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Harry’s Take: New York needs stricter tanning legislation

Harry’s Take: New York needs stricter tanning legislation

April 28, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Last month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement that banned tanning salons from displaying deceptive advertising about the false health benefits of using tanning beds. Although a sensible and warranted intervention, the act does not go far enough. Simply banning ... Read more »

Harry’s Take: Closing bookstores detract from city’s vitality

Harry’s Take: Closing bookstores detract from city’s vitality

April 21, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Cutthroat competition and surging rent prices have forced many of New York’s booksellers to abandon shop. For local bookstores, the price of rent has reached a level that has proven unsustainable. Despite residents who choose to buy their latest novels from local bookstores instead of online behemot... Read more »

Harry’s Take: Africa requires more economic aid

Harry’s Take: Africa requires more economic aid

April 14, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

After two years of declining world aid, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released new figures on April 8 demonstrating that aid had reached a record high in 2013 and increased by over 6.1 percent. In the face of what appears to be a gratifying headline, beneath the surface lies ... Read more »

Harry’s Take

Harry’s Take

April 13, 2014
Filed under Opinion Columnists

Harry Brown’s weekly take on international politics, foreign affairs and social issues.

Harry’s Take: Turkey should suffer Western sanctions

Harry’s Take: Turkey should suffer Western sanctions

April 7, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Turkey held its local elections last week and, amid widespread rumors of fraud at the ballot box, the ruling Justice and Development Party of the incumbent prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, received over 45 percent of the vote. Allegations of systemic corruption and the appearance of an auth... Read more »

Harry’s Take: Should the U.S. have a first lady?

Harry’s Take: Should the U.S. have a first lady?

March 30, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

First lady Michelle Obama made a notably successful and uncontroversial trip to China last week — only her third solo trip during her time in office. She has rarely made forays into foreign affairs — instead focusing on the nation’s eating habits, which is why this trip seemed such an unusual... Read more »

Harry’s Take: Fukushima still in need after three years

Harry’s Take: Fukushima still in need after three years

March 24, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

                    In an office building adjacent to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, newspapers from March 11, 2011 are stacked high, with the front page headline of the day reading “Magnitude 8.8, largest in country.” Since the day of printing, the papers have remained untouched, eer... Read more »

Harry’s Take: U.S. Military must invest in psychiatry

Harry’s Take: U.S. Military must invest in psychiatry

March 10, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association released its initial findings on the psychological state of U.S. soldiers. The three reports stated that one in five soldiers suffered regularly from mental illnesses before enlisting, including ADHD, depression and panic disorder. These findi... Read more »

Harry’s Take: U.S. must stop funding Ugandan anti-gay measures

Harry’s Take: U.S. must stop funding Ugandan anti-gay measures

March 3, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

The World Bank postponed a $90 million loan to the Ugandan government because of its newly adopted anti-homosexuality law on Friday. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry compared the situation that has befallen the LGBTQ community in Uganda as akin to the anti-Semitism laws in Nazi Germany or to apartheid South Africa. So far, the United States has not specified whether it will suspend a... Read more »

Harry’s Take: U.S. obligated to step up in Puerto Rican crisis

Harry’s Take: U.S. obligated to step up in Puerto Rican crisis

February 24, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla will not want to relive this past month. After credit-rating companies Standard & Poor and Moody’s both downgraded Puerto Rico’s debt to junk level, murmurs of economic collapse quickly followed. A federal bailout, which has not been properly ... Read more »

Harry’s Take: Justice required for Sri Lankan war crimes

Harry’s Take: Justice required for Sri Lankan war crimes

February 10, 2014
Filed under OPINION

Four years after defeating the Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lankan government and its leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have been enjoying a surge in GDP growth and real incomes in a new era of peace. However, a new report released by the Public Interest Advocacy Center has accused the Sri Lankan sec... Read more »

India leads by example with vaccinations

India leads by example with vaccinations

February 3, 2014
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Last month, India celebrated a milestone for the nation. For the past three years, India has not had a single case of polio, making the country officially polio-free. This is a landmark achievement for both the Indian government and the volunteers who have promoted the benefits of vaccinations and di... Read more »

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