Ashleigh Long's Blog (9)

More UN Troops Headed to DR Congo?

Interesting piece in the Economist for Tomorrow's (6/15/13) Print Edition:

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21579521-new-un-intervention-force-eastern-congo-has-most-robust



What do you think ? Will 3,000 more UN troops in East Congo make a difference? I am interested to learn more about the Tanzanian general at the helm,…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on June 14, 2013 at 10:04am — No Comments

Supreme Court to Decide on Human Gene Patents



http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/04/us-supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-gene-patent-case.html

As the first group of scientists to discover the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (which are implicated in breast and ovarian cancers, among others), Myriad Genomics (Salt Lake, UT) currently holds a patent on both genes,…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on April 21, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

DR Congo's Bosco Ntaganda in ICC Custody

From BBC News on 3/22/13:

"Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda has left Rwanda and is on the way to The Hague in the custody of the International Criminal Court.

Gen Ntaganda, a key figure in the conflict in…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on March 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Setbacks to Global Vaccination of Poliovirus

In last month's edition of Lancet, an editorial was published commenting on the senseless killing of healthcare workers in the Middle East over their pro-vaccination stance for children receiving the Polio vaccine. The editorial is interesting in that it provides the reader with an idea of what global impact this can (and already has, and will continue to) have on public health, and gives one reason for the still existing polio epidemics in specific parts of the world. See the article…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on February 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The UN in Congo: Watching from Above....

http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/01/un-congo

A very interesting perspective on a possible monitoring tactic by the UN in East Congo. Congo has long been known as the "Rape Capital of the World," with staggering statistics of violence against women. It was recently reported by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (after conducting expansive community surveys in Congo), that one woman is raped every 60 seconds…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on January 16, 2013 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Southern Africa: Governments are Failing to Address Cervical Cancer

From: http://allafrica.com/stories/201211300257.html?aa_source=useful-column

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments' attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on November 30, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments

Role of Government Funded Research in the Patent System

Should US citizens have to pay businesses for inventions they have already funded through their tax dollars? A review of this ethical dilemma is reviewed in Nature this month, as it relates to the cost of essential medications.

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/11/nih-asked-to-grant-open-license-on-hiv-drug.html

Added by Ashleigh Long on November 10, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments

US Presidential Candidates' Take on the Future of Funding in Science and Innovation

In a recent article in this month's Science magazine, the news staff summarizes President Obama's and Mr. Romney's views on how to promote and maintain a trend of scientific excellence and achievement in the United States...while paying down a 1.4 billion dollar deficit. This topic is of particular interest to a discussion of greater ethical implications as we know that innovation (commonly generated through the funding of science and engineering research and education initiatives) is key in…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on October 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Years Later....Cholera Still a Major Public Health Concern in Haiti

As my blog will partly focus on the ethical considerations of inequalities in global health care, I thought this recent article from MSF was interesting. In America, it's common to want to throw money at a problem we hear about on television, and this article spotlights the often-seen multifactorial problems of bringing deadly epidemics under control in the developing world.…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am — No Comments

Carnegie Council

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

Ethical Considerations in a Trade War with China

Are there ethical considerations that need to be factored in as part of assessing the merits of a "trade war" with the People's Republic of China?

Beyond Trump

Some countries are now coming to the same conclusions reached by the U.S. Global Engagement program: the 2016 election was not a "blip," but represents a break with the past. "In other words, no foreign government should bank on getting a better shake post-Trump."

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