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September 2010

City livin'

Saadia Iqbal's picture

Maybe it's the bright lights and majestic skyscrapers. Or maybe it's theaters and shopping and cafes. Usually, though, it's just the pragmatic search for employment. Whatever the reason, big cities have lured people throughout the ages, and in many cases it really is a siren call...urban life can be tough going.

Making noise for the MDGs!

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Did you join the rest of the world to Stand Up against poverty this year? From September 17-19, people all over the world shouted out a single message: “We will not stay silent in the face of poverty!”

Youthink! joined the stand ups for the Millennium Development Goals in Washington and London.

No woman, no cry: a tale of surviving motherhood

Mamata Pokharel's picture

The scene was heart-wrenching. Janet, a young mother in rural Tanzania is having trouble giving birth, despite being way past her due date. She visits a nearby clinic where the nurse asks her if she has any food to eat, as she doesn't have enough strength to push the baby. “Without food, the baby will not come out,” says the nurse.

Oops! International Literacy Day

Saadia Iqbal's picture

Youthink! confession: What with launching our new site and all, we kind of forgot to make a note of International Literacy Day, which was on September 8. Well, our philosophy (one of our philosophies, anyway—we have quite a few), is “better late than never.” So, on that note, we’re taking a belated look at this important day.

Tips for climate activists—how to get your message across

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Last night I attended a panel discussion called, “A Fair Financial Deal for Climate Change?” The panel was made up of senior climate change experts, who discussed the issue of financing to help developing countries tackle climate change, as the world prepares for COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.

Of free classrooms and ubiquitous laptops

Mamata Pokharel's picture

How many of you have used Youtube to learn new things? I know I have. It was on Youtube that I discovered two young instructors from Iowa, who I have to thank for my basic salsa moves. When I bought a new camera, I turned to Youtube to give me some tips and send me on my way. And of course, if I ever need to learn how to survive a zombie attack, or how to become a ninja, I know I can depend on Youtube to impart those very important skills.

Displaced workers: victims of industries’ interests

Nahla Benslama's picture

We all know that making profit is the most important goal for many industries. They need to achieve this to compete with other industries and to show their strength in the marketplace. For example, many manufacturers in developed countries look for a low cost labor force in order to make greater profits. How do they achieve that? Well, they simply move outside their home countries to other countries where they hire workers with low wages.