The GOP Health Plan Would Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse

The GOP Health Plan Would Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse

“We will give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need,” Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail in 2016. We’re in the midst of the worst opioid epidemic our country has seen. More people died last year from opioid overdoses than ever before —...
For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

International Women’s Day, observed each year on March 8, is supposed to be about celebrating the achievements of women worldwide. But some of the stories that connect us aren’t a cause for celebration. For example, African-American women share a similar fate as women...
The Trouble with Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’

The Trouble with Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’

About an hour after Donald Trump was sworn in, I was having lunch with my wife and our five-month-old. As we picked at our food outside my office in D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, groups of tourists trickled by in Trump regalia. Early the next morning, as I dumped...
Film: ¡Salud!

Film: ¡Salud!

BloomBars and Africa World Now Project present the film ¡Salud!  by Connie Field,  about Cuba’s medical activism and what it has meant for developing and poor countries around the world. Following the screening will be a  Q & A with IPS’s Netfa Freeman, who...
Wall Street as a Matter of Life and Death

Wall Street as a Matter of Life and Death

Bobby Tolbert is a New York City-based activist who draws from his own experience as an HIV positive and formerly homeless man to educate his peers and build a movement for better health care policies. He also serves on the boards of VOCAL New York and the recently...
America’s Killer Prisons

America’s Killer Prisons

I get a lot of letters from people who’ve been incarcerated, or are now. Legally I can’t respond directly, because I’m an ex-con myself: I was locked up after blowing the whistle on the CIA’s illegal and immoral torture program. Direct contact with current and former...
Chavez: Lest We Forget

Chavez: Lest We Forget

In early December 2001, I was searching through my files looking for a column topic. At the time I was writing on foreign policy for the San Francisco Examiner, one of the town’s two dailies. A back page clip I had filed and forgotten caught my attention: on...

Empowering Future Physicians Conference

The U.S. health care jungle fares badly when compared to health care systems in other wealthy, capitalist countries. However, even Western Europe and Canada can learn a great deal from the examples of Cuba and Venezuela, where health care is a human and constitutional...
The Care Congress

The Care Congress

Live Stream Live Streaming by Ustream For the past few months, IPS’ Break The Chain Campaign and Cities for Progress projects have been working with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jobs with Justice and many other key partners to lay the groundwork for a...

Filthy Factories Won’t Help Sick Kids

Conditions at the Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson factory that produced now recalled children’s medicines including children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl were apparently appalling. “This inspection report is pretty close to...
Recipe for Fighting the Party of No

Recipe for Fighting the Party of No

I imagine President Obama is kicking himself for not working harder in the 2008 election so that his party could have won majorities in both houses of Congress. If he had, the Democrats would control both the House and Senate, and he could have made good on all his...

Getting Smart About Cuba

The announcement of Fidel Castro’s retirement and the subsequent election of his brother Raul Castro as Cuba’s new president came as no surprise to Cuba experts and certainly not to the Cuban people themselves. Most Americans, though, seemed to expect that...