H5N1: Myanmar expels Doctors Without Borders, accuses group of dissension

Burma wants no witnesses to genocidal policies and looking the other way when the killings start up again!

Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has been kicked out of Myanmar after two decades of caring for sick people in one of the world’s poorest countries, and the group said Friday that the decision risks tens of thousands of lives.

The government defended its decision, accusing the group of creating tensions and instability in violence-scarred Rakhine state, where it has faced repeated protests for treating members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

“Today for the first time in MSF’s history of operations in the country, HIV/AIDS clinics in Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states, as well as Yangon division, were closed and patients were unable to receive the treatment they needed,” the group said in a statement.

via H5N1: Myanmar expels Doctors Without Borders, accuses group of dissension.

Protest For Tuition Fees: Well Done, AUB Students!

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Sitting on the sidelines is good up to a certain point. But there comes a time when you can’t but act. AUB students did that today. And irrelevant me is proud of what they did.

I’m sick and tired of people constantly barraging anyone who goes to AUB and is complaining about tuition fees rising by saying: “you could always go to a cheaper university.”

How is their business what AUB students protest peacefully? When has everyone become so apathetic by default that they can’t but bring down people whose only goal was to be proactive in their own campus, against an administration that has become so corrupt with bureaucracy and is trying to remain afloat on their backs?

When I was at AUB back in 2010, I paid about 10 million LL in tuition fees for my sciences program. My brother whose program classifies under arts (i.e. cheaper than…

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Settlers burn entrance of house in Ramallah village | Maan News Agency

Taking inspiration from US KKK?

Israeli settlers early Thursday torched a house in Silwad village east of Ramallah, residents said.

Locals told Ma’an that settlers set the entrance of the house of Mohammad Hussein Hammad on fire and wrote racist, anti-Arab graffiti on its walls near the eastern entrance of Silwad village.

The house was empty when settlers attacked, they said.

via Settlers burn entrance of house in Ramallah village | Maan News Agency.