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Snapshot,
Fran Quigley

A deadly 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti was quickly traced to a UN camp, but the UN has been slow to take responsibility. In response, Haitian lawyers and advocates have decided to sue the international organization for damages. They might not win their case, but their efforts could at least leave Haiti with a better-functioning legal system.

Snapshot,
Don Steinberg and Tara Sonenshine

Disability is a national and global issue, and it is time for a comprehensive approach that includes education and development.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2014
Jonathan Alter

Whether the Obama administration’s bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov will permanently tarnish the administration’s legacy is unclear, but it certainly offers important -- and depressing -- insights into the president’s operating style and the administration’s culture.

Snapshot,
Eduardo J. Gómez

By some measures, the BRICS have squandered their years of plenty. Even as they poured money into building dynamic economies and gaining global power, they neglected to invest in their own populations. Another group of nations -- Mexico, Colombia, and Singapore -- has struck a better balance and, as a result, makes a better model than the BRICS for other emerging economies.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Lane Kenworthy

Obamacare’s success will not mean a leap to socialism, nor would its failure mean the end of liberalism. What the ACA really represents is yet another step on the United States' long, halting journey away from the classical liberal capitalist state and toward a peculiarly American version of social democracy.

Snapshot,
Peter L. Levin and Shahid N. Shah

Assigning blame for Healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout has been about as entertaining as thrashing about in a room full of piñatas without a blindfold. So plentiful are the targets that some wonder whether failure was inevitable and, more generally, whether democracy is incompatible with technocracy. In both cases, the answer is no.

Snapshot,
Sonia Shah

The main challenge to eradicating malaria is a lack of will to do the job -- and not among donor countries. Despite its tremendous burden on affected societies, malaria, in the most heavily infected places, is considered a "relatively minor malady," something akin to the common cold.

Snapshot,
David P. Fidler

The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has led to a global controversy over who legally owns the intellectual property of a virus, whether a virus can be patented, and how to share samples of it once it is. But all the bickering has obscured the fact that pandemics aren't problems that can be litigated away.

Snapshot,
Leonard S. Rubenstein

For the second time in less than six months, polio vaccine workers in Pakistan have come under fire. For the gunmen, killing health care workers has been seen as a legitimate response to a nefarious extension of Western power. And, for the CIA, faux vaccine campaigns have sometimes been justified as part of the war on terror. Both sides are wrong: denying or providing health care should never be an instrument of statecraft.

Snapshot,
Tim Hanstad

Rooting out poverty is difficult. In the case of India, however, addressing landlessness has already improved the lives of millions and sparked inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

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