Human Rights Watch released its annual report today. The analyst who wrote the foreword, Kenneth Roth, opens it with the words “The world has not seen this much tumult for a generation.” It’s not hard to see where he gets his argument– Syria, Ukraine, the Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Libya, the Sudans, eastern DR Congo , West Africa (due to Ebola) and northern Nigeria just to name the most flagrant examples. However, I’m grateful that groups like Human Rights Watch are even there to document these abuses, rather than letting them go on unnoticed. Also, this BBC video compares the current tumultuous world to the tumultuous world of the Cold War era, and suggests the global situation may not be as bad as all that. Make of it what you will.
Today in the Good News Digest, eyes on the small stuff (small stuff that can make a big difference):
A truck-stop doctor takes care of people in the US who don’t yet have healthcare coverage
A guy in Toronto regains the use of his injured hand using tools from a 3D printer
And an amateur weatherman on the autism spectrum gets his big break.
Note: Tomorrow I will almost certainly not have the time to compile this…the Carnaval de Québec is on and I am covering a women’s hockey tournament which starts at 8 a.m., a snowshoe race and at least one ceremony. Sunday I’m on call at the radio, I have a concert and I have a ton of other stuff to sort out. So don’t be surprised if I don’t do another GNC for a few days. But I will make it 10 days in total. 🙂