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What We’re Reading – December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 by Brittney Bain

An editorial in The Los Angeles Times this week looks at the stalled democratic transition in Tunisia on the third anniversary of the Arab Spring. What began as a suicidal protest by a man in Tunisia spread as a political demonstration throughout the Middle East three years ago. While progress in Tunisia seems at a standstill now, the writers of the piece explain lessons learned from failed attempts at democracy in neighboring Iraq, Egypt and Libya and examine reasons to hope for a better transition in the country where the Arab Spring first began.

Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality and prevalence worldwide: http://globocan.iarc.fr/. The report shows a sharp rise in breast cancer, and it highlights cervical cancer as the fourth most common cancer in women. Cervical cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women in developing countries.

These numbers are unacceptably high for a disease that represents an avoidable cause of death in women, and  they show important work to be done.  The Bush Institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® initiative addresses women’s cancers in developing countries and is focused on advancing prevention, screening and treatment for breast and cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Learn more about PRRR’s work to save women’s lives worldwide.


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Brittney Bain
Brittney Bain

Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.  Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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