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Dismantling States: Lessons From Greece

(10) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 3:24 PM

Cutting public sector budgets, laying off state workers, emasculating health, education and support for infrastructure has become a global phenomenon. And the results are not pretty.

Greece, for example, has become a victim of these policies. While bailouts will help bridge the current crisis, the conditions of the bailout...

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The Biggest Global Health Threat of the 21st Century

(36) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 6:04 PM

Recently a commission run by The Lancet named what they called the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. HIV/AIDS? Nope. Heart disease? Not at all. Cancer? Keep trying. To get your head around the biggest health threat of all, you might have to change how you...

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Taxing Financial Speculation, Raising Funds for Critical Needs

(61) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Levying a tiny tax on financial transactions could help build a healthier and more stable future.

Political discontent simmered for decades in Egypt, but soaring food prices helped push public frustration past the boiling point. As the political drama there continues to unfold, it's critical...

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Why the Wild Winter Weather?

(147) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Winter weather has been especially harsh this year, as it was last year. Scientists have long predicted that weather across the Northern Hemisphere could get colder with global warming. How might this work?

Some commentators have invoked changes in atmospheric circulation over Siberia to explain the severe winter weather besieging...

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Climate Change Endangers Public Health in the United States

(38) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:46 AM

The Cancún climate conference has ended with many issues unresolved and U.S. commitments will be hampered by the expected attacks from the incoming Congress on the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Meanwhile the urgency for solutions is rapidly increasing and leading medical and public health groups across the country...

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