Health

Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti?

In October, Haitians went to the polls in a critical election for nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency. The preliminary results named Jovenèl Moïse, a member of outgoing President Michel Martelly’s party, as the frontrunner — though by a small...

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The TPP Can Still Be Stopped

The TPP Can Still Be Stopped

Despite the best efforts of activists, public scholars, and countless others throughout the world, the U.S. and trade ministers from 11 other Pacific Rim nations announced recently that they'd reached a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP — a massive new...

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Drug Abuse in Poland Part of the Social Fabric

Drug Abuse in Poland Part of the Social Fabric

Cross-posted from JohnFeffer.com. Until the 1970s, drug addicts didn’t exist in Poland – at least not officially. In those days, drugs were expensive and the supply was limited, so the Polish state could hide the problem by giving a different label to the small number...

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Where the TPP Could Lose

Where the TPP Could Lose

After years of secret negotiations and silence in the media, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has risen to headline news. Now that Congress has voted to give President Obama “fast-track” trade promotion authority to push the deal through the House and Senate with...

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Chlorine: Assad’s Double-Edged Sword

Chlorine: Assad’s Double-Edged Sword

In an article for the New York Review of Books titled Syria: Death from Assad’s Chlorine, Annie Sparrow begins by citing the tremendous boon to private and public health that the element chlorine has been over the last couple of centuries. Today 90 percent of water...

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