Laurie Garrett

World Politics
2 CIA promises not to do any more fake vaccination programs

The Obama Administration has promised that the Central Intelligence Agency will never again have its spies pretend to be doing vaccinations overseas. Some will laugh out loud at the idea of an agency that is fundamentally based on deception and misdirection keeping any such public promise. More importantly, the aid…

Science
0 Five reasons not to panic about the bird flu experiments

News analysis The scientific community is in serious kerfuffle right now about whether or not to publish the details of certain bird flu virus experiments. Angry words are flying back and forth between experts – much like the proverbial behavior of chickens with their heads cut off. One commentator for…

Basics
4 BBC looks at “secretive” and powerful Gates Foundation

News analysis The BBC has done an extensive (40 min) report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation titled “Fortress Bill.” It is available for six more days online and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Jan. 8. The BBC introduces the Gates Foundation as the world’s largest philanthropy aimed at…

Science
5 To publish and perish? Scientists create scary new flu bug

The U.S. government is opposing full publication by scientists of their methods used to create a mutant form of bird influenza based on the fear it could be used by terrorists to launch a deadly pandemic. As reasonable as this may sound, many see the government’s position as unworkable and…