Just back from Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – countries are facing or are at risk of famine – the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”
What is the answer to ending the suffering of the most marginalised people? Our only hope is a ceaseless demand for guaranteeing Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which could eventually open the door to a global basic income for all, writes Sonja Scherndl.
With the rise of robots, the old promise of jobs as the salvation of the poor now looks hollow. The most hopeful response is a universal basic income which, if extended across borders through a global system of redistributive taxation, could instil a new sense of solidarity: that the earth’s natural bounty belongs to us all, writes Jason Hickel.
The Trump White House is framing foreign aid as a devastating drain on America’s treasure. But foreign aid isn’t killing the American dream — inequality is, writes Sam Pizzigati for the Too Much newsletter.
President Trump still seems to be planning massive cuts to development and diplomacy, despite fierce opposition. If he carries through on his plans, they will not only lead to a loss of life among the neediest in the world, they will also undermine American power, progress and prestige, writes Alex Thier for the ODI.