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Measles and Small Pox as an Allied Army
of the Conquistadors of America

The year was 1520. Cortes had already entered the capital
of the Aztec empire and imprisoned Moctezuma when he received notice of the arrival of Narvaez at the port of Veracruz, with express orders to apprehend him.

AIDS Conference Brings Together Diverse Community

The 17th International AIDS Conference got underway in Mexico City Sunday and will continue through Friday. Along with government officials, private non-profit groups and medical researchers, the conference has drawn activists and representatives of grassroots groups from around the world.

A New HIV/AIDS Guide to Help
Countries Reach Universal Access

At the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

A Call for a National AIDS Strategy
Bridging Race and Sexuality

In the wake of disturbing news about higher HIV rates in the United States, people living with HIV and allies are calling for a national AIDS strategy that confronts the homophobia, violence and bias at the heart of the U.S. epidemic.

Pope Benedict Calls for Respect of
Human Rights During UN Address

Pope Benedict XVI has called on all nations to protect and respect human rights during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. In a speech about the importance of dialogue, diplomacy and human rights, Pope Benedict said every state has a duty to protect its people from grave and sustained violations of human rights and from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made.

Consumer Reports' Investigates the Truth
Behind Labels that Imply "Made in the USA"

Whether motivated by patriotism or recent health and safety alerts regarding goods made abroad, consumers may look to find domestic-made goods, but finding a product’s homeland on the label isn’t always easy, says Consumer Reports.

Scientists Find Black Hole's Point of No Return

By a score of 135 to zero, scientists at MIT and Harvard have found that a certain type of X-ray explosion common on neutron stars is never seen around black holes, as if the gas that fuels these explosions has vanished into a void.

Women Make the News 2008: UNESCO’s Global Action to Promote Gender Equality in the Media

Women Make the News, UNESCO’s global operation to promote gender equality in the media, will be launched for the eighth year on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March) 2008 with the aim of encouraging news media to give editorial responsibility to women editors and journalists on that Day.

International Year of Languages
to Be Launched at UNESCO

International Mother Language Day, celebrated on 21 February every year since 2000, will also mark this year the start of the International Year of Languages proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, which has entrusted its coordination to UNESCO.

Guatemala's Mayan Indians Endure Poverty

Isabel Rosario Lopez rises at dawn to prepare breakfast for a bustling household of six children. This day, she has a guest helping her prepare a meal. She spends her day in her mountain village tending to her home and weaving beautifully intricate textiles, a tradition passed down by Mayan women for centuries. Her husband toils in the surrounding cornfields or weaves baskets and sells firewood for income.

UNICEF Launches Podcast Series on Education in Emergencies and Post-crisis Countries

UNICEF launched the first in a series of podcast discussions on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries, with the participation of leading figures from the academic, development, media and humanitarian communities.
Entitled 'Beyond School Books', the podcast series highlights the important role of education in countries affected by conflicts or natural disasters or those in post-crisis transition.

Editorial -- A True Reform Needed at the UN

Since 1945, as of its inauguration after the end of World War II, the United Nations Organization has been struggling to stop wars, discrepancies among members, world hunger, health crisis, human rights violations, and the destruction of the environment.

Development Workers from
War-Affected Nations Warn on Hunger

With wars and armed conflicts dominating the political agenda of the United Nations' 62nd General Assembly, the anti-poverty agency, ActionAid, says that the UN must do more to address the hidden costs of war: increased hunger and poverty. Of the 39 countries facing food crises in mid 2006, 25 were caused by conflict.

Sudanese Cameraman Sami Al-Haj
in Critical Condition in Guantanamo

Reporters Without Borders voiced “deep concern” about Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj, a Guantanamo detainee since June 2002, whose lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said after recovering his notes from US military censors that his client’s health has worsened considerably in recent days. Referring to the death of four prisoners in just over a year, Al-Haj told him he feared for his survival.

100 Journalists Killed in 2006, the Most Brutal
Year in the Modern Media’s History

With 100 journalists killed, 2006 was the most savage and brutal year in the history of the modern media. The figure is largely due to the targeting of local journalists in Iraq, which saw 46 journalists killed. However, the murder of journalists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, and Sri Lanka also added to the overall figure, according to the International Press Institute.

