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The New Geopolitics of Food

From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars. In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, … Continue reading

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UK firms blamed for food price hike

Banks and hedge funds in London are coming under increasing scrutiny over their practice of speculating on food prices. The allegation is that financial institutions are buying up vast stocks of food, thereby forcing prices to rise. This comes as food … Continue reading

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Brazil fights poverty with music

Many young Brazilians who live in the country’s violent slums are turning to music to fight poverty. For them, music offers a way out of their miserable existence. Some young men in Vigario Geral, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most … Continue reading

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India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?

Inside the drab district hospital, where dogs patter down the corridors, sniffing for food, Ratan Bhuria’s children are curled together in the malnutrition ward, hovering at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His … Continue reading

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Niger’s markets are full yet famine shadows the dusty roads

Expensive imports and aid remain out of reach for 12 million people facing country’s worst food crisis in years The billboard propped up at the side of the dusty road offers what the land it stands on cannot provide : a … Continue reading

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How does poverty exist in well-off NZ?

One of my enduring memories from 36 years of involvement in the social services is the sight, smell and sound of poverty during the six years my office opened into a foodbank reception area. It has given me a rather … Continue reading

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Aids fears for Haiti’s displaced

It has been 100 days since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving 1.5 million others homeless. With millions of people unemployed and living on the streets, there has been a rise in … Continue reading

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Mexico City’s water crisis

At lest hundreds of thousands of residents of Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, are failing to receive a permanent water supply. It is a puzzling problem in a city the Aztecs built on five lakes and which consequently suffers … Continue reading

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In The Know: Report: Growing Ranks Of Nouveau Poor Facing Discrimination From Old Poor

As Americans rush to join the Nouveau Poor, panelists debate the claim that the newly poor are incapable of integrating with long established poor…

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African-American women struggle to overcome wealth gap

A recent academic study found that the gap in wealth between white and black Americans had more than quadrupled between 1984 and 2007. A quarter of all black families, it said, have no assets at all. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10497083.stm

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