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Food Prices: Up, Up and Away

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a report this week that food prices reached an all-time high in January. The Food Price Index rose 3.4% in January to 231, surpassing June 2008 levels that sparked food riots and hoarding from Haiti to the Philippines. Prices of all commodity groups except meat  — …

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Bread Is Life: Food and Protest in Egypt

It’s impossible to say what exactly the next few days will bring in Egypt, both for the protestors and for the government. It seems clear that the days of the administration of President Hosni Murbarak  — at least in its present incarnation — are numbered, and tens of thousands of demonstrators on  the streets of Egypt’s …

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Death (of an Agreement) on the Nile

Nine countries that border the Nile failed to reach agreement on Sunday on a deal to share the river for irrigation and hydro power projects—a troubling indication that water rights will become increasingly difficult to manage in the face of climate change.

In May, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new agreement …