What does it mean to be human? by Gaia Vince Magazine
By understanding more about our cousins, the prehistoric Neanderthal peoples, we can learn about who we are as a species today. Our ancestors’ experiences shaped us, and they may still hold answers to some of our current health problems, from diabetes to depression.
Environmentally-sound agriculture can support farmers and consumers, by Andrea Basche and Marcia DeLonge, Analysis
Agroecology can help fix the food, water and energy challenges that conventional agriculture has created.
Japan Wary of Nuclear Power in Fukushima’s Wake, by Tatsujiro Suzuki Analysis
Six years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011, but Japan is still dealing with its impacts. The Japanese public has lost faith in nuclear safety regulation, and a majority favors phasing out nuclear power. However, Japan’s current energy policy assumes nuclear power will play a role.
Romania shows the dire results of a healthcare “brain drain,” by Andreea Campeanu Photo-essay
Romania has bled out tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists since joining the European Union a decade ago, lured abroad by what the country lacks: significantly higher pay, modern infrastructure and functional healthcare systems. The consequences are dire.
Why Scientists Should Not March on Washington, by Andrea Saltelli Opinion
America’s scheduled April 22 March for Science, like the Women’s March before it, will confront United States President Donald Trump on his home turf – this time to challenge his stance on climate change and vaccinations, among other controversial scientific issues. But not everyone who supports scientific research and evidence-based policymaking is on board.
Americans’ Addiction to Drinking the Kool-Aid, by Jonathan Manthorpe, International Affairs columnist
The United States is singularly prone to producing charlatans, messianic faith healers, snake oil merchants, flim-flam artists and all kinds of Pied Pipers who beguile, befuddle and bemuse large numbers of the population. Donald Trump is a representative example of this flaw in the U.S. cultural DNA. But he is not America’s most horrific cult figure: That crown must go to Rev. James Warren Jones.
Losing a dog can be harder than losing a beloved human, by Frank T. McAndrew
Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.” Perhaps if people realized just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their dogs, such grief would become more widely accepted.
From F&O’s archives: This weekend, much of the world will “spring forward,” moving our clocks an hour ahead, for Daylight Saving Time. Here’s a piece I wrote about that, at this time last year: Out of Time: Daylight (Saving) Delusions.
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From Russia with Love, by Tom Regan Column (Tom is on break this week; his column will return next week)
The question of the Trump administration’s involvement with Russia, and Russia’s attempts to undermine the 2016 American election, are starting to smell like three-day-old fish left in the sun. The Trump administration had vehemently denied that any member of its team met with any Russian official of any kind. The evidence shows otherwise. Russia is the story that just will not go away.
Russian interference threatens European democracy, by Richard Maher
With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow” politicians and political parties, their task is immense.
Renewed Scottish campaign to leave post-Brexit UK, by Jonathan Manthorpe Column
In these times of seething rage, it is increasingly likely that Britain’s divorce from the European Union will lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom itself. As the parliament in Westminster completes the process of giving Prime Minister, Theresa May, authority to start the process of taking Britain out of the European Union, anger and resentment is intensifying in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.
More than 100 million at risk of starvation, by Umberto Bacchi
The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a senior United Nations official said.
Where have all the jobs gone?, by Penney Kome, Column
We live in a time of paradoxes. Sixty-three million refugees are on the move globally, fleeing war and famine — famine in four countries simultaneously. At the same time, U.S. corporations are sitting on $1.9 trillion in their bank accounts, not invested in any active enterprises at all — despite the tax breaks they get as “job creators.” Everybody is waiting for the next innovation. Here’s an innovative idea: let’s share!
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