Poverty

Honduras Seeks International Aid for Flood Victims

The government of Honduras announced that it has begun to request humanitarian and relief assistance from foreign governments and international organizations to help deal with the impact of severe flooding throughout the country, but primarily in the southern and western regions. Honduras is currently under a state of emergency following more than a week of torrential rains that have affected nearly 70,000 people in at least 25 municipalities, leaving 14 dead, 12,000 evacuees, and 8,762 in temporary shelters. Five of Honduras' 18 departments are under a state of red alert, including Choluteca, El Paraíso, and Valle, and the southern municipalities of Francisco Morazán and La Paz. Relief efforts are being hampered by continued rainfall which has damaged numerous roads and bridges, including a segment (kilometer 54) of the Pan-American Highway that connects Tegucigalpa to the city of Choluteca in the south.

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The Ecological and Political Impact of Colonialism in the Third World During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Colonialism is a system in which a state claims sovereignty over territory and people outside its own boundaries; or a system of rule which assumes the right of one people to impose their will upon another (Brett, 1973). During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rich, powerful states, including Britain and other European countries, owned third world colonies. 'Third world' originally referred to countries that did not belong to the democratic, industrialised countries of the West (the First World) or the state-socialist, industrialising, Soviet Bloc countries (the Second World) (Chilton, 2004). This essay uses specific third world examples to summarise the main impacts of nineteenth and twentieth century colonialism, when colonial powers reached their peak. It focuses on European colonialism in Africa and India.

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The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires

The happiness level in the U.S. declined with the economic crash -- but it's now back up even as people are making do with less income or wealth. Why?

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