June 25, 2009

New York Times Article on Microloans and Training

Story of interest:

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 14, 2009

Barbara Ehrenreich on the focus on the new poor vs the already poor in the recession

An Op-Ed of interest that I was happy to see, having read too many stories of the ultrarich becoming the merely rich -- I just finished Roger Lowenstein's When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management (2000) (a cautionary story about the rise of leverage, new-fangled investment forms, and loose regulation). 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 10, 2009

Labor Organizer and Immigrant Rights Center First Person Account in New York Times

An interesting article: Elena Herrada, "We Came to Work," New York Times, June 9, 2009.

Also of note, a story about the decline of Big Law: Alan Feuer, "A Study in Why Major Law Firms Are Shrinking," New York Times, June 5, 2009. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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May 11, 2009

Jason DeParle on State Aid for those in need

Jason DeParle has a new story of interest, "For Recession Victims, Patchwork State Aid," New York Times, May 9, 2009.  There is also an associated graphic on the variations in aid across the country. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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April 14, 2009

Unions Come Together on Immigration

New York Times article of interest: Julia Preston & Steven Greenhouse, "Immigration Accord by Labor Boosts Obama Effort," New York Times, Apr. 13, 2009. 

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April 12, 2009

Wash. Post on Poverty, Stress, and Brain Impairment in Children

A recent newspaper article of interest: Rob Stein, "Research Links Poor Kids' Stress, Brain Impairment," Washington Post, Apr. 6, 2009.  The second paragraph of the article: "Now, research is providing what could be crucial clues to explain how childhood poverty translates into dimmer chances of success: Chronic stress from growing up poor appears to have a direct impact on the brain, leaving children with impairment in at least one key area -- working memory."

-Thanks to Wilson Castellanos for the heads up!  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu 

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April 03, 2009

Picturing the Recession - New York Times

The New York Times has a new webpage of photos submitted by readers related to the recession.  It is interesting in and of itself, but their selection of a photo I took of my dad, available here, gave me another reason to add a post about it.  =)

-E.R.

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March 26, 2009

Drug Testing Beneficiaries of Unemployment or Welfare Funding

News story here: AP, "States Consider Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients," March 26, 2009.  Commentary on Dissenting Justice Blog here

-Thanks to Darren Hutchinson for the heads up. E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu.

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February 27, 2009

News Coverage of Obama's Budget and Welfare

David Stout, "Drilling Down on the Budget: Welfare," New York Times, Feb. 26, 2009.
Washington Post, "2010 Budget Blueprint: Agency by Agency," Feb. 27, 2009.
Tom Hart, "ONE and the President's Budget," ONE campaign, Feb. 26, 2009.

Link to the entire blueprint here
in PDF. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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February 20, 2009

News Coverage of use of Food Banks

Story here: Julie Bosman, "Newly Poor Swell Lines at Food Banks Nationwide," New York Times, Feb. 19, 2009. 

Also for those teaching, the following story though not on poverty but on student grade expectations may be of interest. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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February 13, 2009

Washington Post: "Out of Work and Challenged on Benefits, Too"

News article of interest: Peter Whoriskey, "Out of Work and Challenged on Benefits, Too," Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2009 (about employers blocking payouts to former employees). 

-Thanks to Francine Lipman for the heads up! E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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February 09, 2009

Jason DeParle on Welfare

Jason DeParle has a new article that while not breaking new ground does quickly present the major debates in welfare policy: what should count, should it be tied to work, deserving/undeserving, etc... The article is: Jason DeParle, "The 'W' Word, Re-Engaged," New York Times, Feb. 7, 2009. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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February 03, 2009

NY Times, "Welfare Aid Isn't Growing as Economy Drops Off"

Article of interest: Jason DeParle, "Welfare Aid Isn't Growing as Economy Drops Off," New York Times, Feb. 1, 2009 (associated graphic here).

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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January 29, 2009

News Topic of the Day: Wall Street Bonuses and Obama

The bonuses paid by companies that failed (or rather were in danger of failing and needed a rescue) have received a lot of attention recently, including from Obama today.  Below are stories tied to this theme. 

