America is in the middle of a Criminal Justice crisis. According to the World Prison Population List in October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.
While politician in America debate what to do about the situation, a greater tragedy looms.
LGBT youth are being criminalized largely due to the fact that society is not ready or prepared to accept them.
According to the National Gay Lesbian Center’s new guide, “LGBQ, gender-nonconforming and transgender youth are significantly overrepresented in the justice system.”
LGBT youth—who are at greater risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in the justice system—make up to 20 percent of detained youth, which is a far greater percentage than their share of the general population. Read More
By Nathan James
In a stunning announcement of scientific discovery, NASA officials unveiled evidence showing the presence of liquid water on Mars, adding fuel to speculation that life may have existed there in the past, possibly even persisting to the present day.
“We found a direct detection of water in the form of hydration of salts,” said Dr. Alfred McEwen, a planetary geologist. “There pretty much has to have been liquid water recently present to produce the hydrated salt.” McEwen said the findings pointed to “flowing liquid water” on Mars in images taken from orbit in the past few days”. Read More
LONDON – Taxi hiring app Uber said London’s transport authority is proposing rules that are “against the public interest”.
Transport for London (TfL) announced a public consultation process to decide how the city’s private hire trade should be regulated.
Proposals include improving the driving and English language
skills of drivers and stricter insurance requirements.
But Uber said that the proposals would raise prices and add to congestion in London.
“It’s meant to be a public consultation but it clearly hasn’t got the public’s interests at heart,” said Gareth Mead, Uber Europe’s spokesperson on the Today programme. Read More
GENEVA — The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus be given antiretroviral drugs immediately, as part of the U.N. agency’s aim to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The new guideline is a significant departure from the U.N. agency’s current recommendation that doctors wait to treat some people with HIV until their immune systems suggested they were getting sick. Read More
UNITED NATIONS – Brazil and Germany, the two largest national economies within their respective continents, are taking the lead in tackling climate change through outstanding policies and bilateral relations, according to experts.
In a joint statement on Aug. 20 in Brasilia, during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit, the two countries vowed to work together for a successful outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference later this year.
The statement said: “Mindful of the positive impacts of a strong Brazil-Germany cooperation on climate change for the two countries’ bilateral relations and for the multilateral regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), President Rousseff and Federal Chancellor Merkel decided to strengthen the bilateral partnership on climate change Read More
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim challenged governments around the world Thursday to address the problem of inequality by promoting the idea of shared prosperity. But he said doing so will require tailoring policies to help the bottom 40 percent of populations in developing countries.
Kim described a three-step process to reduce inequality: Growing the economy, investing in people, and safety nets to reduce the risks of falling back into poverty. Kim said the strategies will differ from one country to the next.
“A low income country may need to ramp up agricultural productivity. Middle income countries may focus more on urbanization, building safe, clean, livable cities. For countries where most children don’t go to primary school, this has to be the first goal that is achieved,” said Kim. Read More