Opinion

The pitfalls of Africa’s aid addiction

by Sorious Samura BBC News November 24, 2008

Where I come from in West Africa, we have a saying: "A fool at 40 is a fool forever", and most African countries have now been independent for over 40 years. ...

Obama needs a Secretary of Food, not a Secretary of Agriculture

by Nicholas D. Kristoff New York Times November 15, 2008

As Barack Obama ponders whom to pick as agriculture secretary, he should reframe the question. What he needs is actually a bold reformer in a position renamed “secretary of food.” ...

Stopping a global meltdown

by C. Fred Bergsten Washington Post November 12, 2008

When the finance ministers of the world's top economies convened in Washington last month, around the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund, they developed a remarkably successful international strategy for responding to the financial crisis, which had reached panic proportions in the markets. ...

The human right to food and globalization

by Asbjørn Eide Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo October 11, 2008

(October 11, 2008) The proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 was an essential part of the globalizing vision of the United Nations Charter. This vision was formed during World War II, heavily influenced by the Roosevelt administration in the United States and deeply inspired by the famous message by President Roosevelt to the U.S. ...

Farmer in chief (a letter to the President-elect about food policy)

by Michael Pollan New York Times October 9, 2008

It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. ...

The Administration and Congress mobilize to bail out giant financial institutions, but no rescue for the hungry

by jeol Berg Washington Post September 29, 2008

When social services advocates like me hear that the cost of the federal bailout of the finance sector might top a trillion dollars, we're not quite sure how to process such a massive figure. ...

An even poorer world

by New York Times September 2, 2008

There is a lot more poverty in the world than previously thought. The World Bank reported in August that in 2005, there were 1.4 billion people living below the poverty line — that is, living on less than $1.25 a day. ...

As Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak continues to hound an advocate for democracy, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the administration is nearly silent

by Washington Post August 21, 2008

Today, we repost an opinion piece by Egyptian professor and dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim that first appeared on our op-ed page one year ago. ...

Egypt’s unchecked repression

by Saad Eddin Ibrahim Washington Post August 21, 2008

Editor's note: A year ago today, The Post published the following op-ed by the Egyptian scholar Saad Eddin Ibrahim. This month, an Egyptian judge sentenced the 69-year-old Ibrahim to two years in ...

Water everywhere, and not a drop to grow

by Colin Chartres BBC News August 20, 2008

Limited availability of fresh water is often overlooked as a cause of food scarcity and environmental decline, according to Colin Chartres. Governments should be ramping up efforts to make sure we have enough to grow crops as well as enough to drink, he argues. ...

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