A GREAT POST: from Bernard Harcourt at the Faculty Blog at the University of Chicago Law School: cut a $4 Billion Check!

Personally, I'm less convinced the problem is with the companies and not with the government.  If somebody is given money without strings attached, I'm not sure how successful calls for responsibility will be absent meaningful limits on compensation (say a requirement that companies getting bailed out limit pay in a more meaningful way than what has happened so far as a condition of getting money).  They do seem to be playing a game of chicken, basically daring the government to decide not to step in. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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January 10, 2009

News Coverage related to the Employee Free Choice Act

The Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would help unionization, is getting a lot of attention.  The New York Times Editorial, "The Right to Unionize," March 6, 2007 in support gives a quick summary of the bill:

The most significant change in the bill is known as a majority signup, which would allow employees at a company to unionize if a majority signed cards expressing their desire to do so. Under current law, an employer can reject the majority’s signatures and insist on a secret ballot. But in a disturbingly high number of cases, the employer uses the time before the vote to pressure employees to rethink their decision to unionize.

Below are some links for those interested (the sources line up with whether they support or oppose the bill):

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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January 07, 2009

Article on Appalachian town (Huntington, WV) with poorest health

According to a (dated) Huntington Herald-Dispatch article from Nov. 2008, "Appalachian town shrugs at poorest health rating," Huntington, WV is the town with the poorest health, driven by obesity problems.  A student who forwarded the article noted that she saw a local newscast reporting the story in which the news anchor laughed when reporting the story and also laughed when noting that a high percentage of the elderly population in this area have no teeth. 

-Thanks to Stephanie Humphries for the heads up! E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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December 22, 2008

NYTimes Nicholas D. Kristof, "Business Defeating Poverty"

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has a newish blog post "Business Defeating Poverty" Dec. 9, 2008, whose focus is described by the title.  The actual post is quite short, but the comments afterward include citations to quite a few sources on philanthrocapitalism and also express some concerns about the focus on business. 

-Thanks to Stephanie Humphries for the heads up!  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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December 17, 2008

Media coverage of "The Invisible Workforce"

The Central Penn Business Journal is doing a special series on "The Invisible Workforce," looking at ways to bridge the gap between jobless inner-city residents and employers who complain of being unable to find workers for high-skill, blue-collar jobs. Video and quite a few stories are at http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/invisibleworkforce.  Just one example: David Dagan, "Redefining Recruiting: Outreach, Workforce-system Changes Target Underemployment," Central Penn Business Journal, 12/11/2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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December 08, 2008

Op-Ed on repealing the Bush tax cuts

Here: Robert H. Frank, "Why Wait to Repeal Tax Cuts for the Rich?" New York Times, Dec. 5, 2008. 
Relatedly, Darren Hutchinson has this post on his blog, Dissenting Justice (not looking at the tax cut issue but at Obama as a moderate, not a progressive). 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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November 25, 2008

Media coverage of poverty in the 2008 campaign

The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity released a new report by Tom Freedman and John Bridgeland that looks at the coverage of poverty by the media 2003 to 2008.  "Reaching New Heights: The Issue of Poverty in the 2008 Campaign, A Study of Print Media" can be found here.  The key findings are:

-Thanks to Josh Nelson at the Hatcher Group for the heads up.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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November 24, 2008

Overworked Public Defenders Rejecting New Cases

Older story of interest: Erik Eckholm, "Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases," New York Times, Nov. 8, 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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November 19, 2008

Downward Mobility: The Formerly Middle Class

UPDATE: my brief response to "The Formerly Middle Class" was published today as a letter to the editor

The popular press (and to some degree academics as well) likes to focus on the middle class squeeze, see House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform page on the Middle Class Squeeze here, which when combined with the economic downturn will likely create a new category of people according to recent op-ed -- David Brooks, "The Formerly Middle Class," New York Times, Nov. 17, 2008 -- who he thinks are likely to generate the "next big social movement."  An earlier op-ed has a similar focus, though it does so by focusing on particular affected individuals: Bob Herbert, "Climbing Down the Ladder," Oct. 17, 2008.  The Herbert op-ed inspired a great letter to the editor by Amy Laiken, who noted: "While not trivializing the plight of the women profiled by Mr. Hebert, it is worth noting that there has not been enough public discussion of the problems of the millions of lower income who cannot climb up the ladder to the middle class . . ."  Hopefully Daschle's appointment will be able to help. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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November 08, 2008

Worth Reading: Krugman on Obama and Progressive Agenda (plus editorial on shelters)

See Paul Krugman (winner of the Nobel prize), "The Obama Agenda," New York Times, Nov. 7, 2008. 

Another editorial  of note (thanks to Stephanie Humphries): Editorial, "Good Neighbors," New York Times, Nov. 7, 2008 (noting cost savings for supportive apartments versus emergency shelters).  The editorial reminded me of a couple of earlier articles: Jennifer Egan, "To Be Young and Homeless," New York Times Sunday Magazine, Mar. 24, 2002 and Malcolm Gladwell, "Million Dollar Murray," The New Yorker, Feb. 13, 2006. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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October 21, 2008

NPR Coverage of redefining poverty and Poll results

National Public Radio's coverage of poverty has two things of note:

-Thanks to Stephanie Humphries for the heads up.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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October 19, 2008

Pro Bono is Anti-Social!

At least according to Judge Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  See blog posting on clinicians with not enough to do here.

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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October 11, 2008

Op-Ed of Interest: "The Class War Before Palin"

David Brooks has an interesting op-ed, "The Class War Before Palin," New York Times, Oct. 10, 2008.  The majority is about the anti-elite aspects of Republican Party rhetoric, exemplified by Sarah Palin, but ends by noting that the Republican Party has had policies that do not address the concerns of the working class. 

My only concern with this sort of writing is that it arguably suffers from a bit too much of the mirror-looking sort of analysis that finds explanations in decisions that if the Republicans were winning than those same decisions would be seen as being brilliant; it made me think of The Right Nation, a book describing the rise of the right written by two British journalists.  Maybe it isn't the anti-elite or the rhetoric of politicians that has made the Republican Party weak, it is the fact that even McCain's own commercial has to acknowledge that most Americans feel, correctly, that they are worse off than they were four years ago (and really 8 years ago).  These law prof blogs are not supposed to be political, but I think that anti-elite, anti-intellectual rhetoric could work but for the current troubles of the country under a Republican administration. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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September 25, 2008

Recent proposal to sterilize the poor

From the "enlightened" town of Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans that was both home turf of the late Sheriff Harry Lee (who at one point promised his constituents: "If there are some young blacks driving a car late at night in a predominantly white neighborhood, they will be stopped.") and elected David Duke to the state legislature, comes this new gem: a plan, detailed in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, to pay poor women $1000 if they get sterilized

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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September 22, 2008

Call to focus on Africa's bottom billion

Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007), has a new op-ed pointing out problems in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and arguing that the focus should be on those stuck at the bottom, mainly in Africa.  The op-ed is: Paul Collier, "A Measure of Hope," NYTimes (Sep. 21, 2008). 

For more on the MDGs, the World Bank has a cool interactive atlas that goes through the goals one by one.  And of course the UN has a page with lots on them, as does the UNDP.  The UNDP's Millennium Development Goals Report (2008) is here

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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September 20, 2008

Scalia as Lord Vodemort?: J.K. Rowlings acts on concern for the poor

J.K. Rowlings, Harry Potter author, recently gave $1.8 MILLION (original was off a lot!-thanks "Adam" for the catch) to the Labour party and according to an AP story, accused "rival Conservatives of discriminating against poor parents." In light of his recent statements, who knows what Scalia would say about this. =)

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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September 10, 2008

Empasize universal coverage or health care cost reductions?

Robert J. Samuelson argues that rather than focusing on universal coverage candidates should focus on reducing costs. His op-ed also notes that near equality of heath care spending across income quintiles. The article is: Robert J. Samuelson, "Health Care Realism," Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2008.

