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Webcast to examine link between maternal and child health

The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project, held a panel discussion on breaking down silos in maternal and child health.

BOSTON — The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project, convened a panel titled “Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime” Thursday, February 26. The discussion was moderated by The GroundTruth Project’s global health editor, Marissa Miley.


Alberta tar sands pollution suspected in rare cancer cases

As lawmakers in Washington argue over the Keystone XL pipeline, there is evidence of disease in people and fish at its proposed source.
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"Smokey" Ladouceur, whose family has been fishing in the area for decades, holds a deformed pickerel caught in Lake Athabasca. (Daniel Grossman/The GroundTruth Project/GlobalPost)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada — In 2006, Canadian doctor John O’Connor made a startling realization. Specialists had diagnosed three of his patients in the northern Alberta village of Fort Chipewyan with cholangiocarcinoma — a deadly cancer of the bile duct. The same cancer had killed his own father years earlier in Ireland.


New global effort to protect journalists takes shape

With freedom of expression under threat, organizations including Associated Press, Reuters and the Committee to Protect Journalists are banding together to better prepare and support correspondents in the field.
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A participant holds up a poster reading 'Je suis humain' (I am human) during a rally in tribute to the 17 people killed in the terror attacks in France and in support of press freedom at the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on January 11, 2015. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — There has never been a more perilous time for freedom of expression.


Will 2015 be the turning point against climate change?

Analysis: President Obama's progress with China and India could be the start of something bigger.
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Protesters demanding economic and political changes to curb the effects of global warming march toward the New York Stock Exchange on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/AFP/Getty Images)

Climate change was at the heart of the talks between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, and the outcome may be more encouraging than widely believed for the make-or-break global climate summit in Paris at the end of the year.


How Islam became a justification for militant violence

Analysis: Islamic history skews toward inclusion and tolerance, but in recent decades Islamist regimes and militants have successfully bred intolerance.
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A displaced Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community, who fled violence between Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and Peshmerga fighters in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, looks on at Dawodiya camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdistan region, on January 14, 2015. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

The past year has been a particularly cruel one for minorities in the Middle East. 

After Islamic State (IS) militants seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, last June, they gave Christian residents an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or be driven out of their homes. Many Christians fled to Turkey or the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. The extremists drove out a Christian population that had lived in Mosul for two millennia. 


Leaked report says World Bank violated own rules in Ethiopia

Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government's mass resettlement of indigenous group.
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Anuak children in Gorom Refugee Camp in South Sudan. Many Anuak fled Ethiopia during a government relocation campaign called "villagization". (Andreea Campeanu/ICIJ/GlobalPost)

The World Bank repeatedly violated its own rules while funding a development initiative in Ethiopia that has been dogged by complaints that it sponsored forced evictions of thousands of indigenous people, according to a leaked report by a watchdog panel at the bank.


The app that saved 1,000 Nigerian children

How an innovative activist pushed the Nigerian government to keep its promise to help poisoned kids.
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Children in Bagega, Nigeria, the community most affected by lead contamination. (Chika Oduah/The GroundTruth Project/GlobalPost)

BAGEGA, Nigeria — Profits from Nigeria's wealth of oil are reserved for a select few. The others, particularly the 60 percent who still live on less than $1 a day, have to look elsewhere. 

About six years ago, during the global recession, the price of gold nearly tripled, and illicit artisanal gold miners in northern Nigeria made more profits than ever before. Enthusiastic and eager to make more money, the miners acquired tools to process more gold, bringing ores into their homes.

That’s when the birds vanished.


Why summer jobs are critical to reducing youth unemployment

Job prospects have "plummeted" for America's youth since the turn of the millennium. A new study says summer jobs could help turn the tide.
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US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (C) and German Education Minister Johanna Wanka (L) watch as a trainee demonstrates at the Siemens training facility on October 28, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. US President Obama has expressed interest in adopting the German trainee system as a way enhance job growth and make the US economy more competitive. (Sean Gallup/AFP/Getty Images)

When the first millennials were born in 1980, more than two-thirds of American teenagers worked summer jobs each year, a rite of passage considered a springboard to a successful career.

As those millennials entered their twenties in the year 2000, just over half of US teenagers were still working summers. By 2012, the country rebounding from a Great Recession that saw seasoned workers competing with youth for entry-level positions, fewer than a third did.


After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone โ€” including governments โ€” to defend journalists' right to report.
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People gather at Place de la Nation, following a mass unity rally following thousands of people marching from Place de la Republique on route to Place de la Nation, following the recent terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — An estimated 1.5 million marchers holding pens, pencils and French flags aloft flowed through the streets of Paris on Sunday.


The 100-year story behind Boko Haram and Nigeria's conflict

In 1914, the then-British colony was transformed in a way that forged bitter rivalries between the Christian South and Muslim North.

They didn’t look like killers.

Sitting in a littered courtyard in the fading light of day, I met a dozen young men who openly admitted to having organized communal violence and killing sprees. I was just outside Kaduna, in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and home to an increasingly murderous struggle between Muslims and Christians.

There was the aptly named “Slaughter,” a 16-year-old Muslim who said his street name came from slitting the throats of Christians “like goats,” as he put it.