Category: Social Policy

Chelsea Manning: Solitary confinement is ‘no touch’ torture, and it must be abolished

I spent about nine months in an isolated cell behind a one-way mirror. It was cruel, degrading and inhumane

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Rebecca Gordon: The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t

The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah

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Fidel Castro: The Cuban people will overcome

Remarks by Fidel Castro Ruz during the closing of the 7th Party Congress

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Karen J. Greenberg: Still in the Bush Embrace

What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Guantánamo

Kristian Laubjerg: Combating HIV/AIDS in Africa – The Hypocrisy Approach

According to the most recent data released by UNAIDS, 36.9 million people globally were living with HIV in 2014, with 70 % of them living in sub-Saharan Africa

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Don Fitz: Cuba’s Medical Mission

The Ebola experience is one of many covered in John Kirk’s new book Health Care without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

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Gary Olson: The Zika Virus: A No-Brainer, Moneymaker?

Alert: This is a satire. [Note: The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency and some four million people may be infected this year. Zika may cause brain damage and unusually small heads in newborns—called microcephaly. Women who become infected while pregnant are at especially high risk.] Eli Lilly, Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Kevin Turner Dies From ALS, the NFL Does Not Give a Damn

Kevin Turner played in pro football for eight years, but when he died, the NFL said nothing. They could start by apologizing

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Jack Rasmus: Neoliberal Economists: Against Bernie Sanders and Common Sense

If the U.S. spent, like other advanced economies with single payer, about 10 percent of its GDP a year on health care, it would cost US$1.8 trillion instead of US$3 trillion a year

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Robert Fisk: Guantanamo is being emptied – but its legacy of making the guilty innocent and the innocent guilty will continue

Almost half the remaining inmates are Yemeni, but I have to say that I don’t remember many Yemenis in Osama bin Laden’s camps – and I met the man twice in Afghanistan

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