If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
The Guardian recognises that some issues faced by the developing world can be overlooked in the media. In its fifth year of being run, the competition involves writing a feature 650-1000 words on 'an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure'. Around 40 of the best entries will be published on The Guardian website, then 16 finalists (eight amateur, eight professional) will be flown to a developing country where they will be tasked with researching a new assignment. Two winners will be chosen, and the finalist pieces will be published in two Guardian newspaper supplements.
For more information on this competition, click here.