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Life in a Conflict Zone: Why the South Sudanese are Longing for Peace

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

'Boycott, Divest and Sanction:' a Jewish Conundrum

Tim Arnold | Posted 04.09.2015 | New York
Tim Arnold

On a late Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 2014, I attended a rally sponsored by the JCC protesting UJA's inclusion of "extremist anti-Israel organizations" to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1 in NYC.

Is Donating Baseball Bats To Poor Kids Just As Important As Helping Hungry?

www.slate.com | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Suppose someone walks by a pond and notices a bit of garbage floating in it. A devoted environmentalist, he wades into the pond, retrieves the garbage...

Words Are Not Enough. We Need Action to Show We Are With Innocent Syrians

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Syria has been at war for four years now, with horrific consequences for the 22 million people who live there, or have fled, and causing overwhelming strain on neighboring countries. This conflict is only getting worse.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Talk About Finance

Nourish International | Posted 03.31.2015 | Money
Nourish International

Many who look to understand the incredible wealth gap are quickly lost in the exclusive language of finance. When it comes to the inner workings of financial institutions, the rise and fall of markets, the tangled web of international debt, or even just our own personal finances, most of us are lost. In short, we are financially illiterate.

Toilet Could Turn Urine Into Electricity At Refugee Camps

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact

An innovative urinal could turn pee into a source of electricity. Driven to find a way to protect women and girls in refugee camps who are often as...

The Resilient and Heroic Women of South Sudan

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.

Tanya Habjouqa's 'Occupied Pleasures': Keeping Our Humanity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I first discovered photographer Tanya Habjouqa in Florence, where her photo exhibit was showcased during the Middle East Now Film Festival.

Cheering on Income Equality, from Davos to Melbourne

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

Before we impose taxes, and before we wait for a market correction, we have to correct our star-crossed mindset and stop rewarding the 1 percent as though they create 99 percent more value than the rest.

Oxfam: Rich Countries Must Support Ebola Victims Who Have 'Gone Through Hell'

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three coun...

Voodoo Trickle Down Be Damned

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Reaganomics, the plot to appease the rich and condemn the rest, got its comeuppance last week in President Obama's State of the Union speech. The president asked: "Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?"

Show This Chart To The Next Person Who Isn't Worried About Income Inequality

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business

If you find it hard to grasp just how unequal the global economy is, here's one stat that should put it all in perspective: The richest 80 people on E...

REPORT: Richest 1% To Own More Than Half Of The World's Wealth By 2016

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business

The rich keep getting richer, and by next year, just a handful of the upper-class will have accumulated more than half of the world's wealth. A new...

Why Mobilizing Communities Is Crucial in the Fight Against Ebola

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Progress in the fight against Ebola has been made. Cases seem to be falling in Liberia, and -- critically -- more medical staff and treatment beds are in place across all three affected countries. But some of the main reasons why Ebola continues to spread have yet to change.

Listening to People of the Amazon During COP 20: A Story of Land Rights

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Winnie Byanyima

I am here in Peru to push world leaders to act on climate change at the UNFCCC climate change negotiations but away from the diplomats and the conference centre, I went to listen to the people being directly affected by another area Oxfam works on, land rights.

Climate Change Is Not Just About the Climate, It Is About Our Lives

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Winnie Byanyima

As representatives from more than 195 governments around the world come together in Lima, Peru this week to work on drafting a global treaty on climate change, they should heed the words of Peruvian farmer Marisa Marcavillaca: "Climate change is not just about the climate, it is about our lives."

G20 Leaders Must Turn the Tide on Inequality and Climate Change

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The two great challenges of our time -- inequality and climate change -- are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives.

Getting Real About Extreme Inequality

Paul O'Brien | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

We want to build a global conversation around ending extreme inequality, and folks are already engaging. Here are some good questions I've heard since our launch, and my take.

People Are Demanding Action on Inequality: We Are Joining Them

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

If the trend of rising inequality is allowed to continue, we not only risk condemning billions to poverty and exclusion, we put the stability and cohesion of our societies and the sustainability of the whole planet at risk. The evidence is clear: Today's extremes of inequality are threatening to set the fight against poverty back by decades.

Concrete Action Needed This Week from the World Bank and IMF to Combat Inequality

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

At this week's annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the topic of inequality is buzzing. And rightly so given that extreme economic inequality is one of the largest barriers to ending extreme poverty.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

Turning Up the Heat On Climate Action -- No Time For Delay

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

In the five years since global leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, a lot has changed, and too much has stayed the same. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters.

'Green News Report' - July 29, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama Administration approves sonic cannons for offshore oil exploratio...

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

A Plea For Help For South Sudan

Keira Knightley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Keira Knightley

You hear these stories all the time in Africa -- the brutality, the never-ending death and starvation. It's easy to become immune. And then you meet someone like Rebecca. She says she misses the way her husband made her laugh; she misses the way he held her and you think -- you're just like me. That's what I'd say about my husband. She says she can't think about him now because her heart will break, and she has to keep going for her children.