“When the foreigners are gone, the Taliban will beat us to death like flies,” says Abdul, 25. He stands out in the streets of Kabul, a clean-shaven young man surrounded by men in beards. He looks nervous as he walks past begging women hidden under their burqas, and men carrying Kalashnikovs. He is constantly looking around.
The first calls began about a year ago. When he answered his mobile phone, there would be silence at the other end of the line, and when he called the number back, the phone would already be switched off. The anonymous callers eventually began making threats. One of them said: “You help the infidels, you are a spy. You will die.” Abdul threw away his SIM card. He went into hiding with relatives in Kabul a few months ago. He had to leave his wife and daughter behind in Kunduz.
Abdul worked for the Bundeswehr as an interpreter for more than two years. He was proud of his job at first, knowing that the foreigners had come to help the Afghans. He felt that he was part of the future of his wonderful country.
via Afghan Employees of German Military Face Threats from Taliban – SPIEGEL ONLINE.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume St. Thomas Bottled Lobster, Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew because they may be contaminated with the bacteria that can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.
via Recall: Bottled Seafood May Cause Botulism.
National confirmed 71 cases of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza in 14 deathsEnded at 6:00 p.m. on the 16th, the country reported a total of 66 cases of human infection of H7N9 avian influenza confirmed cases, 14 deaths. Among them, two cases in Henan , Beijing , Shanghai 24 cases 9 deaths , Jiangsu 20 cases 2 cases of death , Zhejiang, 21 cases 2 deaths , Anhui 3 cases 1 death .
via H7N9: Jiangsu 3 Cases, Zhejiang 5 – Total 71.
Something incredible happened yesterday.
Our four young explorers on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic for Moscow.
After a gruelling week-long trek across the frozen Ocean, over giant pressure ridges and around icy pools of open water, we planted our ‘flag for the future’ 4km beneath the ice at the top of the world and called for the region to be declared a global sanctuary.
The flag is attached to a glass and titanium time capsule containing the names of 2.7 million people who joined the campaign to Save the Arctic. We came to the Pole to say this special area of the Arctic belongs to no person and no nation, that it is the common heritage of everyone on Earth.
via On top of the world, a ceremony for millions | Greenpeace International.
Like saying someone is like the books they write or read… most often wrong.