Time-out in Ukraine | Europe | DW.DE | 23.01.2014

In Kyiv, they\’re trying to pull off a coup,\” he told DW. The government, he added, has reacted \”very cleverly\”. It wants a political solution through negotiations. \”If we\’d wanted it otherwise, we would have settled the protests with violence a long time ago,\” Kalaschnikov said.

Government supporters meet in the Mariyinsky Park

\’Designate a leader\’

Yet the impression that Ukraine\’s police force stands fully behind the president is deceiving. At a blockade just one hundred meters (328 feet) from parliament, two police officers get involved in a discussion with opposition protesters. They\’re wearing black helmets and masks, so that only their eyes can be seen.

\”How should the crisis be solved?\” a man asks.

An officer replies that the opposition should designate a leader to negotiate with the president.

It\’s a line that almost sounds like the opposition.

Fearing he\’d said too much, the police officer glanced around and walked quickly away.

via Time-out in Ukraine | Europe | DW.DE | 23.01.2014.

Eurosurveillance – View Article – Dengue Pandemic watch

In September 2013, dengue virus (DENV) infection was diagnosed in a German traveller returning from Japan. DENV-specific IgM and IgG and DENV NS1 antigen were detected in the patient’s blood, as were DENV serotype 2-specific antibodies. Public health authorities should be aware that autochthonous transmission of this emerging virus may occur in Japan. Our findings also highlight the importance of taking a full travel history, even from travellers not returning from tropical countries, to assess potential infection risks of patients.

via Eurosurveillance – View Article.

WHO | Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

Details of the cases are as follows:

A 71 year old man from Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, who became ill on 10 January. He was admitted to hospital on 16 January and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

A 57 year old man from Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 8 January. He was admitted to hospital on 10 January and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

A 70 year old man from Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 10 January. He was admitted to hospital on 14 January, transferred to another hospital on 17 January, and is in a serious condition.

A 49 year old male from Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 13 January. He was admitted to hospital on 17 January, transferred to another hospital on 19 January, and is in a serious condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

A 39 year old woman from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 13 January. She was admitted to hospital on 19 January and is in a serious condition.

A 59 year old woman from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 13 January. She was admitted to hospital on 19 January and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry markets.

A 76 year old man from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, who became ill on 9 January. He was admitted to hospital on 20 January and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to live poultry markets.

A 53 year old man from Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 9 January. He was admitted to hospital on 12 January, transferred to another hospital on 16 January, and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

A 71 year old man from Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 31 December 2013. He was admitted to hospital on the same day, transferred to another hospital on 8 January, and is in a critical condition.

A 63 year old woman from Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, who became ill on 9 January. He was admitted to hospital on 13 January, transferred to another hospital on 18 January, and is in a critical condition. The patient has a history of exposure to poultry.

The source of infection is still under investigation. So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.

via WHO | Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update.

El-Beblawi tells Davos Al-Sisi is Egypt’s De Gaulle – Daily News Egypt

“Sisi is under popular pressure to run. This is like De Gaulle, like Eisenhower,” he said, referring to the French and US war heroes who later took political office.

In Egypt, Sisi is viewed as a saviour by the millions who took to the streets against the Muslim Brotherhood, but the followers of the Islamists revile him for what they say was a “coup” against Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

via El-Beblawi tells Davos Al-Sisi is Egypt’s De Gaulle – Daily News Egypt.

Everyone wants to do a remake of The Warlord but people are dying for real! Anbar war opens front on Facebook, Twitter – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

A new front has opened in the battle for control of Anbar province. The conflict, which began in late December 2013 when the Iraqi army deployed to the Anbar desert to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has now expanded to such popular social media platforms as Facebook and Twitter. Activists backing the Iraqi army have established pages supporting the security forces, while tribal fighters battling the army as well as ISIS have created similar pages. They all provide updates of events on the ground, and some do not shy from indulging in incitement against their adversary.

via Anbar war opens front on Facebook, Twitter – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | The White House

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT:  Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

The prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our Nation\’s institutions of higher education is both deeply troubling and a call to action.  Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college.  In addition, a substantial number of men experience sexual violence during college.  Although schools have made progress in addressing rape and sexual assault, more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students of higher education.

via Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | The White House.

Electronic Village: OURstory: Lynching in America

Some of the most graphic photographs that I\’ve ever seen in my life contained the images of Black men people being lynched. Collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. He published these photographs in his book Without Sanctuary. You can experience the images as a flash movie with narrative comments by James Allen, or as a gallery of photos. Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very graphic and very disturbing.

via Electronic Village: OURstory: Lynching in America.