Newsweek Oct-31-14

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jane goodall’s jungles

I arrive at Bucknell University around 5 p.m. A line already snakes around the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, and for a moment I think Katy Perry must be in town. College students sit on the ground, their heads lowered into textbooks. Young parents and baby boomers chat in small groups, some reclining in beach chairs and snacking on picnic dinners as their children and grandchildren play on their smartphones, zoning out. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where Bucknell is located, is two to three hours from pretty much anywhere, with no major airports nearby, and yet by 6:45 p.m., when the doors open to enthusiastic yelps, more than 1,200 people will race into the building, jockeying for seats. Some have come from across town, but many traveled far greater distances. They have…

the blue bulldog

About an hour after midnight on January 24, 2004, two men who had probably never seen each other before met for a single tragic moment on a rooftop in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. One of them, Timothy Stansbury Jr., was a black teenager. The other, Richard S. Neri Jr., was a white officer with the New York Police Department. Stansbury lived in the Louis Armstrong Houses; Neri was on a “vertical,” patrolling the housing project’s rooftops and stairwells, where criminality sometimes thrives. Stansbury had been at a party at another building and was returning there after fetching some music CDs from his apartment. He was with two friends, and though they probably knew that access to housing projects roofs is forbidden, that route was easier than heading outside, then back…

ebola by the numbers

“What is required is required yesterday,” said the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, at an October 9 meeting at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. Even before Ebola hit, health care was woefully inadequate in his country. Without an urgent scale-up of health workers, facilities and supplies, the death toll could exceed a million by January in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. An examination of health, economic and education data help explain why the disease escalated so severely in these three nations; they also show why Ebola won’t rage in richer countries and what is required to not only halt this outbreak but prevent it from happening at this scale again. CLICK TO SEE GRAPHIC Ebola struck as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea were pulling themselves out of the trenches.…

the woman fighting isis in court

In 1995, while a law student at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and fellow law students were incensed that Muhammad Abbas, one of the Palestinians who took part in the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, was to be allowed to return to Israel. The students decided to take their own case to the Israeli Supreme Court. Unable to afford a lawyer, the group chose Darshan-Leitner to represent them and argue their case. “The reason they chose me was simple,” she explains. “Because I am a woman. If I lost, they figured the court would be nice and I would not be slapped with court fees.” Darshan-Leitner had never argued a case before. “I was scared out of my mind,” she said. But her rhetoric was fiery, evoking the…

the cost of getting stuck in traffic

From New York to New Orleans, American drivers are all too familiar with traffic jams and the costs and delays that go with them. Missed appointments, time wasted and unhealthy stress levels are just some of the effects of overcrowded roads. Those costs add up. According to a recent study, the annual cost of traffic congestion in the United States, mainly due to time lost and fuel wasted, totaled $124 billion last year. That’s more than twice what the federal government will spend this year on highways. The traffic congestion study by INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that the average annual cost amounts to $1,700 for every American, an amount comparable to what is spent on all apparel purchases in a year. Since about three-quarters of American workers…

beijing’s crushing of democracy in hong kong sends chills through taiwan

The umbrellas are taking their toll on Beijing. The Central Committee may have managed, so far, to avoid major bloodshed in its standoff with Hong Kong demonstrators, but the clash between democracy defenders and guardians of Communist doctrine is reverberating in many of China’s provinces and is dimming its hope of peacefully annexing the independent island of Taiwan and uniting it with the mainland. The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are sending a grim signal to businesspeople in the region. After years of improved commercial ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbor, many Taiwanese sense that the thaw is moving too fast for comfort. The clashes in Hong Kong between the Beijing-backed authorities and demonstrators bode ill for Taiwan’s advocates of further integration with the mainland. Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has done…