lunes, 29 de enero de 2018

More on the opioid epidemic in the USA

More on the opioid epidemic in the USA

More on the opioid epidemic in the USA

What can be done to lessen this social scourge?
Marcus Roberts | Jan 28 2018 | comment 2 

Last year we wrote a number of blogposts on the social and economic crises hitting the American working class. See hereherehere and here.
A large part of these crises (cause or symptom?) is the opioid epidemic. It is increasing mortality rates and has even decreased the overall American life expectancy in the last couple of years. To help us understand the crisis better, here is an interesting and harrowing documentary about the opioid epidemic. It includes interviews with health professionals and addicts. Let us hope that the lure of opioids can be broken in the years ahead.


January 29, 2018

Tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He was shot dead by a Hindu nationalist who believed that he was being too accommodating with the Muslim minority in India. It was one of the great tragedies of contemporary Indian history.

However, the occasion has been marred by riots over a film which depicts a love affair between a legendary Rajput queen and a Muslim king. Since the film opened last Thursday, cinemas in Uttar Pradesh and other states have been vandalised, highways blocked, shopping malls set ablaze and several buses burned. A bus carrying school children was pelted with stones. Gandhi gave his life to prevent such hatred.

Deputy Editor Carolyn Moynihan reflects upon the virtues of "the father of India" in our lead article: "He recognised that the truth about human dignity and human rights transcended mere political programmes, and that the latter must be based on the former." At a time when tolerance is a scarce commodity, Gandhi is a an inspiring example. 

Michael Cook
India’s Bollywood brouhaha: have they forgotten Gandhi’s example?
By Carolyn Moynihan
On the 70th anniversary of the Mahatma’s violent death, some reminders.
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Utilitarianism goes on a charm offensive
By Michael Cook
But sprinkling the pixie dust of Christianity won't change its dark public image
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Margaret Atwood: tried on social media, convicted by the press
By Sharon Coen
Mainstream media have better things to do than amplify Twitter storms.
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Myths transmit wisdom of the ages
By David Breen
Nathaniel Hawthorne brought ancient Greek stories to life for children.
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More on the opioid epidemic in the USA
By Marcus Roberts
What can be done to lessen this social scourge?
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Scalia on constitutional and natural law: “never the twain shall meet”
By G. Tracy Mehan III
This anthology of the late Justice's addresses underscores the breadth of his thinking
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Young parenthood: what the media doesn’t show
By Cecilia Galatolo
Bringing a child into the world is a bigger adventure than any Hollywood fantasy
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Beijing and Shanghai shrank in 2017
By Shannon Roberts
Reversing decades of family unfriendly policy
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Can Liberalism change?
By Carson Holloway
Identity politics is destroying Liberalism.
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Darkest Hour
By Jane Kelly
The latest Churchill movie is a ripping yarn.
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