IRIN has documented a disturbing trend in humanitarian aid. Official Development Assistance (ODA) has continued to fall as wealthy countries battle an ongoing global financial crisis and a struggling Eurozone, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) latest report. Aid decreased by 4 percent in 2012 compared […]

In November 2012, an appeal was launched to assist 125,000 Sri Lankans suffering from drought. The original appeal envisioned helping 20,000 drought-affected families recover over the course of eighteen months. Now, the goals have been cut back because there was so little response. Read more, and download the pdf to […]

According to UNICEF, approximately 2,000 children die per day from diarrhoeal diseases, due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. 785 million people still lack access to clean water. In the least developed countries, less  than 11% of the population has piped wate supplies (urban) and in […]

See on – The Same Heart – Financial Transaction Tax Andrea Germanos, staff writer at Common Dreams   Why should ordinary taxpayers have to sacrifice while highly profitable corporations are using accounting acrobatics and tax havens to avoid paying their fair share? See on

See on – The Same Heart – Financial Transaction Tax “Make believe voodoo magic ‘composite hedge,’” is what regulators examining massive bets by JPMorgan Chase are calling it, financial gambits that led to losses of $6 billion last year. See on

See on – The Same Heart – Financial Transaction Tax The Guardian The time is right for a financial transaction tax The Guardian If ever there was a time to seek international consensus on a financial transaction tax it is now, as countries continue to deal with the aftermath […]

See on – The Same Heart – Financial Transaction Tax It’s time to tax financial transactions Washington Post Once championed by the granddaddy of liberal economics, John Maynard Keynes, the banner of a financial transactions tax has been picked up by conservative economists including Sheila Bair,… See on

See on – The Same Heart – Child Labor Today slavery, forced labor, and hazardous child labor still exist in some West African nations, which produce three-quarters of the world’s cacao, Martin told her students. When it came time to taste the chocolate, Martin … See on

 In the 2012 UN World Aids Day Report  we’re told that there has been a six-fold increase in the number of children living with HIV/AIDS who receive treatment. Considering this fact, you might think we’re beating back the AIDS pandemic. But you would be wrong. The real headline should read… […]