Friday, July 25, 2014
There is an Ebola epidemic occurring right now in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Learn the basics about the virus from the World Health Organization.

There is an Ebola epidemic occurring right now in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Learn the basics about the virus from the World Health Organization.

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976
Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.

Mali : Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2014) - pdf

Mali is currently experiencing a sustained but fragile recovery from the series of shocks that occurred over the past three years - a pastoral crisis in 2010, a drought in 2011 and the political and security crisis in 2012 and 2013. 
According to a March 2014 analysis, at that time, more than 1.5 million people were currently in food insecurity in Mali. During the lean season (June through October), this number is expected to increase to 1.9 million people— meaning that 40% of people in the North of the country will have trouble finding their next meal.
The nutrition situation is worrying: this year, an estimated 660,000 children across the country are believed to be at risk of acute malnutrition.
via the World Food Programme

Mali : Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2014) - pdf

Mali is currently experiencing a sustained but fragile recovery from the series of shocks that occurred over the past three years - a pastoral crisis in 2010, a drought in 2011 and the political and security crisis in 2012 and 2013. 

According to a March 2014 analysis, at that time, more than 1.5 million people were currently in food insecurity in Mali. During the lean season (June through October), this number is expected to increase to 1.9 million people— meaning that 40% of people in the North of the country will have trouble finding their next meal.

The nutrition situation is worrying: this year, an estimated 660,000 children across the country are believed to be at risk of acute malnutrition.

via the World Food Programme

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Mass incarceration’s effects are not confined to the cell block. Through the inescapable stigma it imposes, a brush with the criminal-justice system can hamstring a former inmate’s employment and financial opportunities for life. The effect is magnified for those who already come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Black men, for example, made substantial economic progress between 1940 and 1980 thanks to the post-war economic boom and the dismantling of de jure racial segregation. But mass incarceration has all but ground that progress to a halt: A new University of Chicago study found that black men are no better off in 2014 than they were when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act 50 years earlier. The Leader of the Unfree World
This is a manmade problem – the result of a political disagreement between two powerful individuals. It is tragic to see this happening in the world’s youngest country, whose independence we were so recently celebrating.

John Ging, Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official

The Leader of the Unfree World
Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.

The Leader of the Unfree World

Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.

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