Night patrols

That’s led to the hasty organization of night patrols and watch posts of unarmed men looking to prevent escalation or inter-ethnic conflict. After sunset, groups of men stand at crossroads and community halls, peering uneasily into the darkness.

At one such post, a dozen men are smoking furtively and chewing sunflower seeds. They aren’t stopping cars, rather noting the comings and goings of unfamiliar vehicles and keeping in touch with each other by phone and text message.

“We have no authority to check documents, we can only call each other from the posts or call the head office to follow unknown vehicles or we can call the police,” said Zamir Khaybulaev, 60, head of the local Mejlis.

The Tartars only returned to Crimea from the 1970’s onwards

At a second post, volunteer Ernest Bekirov is philosophical. He says Crimea’s Tatars have weathered many hardships and said he hoped this crisis would pass soon.

A wish for peace

“We just want peace, happiness and to provide for our children and have a comfortable life in our native land,” the soft-spoken 48 year old said. “We don’t want a war – all this is coming from higher authorities.”

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Vietnam reports bird flu virus mutation | Health | Thanh Nien Daily

Vaccine-resistant mutation of H5N1 bird flu virus strain has been confirmed in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh while vaccinated fowls fell sick in central Vietnam.

Ngo Duc Thanh, director of Tra Vinh animal health department, said the kinds of vaccine that have been used for many years showed weaker effects this year.

Thanh said most samples from sick poultry would be tested for a new mutation.

He asked farmers to inject their livestock with a new kind of vaccine that is also available.

Animal health officials from the central province of Quang Nam last week noticed that a local herd of 1,000 ducks have fallen sick and five of six samples tested positive for H5N1 although they were vaccinated a month earlier.

Vaccinated poultry from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho were also infected earlier despite vaccination. Officials said the vaccine could have been ineffective to a virus mutation, or the vaccination process faulty.

The health and agriculture ministries on March 5 said there were 69 H5N1 bird flu outbreaks ravaging in 23 cities and provinces. An average of two new outbreaks have occurred every day since early February, killing more than 63,000 fowls.

via Vietnam reports bird flu virus mutation | Health | Thanh Nien Daily.

The best Indian government Big Ag can buy! Monsanto India & BASF India surge as government approves field trials of GM crops

Shares of Monsanto India and BASF India have rallied by up to 10% on reports that the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has approved field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops on a conditional basis. Monsanto India is locked in upper circuit of 10% at Rs 1,467, also its record high on BSE. A combined 224,000 shares already changed hands over the counter and there are pending orders for around 27,000 shares on the BSE and NSE at 1320 hours.

In the past month, shares of agrochemicals manufacturer has rallied 77% from Rs 828, against 2.2% rise in S&P BSE 500 index. Monsanto India, a subsidiary of the Monsanto Company, USA is a seed company focusing on maize and agricultural productivity.

BASF India too, surged 7% to Rs 698 on the BSE. The stock opened at Rs 670 and touched a 52-week high of Rs 704 so far.

via Monsanto India & BASF India surge as government approves field trials of GM crops.

Senate votes down reform but – U.S. Army sex assault prosecutor suspended for ‘groping’ | News , International | THE DAILY STAR

The US Army’s top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said Thursday.

The suspension of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Morse marks the latest embarrassing setback for the US military as it battles a sexual assault crisis that has sparked calls for a radical overhaul of its judicial system.

The allegations were first reported by the Stars and Stripes newspaper and confirmed to AFP by military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

No charges have been filed against Morse, who supervises the army’s special victim prosecutors that handle sexual assault, domestic abuse and crimes against children cases.

The female army lawyer has alleged Morse groped her and attempted to kiss her against her will.

The alleged incident took place in 2011 in a hotel room at a sexual assault legal conference in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said, before Morse was named to his current job.

via U.S. Army sex assault prosecutor suspended for ‘groping’ | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Hello Mr. Caliph Wannabe, reality calling – joke is you! Erdogan says Turkey may ban Facebook, YouTube over wiretaps | Reuters

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in Turkey in an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other malpractices in his inner circle.

In the latest recording, released on YouTube late Thursday, Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper owner over the telephone about an article and suggesting the journalists be sacked, in comments that will further stoke concerns over media freedom and Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership.

via Erdogan says Turkey may ban Facebook, YouTube over wiretaps | Reuters.

U.S. Plans to Speed Poultry Slaughtering, Cut Inspections to please Tyson’s bank account- Inter Press Service

 

The U.S. government is in the final stages of weighing approval for an overhaul of regulations governing the country’s poultry industry that would see processing speeds increase substantially even while responsibility for oversight would be largely given over to plant employees.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspector at a poultry processing facility in Accomac, Virginia checking for cleanliness and testing poultry for the Avian Influenza (AI) virus. Credit: USDA/public domain

The plan, which was originally floated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) two years ago, is currently slated to be finalised by regulators next month. Yet opposition has been heating up from lawmakers as well as labour, public health and consumer advocacy groups.

On Thursday, over 100 such groups and businesses delivered a letter, along with nearly 220,000 petitions, to President Barack Obama, asking that the proposal be withdrawn.

via U.S. Plans to Speed Poultry Slaughtering, Cut Inspections – Inter Press Service.

CENSORED NEWS: Rage in the Desert: Tantoo Cardinal on Finding Voice

“Rage” is not a word that most filmmakers and film festivals are comfortable with. Tantoo Cardinal was not afraid to use the word “rage” tonight. The Agua Caliente Native American Film Festival was not afraid to present a feature film tonight that centered on rage.

via CENSORED NEWS: Rage in the Desert: Tantoo Cardinal on Finding Voice.

Science Graphic of the Week: Arctic Sea Ice Takes a Hit From Warm Rivers – Wired Science

In the first graphic in the gallery above, those bleeding red stains covering hundreds of square miles represent just how much that pulse of river water warmed the Beaufort Sea. It’s a difference of almost 12 degrees Fahrenheit, on average, and it’s visible from space — at least if you’re the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer riding aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The instrument images Earth in 36 spectral bands, recording data about things like cloud cover and surface temperatures.

via Science Graphic of the Week: Arctic Sea Ice Takes a Hit From Warm Rivers – Wired Science.

‘Love Matters’ shatters sex taboos

Egyptian Streets

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By Mohamed Khairat and Moustafa Amin, EgyptianStreets.com

Talking openly about sex and relationships has long been a strict taboo in Egyptian society. Despite ranking third in the world when it comes to internet searches for the world ‘sex,’ public discussion about sexual health, whether it is in schools, amongst friends or through family, is almost non-existent.

More concerning however has been the vast amount of misinformation online. Recent studies by the Ford Foundation in Egypt show that 86 percent of online Arabic information contains inaccurate information.

Aiming to break this taboo, ‘Love Matters Arabic,’ an innovative multimedia platform engaging young people to talk about love, sex, and relationships, recently celebrated its launch in Cairo. Love Matters Arabic provides users with unambiguous and reliable information on sex and relationships: talking honestly and openly about sex while also considering cultural and religious contexts.

In just two months since its launch…

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