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Apr 14, 2011 Red State Home Companion

QUOTE: In a multiple-prong attack on NPR, Republicans slashed funding for public broadcasting, then passed an additional “emergency” bill to prohibit independent stations from using federal grants to buy NPR programs... So why go after such a meager sum for public radio, when it means so much to the least-populated areas of America? Spite. Ideology.

New York Times
Nov 22, 2009 In Ethiopia, farmland is hot property

QUOTE: The scale and pace of the land scramble has alarmed policy makers and others concerned about its implications for food security in countries such as Ethiopia...

Washington Post
Oct 27, 2009 Pakistan's Forgotten Plight: Modern-Day Slavery

QUOTE: will Clinton be able to press Islamabad's rulers to address a controversy involving rural poverty and modern-day slavery?

Time Magazine
Oct 09, 2009 Epicenter The Business of Tech The Empire Strikes Back: FCC Probes Google Voice (Updated) (Epicenter)

QUOTE: AT&T has just given Google a taste of its own mandated openness medicine, successfully goading federal regulators into officially looking into why Google’s Voice service blocks phone calls to certain rural numbers.

Sep 19, 2009 Planes to nowhere? Congress plans to increase small-town airline subsidies

QUOTE: opponents call the program [Essential Air Service] wasteful spending, noting that much of the money provides service to areas with fewer than 30 passengers a day.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 13, 2009 Welcome to Our Town. Wish We Weren’t Here. (Treece Journal)

QUOTE: Officials in Kansas have been practically begging the federal government to move Treece’s impoverished people, mostly the children and grandchildren of old miners [due to mining contaminates in the soil] but to no avail.

New York Times
Aug 27, 2009 A national shame: Malnutrition in Guatemala

QUOTE: according to Unicef almost half of Guatemala’s children are chronically malnourished—the sixth-worst performance in the world.

Aug 12, 2009 As water and power dry up in India, the people revolt: Hundreds of times a week across the nation, frustrated residents block roads and demand resources. But there's simply not enough to go around.

QUOTE: Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, senior editor with the Hindustan Times and an Asia Society senior fellow, said scenes like this [protests against power and water shortages] are played out every day in India and do little to resolve the basic problem: There simply aren't enough resources to go around, particularly during times of natural calamity.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 16, 2009 European Subsidies Stray From the Farm

QUOTE: it [computer analysis] also showed that hundreds of millions of euros [for farm subsidies] are being paid to individuals and companies with little or no connection to traditional farming.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2009 The Amazon: The future of the forest:

QUOTE: Brazil’s government hopes that land reform in the Amazon will slow deforestation. Greens doubt it

Apr 17, 2009 California's drought raises rural-urban tensions over water: Farms see fallow fields and laid-off workers, and some urban consumers face their first water cuts in two decades.

QUOTE: California's third year of drought is stirring up long-standing... tensions between farmers in northern and central California and urban consumers in the state's dry Southland.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 10, 2008 A Desperate Search For Stolen Children: Lax Protections Leave Chinese Vulnerable To Human Trafficking

QUOTE: [A Chinese farmer's] year-long search for his son has turned into an odyssey through the ill-defined world of human trafficking, an underground system that has helped fuel China's economic might and flourished in the absence of protections against forced labor.

Washington Post
Jan 14, 2008 Farmers Rise In Challenge To Chinese Land Policy

QUOTE: The [land] redistribution exercise at Changchunling [on Dec. 19] was not an isolated incident. Rather, it marked what appears to be the start of a backlash against China's system of collective land ownership in rural areas.

Washington Post
Oct 12, 2007 Crackdown Upends Slaughterhouse’s Work Force

QUOTE: Across the country, the federal effort to flush out illegal immigrants is having major effects on workers and employers alike. Some companies have reluctantly raised wages to attract new workers following raids at their plants.

New York Times
Sep 14, 2007 In Rural Argentina, the Legacy of Migration: Exodus to the Cities Increasingly Exposes Those Left Behind to Hunger, Poor Health Care, Isolation

QUOTE: The isolation of small towns has attracted attention in Argentina not merely as a demographic trend but as a human rights issue. Thousands of demonstrators from the provinces gathered in Buenos Aires this year holding signs proclaiming "Hunger Is a Crime." Here in the northern province of Chaco, during a five-week period that ended last month, 11 people died of what local activists labeled starvation.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 Awaiting Internet Access, Remote Brazilian Tribes Debate Its Promise, Peril

QUOTE: The federal government this year announced a new program to provide satellite Internet access to 150 remote communities, in hopes that they will be better equipped to protect themselves against illegal logging and other threats to their culture.

Washington Post
Dec 26, 2006 'Barefoot Teachers' Left Behind in China: Rural Educators Lose Jobs in Push to Modernize

QUOTE: Several years ago, however, government officials announced they wanted to raise the standard of rural education. And now, although many barefoot teachers have qualified to become professionals, Sun and thousands like her have been cast difficult and wrenching the modernization of China's creaking socialist system can be, especially for a class of people once celebrated as the heart of the Communist Party.

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2006 Union Tries to Unite Blacks, Latinos: Workers at Meatpacking Plant Must First Overcome Distrust

QUOTE: The labor relations board and courts...agreed with union organizers and workers who said the company fought to undermine union elections in 1994 and 1997, intimidated workers who were pro-union, pitted black and Latino employees against each other, had union organizers arrested by an in-house police squad and threatened to close the plant.

Washington Post
May 24, 2006 Rural cellphone firms pinched

QUOTE: Rural cellphone carriers say their bigger national competitors are squeezing them out of the wireless market by charging them exorbitant roaming rates or by refusing to allow them to roam at all.

Feb 23, 2006 China Unveils Plan to Aid Farmers, but Avoids Land Issue

QUOTE: ...the program did not include any immediate changes in rural land policy, an issue that many experts consider to be at the heart of the urban-rural inequality problem. Illegal land seizures have caused rising rural protests...

New York Times
Jan 18, 2001 Fox Hunting Ban is Voted By Legislators in Britain

QUOTE: In a decision hailed by backers as a victory for basic decency and assailed by opponents as a triumph of intolerance, Parliament voted overwhelmingly tonight to outlaw the traditional British sport of fox hunting.

New York Times