Three-year-old Kholod is admitted to hospital in Hudaida, Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition.* One of five children, her father is a teacher but he has not been paid for a year. Extreme hunger and disease are killing around 130 children every day in Yemen, according to Save the Children. [*We would not normally use a picture like this one in New Internationalist, but we felt that at a time when humanitarianism is under attack, it was important to show what is at stake, especially in an article that makes clear that famine is not just bad luck, it's political – ed.]

How can famines be ended?

Mass starvation is making a comeback as a weapon of war. To tackle this great evil we must stop talking about food and over-population, and engage with the politics, argues Alex de Waal.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Pseudo-science: in Nazi Germany head-measuring to test for ‘Aryan qualities’ was part of a wider, devastating eugenics policy.

Race science rears its ugly head

Racism disguised as academic research must be robustly challenged, argues Gavin Evans.

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NI 480 - The great green energy grab - March, 2015
Choosing boys over girls in China and India has already skewed the global average sex ratio at birth to a biologically impossible level. Photo: Pawan Kumar/Reuters

Girls not allowed

Vanessa Baird examines what sex selection is doing to women – and the world.

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NI 466 - Where have all the girls gone? - October, 2013
Who profits from the 7 billion population frenzy?

Who profits from the 7 billion population frenzy?

Vanessa Baird on why, when it comes to human numbers, nothing sells like fear.

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NI 447 - Banking on Hunger - November, 2011

The missing pieces

Is hell really other people? Vanessa Baird concludes with some sobering facts and reflections on equality.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010

Population and climate change

Jonathon Porritt and the Corner House offer two very different perspectives on one of the big debates of the day.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010
Most of the country’s land mass lies fewer than 10 metres above sea level. Climate change will subject farmland to both drought and flooding. Photo: Shaiful Chowdhury / DRIK / Majority World

Frontline Bangladesh

Some Pacifc islands are already being evacuated. Bangladesh stands next in the climate change frontline. The difference is, it has a massive and growing population.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010

When sperm didn't meet ovum

China and Iran: two ways to do family planning.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010
Nigeria has the world’s highest unsafe abortion rate. Young, Catholic women – especially students – are the most likely to seek abortion.

Sex action

How ‘abstinence’ is pushing up the abortion rate.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010
Source: United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs – Population
Division, World Population Prospects: the 2008 Revision

Too many people?

Vanessa Baird wonders why the demographers aren’t panicking.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010

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Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
The great green energy grab March, 2015
Where have all the girls gone? October, 2013
Banking on Hunger November, 2011
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
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