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 ...

Jul 16, 2012

Why 'Burma' should remain the country's name

Myanmar’s electoral commission has told opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stop calling the country Burma and instead call it Myanmar, its official name. In a statement published in The New Light of Myanmar, the electoral commission chided Suu Kyi: “As it is ...

Jul 2, 2012

Two Peace Prize laureates fail to communicate

“The lead interrogator at the Division Interrogation Facility had given me specific instructions: I was to deprive the detainee of sleep during my 12-hour shift by opening his cell every hour, forcing him to stand in a corner and stripping him of his clothes. ...

Jun 27, 2012

A woman of courage in war-ravaged Somalia

Somalia can be considered one of the most troublesome countries in the world, one frequently called a “failed state,” ravaged by violence and instability. But in such unfavorable place a valiant woman has quietly emerged as a presence of dignity and hope. Dr. Hawa ...

Jun 26, 2012

Demographic threat shadows a world power

For the last two decades, demographics and its effect on Russian society and future development prospects have been at the center of discussions on that country. There is now universal agreement that unless Russia solves this most serious problem, its status as a world ...