Where Mental Asylums Live On
Donald Roldas, a baby-faced man in his late 20s with paranoid schizophrenia, arrived at Guatemala’s only public psychiatric hospital last year after being charged with murdering his parents. He says he often wanders freely through the sprawling facility of dilapidated one-story buildings and wooded courtyards, where detainees charged with crimes mingle with ordinary patients and the developmentally disabled.
The U.S. Needs a New Strategy in Addressing China’s Human Rights
In recent decades, China’s economy has grown about 10 percent a year, lifting more than 500 million people out of poverty, generating wealth for the middle class and expanding global trade. But as the world’s most populous nation has become an increasingly important player on the international stage, it has also brazenly refused to respect fundamental human rights at home. Nowhere is this more evident than the continued persecution of high-profile rights activists and their families.
How North Korea Gets Away With It
Major Louis Renault was “shocked, shocked” to find gambling going on in “Casablanca,” and so it is with United Nations investigators examining abuses of human rights in North Korea. An official U.N. Commission of Inquiry last month proclaimed “shocking” testimony of the Pyongyang regime’s “widespread and serious violations” of its people’s human rights.
Overpopulation Is Still the Problem
Overpopulation remains the leading driver of hunger, desertification, species depletion and a range of social maladies across the planet. Recently, a spate of op-ed essays have filled the pages of some of world’s top newspapers and blogs — from the Guardian to the New York Times — challenged this view, declaring that overpopulations is not, nor has ever been, a problem. To make progress in the most recent round of the age-old debate between technological optimists and Malthusian realists, it’s important to establish criteria and characterize consequences.
Reporting for Duty. Again.
Five million volunteers. Five million husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. Five million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought for a dozen years. Next year, the last of these men and women will come home from Afghanistan. What comes next for this generation of veterans? What will their legacy be?
Our Response to Syria Must Be Effective, But Also Legal
Ottawa and Washington — The pictures and video of children, women, and men murdered or suffering from neuro-toxic symptoms from the attacks in eastern Damascus on August 21 has sparked outrage around the world. While Western powers have now concluded the use of chemical weapons is undeniable — and that they were deployed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime — the UN weapons inspectors are also expected to complete their assessment in the next few days.
Doing the right thing
Research has found that people with disabilities, including those with the most severe disabilities, do better in all areas of life when they live in homes rather than institutions.