This World Health Day, making lives count

April 7, 2005
World Health Day falls every April 7 amidst fanfare in capital cities, proclamations of commitment from earnest politicians, and the deaths of 30,000 children under five (10,000 of whom are newborns). Meanwhile, 1,440 women will die of pregnancy-related complications, and for every woman who dies, another 30 will suffer injury, infection or disease. The vast »

State of the Union threatened civil liberties

January 26, 2004
George Bush stopped for applause 69 times during his State of the Union address, according to one CNN correspondent. Most applause breaks were written into the speech, but I doubt that Bush foresaw an interruption when he reported that key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. The most offensive restrictions »