NGOs in Haiti face new questions about effectiveness—complaints concern poor coordination, high turnover and lack of transparency

by William Booth Washington Post February 2, 2011

IN PORT-AU-PRINCE In the days after the earth shook and the government collapsed, the municipal nursing home here became one of the most desperate sights in Haiti, as old people lay swaddled in dirty sheets, huddled in cramped tents, begging visitors for water....

Largest crowds yet demand change in Egypt

by Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 1, 2011

CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak declared Tuesday night that he would step down in September as modern Egypt’s longest-serving leader, but that did not go far enough for the hundreds of thousands who poured into Tahrir Square in a sprawling protest that cut across entrenched lines of piety, class...

Rich, poor, and a rift exposed by unrest

by David D. Kirkpatrick and Monda El-Naggar New York Times January 30, 2011

CAIRO — As the government of Egypt shakes from a broad-based uprising, long-simmering resentments have burst into open class warfare....

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Army lets protests proceed

by Griffe Witte Washington Post January 29, 2011

CAIRO - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators swarmed central Cairo on Saturday in the largest demonstration yet against the rule of the country's longtime autocratic leader, President Hosni Mubarak. The crowd went unchallenged by troops, who, in extraordinary scenes unfolding around the ...

Mubarak orders crackdown, with revolt sweeping Egypt

by David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times January 28, 2011

CAIRO — With police stations and the governing party’s headquarters in flames, and much of this crucial Middle Eastern nation in open revolt, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt deployed the nation’s military and imposed a near-total blackout on communications to save his authoritarian government...

Germany suspends payment to AIDS fund over corruption claims

by BBC News January 27, 2011

Germany has suspended its annual payment of more than 200m euros (£172m) to the Global Fund against Aids, TB and malaria, following corruption claims....

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....