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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What do the American and Syrian Civil War Have in Common?

In the story Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara experiences the food shortages caused by America’s Civil War. Hunger is a horrible fate that no one should endure.

Scarlett knows this. In the famous scene from the movie she vows, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

The American Civil War, the bloodiest the country has ever seen, was more than a fight between the Northern Union and the Southern Confederacy. It was also a struggle against hunger.

See my full article at the Huffington Post

My History News Network Thanksgiving Oped

Imagine a mystery guest coming to your Thanksgiving dinner, one you have never met.

After World War II, that is what happened in thousands of American households. But it was an imaginary, or “silent,” guest: one of the world’s hungry.

The “silent guest” campaign of 1947-48 asked Americans to open up their hearts and share their Thanksgiving bounty. Gov. Robert Bradford of Massachusetts, a descendant of the Pilgrims who started Thanksgiving, proclaimed the new tradition of feeding a “silent guest” at the holiday meal.

Read the full article at the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

My new Huff Post column: Why Hillary? Because She is a Leader Against World Hunger

Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate running for President. One of the reasons why is her experience with a critical issue that impacts every nation: hunger and malnutrition.

As Secretary of State Clinton showed leadership in fighting hunger, which is a major foreign policy objective of the United States. She helped start the Feed the Future initiative, which supports small farmers globally.
 
Read the full article at The Huffington Post:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton: The leader we need to fight global hunger

You may not believe it, but this is what a Republican senator once said of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State: “She is dedicated to her job. She loves her country. She understands the issues. … More importantly I think she is a good role model for young people.”

These were the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) when introducing Clinton at an event on global hunger in 2012. Clinton thanked him joking, “We promised him that we would seize and erase all tapes of what he has just said,” in order to protect Graham’s career.

The issue of hunger is one where Clinton showed leadership and the ability to work with Republicans. This is more important than ever, with hunger escalating because of conflict around the globe.
Read my full commentary at The Hill

Monday, October 17, 2016

Help Mariam Get School Lunches Again

It’s National School Lunch Week in the United States. But school lunches are important to kids everywhere around the world. So let’s visit with one of these children in a land far away, the African nation of Mali.

Mariam is a 12-year old from Yelimane village in Mali. She’s had a tough life, losing her parents at a young age. She lives now with her grandparents and sister. They are poor in a country ravaged by conflict in recent years.

Read my full commentary at The Huffington Post.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Marines, WFP Fight Hunger in Haiti

Devastation. That describes Haiti following Hurricane Matthew’s trail of destruction last week. Hundreds of people were killed by the storm and thousands were displaced. Many have lost their homes.

The aftermath of the storm brings new threats, including a food crisis. That is why the U.S. Marines are teaming with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to bring emergency relief.

See my full commentary at the  Huffington Post

Sunday, August 7, 2016

My History News Network column on the Battle of the Somme

What were the news headlines 100 years ago today? Imagine what stories you would see on cable TV or in your Facebook news feed if the year were 1916.

The top story would undoubtedly be World War I and the Battle of the Somme, which started in July, 1916.

British and French forces took on the German army near the River Somme in northern France. It was a senseless slaughter that claimed thousands of lives even in the first days of the battle, which lasted for several months.

Read the full article at the History News Network.