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Ben Barber
Ben Barber has been a journalist and photographer for 30 years for the London Observer, LA Times, USA Today, United Press International, the Washington Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Legion magazine and McClatchy newspapers. He also served as senior writer for USAID and is a communications consultant. His photojournalism book GROUNDTRUTH: Work, Play and Conflict in the Third World was published in 2014 by de.MO Design and is available on Amazon.

Entries by Ben Barber

Hunger Stalks

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 9:43 PM

Despite billions spent annually to assist the poor across the Third World, a colossal hunger still stalks the impoverished who increase in number by the tens of millions each year.

Some 795 million people still suffer from hunger, according to Shenggen Fan, director general of International Food Policy

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Pakistan Fights Rogue Label

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 4:55 PM

Pakistan is hoping for a better image, but so long as it blames America and India for its problems - and allows the Taliban to harass the Afghan people - it will be seen as a rogue state.

All of us who visit Pakistan are accustomed to the dichotomy: on...

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Senseless Saharan Standoff

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:41 PM

One of the most pointless abuses of humanity - the holding of tens of thousands of Saharan civilians prisoner in Algeria for four decades - has taken yet another lurch into madness.

Morocco seized the Western Sahara after colonial power Spain pulled out in 1975. Then a rag-tag guerrilla outfit...

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Muslim Migrants Fan European Anti-Semitism

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 9:42 AM

Migrants streaming into Europe from the Middle East are bringing with them virulent anti-Semitism which is erupting from Scandinavia to France to Germany.

"I don't think it is the 1930s, I don't see boxcars arriving," said Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the US State Department.

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Refugee Crisis Soaks Up Foreign Aid Funds

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:36 AM

Sixty million people fled their homes last year as migrants, refugees and displaced persons, overwhelming the global humanitarian system created after World War II to cope with survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.

"We are entering a new stage - no one knows where it is going," said the...

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Brown Agenda Cuts Lead from Poor Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 4:22 PM

When I heard about lead poisoning of kids in Flint, Michigan a few weeks ago, I immediately recalled the expedition I joined a year earlier to children suffering even higher levels of lead, in Kabwe, Zambia.

During the mission to Kabwe, a small team of us found astronomical...

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Foreign Affairs for a New President

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:40 PM

Recent speeches of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz - the top four seeking the presidency - focus mainly on the turbulent and fascinating domestic issues in America: guns, gays, abortion, taxes, education and health care.

However, the new president will likely find that the...

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Where Is the Peace Camp in Jerusalem?

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 3:18 PM

The ancient history of the Middle East is repeating itself today as young Muslim Arabs from East Jerusalem stab any Jew they can reach before Israeli soldiers and police shoot the attackers to death.

The bony finger of war is clearly marking an ancient route to the players....

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Migrant Trail Ends Where It Begins

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 6:51 PM

An uncontrollable torrent of 473,00 migrants and refugees is flooding this summer across Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Germany.

How and where did it begin? Can it be stopped at its source, to allow a more humane way to deal with migrants? Do these wanderers have the...

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Foreign Aid in Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM

U.S. foreign aid to help more than 100 countries grow their economies and fight poverty has failed in many cases because of a nit-picking insistence by Congress and the State Department that aid officials measure the short-term success and failures of assistance, a former senior aid official said Wednesday.


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Magnetic Migration

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 5:02 PM

No one likes to prevent families with crying children from reaching a better life, but the migration insanity playing itself out in Europe now is leading to tragedy and disaster.

Western authorities unknowingly created a magnet - an irresistible lure to hundreds of millions of families - by...

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Obama's Mother Lacked Health Insurance

(31) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:56 PM

President Barack Obama's Supreme Court victory in June saved his health care plan for the needy but also had a deep and rarely noted personal meaning: Obama's own mother, Ann Dunham Sutoro, suffered and died from cancer while unable to pay her medical and other bills.

It seems that quietly,...

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The Islam I Know

(15) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:56 PM

The militant TV preacher Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, who said the Nazis were justified to kill Jews and called on Egyptians to rise up in revolution and war, was sentenced by Egypt to death in absentia on May 16.

From his exile in Qatar, Qaradawi

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Uninvited, Unwelcome Migrants

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:08 PM

The influx of uninvited and unwelcome migrants has begun in earnest this spring.

Long predicted since the time of Malthus, the population problem that the world has refused to tackle - out of fear to injure religious and racial sensitivities-- is finally exploding literally on the shores of Italy, Greece,...

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For a Destroyed Nepali Village

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Yesterday I heard that Langtang Village in the Himalayas, which I had visited in 1971 on a solo trek in the mountains, had been destroyed by the April 25 Nepal earthquake.

The damaged trails up from the hot farming center in Trisuli in the valley below made it...

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Refugees Drawn by Europe Magnet

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 12:28 PM

So long as Europe beckons like a golden magnet on the northern horizon over the Mediterranean Sea, Euro warships may rescue many migrants from drowning but will not be able to stem the demographic tide.

In fact, the more folks that are rescued at sea and brought ashore...

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Israel Votes in the Eye of a Storm

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:44 PM

Israel, a week before elections, felt like it was in the eye of a hurricane. There was a strange calm, as if all the yelling at each other on TV and in living rooms had exhausted the nerves of this nervy, aggressive, spirited nation.

And although Israel is...

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10 Nations Reduce Pollution Deaths

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 6:34 PM

Pollution in the air, soil and water has become the largest cause of death in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), but a new report has hailed 10 countries for taking steps to reduce those death rates.

The report -- the Top Ten Countries...

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Fighting the Master Cult of Jihad

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:38 PM

The latest reports from Europe about ordinary, normal young men suddenly shifting to become jihadis -- throat cutters, suicide bombers, assassins of children and women -- reminds me of the way cultish holy men formed their slavish followings in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

"You are nothing, you know nothing,...

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Iraqi Sunnis Seek US Weapons, Troops

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:28 PM

In Washington this week, pro-American Sunni leaders of Iraq's Western Anbar province asked the Obama Administration for weapons and 10,000 US troops to help "crush" Islamist terrorists -- again.

Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha, who fought in the Awakening against Al-Qaeda terrorists in 2006 and 2007 alongside American allies,...

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