Starving civilians is an ancient military tactic, but today it’s a war crime in Ukraine, Yemen, Tigray and elsewhere

Grain warehouse destroyed by Russian attacks in Kopyliv, Kyiv province, Ukraine, May 28, 2022.
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Published: June 21, 2022 12.51pm BST The Conversation


  1. Tom DannenbaumAssociate Professor of International Law, Tufts University
  2. Alex De WaalResearch Professor and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  3. Daniel MaxwellHenry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

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Alex de Waal is affiliated with the World Peace Foundation.

Daniel Maxwell receives funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). He is a member of the Famine Review Committee for IPC analysis.

Tom Dannenbaum does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


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A hideous contradiction is playing out in war-torn Ukraine. Thousands of Ukrainians are starving in cities besieged by Russian forces. Meanwhile, the country’s grain stores are bursting with food, and the government is begging for international assistance to export Ukrainian grain to world markets.

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Protecting Domestic Workers with the Blockchain

June 22, 2022

By Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, Asia Foundation


Migrant domestic workers and their challenges

Cooking, cleaning, laundry, childcare—domestic labor is essential labor in any society. In Vietnam, a rapidly growing middle class has produced skyrocketing demand for paid domestic workers—both live-in and hourly—particularly in large metropolises like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and domestic workers have become an important part of the gig economy.

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