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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September 03, 2008

Possible Legislation for a New Poverty Measure

More reporting on the move for a new measure... The New York Times coverage is here: Rachel L. Swarns, "Bipartisan Calls for New Federal Poverty Measure," New York Times, Sep. 1, 2008. 

-Thanks to Stephanie Humphries for the heads up.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram Year Long Series on the Working Poor

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram did a year long series in 2007 entitled "Working Poor" that profiles four families and the website includes videos of the families talking about their experiences as well as stories focusing on a range of issues.  Well worth checking out and good as a tool for class...

-Thanks to Aric Short for the heads up.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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August 24, 2008

Bill Gates on Creative Capitalism to help the Global Poor

Recently Time Magazine published an article written by Bill Gates on harnessing the power to capitalism to help those who have been "left out" of the benefits of capitalism.  Part celebration of capitalism, part call to action, the article is worth checking out: Bill Gates, "Making Capitalism More Creative," Time Magazine, July 31, 2008 [the above link includes ways to get the article podcast as well as an interview with Gates]. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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August 04, 2008

Another (International) form of patient dumping of those who cannot afford care

New York Times story and slideshow on international patient dumping: Deborah Sontag, "Immigrants Facing Deportation by U.S. Hospitals," N.Y. Times, Aug. 3, 2008; slideshow here

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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August 03, 2008

Washington Post Series: "Hardest Hit: Hurt and Hope Among Low Wage Workers"

Pizza The Washington Post today published Michael A. Fletcher & Jon Cohen, "Hovering Above Poverty, Grasping for Middle Class" (Aug. 3, 2008), an article detailing the results of a survey (full report here) conducted by the Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University.  A good associated graphic goes with the story.  The article is part of a larger series, "The Hardest Hit" that the Post will be publishing over the coming weeks. 

The Washington Post website includes a number of good links (selection copied below):

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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July 28, 2008

N.Y. Times Op-Ed on closing down HUD

Op-Ed of interest (the title gives a pretty good summary): Sudhir Venkatesh, "To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD," NYTimes, July 25, 2008. 

-Thanks to Jeff Selbin for the heads up!  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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July 08, 2008

Interesting Op-Ed by Stephen L. Carter

With an Aspen, Colorado tagline, Stephen L. Carter (best selling author and Yale professor) has an interesting new op-ed that touches on affirmative action, the divide between poor and better off African-Americans, marriage policy, school vouchers, etc... Stephen L. Carter, "Affirmative Distraction," New York Times, July 6, 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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July 06, 2008

New York Times Editorial on the Food Crisis: Man-Made Hunger

Today's editorial from the New York Times is worth reading: Editorial Board, "Man-Made Hunger," NYTimes, July 6, 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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July 02, 2008

Light-Hearted Post: Dogs over Indigent

From the New York Times: "The two people who described the statement said Mrs. Helmsley signed it in 2003 to establish goals for the multibillion-dollar trust that would disburse assets after her death. The first goal was to help indigent people, the second to provide for the care and welfare of dogs. A year later, they said, she deleted the first goal."  Full story here.  Helmsley it should be remembered is quoted as saying "only the little people pay taxes" (CommonDreams story here). 
 

-ER. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 24, 2008

News: Rent support to avoid student turnover

The N.Y. Times today has a story on rental subsidies being paid to parents to help reduce student turnover and education disruption.  Erik Eckholm, "To Avoid Student Turnover, Parents Get Rent Help," NYTimes, June 24, 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 20, 2008

Crime and Section 8 Placements from Atlantic Monthly

This month's Atlantic Monthly features a potentially troubling story worth checking out.  Hanna Rosin, "American Murder Mystery," Atlantic Monthly, July/Aug 2008.  Note, clicking through the pages of the story at the bottom of the first webpage reveals more photos and video content. 

Teaser from the article: "On the merged map, dense violent-crime areas are shaded dark blue, and Section8 addresses are represented by little red dots. All of the dark-blue areas are covered in little red dots, like bursts of gunfire. ... Nobody in the antipoverty community and nobody in city leadership was going to welcome the news that the noble experiment that they’d been engaged in for the past decade had been bringing the city down, in ways they’d never expected." 

