Category Archives: human rights

Russia should free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov before the World Cup – IFEX

Does the Kremlin care enough about international pressure and the shadow cast by Sentsov’s case to free him? Stranger things have happened, and the outrage over his imprisonment has been mounting inside and outside Russia. For the sake of Oleg Sentsov and others jailed for dissent through political manipulation of justice, we can only hope that Russia still cares about its international image enough to realize that the only right thing to do is to release them immediately.

Source: Russia should free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov before the World Cup – IFEX

Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests | World news | The Guardian Major Oops!

The chlorine washing of food, the controversial “cleaning” technique used by many US poultry producers who want access to the British market post-Brexit, does not remove contaminants, a new study has found. The investigation, by a team of microbiologists from Southampton University and published in the US journal mBio, found that bacilli such as listeria and salmonella remain completely active after chlorine washing. The process merely makes it impossible to culture them in the lab, giving the false impression that the chlorine washing has been effective. Apart from a few voluntary codes, the American poultry industry is unregulated compared with that in the EU, allowing for flocks to be kept in far greater densities and leading to a much higher incidence of infection. While chicken farmers in the EU manage contamination through higher welfare standards, smaller flock densities and inoculation, chlorine washing is routinely used in the US right at the end of the process, after slaughter, to clean carcasses. This latest study indicates it simply doesn’t work.

Source: Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests | World news | The Guardian

Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

As home secretary, Theresa May introduced an irrational, random cap of 1,600 tier 2 skilled visas a month, regardless of how urgently skills are needed. Start with the NHS, in obvious crisis, where 100,000 posts are unfilled. Why bar 1,518 doctors? Brexit is causing what the Royal College of Nursing calls a haemorrhage of nurses; more are leaving than joining, with new arrivals denied visas. Whatever your view of intractable anti-immigration politics, I can find no pollster who finds the public against recruiting doctors and other highly skilled people to add to the UK talent pool. This is a bee in May’s bonnet alone. What is she thinking? Her visa cap inflicts maximum harm in engineering, IT and all the industries Brexiters claim we will sell around the world. Recruitment to high-powered jobs of people from outside the EU is rising sharply, because the Brexit vote is deterring EU applicants.

Source: Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy – The New York Times

“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” he said in a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Even small falsehoods and exaggerations are problematic, Mr. Tillerson said. (Mr. Trump is prone to both.) “When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America,” Mr. Tillerson said.

We are all accomplices to Israel’s massacre in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Since March 30, when the Gaza protests began, 101 Palestinians have been killed and well over 10,000 wounded, many maimed for life. Not a single Israeli injury and not a single rocket fired at Israel, even as Israel has bombed Gaza several times in recent weeks. It doesn’t matter which numbers you want to believe or how many stones have been thrown (not a single injury caused by them), or even how many Hamas officials have called on Palestinians to protest. This is a massacre of a stateless population living under military siege. And we are all accomplices for not doing more to stop it.

Source: We are all accomplices to Israel’s massacre in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Study suggests oral antibiotics may increase kidney stone risk | CIDRAP

Over the last 30 years, the prevalence of kidney stone disease has risen by 70%, with the greatest increases seen in children and young women. Although dietary and lifestyle factors have been suggested as possible causes for this increase, the exact reasons remain unclear. In a study today in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia suggest another possibility: oral antibiotic use.

Source: Study suggests oral antibiotics may increase kidney stone risk | CIDRAP

HTLV-1 primers: a list of some that have been published in the scientific literature

In recent weeks there has been a surge in media interest about a virus called human T-lymphotropic virus I (HTLV-1) that is present among the Indigenous Australians living in communities around the…

Source: HTLV-1 primers: a list of some that have been published in the scientific literature