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Democracy at home

Democracy at home

This blog has looked at democracy and democracy promotion (or in some cases suppression) around the world. My aim is to look at how democracy works, and could work better. I’ve covered elections far and wide, and while my focus is global it only seems right that I say something about ...

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Contrasting Elections in the U.S. and China

Contrasting Elections in the U.S. and China

When two of the world’s largest superpowers undergo political transitions at the same time, contrasts are inevitable.  One of the best comparisons comes from the above cartoon, which contrasts the bombardment of information from the American press with the deafening silence from China’s new leadership.  While many Americans are sick ...

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A New Tool for Climate Change and Global Health?

A New Tool for Climate Change and Global Health?

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published a new tool to address the growing health risks associated with climate change. The “Atlas of Human Health and Climate” explores ...

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Ethiopia stays peaceful without Meles

Ethiopia stays peaceful without Meles

In late August 2012 I wrote about uncertainty and apprehension surrounding the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled Ethiopia unchallenged for 21 years. Hailemariam Desalegn, Meles’ deputy, was a relative political unknown and no one agreed on how effective he would ...

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Gender equality victory in Botswana

Gender equality victory in Botswana

Sadly, discriminatory policies exist in many places that claim to be democracies. Fortunately, one country in Africa recently did something about one such policy. The High Court of Botswana should be praised for taking a stand on gender equality, and we can only hope that other countries with official ...

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HIV Update: Ugandan Prevalence, Methadone, and Aging Populations

HIV Update: Ugandan Prevalence, Methadone, and Aging Populations

Today, I’d like to share a few updates on HIV/AIDS. Uganda has backslid against the epidemic, according to advocacy organizations in the country. A review published in the British Medical Journal finds that methadone therapy ...

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Capriles comes up short in Venezuela; Chavez reign continues

Capriles comes up short in Venezuela; Chavez reign continues

Despite a strong showing by Henrique Capriles Radonski, not surprisingly Hugo Chavez emerged victorious from Venezuela’s presidential election on Oct. 7, 2012. He won 54% of the vote to Capriles’ 45%. Over 80% of eligible voters participated, with little to no reports of fraud or coercion that I’ve read. While ...

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Power struggle in Pakistan

Power struggle in Pakistan

Democracies feature checks and balances on power, but government branches (in theory at least) are supposed to work in concert to run the country and support the citizenry. This cooperation seems to have broken down in Pakistan, where recently the judiciary and executive clashed over the status of corruption ...

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Global Health at the UN General Assembly

Global Health at the UN General Assembly

In a time of political, social, and economic turmoil, the focus on global health has blurred slightly. We’ve made great gains against polio, malaria, HIV, and a number of other diseases in the past decade, but ...

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Myanmar checkup

Myanmar checkup

When we last left Myanmar in May, former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy supporters joined the country’s parliament, the government of President Thein Sein instituted some democratic forms, and there were high hopes ...

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Romney Takes on Foreign Aid at CGI 2012

Romney Takes on Foreign Aid at CGI 2012

This week marks the official opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. As a result, several other events are taking place in New York to take advantage of the heads of state in town for the General Assembly and to focus on the many different facets of international ...

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Corruption colors upcoming Venezuela presidential election

Corruption colors upcoming Venezuela presidential election

Mitt Romney isn’t the only presidential candidate having to answer for a controversial event caught on video. The presidential election in Venezuela will take place on October 7, 2012 and corruption is becoming that race’s primary issue. When Venezuelans go to the polls in less than a month (they will

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Global Health News: Whooping Cough, HIV in the Early Days, and More

Global Health News: Whooping Cough, HIV in the Early Days, and More

For today, I’d like to share a few links to recent articles about global health. A New Whooping Cough Epidemic? : Slate examines the recent rise of whooping cough in the United States. Although parents’ failure to vaccinate their ...

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Time to Reflect on the Price of Freedom

Time to Reflect on the Price of Freedom

Sometimes you have to do quite a bit of searching to find a good topic for an article. Sometimes the topic finds you. Since my blog is about democracy, I would be remiss if I did not mention the events that transpired on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012 in ...

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A New Cure for Malaria?

A New Cure for Malaria?

Recently, researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) announced that they had developed a single-dose treatment for malaria. As National Geographic reports, the drug developed at UCT kills malaria parasites in animal test subjects “instantly,” including those that are drug-resistant—and with ...

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