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International Conference On Population And Development

The stage is set for a confrontation between two world views--one secular, another sacred--when 180 nations gather in Cairo next week to debate global strategies for stabilizing world population. Incensed by the inclusion of abortion and contraception on the agenda, Pope John Paul II has mounted one of the Vatican's most intensive diplomatic offensives in recent memory to bend an international program into conformity with Catholic teaching.
December 2, 2012 | Malcolm Potts; Gopi Gopalakrishnan; J. Joseph Speidel; Kirsten Thompson; Leona D'Agnes; and Joan Castro; Martha Campbell; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani; William N. Ryerson; Carl Pope; John F. May; and Rajiv Shah
Hunger. Environmental degradation. Political instability. These were among the consequences of rapid global population growth documented in a five-part series in The Times in July. Now, Opinion has invited leading scholars to consider what, if anything, people and governments can do to address the issue. In the brief essays that follow, Malcolm Potts from UC Berkeley sets up the situation we are facing, and population experts from around the globe explain some of the approaches they've seen work -- and the reasons others have not. The series, by Times staff writer Kenneth R. Weiss and staff photographer Rick Loomis, can be found at
January 3, 1995 | TERESA MEARS from Times staff and wire reports
EUROPE Hope Flickers in Bosnia: While 1994 began with a few glimmers of hope for the Balkans, they quickly proved illusory and, month after month, the war that has taken at least 200,000 lives continued its deadly trampling of peoples, principles and alliances. When an artillery shell smashed into a crowded public market in Sarajevo on Feb. 5, killing 68 people, it spurred an outraged world into action.
November 27, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, Kim Murphy has been The Times' Cairo correspondent since 1989. Her last article for this magazine was about PLO chairman Yasser Arafat's attempts to rein in opposition to his peace deal with Israel
It is a morning like many mornings at the Hole of the Snake cafe, with the scent of cardamom-flavored coffee, the gurgling of water pipes and the stench of the butchers' trade in the air. Work-weary men, their white galabiyas dappled down the front with blood, sip and gossip and nod off surrounded by the bedlam of Cairo's second-largest slaughterhouse. The alarming knives of their trade, the size of fat swords, glint in holsters slung across the backs of their chairs. At a shop next door, a burly man with trunk-sized arms rhythmically whacks at the bones and entrails of what perhaps recently was a cow, with explosive results.
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