January 2015

Favela Girls Pirouette Out of Poverty in Brazil

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Bom Jardim, home to some 200,000 people, is one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in this city. Located at the southwestern tip of the metropolis, with long streets laid in a grid, the signs of poverty appear everywhere: cracked cement or none at all, half-built houses and other makeshift architecture …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

UN Peacekeepers Who Turned Predatory in Haiti

  On Jan. 23, the members of the United Nations Security Council will head to Haiti. It’s safe to assume that they will focus on the political crisis: because parliamentary elections were not held by Haiti’s legislative deadline, the current government, headed by President Michel Martelly, is now ruling by decree. It’s also safe to …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

As Drugs to Fight Ebola Get Tested, Questions Linger About Medical Incentives

As anti-Ebola vaccines and treatments finally undergo fast-track testing, public health advocates say that governments’ repeated failure to create global norms for coordinating and financing medical advances is a major reason behind the struggle to produce medicine fast enough to end the scourge quickly. Medical officials fighting Ebola in West Africa say the development of …

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2015: A Year of Potential Landmarks for the UN

By almost every measure, this year will be monumental for the United Nations. The organization will be 70 years old and that will inspire, as anniversaries always do, a lot of stocktaking, analysis and, of course, criticism. Past stumbles will get attention and an army of  “reformers” will offer prescriptions for the future. In 2015, …

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Fortified Flour Revolutionizes Health for Tribal Women in Rajasthan

A quiet health revolution is underway in villages where debilitating malnutrition had afflicted tribal people in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan, an Indian state better known for the graceful palaces, colorful festivals and deserts crisscrossed by camels luring tourists from around the world. Nutritional deficiencies are rampant in Rajasthan. A national health survey found high …

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Eating Like an Italian at Alidoro

Alidoro is the sandwich shop of my dreams, and that’s a problem. Other people seem to feel the same way. Drop by between 11:30 and 2:30 and you may get so hungry waiting in line to order your lunch you’ll be tempted to put in a call to Domino’s. Situated on a nondescript stretch of East …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

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