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The H5N1 Virus: Global Health Implications and a Need for Chinese Preparedness
Avian influenza continues to threaten to become a worldwide pandemic. The virus appears to have arisen in China and spread to neighboring countries. China would be the center of vaccination and containment strategies if the virus mutates and becomes easily transmissable between people. This paper looks at the question of ...
British Withdrawal from Greece: Protecting Imperial Power
The author closely examines primary documents from the British Foreign Office during the period of Greece's war with Turkey in 1921-1922. Great Britain recognized a serious threat to its own interests if it continued to aid Greece against Turkey, and thus withdrew troops and other support. This realpolitik decision cost ...
The Green Press: Mass Media and the U.S. Environmental Movement 1945-1975
The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times played major roles in raising awareness of air pollution in the postwar period. This paper examines the coverage these newspapers gave to air pollution and the ways in which their readers' response led to the rise of the Green Movement and environmental legislation ...
Aurora Avenue: Highway Culture in Transition
In the twentieth century, Aurora Avenue grew into a major highway in the middle of Seattle. Homes gave way to businesses which advertised through bright highway signs. This paper documents these signs, and reports on interviews with business owners on Aurora. How can stakeholders reconcile opposing visions for the highway? ...
Against the “Hun”: Anti-Germanism at the Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington, 1917-1918
In 1917-1918, during World War I, anti-German feelings swept the United States. Educational institutions were not immune. This paper describes in detail events at the University of Washington and the Seattle Public Schools to explicate how anti-Germanism operated at the institutional level, and its long-term effects.
Rationality of Inaccurate Science: Britain, Cholera and the Pursuit of Progress in 1883
An 1883 cholera epidemic in Egypt had British officials struggling to prove that the disease had originated in that country, rather than from a British ship. A reading of primary materials from the era suggest that England wished to be seen as a rational and scientific power, in contrast to its protectorate, and did so in the ...
Beyond the Mosque Walls: Legal Constructions 'Apostasy' and 'Blasphemy' in Egypt's Public Sphere
Apostasy, or the renunciation of belief, was criminalized in Egypt in the 1990's. What followed was a robust debate in the public sphere about the issue. This paper analyzes the Egyptian press to find substantial evidence that public debate is widespread, contrary to commonly-held assumptions about the Muslim world.
Invisible Lives: Stories of Innovation and Transition
Despite rapid economic growth, huge slums persist in Mumbai, India. This paper examines the underlying reasons, looking in particular at Asia's, and possibly the world's, largest slum, Dharavi. In a collusion between India's government and the educated elite, slum dwellers are considered people in transition. For their part, ...
Defunis vs. Odegaard: Another Kind of "Jewish Problem"
When Marco DeFunis sued the University of Washington over its law school admission policies, the case created a rift between the black and Jewish communities in Seattle. A policy to correct discrimination helped the African American community, while reminding the Jewish community uncomfortably of the way in which quotas had ...
Tapping into Culture: Examining a Post-Conflict Microfinance Approach in Huambo, Angola
The paper is a case study of the postwar economic reconstruction activities of Development Workshop in Angola. By employing the tool of microfinance and working within the cultural context of the Ovimbundu people, Development Workshop successfully assisted in the society's rebuilding. This approach is in contrast to that of ...