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 ...

Jun 8, 2012

Unforgivable crimes against the people of Syria

That some of my ancestors came from Syria may be one reason for the horror I feel over the tragic events in Houla, Syria, where at least 108 villagers, including 34 women and 49 children were massacred last month. Who is responsible for this ...

May 28, 2012

China, too, faces challenge of an aging society

Parallel to its economic development, China is facing the challenge of a rapidly aging population. This is happening at a time when urbanization and industrialization is quickly increasing in the country. It is a trend that has weakened traditional family support networks, particularly for ...

May 22, 2012

Lorca would have cheered Obama's decision

You will never know how much I love you Because you sleep and have slept in me. I hide you weeping, pursued By a voice of penetrating steel. Thus wrote Federico Garcia Lorca, the noted Spanish poet, in a poem titled “The Beloved Sleeps ...

May 11, 2012

Chance to improve public health in Myanmar

In 1998, the publication Burma Debate included my article “The Health of Burma’s Women and Children,” which was a critical assessment of the health situation in the country. It was a groundbreaking article in that as soon as it was published I received a ...