Considering Food Justice: What Did Your Great-Grandmother Eat?

September 14, 2013

The local food movement's dominant narrative drowns out important food stories. “Feminist social scientists use the term positionality to refer to the understanding that our lived experiences, particularly those of race, class, and gender, shape our worldviews. The food...

Himalayan Blunders

September 11, 2013

Development in the Himalayan region must be managed carefully. The recent floods in the Himalayas were ferocious and deadly. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand....

What Immigration Reform Means for Women (Part 1/2)

September 06, 2013

The US immigration system affects women differently from men. This is the first of a two part series. In the summer of 2011, I visited a community organization in Georgia to hear the testimony of immigrant women who had been impacted by anti-immigrant legislation recently enacted in the...

The Uttarakhand Disaster: A Wake-up Call

August 27, 2013

The Uttarakhand floods were a direct result of misguided government policy. The Uttarakhand disaster in India, which struck during the 2013 monsoon season, was a consequence of the disastrous ecological systems upholding the fragile Himalayan ranges. The greed for profit through its rich natural...

Snowden, Cybersecurity, and China-US Relations

August 25, 2013

The Snowden saga highlights the importance of US-China dialogue on cyber security. By exposing US government surveillance programs, former national security contractor Edward J. Snowden has complicated the US-China dialogue on one of the most contentious issues in the bilateral relationship:...