Articles by Richard Tren

Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet

Yohane Banda, the father of Madonna's newly adopted son, David, has thanked the pop diva for rescuing his son from "poverty and disease." However recent news reports have suggested that Mr. Banda was not fully aware of the implications of... Read More

Freedom and Sedition

Editor's note: what follows is an interview with Andrew Mwenda, Political Editor of the The Monitor, Uganda. Richard Tren: Uganda has had many years of stable government and increasing prosperity -- it certainly must be vastly improved since the days... Read More

Finding Hope Where the Streets are Named for Lenin and Mao

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Driving around Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, is like driving through the pages of a socialist history book. Avenida Vladimir Lenin leads into Avenida Mao Tse Tung and Avenida Kim Ill Sung runs parallel to Avenida... Read More

The Millennium Development Goal Merry-Go-Round

This week the world's leaders are gathering in New York to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals were set in 2000 by the United Nations and aim to improve the lot of humanity on a whole host... Read More

Clinton and African AIDS

Former President Bill Clinton is visiting several African countries in an attempt to boost AIDS treatment programs. His visit to Africa must be welcomed as HIV/AIDS is already imposing colossal human and economic costs on the continent and this is... Read More

Meet Pinky: Africa's War on Self-Reliance

JOHANNESBURG -- Friday afternoons are a busy time at the small shopping centre in the up market Johannesburg suburb of Oaklands. The green grocer and nearby butcher do a swift trade so that Johannesburg's housewives can put on lavish dinners.... Read More

Whose Responsibility

The innovative drug company Bristol Myers Squibb and its charitable foundation, the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation have just announced a $40 million program to create a pediatric AIDS treatment corps for Africa. UN-AIDS estimates that there are more than 2... Read More

World Health Assembly Coverage: The Fluff and Lies of the WHA

GENEVA -- When attending a United Nations meeting, there comes a time when you simply have to escape. After just four days at the 58th World Health Assembly in Geneva and after a persistent headache and increasing bouts of nausea,... Read More

World Health Assembly Coverage: Beware Deadly Pools

GENEVA -- Just when you may have thought that the global debate on the role that drug patents play in access to medicines had died down, it rose again in prominence at the 58th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting... Read More

World Health Assembly Coverage: Who Needs WHO?

GENEVA -- The World Health Assembly began this week for many people with a long and boring wait in the rain in order to register. The queue that snaked along slowly was made up largely of hundreds of Taiwanese, waiting... Read More

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