We need an international court to stamp out corruption: The creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court would hold leaders accountable

by Mark L. Wolf Washington Post July 23, 2014

Mark L. Wolf is a senior U.S. district judge for the District of Massachusetts. He was a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general from 1975 to 1977 and the chief federal public corruption prosecutor in Massachusetts from 1981 to 1985. This piece is condensed from an article published by the Brookings Institution. ...

House child tax credit leaves behind millions of low-income working families

by Chuck Marr, Chye-Ching Huang, and Bryann DaSilva Center on Budget and Policy Priorities July 22, 2014

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) legislation that the House is slated to consider this week has misguided priorities: it would make many relatively affluent families better off while letting millions of low-income working families become poorer. ...

The passing of Martin Lueders, conflict photographer

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes July 18, 2014

Martin Lueders (file photo from 2000) With great sadness I note the passing of Martin Lueders in June 2014. He was an internationally recognized, award-winning freelance photographer, primarily on humanitarian and envir ...

US should have tried nation-building in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan

by Robert McCartney Washington Post July 16, 2014

It’s nice to see the United States paying attention to Central America again. Too bad it took tens of thousands of desperate children pouring across the border to attract our interest. ...

Our bees, ourselves: Bees and colony collapse

by Mark Winston New York Times July 14, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — AROUND the world, honeybee colonies are dying in huge numbers: About one-third of hives collapse each year, a pattern going back a decade. For bees and the plants they pollinate — as well as for beekeepers, farmers, honey lovers and everyone else who appreciates this marvelous social insect — this is a catastrophe. ...

Global food security: Why it affects us all

by Michael Igoe Devex July 7, 2014

Concerns about food security — and efforts to achieve it — are nothing new for the international development community. ...

Inequality is not inevitable

by Joseph E Stiglitz New York Times June 27, 2014

AN insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that experienced shared growth after World War II began to tear apart, so much so that when the Great Recession hit in late 2007, one could no longer ignore the fissures that had come to define the American economic landscape. How did this “shining city on a hill” become the advanced country with the greatest level o ...

Class war: Thailand’s military coup. Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, antidemocratic agenda.

by Walden Bello Foreign Policy In Focus May 27, 2014

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com. After declaring martial law on Tuesday, May 20, the Thai military announced a full-fledged coup two days later. ...

Food’s big-picture guy

by Mark Bittman New York Times May 27, 2014

I wish Olivier de Schutter had the power to match the acuity of his analysis, but it’s great that we’ve had an advocate whose vision is as broad as that of the corporations who have for the last 50 years determined global food policy. Since 2008, the human rights lawyer has had the title of United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food. ...

The Case for Reparations. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic May 21, 2014

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. ...

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