The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.”-Norman Borlaug
World Food Day 2013 was yesterday, October 16. Sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations the day sheds light on the global status and issues related to hunger. The World Food Day website (http://www.worldfooddayusa.org) serves as an excellent resource on the facts – statistics, organizations involved in reducing world hunger, events, background materials readily accessible to those who want to know more or to teach others. Focus of the day is on progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals to which 189 nations around the world agreed after the 2000 Millennium Summit. First among the eight agreed-upon goals was to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.” (http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/mdgoverview/)
The former prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, will speak at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Friday, October 18 at 2:00pm. It will be at the institute’s Cowles Auditorium. He will also do a book signing for his autobiography released this month “The Flame of Freedom”.
"I am 100 percent Iraqi. I am 100 percent American. So I am now 200 percent humanitarian," said Sami Rasouli, receiving the 2013 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice. The Hawkinson Foundation page describes Rasouli's life:
In this episode, Julia is joined by Ramla Bile to discuss the recent terrorist attack at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, its effects on the Somali community in Minnesota, and on media responsibility in covering these issues. [Audio below]
Al-Shabab’s assault on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, exemplifies the behavior of a cornered animal — it lashes out when threatened. The tragic paradox of last week’s attack is that recent security gains against Al-Shabab in Somalia have caused the organization to pursue soft targets abroad.
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