The amount of money that migrants around the world send back home increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, according to a new analysis. Technically known as ‘remittances,’ the total amount of these cash transfers grew from $296 billion dollars in 2007 to $445 billion in 2016 – triple what is spent by rich countries on foreign aid each year.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spent the past two days in Washington defending proposed massive cuts to the foreign affairs budget, using the ‘less is more’ approach. Critics on both sides of the aisle characterized his proposal to cut the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by about 30 percent as “reckless” and “divorced from reality.”
If you are an American, you might be excused for thinking the world is less peaceful lately. But in fact, overall, the planet is a bit more peaceful than it was last year. Not so much for the U.S., however, or for regions embroiled in war and civil conflict. That’s the assessment of the new Global Peace Index in its annual report based on 2016 statistics.
A budget deal struck by the U.S. Congress this week to prevent a government shutdown was viewed as a rebuke to proposed cuts by the Trump administration. Both political parties agreed to continue funding existing programs and went a step further by providing $990 million in additional funds for international famine relief.
The U.S. government’s approach to delivering food aid overseas is endangering lives, say a bipartisan pair of senators who recently returned from a visit to a refugee camp in Uganda. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, are urging reform to better deal with 20 million people facing famine worldwide.
Income inequality in China is worse than previously estimated, according to a new paper published last week by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Still, it’s not as bad as the U.S. Estimates by the new World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) – an ongoing project of the authors, economists Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman – reveal that China’s richest 1 percent actually holds at least double the share of national income originally reported.
A “substantial” number of asylum-seekers from Australia’s offshore detention camps will be resettled in the U.S. following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this week regarding a recent deal struck between the two countries. Now, it’s up to Trump to decide if it’s a good deal.
Bombings have devastated Aleppo. Rebels are the targets, but oftentimes it is Syrian civilians who bear the brunt of the attacks – losing their homes and family members in an instant.
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered their final speeches to the U.N. General Assembly this week,…
Just when it looked like the chances of the first woman U.N. secretary-general were all but gone, a new candidate…