Opinion

Defending the right to food at the World Trade Organization

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise Food Tank December 18, 2015

Trade ministers from around the world are concluding a contentious week of negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round. Thus far, there is no indication that Pope Francis, when he was in Nairobi three weeks earlier, blessed the Kenyatta International Convention Center where the summit will take place. ...

Don’t buy the spin: The WTO talks in Nairobi ended badly and India will pay a price

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise Scroll (India) December 14, 2015

It didn’t take long for the spin masters to begin working their magic on the latest dismal World Trade Organisation summit in Nairobi. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo waxed eloquent about the “historic” agreement, stating in a post-meeting press conference that the agreement “will improve the lives of those who most need to benefit from trade, especially those in Africa”. ...

Will Washington greenlight another coup in Haiti? After December’s elections, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

by Natalie Miller Other Worlds are Possible December 8, 2015

Throughout the constancy of Haiti’s oppression and suffering runs a lesser-known and awe-inspiring constant. That is of a highly organized grassroots movement continuing the battle its enslaved ancestors began more than 200 years ago, when they revolted to create the first independent Black republic in the world. The movement is composed of organized women, peasants, clergy and laity, workers, a ...

Will Washington greenlight another coup in Haiti? After December’s elections, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

by Natalie Miller Other Worlds are Possible December 8, 2015

Throughout the constancy of Haiti’s oppression and suffering runs a lesser-known and awe-inspiring constant. That is of a highly organized grassroots movement continuing the battle its enslaved ancestors began more than 200 years ago, when they revolted to create the first independent Black republic in the world. The movement is composed of organized women, peasants, clergy and laity, workers, a ...

Evidence on corruption and humanitarian aid

by Paul Harvey CHS Alliance December 2, 2015

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Progress against undernutrition, but uneven

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service November 19, 2015

ROME, Nov 19 2015 (IPS) - At the end of 2014, an estimated 795 million people – one in nine people worldwide – were estimated to be chronically hungry. All but 15 million of the world’s hungry live in developing countries, i.e., 780 million are in developing countries, where the share of the hungry has declined by less than half – from 23.4 per cent in 1991 to 12.9 per cent. ...

Dangers of the Gates Foundation: Displacing seeds and farmers

by Miriam Mayet Other Worlds November 18, 2015

Mariam is the founder and director of the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa. This is the first in a two-part article with Mariam Mayet. Please check back later in this series for further discussion on how the African Centre for Biodiversity is fighting back effectively to keep seeds in the hands of farmers and out of the multinational corporations’. ...

Electing to ignore the poorest of the poor

by Eduardo Porter New York Times November 17, 2015

The first few primary debates of the presidential election season are in. We can see where the economic policy discussion is going. ...

GM crops and the developing world: Opposing sides miss the bigger picture

by Sally Brooks Pambazuka News November 14, 2015

The majority of genetically modified (GM) crops are now cultivated in the developing world. In 2014, around 53% of the 182m hectares (nearly two million square kilometres) of GM crops were grown in these countries. ...

Forty years on from independence, Angola still lacks freedom. As the country marks its anniversary, the authoritarian and entrenched MPLA regime rules with the excesses of a colonial power.

by Rafael Marques de Morais The Guardian November 11, 2015

Angola is celebrating 40 years of independence on 11 November. Now, however, people are no longer just asking for peace, democracy and bread, but also freedom. ...

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