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Criminality Under the cover of Religion and Ideology, and the Collusion of the Media.

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Lately, I’ve started to bristle every time I hear the word ‘Islamic’. It gets used a lot by the media, mostly by people who aren’t Muslim, have never read the Koran and know… Continue reading

Effectively Responding to Ferguson: No Justice? No Profit. #BoycottBlackFriday

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Naomi Wolf said that, in order to have successful protest, it needs to be illegal. It needs to stop traffic.  I was born in the early 60s. By the time I was of… Continue reading

Cartoon Feminism: Dr. Taylor’s Shirt #Feminism #Pseudofeminism

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In the last 100 years, feminists have fought for the rights of women all over the world; they have fought for equality of political voice, wage parity, reproductive health rights, equal access to… Continue reading

Permission & Pulling Yourself Together.

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I remember the first time I ever saw a patient in a cholera ward. Raised in a prosperous, middle-class family, in a large Western country, with relatives who had gone through at least… Continue reading

Little Lives, Narrow Minds, Bitter tongues: Kaci Hickox and the Schadenfreude of a Nation

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There’s an interesting online drama being played out on a Dallas Morning News post. Ms. Kaci Hickox, a volunteer nurse who only just returned from spending a month treating Ebola patients in Sierra… Continue reading

How Reason Died for Want of Leadership: How Leadership died for Want of Reason

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Syracuse University’s Dean Lorraine Branham ‘disinvited’ three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michel du Cille from a conference because he had recently returned from Liberia. Makes sense, you say? Please listen to the details: Mr.… Continue reading

Why You Should Worry about Ebola

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If you find yourself, at this moment, anywhere off the African continent and are not a health professional called to treat Ebola patients, the chance of you catching the disease is, at present,… Continue reading

Our ethical bankruptcy is going to kill us, not a virus.

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The United States has the most capable health infrastructure and the most capable doctors in the world, bar none,” Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s senior counter-terrorism adviser, said at a White House briefing. (“US… Continue reading

Well of Rage

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I plan on writing a longer post on my travels around Morocco, but for now, I just wanted to muse on a single strange incident. I think it is fair to say that,… Continue reading

Depression, Suicide and Leprosy of the Soul

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In the Bible, leprosy was believed to be the outward manifestation of sin, a disease of the soul that left its mark on the body as a way of warning others to stay… Continue reading