Nila Chatterjee

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‘Never seen it so bad’: violence and impunity in Brazil’s Amazon

Former deputy editor of National Geographic Brazil says a “humanitarian catastrophe” is taking place in Brazil’s Amazon<p>One of the perpetrators of arguably Brazil’s most internationally high-profile murders in recent years is currently walking around free. In 2013, amid much media coverage, …

Fighting Climate Change with Trees in Africa

When world leaders gathered in Paris and successfully negotiated a pivotal international climate agreement, I was happy to see so many heads of state reaffirm the central role of trees and forest landscape restoration in fighting and adapting to climate change.<p>As an African woman and the daughter …

Evaluating the Paris Deal

Hope and failure coexist in the Paris climate agreement. One may want to curse or cheer the deal, but it is history now, and we have to get on with …

Climate

The meaning of COP 21

<i>Together, we've shown what's possible when the world stands as one. In short, this agreement will mean less of the carbon pollution that threatens</i> …

Climate

Flood of protest hits Indian dams

Himalayan plans pose ecological threat, researchers warn.<p>The days when the gigantic Indian rivers — the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra — roar freely …

Mining Flattened Parts of Appalachia by 40 Percent

Knocking the tops off mountains also has altered water flow and made it more susceptible to pollution. Continue reading →

Pollution

Palau vs. the Poachers

Late on a January 2015 evening in Shepherdstown, W.Va., a data analyst named Bjorn Bergman, surrounded by whiteboards scribbled with computer code, was orchestrating a high-stakes marine police chase halfway around the world. Staring at his laptop in a cramped ground-floor office, he drank from his …

Conservation

Obama and Netanyahu: A Low Point in the "Special Relationship"?

President Barack Obama has had a famously strained relationship with his Israeli counterpart, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders have …

‘Gaza Is Hell’

Desolation and destiny in a land in limbo<p>BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip—Eight months after last summer’s war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, Gaza remains in ruins. Drive five minutes into the territory from the crossing point in southwestern Israel and you reach Beit Hanoun, one of the …

Israel

There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends

We have tried to be patient, but the international community has failed us. Freedom for Palestinian people is long overdue<p>The current escalation in violence did not start with the killing of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years. Every day Palestinians …

Has the third intifada begun? 5 must-read analyses

The recent upsurge in violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank – including the horrific killings of Eitam and Naama Henkin last Thursday and Nehemia …

The One-State Reality

Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.<p>Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, the new President of Israel, is ardently opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is instead a proponent of Greater Israel, one Jewish state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. …

Who Are the True Heirs of Zionism?

JERUSALEM — ZIONISM was never the gentlest of ideologies. The return of the Jewish people to their biblical homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty there have always carried within them the displacement of those already living on the land.<p>The Israeli general and politician Yigal Allon …

Israel

Occupation, Inc. | How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights

Summary<p>Almost immediately after Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, the Israeli government began establishing settlements in …

Pharma Bro Is the Face of U.S. Health Care

Martin Shkreli is a symptom of a dangerous system.<p>In what appears to be his authentic OKCupid profile (recently deactivated), the 32-year-old New York entrepreneur Martin Shkreli listed his income at more than one-million dollars. If you were a suitor, and the seven figures were not the first thing …

Martin Shkreli

Everyone Hates Martin Shkreli. Everyone Is Missing the Point

On Thursday morning, the most reviled person in America arrived on Capitol Hill for a short but memorable engagement with the most reviled institution in America. The institution was the U.S. Congress, which Americans say they hate—though not quite enough, apparently, to stop reëlecting its …

Stanford study: U.S. performs poorly on poverty, inequality measures

A new Stanford report shows that, compared with other well-off countries, the United States has the worst overall ranking on key poverty and …

Stanford University
Disease

In the Time of Cholera

The horror was in the stomach, an empty, draining pain. All the way up the highway, Rosemond Lorimé had felt it running out of him. It was like the …

Ebola’s Lessons | Council on Foreign Relations

by Laurie Garrett via Foreign Affairs September 15, 2015

Climate Change: A Human Rights Opportunity

A restaurant near Shanghai is charging customers a "clean air fee" to breathe unpolluted air. This is a response to air pollution levels hitting "red alert" status. It begs the question: is a healthy living environment a human right or a commodity?<p>Last December, I attended the UN Climate Change …

Is Universal Health Care an Attainable Goal?

The latest UN development initiative calls for achieving universal health coverage by 2030, a goal widely supported in the global health community …

Americans’ Views on the U.S. Role in Global Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation has tracked public opinion on global health issues in-depth since 2009. This most recent survey examines views on U.S. …

Kaiser Family Foundation

Why the World Health Organization doesn't have enough funds to fight Ebola

Paul Farmer · Who Lives and Who Dies: Who survives?

In the thirty years since I began my medical training in Boston, Massachusetts, I’ve cared for critically ill patients in Harvard’s teaching …

Dr. Paul Farmer on Rwanda's Health Leap, Haiti's Struggles & How Communities Can Repair the World

<b>AARON MATÉ:</b> For the rest of the hour, we are joined by a doctor whose name has become synonymous with global health and social justice. Dr. Paul …

The HIV/AIDS pandemic, explained in 9 maps and charts

AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, claiming thousands of lives each year as it spread. But it wasn't until the disease reached pandemic status more than a decade later that the global community really galvanized in an effort to stop it.<p>In 1996, as HIV prevalence was peaking around the world, …

Public Health