famine

Basics
0 Interactive: How the world responded in 2011 to Somalia’s famine

The Guardian has produced an excellent interactive analysis of how, and why, the international community responded to the famine in Somalia in 2011: Some conclusions: Despite sophisticated early warning systems to help predict – and, in theory, prevent – the escalation of severe food crises, it seems it is still…

Human Rights
0 Somalia: Famine, death and suffering continues

The deadly, tragic situation in Somalia persists. As the ONE Campaign notes in an overview Update on Horn of Africa: Four million people remain food insecure in Somalia and 250,000 in Southern Somalia continue to face famine conditions. These conditions are expected to persist at least through December 2011 and…

Human Rights
4 Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times is screaming at you

Malnourished children in SomaliaDFID To pay attention to the massive catastrophe still unfolding in the Horn of Africa! Traditionally, at least within the mainstream media, journalists are supposed to behave as if they are neutral observers. It’s a crock, of course, since we’re real people full of all sorts of…

Environment
1 World population soon to hit the 7 billion (or so) mark

Sometime around Halloween, we’re told, the world’s 7th billion living person will be born. It will be a statistical and somewhat sketchy milestone since there is no way to actually, accurately, identify this bouncing 7-billionth baby. That won’t stop anyone from trying, of course, and so the UN is suggesting…

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