Red Cross Asks America To Help Raise $30 Million In 30 Days

The American Red Cross is asking people across the nation to help disaster victims by raising $30 million in 30 days. This holiday season push will put the final touch on the $100 million goal for the Red Cross Campaign for Disaster Relief. Already, the campaign has raised nearly $70 million since its launch in […]

New York Times Examines How PEPFAR Could Be Bush’s ‘Most Lasting Bipartisan Accomplishment’

The New York Times on Saturday examined how the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief could be President Bush’s “most lasting bipartisan accomplishment.” According to the Times, PEPFAR is a “rare exception” to several of Bush’s other initiatives, which are “not fully embraced by Democrats.” About 1.4 million HIV-positive people have received antiretroviral drugs through […]

Clinton Sends Mailing To Voters Questioning Obama’s ‘Present’ Vote On Abortion Measures In Illinois

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (N.Y.) campaign on Saturday sent out a flier to New Hampshire voters questioning fellow Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s (Ill.) support for abortion rights because he voted “present” on several abortion-related measures while he was in the Illinois Senate, the AP/ reports (Pickler, AP/, 1/6). The mailer says […]

Baltimore Sun Examines Missouri Ballot Proposal That Critics Say Could Lead To Ban On Abortion

The Baltimore Sun on Thursday examined a proposed Missouri ballot initiative that would require doctors to certify that performing an abortion was necessary to avoid a woman’s death or prevent a “serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.” If the initiative is placed on the November […]

Operation Rescue Leaders File Two Complaints Against Kansas Attorney General Morrison

Leaders of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue on Wednesday announced they had filed complaints asking two separate state agencies to investigate outgoing Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D), the Kansas City Star reports. The first complaint, filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, seeks to determine whether Morrison received campaign contributions from Wichita, Kan.-based abortion […]

Number Of Conflicts In The World No Longer Declining

The trend toward fewer conflicts reported by peace researchers since the early 1990s now seems to have been broken. This is shown in the latest annual report “States in Armed Conflict,” from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program at the Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research. The findings worry the researchers. The Middle East […]

House Passes $516B Spending Bill With Global Health Provisions

The House on Monday voted 253-154 to approve a $516 billion fiscal year 2008 spending bill that combines 10 unfinished spending measures with the FY 2008 foreign operations spending bill (HR 2764), the New York Times reports (Hulse, New York Times, 12/18). The measure would fund the Department of State, USAID, and other global health […]

Somalia: Displaced Fleeing War In Mogadishu Face Humanitarian Crisis

Increased fighting inside Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has led to another exodus of the population, adding to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have already fled the conflict area since January 2007. West of Mogadishu, on the road to Afgooye, where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing emergency medical and […]

Before Winter Snow, More Flooding For The Northwest – Red Cross Assisting Communities As Evacuations Continue

The Red Cross is responding to severe flooding in Oregon and Washington State caused by back-to-back storms on Sunday and Monday. Bringing hurricane force winds along with inches of rain, the storms have caused mudslides and extensive power outages in addition to the flooding. Current reports estimate that several thousand homes have been affected by […]

Government Of Israel And Palestine Red Crescent Society Sign Agreement To Increase Emergency Medical Services

Last week in Geneva, negotiations facilitated by the American Red Cross between the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the Government of Israel led to the signing of a historic agreement allowing five PRCS ambulances to operate in East Jerusalem. The agreement stems from the November 2005 Memorandum of Understanding between PRCS and Magen David […]