Nearly One-Third of World’s Population Is Overweight

Over two billion people – or 30 percent of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, and no country has successfully reduced obesity rates to date, according to a new study published this week by the British medical journal, The Lancet. The number of overweight and obese people increased from 857 million in […]

Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger

The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world’s farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land speculators are pushing millions off their land. “Small […]

U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025

At the height of his election campaign last October, Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu nationalist leader, briefly set aside his spiritual aspirations when he told a surprised audience that economic development should take precedence over religion. “Toilets before temples,” pleaded Modi, the newly-elected prime minister of India, a country which has been in the throes of […]

U.S. Pledges to Reduce Child Stunting by Two Million Globally

The U.S. government has pledged to reduce the number of chronically malnourished children around the world by at least two million over the next half decade, receiving an initial positive response from the development community. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the new programme Thursday at a major food security summit here. Government […]

Tracking the Democratic “Alternative from the South”

Democratic governance offers a viable option for developing countries to achieve economic growth and inclusion, yet this doesn’t need to follow the Western model, new research released here this week suggests. India, Brazil and South Africa (collectively known as IBSA) each demonstrates how racially diverse nations with very poor constituents can make large gains in […]

Hawaii to Host 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council announced Wednesday that the 2016 World Conservation Congress (WCC) will meet in Hawaii – the first time in its 66-year history that the world’s largest conservation conference will be hosted by the United States. Hawaii, which was selected over eight candidates, including finalist Istanbul, will […]

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling Protects Freedom of Religion and Speech

"Some desire to enthrone a rigid secularism as the state religion while suppressing all other views. In contrast, ordered liberty allows free expression for all."-- Mark Tooley, IRD PresidentContact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, jwalton@TheIRD.orgWASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled today that legislative bodies such as city councils can begin their meetings with prayer.The court Source: Institute on Religion&Democracy

ACRU Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Public Prayer

"The Court's ruling reflects elements of the Coercion Test that we have long championed,"said ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson.Contact: Dave Mohel, 703-347-9454WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, upheld the right of local officials to begin meetings with public prayer. Source: BlueSkin Solutions




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