Tim’s El Salvador Blog: El Mozote and Bill O’Reilly

El Mozote and Bill O’Reilly

Recent stories in The Nation and Huffington Post have criticized Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, then a young TV reporter for CBS News, for his role when the US government and US mass media turned a blind eye to the 1981 massacre at El Mozote.

via Tim’s El Salvador Blog: El Mozote and Bill O’Reilly.

Wannabe Il Duce II – Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi | Reuters

As well as immigrants and the EU, his attacks have also been directed against Italy’s business establishment, ranging from the head of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne to employers lobby group Confindustria and business daily Il Sole 24 Ore.

“Italy isn’t Marchionne and it isn’t Renzi. Italy is millions of tradesmen and small businessmen,” he said.

via Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi | Reuters.

Nearly Beaten in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes a Comeback by Sea – NYTimes.com

Sick fishermen came ashore in early February to the packed wharf-side slums that surround the country’s fanciest hotels, which were filled with public health workers. Volunteers fanned out to contain the outbreak, but the virus jumped quarantine lines and cascaded into the countryside, bringing dozens of new infections and deaths.

“We worked so hard,” said Emmanuel Conteh, an Ebola response coordinator in a rural district. “It is a shame to all of us.”

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Public health experts preparing for an international conference on Ebola on Tuesday seem to have no doubt that the disease can be vanquished in the West African countries ravaged by it in the last year. But the steep downward trajectory of new cases late last year and into January did not lead to the end of the epidemic.

via Nearly Beaten in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes a Comeback by Sea – NYTimes.com.

Triggs was attacked for defending the powerless – and one day another PM will apologise for it | Richard Flanagan | Comment is free | The Guardian

The only accusation of Gillian Triggs with the ring of truth is that she has lost the confidence of the government – but then so too has Tony Abbott. Gillian Triggs’s real crime is that as human rights commissioner she spoke up for human rights with a government that has no respect for them.

via Triggs was attacked for defending the powerless – and one day another PM will apologise for it | Richard Flanagan | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Women’s bodies can’t perform magic. Someone please tell Republicans | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian

One congressman this week thought that if women swallow pills, they end up in their vagina. The GOP still knows nothing about female anatomy.

via Women’s bodies can’t perform magic. Someone please tell Republicans | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Two Languages Spoken Here #poetry #photography

penned in moon dust

palm dawn

I couldn’t ascertain the jumble

her lips moved rapidly

conveying a nervous nothing

hard and dark were the etchings

that scored her jeweled beauty

*

his pockets were empty

evidenced by the ragged attire

but worse was what wasn’t in his mind

his hands filled with nothing

he clung to baggies to satisfy

*

strange languages spoken at the ocean

when you aren’t looking and when you are

the conch shell strives to moan a warning

bearing witness to retreating tide

but it was silenced in a museum

*

a dog wears an empty backpack

as he begins his predawn duty

he proudly returns with a filled sack

lacking his master’s understanding

how many children will get hooked today?

*

I’ve never spoken the language

born in guilty bloodshot eyes

I see them as they dart about the shadows

the words are meaningless

promises seldom unbroken

*

I chose to walk…

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MERS in KSA: Updated Charts

Mens et Manus

As many of y’all know, my pre-doctoral thesis (which will likely comprise the first several chapters of my dissertation) is on the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia. I’ve been following MERS pretty closely for the past year, and with the help of my colleagues at HealthMap (including two incredible interns!) and my wonderful thesis advisor, I’ve been able to curate a pretty incredible data set using publicly available data streams in both Arabic and English. We’re working on a few pretty awesome studies right now, but for the time being I wanted to share some high-resolution versions of our most up-to-date exploratory data visualizations.
age_distribution_2.25.15monthly_epicurve_2.25.15demographics_2.25.15A couple of notes:
1) February 2015 cases have already surpassed counts from March 2014. Given that March 2014 signaled the start of last year’s outbreak, this current uptick in cases might indicate a larger surge in the…

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