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Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and …

Labor swept from power in Tasmania after 16 years in government

Labor has been swept from office after 16 years of government in Tasmania, with Liberal leader Will Hodgman comfortably elected the state’s premier.<p>The Liberals are on course to claim 14 of the Tasmanian parliament’s 25 seats, crushing Labor, which suffered a 10% swing against it. The Greens also …

Qatar 2022 World Cup: concerns about forced labor

When I was 10 and living in Libya, I would often visit my father at the Indian Embassy, where he was serving as a diplomat, and find his office packed with workers desperately seeking repatriation back home.<p>These men were lured to Libya from villages in India with promises of good paying jobs in …

International Women's Day, Labor, And The Right to Strive

Today is International Women’s Day and my Twitter feed courses with feminist politics, links to causes involving women and girls, and high-minded wishes for a world without base misogyny and cruel sexual exploitation. There’s a Google doodle and a White House proclamation. There’s a website and a …

The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media

Progressive media outlets talk a lot about economic inequality and diversity, but many of them are still relying on unpaid interns while their top editors and star journalists make six figures a year.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Intern Labor Rights</i><p><i>Editor’s note: For years, VICE used part-time unpaid interns—a</i> …

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Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>All over the world, wells are drying up and water tables are dropping low. Altogether, 18 countries around the world are …

‘Global water shortage’ is just another scare tactic. . .unless you live here

LET ME SAY OUTRIGHT: I don’t believe there’s a global water shortage. Science tells us that every drop of water on earth is part of a closed loop …

Why not get tough on water use, California?

To hear Gov.<p>Jerry Browntell it, California is in a "mega drought" — perhaps the worst dry spell it's ever known. So why does he keep calling for voluntary water conservation?<p>The governor met with Southern California water officials Thursday morning and, again, they bemoaned the seriousness of the …

This Photo Of Refugees In Syria Lining Up To Get Food Aid Is Unbelievable

Yarmouk, a Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus, has been under siege by the Syrian army since July 2013.<p>At least 55 people have died from hunger and the majority of children are suffering from malnutrition, according to a Palestinian activist living in Yarmouk.<p>About 20,000 people are currently …

Middle East

Women hold the key to a world with zero hunger

Elisabeth Rasmusson<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>On International Women's Day we should remind ourselves that as both producers of food from the soil and providers of food to the family, women hold the key to nourishing the next generation. Whether it is our response to a disaster …

Detained US migrants continue hunger strike in protest at conditions

Inmates at an immigration detention centre outside Seattle are on a fifth day of a hunger strike to protest deportations and detention conditions in the latest challenge to US immigration policies.<p>Dozens, possibly hundreds, were believed to have continued rejecting food on Tuesday in what activists …

Leaked Guantanamo Memo: Hunger Strikes are 'Long-Term Non-Religious Fasts'

Officials at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have described prisoners' hunger strikes as "long-term non-religious fasts".<p>The new document, …

U.N.: Child Labor Is Down, But 168 Million Children Still Work

The trend is good:<p>"The global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000."<p>But:<p>That still means there are an estimated 168 million child laborers around the world, and more than half "are involved in hazardous work" involving such things as dangerous machinery and harmful …