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Peter Ax, founder and managing partner of Scottsdale-based Phoenix Capital Management launched PRJKT RUBY to allow women in the United States to purchase affordable birth control and generate proceeds for women’s health in Third World countries.

After his teenage daughters visited Africa and Asia, the head of a Scottsdale-based venture capital firm decided to start offering affordable birth control in the U.S. and putting the proceeds toward reproductive health in the Third World. Read more»

A video purporting to show dogs being euthanized in Bali is generating outrage.

Bali, during heavy euthanasia campaigns, has killed an estimated 100,000 dogs in the span of 12 months. Read more»

Our last election was not primarily, or even secondarily, about national security. But to the extent that a referendum was held on that issue, polls show that most Americans gave their vote to the Democrats. This was a sea change, and there are many reasons for it, but a major one is clearly the legacy of Iraq. Read more»

The reality of the global church is much larger than concerns bearing down on Princes of the Church, or social forces driving polarization of the church in Western countries, such as the priest shortage, celibacy, women’s ordination and gay rights. Read more»

The United Nations says bird flu is showing signs of returning, and a new strain of H5N1 avian influenza found in Asia can apparently sidestep existing vaccines. Read more»

Rooftops in Mumbai, India, are made from materials containing asbestos. Canada is a major exporter of Chrysotile asbestos to India.

Canada reinforced its reputation as a public health outcast this week by declining to support the inclusion of asbestos on a toxics blacklist. Read more»

Michelangelo's statue of David.

Well, finally. Thank you targetmap.com, a website with customized data maps, for a long overdue look at penis sizes around the world. Read more»

Within days of each other murders in Pakistan and Arizona shocked their respective nations. Americans did not debate whether the murders were justified. No one argued that they were. Earlier in Islamabad, just about as many bullets as were fired in Tucson were fired into the back of Salman Taseer, governor of the Punjab, by one of his bodyguards. Read more»

A wild tiger in Ranthambhore, India.

Asia's most venerated beast, the tiger, is being wiped out by those most obsessed with its folky mystique. Conservationists fear that 2010, the Year of the Tiger, will stir even more interest in the black market for tiger parts. Read more»