Impairing Education American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch Aug.
World Drug Report 2009 U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime 341 pages The Gist: This year’s report from the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime did something that last year’s did not: it addressed the “growing chorus” of people in favor of abolishing drug laws altogether.
Food Safety: Improvements Needed in FDA Oversight of Fresh Produce By the U.S. Government Accountability Office 71 pp. The Gist: Amid increasing reports of food-borne illness, the GAO is calling out the Food and Drug Administration for failing in its duty to ensure the safety of the nation’s food, particularly its fresh fruits and vegetables. Thousands of people have been sickened; the produce industry has lost millions of dollars
HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Update 2008 Washington, D.C., Department of Health 82 pages The Gist: There are few who still shrug off HIV and AIDS as exotic calamities that befall only specific segments of the world’s population. But many of us are probably oblivious to just how badly the virus is ravaging our nation’s capital. According to a city report, 3% of Washington, D.C., residents suffer from HIV or AIDS a figure that ranks as the highest in the nation and far outstrips the 1% benchmark at which a health issue becomes a “generalized and severe” epidemic