Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger
Each month we ask bloggers, activists, and others to write guest posts on issues they are passionate about.
Recent Posts
July 15th, 2010

I really enjoyed talking with Tavis today on the show. When you only have ten minutes to explain things as complicated as the oceans, over-fishing and fish-farming, you always kick yourself after the fact. “Tavis, I meant Atlantic bluefin tuna,” you say. Or, “Tavis, you can have the salmon–but Alaska wild salmon is better for [...]

July 1st, 2010

What makes a community healthy? That was the question posed to teenagers by Youth UpRising in Oakland, CA. The mostly African-American youth responded that it is a place where bullets don’t fly, where their friends are not buried before they’re old enough to vote, where there are fewer liquor stores than there are grocery stores. [...]

June 17th, 2010

Most Americans are surprised to learn that the most common causes of illnesses among poor people living in the Western Hemisphere are caused by a group of parasitic infections known collectively as the neglected tropical diseases or “NTDs.”   Worldwide, approximately one billion people live on either no money or next to no money — below [...]

June 10th, 2010

Along a dusty highway, 18 miles or so outside of Caracas, Venezuela, you’ll see the gates of La Villa del Cine. It’s not a prison. It’s not a strip mall. It’s a movie studio that looks, well, like a prison or a strip mall. But La Villa isn’t just any movie studio, it’s the movie [...]

June 1st, 2010

An hour before the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12, I had just finished a meeting at the Hotel Montana on neglected tropical diseases. I was with two IMA World Health staffers — Sarla Chand and Ann Varghese — and we were waiting to meet three of our [...]

May 6th, 2010

Regardless of what happens in the economy, healthcare continues to be one of the most important, most popular, and fastest-growing industries. Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, providing  14.3 million jobs in 2008 alone. And the industry is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018 — more than any [...]

April 21st, 2010

“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water,” Benjamin Franklin quipped wisely over two centuries ago, long before it seemed conceivable that freshwater could become scarce across the planet or anyone imagined the need for an Earth Day. Today, for the first time in human history, the global well is starting to [...]

April 21st, 2010

This is an excerpt from a post first published at the Progressive Policy Institute. Millions of Sudanese have just finished voting in their country’s first multiparty elections in 24 years. Election officials estimate that, in a relatively peaceful process, turnout of registered voters exceeded 70 percent nationwide, including up to 55 percent in one state [...]

March 29th, 2010

In 1994, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray warned us in The Bell Curve that “genetic partitioning” was increasingly responsible for economic and intellectual disparity. “Success and failure in the American economy, and all that goes with it,” they wrote, “are increasingly a matter of the genes that people inherit.” They were neither the first nor the last to insist [...]

March 24th, 2010

This is an excerpt from a post first published at AnythingUrban. I recall living in a predominately white neighborhood for a short time as a youngster. On the surface, social life was fine for me and my two younger sisters; we played with a large number of children that lived in the area — most [...]

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