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Words Around The World

While traditional publishing struggles, literary festivals have taken the international arts scene by storm. But who are they for, and how can they best balance the competing demands of art, politics and money? asks an author who has appeared at events from Glasgow to Gaza.

New Harvests In The Desert

Scarce water supplies and a lack of usable agricultural land mean the states of the Arabian Gulf have long relied on imports for the majority of their food. But with massively growing populations and uncertainty over the price of staples, can these countries feed themselves?

The Ideas Column - William Cobbett

Within the next few decades the majority of the world’s population will be housed in cities of all sizes. The urbanization of the human species is rapidly nearing completion, with the focus now on Africa and Asia.

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