Here are some of the things I would have, could have, should have written about recently:
- The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology voted down the revisions to the Canada Access to Medicines Regime today despite efforts from Medecins sans Frontieres and many other NGOs to increase access to life-saving medication for people living in the developing world.
- A Ugandan newspaper published a ‘wanted’ list of gay people, inciting violence and attacks against at least four of the 100 people on the list. Last year, Uganda shelved a proposal that homosexuality be punished by the death penalty in response to outcry within and outside of the country.
- Omar Khadr’s (Canadian and former Al-Qaeda child soldier who allegedly killed an US soldier) trial was relatively fast given the years of lead up and detention in Guantanamo Bay. Its a case that those in the know are speculating will sadly be the precedent for the conviction of child soldiers in years to come, amongst other things. However, Khadr will be returned to Canada after serving a year of his sentence in Guantanamo.
- Brazil elected its first female president on Sunday. Go Brazil!
- After warnings of a cholera outbreak in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2009, Haiti experienced a cholera outbreak and everyone involved scrambled to fix it. It was stabilized within a couple of days, but not until 250 died and 3,000 were infected.