Famine now threatens 20 million people — more than at any time since World War II. As defined by the United Nations, famine occurs when a region’s daily hunger-related death rate exceeds 2 per 10,000 people.
Months before you file your candidacy with the local elections office, get out and meet as many voters, elected officials and party representatives as you can. Tell them about your vision, but don’t just talk at them. “Spend a lot of time listening,” If you don’t see someone who looks like you on your school board or City Council, it does not mean that you don’t belong there or that you cannot win.
Advocates of criminal justice reform argue that Sessions and Cook are going in the wrong direction — back to a strategy that tore apart families and sent low-level drug offenders, disproportionately minority citizens, to prison for long sentences. “They are throwing decades of improved techniques and technologies out the window in favor of a failed approach,”
I like to say that leadership is a choice. As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice.
Almost every day brings a fresh illustration of the degree to which Trump is unconcerned with promoting democracy or holding America’s moral high ground. From last week alone:
The president did not speak out after Putin’s forces cracked down on mass protests across Russia last week.
The U.S. government backed off its policy of regime change in Syria, saying that the Syrian people will decide President Bashar al-Assad’s future. (As if that’s something they could do.) “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” said U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump’s State Department told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed under Barack Obama.
President Trump and his administration are offering the country a graduate-level course in the selling of the presidency. Much attention has focused on how Mr. Trump is using the White House for personal gain, but many other officials, including members of his family, friends and close aides, also stand to rake it in at the public’s expense.