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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Documenting Tuberculosis

Last week, the Lens Blog of the New York Times featured a post about Misha Friedman, a photojournalist documenting the epidemic of tuberculosis in Eastern Europe & Central Asia. In 2009, 1.7 million people died from TB globally, including 380,000 people living with HIV. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of deaths were

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Trouble at the Global Fund

What's going on at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria (GFATM)? It recently canceled a new round of grants because funding has severely declined, and commitments made by donor countries have yet to materialize....

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Typecasting Binyavanga Wainaina

By Caitlin Chandler How do you write about a place that occupies a mythic place in the imagination of outsiders? And how do you write about national and personal identity when identity does not obey the neat...

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Fact Checking Mandela

It’s unfortunate the New York Times Book Review handed the appraisal of three recent books about Nelson Mandela–including Mandela’s own new book–to J.M. Ledgard, identified as “the Africa correspondent for The Economist.”* The books are Richard Stengel’s Mandela’s Way,...

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Move Something

By Caitlin Chandler This World AIDS Day, rather than pay attention to celebrities who are “dying digital deaths,” or wearing red, do something small or big that can have an actual impact.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A new scheme to end poverty?

I know many readers believe that addressing global poverty is a fairly complex issue. Well, I’m delighted to inform you that you’re wrong! Apparently, the solution is simple – let people in poor countries send money to...

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