Mar 1, 2013

Afghanistan's legacy of child opium addiction

A report just released by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan states that there were 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in that country during 2012. Unmentioned is a serious side effect of the conflict: the high number of opium-addicted children in Afghanistan. ...

Jan 14, 2013

U.S. should extradite ex-officer under Pinochet

On Dec. 28, 2012, Judge Miguel Vásquez charged eight retired army officers with the murder of Victor Jara, a popular songwriter, guitarist and theater director who was killed days after the 1973 military coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende. One of those charged is ...

Jan 7, 2013

What's the point in working yourself to death?

Working for long periods under extreme stressful work conditions can lead to sudden death, a phenomenon the Japanese call karoshi, literally translated as “death from overwork,” or occupational sudden death, mainly from heart attack and stroke due to stress. Karoshi has been more widely ...

Dec 17, 2012

The focusing ability of an extraterrestrial canine

By topping Gerd (“Torpedo”) Muller’s record of goals scored in a year, Lionel Messi only confirmed what many people until now believed to be the truth: He doesn’t belong to planet Earth, he is an extraterrestrial being. Gerard Piqué — famous for being one ...

Dec 11, 2012

Mom's lesson in the sand offers hope for peace

As a writer on human rights issues I don’t lack reasons for concern. There are not too many countries nowadays where human rights in some form are not abused, where violence does not strike in one of its multiple forms. At such moments of ...

Dec 3, 2012

The politics and insanity of the Cuba embargo

An open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama: Dear President Obama: Like many people around the world, I am heartened by your re-election, which I see as an opportunity to continue and improve on your social policies. As you know, relations among nations many ...