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Worsening Ethnic Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan

We’re heading into the fifth day of ethnic violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan, and it just keeps getting worse. There are said to be as many as 100,000 ethnic Uzbek refugees fleeing Kyrgyzstan for the Uzbek border. Uzbekistan’s border guards are alternating between helping them cross and sending them back. The city of Osh is in flames in many areas, and the remaining ethnic Uzbeks are starting to use the word genocide to describe their situation. The global media is starting to call this a war.

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Kyrgyzstan, One Month Later

Last week saw ongoing violence in Kyrgyzstan between supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and supporters of the new Otunbayaeva administration. Two people were killed; at least twenty were wounded.

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Less Money for AIDS Treatment

If you think about it, PEPFAR was never a great idea. An ambitious, idealistic, somewhat glorious idea. But not actually a good one. There was no way we could keep expanding it forever. Now, the Obama administration has made the difficult decision that we cannot keep increasing PEPFAR budgets to keep pace with new HIV infections. We can’t treat our way out of an AIDS crisis and we just spent ten years focusing on treatment and neglecting prevention.

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How to be an Educated Donor in International Development

You start by knowing what you care about. International Development, as a single topic, is almost impossible to access. It’s too big, and it’s hard to think about the theory without an example to work from. The best way to start learning about it is to look at one or two issues that you feel passionate about. Those issues could be child labor, maternal health, improving agriculture, or a hundred other topics. They key is to choose things you’re excited about, so your research is interesting to you.

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Hunger in Niger

Ten million people in Niger face food insecurity right now. It’s a complicated situation. There is no one defined cause for the food insecurity, just a range of destructive factors that are adding up into something ugly. It’s being defined as a chronic food crisis at this point, and no one has a clear sense of how to resolve it.

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Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan

It looks like I am at ground zero of a polio outbreak. In Tajikistan, where I live,  171 cases of acute flaccid paralysis have been reported by the Ministry of Health since January. (Acute flaccid paralysis is what they call it before the tests confirm it’s polio.) 32 cases have been confirmed as polio. Twelve people have died.

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Global Health Watch 3 Call for Contributors

The World Health Organizations publishes a report every year on global health. Called, as you might expect, the World Health Report, it provides an “expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on a specific subject.” The World Health Report is a great resource – it tracks global health trends and offers useful background on its theme of the year. But no report can include anything, and a document produced by a major bureaucracy is bound to focus on mainstream ideas.