26 Dec

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Children ‘killed’ in Syria army tank attack

UK-based activists claim eight children among at least 20 total dead from tank shells in northern province of al-Raqqa.

Last Modified: 26 Dec 2012 17:43 GMT

Middle East

Iraq Sunnis block trade routes in new protest

Tens of thousands of protesters gather in Anbar province to denounce allegedly sectarian policies of PM Nouri al-Maliki.
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2012 16:39 GMT

Middle East

Are women safe in India?

Inside Story

We ask if the country’s existing laws and the attitude of law enforcers are serving to compound or prevent sexual abuse.

Germany ‘exporting’ old and sick to foreign care homes

Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as ‘inhumane deportation’

German pensioners

German pensioners in Berlin. Many elderly Germans are increasingly being sent to cheaper retirement and long-term care accommodation in eastern Europe and Asia. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany.

The move, which has seen thousands of retired Germans rehoused in homes in eastern Europe and Asia, has been severely criticised by social welfare organisations who have called it “inhumane deportation”…………….

The scapegoating of Nancy Lanza

She was Adam Lanza’s first victim. Yet while the other 26 dead in Sandy Hook are rightly mourned, Nancy is being disgracefully smeared

Nancy Lanza

According to the script in progress, implicitly or explicitly, we blame Nancy Lanza for her son Adam’s baffling rampage – if only for keeping five weapons in her home. Photograph: Reuters Photograph: Handout/Reuters

Addressing the bereaved community of Sandy Hook last week, President Obama read the names of Adam Lanza’s victims – all 26. On the one-week anniversary of America’s second-most lethal school shooting, bells tolled across the nation – 26 times. But even omitting his suicide, the impenetrable killer’s victims numbered 27…………………..

Review of 2012's environmental news

This was the year that was … ice melts, a proposed badger cull, drought and storms all featured in 2012. Photograph: Greenpeace/Alamy/Getty Images

Drought, icemelt, superstorms … a review of 2012’s environmental news

The Guardian’s environment team pick their biggest moments of what was a tumultuous year for nature and green politics

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