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Pope calls for climate action in leaked encyclical

Pope Francis has rightfully earned a reputation for advocating for the world’s marginalized. Now he’s coming out with a major message that will urge the world to tackle climate change. …

Obama nominates Gayle Smith to lead USAID

President Obama has nominated senior White House official Gayle Smith as the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith, who has a background in international …

In Brazil, indigenous peoples battle land law change

A battle is shaping up in Brazilian politics that is pitting that nation’s indigenous peoples against powerful agribusiness, timber and mining interests. Brazil’s indigenous peoples are organizing against PEC 215, …

School lunch battle creates unlikely alliances

Does the Healthy Schools Meal Act reflect a “nanny state” mentality, or is the policy vital to the health of the nation’s school children? Those are two of the questions …