May 16, 2011

Rebel conductor making music for peace

He has been called “a real Jew hater” and a “real anti-Semite” by former Israeli Education Minister Limor Livnat. However, few musicians have done as much for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as Daniel Barenboim, the noted Argentine-born Israeli orchestra conductor. It will be ...

Apr 29, 2011

Attacks on physicians in Bahrain

The government of Bahrain has been conducting a systematic attack on doctors and other medical personnel, ostensibly because of the care they provide to protesters attacked and maimed by government forces. The United States, which has been quite clear in its criticism of repression ...

Apr 5, 2011

Equality for women helps to reduce hunger

NEW YORK — Giving women the same tools and resources as men, such as financial support, education and access to markets, could reduce the number of hungry people worldwide by up to 150 million, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. The agency estimates ...

Mar 28, 2011

Firms prefer pushing tobacco to the poorest

NEW YORK — Facing greater restriction in the United States and other industrialized countries, multinational tobacco companies are increasingly marketing their products in developing countries, particularly among women and adolescents. While smoking rates in some industrialized countries are decreasing at about 1 percent a ...

Mar 11, 2011

Cry against gender violence in Afghanistan

NEW YORK — Self-immolation committed by a large number of Afghan women is one of the most tragic responses to gender violence in that country. Aside from the horror of dying, surviving this act makes victims unfit for a normal life. They are often ...

Feb 28, 2011

Is it the destiny of Muslims and Jews to fight?

NEW YORK — Negative stereotypes and prejudices have been a constant source of friction and misunderstanding between Muslims and Jews. Can a level of understanding be reached between them that would make peaceful relations possible? I believe so. An almost forgotten episode during World ...

Feb 20, 2011

Do a Mideast deal soon or risk peace later

NEW YORK — As protests increase in several Mideast countries, it is becoming more obvious that a final agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is one of the most critical issues facing policymakers in the region. For the United States, which is steadily losing control ...

Feb 7, 2011

Enlightened year to revive autism research

NEW YORK — The theory that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was responsible for causing autism has, since it was first elaborated, been a hindrance to a proper assessment of the autism problem. The theory, based on a study led by Dr. ...

Jan 24, 2011

The straw that broke the president's back

NEW YORK — The collapse of former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s government was a crisis waiting to happen. Those that watched the corruption and ruthlessness of the regime knew that sooner or later the situation would explode. And WikiLeaks may have provided ...

Jan 16, 2011

Cuba lifts lung-cancer care with vaccine

NEW YORK — Cuba’s announcement that its scientists have developed a vaccine to improve the lives of lung-cancer patients is reason for optimism. Cautious optimism is in order, though, since previous claims have been made before by several scientists in dealing with this disease ...