Obama's Asia Trip
Last week, President Obama jetted across the continent, talking to leaders of Japan, China, Burma, and South Korea. The agenda included discussions on trade, security, arms control, climate change and human rights. While some pundits criticized him for being too deferential, others praised his diplomacy as a marked departure from the style of his predecessor. But what did his trip actually accomplish? We're joined by John Feffer of Foreign Policy in Focus.
John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee.
Global Hunger and Food Security
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the month of festivities and holiday parties and overeating that follow, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture says that 49 million Americans—or one in seven—struggled to put food on the table in 2008. That’s the highest number since the federal government began keeping track in 1995. Last week, the UN World Summit on Food Security convened in Rome to address what has become an alarming global trend, with 1 billion people worldwide going hungry. Is it a problem of underproduction of food, of inadequate delivery, or of unequal access? In the midst of a global recession, what are some solutions to the growing problems of hunger and food insecurity?
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System. He has worked for the World Bank and WTO and been tear-gassed on four continents while protesting against them. Writer, activist, and academic, he is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Centre for African Studies, a researcher at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.
Singer-Songwriter Jared Rehberg's New Album
"Somewhere in the Middle," Jared Rehberg's second CD release, features the talents of producer Steve Francis from Stush Music, R&B singer Heather Park, Arthur Rodriguez, and singer-songwriter Kevin So. The title song is dedicated to his parents and celebrates his identity, while other tracks address issues of race, homeland, and belonging.
Jared Rehberg is a singer-songwriter whose journey as a Vietnamese adoptee has taken him from an orphanage in Saigon to an army hospital in Georgia to his current home in New York City. Career highlights include performances at coffeehouses, children’s adoption camps, and at the palace in Ho Chi Minh City. More information here.
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