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Three Laokta horsemen.
The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which encompasses more than 2.8 million acres, was established in 1889 Photo: Patrick Strickland/Al Jazeera  

Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation

by Patrick Strickland Al Jazeera November 5, 2016

A portrait of poverty in America in a place where life expectancy is the second-lowest in the western hemisphere (after Haiti) and 80 percent of people are unemployed.   See full story at ...

A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. The Djiboutian troops prepare for a two-year deployment to Somalia. Photo: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/U.S. Airforce
A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise conducted by U.S. Army trainers in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016.  The Djiboutian troops prepare for a two-year deployment to Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s effort to remove al-Shabaab from the region.  Photo: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/U.S. Airforce  See larger photo and full story.

In Somalia, U.S. escalates a shadow war

by Mark Mazzetti, Jeffrey Gettleman and Eric Schmitt New York Times October 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Sp...

The worker seen here is spraying an antibacterial solution into the turkey pens to prevent disease. Photo: George Steinmetz/The New York Times
Product: Turkeys Facility: Gary’s Gobblers Location: Northeastern Iowa Output: 150,000 turkeys per year.  The worker seen here is spraying an antibacterial solution into the turkey pens to prevent disease. Photo: George Steinmetz/The New York Times  

The dizzying grandeur of corporate agriculture

by George Steinmetz New York Times October 12, 2016

Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country to capture that system, in all its sc...

Women waiting to enter the Ndirande Health Center in Blantyre,Malawi. Photo: WHO/ZakwathuCommunication
It’s a sunny July Wednesday, July 30, and the Ndirande Health Center in the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi is buzzing. At the health center,  some 10,500 patients with HIV routinely receive antiretroviral therapy (ART). Among them are 6,000 mothers and their children. Photo: © WHO/ZakwathuCommunications  Click to see larger photo.

The U.S. foreign-aid budget, visualized

by Max Bearak and Lazaro Gamio Washington Post October 9, 2016

In a Kaiser Family Foundation study published in early 2015, the average respondent thought that 26 percent of the federal budget went to foreign aid. More than half of the re...

A miniature mock refugee camp has been set up to raise awareness about refugee issues. Photo: Hunger Notes

Doctors Without Borders Builds “Refugee Camp” on National Mall in DC

by Hunger Notes October 6, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up a miniature mock refugee camp in the shadow of the Washington Monument to raise awareness about refugee issues. The temporary "Forced From Home" exhibit is currently traveling the country. A ...

From left are Scott Downey, 52; John Baird Jr., 47; and Kathleen McDermott, 81. The three friends live in their cars. After getting a free dinner, provided by area churches, they sit on a curb in a Fairfax County Home Depot parking lot and visit as the sun sets. Photo: © Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post
From left are Scott Downey, 52; John Baird Jr., 47; and Kathleen McDermott, 81. The three friends live in their cars. After getting a free dinner, provided by area churches, they sit on a curb in a Fairfax County Home Depot parking lot and visit as the sun sets. Photo: © Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

In a wealthy Virginia suburb, their cars are their beds

by Antonio Olivo Washington Post October 5, 2016

It’s almost bedtime. John Baird Jr., 47, smokes on the hood of his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, his plaid sleeping bag neatly tucked in the trunk. Kathleen McDermott, 81, slouches in the driver’s seat of her 2002 Ford Focus station wagon. Two angel statuettes stare from her dashboard into c...

United States President Barack Obama addresses the High-level Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
United States President Barack Obama addresses the High-level Leaders’ Summit on Refugees which he hosted on the margins of the UN General Assembly general debate. Photo: © UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

U.N. refugee summits fall short for children

by Phoebe Braithwaite Inter Press Service September 23, 2016

As Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini opened the floor for U.S. President Barack Obama’s leaders’ summit on refugees, she embodied a hope unavailable to most child refugees. On Monday, the United States was one of the main countries to obstruct a U.N. Declaration that no child should ever be detai...

Machine harvesting soybeans. Photo: United Soybean Board
Soybean harvest. Photo: ©©  United Soybean Board. Click link to see larger photo.

Behind the Monsanto deal, doubts about the GMO revolution

by Jacob Bunge Wall Street Journal September 16, 2016

Farmers are reconsidering the use of biotech seeds as it becomes harder to justify their high prices amid the measly returns of the current farm economy....

Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr
Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr

U.S. household incomes soared in 2015. Number of people in poverty declines by 3.5 million.

by Jim Tankersley Washington Post September 15, 2016

Middle-class Americans and the poor in 2015 enjoyed their best year of economic improvement in decades, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, a spike that broke a long streak of disappointment for American workers but did not fully repair the damage inflicted by the Great Recession....

A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley. Photo: © David Bacon
A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley, where the temperature this summer reached 115 degrees.  Workers cutting lettuce in this crew are paid by the piece rate, and work so fast they are almost running through the field, bent over double all day. Photo: © David Bacon

In historic move, Gov. Jerry Brown expands overtime pay for California farmworkers

by Jazmine Ulloa and John Myers Los Angeles Times September 14, 2016

California governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Monday that would gradually add hundreds of thousands of California farmworkers to the ranks of those who are paid overtime after eight hours on the job or 40 hours in a single week,  closing out one of the year’s most intense political ...

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