Human Rights

Category archives for Human Rights

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestine’s President Abbas gave back to back speeches last Friday at the United Nations General Assembly, a highly controversial event with Palestine’s bid for formal recognition. As a scientist, such matters are far too complex for me, as they are embedded with layers of subtlety and inscrutable politics. I am…

Amidst Syria’s Madness, A Voice of Reason

On Friday, Aug. 19, National Public Radio’s Melissa Block interviewed Syrian activist Alexander Page (a pseudonym used for protection). I conducted an interview with Alexander Page on July 31, via email. In this brief discussion, I learned quite a bit about his background and his motivation for continuing protests against a government that is pushing…

The interactive Google map tells a tale of horror: The Syrian army began an assault on Hama in the early morning. This video shows heavy fire. At least 116 people have been killed and dozens more injured. There are reports of some soldiers defecting.

Why is a local employee at Doctors Without Borders in Bahrain being targeted?

Living, Without Food

Source: UNICEF. The conditions in Somalia are a hell on earth, with some four million people starving, including 800,000 children. I want to help, in any way I can. I want to understand how this happened and why.

Source. What ever happened to Prof. Al-Singace, a Bahraini enginner who “was taken forcibly from his home on March 17th and imprisoned without charge”?

The Universal Periodic Review “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Should nations open themselves up to scrutiny by the United Nations? The Universal Periodic Review, adopted in 2006, takes a very close look at how nations fare in a broad…

Detonate a Love Grenade

Love can be explosive. This may be a bit much, or it may be just right.

Imagine you have two months to live. What would you do, what would you write to your friends and colleagues? I don’t know if I have two months – do you? No one does. Life is an ongoing risk, an opportunity to embrace challenges, to coast, or to be numb.

Last year, I taught a short course at Gilead Sciences in California and was impressed by not only the high quality of their scientific research but their efforts to increase access of their HIV medications to developing countries. Now Gilead has joined a group of pharmaceutical companies to try something bold and innovative – to…