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Phil Harvey

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Helping the Non-Needy

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:07 AM

Co-authored by Lisa Conyers

Now that charities' holiday solicitations are building toward their annual climax, you may notice that you're giving more money to the needy than you usually do. What you probably don't realize is that you've been giving tax money to the non-needy all year long, thanks to...

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The Human Cost of Welfare

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:03 AM

Co-written with Lisa Conyers

A new round of welfare reform may be on the horizon. Sen. Tom Coburn (R/OK) and Rep. Steve Southerland (R/FL) are both raising the issue, and 150 interviews we've just done with welfare recipients show why and how the current welfare system needs to be fixed.

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International Family Planning 2014: Seven Trends to Watch

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:02 PM

What's on the docket for international family planning in 2014? Here are seven issues and trends to watch for.

China's One-Child Policy appears to be headed for a change. An easing of the rules could add 1 million or more births per year in the world's largest nation.

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Pleasure, Sex, and Condoms

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 7:58 PM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made headlines with its Grand Challenge to develop "a next-generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure." The goal is to double to 10 percent the global number of men who wear condoms during sexual activity, as a strategy to reduce sexually transmitted...

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How the World Is Getting Better

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:58 PM

We humans thrive on bad news; we're pre-programmed to respond to threats, and predictions of apocalypse. Good news bores us, so we don't hear much about the remarkable improvements in the human condition in recent years. Here's a quick review of significant developments.

* Life expectancy, perhaps the most objective...

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Kill the Drug War

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:38 AM

America's 40-year war on drugs has succeeded admirably in:

• Putting more than 400,000 nonviolent offenders behind bars. Most of these prisoners are otherwise law-abiding citizens whose only offense is possessing or selling substances that other people want. Under minimum sentencing laws, they are often locked up for longer...

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Birth Control and Social Marketing: Twin Revolutions

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:19 AM

The use of contraceptives has taken off all over the world and there appears to be no turning back. In the early 1960s, only 30% of the world's couples used birth control, and in the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin American a paltry 9% of couples were using...

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Sex and Birth Control

(27) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:27 PM

Melinda Gates drew some nervous laughter at a recent TED-x presentation by bringing up the subject of sex in a discussion on contraception. She deserves our applause for doing so because, as clearly related as these subjects obviously are, we family planning specialists rarely put them together.

The purpose...

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A Personal View of Charitable Giving

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:53 PM

In 1964, as a field officer for CARE in India, I helped arrange for a shipment of food to a Punjabi village that had been devastated by floods. As I went about my duties, seeing that the food was properly stored and provided to all comers, a woman in a...

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