Harm through the government 2022

The Supreme Court rolls back a right and inflames a divided country Dan Baltz Washington Post June 24, 2022
The implications are both staggering and impossible to predict, other than that ending the right to abortion will have profound effects on women while adding to the cultural and political balkanization of America.

South Africa’s corruption inquiry leaves few of the nation’s powerful unscathed Lynsey Chutel New York Times June 23, 2022
The final portion of a three-year investigation reported graft on a massive scale under former President Jacob Zuma, but also found the current president’s actions wanting.

The American retirement system is built for the rich Daniel Hemmel Washington Post April 20, 2022
Lawmakers proclaim they want to help the middle class save. But that’s not who benefits most from IRAs and 401(k) plans.

Before giving billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi investment fund had big doubts David D. Kirkpatrick and Kate Kelly New York Times April 10, 2022
Before committing $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s fledgling firm, officials at a fund led by the Saudi crown prince questioned taking such a big risk…. But days later the full board of the $620 billion Public Investment Fund — led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and a beneficiary of Mr. Kushner’s support when he worked as a White House adviser — overruled the panel.

Ilhan Omar introduces bill to guarantee housing as a human right Sharon Zhang Truthout March 25, 2022 The bill would repeal the Faircloth Amendment, which places a hard limit on the amount of public housing in the country.

This judge is one of the last U.S. allies in the Guatemala corruption fight. Politicians keep trying to sideline her. Kevin Sieff Washington Post February 19, 2022

Can Haiti rebuild a food system broken by disaster, historical injustice, and neglect? Sara Jean, Evens Mary, and Thin Lei Win New Humanitarian February 3, 2022
‘You see your family out there trying to work the land every day, but in the end they don’t make anything significant out of it.’

Cuba: 60 years of a brutal, vindictive, and pointless embargo Peter Kornbluh The Nation January 26, 2022
Where Obama was willing to try “engagement,” Biden administration policy remains mired in Cold War clichés. The Nation has always believed there is a better way.

Afghanistan faces widespread hunger amid worsening humanitarian crisis Ruby Mellen and Júlia Ledur Washington Post January 24, 2022
Since the fall of Kabul in August and the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Taliban-controlled government has been choked off from the international economy, resulting in a currency crisis, extensive poverty and the collapse of key public services such as health care. “Yes, it was terrible prior to August,” Aken [Afghanistan director of the International Rescue Committee] said. ″But when the development funding was cut off on Aug. 15 and the sanctions were imposed and the assets frozen, that really took the situation from very bad to an extreme.”

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