Visualizing the persistent burden of illicit drugs

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The War on Drugs has failed, a blue-ribbon panel of experts has concluded, and has actually made things worse. “The international drug control regime is broken,” wrote Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former President of Brazil, in the introduction to the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s recent…

Weekly Good News: Famine averted in South Sudan, for now

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Remember all those warnings about a potential famine in South Sudan? There is some good news. Things are a lot better in South Sudan, thanks to the international response to early concerns and some rains. The government of South Sudan issued a statement this week saying that…

World leaders gather (in Seattle) to promote global development

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It’s UN week, the catch-all term meant to include everything happening in and around the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, and the Big Apple is even more awash than usual with a tsunami of world leaders, politicians, celebrities, humanitarians and other luminaries…

Why we need more marches on climate change

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It is easy to be a bit critical of Sunday’s climate change march across the world. It might have appeared to be a rather silly gathering, based on some of the outfits worn by people attending. Some might think it is obvious that climate change is…

Is this the nail in the One Laptop Per Child coffin?

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Another day and another hit to the once-celebrated One Laptop Per Child program. The 570,000 laptops handed out in Uruguay did nothing to improve students’ reading and math scores, according to a new report on the program, with the majority of students not using the computers.…