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Circumcision Quandries in Zambia

By Martin W. Lewis | February 9, 2012 | 10 Comments

Public health officials have been urging circumcision on men in sub-Saharan Africa, arguing that the universal application of the practice could prevent two million HIV cases a year. A recent study in Zambia, however…

The South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea?

By Martin W. Lewis | | 3 Comments

As the struggle for the Spratly Islands heats up, basic place names are coming into play. In the Philippines, news outlets and various official agencies now insist…

Arming Equatorial Guinea

By Martin W. Lewis | | 2 Comments

On February 2, 2012, the Russian newspaper Pravda ran a headline reading, ”Africa’s Richest Nation Ready For War.” The country in question is the small, oil-rich state of Equatorial Guinea, noted for…

Scotland Vs. the Shetland and Orkney Islands

By Martin W. Lewis | | 8 Comments

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has gained enough power to have arranged for a vote on Scottish independence in 2014. But although the party has made major gains in recent years…

La Niña Floods and Droughts

By Martin W. Lewis | February 5, 2012 |

La Nina conditions have recently brought unusual weather conditions to much of the world. In the Southern Hemisphere, large areas of Australia have been hit by torrential rain…

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