Poverty’s new reality; there is a lot less of it in the world

by Laurence Chandy and Geoffrey Gertz Washington Post January 25, 2011

The World Economic Forum convening this week in Davos, Switzerland, is organized around the theme of "Shared Norms for the New Reality." As in past years, the conference will feature plenty of debate about how to solve global challenges in a multipolar, interdependent world. This "new reality," howe...

Violent clashes mark protests against Mubarak’s rule

by Karim Faheem and Mona El-Naggar January 25, 2011

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of people demanding an end to the nearly 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak filled the streets of several Egyptian cities on Tuesday, in an unusually large and sometimes violent burst of civil unrest that appeared to threaten the stability of one of the United States...

The graph above tracks world food prices throughout the year (January to December) for 2010 and previous years.  It is an index, which means that prices are expressed as a percentage of base years, in this case the average of food prices from 2002 to 2004. Thus we can see that only in 2008 and now again in 2010 were food prices above 200 percent of what they were on average in 2002-04.  Food prices have now reached record levels, even higher than they were in 2008, the peak of the last food crisis.  Source

Report: Urgent action needed to avert global hunger

by Pallab Ghosh BBC News January 24, 2011

A UK government-commissioned study into food security has called for urgent action to avert global hunger....

Haiti charges ex-leader Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier’, recently returned to Haiti, with corruption and embezzlement

by BBC News January 19, 2011

Haiti's former leader Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has been charged with corruption and embezzlement during his 1971-1986 rule, prosecutors say....

Tunisia leader Ben Ali flees and prime minister takes power

by David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 14, 2011

TUNIS — Tunisia’s president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled his country on Friday night, capitulating after a month of mounting protests calling for an end to his 23 years of authoritarian rule. The official Saudi Arabian news agency said he arrived in the country early Saturday....

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Military backs new leaders in Tunisia

by David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 14, 2011

TUNIS — New battle lines appeared to take shape in traumatized Tunisia on Sunday as the military backed the nascent interim government in what state media portrayed as a fight against security forces loyal to ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, blaming them for the violence and rioting that ...

Behind Tunisia unrest, rage over wealth of ruling family

by David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 13, 2011

HAMMAMET, Tunisia — This ancient Mediterranean hamlet, advertised as the Tunisian St.-Tropez, has long been the favorite summer getaway of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his large extended family, many of whom have built vast beachfront mansions here with the wealth they have amassed during...

Freedom House releases report showing decline in democracy worldwide

by Hunger Notes January 13, 2011

(January 13, 2011) Global freedom suffered its fifth consecutive year of decline in 2010, according to Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House's annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties around the world. This represents the longest continuous period of decline in the nearly 40-year...

Photo: Palestinian Press Office

Tunisia’s and Ben Ali’s corruptions: the Wikileaks revelations

by Pierre Tristam January 12, 2011

Tunisia is an odd, secular dictatorship. Its president is elected by popular vote to five-year terms. But the president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and his ruling party, also choose their opponents, vet their campaign platforms, regulate their campaign posters and messages, and limit the election seas...

The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us

by Tom Philpott Grist January 12, 2011

For years — even decades — Earth Policy Institute president and Grist contributor Lester Brown has issued Cassandra-like warnings about the global food system. His argument goes something like this: Global grain demand keeps rising, pushed up by population growth and the switch to more meat-heav...

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