Informed Citizens Report

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Bella GoldenbergInformed Citizen's Report (#3)07/21/14 07/25/14Monday, July 21st, 2014The Guardian - "Gaza hospital hit in fatal Israeli attack as foreign leaders arrive in region - as it happened"Summary: The UN Security Council has expressed concern at the escalation of violence in Gaza and called for an immediate cease - fire. The UN secretary met with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in Qatar to talk about bringing an end to the violence; John Kerry is to hold talks in Cairo as well. Following a call regarding Israel's escalated offensive on Sunday, which claimed 120 Palestinian lives (1/3 women and children), President Obama also called for a mandatory cease - fire. Furthermore, Israel has suffered the loss of 13 soldiers in a single day - the highest count of death tolls since the 2006 war against Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon.Response: As the death count continues to rise, the crisis between Israeli officials and Hamas is becoming of national concern. The violence has lead to a high civilian death toll; although international law restricts the use of white phosphorus even in war, the Israeli military has fired some to create smoke screens. This is even more so a signal that international officials need to step in and help with the ongoing violence as it is clearly getting out of hand. The attacks are resulting in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives per day; no amount of supplies will help until the cease - fire is permanent.Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014Reuters - "'Bad' Laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told"Summary: Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-homosexuality bill in February; it is amongst 37 African nations where homosexuality is illegal. The major concern of criminalizing groups at high risk of HIV is the threat it ha on progress in the global effort to fight AIDS. U.S. ambassador to Australia, John Berry, claimed that the criminalization does not work to prevent but in fact aids in spreading the disease. The global fight against HIV and AIDS cannot be won by placing segments of the populous into the shadows.Response: I can see how the criminalization would only lead to further spread of the disease by confining thousands of homosexuals, sex workers, and transgendered people to prisons. The poor sanitation, lack of medication, and violence between prisoners would ultimately lead to the deaths of these citizens; those released would carry the disease to the rest of the nation. Furthermore, this is in stark contrast to the U.S., who is working on changing criminal laws against HIV transmission. The focus of the concern should not be to outcast carriers and transmitters, flushing money into an already inflated prison system. Rather, the money should be spent on research regarding a cure for the disease, as well as education on how to prevent its furthering spread.Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014Science Daily - "Research charts ecological impact of microbial respiration in oxygen-starved...

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