Opinion

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. ...

Water scarcity, urbanization, and climate change are combined threats to food supplies in the developing world

by Michael Tiboris Global Food for Thought April 1, 2016

Global water resource security poses a serious threat to the world’s population, even before we even factor in the effects of climate change. The global water consumption rate is double the rate of population increase. Demand is expected to outstrip supply by more than 50 percent by 2025, leaving 1.8 billion people in water scarce conditions. This trend has been driven chiefly by unsustainable a ...

Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program: Accelerating progress for urban and rural nutrition

by Jordan Teague Global Food for Thought March 27, 2016

This year is an important one for food security and nutrition. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched on January 1, 2016—which means that 193 countries are now working towards ending hunger, ensuring food security for everyone, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition by 2030. But what will it take to get there? Now is the time to take stock of what is working and what more need ...

The racism at the heart of Flint’s crisis

by Editorial Board New York Times March 25, 2016

An important new report makes clear the principal cause of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.: the state government’s blatant disregard for the lives and health of poor and black residents of a distressed city. ...

Connecting the dots: Human rights and poverty

by Thomas Pogge Pambazuka News March 23, 2016

Where rights are at stake, immediate action is required. Those who continue to uphold the existing, highly skewed international economic and financial order delay the realization of human rights by many decades, thereby becoming responsible for hundreds of millions of poverty-related deaths in the meantime. ...

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