Sep 3, 2011

Doctors among victims in Arab uprisings

Doctors and medical personnel have become additional victims of the uprising taking place in several Arab countries. Attacks on doctors violate the principle of medical neutrality that ensures that doctors and medical personnel should be free to treat those in need — regardless of ...

Aug 22, 2011

Lessons from the affairs of Cuban crocodiles

The recent finding that the seriously endangered Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) has been hybridizing in the wild with the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) offers a sobering lesson. It shows that there is no real antagonism between Cuban and American crocodiles, something that policymakers on ...

Aug 12, 2011

'Don Quixote' is alive and legal in Argentina

It may come as a surprise to many, but “Don Quixote” is still alive, and in a most unlikely place. He lives in Tucumán, my hometown in northern Argentina. He is Carlos Duguech. He does not dress in body armor but rather, despite usually ...

Aug 2, 2011

Holding oil firms liable for rights violations

Several nongovernment organizations have filed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to review the ruling of an appeals court that corporations, under international law, cannot be held liable for damages from serious human rights violations. The Supreme Court should accept the ...

Jul 12, 2011

A grandfather's plea for an Israeli soldier

Marking five years since the capture of Gilad Shalit, international human rights organizations continue demanding the release of the Israeli soldier. Shalit’s grandfather has joined the choir of those demanding freedom for his grandson. Zvi Shalit asked the Israeli authorities to accept Hamas’ conditions ...

Jun 27, 2011

Woman poet signifies defiance in Bahrain

Ayat al-Qarmezi, a 20-year-old woman poet in Bahrain, recently condemned to one year in prison, has become the human face of defiance against the regime ruling the country. Her crime, to have spoken at a pro-reform rally in Manama’s Pearl Roundabout in February. Unless ...

Jun 20, 2011

Keeping a lid on Argentina's 'secrets and lies'

By a relatively slight margin, the U.S. Congress has rejected an amendment by Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey to declassify files on Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The refusal to declassify the files is likely to stymie efforts to determine the fate of hundreds of babies ...

Jun 17, 2011

Novel approach to treating cancer

The discovery that two new drugs can control melanoma could revolutionize the treatment not only of melanoma but also of other cancers as well. Melanoma is cancer of the pigment cells in the skin. Although it accounts for only 4 percent of all skin ...

May 30, 2011

High-fat diet for treating epilepsy is revived

The ketogenic diet, a high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet, is regaining popularity in treating difficult-to-control cases of epilepsy, particularly in children. The classic ketogenic diet contains a 4 to 1 ratio by weight of fat to combined amounts of protein and carbohydrates. The diet ...

May 23, 2011

Health in hand with education

Better education, particularly among mothers, is widely associated with better health. Experiences in several countries have shown the power of education to increase the nutritional levels and the health status of the poor. Girls’ education is one of the most effective investments a nation ...