Opinion

What to do about “grand corruption? An estimated $17.6 trillion in murky money is held in tax havens, unidentified bank accounts or shell companies around the world — some of it acquired illegally through corruption, crime or tax evasion.

by Celestine Bohlen New York Times February 23, 2015

BERLIN — The banking giant HSBC was outed by an international consortium of journalists for having systematically helped wealthy clients hide billions of dollars in assets, thus avoiding international tax police and criminal investigations. ...

Hidden hunger: America’s growing malnutrition epidemic

by Barbara Bush and Hugh Welsh The Guardian February 10, 2015

he word “hunger” calls to mind thin, starving children in developing countries, but in the US today, the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, children who are obese who are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of foods – foods that are calorie dense, but nutritionally poor. It is called “hidden hunger” and it robs billions of people the opportuni ...

After canceling its presidential election, Haiti heads toward chaos

by Washington Post January 26, 2015

BEFORE HE went into politics, Haitian President Michel Martelly was a nationally renowned pop star whose stage antics included mooning his adoring fans. As president, Mr. Martelly, whose five years in office are drawing to a close, has treated his constituents, Haiti’s 10 million citizens, with no more dignity or respect. ...

The fight for civil rights, long after Martin Luther King

by John McWhorter, Jelani Cobb, Derecka Purnell, and Charles M. Payne New York Times January 19, 2015

The protests over the killings of unarmed black men by police have been called the start of a new civil rights movement. But a half-century after activists broke the back of Jim Crow, problems beyond police brutality persist for African-Americans: the wealth gap widens, higher education is less attainable, white supremacists remain influential. ...

How expensive it is to be poor

by Charles Blow New York Times January 18, 2015

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.” ...

Let’s address the State of Food

by Mark Bittman New York Times January 18, 2015

The state of the union, food-wise, is not good. The best evidence is that more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits — formerly food stamps — a number that has not changed much since 2013, when it reached its highest level ever. ...

Republican candidates grapple with a touchy topic: poverty

by Eduardo Porter New York Times January 12, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On Saturday, only three weeks before voters in Iowa first get to weigh in on the presidential candidates, six Republican hopefuls gathered at a convention center here to talk about poverty. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the top two, weren’t there. But still, poverty? ...

Ethiopia silences its critics with a deadly crackdown on dissent

by Washington Post January 8, 2015

Ethiopia has long been celebrated by the United States for its economic growth and its willingness to engage in the battle against the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. Generous U.S. aid has been granted. But the EPRDF regime, which won 100 percent of parlimentary seats in last year’s elections, is not interested in democratic reform or human rights. It continues to clamp down on independent med ...

‘Returning citizens’ are still one of D.C.’s most marginalized and motivated groups

by Clinton Yates Washington Post January 6, 2015

“I was unfocused. I was very violent at one point, and they taught me how to conduct myself, as a human being, as a father, as a man and a citizen of Washington, D.C.” ...

What happened to the biggest land grab in Africa? Searching for ProSavana in Mozambique

by Timothy A Wise Foodtank December 20, 2014

What if you threw a lavish party for foreign investors, and no one came? By all accounts, that is what’s happening in Mozambique’s Nacala Corridor, the intended site for Africa’s largest agricultural development scheme – or land grab, depending on your perspective. ...

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