The Culling of the Herd

May 19, 2020

You don't have to be within an eyeshot of the great plains to know about the “culling” of the herd. Where I grew up, near a small farm in New England, we kids knew all about “culling.” Across the road, on the far side of the cornfield, near the tree line, there would be a...

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

Feb 15, 2019

A decade until 2030 looks like a long time, but not when the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts that require sustained action. The world was intended to be a better place when the international community pledged commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after the...

Solutions to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Can Only Succeed if Occupation Ends

Nov 22, 2018

In the present situation, any solution deemed sustainable in science cannot be truly sustainable in the Gaza Strip, or even in Palestine. This past spring, I was sitting in one of the environmental policy and public health classes of my graduate studies program, and the topic of discussion was...

Are Sanctions Nothing More than a Futile Political Game?

Oct 03, 2018

The legal bases for international sanctions are often dubious, as such moves can be politically motivated. Governments must work for ordinary people’s welfare, lives and hopes. Just as a government can sanction a food producer who falsified manufacturing dates or lists of ingredients, a group...

Tackling Sex Abuse in the Aid Sector

Aug 23, 2018

A new report on the scale and extent of sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector should come as no surprise, says Jacqui Hunt of Equality Now. A report published in July by the UK House of Commons International Development Committee (IDC) has condemned the “complacency, verging on...

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