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The Green Revolution

The 2014 World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The 2014 World Food Prize represents a polite repackaging of the Green Revolution's past glory in order to open a new market and reaffirm its monopoly over the global effort to end hunger.

Celebrating the Centennial of a Little-Known 20th Century Hero

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Food
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Norman E. Borlaug's labors certainly brought him awards, including a Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Congressional Medal of Honor. Yet what percentage of Americans do you think would recognize his name today?

A Retrospective on US Diplomacy Toward Iran

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Joseph Braude

Last year I had the opportunity to speak with former Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama White House officials about the history of efforts at diplomacy with the Iranian regime.

Counter-Revolutions and Evolutions: Lessons of Egypt and Iran

Marc Gopin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

With the return of General Tohamy as head of the feared and Egyptian General Intelligence Service, we have come full circle. General Tohamy, as recent investigations reveal, was central to the old dictatorship's corrupt system and brutal enforcement. We have witnessed a classic historical counter-revolution.

How Not to Start a Revolution

Michael Spencer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Michael Spencer

"We want to focus on results for people," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she delivered a Feed the Future announcement at Mlandizi Farm Women's Cooperative in Mlandizi, Tanzania in June 2011. I wonder which people she was referring to?

Dan Senor: Talks Loudly, and Carries No Stick at All

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Dan Senor seems to advocate that the US take a tougher line with the Iranians, but is he willing to see American soldiers die fighting to free Iran from the Ayatollah? Dan Senor talks tough, but is he willing to put American troops where his mouth is?

An Animated View Of The Iranian Revolution

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 07.06.2012 | Home

June 12, 2009, is a day Iranians will remember as one when their hearts sank and rose simultaneously. The news that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had supposedly...

Water Enough for All?

Carl Safina | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

The Green Revolution was accomplished largely by doubling the amount of irrigated land. Hundreds of millions of wells now reach into the earth like straws in a thick drink on a hot day. But as with many things, we're taking more water than we're getting.

Commentary: 50 Years -- A Great Start But Still a Long Way to Go

Carol Peasley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Carol Peasley

On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved.

CIA's 'Vengeful Librarians' Following Millions In Intelligence Effort

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

McLEAN, Va. — In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the "ninja librarians" are mining the mass of informati...

Mozambique Looks To Hybrid Seeds To Help Food Crisis

AP | By DONNA BRYSON | Posted 07.23.2011 | Food

CATANDICA, Mozambique -- Peter Waziweyi is bouncing around the lush countryside of Mozambique in his 30-year-old truck, visiting his customers' maize ...

Turning a Kidnapping Into Art

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.19.2011 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Marjan Vayghan is a 26-year-old performance artist who's turned a harrowing detention by Iranian police into a cathartic work of experiential art.

Dictator Tips

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, ...

It's (Partly) the Food, Stupid!

Barry Lando | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Barry Lando

Fueling protests across the globe have a common factor: rocketing food prices caused by a "perfect storm" of natural disasters, rising oil prices and rapacious speculators.

Inshaallah Twitter

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

While it is still too early to call the protests in Egypt a revolution, Cairo has been under siege for 48 hours. The three-decade long rule of a despot -- and the country's role as an American ally -- is being challenged.

Perpetuating the Eternal Food Fight

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

It is disappointing to see the New York Times recycle neoliberal fetishes because it keeps us from addressing the root causes of hunger.

Aid Reform Within Reach: Time for the President to Lead

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
George Ingram

The United States is falling short in getting the most bang for its development buck. Even our best aid projects often fail to maximize the benefits for either effective development or national interests.

An Ode to Farming Isn't Enough: We Need a Reality Check

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Could it be that the urban farm down the street from me and the spinach fields in the salad bowl of the US could be migrating toward a shared vision for the future of agriculture?

Lonely Obama vs. Popular Iran

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

While Iran knows how to make friends, Obama's America has become an expert in losing them.

Jason Linkins

Online Comic From Iranian Dissidents Launches Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This morning, FirstSecondBooks has launched the first installment of Zahra's Paradise, an online web-comic that that details the ongoing social upheav...

Solving Seafood -- Sustainably

Julie Packard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julie Packard

I just returned from the Seafood Choices Alliance Seafood Summit in Paris, a gathering of over 600 business and NGO leaders concerned about the future of seafood.

Criminally Negligent Homicide: The Legacy of Wealthy Nations That Allows Millions to Die

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Two award-winning reporters have collaborated on a new book entitledEnough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. It is a page turner. Unless you simply don't give a damn, this is a must read.

Plotting the Next Moves in Obama's Chess Match with Iran

Josh Lockman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Lockman

While the President should be commended for vigorously engaging with the Iranian regime, now is the time for stronger action.

Iran's Awakening

Ali Fatemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ali Fatemi

At this juncture, the US has the moral obligation to not short-circuit Khamenei's collapse. Anything that would provide Khamenei the pretext of an "external threat" will do that.

Al Gore Calls For A Green Revolution To Fuel The Economy

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"We have a climate crisis at the same time we have an economic crisis at the same time we have a national security crisis," Gore said to a cheering cr...