GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AND THE RIGHT TO FOOD

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Anant Mishra

The extraordinary rise of global food prices in early 2008 posed a major threat to global food and nutrition security and caused a host of humanitarian, human rights, socio-economic, environmental, developmental, political and security-related consequences. In particular, it presented challenges for low income food deficit countries, and severely affected the worlds most vulnerable. It threatened to reverse critical gains made toward reducing poverty and hunger as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

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Anant Mishra

“Is there a child who does not dream of being counted and having her or his gifts and talents recognised? No. All children have hopes and dreams – including children with disabilities. And all children deserve a fair chance to make their dreams real.”

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DR CONGO GENERAL LUCIEN BAHUMA AMBAMBA PASSES AWAY

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Sylvain Muyali

General Lucien Bahuma Ambamba of the Congolese army has died. He passed away in the early hours of Sunday August 31, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa from a heart attack following an earlier meeting on cross border security with Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) commander Brig. Peter Elwelu in the Kasese district of Western Uganda.

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CONGOLESE AGRICULTURE IN NORTH KIVU

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Sylvain Muyali

We are in the province of North Kivu in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In agriculture, this province is ranked second from bottom in the DRC following more than fifteen years of continual wars and the displacement of people from rural to urban environments.

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THE PROPOSED ANTI MEDIA BILL IN KENYA

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Joe Khamisi

Kenyan Members of Parliament are at it again. In a move deserving worldwide condemnation, legislators in Nairobi now want not only to tighten their stranglehold on the country’s already suffocating media, but to insulate themselves further from criticism of any kind and criminal action of any manner against them.

A Member of Parliament, Adan Keynan, is proposing measures that seek to muzzle all media, shut down the voice of the people and grant lawmakers privileges of immunity not seen in any decent government system anywhere in the world.

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WITHOUT A TRIAL

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Maram Salim

It was an easy decision, it took them five minutes to decide, but it took me a lifetime to understand: “He will stay in an Israeli prison under Administrative Detention”. At a blink of an eye our dreams of forming a happy family became dependent on the mercy of the most brutal occupation in the 21st century.

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FICTION

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UNSPOKEN WORDS

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Philosopagus (Kaitlin Puccio)

If I had said, “It’s OK, we will be alright,” would that have made it easier for him to let go?

The plane went down. And he was alone.

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WHY KENYA HAS BECOME A HAVEN FOR INTERNATIONAL DRUG LORDS

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Joe Khamisi

Recent interceptions of huge drug consignments at sea and on land suggest Kenya has become one of the biggest ports of entry for traffickers moving contraband drugs from South America to Europe and North America.

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UNLIKELY HEROES IN A NATION SEEKING CHANGE

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Sabin Muzaffar

Over the past several days Pakistan has witnessed a tumultuous chain of events. A previously unknown scholar imported from the West, and a charmingly hedonistic cricketer, have become unlikely heroes to a following of millions by rallying peacefully in the name of ‘Change’ in Islamabad.

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12,000 CHILDREN IN THE KATANGA MINES OF DR CONGO

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Sylvain Muyali

The Non Governmental Organisation ‘Reseau Femme et Developpement’ / ‘Network of Women in Development’ (REFED) has announced that there are over 12,000 children working in the 43 artisanal mine sites of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have called for  their immediate removal. An awareness campaign to discourage children and pregnant women from undertaking mining careers was launched in Kalemie, DRC by REFED on August 15 2014.

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