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Ode to joy, and peace, in Venezuela

Ode to joy, and peace, in VenezuelaThe soft power of music will be up against the hard power of Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, and his generals. While the main goal is to solicit donations from online viewers and provide relief for millions inside Venezuela, the concert has another, less tangible goal. “We want to make it a joyous occasion,” Mr. Branson, founder of Virgin Group, told The Associated Press.




Posted on 20 February 2019 | 7:49 pm

No smoking: How one city is cutting the hookah haze

No smoking: How one city is cutting the hookah hazeNo government office or police station would be complete without a haze of smoke, or desks littered with cigarette-stuffed coffee cups. Jordan is home to the second-highest smoking prevalence in the world, with more than 60 percent of adult citizens and 70 percent of adult males smoking, according to Jordan’s Health Ministry. With health costs rising and medical experts linking smoking to 26 percent of male cancer cases, Jordan’s Parliament passed a law in 2008 banning lighting up in government offices, shopping centers, malls, airports, hospitals, and schools.




Posted on 20 February 2019 | 4:56 pm

Who’s a populist? Democrats taking on Trump look to reclaim the mantle

Who’s a populist? Democrats taking on Trump look to reclaim the mantle“Stop calling Donald Trump a populist,” liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ordered the media last August. It’s true, Mr. Krugman wrote, President Trump does occasionally “pose” as a champion of ordinary Americans against the elite. Mr. Trump, for his part, boasts that his policies have been great for American workers and commands big crowds doing so.




Posted on 19 February 2019 | 8:26 pm

Bearing witness: When hospital work becomes a test of faith

Bearing witness: When hospital work becomes a test of faithWhen Tom Catena moved to Sudan in 2008 to work as a surgeon in a remote, rebel-held territory, he first needed to earn the community’s trust. A decade into the job, Dr. Catena, who is also a Catholic missionary, leads the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Catena’s 435-bed facility is the only referral hospital in a region of roughly a million Sudanese.




Posted on 19 February 2019 | 8:19 pm

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