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Pacific Rim Nations Agree to Pacific Pact to Promote Economic Growth

The Ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries reached a conclusion to their negotiations on October 4, 2015. The TPP is a trade agreement between many Pacific Rim countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

The World Bank: Confronting Poverty without Corruption

I was recently reading an article about a former UN consultant who was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to inflate prices for a UN contract to distribute pharmaceuticals to the DNC. As part of the investigation, e-mail...more

Five Surprising Facts About the Inclusive Communities Case

In the Supreme Court’s recent, landmark decision in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473449 (Jun. 25, 2015), the Court held that, while disparate...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

New Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2014 Released

The Department of Health and Human Services released its annual update of the federal poverty guidelines (“FPG”) for 2014. This updates the income levels used to qualify applicants for Lifeline-supported service, although...more

Some Thoughts on Puerto Rico and Other Distressed Issuers

Fact One: There are 3.7 million Puerto Ricans, 45% of whom live in poverty. Fact Two: According to its April 3, 2012 Official Statement, Puerto Rico has $68 billion of debt. Fact Three seems obvious: it is going to be...more

Poverty Law Class a Learning Experience for Prof, Too

This Fall, I had the privilege of teaching the Poverty Law class at the University of Alabama School of Law. Since it was my first experience teaching a law school class, I will have to leave it to my students to judge how...more

Poor American Health: Addressing Weight-Related Problems in the Low Income Community in a Comprehensive Manner

This note discusses the interrelated nature of the problems of poverty and obesity, and argues that a truly comprehensive approach is necessary to effective address weight-related problems in the low income community....more

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