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 ...

Sep 21, 2012

What grooms a physician to oversee torture?

It was an unusual event in July at the Libertad (Freedom) prison in Uruguay. Miguel Angel Estrella, an Argentine pianist, was giving a concert in the same prison where he had been imprisoned and tortured 32 years earlier. He dedicated the concert to the ...

Sep 8, 2012

Should Bush and Blair be tried for war crimes?

In what is the latest of many calls for the trial of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner has demanded that both leaders be tried for their role in ...

Aug 1, 2012

Disease hindering the development of Africa

The high cost of treating certain diseases, most notably HIV/AIDS, when coupled with the indirect costs from lost worker productivity, is having a serious negative impact on African economies. More effort must go toward primary care, especially in rural areas, accompanied by activities to ...

Jul 25, 2012

When babies were kidnap victims in Argentina

The recent conviction of two former Argentine dictators for their role in baby thefts brings to my mind a meeting I had in 1991 with Adriana Calvo de Laborde, an Argentine physicist who in 1977 had been imprisoned by the military while she was ...