News you can use – Tuesday July 17

News you can use – Tuesday July 17

  • Victories in Sight: The fight is being won against the leading infectious cause of blindness in poor nations. Donald McNeil of the New York Times describes work being done in Nepal against trachoma. I’m always very impressed by Don’s ability to find a compelling story.
  • Ancient Tools Provide New Insight: Chipped rocks in China suggest human ancestors left Africa earlier than believed. Stone tools may have helped to make it possible for hominins to travel far from Africa, archeologists such as Michael Petraglia from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, said. Article in the New York Times by Carl Zimmer.
  • Treading Cautiously: A panorama of a modern-day Ku Klux Klan gathering challenges the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas to consider all concerns, by Michael Hardy in the New York Times
  • Medicaid an issue in merger deal: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health already treat fewer poor patients. An important article about poverty, the medical industrial complex, and health, written by Priyanka Dayal McCluskey of the Boston Globe.
  • Is Trump committing treason? An op-ed by John Shattuck, a former US assistant secretary for democracy, now at Tufts Fletcher School and Harvard’s Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, in today’s Boston Globe.
  • Massachusetts moving to close the ‘grocery gap’ in underserved communities. An important letter by Carlene Pavlos, Executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association in Boston. We need fresh, healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables throughout our cities.
  • End the voter registration cutoff– by Cheryl Crawford and Gladys Vega, an op-ed in the Boston Globe. Cheryl Crawford is executive director of MassVOTE. Gladys Vega is executive director of Chelsea Collaborative Inc. They were the lead plaintiffs in the case to end the 20-day voter registration deadline. The Massachusetts Legislature must act to encourage all citizens to participate and vote.
  • Study sees big risks in gene edits: Investors react to possible health woes, by Sharon Begley, STAT/ Boston Globe.
  • PBS Series,“The Vietnam War,” Receives Emmy Nomination. Should It? An Op-ed in Common Dreams by Doug Rawlings.
  • Is It Time for a Post-Growth Economy? The growth-driven economic model we have adopted is killing our planet. An Op-ed in Common Dreams.

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