food security

Senate passes resolution on global malnutrition On January 14 the Senate approved a resolution, sponsored by Sen. Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Coons (D-Del.), to encourage greater efforts by the United States to end maternal and child malnutrition globally. Annually 2.6 million children die as a result of undernutrition, representing 45% of all child deaths. The World Health Organization reports that in…

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December 2, 2019 U.S. says it does not see Israeli settlements as illegal On November 18 the U.S. announced that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to necessarily be illegal under international law. The move is the latest in a series of actions benefiting Israel, including relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and…

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2018 Essay contest winners announced Saige Lind, a high school sophomore who attends Seattle Mennonite Church, has earned the grand prize of $1,000 in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office annual essay contest for her essay on mass incarceration that highlights the ways that people of color have been targeted by the war…

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In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million people living in the U.S. In these statistics, we often fail to include Native Americans. Although Native Americans are the original inhabitants of what we…

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New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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Amidst all of the headlines these days, little attention is being paid to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). In August 2016, violence broke out in the Kasai region when the Kamuina Nsapu, a local militia group, engaged in a clash with national security forces. The clash was partly due…

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“The once happy community has become a gloomy one,” said Father Dushi Yohana, a Catholic priest who ministers in the Kaya community of Madagali local government area in northeast Nigeria. Kaya, predominantly a farming community, was invaded by Boko Haram in September 2014. The invasion, along with subsequent forced evacuations by the Nigerian military, have…

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