-Heads up courtesy of Susan Bennett.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 12, 2008

News: Colorado has Largest Rise in Child Poverty

Mt_yaleAccording to the Colorado Children's Campaign (their report is here), and reported on in the New York Times Today, "Colorado experienced the nation's largest rate of growth in impoverished children from 2000-2006" (article here with graphic of shifts in poverty here).  The Denver Post's editorial responding to the report urges education as the solution: Board Editorial, "Learning how to escape poverty," June 11, 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 09, 2008

Privatopia in India

The New York Times today published a story on privatopian communities (borrowing from Evan McKenzie) in India: Somini Sengupta, "Inside Gate, India's Good Life; Outside, the Servant's Slums)," NYTimes, June 9, 2008.  Associated slideshow here

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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News Coverage: Gas Prices in Rural Areas

The New York Times published a story of interest: Clifford Krauss, "Rural U.S. Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average," NYTimes, June 9, 2008.  Linked to the story is an interactive graphic on the varying impact of gas prices (looking at the % of income spent on gas; gas prices; and distribution of income) as well as a slideshow

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 06, 2008

More news coverage of global food crisis

The following links and stories may be of interest to those concerned or interested in the global food crisis:

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 05, 2008

Reviving a Paper Mill - Worker Stakeholders

The New York Times today covered the revival of a paper mill, in a story that shows the value of non-owner stakeholders: Fernanda Santos, "Revived Paper Mill Brings a Town Back With It," NY Times June 5, 2008; there is also an associated slide show.

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 03, 2008

Fuel Poverty: UK and the US

Dsc_0066 A non-profit, Economic Opportunity Studies, has released a (short) report delineating the difference between the view on fuel poverty within the US and the UK.  The UK, it should be noted, has stated that fuel poverty occurs when a home spends  more than 10% of its income on Fuel Bills.  While The US has not come to a consensus on where the fuel poverty line occurs, the following study shows the probable number of households in the US falling below this line utilizing the UK standard.

According to a recent BBC news article, talks about a new plan that the UK is proposing in order to overcome some of the energy problems faced by their poor.  Although there is heavy criticism on the grounds that the plan is not enough to overcome many fuel poverty issues, there are strong proponents that point out that the plan is a large step in the right direction.

(All of this brings up Joseph Kennedy's efforts to bring lower heating costs to the poor, with the assistance of CITGO.  For negative commentary on the political aspects of this Venezuelan oil, see a Heritage Foundation editorial.   The New York Times Sunday Magazine also has an in depth article looking at nationalized oil, "The Perils of Petrocracy," that touches on this.)

-With thanks to Farhan Ali. E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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New York Times Editorial on Immigration

The New York Times published a strong editorial, "The Great Immigration Panic," June 3, 2008 that calls attention to how history will judge our current zenophobia.  It is worth reading even though more explicitly tied to the ImmigrationProf Blog

-[In the interest of full disclosure, I am married to a Salvadoran who is now a legal permanent resident.]  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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June 02, 2008

Millions unable to access HIV/AIDS Medication

The World Health Organization, UNAids, and Unicef have stated that they are two years behind on their access target of placing 3 million people on antiretroviral therapy (ART).  The main reason behind the slow movement of these agencies is attributed to the weak healthcare systems in these low income countries coupled with lack of staff and long-term financing.  For more, see related BBC story; World Health Organization report on Scaling Up Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource Limited Settings; and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation case study on Working with Botswana to Confront Its Devastating AIDS Crisis.

-Thanks to Farhan Ali. E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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Jack Kemp and George Mitchell on Poverty in the Spotlight

Jack_kemp_viewable Of interest: Jack Kemp & George Mitchell, "Poverty Has Returned to the Public Agenda," Spotlight on Poverty.  Note that if you go to the link you will also find number of other op-eds on poverty from the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

-Thanks to Josh Nelson at the Hatcher Group for the heads up. E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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