Caroline Boin

For Caroline Boin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 20, 2010

Let the clean water flow

LONDON — The 18th annual World Water Day (March 22) offers the same old problems and rejects the practical solutions. On Monday, 1 billion people will, as usual, spend the day without clean water and a third of humanity without adequate sanitation. As usual, ...

Feb 17, 2010

Stop turning cheap food into expensive fuel

LONDON — U.S. Department of Agriculture figures reveal that a quarter of U.S. cereals grown in 2009 went to biofuel, turning cheap food into expensive fuel. This pushes up food prices and damages the environment, yet President Barack Obama promised “continued investment in advanced ...

Jun 14, 2009

Neither charity nor bulldozers prevent slums

LONDON — After treading the red carpet at the Oscars in Los Angeles in February, the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” are on the streets. Mumbai authorities have demolished their flimsy shelters only three months after promising them real houses. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and ...