Apr 27, 2012

Increasing condemnation of the Cuba embargo

At the recent Summit of the Americas, Latin American governments roundly condemned the U.S. embargo on Cuba. — only days after Pope Benedict XVI had added his voice against the embargo. Speaking at his departure from Havana airport, Benedict said Cuba could build “a ...

Apr 23, 2012

Filling in for the 'Angel in charge of distribution'

For several years now, New York poet Jack Agueros has been living with Alzheimer’s. Slowly but unrelentingly, the disease is erasing his memories. As his daughter Natalia told The New York Times, “There is nothing sadder than a poet without words.” The following is ...

Apr 11, 2012

Why Japan and U.S. should ban the death penalty

Japan’s decision to hang three prisoners after nearly two years without executions has been severely criticized by Amnesty International, which calls it a “retrograde step.” Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa authorized the executions of three men, stating that this was his “duty” as minister. “Justifying ...

Mar 26, 2012

Cyberspace: new face of war in the 21st century

For the past few years, there has been an explosion of ways in which countries can engage in destructive behavior. The use of cyberspace as a venue of battle has changed the nature of conventional warfare. This poses problems in terms of response to ...

Mar 13, 2012

Greece could learn from Argentina's experience

To understand Greece’s recent travails and how the country got there, it is useful to quote what Mikis Theodorakis, the famous Greek songwriter and composer, wrote about it recently on his homepage: “Until 2009, there was no serious economic problem. The major wounds of ...

Mar 5, 2012

Blood donations critically below par in China

Every year, blood transfusions save millions of lives, but still millions of patients needing transfusion do not have access to safe blood because of insufficient donations. Among the countries suffering this problem is China, where insufficient amounts of donated blood continue being a problem ...

Feb 20, 2012

New leads emerge in battle against Alzheimer's

Dementia is a general term that describes the decline in mental activity severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Of several types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 60 to 80 percent of cases. Although some medicines ...

Jan 30, 2012

Economic crisis exacting tolls on public health

The deteriorating global economic outlook is increasing worries among health experts on the effects that the economic crises will have on people’s health. As the World Health Organization stated in 2009, “It is not yet clear what the current financial crisis will mean for ...

Jan 11, 2012

Are protests loosening Putin's grip on power?

Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone, No ordinary yardstick can span her greatness: She stands alone, unique — In Russia, one can only believe. Thus wrote Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803-1873) considered one of the last three great Romantic poets in Russia. Perhaps ...

Dec 29, 2011

Disappointed with Obama? It's not all his fault

Perhaps one of the most important questions globally now is who the real Barack Obama is, and what to expect from him from now on, particularly after the death of Osama Bin Laden. Few presidents in the history of the United States have inherited ...