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Responding to Ebola

|By Jeffrey D. Sachs| NEW YORK – The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for re-thinking some basic assumptions of global public health. We live in an age of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that can spread quickly ...

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Haryana polls

Haryana polls and Hooda’s desperate bid

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: When Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda says he is keen to contest from Indri, an assembly constituency in Karnal District, in the upcoming Haryana polls, it is the clearest possible hint of his complete loss of confidence in the bigoted politics he has pursued during the last ten years of his rule. The 14 assembly constituencies ...

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Neel and Deep at an award ceremony

Joshi siblings : India’s youngest MBA graduates

|By Sanjib Guha| Their achievements did not create much of a flutter a few years ago when siblings Neel (then 13) and Deep (then 11) earned the distinction of being the youngest MBA graduates of the country, a record of sorts. The feat just had few mentions here and there. Having completed their MBA from Indian Management School and Research (IMSR) ...

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The new politicians

Twitter tiffs and celebrity clashes as stars wade into Gaza debate

|By Mark Wheeler, London Metropolitan University|The Conversation| Celebrity humanitarians have had a profound impact upon the practice of international political communication. New forms of political participation have emerged as celebrity activists have reconfigured politics for a more fragmented and image-conscious public arena. But until the current controversy concerning Israel’s military action within Gaza, celebrities have largely steered clear of the ...

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We’ll never find an Ebola vaccine without taking some risks

|By Connor Bamford and Andrew Shaw, University of Glasgow| The Conversation| The current West African ebolavirus outbreak, which has now reached more than 1,000 cases and resulted in more than 800 deaths, is a reminder of the often unpredictable nature of viruses and the difficulties in finding and developing vaccines and antivirals. The outbreak appears to have focused efforts. Anthony ...

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The Dark Side of Physics

|By Maria Spiropulu| PASADENA – Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in physics, astronomy, cosmology, and the life sciences. Today, physics stands at a new threshold. On July 4, 2012, the ...

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The Other Nigeria

|By Paul Collier and Acha Leke| LAGOS – Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings, and murder But, while these developments certainly merit international concern, they should not be allowed to obscure ...

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Outside Pashupatinath

Why Indo-Nepal friendship is a win-win for both

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Walking through the long winding corridor of ziggurat-like red-brick Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu makes you feel like you have come to a school or a bus stop built unpretentiously. The sole international airport of Nepal having an international and a domestic terminus is quite non-descript and apparently a bad advertisement for the country. The ...

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The Real Raw Material of Wealth

|By Ricardo Hausmann| Tirana – Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds. Rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. If poor countries want to get rich, they should stop exporting their resources in raw form and concentrate on adding value to them. Otherwise, ...

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Unholy War

|By Naomi Wolf| New York – As the bombardment of Gaza continues, and the civilian death toll rises above 1,200 – with children comprising one-quarter of the victims – the world has become polarized. Supporters of Israel’s actions invoke its right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. Opponents argue that nothing justifies the mass killing of civilians and the destruction ...

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