The Problem With A ‘Robo Budget': In a post on “The Hill’s Congress Blog,” Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), writes about the recent defeat of the omnibus bill, calling the passage of a continuing resolution a “robo budget” that is a “disservice.” According to Leahy: “The Omnibus would have funded global…
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New York Times Reports On How Foreign Governments, Investors Are Pushing Some African Farmers Off Land
“Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come,” the New York Times writes in an article that examines the factors contributing to a growing interest in such land among investors.
Also In Global Health News: Poverty In Yemen; China’s Family Planning Policy; Preventive Medicine In Cuba; Food Security In Indonesia
AP Examines Development, Poverty Issues In Yemen “More than 50 percent of Yemen’s children are malnourished, rivaling war zones like Sudan’s Darfur and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. That’s just one of many worrying statistics in Yemen. Nearly half the population lives below the poverty line of $2 a day and…
Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Measure; Some Funding For Federal Agencies, Global Health Programs Delayed
The Congress Tuesday “approved a temporary spending bill [.pdf] that will fund the federal government for another 10 weeks through March 4 in order to avoid a government shutdown,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Time For U.S. To ‘Curtail Our Foreign Aid’ “At this critical time when we are concerned about our country’s financial well being it is imperative that we curtail our charity to others,” Bradley Blakeman, deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush and professor of politics and public policy at…
The New York Times examines the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health program, which gave a total of $450 million to 43 research projects over five years. “On drawing attention to ways that lives might be saved through scientific advances, I’d give us an A,” Bill Gates, co-founder of the foundation, said of the program in an interview with the newspaper. “But I thought some would be saving lives by now, and it’ll be more like in 10 years from now,” Gates said.
Also In Global Health News: Disabled People And HIV; HIV/AIDS In Cambodia; South Africa Global Fund Grant; Early Marriage In Zambia; Indian Health Deal In Rwanda
U.N. Agencies’ Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS Among Disabled People Examined IRIN PlusNewsÂ reports on different efforts aimed at addressing HIV/AIDS among people living with disabilities. “More than 600 million peopleÂ â€“ 10 percent of the global populationÂ â€“ live with disabilities, and 80 percent of them live in developing countries. This population often…
The Citizen/allAfrica.com Examines Potential Impact Of EU-India Free Trade Agreement On HIV/AIDS Patients In Developing Countries
The Citizen/allAfrica.com examines the potential impact a free-trade agreement between the EU and India currently under negotiation could have on patients living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries.
Omnibus Bill Defeated; Congress Will Vote On Continuing Resolution To Fund Government Through March 4
Senate Republicans defeated the proposed omnibus package on Thursday and Senate appropriators over the weekend fashioned “a short-term continuing resolution [CR] to fund the federal government for fiscal 2011,” National Journal reports (Sanchez, 12/18).
The Haitian health ministry on Sunday said there had been 2,535 cholera deaths since the outbreak hit in mid-October, “dashing hopes the fatality rate might be beginning to taper off,” Agence France-Presse reports.