Drought in Australia.  Mentioned as one of the causes of the grain price increases in 2007-2008,  the Australian drought continues.

posted July 13, 2008 at 7:25 a.m.

Democracy Losing Ground in Africa.   The LA Times cites: problems in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia;  "success stories"  in Ghana and Sierra Leone; "western interest wanes,"  China's growing influence; ."poverty is the biggest single handicap."

posted July 13, 2008 at 7:20 a.m.


World Bank Head Calls for Increased Food Aid.  WB President Bob Zoellick says that poor countries need $10 billion of food aid this year, and $6 billion/year for the forseeable future.

posted July 13, 2008 at 7:10 a.m.