I am currently in Hungary, documenting the journeys of Syrian refugees, the very journey that today took another young life. It's easy to blame the parents for exposing their son to such deadly danger, but only if you forget the barrel bombs and Islamic State beheadings that they are fleeing. All morning yesterday at the Serbian-Hungarian border, I saw Syrian parents determinedly walking with their children -- trying to remove them from the horrors of the slaughter in Syria, which have been allowed to continue for four years, and to the promise of security in Europe. Those parents are heroes; I admire their sheer determination to bring their children to a better life.
By loving our kids, and loving them unconditionally, we're giving them an enormous advantage. That love is a private gift that stands entirely outside of money, position and power.
This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population. Before we get carried away by apocalyptic rhetoric, we should recognize that if there is a crisis, it is one of politics, not capacity.
By continuing to invest in these and other proven interventions -- especially those aimed at saving newborns during their vulnerable first month -- we can use the next 15 years to cut the child-mortality rate by half again. But let's face it: What we really want for children -- for our own children, for anyone's children -- is not simply to survive, but to thrive.
I had been talking about how to get more sleep for a long time -- but really I was just complaining about being tired. I like being awake; my work, friends and family are compelling, and I've always been willing to trade sleep for exercise.
The good news is that we're uniquely poised to achieve dramatic progress toward many of the ambitious targets of SDG3. Right now, we have a once-in-human-history opportunity to achieve what we are calling a "grand convergence" in global health.
What do you say during your last few minutes "on Earth"? Things will break. We will not. How I know that I just can't say. I think it's because we prefer to laugh more than we like just about anything else. Even science. Even being astronauts for a year during NASA's longest planned Mars simulation.
Still, 6.3 million children continue to die each year in their first month of life. That's nearly 17,000 each and every day. Most of these deaths can easily be prevented.
I was miserable, so I decided to take a break from drinking to see if my life would improve. Now I haven't had a drink in 40 days and here are six ways I feel that my life has improved since.
Europe cannot close its doors to people who are fleeing war and persecution, as this would entail betraying the fundamental values which make it a model worldwide. Barbed wire fences will also tear at the fabric of its soul.
Given the significant invasion of privacy occasioned by the use of drones by law enforcement, warrants should be mandatory before using them for surveillance. And weaponized drones of any sort should be outlawed.
Positing the blame solely on a vocal, but still small group of individuals who voice these concerns, calling this a "movement" in order to fan the flames of reaction, and slapping them with a dismissive label only makes matters worse.
Brown didn't take responsibility for the mistakes of the past. His love letter to himself was about all of the ways he was wronged or misunderstood. His regrets seems to revolve around not more accurately predicting how the media and congressional investigators would spin his words, take what he said out of context, or lay blame at his door.
While the world's eyes were on Roanoke last week, this week most national and international media have made their exodus from this small community I now call home, and though their focus is on the next horrible breaking news story, it's as if time was frozen here. 8/26/15.
Some men shy away from the nursing field because of the perception that nursing is a female-dominated field. But, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of male nurses has increased significantly over the years. As a male nurse myself, here are nine things that I have learned along the way.
Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.
No, I will not paint your nails right before you eat popcorn. That is just pointless.
America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price we are paying as a country is enormous.
We need to remember how artists' work can make things easier to see, that together we must continue to make our country a more vibrant, transparent, clear-eyed, self-aware place.
Yo-Yo Ma's remarkable sounds emerge from a collaboration between him and his cello. We choose to view his contributions as more important. We don't view Yo-Yo Ma as mere facilitator of sounds produced by the cello. There's nothing that prevents us from granting the same kind of recognition to humans whose jobs require them to collaborate with computers.
We don't just slather chocolate-hazelnut spread on top of the pancakes. (That, friends, is a rookie move.) Rather, we've come up with a foolproof trick for getting a melty Nutella core inside every single flapjack.
Put simply, we need to do some unlearning in our lives. I have observed that there are key things we do that keep us stuck, unhappy and living in the past. By holding on and continuing to do these we are guilty of sabotaging our success, our sense of peace and our joy.
Kim Davis, as county clerk, is engaging her personal prejudices by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. That she claims her bigotry is religiously based is immaterial to whether or not she has to do her job.
Governor Brown's signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, "Let Them Eat Cake."
If you're among the 82 percent who agree "the system is rigged," the question is not what you think about my proposal in the abstract. The question is comparative: How does my proposal stack up to the proposals of others? Whose is more likely to succeed, and at what cost?
Policymakers have recently sought to regulate the long shadow cast by social media slip-ups. In Europe and California, laws now exist that enable people to take digital erasers to their online activity, deleting stains we once considered permanent. But rather than empower individuals to purify their online personas, our culture needs to become more tolerant of a generation's habit to airs its flaws online.
On September 5th and every day afterwards remember that there are no human rights that "they" are denied that "we" enjoy, be that defined by gender or geography. When it comes to humanity, we are them and they are us.
Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.
You might think that all foster parents are bad people. You might think that all foster parents are in it for the money. You might think that all foster parents don't care about the children in their homes. I am not that kind of foster parent.
I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.
If you hope to be a good nurse (or coworker, or person with a heart), you're going to spend the majority of your working life doing things you SO mistakenly think are beneath you. The "little" stuff is rarely small. It's heavy and you can't carry it by yourself. So yes, little nursling, you are here to pass trays.