Death toll in DRC Ebola outbreak reaches 97, vaccinations continue

At least 97 people have died as a result of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization’s most recent figures. This is the second large-scale Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic the country has faced in less…

Trump says response to Hurricane Maria was ‘unsung success’ despite nearly 3,000 deaths

A recent study determined nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died due to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has accepted the findings of the report. However, that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from continuing to brag about the federal response to the…

Senate office is named after a virulent racist. Schumer wants to change it in honor of McCain.

Not long after news broke that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had died, the Senate’s Democratic Leader, Chuck Schumer, proposed an unusual tribute to his late colleague. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain. Nothing will overcome the loss…

ICE Tortüring Detainees With Extended Solitary Confinement

Isaí Romero had no idea how to break the news to his parents that their son — his brother — had died. The elderly couple, nearly 2,000 miles away in Puebla, Mexico, had been anxiously waiting for their 40-year-old son, Efraín Romero de la Rosa,…

Fossil fuel industry spent nearly $2 billion to kill U.S. climate action, new study finds

Legislation to address climate change has repeatedly died in Congress. But a major new study says the policy deaths were not from natural causes — they were caused by humans, just like climate change itself is. Climate action has been repeatedly drowned by a devastating…

Leaders of #MeToo defend Asia Argento against ‘repulsive slander’ following Anthony Bourdain’s death

When Anthony Bourdain died by suicide just over a month ago, the multitudes that admired him and his work felt this suckerpunch of loss. Among so many gifts — an insatiable curiosity, a respect for the communities he visited, an unusual ability to admit his…

Woman in hospice dies after utility company cuts the power to her oxygen tank

A New Jersey woman died last week after the utility company cut off the power to her home, rendering useless the oxygen tank she needed to breathe. Linda Daniels, 68, was in hospice care. Her family told local media they used a smaller oxygen reserve…

In Nicaragua, blood, rage, and the looming threat of dictatorship

Fifteen-year-old Álvaro Conrado died of a gunshot wound to the throat on April 20.  His final words were, “It hurts to breathe.” Álvaro had been embedded in the massive demonstrations taking place at the National University of Engineering (UNI) in Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua, and was tasked with passing…