Infidel, a Book by Muslim Dissident Ayaan Hirsi Ali

An award-winning humanitarian and courageous freedom fighter, Ayaan Hirsi Ali stands as one of the most influential and outspoken political figures of our time. Yet, she is also demonized by conservative Muslims worldwide, including members of her own clan and family, for speaking out against the injustices of the Islamic faith. Determined to voice the truth in Infidel (Free Press; February 6, 2007; $26.00), her remarkable and unflinchingly honest memoir, Hirsi Ali recounts her transformation from what she terms, "the world of faith to the world of reason," a change she believes is vital for the most troubled regions of the world.

A Real Gulag at Guantanamo Next Door

Just a few miles north of the U.S. Naval Base you will find Cuba, a small country ruled by a Communist regime since 1959. Since the early 1960s, more than 100,000 Cubans have been jailed for political reasons, and about 12,000 have been executed by firing squads or killed by security forces. According to Amnesty International there are 400 political prisoners in Cuba at this very moment, most of them "prisoners of conscience" whose crime has been to become human rights activists. They are serving sentences of up to 28 years after well known undue processes.

Iraq, Mexico, Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Iraq topped the list for the fourth year in a row, with 64 journalists and media assistants killed there in 2006. The second most dangerous country for media was Mexico, where nine journalists were killed covering stories about drug trafficking or social violence. Meanwhile, the Philippines was third on the list, with six journalists killed.

US: Castro Health Crisis Signals Start of Political Change in Cuba

The U.S. State Department's senior official for Latin America said President Fidel Castro's health crisis signals the beginning of political change in Cuba. Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon says he does not believe an effort to perpetuate communist rule on the island can succeed. Shannon says a transition effort is under way.

Fluctuating Fortunes for Hugo Chavez

Venezuela's fiery President Hugo Chavez is the subject of both adulation and scorn. Some say he is headed toward despotism; others claim he is a man of the people. And still others say he is both.

Is AIDS a Global Security Threat?

A new study says HIV/AIDS is creating potential risks to regional, national and global security. The study was done by analysts at the Center on Global Change and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They say the link between public health and national security has so far been missing.

Internet Safety: A Growing Concern

The exploitation of children through the Internet is an increasing concern worldwide. In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of a major effort supported by the government, schools, parents and companies to do something about it.

Plattism: One More Slogan Against Cuban Americans

During almost 47 years, lacking a practical and formal vocabulary, the Fidel Castro regime used the most improbable epithets to discredit its political opponents. So we witness not only to a power phenomenon that isolates, locks up and executes those who think differently, but uses as well a rethoric closer to the slang of Havana's lower quarters than to a language capable of explaining covincing reasons and intentions. In that way adjectives such as "worm," "homeland-seller," "traitor," "lumpen," "antisocial," and many other were born.

Castro Ordered Kennedy's Assassination, According to a German Documentary

German filmmaker Wilfried Huismann spent years digging into the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. His documentary "Rendezvous With Death -- Why Kennedy Had to Die," about Cuban leader Fidel Castro's role in the murder is set to premiere Friday, January 6, 2006 on German public TV.

Political Parties Are Most Corrupt Institution Worldwide

The public around the world perceive political parties as the institution most affected by corruption, according to a new public opinion survey published today by Transparency International (TI) to mark UN International Anti-Corruption Day.

World Population in 2300 Could
Stabilize at 9 Billion, UN Estimates

The world's population three centuries from now will stabilize at 9 billion if fertility levels continue their decline, particularly in the developing world, but could also top more than 1.3 trillion if they remain unchanged from current rates, according to statistics released by the United Nations.

Stop Terror Sheikhs, Muslim Academics Demand

Over 2,500 Muslim intellectuals from 23 countries have signed a petition to the United Nations calling for an international treaty to ban the use of religion for incitement to violence, according to the English-language daily newspaper Arab News, based in Saudi Arabia.

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