"Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory."
"Our enemy is not the white working poor any more than it is African-Americans, undocumented workers, Muslims, Latinos or members of the GBLT community. The oligarchs and corporations, many of them proponents of political correctness, are our enemy. If we shed our self-righteousness and hubris, if we speak to the pain and suffering of the working poor, we will unmask the toxins of bigotry and racism. We will turn the rage of an abandoned working class, no matter what its members’ color, race or religious creed, against those who deserve it." - 2016/11/20
"Catarina de Albuquerque, former UN special rapporteur, on getting water recognised as a human right and why involving the private sector is a no-brainer"
"Global water crises are the biggest threat the planet will face over the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum. But the complexity of this problem makes water a particularly knotty issue. On one hand we face rapidly worsening shortages of freshwater – Nasa satellite data shows that freshwater from 21 of the world’s largest 37 aquifers is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished. On the other, out of a global population of 7 billion, 663 million people still lack access to water and 2.4 billion live without a toilet. The competing demands for finite water resources are so great that in April, a high-level panel of 11 heads of state was convened to help meet the sustainable development goal (SDG) on water. The involvement of the private sector, however, still divides water and sanitation professionals. Some see it as a necessary means to bridge the gaps in funding and implementation, while others are concerned that profit-making organisations will exclude the poorest from essential services. "
Half of the world's poorest people have something in common: they're small farmers. In this eye-opening talk, activist Andrew Youn shows how his group, One Acre Fund, is helping these farmers lift themselves out of poverty by delivering to them life-sustaining farm services that are already in use all over the world. Enter this talk believing we'll never be able to solve hunger and extreme poverty, and leave it with a new understanding of the scale of the world's biggest problems.
Two months after his second birthday, Vishwarnam Sawra died in his mother’s arms, one of thousands of young lives lost to malnutrition in the Indian state of Maharashtra after years of drought and the withdrawal of state nutrition schemes
I’ve written before about the world’s sanitation challenge. The numbers are staggering. One billion people have no access to toilets so they defecate out in the open. Three billion more have toilets, but their waste is dumped untreated, seeping into water and food supplies. About 800,000 children under age 5 die each year from diarrhea, pneumonia, and other common infections caused by unsafe water and sanitation. Beyond the tremendous human suffering, it’s a problem that slows economic development. In India alone, poor sanitation costs nearly $55 billion each year—more than 6 percent of GDP. So how could a perfume company help? Because smell matters.
We produce more than enough to feed all people on the planet. Surely it's one of the fundamental challenges of our time to focus our considerable intelligence on altering our consumption and harvesting patterns so that all who share this small blue Earth -- two-legged, four-legged, winged and finned -- can enjoy food security.
"All those who currently go hungry in the world can be adequately fed with about two percent of current food production, much of which is wasted or lost. Credit: IPS
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 17 2016 (IPS) - Why do people go hungry? Mainly because they do not have the means to get enough food, whether by producing it themselves or by purchasing it. There is more than enough food to feed the world. All those who currently go hungry can be adequately fed with about two percent of current food production, much more of which is wasted or lost. The main problem is one of distribution or access, rather than production or availability.
Inequality and poverty, and increasingly, ‘natural disasters’ and armed conflict in the world are at the core of the problem of world hunger. While there still is enough food to feed the growing world population, unequal distribution of resources, incomes and vulnerability mean that food security remains a challenge for localities, households, and individuals. Countries with persistent poverty and high population growth face the greatest challenges as the poor there are least likely to be able to raise incomes or mobilize resources to adequately feed themselves."
"Jomo Kwame Sundaram was the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development in the United Nations system during 2005-2015 and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought."
"Group says grads who flock to U.S. high-tech firms should have to reimburse Canadian taxpayers for their subsidized tuition"
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Monday, June 27, 2016
"Ontario grads who immediately move to US should reimburse tuition subsidies, say CEOs A group of Ontario CEOs is arguing that graduates who leave for jobs in the US immediately after finishing PSE should reimburse the province for the tuition subsidies they have received. Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail writes that this demand stems from rising concerns about top Canadian talent moving to Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York for higher salaries and better workplace perks. The CEOs are members of the recently formed Council of Canadian Innovators, a group looking to ensure that Canada enjoys suitable benefits from the investments it makes in higher education. “We must look at Ontario’s heavily subsidized tuition as not just a carrot but also a stick,” said CCI's Executive Director Benjamin Bergen. “We should examine if an Ontario graduate leaves for Silicon Valley, the merits of reclaiming our collective investment in their education.”"
After investing years and money educating themselves for the world of work, millennials must then spend several more years working temporary gigs, searching for meaningful jobs, and struggling to remain optimistic that independent living and economic security is achievable and just beyond the horizon. Rather than blaming and punishing grads and "top Canadian talent" for going where the jobs are, consider the lives and the dashed dreams that we abstract as unemployment, underemployment and job market statistics.
Air Date: Jun 07, 2016 Length: 35:04 Available Until: Jan 06, 2099 About this Video "Every year 65,000 young Canadians experience homelessness or live in a shelter. For these vulnerable individuals, landing and keeping a job is both a difficult and dire part of their precarious situation. Encouraging employers to hire youth can help to end chronic homelessness, with organizations like HireUP paving the way. The Agenda panel examines how employment is an integral part of lifting young Canadians up and out of poverty."
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