U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

A United Nations disarmament panel presented the first draft on Monday of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step that could hasten completion of a final text by early July. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable — especially at a time when North Korea … Continue reading U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

City on the Verge

City on the Verge, by Atlanta native Mark Pendergrast, was recently published in hardback. He is in Atlanta this week giving several talks about his new book. Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial … Continue reading City on the Verge

Yellow Fever in Brazil

Three years ago, the West African Ebola epidemic set off a worldwide panic and the biggest global-health security crisis in years. Then Zika struck and the reality of those transmittable disease threats was brought even closer to home in the United States, with more than 5,000 cases reported and America still on high alert. Yet today, an even greater potential threat to the world is … Continue reading Yellow Fever in Brazil

The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold, a chamber opera in two acts, with music composed by psychiatrist Kenneth B. Wells and libretto by Wells and law professor Elyn Saks, may be the first opera devoted to telling the story of psychiatric illness. Based on Saks’ memoir of the same name describing her experience with schizophrenia, the opera premiered in July 2016 at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold

Thomas Melville dies at 94

Thomas Melville was born in Boston in 1930. He became a priest and was assigned to Guatemala, where he worked on economic development and social justice projects. But in this process, he lost the support of the Catholic Church hierarchy, U.S. Embassy and Guatemalan government. In 1968, Melville participated in a high-profile act of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War, the burning of military draft … Continue reading Thomas Melville dies at 94