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Guatemalan court overturns genocide conviction of ex-dictator

by Elisabeth Malkin New York Times May 20, 2013

MEXICO CITY — Guatemala’s highest court on Monday threw out the genocide conviction and prison sentence of the former dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt....

Humanitarian intervention in violence-hit slums—from whether to how

by IRIN News May 15, 2013

In a move that experts say could open the door to a more robust aid response to chronic violence in urban areas, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid arm, ECHO, has approved two million euros in funding for violence-hit slums in Central America and Mexico until the end of 2014. ...

The price of fear: In slums where killings, rape, kidnappings and other criminal violence are commonplace, say researchers, lives and livelihoods are ...

by IRIN News May 15, 2013

In slums where killings, rape, kidnappings and other criminal violence are commonplace, say researchers, lives and livelihoods are hampered by a force that is tough to measure: Fear....

Why aid workers are targets

by Abby Stoddard The Globalist May 14, 2013

At last count, 45 humanitarian aid workers have been killed, wounded or kidnapped in Afghanistan so far this year, for a total of over 680 since the conflict began in 2001....

Helping aid workers build meaningful careers

by IRIN News May 13, 2013

There has been much talk of decentralizing the northern-centric humanitarian aid sector to give more power to southern staff, but how much has changed over recent years?...

Proposal for changes in food aid sets off infighting in Congress

by Ron Nixon New York Times May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — A proposal by the Obama administration to overhaul the international food aid program has set off a jurisdictional fight among members of several House and Senate committees, threatening to derail the most significant change to the program since it was created nearly 60 years ago....

Bolivia’s president expels US aid agency

by Carlos Valdez and Frank Bajak May 1, 2013

LA PAZ, Bolivia — President Evo Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government, and complained about the U.S. secretary of state calling the Western Hemisphere the “back yard” of Washin...

Humanitarian workers unprepared for decades of conflict, UNHCR warns

by Annie Kelly The Guardian April 30, 2013

Studies out of Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Niger show that children born during natural hazards, like droughts or floods, are more likely to be malnourished. Yet as the climate changes, it is poor countries - already struggling with hunger and food insecurity - that are increasingly likely to face th...

Kill the Food for Peace program? What a horrible idea from our own government! (opinion)

by Dan Shaughnessy World Hunger Education Services April 27, 2013

For more than 57 years, the United States has given food, through what is known as the Food for Peace Program, to hundreds of millions of people who were starving and malnourished. This program has used safe and nutritious US produced food to help famine victims, malnourished children and their moth...

Boom times in Paraguay leave many behind

by Simon Romero New York Times April 24, 2013

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — Walk into the headquarters of the central bank of Paraguay, a sprawling seven-story structure surrounded by flowering silk floss trees, and the message is clear: officials proudly display charts showing a dizzying economic boom, with growth reaching 13 percent this year, maki...

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