Health
Making Aid Great Again: The Restructuring of USAID

Making Aid Great Again: The Restructuring of USAID

Early in his tenure as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson asserted that the reorganization of USAID and the State Department would be his priority. The secretary seems to be considering rolling USAID into the the State Department. Employees of both agencies would resist this move. This is because of the differences in the mission and...
Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

The war in Syria has taken another horrifying turn as chemical weapons were unleashed on unprepared and innocent victims in Khan Sheikhun, in the mostly rebel held province of Idlib, killing more than 80 people. The attack occurred at 6:30 AM (EEST) on 4 April while many civilians were still asleep. Even those who made...
Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan on 21 February 2017, ‘the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years.’ The BBC reported that the Sudanese government and the United Nations stated, ‘that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine’ and that,...
Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Two weeks ago, nineteen aborted female foetuses were found in trash bags near a sewer in the western state of Maharashtra. Indian police were in the area investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman allegedly pressured into an abortion, who died after receiving one from an unlicensed clinic nearby. The clinic supposedly offered illegal sex-determinations...
‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

In this very moment, twelve million human beings in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan are starving. The UN has announced that around 100,000 of them are on the edge of dying from hunger. This dramatic situation raises some hard, yet obvious questions: why does it take the declaration of ‘famine,’ a flood of charity...
Britain’s Aging Population

Britain’s Aging Population

In many countries around the world, the advent of modern medicine and lower fertility rates has led to an increase in life expectancy. This increase in life expectancy seems like a one-sided positive outcome of modernity, but longer life expectancy in many countries has been coupled by a dropping birth rate, leading to an unsustainable...
The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. It provided...
State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

A debate that has been simmering behind the scenes since ancient times is the right to assisted death, otherwise known as euthanasia. A seemingly simple concept, euthanasia is when a physician plays an active role in a patient’s death. Similarly, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is when a physician supplies certain means for a patient’s personal application....