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Africa

Behind the Numbers: Untold Suffering in the Congo

The British medical journal Lancet recently took greater notice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than all western media outlets combined.  A group of physicians reported that about 4 million people have died since the "official" outbreak of the Congolese war in 1998 (1). The BBC reported the war in Congo has claimed more lives than any armed conflict since World War II (2). 

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Americas

Bad Blood on the Border

Guillermo Martinez was only 20 years old when he was shot in the back at close range by an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol in the state of California on December 30, 2005. Scores of migrants have been shot by U.S. immigration enforcement officers. Most fail to make the headlines. But Martinez's death comes at the same time as a series of measures to further criminalize migrants-measures that are likely to increase the chances that more young men and women lose their lives on what has become the world's most contradictory border.

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Americas

A Nation Divided

For anyone who watches television, surfs the Internet or reads a newspaper these days it's nearly impossible to avoid. Deconstructive, divisive rhetoric spews forth from almost every major media outlet without fail. Thanks to Internet chat rooms and discussion boards you even have the chance to anonymously insult others in real-time.

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Health

Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans: An Example for the Left

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina there was no healthcare infrastructure. The members of the Common Ground Clinic who headed to New Orleans soon after the hurricane struck consisted of a handful of individuals drawn together by a desire to fill this infrastructure gap. Their plan was to provide an ad hoc first aid station and to remain in New Orleans only temporarily until the situation improved and the usual social services were back in place. After organizing this initial first aid station in a mosque in Algiers, they realized they would be in the city much longer than expected.