Rebecca Johnson is a hero

By: Saturday February 7, 2015 2:00 pm

Fear of Ebola may have faded from the conscious awareness of most Americans, but it is still wreaking havoc in West Africa. And it is mutating. Sooner or later it or something like it will reach America.

With the exception of a portion of our medical community that responded to the challenge of treating Ebola at hospitals in Atlanta, Nebraska and New York City, America distinguished itself by its panic driven effort to quarantine travelers from West Africa, including volunteer medical personnel like Kaci Hickox, who was symptom free when she arrived at Newark International Airport in New Jersey.


Embarrassment of Riches: Conflict Diamond Regulation Breaks Down

By: Sunday December 11, 2011 8:35 am

The holiday season is a time of material pleasures, but it’s also a time to take stock of how our social values tend to be at odds with the objects we most prize.

While countless American shoppers splurge this month–probably to delude ourselves momentarily that we can still afford to indulge—the social cost of one luxury item has exposed a global crisis. The human rights group Global Witness has abandoned the Kimberly Process, the international regulatory framework aimed at restricting trafficking in “conflict diamonds.” The group argues that the process, which it helped create, is broken and ridden with loopholes.

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