Tag Archives: inequalities

The 2013 Failed States Index

A number of African and other Developing World states can be portrayed by some commentators as soft states. In commenting on these, political geographer Richard Muir (1997: 204) notes that “while their boundaries may still define the state in de jure terms, they delimit a hollow shell which central authority is unable to fill”.  States that had […]

2013 Global Peace Index mirrors global patterns of development and underdevelopment

Interesting perspectives on current global affairs and global differences in terms of the degrees to which different states and different regions are conflict-prone are offered in the latest release by the Vision of Humanity organisation in producing the 2013 edition of their Global Peace Index.

Land reform in Venezuela?

The Irish Times has a report on the seizure of land from Irish company Smurfit Kappa by the Venezuelan government. This is part of a broader land reform and nationalisation campaign in Venezuela, led by President Hugo Chavez.

Land grabs

Many of our undergraduate students, not least those in 1st year, are familiar with the food crisis which emerged in 2008 and continues into this year. A fundamental part of the story is the transformation in how food is produced, who does the producing, who benefits, and where those benefits go. Also important are the […]