Larry Johnson

Humanosphere blogger

Larry Johnson has been a journalist for more than 30 years and worked 11 of those years with Tom Paulson as the national/foreign editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. Johnson’s award-winning writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has traveled in more than 35 countries, covering Iraq for the PI in 1999, 2002 and 2003. A collection of his work, “Looking for Trouble, Dispatches from the Middle East, Asia and Central and South America,” was published in 2008.

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The World Health Organization has long been worried over reports that mosquitoes were increasingly resistant to chemical-treated bed nets, a mainstay in the Gates Foundation-led, worldwide campaign against malaria.

Now, a study from Senegal raises doubts over Gates’ plant to beat malaria, blaming mosquitoes’ growing resistance to insecticide.

Tom Paulson introduced the teen-directed program, Girl Up, last year, on Humanosphere.org, as the United Nations Foundation and Seattle students helped launch the new initiative.

This year, the Girl Up campaign says it has mobilized 150,000 American teens around the issue of child brides. Organizers say the disturbing prospect of 100 million child brides in the next decade has galvanized American teenage girls, who are demanding action on behalf of their young counterparts around the world.

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Despite the best intentions, foreign aid often goes awry in countries overwhelmed by war.

A series of recent news stories have shown clearly that governments rushing in to help people in war-torn countries often find they have solved few long-term problems and sometimes made matters worse.

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