The Ebola crisis is timely reminder of the importance of enough government

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2014


“Ebola reminds us of the importance of government and civil society”, says Joseph E. Stiglitz, economics Nobel laureate and Columbia University professor. “We do not turn to the private sector to control the spread of a disease like Ebola. Rather, we turn to institutions…” There, in two sentences, is one of the unexpected lessons of … Continue reading “The Ebola crisis is timely reminder of the importance of enough government”

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Paranoia pandemic possible but Ebola epidemic not on the cards in US

by Rashmee

Posted on October 17, 2014


General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, may have been infected by the Ebola panic but for a more commonsense view, turn to the private sector. Bill Scotting, chief executive of Arcelor-Mittal Mining, told the BBC on Thursday morning that it was very clear that adequate precautions – while handling the … Continue reading “Paranoia pandemic possible but Ebola epidemic not on the cards in US”

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The deadliest diseases aren’t newly introduced into the human species

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2014


Wendy Orent, Atlanta-based disease-specialist anthropologist, says the deadliest diseases aren’t the newest ones and nor will they emerge as a result of human intrusion into the natural world (such as the hunting of ‘bushmeat’ – rodents, rabbits, monkeys, apes). This because there’s “nothing new in the intimate contact between animals and people. Our hominid ancestors … Continue reading “The deadliest diseases aren’t newly introduced into the human species”

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Ebola is not the next pandemic but logic can’t quell newfound paranoia

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2014


Our insensate fear of pandemics is not really very old at all, as Atlanta-based disease-specialist anthropologist Wendy Orent points out in her excellent Aeon piece. It “first infected the zeitgeist with the publication of Laurie Garrett’s ‘The Coming Plague’(1994) and Richard Preston’s ‘Hot Zone’ (1995),” she writes. These books suggested that deadly viruses lay in wait for human intruders … Continue reading “Ebola is not the next pandemic but logic can’t quell newfound paranoia”

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Ebola is not the next pandemic. Finally, a common sense view

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2014


The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities, writes Aeon magazine in a truly terrifying piece. (Click here to read the article). So is Ebola the next pandemic? No, despite the terror induced by the disease. It may be murderous but it “doesn’t … Continue reading “Ebola is not the next pandemic. Finally, a common sense view”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK