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Cooperative But Not Conforming

| November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
Cooperative But Not Conforming

China established its foreign aid programs soon after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, when the country itself was short of funds. Today, China has come to the forefront as a development partner, especially in Africa. China has historically been unique as an aid-giving country. China’s presence in Africa, for example, started in 1956—around the time Bretton Woods Institutions were established with a focus on Europe. When aid from “traditional donors” stagnated in the late 2000s because of the global economic crisis, China continued increasing investment in Africa, drawing the world’s attention with the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, established in 2000.

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World Food Day: Beyond One Day

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
World Food Day: Beyond One Day

In 1945, the United Nations established October 16th as World Food Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about food security, hunger, and poverty. Although over 150 countries have celebrated World Food Day for sixty-seven years, the problem of global hunger has not yet subsided, and 870 million people continue to go hungry every day. This disconnect leaves us questioning the efficacy of these large-scale, top-down development campaigns, World Food Day included, and prompts us to search for tangible solutions to alleviate these persistent global problems.

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Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

Access to reproductive healthcare is an inflammatory subject matter, often discussed in ideological rather than medical terms. Its attachment to sexuality and social norms distracts the public, legislators, and the judiciary from the de facto result of confounding morality with medicine. In other words, notions of virtue are relevant to families, not the state, and replacing evidence-based policy with dogma leaves women without care, regardless of the circumstances that placed them in need.

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