October 8, 1989
In the column "Stop Starving the World's Poor to Pay Debts" (Op-Ed Page, Sept. 25) an international coalition of legislators really spelled out the tragic results of Third-World debt burdens -- the unnecessary deaths of 500,000 children last year. Ironically, in developing nations the very people loans are supposed to benefit are hit the hardest when these debt-choked countries must tighten their economies to make the interest payments. What are the first things to get cut? Social services like rural health care clinics, immunization programs, schools, and food subsidies.
November 3, 2013
Re "Afghan projects may lose oversight," Oct. 30 The article overlooks Afghanistan's development progress as it breezes over USAID's rigorous oversight of our projects worldwide. In the last 10 years, Afghans have seen a 20-year increase in life expectancy and a 62% decrease in child mortality. A decade ago, female education was banned in Afghanistan. Now, almost 3 million girls attend school. Americans can be proud of their contribution to those achievements. Furthermore, allegations of widespread waste and mismanagement are unfounded.
November 1, 2013 |
Anti-Obamacare conservatives are chuckling over an exchange from the House's grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday morning, in which Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) challenged Sebelius to explain why men should have to pay for maternity coverage in their health insurance plans. "To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?" Ellmers asked. Ellmers and her cheering section seem to think this was hilarious , a conclusive, slam-dunk, let-me-hear-a-rimshot punchline.
December 20, 2007 |
In a statement posted on its website, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has challenged portions of a Los Angeles Times article about Global Fund efforts in Africa. The Times report, published Sunday, said the Global Fund and other programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have had a mixed effect on key measures of societal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
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July 22, 1986
It was hard to keep from crying after reading Marjorie Miller's sad article (July 7) about the economic problems the people of Nicaragua are suffering. I remember well how, only a few years ago, the whole world looked at what was happening in Nicaragua as a model for developing nations. Child mortality was lessened. Illiteracy was fading away. Somewhere in the midst of this progress the United States decided because democracy, as we know it, wasn't being practiced--and because Cubans and Soviets were in the area--the social strides made by the Sandinistas were invalid.
January 21, 2014 |
Billionaire and former tech mogul Bill Gates predicts that there will be almost no poor countries left in the world by 2035. Almost all nations will be either lower-middle income or wealthier, and most will have surpassed the 35 countries that are currently defined by the World Bank as low-income, Gates says in his annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the letter, Gates and his wife try to dispel what they say are myths about global poverty that hinder development: Poor countries are destined to stay that way, foreign aid is not helpful and saving lives leads to overpopulation.
October 30, 2011 |
The United Nations has identified Monday as the day world population hits 7 billion. Many find the Halloween date appropriate given the frightening prospect of this demographic milestone. As if 7 billion weren't scary enough, the U.N. projects 10 billion people by 2083, the addition of roughly three more Indias. But the parents of the 7-billionth person should not be afraid for their child's future. In spite of the daunting challenges facing the world, including global warming, rising food prices and a billion people in poverty, the 7-billionth child will almost surely have a better life than the 3-billionth or 6-billionth child.
December 16, 2007 |
A neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual. Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the roach-infested maternity ward of Queen Elizabeth II, a crumbling sprawl that is the largest hospital in Lesotho, a mountainous nation of 2.1 million people surrounded by South Africa. Nyoba, 30, whose given name means "mother, have hope," has AIDS.
September 27, 2007 |
President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed Wednesday on the need to work jointly to fight narcotics trafficking, terrorism and a resurgent Taliban, and on the necessity of international help with energy needs, a White House official said. The two, in New York for the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, met for about 30 minutes at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Bush used the session for an update on conditions in Afghanistan six years after the U.S.
May 2, 2008 |
Responding to skyrocketing global food prices, President Bush asked Congress on Thursday for $770 million in emergency foreign aid targeted at the neediest in the developing world. The announcement was welcomed on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) promised that Congress would "respond rapidly to the growing urgent need for international food assistance."