Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as the date for honoring adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It is an opportunity to reflect and ask, "How can I help?"
After two months here, I can tell you -- Nuevo Laredo is not a destination hot spot. What was once a thriving border town has been engulfed in such extensive violence, it's become a ghost town. With violent ghosts.
While there have been significant achievements accomplished in the field of immunization, including by the GAVI Alliance, to bring new vaccines to the poorest countries, persistent gaps have revealed that immunization needs a major booster shot.
In medicine, we are taught to examine a patient by first looking and then palpating (or touching). Next, we percuss (a gentle knocking on the patient which often is not needed) and then we auscultate (or listen with our stethoscope). The routine is unconscious after doing it enough.