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If St. Paul was right, that the wages of sin is death, is it a stretch to say that the wages of white supremacy is colorblindness? To suggest such a thing, I'm sure, makes a good number of white brothers and sisters uneasy, thinking perhaps Black America
Glick: White Progressives, Black Reparations
Sep 02, 2001
How many white progressives "get it" when it comes to the issue of reparations for people of African descent? More to the point, how many are able to genuinely and rationally consider it?
Glick: The Difference a Month Can Make
Jul 29, 2001
Think back for a moment to last December and January. There was tremendous outrage over the 5-4 Bush victory in the Supreme Court. Large numbers of people, the largest since the Vietnam War, demonstrated in D.C. on January 20th, inauguration day, against
Gonsalves: Dumb and Dumber?
Jun 30, 2001
IÕve been duped! But thanks to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, thereÕs hope for me yet. ÒAmerica has lost the propaganda war with Saddam. Period,Ó he wrote back in February.
Guellec: The Unraveling Safety Net
May 18, 2001
In all of American medicine, the only place that Federal Law guarantees Americans the right to a physician 24-7 is in the Emergency Room. This is because of the 1986 "anti-dumping" law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, known as EMTALA. The H
Gonsalves: Results we are after
May 16, 2001
When that U.S. spy plane was snooping around the coast of China, crashed into a Chinese military plane, killing its pilot, the "liberal" media swung into action and gave us constant coverage of the international incident.
Glick: On Historical Moments
May 07, 2001
Organized efforts to bring about significant reforms need a number of things if they are to be successful. One is an ability to discern when, for whatever the reasons may be, there has been a change from what might be called the "keep plugging away" stage
Glick: On Winning Hearts and Minds
Apr 28, 2001
A year ago, on April 17th, 2000, I wrote a Future Hope column which likened both the forms of action and the relative organizational coherence of the April 16th actions in D.C. against the IMF/World Bank to a regular army without violent weapons, a "non-v
Profit-driven healthcare is what we have today, but the end may be in sight, at least the former JAMA Editor George D. Lundberg (Journal of the American Medical Association) thinks so. In his explosive new book ÒSevered Trust: Why American Medicine HasnÕt
ItÕs all about altruism man, not politics. It would be unthinkable in the US to offer much of anything for nothing, let alone a 6-year medical education, but the Cubans have been doing this for many countries in the past, and now Americans may apply. Hund
Gonsalves: The sky is falling?
Mar 23, 2001
The sky is not falling. That used to be something you said to Armageddon aficionados as an antidote to their end-of-the-world predictions. It appears that clichŽ is in need of some revision. The Russian MIR space station is slated to crash land on earth
Glass: The first casualty
Mar 22, 2001
IN 1984 I filed a report to ABC News on Israeli death squads in south Lebanon that was never broadcast. My camera crew and I had spent a week travelling the roads of south Lebanon in the tracks of plainclothes assassins whom United Nations soldiers and
Guellec: Violence is a Public Health Problem
Mar 10, 2001
According to the FBI there are 240 million firearms in America today. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop identified violence as a public health issue in 1991. The Centers for Disease Control tells us "the United States may be a more violent socie
Gonsalves: Facts on the ground
Mar 01, 2001
JERUSALEM -- I was humbled by my ignorance. But even the ignorant quickly learns that studying maps and learning the lay of the land is central to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Guellec: Patients blamed for medical errors
Jan 28, 2001
The American Medical Association believes it may have discovered a root cause for the many medical errors - patients themselves. Isn't that cute. Rather than focus on the incredible complexity of the system and processes at work and everything needed to r
Glick: "This Land Is Your Land?"
Jan 07, 2001
Several days ago I was asked to be part of a program next month commemorating the 60th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's song, "This Land Is Your Land." This got me thinking.
Gonsalves: Star Wars: The Sequel
Dec 27, 2000
Back in September of 1999, at the Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina, president-elect George W. Bush gave a policy address that his Orwellian speech writer called: ÒDefense: A Period on Consequences.Ó
Drug companies are giving away medications if you know how to ask. This is the best-kept secret because it is not widely known. All of the top 30 pharmaceutical companies make prescriptions available free, and these programs are horribly underutilized. PH
Why are the long-standing ethics of our health care system suddenly so threatened? Maybe it is all about money, or is it? HMOâ€™s already induce physicians to keep costs low, using a combination of financial rewards or punishments, which create in my opinion an implicit conflict of interest between doctors and some patients. After the Supreme Court decision in 1997 states took it upon themselves to change the terrain re: legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Is it merely coincidence that the first state to approve a program of explicit health care rationing is also the first state to approve physician-assisted suicide? Maybe it is courage and not coincidence, but at the same time, it is interesting to find the first operational assisted suicide law so plainly juxtaposed against â€œthe first openly acknowledged system of health care rationing.â€ I was talking about Oregon. The physician assisted suicide ballot initiative in Maine was not approved.
Why are the long-standing ethics of our health care system suddenly so threatened? Maybe it is all about money, or is it? HMOÕs already induce physicians to keep costs low, using a combination of financial rewards or punishments, which create in my opinio