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Talk Sh*t With Water.org on World Toilet Day

When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do? If you are like most people, you probably check your phone and then make your...

When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do? If you are like most people, you probably check your phone and then make your way to the bathroom. Now imagine if you woke up without a toilet in your home. Pulling on your clothes, you make your way outside to find a place to “go,” which is likely to be in a field or an improvised solution like a hanging latrine. This is the reality for more than 2.5 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation, and we’re talking about today, in 2012.

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GOOD Books: The Foreign Perspective on Globalization

Novels that tell the story of global connections from an international perspective

Everyone is talking about how we have just entered the "global age." But globalization is not a new concept. Ask authors from Liberia, Algeria, South Africa, South America, the French Caribbean, or the Czech Republic, and they will tell you how globalization has affected their countries for centuries.

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Arab Fall: All Eyes on Syria

Is this the beginning of the end for Syria's dictatorship?

A nasty despot, an army mercilessly mowing down its own people, an opposition that won't cave. That description may sound familiar from Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is the latest brought to its knees by the Arab Spring revolutions. And that has left supporters around the world with fingers crossed and breath bated in anticipation of what will happen next.

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Tsunami-nomics: How the Disaster Could Set the Stage for Japan's Economic Recovery

Japan, having absorbed a massive catastrophe, finds itself with major industries struggling. What's a country to do?



When a massive undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Japan in March, it shook apart cities and created a massive wave that wiped out seaside communities. In the wake of the tragedy—and resulting nuclear disaster—the world focused on emergency measures and human costs. We're just now starting to grapple with the longer-term effects of the tsunami, which are being felt around the world.

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is one of the few developed nations to maintain a significant manufacturing and export sector, namely cars and electronics. But the disruptions caused by the earthquakes—infrastructure damage, power outages, and work absences—have hit these industries hard.

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A Decade of Global Food Price Increases in One Interactive Chart

Food prices have been rising for the last decade, but some foods spike and drop way more than others, and that's a problem.

Our friends at The Guardian Data Blog have culled food data from U.N. monthly food reports to chart price changes over the last decade. We already knew food prices were reaching record highs and may even double by 2030. What their interactive infographic shows us, however, is just how volatile some food types are. Prices for dairy products and sugar, for example, fluctuate wildly compared to meat.

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