O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk: LAist

Public health officials told the OC Register that the children got campylobacteriosis infection from Claravale Farm’s raw goat milk. Even one of the kids had to be hospitalized. The symptoms aren’t pleasant: they include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, vomiting and fever. And people usually get the symptoms within two to five days of getting in contact with the organism. The illness is often associated with unpasteurized dairy products and water, and mostly affects young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

It’s not just the SoCal kids, though, who were affected by the farm’s raw milk. Six NorCal folks were diagnosed with the sickness in March after drinking raw milk from the same Paicines farm, according to Free Lance, a San Benito County news site. After the state investigated Claravale Farms, they forced the owners to do a mandatory recall, telling everyone to get rid of all Claravale Farms products with the “March 28” expiration date.

via O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk: LAist.

Main Tuareg-led rebel coalition in Mali agrees to sign peace accord | News | DW.DE | 05.06.2015

The head of the rebel alliance, known as the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), said on Friday that his group will sign a final UN-brokered peace agreement in just over two weeks’ time to end fighting in the north of Mali.

“We will sign the peace accord on June 20,” Bilal Ag Cherif said after talks in the Algerian capital, Algiers, to clarify security issues.

The Malian government and several other armed rebel groups signed the so-called “Algiers Accord” last month, but the CMA rejected the deal as falling short of its demands and called for amendments.

The final June peace agreement will take account of CMA demands, such as having the northern part of Mali, know by the Tuareg as “Azawad,” recognized as a “geographic, political and juridical entity.”

The government in Bamako said the CMA would sign a “security accord” in Algiers on Friday preliminary to the final deal.

via Main Tuareg-led rebel coalition in Mali agrees to sign peace accord | News | DW.DE | 05.06.2015.

Pssst! Everyone can see what you are doing… Grin – Erdogan targets Turkish press, takes on the Times, too | News | DW.DE | 05.06.2015

“It is obvious that anyone who disagrees with the government is declared an enemy of the state, and the government has used all its power and resources to make this happen,” said Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper, who was detained in December and who is now prohibited from leaving Turkey while his case remains pending in court.

via Erdogan targets Turkish press, takes on the Times, too | News | DW.DE | 05.06.2015.

Red Cross ‘squandered millions’ in Haiti relief efforts – Al Jazeera English

“What the Red Cross told us is that they are coming here to change Campeche. Totally change it,” said Flaubert. “Now I do not understand the change that they are talking about. I think the Red Cross is working for themselves.”

via Red Cross ‘squandered millions’ in Haiti relief efforts – Al Jazeera English.

“The word ‘poser’ hits me on a deep personal level. In high…

tumblr_nphg11cEPB1qggwnvo1_500.jpg

“The word ‘poser’ hits me on a deep personal level. In high school I was called a poser a lot. Like when I first rode a fixed gear bike, or tried to break dance, or dressed punk. Just because I’m interested and passionate about something new doesn’t mean I’m trying to fit in with a certain crowd. It just really bothers me when people try to tell me what I am and what I’m not.”

via “The word ‘poser’ hits me on a deep personal level. In high….

Madonna on Russia: We Have a Responsibility – The Seattle Lesbian

Lawyer for the Russian LGBT Network, Maria Kozlovskaya, thinks it’s great to see support from American celebrities.

“It is very important that celebrities like Madonna or Lady Gaga join initiatives of that kind,” she said.

After a performance in St. Petersburg last August, a local organization tried to sue her for $10 million under the gay propaganda law after she spoke in support of gay rights. The court threw out the lawsuit.

Lady Gaga is also under fire, as a local resident claimed her 13-year-old daughter was subjected to “an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption,” during her St. Petersburg show last December.

via Madonna on Russia: We Have a Responsibility – The Seattle Lesbian.

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

The prosecution abandoned the case, apparently to avoid embarrassing the intelligence services. The defence argued that going ahead withthe trial would have been an “affront to justice” when there was plenty of evidence the British state was itself providing “extensive support” to the armed Syrian opposition.

That didn’t only include the “non-lethal assistance” boasted of by the government (including body armour and military vehicles), but training, logistical support and the secret supply of “arms on a massive scale”. Reports were cited that MI6 had cooperated with the CIA on a “rat line” of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles to the Syrian rebels in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Clearly, the absurdity of sending someone to prison for doing what ministers and their security officials were up to themselves became too much. But it’s only the latest of a string of such cases. Less fortunate was a London cab driver Anis Sardar, who was given a life sentence a fortnight earlier for taking part in 2007 in resistance to the occupation of Iraq by US and British forces. Armed opposition to illegal invasion and occupation clearly doesn’t constitute terrorism or murder on most definitions, including the Geneva convention.

via Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian.