foreign policy

0 Beyond rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is by many measures one of the world’s most difficult places to live. Government instability, rebel attacks in the east, terrible health services and more contribute to an environment that some have gone as far as to call “hell on earth.” Congolese activist…

3 How PlayPumps are an example of learning from failure

PlayPumps Service Project PlayPumps are a go-to example of failed aid interventions. The merry-go-round powered by playing children pumped water out of the ground. The idea was that children filled with energy could have something to play with that also provided water for a community. Problem was that it did…

World Politics
0 Much Ado about Power and Rice

Donilon, Obama, Rice and Power walk in the Rose Garden of the White House, yesterday.Evan Vucci If there were such a thing as a foreign policy earthquake, the magnitude of yesterday’s White House reshuffle would have measured quite high. Twitter, blogs and media were abuzz with the news that the…

8 The dilemma of eating locally and hurting others globally

Farmer plants rice in the Philippines. Credit: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Want to change the world? Many tell you to start at the grocery story…or with your local farmers market. Eat less meat, go organic, eat local and eat healthier. Such recommendations can be heard just about anywhere and…

Human Rights
0 Searching for Truth About Rape in DR Congo

Victims of sexual violence, Kivu clinic 2010Flickr, andre thiel What really happened in a village near Luvungi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August 2010? At least 200 fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Mayi Mayi Sheka looted homes, committed rapes and abducted hundreds.  387…

World Politics
0 The case for divorcing foreign aid from military support

Development expert and economist Bill Easterly, writing in The Guardian, argues that A firewall should be built between U.S. foreign aid and national security. Says Easterly: US foreign aid programs should be for poverty relief and should not be taken over by national security interests, abetted by delusions of nation-building.…

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