Informed world citizens

Every now and then I encounter interesting stories that have global impact in my little corner of the journalism world. So between city council meetings and education briefs, I’d like to introduce you to a few.

AUG. 7, 2010: Education in Afghanistan: Zaher Wahab has lived in the U.S. for the last 41 years. He has gone back to visit family over the years, but since 2002 – when the Taliban was toppled – he has gone back to help in his area of expertise. He’s worked with the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan, and now he teaches graduate-level courses to education faculty from the county’s 16 teacher’s colleges.

APRIL 9, 2010. Democracy: Recently, engaged U.S. citizens have questioned former President George W. Bush’s strategy of promoting democracy around the world as a way to promote peace and stability. Former four-star Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak and Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy secretary of defense under President Bush, discussed the issue in the broader sense at a Monday evening symposium at Lewis and Clark College.

FEB. 20, 2010 Malaria research: Jane Kelly is a malaria researcher at the Portland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. She is the author of a 2009 report in Nature, which introduces a new drug that is synergistic with existing drugs, meaning that it can give other drugs an extra boost.