Whatever Happened to the War Song?
On the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Humphrey Hawksley has been trying to find the modern heirs to those guitar-hero singer-songwriters who wrote so many anti-war anthems in the 1960s. Lyrics once tackled the trauma of the Vietnam generation – but does America today have any appetite for ballads about war in Iraq or Afghanistan? Listen here

Ukraine crisis: Could Trans-Dniester be next?
Russia's annexation of Crimea has led some to wonder whether any other former Soviet countries could follow. The separatist region of Trans-Dniester has already offered itself to Moscow - a request which Russia has promised to consider.

Can Slavery End?
For the first time in 84 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will this week decide on reforms to its convention on forced labour. This is a global practice in which millions of workers live in a form of modern slavery.

Vietnam is no easy target for China
China's recent decision to force a showdown with Vietnam in waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea tempers an argument that has gained momentum in recent months -- that is, with the growing assertiveness of Russia in Ukraine and China in East Asia, a weakening U.S. is being challenged by increasingly confident authoritarian governments.


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