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The Inequality Trifecta

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The Inequality Trifecta

LAGUNA BEACH – There were quite a few disconnects at the recently concluded Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Among the most striking was the disparity between participants’ interest in discussions of inequality and the ongoing lack of a formal action plan for governments to address it. This represents a profound failure of policy imagination – one that must urgently be addressed.

 

Ebola As ISIS Bio-Weapon?

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Ebola As ISIS Bio-Weapon?

ISIS may already be thinking of using Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror, says a national security expert, who notes that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and terror groups like it wouldn’t even have to weaponize the virus to attempt to wreak strategic global infection. Such groups could simply use human carriers to intentionally infect themselves in West Africa, then disseminate the deadly virus via the world’s air transportation system. Or so says Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.

 

Man Bites Shark

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BONN – Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this perception could not be further from reality. In fact, sharks are extremely vulnerable, and their dwindling populations – largely owing to human behavior – urgently need global protection.

 

“Small Shame Better than Big Shame”: Rejoinder to ND Editorial

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“Small Shame Better than Big Shame”: Rejoinder to ND Editorial

In article under a front-page, emotional headline proclaiming that “Minister (Walter T. Gwenigale of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, R. L.) Warns Senators”, the New Democrat newspaper says “. . . vowing not to reinstate the two (dismissed) men, . . . Joseph Tamba, President, and George Williams, Secretary-General of the National Health Workers of Liberia (New Democrat, October 16, 2014)”.

 

Unleashing Africa’s Girl Power

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Unleashing Africa’s Girl Power

MAPUTO – Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies have boomed in recent years. But the headline figures often mask longer-term problems – not least, an over-reliance on natural resources and chronic inequalities. Inclusive, sustainable growth is achievable, but only by tapping the continent’s greatest reserve of energy and creativity: African women and girls.

 
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