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Tougher Sanctions On North Korea Might Encourage More Responsible Domestic Food Policies

Wall Street Journal: North Korea’s Political Famines Robert A. Manning, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and James Przystup, senior fellow at the U.S. National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies “…Less than five percent of North Korea’s military budget could easily fill its food gap. Perhaps if [Kim…

President Obama Discusses Human Rights Concerns During Visits To Kenya, Ethiopia

Humanosphere: Obama presses Ethiopia and Kenya on human rights during visits Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses U.S. President Obama’s visits to Ethiopia and Kenya, where he publicly discussed the East African nations’ human rights concerns, including women’s rights, corruption, and gay rights (7/27).

U.S. Can Solidify Commitment To International Affairs In 4 Key Ways At UNGA

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Top Reasons To Care About #UNGA This Year Tracey A. Jacobson, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and four key areas where the U.S. could solidify its commitment to international…

China Steps Up Contributions In Ebola Response

Financial Times: China steps up support for fight against Ebola “China is stepping up its contributions to the fight against Ebola, seen as a test of its diplomacy in Africa given growing trade and investment as well as historic pledges of friendship. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged $6m…

Lessons Learned From Progress At A Haitian Hospital

Sriram Shamasunder of the UCSF School of Medicine writes in the Global Health Core blog about his experience working at St. Marc Hospital in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. “A few lessons for global health can be gleaned from the progress here,” he writes, outlining and expanding on the ideas…

Opinions: Africa Food Aid; International Violence Against Women Act; Brain Drain

Food Aid Won’t End African Problems While the drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa are “ghastly to be sure,” when “you see children on TV with distended bellies keening over their dying parents … do them a favour. Sit on your hands,” Sam Kiley, a former Africa bureau…

U.S. Announces Additional $12M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“The United States announced Thursday it would hike its humanitarian aid to Syria, adding another $12 million to provide food, water, medicine and other necessities for battered and displaced people” affected by violence in the Syrian conflict, the Los Angeles Times blog “World Now” reports. “The increase approved by the Obama administration brings American humanitarian assistance in Syria to more than $76 million, including $27.5 million to the World Food Programme [WFP], roughly $18 million for the United Nations refugee agency and the rest split among other U.N. funds and non-profit groups,” the blog writes (Alpert, 8/2).

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