Sunday, November 18, 2012

Updates 11/18/12

Hello everyone.

Please bear with me for these next few weeks. It is the end of the semester, and I have three very large papers coming due, as well as two presentations. It's going to be a little on the crazy side.

-- After Indian dentist Sativa Halappanavar died last month, protesters in Ireland have taken to the streets to demand abortion rights for women. Mrs. Halappanavar was miscarrying but was refused an abortion by doctors, who knew that the fetus wasn't viable but refused to act while there was still a heartbeat. The woman's husband revealed earlier this week that she died from a blood poisoning infection after she finally miscarried the fetus. Confusion and issues with abortion laws in Ireland have been ongoing for over 20 years.

-- [Chuck] Worldwide protests are occurring in support of Gaza citizens who are being bombed by Israel. Israel is claiming that Gazan citizens are being moved to areas that are targeted by their "very specifically targeted bombs," and that they are working hard to prevent civilian casualties.

-- [Chuck] Here's a banner reminding us all that we are human. 

-- [Chuck] What can be done now that GMO labeling has been shot down? Plenty, according to this article. People opposed to GMOs in their foods without their knowledge have been printing out and applying their own food labels.

-- Protesters in Los Angeles were allegedly beaten by the LAPD after they attempted to attend a speech by the former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Some of the protesters were handing out flyers concerning human rights in Mexico when they claim that the police provoked them.

-- A doctor in New Jersey has been arrested after his home was found filled with explosive making equipment and devices. It is not known what he had planned to do with the chemicals and explosives, but some reports claim he was a member of Occupy Wall Street last year. Occupiers in the area say they do not know the man and are committed to non-violence. 


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