On the first day of spring 2017, the day of Nawroz, they have produced a report on happiness and called it World Happiness Report only to say that the developing, the poor, and the third world countries are also the unhappier countries. Are you serious? I am celebrating this Nawruz in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada,... Continue Reading →
There are many adages that urge change from within. Probably, the most memorable one is by Gandhi, "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." Although very attractive, I find problematic for a number of reasons. First, it promotes individualism. These adages carry a notion that puts individuals at the center of the... Continue Reading →
Do you wonder why poverty and hunger, which was put together as one Millennium Development Goal are separated as two Sustainable Development Goals? The dynamics of poverty and hunger have changed. There are new kinds of poverty, and new kinds of hunger.
Afghan women: Let’s talk about it. Afghanistan has a maternal mortality rate of 1,400 per 100,000 live births, compared to 320 regionally and 280 globally (WHO, 2011). The probability of Afghan women dying during childbearing period is 1 in 11; the proportion is 1 in 30,000 for developed countries. Afghanistan is the worst place to... Continue Reading →