Contraception – More Affordable for the Poorest

Former US president Clinton just announced that the pharmaceutical company Bayer is going to lower the price of modern contraceptives by a healthy 50%. In return, the Norwegian, British, US and Swedish governments agreed to buy the pill for their family plan programs. Brightnews! This agreement will prevent 30 million unplanned births, 30’000 maternal and…

Brazil – Domestic Workers on the Way out

They are the symbol for the huge inequalities in most Latin American countries. Millions of young women, members of poor, rural social classes work in rich households. Always for very little money, many times in miserable conditions, and too often subject to emotional neglect and sexual harassment. Therefore, it is positive that this pattern seems…

Somalia – Women Play Basketball as a Symbol of New Freedom

There is really not much goodnews from Somalia; therefore this story is all the more welcomed. As soon as the al-Shabaab militia has left Mogadishu, the national women Basketball team has come together and prepares for the upcoming Arab games in Qatar. During five training sessions as week, the young women switch their Burkas against…

Israel – And yet it Moves

The Israel political landscape is changing. After years of political stability or in other words of dominance of right wing politics, unwilling or – worse – actively undermining compromise and thus hope for peace, a new social movement has formed. Recently, in the biggest demonstrations in decades 400’000 people have taken to the streets in…

The Tata House – Small and Beautiful

Average living space per person is growing proportional to rising affluence. While for example an average Swiss could do with 33m2 in 1980, he or her required notable 10m3 more in the year 2000. That basically means that even without considering population growth, Switzerland now features a much more resources and fertile soils intensive living…

Immigration – Mexicans Rather Stay at Home

Mexicans, which typically made six out of ten immigrants to the United States, now rather stay at home than embarking on the dangerous trip north. In 2010, there were an estimated 100’000 illegal border crossings down from 500’000 in the preceding years. The reasons for this surprising development are diverse. For one, the ongoing economic…

Death Penalty – US States Face European Boycott of Death Poison

Despite numerous cases of people (later) proven innocent after years in death rows, the death penalty is still widely in use the USA. In an effort to kill people in a “human manner” – as impossible as that may sound – authorities mostly rely on lethal injections. Recently a major US supplier of such injections…

California – Ordered to Decrease its Prison Overcrowding

First, the bright news: A US supreme court decision orders California to lower its prison overcrowding from actual 175% to still horrendous 137% of available places. What should be considered a natural decision in a developed and civilized nation needed a swing vote by a supposedly conservative judge in order to win a narrow 5-4…

Population Growth – India Pays in Cash for Using Contraceptives

India’s rapidly growing population (it will soon overtake China as the most populated country on earth) is a huge challenge for its natural resources, its already seriously strained infrastructure and for its social stability. Therefore it is good news that growth rates, not to be confused with absolute growth, are coming down: Today, an average…

Catholic Church – And Yet it Moves

And yet it moves. After the Pope, in a noteworthy speech, allowed contraception under certain circumstances, the catholic leader might already have hoped to be able to tick off reforms for the next couple of hundred years. Well, wrong, the world, even the catholic one, is moving considerably faster than that. In order to encourage…