Aug 3, 2010

Drug use is fueling AIDS epidemic in Russia

NEW YORK — Russia has one of the world’s most serious epidemics of injection drug use, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS. It is estimated that Russia has 2 million injecting drug users (IDUs), 60 to 70 percent of whom have ...

Jul 26, 2010

Give Israeli 'traitor' unconditional freedom

NEW YORK — On May 23, Mordechai Vanunu, whom Amnesty International calls a “prisoner of conscience,” was sent to prison for three months, accused of violating the terms of his 2004 release from prison. He has spent 18 years in prison, the first 11 ...

Jul 17, 2010

Breaking the oppression of Indian Dalits

One can fight oppression with violence, or one can fight it with education. Hema Konsotia, a 32-year-old Indian woman, has chosen the latter. She is helping to change conditions for an estimated 165 million Indian Dalits, also known as “untouchables.” They are a mixed ...

Jul 12, 2010

Scholars flunk George W. Bush

NEW YORK — George W. Bush ranks among the five U.S. presidents who accomplished the least while in office, according to the Siena College Research Institute’s latest survey of 238 presidential scholars. The institute has conducted the poll annually for the past 28 years. ...

Jul 6, 2010

Valiant voice against a war without borders

NEW YORK — Is it not fair to say that the more we love our country, the more we want it to be a better, more honorable country? If we use this criterion, then we can say that few people loved the United States ...

Jun 29, 2010

Maradona casts spell at world's crossroads

NEW YORK — I can still hear the Mexican sportscaster shouting in the radio for more than a minute — “Dieguitooooo, Dieguitoooooo, Diego Armando Maradonaaaaaaa!” — after the Argentine soccer player scored his second goal against the British during the 1986 World Cup that ...

Jun 22, 2010

Drug offers hope for the mentally disabled

NEW YORK — I remember my friend’s face when he told me that his daughter had been born with a severe mental disability. “It was as if somebody had pointed a gun to my head,” he told me. For as long as they have ...

Jun 8, 2010

One of the worst places on Earth for women

NEW YORK — In spite of moderate progress in some areas, women’s health needs continue to go unmet in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be pregnant,” states a report on maternal mortality by the Afghan Ministry ...

May 25, 2010

Afghan kids paying price of opium addiction

NEW YORK — The revelation that the number of opium-addicted Afghan children has reached new highs is a tragic unintended consequence of that war. It dramatically illustrates how adult war games doom generations of children to a miserable life. A group of researchers hired ...

May 13, 2010

A blow to Spanish judicial independence

Baltasar Garzon, a Spanish “investigative magistrate” in charge of investigating crimes of national or international significance, is now himself under investigation. Conservative groups accuse Garzon of prevaricato judicial (roughly translated as “abuse of a judge’s power”) for having intentionally bypassed a 1977 amnesty law, ...