Iraq is littered with pollutants, many of which are a direct consequence of military activity. This includes dioxins from sites where materiel was burned, depleted uranium1 from scores of shells fired in the 1991 Gulf War and during the present Gulf War, remains of chemical and biological weapons which have not been properly contained, and pollution from the burning of oil fields.
Rates of cancers in Iraq are skyrocketing, especially childhood cancers. Women experience breast and bladder cancer at rates which are, again, very difficult to estimate, but are known to be much higher than the norm. Numerous recent reports have also illustrated the incredibly rapid rise of genetic conditions caused by exposure to pollutants.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Former Blackwater Employee Threatens to Kill CODEPINK Activist in
Monday, February 22, 2010
The other day, Yousuf came home from kindergarten with a small project. He was given a paper to fill out to help him learn his address.
I noticed though under “city” he had written something that did not exactly read like Columbia.
“Gosa?” I asked.
Forget about explaining geography and the limits of physical boundaries to a 5 year old.
Gaza has taken a big part of his heart and he never forgets it. I think in some way, that is how we all feel. No matter how far away we are, no matter how young or old, no matter where we are born and where we end up living, Gaza is in our hearts and is always our city. It casts a spell on you.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
ARIZONA -- The number of human remains recovered on the Arizona-Sonora border since October 1, 2009 has reached 61, reports Coalición de Derechos Humanos.
"Men, women and children continue to perish on our border, communities cry out for justice, and yet nothing has been done to address the policies that have pushed migrants into the deadly Arizona terrain" continues Rodriguez. "We truly are in the midst of a devastating human rights crisis."
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
DRC: Militias causing increased havoc in northeast
Attacks on civilians by Ugandan rebels and local militias have left 340,000 people displaced, and 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan.
Aid workers say 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are inaccessible due to insecurity in Uélé District.
The joint DRC-Uganda military operation from 14 December 2008 until mid-March 2009 weakened the LRA but did not succeed in neutralizing it. The rebels dispersed in small, highly mobile groups into territory five times bigger than before the operation, according to civil society groups in Ituri.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
My passion for water began the same time I learned about ocean rowing, in literally the furthest place from my hometown in Cleveland, Ohio: Melbourne, Australia. It was in Melbourne that I learned about the water crisis as they were experiencing extreme drought. The facts are startling; over one billion or one in six people are without safe drinking water.
I remember the day my innocence came to an end, sixteen years ago, when I was five years old.
A group of mujahedeen was attacking Farah, our city.
I remember the rockets and bombs.
I lost my shoes. My family started to run and run.
I did not know that I was born into a world of war, or that I would grow up with the sounds of explosions and rockets being fired, or that I would still today hear of people who lose their lives in this fighting. But I have hope within me that one day we will live as other people in other countries, who have peace instead of war.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Some other headlines: Ban on import of chicken, eggs from Nepal to UP district, Egypt reports two more H5N1 cases, Cambodia culls bird flu-affected ducks, Bangladesh culls 13000 chickens after bird flu outbreak, Media Report: Two Indonesian Bird Flu Cases.
Roll the dice, when will bird flu cross over to the big time? But we gotta make money huh?
Bird flu hits many provinces
Bird flu is now spreading rapidly in many provinces after a long period of containment, the Department of Animal Health (DAH) said on February 8.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Bird flu kills Takeo ducks
Monday, February 01, 2010