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Innovation to

Combat Ebola


he ght against Ebola in West Africa

continues. USAID Administrator

Rajiv Shah called the Ebola crisis “one of

the toughest challenges we face.” Making

it even worse is the physical climate: the

heat and humidity of the region make

the already di cult and dangerous tasks

health care workers do every day more


e personal protective equipment

(PPE) suits these workers wear to guard

against infection save their lives, but are

also often a source of great discomfort.

to do is to concentrate on

solving its own problems

rather than always point-

ing ngers at others.”

And a story from the

Moscow Bureau of the Associated Press noted

that “Moscow appeared

to relish turning the

tables on the U.S. after

repeated U.S. criticism

of Russia’s rights records

and its policies toward


e article quoted the

Russian Foreign Minis-

try’s human rights envoy

Konstantin Dolgov’s

remarks on Russian state

television: “ e develop-

ments in Ferguson and other cities high-

light serious challenges to the American

society and its stability,” he said.

Blogger Allison Sommer Kaplan

re ected on comparisons of the Ferguson

protests and the clashes between Israelis

and Palestians in the Israeli newspaper

Haaretz . She wrote

: “I do see one major

similarity between the Israel-Hamas con-

ict and Ferguson, as I watch the talking

heads on the U.S. media and their counter-

parts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem endlessly

try to work out how to solve their respective

problems during this long, hot summer:

dangerously short-term thinking.”

—Brittany DeLong, Assistant Editor


The World Reacts

to Ferguson


he fatal shooting of Michael Brown

in Ferguson, Missouri, the grand

jury’s decision not to indict the white

police o cer who shot him, and the

strong reaction to both in Ferguson and

throughout the United States sparked

headlines around the world. How

are other countries reacting to recent



Nov. 25 Hu ngton Post report

summarizing media coverage from a

number of outlets noted that Spain’s



newspaper characterized the Fer-

guson protests as uniting young blacks

who may not have known the victim.

“ is is not America’s or the black com-

munity’s problem. It is a global problem

of people who feel oppressed,” the

newspaper quoted a source as saying.

In the United Kingdom,

e Tele-


speculated that the recession,

which increased disparities of wealth

between the races, was partly to blame

for the backlash. “All of this is made

worse by a police and judicial system

that seems not just imbalanced against

blacks but actually designed to put more

of them in prison,” it wrote in an article

on Dec. 4.

e German publication



criticized the degree of police

reaction in Ferguson by comparing

weapons use. In Germany “weapons are

the last resort,” it wrote. “But in the U.S.

police o cers make use of themmuch


Chinese media pointed out the

hypocrisy of the United States’ human

rights position. “ e United States

assaulted almost 200 countries across

the world for their so-called poor

human rights records,” the Chinese

news agency Xinhua wrote in a com-

mentary. “What the United States needs

Health care workers suit up at the U.S. Navy Mobile Ebola

lab in Bong County, Liberia.

USAID/Morgana Wingard

So many kids at the top schools apply for Teach for America. I’d like

to talk to those young people and say: Consider government. It’s

real service too, and you can a„ect hundreds of millions of

people. And if you’re working for USAID and the State Department,

you can a„ect billions of people.

—Chief Technology O cer of the United States Megan Smith, interviewed by

e New York Times Magazine,

Nov. 2.

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