Opinion

1,000 days to change the future

by David Nabarro Huff Post January 25, 2012

Global leaders are gathering in Davos, Switzerland, this week to consider some of the most significant economic challenges facing the world and to look for solutions that can help people live healthier, more productive lives. ...

The army and the economy in Egypt

by Mohamed Al-Khalsan Pambazuka News January 12, 2012

Until this very day, the role of the military establishment in the economy remains one of the major taboos in Egyptian politics. ...

The school lunch barometer–the number of children eligible for free/low cost meals has risen 17 percent due to hard times for their parents

by New York Times December 29, 2011

The economic downturn is driving more and more families into the ranks of the poor and the “near poor” who barely make it from paycheck to paycheck. This pattern is chillingly clear from the rising numbers of formerly middle-class children now qualifying for free or low-cost meals under the federally financed school lunch program. ...

Angola: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

by Rafael Marques de Morais Pambazuka News December 15, 2011

On 5 November 2010 the president of the Republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, authorised the minister of Mining and Industry to extend the terms of a diamond mining concession in Luanda Norte province, primarily to the benefit of his daughter Welwitschea José dos Santos, usually known as ‘Tchizé’. ...

It is official: Busan heralds the dismantling of the aid industry

by Yash Tandon Pambazuka News December 13, 2011

The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) was held in Busan, Korea, 29 November – 1 December 2011. It is an end of a long journey that began with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PDAE) in 2005. It was a misguided journey right from the beginning. ...

Class matters. Why won’t we admit it?

by Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske New York Times December 12, 2011

NO one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. ...

Foreign energy policy fuels famine in Africa

by Oakland Institute Pambazuka News December 8, 2011

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: Following your last set of reports, Oakland was looking to understand in greater depth the legal, social and economic implications of land grabs, in particular better data on land availability, better understanding of land deals, and issues around land rights. ...

Sierra Leone up for grabs

by Heath Mitchell Foreign Policy In Focus May 17, 2011

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. ...

Bold action needed to put people first

by Tanya Dawkins, Aldo Caliari, Karen Hansen-Kuhn and Alexandra Spieldoch, Lane Vanderslice Global-Local Links Project, Center of Concern, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Hunger Notes November 23, 2010

The US continues to play a unique and leading role in setting global priorities, but the economic meltdown together with the emerging threats presented by climate change have dramatically increased domestic needs and placed new budget constraints on spending for foreign assistance. ...

How can you talk seriously about US government deficit reduction when Bush-era temporary tax cuts cannot be allowed to expire and the nation is fighting two long-lasting and very costly wars? (opinion)

by Bob Herbert New York Times November 8, 2010

One of the most frustrating tendencies of mainstream leaders in the United States is their willingness, year after debilitating year, to embrace policies that have no hope of succeeding. ...

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