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Recommendation 1 from ‘Foreign Policy’

Article Name:‘Postcards from Hell, 2012’

By: ‘Editorial’

The article is a photo essay, which has listed 60 such countries, which are the failed states across the globe. This assessment has been done on the basis of inadequate health care, basic hunger, ethnic tension, ruthless dictator, political corruption and some other things as well. It has also assigned arrows and dashes to the article to tell the reader that what is the present status of the country that it has listed, an upward arrow means that the country has improved, a downward arrow means that the country’s status has worsened and a dash means that there is no change in the status. For example, the first country that has topped the list is Somalia, due to violence, piracy and kidnappings, which are regular threats. And the dash has been used to describe the status of the country.


The Article is much more than a photo essay. Of course, it lists down all the failed states and we can sit there and say oh what sadness. But more than being just couple of photos put together, the article tells us to be more responsible when it comes down to our lives, to preserve our democracy by exercising our rights and many other things. Also, apart from being knowledgeable, it implores us to do something.

Read the full article here.

Learn Words from the article:

Droughts: Famines
Piracy: Robbery on the high seas

Recommendation 2 from ‘Huffington Post’

Article Name:‘Google: Censorship requests ‘alarming’’

By: ‘Editorial’

The Article states that in the last six months of 2011 Google has received more than 1,000 requests from various authorities to take down some content or the other. And Google has tagged this to be an alarming trend. This has been mentioned in Transparency report, which comes out twice in a year. Further, the article states that requests were aimed at removing 12,000 items overall. Further, many of these requests were targeted at political speech.


It seems every authority in the world is focussed on bringing up a censored world. It puts at risk the freedom of speech, as you never know, which article or picture of yours would have become an eye sore, which indirectly might also put you at risk.

Read the full article here.

Learn Words from the article:

Content: Substance
Quarter: Divide into four parts
Transparency: Clearness

Recommendation 3 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘Africa’s hidden water wealth’

By: ‘Alan Macdonald’

The article states that according to the journal Environment Research Letters there a plenty of groundwater resources in Africa. This is contrary to the fact that there are 300 million people in African continent who lack access to clean and safe drinking water. According to this research, the water underground that has been stored in cracks and ropes is almost 20 times more than the water in rivers and lakes. Further, the article also states that the contrast in situation is brought out by the lack of money. Further, the article also states that in December 2011, United Nations General Assembly instructed all its members to work towards the effective management of shared groundwater resources.


Water-water everywhere and not a single drop to drink. This proverb fits the situation perfectly well. Well, as the article states that it is the lack of money, it might as well be so. Lack of money to tap such huge resources of water is a shame brought on the mankind. Effective management, as the article states is the key.

Read the full article here.

Learn Words from the article:

Investigating: Examining
Investment: Savings
Sustainably: Property of being sustainable.



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