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    Review: Tragedy through the eyes of Gaza's children

    Born in Gaza, Hernan Zin, 2015

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    Nordics: A higher glass ceiling

    The Danes take equality seriously but without Norwegian-style quotas for company boards, men still hog the top spots

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    Clare MacCarthy is Nordic Correspondent for The Economist

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    Review: Gross domestic oversight

    Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? Katrine Marçal, Portobello Books, £12.99

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    Diane Coyle is Professor of Economics, University of Manchester, and author of GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

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    India: Taboos are bad for girls’ health

    The stigma around menstruation puts India’s adolescents at risk

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    Madhumita Das is a Senior Technical Specialist on Men and Masculinities and Anne Stangl is a Senior Behavioural Scientist with a focus on stigma and discrimination, both at the International Centre for Research on Women

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    Review: China's ghost towns

    Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People, in the World’s Most Populated Country Wade Shepard Zed Books £14.99

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    Deljana Iossifova, formerly a practising architect who has worked in China and Japan, is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Manchester

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    Rwanda: Visible progress yet power is still a male preserve

    Equality is championed in Rwanda but real influence belongs to the president

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    Susan Thomson is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University and author of Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda

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    Reading List: Mexico

    El Narco – Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency Ioan Grillo (Bloomsbury,£8.99)

    Among the many books about Mexico’s drug cartels, this is a fast-paced page-turner that manages to be comprehensive on the causes of the problem, chilling on its effects and compelling on the larger-than-life personalities involved.

    Nothing, Nobody, the Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake Elena Poniatowska (Temple University Press, £22.99)

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    Jude Webber is Mexico and Central America Correspondent for the Financial Times. Mexico is the market focus country at the London Book Fair, April 14-16

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    Iran: Rouhani's promises on women's rights are hollow

    Hopes of improving the lot of women in Iran are being dashed

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    Ramita Navai is author of City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

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    Defence: Prospects for a pocket superpower

    On March 1 the US military sounded the alarm over British defence cutbacks, with General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army, saying he was concerned about the UK no longer being a credible ally. But even this warning shot failed to propel defence to the centre of the campaign of the May 7 general election. 

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    Women on the front line

    The obstacles facing female soldiers in combat roles

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    Vix Anderton specializes in women’s issues in peace and security, following a career as an RAF intelligence officer @vix_anderton

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