Thursday Headlines

Drug-Resistant Pathogens Present Threat To Global Health
Drug-resistant pathogens may be responsible for the the world’s greatest emerging health crisis, according to Jeremy Ferrar of London’s Daily Telegraph.

“Its impact is profound because barely any aspects of modern medicine will be untouched. Antimicrobial resistance does not only threaten our ability to treat infections that count victims in millions – malaria, HIV and TB. It will undermine much else besides, in rich and poor countries alike,” he writes.

Ferrar calls ntimicrobial resistance a “wicked problem” that is both a scientific challenge and a social and economic issue too.

“It is about how doctors prescribe, and what their patients demand of them. It is about regulation and public policy, how antibiotics old and new are deployed,” he adds.

In April, the World Health Organization released a report in which it stated that antimicrobial resistance is no longer “an apocalyptic fantasy,” but “is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century.”

China Criticizes Japan’s Move Toward Revive Military’s Role
On July 1, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a major revision to his nation’s  defense policy by declaring an end to “collective self-defense, which would allow Japan to defend allies under attack.

Civil Rights Movement Showed How Peaceful Protests Could Lead To Change
The Christian Science Monitor’s editorial board marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by noting the lasting legacy of peaceful protests left by those who marched for freedom.

“In Hong Kong, for example, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully July 1 to demand China allow a wide range of candidates in the election of the territory’s chief executive in 2017. In the days before the protest, pro-democracy activists held an unofficial referendum on the nomination process. Nearly a quarter of Hong Kong voters participated.

“In Venezuela, too, ongoing protests against President Nicolás Maduro’s government have largely been peaceful. A key protest leader, Leopoldo Lopez, who was inspired by the tactics of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr., remains in jail. And in a report last month, Human Rights Watch tallied up dozens of attacks on protesters by security forces,” wrote the editors.

 

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