Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Some news for thought!

After a second explosion ripped through a mine shaft in Greymouth, New Zealand, the 29 miners trapped underground were declared dead. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, has promised an investigation into these deaths. In my opinion, it's been interesting to note the drastically different outcomes of the Chilean mine incident and this one. With Chile's major success in saving 33 miners, this occurrence has ended on an even more tragic note, where it is unknown if even the bodies will be recovered.

In less than 4 days, 22 people have been killed and 153 arrested in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A result of drug-gang violence, the murders and arrests were sparked by the transfer of prisoners across state borders. As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, all eyes are on crime in the country, as many have already questioned whether or not Brazil is ready to handle these major events.

The United Nations has reported a decrease in new H.I.V. Infections in Africa, citing a 20% decrease in new infections since the late 1990s.  Major progress in Africa has been questionable, but certain countries are taking steps in order to combat this major health issue. New medications and treatments are being developed, in addition to the implementation of various education and awareness programs across the continent, but today over 33 million people are estimated to be living with H.I.V., a number that has never been higher.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

North and South Korea Exchanging Fire

This tragedy has serious effects not just on Korea but also on the global economy and world peace.  What, if anything, can be done to reduce the hostilities between the two factions?

Monday, October 25, 2010

13 Killed in Mexican Drug Rehab Center

This tragedy exemplifies the violence currently occurring throughout Latin America as a result of the influence of drug cartels.  What steps need to be done to save peoples' lives and reduce the cartels' influence over both politics and economics.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chilean Miners Rescue Effort

This is an excellent development in an extremely tragic situation.  What, if any, lasting impact will this crisis have on the Chilean economy and the mining industry?

Monday, October 4, 2010

US Working to Accept Exiled Cuban Prisoners

I found this article to be extremely interesting as it shows the changing dynamics of U.S.-Cuban relations.  I find this to be an excellent step to continue building stronger bonds between the two once polarized nations.