture of personal responsibility if states are to ascend the recovery ladder from security through peace-building and reconstruction to prosperity – and if they are to stay the course. By GREG MILLS.
An entire population is trapped in what is essentially an open-air prison. They can’t leave and only the most limited supplies – essential for basic survival – are allowed to enter. The population of the prison have elected representatives and organised social services. Some of the prisoners have organised into armed groups and resist their indefinite detention by firing rockets over the prison wall. However, the prison guards are the ones who have the capacity to launch large scale and highly destructive attacks on the open-air prison. By JONATHAN WHITTALL.
The terrible results of the missile strike that hit MH017 are abundantly clear - what with pictures of the twisted wreckage of the jet's engines, fragments of the wings and fuselage, and the detritus of personal belongings scattered across the fields. However, at least until now, it is not yet clear who, exactly, fired the missile that brought down the aircraft. Still, what’s clear from history - if history is to repeat itself - is that the disaster is momentous, illustrative, and a game-changer. By J. BROOKS SPECTOR.
There is an expression that goes: borrow R100,000 from the bank and the bank owns you; borrow R100 million from the bank and you own the bank. Sadly this adage has not been internalised by the developing world, which rarely musters the fight to truly confront and change the way the Bretton Woods institutions dominate international development discourse. By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN.
A twenty-first century truism: you know you’ve made it when you’re due for a headquarters in Shanghai. So it is with the imaginatively named New Development Bank, a.k.a. BRICS Bank, a lending institute designed to end Western global dominance and finally assert the rise of the South. Or something. By RICHARD POPLAK.
We know that the ANC was not removed from the US State Department’s list of designated terrorist organisations until 2008. FBI documents on Nelson Mandela newly obtained via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show just how wary some US officials were of Mandela and the ANC following his release from prison. They also reveal that Mandela’s early overseas trips were fraught with threats to his safety that the public heard little about. By REBECCA DAVIS.