Opinion

The myth of welfare’s corrupting influence on the poor

by Eduardo Porter New York Times October 20, 2015

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior. ...

A tale of two food prizes

by Eric Holt-Giménez Other Worlds October 12, 2015

What’s in a prize? The politics of distribution versus growth. On October 14th in Des Moines, Iowa, the Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, run by African-American farmers of the southern United States and to OFRANEH—the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña). ...

Africa and the WTO: the perils of weakening the development agenda

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise allAfrica October 9, 2015

In the 2013 WTO Ministerial in Bali, India stood mostly alone as the rich countries tried to isolate the government for its stockholding and food security program. But India is far from alone in recognizing the value of public food reserves as insurance against price volatility, emergency food in the event of shortages, and stocks for anti-poverty programs. ...

Global goals must fight the poor nutrition that kills 3 million children every year. The sustainable development goals need to reflect the complex causes of malnutrition in order to tackle one of the world’s foremost health challenges.

by Dolf te Lintelo and Nick Nisbett The Guardian September 30, 2015

One of the final acts in the lengthy process of creating a new set of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) was completed last weekend when world leaders formally adopted 17 goals and 169 targets. But for those of us who seek to tackle the world’s collective failing in ensuring adequate nutrition for all, the battle is just beginning. ...

Why Pope Francis’s call to care for the poor is so contagious

by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Washington Post September 22, 2015

With enormous enthusiasm, our entire community prepares to welcome Pope Francis as he begins his apostolic journey to the United States right here in Washington D.C. It is a time for all of us, ...

Education gap between rich and poor is growing wider

by Eduardo Porter New York Times September 20, 2015

The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites. ...

In Myanmar, a soft coup ahead of an election

by Min Zin New York Times September 11, 2015

Campaigning formally started on Tuesday for Myanmar’s first general election since the end of direct military rule, but don’t be fooled by the display of colorful logos and slogans from various political parties: The army is back in force. ...

Here’s why industrial food is deceivingly cheap

by Danielle Nierenberg and Emily Nink Christian Science Monitor September 8, 2015

Conventional agriculture isn’t cheap. From the use of artificial fertilizer and pesticides to the obesity epidemic, our current food system has a number of hidden costs to the natural environment and human health, far outweighing the benefits of cheap food. ...

Destruction of US credibility at WTO: It is hypocritical of the US to give price support to its farmers while denying it to the world’s poorest farmers

by Timothy A. Wise and Biraj Patnaik Live Mint September 8, 2015

The tenth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to be held in Nairobi on 15-18 December, is already mired in discord, with negotiators unable to agree on a mandated post-Bali work programme. ...

Julian Bond had the long view of this journey toward justice

by Marcia Davis Washington Post August 20, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. ...

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