Rights Groups: no amnesty for Central African Republic atrocities

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Discussions are currently underway to bring to an end the year-long strife and fighting that has beset the Central African Republic. The hopes is that a peace settlement will be agreed upon and the country will be able to regain stability. So far, things have not…

Taking economic growth out of the social progress conversation

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For roughly a quarter of a century, the UN has put out a report on how countries are improving or declining each year. The dense report is boiled down into a single index that compares countries against each other and themselves. Each report is followed by…

Visualizing progress against HIV, TB and malaria

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First, the good news: Death rates for people with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria all have decreased globally since the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were established in 2000, according to a report published Monday as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). Also, in regions such as Latin…

Getting at the root of extreme weather’s connection to civil conflict

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There is ample research connecting external causes, like climate and food prices, to conflict. Yesterday, I reported on new research showing that US food aid can prolong smaller civil conflicts. In the case of that study and others, the lingering question is also the most important,…