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 ...

Dec 23, 2010

Palestinian kids versus the IDF

NEW YORK — The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is among the strongest armies in the world. According to Israeli Defense Minister Ehuda Barak, it is also one the most moral ones. One wouldn’t know that for its treatment of Palestinian children. On Dec. 13, ...

Dec 7, 2010

U.S. remains delinquent on landmine treaty

NEW YORK — “I heard a thundering sound and saw darkness all around me. I spent three months in the hospital, and lost my leg and my son. I had stepped on a landmine and the world as I knew it had come to ...

Nov 25, 2010

Let's hope Obama wins New START gamble

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s decision to press for ratification of the New START treaty between Russia and the United States is one that will have a lasting influence on the rest of his presidency. Although the treaty was signed in Prague on ...