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- Responding to Ebola: Retrofitting Governance Systems
Posted on September 18, 2014
In a recent New York Times op-ed, David Brooks observes that governance, in the form of multilateral organizing, is missing from the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Unfortunately, global organization and health infrastructure building too often occur in the midst of a public health emergency. A better way to contain and manage these crises is to… Read more
- What Do We Owe to Child Migrants?
Posted on June 24, 2014
From October 1, 2013, through June 15, 2014, more than 52,000 child migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, overwhelming the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Obama administration has declared this an “urgent humanitarian situation” and has authorized DHS to establish a Unified Coordinating Group led by the… Read more
- Bioethics Books in Brief
Posted on October 29, 2013
A lot of new bioethics books come to The Hastings Center. Some of them end up getting reviewed in the Hastings Center Report, but not as many as we’d like. So, we’re launching a new recurring feature in Bioethics Forum—a quick listing of some of the new books we’ve received. Part of the feature, too, is an… Read more
- “Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function” – Reason to Help, or Blame, the Poor?
Posted on September 26, 2013
“’The lower the caste,’ said Mr. Foster, ‘the shorter the oxygen.’ The first organ affected was the brain. After that the skeleton.” In Brave New World cognitive ability is carefully and intentionally bred out of the lowest rungs of society. Although he was writing fiction, Aldous Huxley reminds us of an uncomfortable truth about our own society–the… Read more