Labor Rights: It’s Personal

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Bob Letcher: I have long thought that, if labor rights had been recognized back then, there might have been an OSHA to enforce safety standards, and Pop might have been able to hold me with either hand.

A Scary and Sad Santorum

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Carl Matthes: If Rick Santorum were Pope, nuns would would be given veils. If he was President, women would be brought into the bedroom only for procreation.

It’s Still “Magic” 20 Years Later

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Anthony Samad: Few have followed his lead on inner city investment, but many have followed his lead in living two decades with HIV.

Friday Feedback: “What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn from the Tea Party”

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This week, Ray Bishop comments on John Peeler’s article, “What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn from the Tea Party.” Ray says, “If the power structure attempts to. . .

UN Ducks Blame for Haiti’s Dying Cholera Victims

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Ezili Danto: Are we Haitians simply not supposed to notice the stark reality that it’s not the white population, the tourists nor the UN folks who are suffering a mass loss of life due to the imported cholera germ to Haiti? But the poorest Black woman’s children, that is, the masses in Haiti?

Vaccinations and the Ice Cream Scare

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Tina Dupuy: Not getting immunizations is treated like a religious rite. We’re afraid to offend those who have faith in not inoculating their kids to allegedly save them from autism. Which means vintage viruses are in again.

Saving Lives, Preserving Life

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Steve Hochstadt: Whether cities and states are ruled by Democrats or Republicans, self-identified as “pro-life” or not, too much human life is lost across America, in birthing rooms and in the years of childhood.

Flooding Scours the Whitewash From Haiti Aid Efforts

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Georgianne Nienaber: Just as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer tricked the neighborhood boys into paying him to do his work, so have aid agencies funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) tricked donors into paying for the whitewashing of Haiti

New Food Safety Threat Emerges

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Marian Wang: Also unclear is whether the federal agencies in charge of changing the food safety system will be adequately funded. Republican proposals to cut the FDA’s budget and the USDA’s inspection budget could cut into efforts to update the system.

Mother Nature’s Day

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Steve Hochstadt: My whole gardening effort is unnatural. Without constant human intervention to develop these artificial arrangements of plants, very different processes would take over.

A ‘To Do’ List for US Troops Now Arriving in Haiti

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Georgianne Nienaber: If indeed the US troops are in the country for “humanitarian reasons” as Ambassador Merten insists, there is plenty for them to do before the hurricane season begins.

“Ayiti Kale Je” Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti’s Christmas Cholera

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Georgianne Nienaber: 45 alleged lynchings is an eye-opening number, but what about the 2,591 cholera deaths and counting? Has Haiti fatigue so infected news coverage that “voodoo” is the only cholera related statistic worth reporting today?

Black America Still Sees AIDS as a Gay Disease

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Irene Monroe: If black America were its own country, standing on its own like Haiti or Nigeria, black Americans would rate 16th with the epidemic in the world. And the epidemic is heavily concentrated in urban enclaves like Detroit, New York, Newark, Washington, D.C and the Deep South.

Did Major Aid Organizations Dupe Donors, Fail Haiti?

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Georgianne Nienaber: The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) released an online petition Friday, targeting leaders of major disaster relief and aid organizations for failing to do more to prevent the cholera outbreak in Haiti

Haiti: Ground Truthing Cholera in Mirebalais

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Georgianne Nienaber: In very worrisome news Tuesday, the Haitian Health Ministry estimated that the cholera outbreak in Haiti is resulting in an average of 32 deaths every 24 hours since the epidemic began on October 20

Haiti: Testimony From Camp Corail as Cholera Looms

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Georgianne Nienaber: On Monday, the Haitian Ministry of Population (MSPP) released new figures indicating at least 8,138 cholera patients and 544 deaths in five regions or “departments.”

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

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Georgianne Nienaber: It will be astounding to see the media coverage of this event, should it unfold in all its potential horror, but where has the media been since the six-month anniversary in July?

Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

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Michele Waslin: New data documenting the underrepresentation of refugees from Africa in the U.S. looks at allegations of fraudulent African family reunification applications, DNA testing programs, and its implications for U.S. refugee and immigration policy.

We Interrupted President Obama because We Still Believe in Change…and the Billions for AIDS He Promised

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We did so because we believed we had to help the President remember that his promise two years ago to dedicate $50 billion over five years to fight global AIDS was a heroic and life-saving plan—and his failure to actually do so threatens to derail the fight against AIDS worldwide.

Magic Johnson and AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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Carl Matthes: It will soon be 20 years – Nov. 7, 1991 – since Magic Johnson went before a packed news conference at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to reveal that he was HIV positive and would be retiring from basketball. For the world of sports, it was a devastating announcement.

Slaveship Down: The Silver Wire

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Silhouetted by the bright rays of the source of all life was an angular, wooden structure that was well known to the rabbits in the warren, for it was from there that the Two-Legged Creatures came. It had always been there, they thought, a comforting constant, like the wood or the sky, or the warren itself.

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