Category Archives: Fail!

Arrest of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen | Groundviews

Last night’s arrest of Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen in Kilinochchi on terrorism charges, soon after the arrest of Jeyakumari Balendran and her young daughter on suspicion of harbouring a criminal, is extremely disturbing and an urgent call to action. In stark contrast to what the Government says in Geneva is what it does in Sri Lanka. Human rights activists are being arrested under draconian laws which permit the authorities to interrogate them in isolation for extended periods of time. It is clear the government wants to go after those who flag human rights abuses. This is happening when deliberations at the Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka are taking place, demonstrating the regime’s scant regard for international opinion and scrutiny. It is an urgent call to hold the government accountable and use all means necessary, in Geneva and elsewhere, to secure the safety of Ruki, Fr. Praveen, Jeyakumari, her daughter and others similarly under arrest and detained. Failure to do suggests that words aside, the international community accepts the democratic deficit in Sri Lanka.

via Arrest of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen | Groundviews.

H5N1: Mexico: Dengue incidence has grown thirtyfold in 50 years

Starting around 1980, with globalization, the fast-food culture that substantially increased garbage, construction in urban zones, and international travel have all been factors in the spread of dengue, and our country has not been an exception.

via H5N1: Mexico: Dengue incidence has grown thirtyfold in 50 years.

www.german-foreign-policy.com – Ultra-Nationalists – Bane of Peace and Freedom

The Annihilation of Jewish Latvians

Many members of the Waffen-SS being again honored on Sunday, had participated in the annihilation of Jewish Latvians. Right after Kārlis Ulmanis’ putsch May 15, 1934, Jewish Latvians employed by the government were fired. Jewish businesses were obliged to close. Immediately following their invasion in June 1941, the Germans carried out their first massacres, with Latvians’ practical assistance. Soon Latvian auxiliary police units were created, for imprisoning and guarding Jews, as well as to carry out assassinations.[3] Only 15,000 of the 90,000 Jewish Latvians were able to flee with Soviet troops in the summer of 1941 ahead of the Nazis’ invasion. Less than a thousand of the remaining 75,000 Jews survived German barbarism. Many of the Latvians, who had participated in the murders, joined the Latvian Waffen-SS, which in 1944 were engaged in the effort to defend the German killing fields from the Red Army. Around 140,000 Latvians had collaborated with the German occupiers.

via www.german-foreign-policy.com.

Gaza’s only power plant ‘shuts down for lack of fuel’ | Maan News Agency

Collective punishment is supposed to be illegal according to international law based in part on its use by Nazi’s during WWII but Israel uses it often… The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which closed a goods crossing after militant rocket attacks, the energy authority said.

“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.

On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza and the Erez pedestrian crossing “until further security assessments.”

via Gaza’s only power plant ‘shuts down for lack of fuel’ | Maan News Agency.

VDU’s blog: H7N9: the dotted lines that make sense of things…

The latest H7N9 case-per-day chart shows that the trickle of human cases of confirmed avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection is becoming a drip. The tap? My money is still mostly with the market closures. What precisely in the markets? Dunno, but the consensus seems to be poultry; songbirds loo pretty god to though. It doesn’t have to be, and is unlikely to be, just 1 thing of course. We know that this virus, as with other avian influenza viruses, can be shared around among bird species. It can even go into a human and that isolate be used to infect a bird again.

via VDU’s blog: H7N9: the dotted lines that make sense of things….

Me: Live markets are incubators and major transmission points for all old flu and new ones as well – ties to Lunar New Year preparations is also clear. Next year? H7N9 exported to Vietnam, Korea, India, Cambodia, Thailand?

Israeli forces escort worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus | Maan News Agency

Muslims cannot worship in Jerusalem but… Hundreds of Jewish worshipers escorted by Israeli troops arrived overnight Thursday at Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus, locals said.

Local sources told Ma’an that over a dozen buses guarded by Israeli forces arrived at the tomb, who were deployed onto the rooftops of nearby homes during the visit.

Worshipers performed religious rites from midnight until the early morning hours, during which time Israeli soldiers remained stationed on the rooftops of private Palestinian homes.

via Israeli forces escort worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus | Maan News Agency.

Thousands pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Aqsa restrictions | Maan News Agency

Restricting access to exercise religious beliefs is democracy?

Thousands of worshipers prayed in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed new restrictions on Palestinians’ right to pray inside the holy Al-Aqsa compound.

The compound — which is the third holiest site in Islam — was mostly empty on Friday after Israeli authorities prohibited all Palestinians under the age of 40 from praying there and set up barricades at the compound’s entrances to limit their access.

Many worshipers prayed at the gates of the compound while others prayed at the entrances to the Old City, although a limited number were able to pray inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

via Thousands pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Aqsa restrictions | Maan News Agency.

Salmonella in Costco fruit sparks recall by Oregon food freeze dryer | OregonLive.com

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. in Albany sold the Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit to Costco, which distributed the product to its stores in 36 states and Puerto Rico. None of the contaminated fruit was sold in Oregon or Washington even though it was produced in Albany.

The distribution list includes Costco stores in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The fruit was sold in a red-and-white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with best before dates of Feb. 14, 2015 and March 11, 2015 should return the item for a full refund. The best before date is listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case.

via Salmonella in Costco fruit sparks recall by Oregon food freeze dryer | OregonLive.com.

Not Your Grandfather’s Disease: Youth Change the Conversation About Type 2 Diabetes | Civil Eats

Most young people consider diabetes a “grandfather’s disease,” inherited at birth. They don’t always know that there are two very different forms of the disease, and that type 2 diabetes is preventable. This lack of awareness has staggering implications—between 2000 and 2008, rates of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans ages 12 to 19 shot from 9 percent to 23 percent.

That’s where the The Bigger Picture comes in. Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based arts nonprofit that empowers teenagers through poetry, teamed up with the University of San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations in 2010 to launch a project that encourages young people to “raise their voice and change the conversation around type 2 diabetes.”

via Not Your Grandfather’s Disease: Youth Change the Conversation About Type 2 Diabetes | Civil Eats.

Second Oregon wolf killed by hunter in Idaho | OregonLive.com

The wolf was a member of the Imnaha pack, the first to breed in Oregon from wolves that migrated from Idaho after their reintroduction in the 1990s. It was fitted with a GPS tracking collar by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and turned loose in February 2012, after getting inadvertently caught in a coyote trap. A young male wolf from the pack, OR-9, was shot in Idaho in February 2012. Young wolves regularly leave their packs in search of a mate and a new territory. At last count, Oregon had 64 wolves, up from 48 in 2012. Four of the eight packs, all located in northeastern Oregon, successfully produced pups.

via Second Oregon wolf killed by hunter in Idaho | OregonLive.com.