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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In population debate, growth for its own sake is no answer

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 10:08pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Peter Kammerer says our obsessive focus on the workforce in the population debate is an approach that ignores quality of life Growth control The government's latest consultation on population follows a familiar theme. Fertility rates are among the lowest in the world, we're fast ageing, the workforce is shrinking and unless there is lots of new- preferably ...

  2. Tuned in, turned off

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of the world's 6.7 billion people do not have clean water; a similar number lack enough to eat. The UN's prediction last week that the population will double in the next 40 years if growth rates ... in keeping numbers down, it is an approach that no upholder of human rights or democratically elected government could dare suggest. Social scientists are divided about whether population growth ...

  3. Reality, sans politics

    Posted Aug 21st 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Propaganda is produced by all administrations, not just those ruled by military regimes. As the teacher correctly pointed out, we should not demonise populations because of the system they live ...

  4. Ministry of Love

    Posted Aug 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... birth control is bad; that is biting deep into the country's development prospects. Singapore also well knows that population measures are troublesome. Mr Lee even pointed this out. ... marginally, to 1.29 per couple, but authorities are not happy: the population replenishment level is 2.1 and, unless this is met, Singapore will age and, presumably, one day disappear. Most other ...

  5. Lessons from Manila

    Posted Jun 26th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... There has long been a sizeable Iranian population in Manila. My long-time informant of all things Filipino in that city, Raissa Robles, told me this week she used to teach English to Iranian ...

  6. A new sheriff

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... take kindly to their government rewarding bad behaviour. This is, after all, a regime that is willing to let 10 per cent of its population starve to death to make a diplomatic point. Pakistan ...

  7. Brought to book

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Perceptions of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, are sharply divided. His critics, especially in the developed world, demonise him as a brutal dictator. Supporters swoon over him as the saviour of the poor and warrior against western imperialism. But, put aside the incendiary rhetoric and populism, and there is another facet: book promoter. Give Mr Chavez ...

  8. Unlikely champion

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... has an acute awareness of the country. Being the world's third-biggest developing nation, its most populous Muslim state and seemingly now Southeast Asia's most promising democracy, ...

  9. Age-old dilemma

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... with 70 per cent of its population living on less than US$1 a day. There are doubtless those who contend he is too young for the job; the reaction of a number of my colleagues was exactly that. ...

  10. Down the drain

    Posted Jul 11th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... stress or shortages. By 2050, three-quarters of the global population may not have enough for its daily needs. The convenience of city living easily shields us from such matters. We do ... on streams and wells for their water. Global warming, pollution and population growth means that what they- and the rest of us- have is becoming increasingly rare. During last century, the world ...




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