A Busy Week in News and the Quotes that Made the Headlines

The past week has been a very busy one. A lot has been going on in all corners of the globe and the media as usual has been following all of the stories. It can be hard to keep track of the big stories going on as there is a never-ending stream of information coming to us thanks to the internet.

More importantly for us here at NaQ, the week was full of juicy quotes that caught everyone’s attention. Here’s a quick summary of some of the quotes and background behind what caused these people to utter them into the headlines in the first place.

Russia

Recently in Russia, a variety of laws have been passed at the federal level making homosexuality and other freedoms illegal. To many in the world, personal freedoms appear to be under attack in Russia, and Stephen Fry had a lot to say about the Olympics being held in Russia this year while also passing those laws:

“The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent against the barbaric, fascist law that Putin has pushed through the Duma”

United States

The story of Edward Snowden and the NSA continues to unfold, capturing the attention of the US and the world. There appears that there is more to come and recent developments saw public statements by those who run encrypted email services. Lavabit owner Ladar Levison was quoted as saying this:

“This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.”

And Edward Snowden was quoted in the news talking on the shutdown of Lavabit stating:

“The President, Congress, and the Courts have forgotten that the costs of bad policy are always borne by ordinary citizens”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

The household name Dr. Sanjay Gupta came out with a public apology for his criticism of medical marijuana, possibly pushing the movement for legalization further along in the US. He wrote an excellent apology for his role in misleading the public when he said:

“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

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