Opinion

Egyptian judge sentences exiled dissident to prison for writings in ‘foreign press’

by Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post August 3, 2008

CAIRO, Aug. 2 -- A prominent dissident who has urged the United States to tie financial aid to Egypt to democratic reform was sentenced to two years in prison Saturday. ...

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.

by New York Times August 1, 2008

A story from the upside-down world of immigration and labor: A slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, develops an ugly reputation for abusing animals and workers. Reports of dirty, dangerous conditions at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant accumulate for years, ...

Food stamp inflation adjustment lags, resulting in inadequate benefits

by Dorothy Rosenbaum Center on Budget and Policy Priorities July 23, 2008

Rosenbaum is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities specializing in food stamp issues. This article first appeared on the CBPP website and may be viewed at http://www.cbpp.org/7-22-08fa.htm. (July 23, 2008) The economic slowdown has coincided with a sharp increase in fo ...

How the World Bank, IMF and WTO destroyed African agriculture

by Walden Bello Foreign Policy In Focus July 20, 2008

(July 20, 2008) Biofuel production is certainly one of the culprits in the current global food crisishttp://www.worldhunger.org/wp-admin/profile.php. But while the diversion of corn from food to biofuel feedstock has been a factor in food prices shooting up, the more primordial problem has been the conversion of economies that are largely food-self-sufficient into chronic food importers. Here the ...

The G8 in Hokkaido: an exercise in escapism by John Samuel, ActionAid

by John Samuel ActionAid July 15, 2008

John Samuel is a social activist and the International Director of ActionAid. This article first appeared in Pambazuka News and may be viewed at http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/49362 (July 15, 2008) The meeting of G8 leaders in Hokkaido, Japan, proved to be an exercise in esca ...

After 75 years, the working poor still struggle for a fair wage

by Adam Cohen New York Times June 17, 2008

At the height of the Great Depression, industry convinced President Franklin Roosevelt and Congress to enact a law allowing companies to collude to drive up prices. ...

“Local” purchasing of food aid? It may be good to think twice about this idea.

by Daniel E. Shaughnessy World Hunger Education Service May 30, 2008

May 30, 2008 There is a great deal of concern at this time about rising food prices, shortages of food and the inability of poor people around the world to obtain the food they need for themselves and their families. These are serious problems that deserve both immediate and longer-term attention. While the long-term solution to food shortages and high prices is improved agriculture systems ...

Both Rumsfeld and the current Defense Secretary Gates share the long war fallacy. Iraq has shown the limits of U.S. power. We must change America, not the world.

by Andrew J. Bacevichx Los Angeles Times May 13, 2008

Donald Rumsfeld is today a discredited and widely reviled figure. Robert Gates, Rumsfeld's successor as Defense secretary, is generally admired for manifesting qualities that Rumsfeld lacked -- a willingness to listen not least among them. ...

Sweetheart deal: the latest farm bill outrage is a plan to prop up sugar producers

by Washington Post May 6, 2008

THE DEADLINE for completion of a new farm bill has been pushed back to May 16. But the endless wrangling over a piece of legislation that Congress once hoped to finish in 2007 has not induced a significant change in the thinking of those who regard it as an opportunity to lock in lush new benefits for American agricultural producers. ...

The World Bank, IMF, and the US and other developed country governments are ‘shocked, shocked’ by the global food and hunger crisis: is this cluelessness or dishonesty?

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes April 18, 2008

(April 18, 2008) The rise in world food prices and its effects on poor people is a major concern. It is certainly one for Hunger Notes. Nonetheless, I, as Hunger Notes editor, have watched the emergence of the hunger crisis with concern, but also bemusement. The concern is for poor people, the bemusement is a response to the international response, including the World Bank, the IMF, and develop ...

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