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Goats and Soda

We're all neighbors on our tiny globe. The poor and the rich and everyone in between. We'll explore the downs and ups of life in this global village.

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U.N. Report: 50,000 Women A Year Are Killed By Intimate Partners, Family Members

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-30 14:57, modified at 21:45

The reasons range from "honor killings" to dowry disputes, according to an analysis of female homicides around the globe.


Can A Woman's Rising Social Status Bring Down Rates Of Domestic Violence?

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-12 10:00, modified at 17:58

Two new studies offer unexpected insights — and solutions — into the problem of spousal abuse.


Swahili Speakers Debate Disney's Trademark of 'Hakuna Matata' For T-Shirts

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:39, modified at 22:46

The song title from the film The Lion King has been trademarked by Disney since 2003. In recent weeks, Africa media has launched a discussion on whether that's cultural appropriation.


Video Catches Delivery Man In India Sampling Food He Is Delivering

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 17:51, modified at 22:46

At first people were annoyed at his food skimming. Then he got fired — and a debate began about whether workers in the billion dollar "to go" biz are treated fairly.


A Virus Can Eavesdrop On Bacterial Communication

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 16:04, modified at 23:11

A researcher had an idea about viruses that was wild. And it turned out to be true.


U.S. Navy Sends Hospital Ship To Colombia To Treat Venezuelan Migrants

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-11 17:18, modified on 2018-12-13 14:27

The USNS Comfort spent a week in the Caribbean caring for ailing Venezuelans who couldn't get treatment in their troubled home country.


Break Rules, Clean Up Gutters: The To-Do List Of A Rookie Mayor In Sierra Leone

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-10 18:38, modified on 2018-12-12 18:43

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.


Dear Internet: Goats In Sweaters Are Cuter Than Kittens In Mittens

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-08 12:00, modified at 22:39

A woman from Iowa began taking pictures of goats in sweaters in Bangladesh and India. The owners thought she was crazy. But her work has made a difference in the lives of the locals, in a good way.


Pakistan Ousts 18 Aid Agencies. Human Rights Minister Tweets 'They Must Leave'

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-07 21:45, modified at 21:47

The groups asked to close down operations include Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and Plan International.


UNAIDS Report: 9 Million Are Likely HIV Positive And Don't Know It

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-07 17:43, modified at 18:58

That's why public health officials are urging people to "know your status." But if they learn they are HIV positive, there isn't always a clear path to treatment.


Report: Facts About Migrants Don't Always Match What The Headlines Say

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-06 18:51, modified on 2018-12-07 13:29

'The Lancet' looks at everything from the potential spread of infectious diseases to the impact on the economy of the country where migrants and refugees have arrived.


Africa Takes A Tough Look At Africa — And The Way It Treats Its Children

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-04 10:00, modified on 2018-12-07 13:29

A new "child friendliness" index praises such countries as Namibia and Lesotho — and "names and shames" poor performers.


How 10 Orphans From eSwatini Helped Write A Prize-Winning Movie

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-02 12:00, modified on 2018-12-03 15:07

In Liyana, filmmakers let kids make up the story. The hybrid documentary/animated film has earned prizes, raves — and a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Dolce & Gabbana Ad (With Chopsticks) Provokes Public Outrage in China

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-01 12:00, modified at 22:10

In response to the three controversial videos, many Chinese are calling for a boycott of the brand — although Chinese ads aren't always respectful of other cultures, either.


Blac Chyna Came To Nigeria To Launch A Skin-Lightening Cream At $250 A Jar

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-30 19:50, modified at 23:17

The product comes in a crystal-adorned container. Amid the hoopla, Nigerians weighed in on the subject of skin lightening.


What Do African Aid Recipients Think Of Charity Ads?

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-30 00:00, modified at 23:17

Charities often debate how the subjects of their fundraising ads are portrayed — but those discussions rarely include the people in the pictures.


Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World's Highest

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-28 10:02, modified on 2018-11-30 15:13

Family planning researchers point to a number of reasons. The procedure itself is legal in Pakistan — but only in limited circumstances.


How To Make A Good Charitable Choice On Giving Tuesday — And Beyond

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-27 21:23, modified at 22:09

Charities are clamoring for your money. We've got some advice to help you sort through the appeals.


We're Living Longer ... But A Medical Journal Sees Many Causes For Alarm

Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-27 16:31, modified at 22:09

Life expectancy is up. The death rate for young children is down. So why is Dr. Richard Horton, editor of 'The Lancet,' worried about global health?