CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1987
Behn praises Renamo's "miles of flourishing corn, manioc, beans and rice farms." She fails to explain that the Mozambican government forces, in their campaign to wipe out the Renamo bandits, do not destroy crops. Such rampant destruction and pillage is the policy of Renamo, the "contras" of Mozambique. Behn should have visited some of the empty fields, where peasant food crops are systematically destroyed by Renamo. She could have taken a broader look, spent time with my Oxfam America colleagues in neighboring Zimbabwe, visiting some of the 30,000 Mozambican displaced persons still in refugee camps.
November 20, 1993 |
Hollywood benefit dinners often feature lobster ravioli, goat cheese, empanadas and other improbably exotic foodstuffs. Rarely, though, do guests get nothing but rice and water. That, however, was the menu for some diners at the fourth annual Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, Thursday night at the Virgin Megastore Complex on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The evening was designed to raise money and spotlight the Boston-based group's 20-year-old crusade against world hunger.
November 6, 2006 |
Starbucks, the icon of U.S. coffee culture, strongly defended Sunday its business practices with poor coffee farmers around the world after it was accused of blocking the U.S. trademark application of coffee growers from Ethiopia. Starbucks said in a full-page ad published Sunday in the New York Times that it had worked to strengthen coffee farms in many parts of the world.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing a growing humanitarian crisis, Oxfam, the international relief agency, set a goal in January of raising $53 million to aid victims of Syria's brutal civil war. So far, Americans have contributed $150,000. Oxfam isn't alone. Mercy Corps has collected $900,000 for Syrian refugees during the 27 months of the war, a fraction of the $2.5 million raised in a few weeks in 2006 during the one-month war between Israel and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. Other aid groups report similar low levels of response - a sharp contrast to Americans' usual warmhearted giving to help victims of foreign earthquakes, floods and wars.
November 15, 1990 |
Stars to Go Hungry: Actors Danny Glover and Edward James Olmos will serve as honorary co-chairs of the First Oxfam America Hollywood Hunger Banquet, part of the organization's annual Fast for a World Harvest today. Other celebrities scheduled to attend the event include Ruben Blades, Mike Farrell and Raul Julia.
January 27, 1991
A partial list of those accepting cash donations to help victims of the Gulf War. For more information on any of these groups, contact InterAction, 202-822-8429. * Grass Roots International: Box 312, Cambridge, Mass. 02139. * Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles: 6505 Wilshire Bl., L.A. 90048. * Lutheran World Relief: 390 Park Ave. South, New York, N.Y. 10016. Mercy Corps International, 3030 S.W. First Ave., Portland, Or. 97201.