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The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

Global Means Urban and Rural

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

When President Obama and Pope Francis discuss how to help those who have thus far not benefited from global economic expansion, I hope they will first look at where those people are. The gap between rich and poor is primarily a gap between urban and rural.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

Nuts About Oil: Rural Enterprise in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Proximity Designs

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgU San Lwin has been milling peanut oil for 55 years, iterating everyday to ensure the best possible quality.

Turning on the Lights in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Proximity Designs

Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...

Making Sure Health Care Reaches Everyone, Everywhere

Riders for Health | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Riders for Health

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThey saw piles of motorcycles, rusting behind health centres. These were the very vehicles that would be saving lives.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

Food, Farmers and Markets: Towards Government Action for Smallholders in 2013

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Could 2013 be the year that governments take decisive and inclusive action to tackle global hunger?

As Colombian Peace Negotiations Kick Off, Many Colombians Already Agree that Land Restitution Must Take Place

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

For Colombians brutally displaced during the war, there needs to be some justice and accountability for the violence that drove them from their homes. Without a degree of justice, there simply won't be the safety they need to return.

Series on Women Changing the World: Mercy Kiyapyap, Kenya

Elly Pradervand | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Elly Pradervand

Joining the Cabesi Project from its beginning, Mercy Kiyapyap has been a resolute leader in carrying out innovative ideas to empower women and bring peace to her community.

One of the Dramatic Issues Not Being Discussed by the Presidential Candidates

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Hundreds of thousands of people live without power, safe water, or sanitation, as an ongoing reality. Unfortunately, no cries for immediate action arise.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Tom Zeller Jr.

Rural Minorities Struggling To Get Foothold On Economic Ladder

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

About 22 miles northeast of Laredo, Texas, in an otherwise desolate and unincorporated stretch of Webb County, a roughed-out grid of unnamed dirt road...

John Celock

After Economic Boom, What Will Be North Dakota's Next Move?

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The federal government's rural development agency released a report Wednesday outlining a series of recommendations for North Dakota in the wake of th...

Help Me to Support Education and Orphan Care in Bihar, India

Jim Luce | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

One of the highlights of my pilgrimage to India has been meeting Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust.

Major Agency To Close Hundreds Of Offices In Cost Cutting Bid

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

* Closings will save $150 million a year * Half will be local county offices * Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee hit hardest ...

Plotting a Path to a More Peaceful World

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Tis the season when hope for peace runs high. The season when I renew my commitment to creating a better world, based in large measure on the experiences of villagers across the globe, like the ones I met in Chillipoi.

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, One Land Title at a Time

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Tim Hanstad

It should be simple. A country ensures free education for all children, and everyone benefits. But we all know it's not that easy.

Movements Unite In Mali, Confronting Powerful Interests

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

Last week, peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.

Rebuilding El Salvador Sustainably

Vicki Gass | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Vicki Gass

What was more terrible than the civil war of the 1980s and Hurricane Mitch, which ravaged the region in 1998? Tropical Depression 12-E, a storm that dropped more than five feet of water over ten days, forcing 60,000 people into shelters.

A Decade Later "New Markets" Continues to Build Opportunity in an America Left Behind

Michael A. Siegel | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Michael A. Siegel

"New Markets" encourages private investments from corporations and individuals who might never consider buying into "high-risk areas." The cost to taxpayers have created nearly 500,000 jobs at a cost of less than $12,000 each.

Reimagining Israel's Negev

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Down south in the Negev desert, increasing militarization is constant --at least 80% of the land there is used for military training purposes, including weaponry development.

Real India: At Koshy's Cafe, The Talk of Bangalore (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

"... And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy or ...

The Future of Factory Farming: Barack Obama and the "Rural Agenda"

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

If elected, Obama promised, he would convene a major national summit on rural issues within 100 days of taking office. Across the country, rural activists held their breath.

What a New 'New Deal' Should and Should not Include for Agriculture and Rural America

Thomas Dobbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Dobbs

In building 'green' infrastructure, Obama should abandon the misguided federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol and focus on infrastructure for renewable energy sources.