Opinion

Farm worker. Photo: David Bacon

The fight isn’t over for farm worker overtime

by David Bacon Capital & Main July 5, 2016

On June 2 the California State Assembly failed to pass AB2757, a bill that would give farm workers the same overtime pay that workers in urban areas have had since the 1930s. In the outcome, echoes can still be heard of those old rules. But the vote also makes clear that past certainties are certain no longer. ...

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The incredible edible “expired” food

by Jean Blish Siers Society of Saint Andrew June 16, 2016

I have a confession: I eat expired food. Sometimes it’s barely expired, like the yogurt I put on top of my farm-fresh strawberries. It might be a day or two past its sell-by date, but I give it a sniff and if it smells fine, that’s all I care about. Milk, too. Since we no longer have a teenager in the house, even a half-gallon can last past its date. It’s pretty obvious when milk has gone ba ...

Is the Grand Bargain a big deal?

by Ben Parker IRIN News June 2, 2016

A deal to sort out emergency funding at the World Humanitarian Summit meets with a mixed response. ...

Is world hunger a national security issue?

by Chuck Woolery Hunger Notes May 28, 2016

The most important thing for the public to learn about on World Hunger Day on May 28 is that world hunger is increasingly a national security issue.   And it was even before the creation of The Hunger Project (THP).  Shortly after THP’s creation, President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Presidential Commission on World Hunger concluded, “In the final analysis, unless Americans -- as citizens of ...

The well-fed dead: Why aid is still missing the point

by Jan Egeland IRIN News May 23, 2016

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Pope Francis: Overturning the concept of a ‘just war’

by Graham E. Fuller LobeLog April 13, 2016

Pope Francis is on a roll. He has already roiled the waters of western thinking on economics and society by touching on the dangers of western capitalism drifting into socially destructive greed. He has now turned his focus to an even grander theme— the place of warfare in human life and the hallowed concept of a "just war." ...

Time to think bigger about the refugee crisis

by Bono New York Times April 12, 2016

I've recently returned from the Middle East and East Africa, where I visited a number of refugee camps — car parks of humanity. I went as an activist and as a European. Because Europeans have come to realize — quite painfully in the past year or two — that the mass exodus from collapsed countries like Syria is not just a Middle Eastern or African problem, it’s a European problem. It’s an ...

Focusing on the future of food: what’s next for global agricultural research

by Kwesi Atta-Krah Inter Press Service April 12, 2016

Food security scientists from around the globe gathered in Johannesburg last week with one objective: to work towards the transformation of agriculture as engine for growth in developing regions of the world. The gathering was also an opportunity to examine what farmers need to prosper in the face of social and environmental challenges. ...

What the Panama Papers mean for global development

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service April 12, 2016

The financial secrecy and tax evasion revealed by the Panama Papers has an extraordinary human cost in developing countries and threatens the realisation of the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. ...

Vatican to host first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory, justifications for violence

by Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter April 5, 2016

he Vatican will be hosting a first of its kind conference next week to reexamine the Catholic church's long-held teachings on just war theory, bringing some 80 experts engaged in global nonviolent struggles to Rome with the aim of developing a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war. ...

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