A story, in its purest form, is possibly the most human way to communicate. Yet with the advent of technological and scientific advances, this forgotten art has taken a backseat to other, more data-driven, ways of communication.
It sounds easy to throw money at the Pentagon and buy more security. But we all know that's not how security works -- it's like investing tens of thousands in a terrific alarm system for your house, then leaving your windows open.
President Obama, to borrow Dr. Martin Luther King's phrase, we are in the "fierce urgency of now." The G8 needs to find the political will to end malnutrition. Pledge to save 15 million children from chronic malnourishment. Don't just say it; do it.
At the 2009 L'Aquila G8 Summit, the G8 countries and five other donors responded to the global food crisis and pledged $22 billion in support of agriculture and food security initiatives. Despite the initial enthusiasm and diligence, however, donors have not taken the Rome Principles to heart.
The G8 summit is expected to produce a new "food security initiative" which is likely to have a strong focus on the private sector's contribution to increasing food production and, we fear, not enough on nutrition.
The collapses of authoritarian regimes of the last 15 months should have taught U.S. policymakers one lesson: the old formula of tolerating and colluding with authoritarianism in return for (an often illusory) stability does not work.
To sum up, the long pent-up grievances of the Arab/Muslim world are exploding not just in the faces of local dictators such as Mubarak of Egypt but, perhaps more importantly, against their neocolonial/imperial patrons abroad.