“Two-thirds of those who commit crimes do not have a permanent source of income,” and increasingly they are committing ever more violent crimes, including murder, battery, and other attacks.  And at the same time, they are turning away from activities of intellectual and cultural development. Moreover, “the number of divorces has increased 200 percent.”


Photo: The sign says "Danger Zone." An explosion on September 29, 1957, contaminated an area of 23,000 square kilometers and exposed more than 270,000 people to significant levels of radiation.


So far, like Iceland, the Netherlands has not required abortion — but they’re putting plenty of pressure on mothers to abort, [Renate] Lindeman alleges, including some discussion of fines for those who don’t.  


Excellent research assistant position now available for Fall at Wilson Center


Public health experts have expressed concerns about the upcoming flu season in Europe and the US after 73 people died in Australia this year from a strain of flu dubbed Influenza A, or H3N2 (H3), which is more resistant to flu vaccinations than most and often affects the elderly.


This photograph illustrates the wide range of efforts to discourage smoking. The design is by Reynolds and Reyner of Ukraine. The photo is accompanied by the reminder:

“People are dying throughout the world of diseases caused by smoking. This package concept shows how close this problem is to us. As every day each smoker carries this problem in his/her pocket. They carry death.”



Trees save megacities millions 2017/8/25 23:11:32

During heatwaves, set to become more frequent as temperatures rise, trees can cool buildings, potentially reducing the cost of fans and air conditioning, according to a study by the State University of New York.  Kyiv once enjoyed a worldwide reputation for its famous Green Zone but developers have been allowed to chop huge parts of it away. Perhaps Kyiv’s mayor and raion officials ought to be mining the SUNY study for ideas on how to turn things around here.

Because of official greed and incompetence and the push to build infrastructure for Putin’s Olympiad at any cost, these trees [Colchid boxwood (Buxus colchica)] are being killed off throughout the region by a moth that came to Western Europe from China in 2006, one that EU countries have successfully countered, but that jumped to the North Caucasus beginning in 2012.


Natalia Gurova manages a project in the insurgent-controlled Ukrainian city of Lugansk handing out clean syringes and condoms to drug-users and sex workers who are most at risk from HIV and hepatitis


The health minister was born and raised in the United States, but when she saw the rot in Ukraine’s hospitals, she had to do something.


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