Kenya: Archbishop urges government to protect food supplies

Independent Catholic News
Archbishop Boniface Lele, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa in Kenya has urged the government to act to stop food prices spiralling out of control.In a statement, Archbishop Lele writes:

Following recent reports on our print media regarding the upsurge of food prices, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa is shocked to learn that senior government officials and businessmen are responsible. Continue reading Kenya: Archbishop urges government to protect food supplies

World Bank, IMF Heads Under Fire for Skipping Summit

By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) – The chief executive officers of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), two financial institutions based in Washington, have come under heavy fire for their decision to skip a major U.N. conference on Financing for Development (FfD), scheduled to take place in the Qatari capital Doha over the weekend. Continue reading World Bank, IMF Heads Under Fire for Skipping Summit

Governors Fume Over Bush’s Last Minute Air Pollution Rule

Environment News Service
By J.R. Pegg

NRG's Montville power plant in Connecticut runs on fuel oil and natural gas. (Photo by C. Bergesen)
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WASHINGTON, DC, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – A bipartisan group of six Northeastern governors is urging the Bush administration to abandon a plan that would relax pollution control requirements on power plants, saying the proposed rule would increase air pollution and threaten public health. Continue reading Governors Fume Over Bush’s Last Minute Air Pollution Rule

Zimbabwe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis

Center of Concern
The current situation in Zimbabwe continues to raise new alarms as the political and social climate deteriorate into more and more desperate states. The current reality has far reaching root causes whose most proximate ones include the failure of power-sharing agreements between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai after the hotly contested presidential election in June 2008. Continue reading Zimbabwe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis

Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises

Foreign Policy in Focus
Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh | November 24, 2008
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco
The financial crisis is only one of multiple crises that will affect every country, rich and poor alike.

There’s also the global poverty crisis. Tens of millions of people across the developing world are expected to fall into extreme poverty and joblessness as a result of an economic mess originating in the United States. This is bad news for workers everywhere, as it means even more brutal competition in the globalized labor pool. Continue reading Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises

Alarm over shortage and cost of maize flour

Daily Nation
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By  LUCAS BARASA and OLIVER MATHENGE Posted Sunday, November 23 2008 at 22:39
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* Price of staple meal has shot up in the last one week and is too high for the poor
An acute shortage of maize flour is looming in the country after its cost doubled in the past one week and shops started rationing the commodity. Continue reading Alarm over shortage and cost of maize flour