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Hans Rosling on Why We Should Care About Global Health

By Gustav Drevin MY FIRST MEETING WITH PROFESSOR Hans Rosling included a nervous handshake and a stuttering “You are such a source of inspiration.” He answered by reflex: “Well, I hope someday I become a source of knowledge.” I walked away, silenced. Embarrassed. Ashamed even. I had become a groupie. He does not desire a rock-star status. He is a ...

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In the shadow of war

Life under occupation    By  Radek J. Góra Konstiantynivka is the last stop for all trains coming from Kiev. Likewise, it is an easternmost town under Ukrainian government control. Areas to the east from this settlement are run by the separatists, aiming for revival of Novorossiya – a historical land to the north of the Black Sea. Among the supporters of ...

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Conservation, Classrooms and Condoms

Why are conservation charities concerning themselves with contraceptives? By Emily Clark Facing global challenges of climate change, population growth, ongoing unsustainable resource use, and limited funding, sustainable development needs to be efficient and effective. With this in mind, environmental conservation organisations are implementing family planning projects, and charities traditionally known for their work in sexual and reproductive health are partnering ...

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A Library to Lift Up a Community

“A Fundraising Campaign for a Developing Community”   By Joana Dias / Photo Credits: ©PCE Foundation   Pearl Community Empowerment (PCE) Foundation is a non-governmental organization that aims to enhance knowledge and skills within rural communities in Uganda. This Foundation is relentlessly working in Amor Village in order to, among other projects, construct a Community Library and Meeting Hall, to be used ...

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Climate Change threatens Asia’s Booming Cities

By James Salisi While global economic power is projected to shift to Asia in the next 35 years its megacities face the risk of climate change. Bangkok, Dhaka, Guan­gzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kolkata, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Yangon are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). These cities are located in ...

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Introducing “decade zero”

Text & photo by Iskra Pollak Dorocic A revived environmental movement is gaining ground. Just in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, the renowned journalist and activist Naomi Klein came to Stockholm to speak about how the world found itself in the midst of climate change, and what we should do to avoid the ...

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The First Successful Uterus Transplantation

– Opening a new era of reproductive medicine By Mimmi Mononen Contraception and in-vitro fertilization have reformed reproductive medicine and currently benefit families, women and men all around the world by addressing their predicaments concerning family planning and childlessness. Approval of the first contraceptive pill dates back to 1960 following the discovery of synthetic progesterone a decade earlier. Two decades ...

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The Buzzing Killer

We know the cause and cure of malaria. Why do we still have it around? By Devy Elling Challenges that arise from diseases that emerge amongst the poorest in the population are yet to be understood. For many of these diseases, cures and vaccines have already been developed, and are ready for commercial markets. However, many life-threatening and endemic diseases ...

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Mindfulness Through Meditation and Breathing

Bear yourself in mind for a better (or potentially worse) life By Halima Hassan   Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, suggests that in order to lengthen your cellular lifespan, and thus your life, you should consider adopting the practice of mindfulness. In several scientific studies, it has been observed that this activity can help those suffering from depression and anxiety ...

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Is there a violent extremist profile?

What research suggests about individuals who turn to extremist violence. By James Salisi His name was Islam Yaken, a young and educated man from a middle class family in Cairo, Egypt.  He had been dubbed as the “hipster jihadi”, a moniker people used to draw attention to the dissonance between his background and his path to extremist violence.  He was ...

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