Public Policy

Dirty War on Immigrant Children

This article was written by my Mom, Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes and her close colleague of over 30 years, Dr. Macelo Suarez-Orozco, Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS). I am posting this because of my interest in how climate change affects border security, food security, and emergency preparedness in the U.S., particularly the border states. “The effects of climate change go way beyond pure meteorological changes and have consequences for social and political processes worldwide,” says Jesus Crespo Cuaresma of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and a professor of economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. “Acknowledging this evidence could take us closer to finding global solutions to the problem.” And the Migration Policy Institute states the following: “The impact of climate change as a driver of human migration is expected by many to dwarf all others. Still, certain frequently repeated forecasts of the number of people who stand to be displaced by climate change are not informed by a complete understanding of migration dynamics. Displacement is almost always the result of a complex mix of factors: a combination of exposure to natural hazards, poverty-related vulnerability, and resilience (through adaptation) determine which regions and societies are most like to suffer negative effects of climate change.

Beyond these “push” factors, family and community networks, historical ties, proximity, and ease of access all help determine where people go if they move. The most significant mechanisms of displacement are sea-level rise, higher temperatures, disruption of water cycles, and increasing severity of storms.”

Outerboroughs

A psychoanalysis of ‘place’ By Nate Hughes, MPH, MPP, M. Phil. “What shall we use To fill the empty spaces Where we used to talk?How shall I fill The final places?How should I complete the wall?” ― Roger Waters “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates …

Outerboroughs

The Relative Value of Life

Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured (Source:  EveryTownResearch.org).  This article was written by Dr. Jacques Mather, a trauma surgeon at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.  Jack is also a close …

The Relative Value of Life

Former drug rep: Did I contribute to today’s opioid epidemic?

Thirteen years ago, I started a pharmaceutical sales career for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, peddling samples out of my bag near the lush beautiful beaches of Newport and Laguna beaches in California. I threw ornate dinners for local psychiatrists to boost the sales of Effexor XR for depression and anxiety, even though …

Former drug rep: Did I contribute to today’s opioid epidemic?

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