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Friday, August 29, 2014

Therapy for Sudan strain of Ebola may help contain some outbreaks


EPIDEMICS
Therapy for Sudan strain of Ebola may help contain some outbreakshttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Potential_therapy_for_the_Sudan_strain_of_Ebola_could_help_contain_some_future_outbreaks_999.html

No NATO Action Against Russia or Islamic State


No NATO Action Against Russia or Islamic State

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/08/29/no_nato_action_against_russia_or_islamic_state

Is the ISIS Laptop of Doom an Operational Threat?

The Complex

Is the ISIS Laptop of Doom an Operational Threat?


http://complex.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/08/29/is_the_isis_laptop_of_doom_an_operational_threat_0

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order


Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order

The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis


http://online.wsj.com/articles/henry-kissinger-on-the-assembly-of-a-new-world-order-1409328075?tesla=y

Time for Abe to clarify his views about World War II war criminals

Asahi Shimbun Editorial

Time for Abe to clarify his views about World War II, war criminals
   
August 29, 2014

In April, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a written message of mourning to an annual Buddhist memorial service to honor Japanese World War II soldiers who were executed after the war as Class-A, Class-B and Class-C war criminals. The message was offered in the name of Abe as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
"I offer my deepest condolences on the death of these martyrs in the Showa Era (1926-1989) who staked their souls to become the foundation of their nation for the sake of its peace and prosperity today," Abe said in the message.
The Abe administration has played down the significance of the act, saying it was a message sent as a private individual. But that is a totally unacceptable excuse.
The message was sent to the Buddhist service held in front of "Showa junnansha homushi tsuitohi" (a monument to the memory of the Showa victims of the execution [by the Allied powers]), located at the Okunoin ofKoyasan Shingon Buddhism in Wakayama Prefecture.
The monument describes the military tribunal conducted by the Allies to punish Japan's war criminals as a "harsh and retaliatory trial unparalleled in world history." It was set up 20 years ago to restore the honor of war criminals and mourn their deaths.
Those whose names are inscribed on the monument include Hideki Tojo (1884-1948), the army general and the prime minister during the war, and 13 additional Class-A war criminals.
It has been found that Abe also sent a similar message to the annual memorial service held last year and in 2004 as the LDP president and the LDP secretary-general, respectively.
In a news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe sent the message not as the prime minister, but as a private citizen.
But Suga acknowledged the fact that the Class-A war criminals were found guilty of crimes against peace at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. He also said Japan accepted the rulings handed down by the Tokyo tribunal when it signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty with the Allied powers in 1951.
It is shameful that 69 years after the end of hostilities, Japan still needs to announce afresh its official positions on these clear historical facts to audiences both at home and abroad.
Japan regained its sovereignty and returned to the fold of the international community by accepting the rulings delivered by the tribunal. At the same time, Japan internally started its postwar history by placing the responsibility for the war on the Class-A war criminals, who led the nation into the war.
Abe sent a sympathetic message to a service that is based on the views about the war that regard the tribunal convened by the Allied powers as an act of "retaliation" and see all the executed war criminals as "Showa victims." He should not complain if what he did is considered to be an attempt to ignore Japan's promises to the international community concerning the war.
We, as Japanese, cannot accept the view that the executed war leaders were "victims."
Abe should be aware of how seriously his act has damaged the things this nation has achieved through steady efforts in the postwar era.
We are eager to hear him answer in his own words the questions raised by his act.
What did he mean when he said the war leaders who were responsible for the huge loss of human life in the war and for the immense devastation this nation suffered became the "foundation of their nation?"
Who does he think should have taken the blame for the war and in what way?
He should stop obscuring issues by using words such as "eirei" (the spirits of the war dead) and "mitama" (departed souls). He should start speaking about his views concerning the war in a dignified and above-board manner from the bottom of his heart, without using the excuse of acting as a "private individual."
Abe has the responsibility to do so.
--The Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 29

WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 (Update)

WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 (Update)


http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-08-ebola-death-toll-regional-crisis.html

Ebola cases in West Africa may be vastly underreported, WHO says


Ebola cases in West Africa may be vastly underreported, WHO says

http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-africa-ebola-20140828-story.html

U.S. colleges will screen some students for Ebola

U.S. colleges will screen some students for Ebola


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/29/u-s-colleges-will-screen-some-students-for-ebola/

Sense of urgency heightens over Ebola crisis


Sense of urgency heightens over Ebola crisis

As the virus has repeatedly mutated in recent months, the WHO seeks to stop the outbreak within nine months.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sense-of-urgency-heightens-over-ebola-crisis/2014/08/28/3ced2ca2-2ee3-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html


WHO launches road map for containing Ebola in West Africa

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/08/who-launches-road-map-containing-ebola-west-africa

Experimental Ebola drug halts virus in monkeys five days after they were infected

 

Experimental Ebola drug halts virus in monkeys five days after they were infected


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/08/29/experimental-ebola-drug-halts-virus-in-monkeys-five-days-after-they-were-infected/


New Treatment Provides Hope for Human Ebola Cases

ZMapp Cocktail Saved Monkeys When Administered Up to Five Days After Infection

http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-treatment-provides-hope-for-human-ebola-cases-1409331697

Ebola's heavy toll on study authors


Ebola's heavy toll on study authors


http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/08/ebolas-heavy-toll-study-authors

Ebola outbreak traced back to toddler and fruit bat


Ebola outbreak traced back to toddler and fruit bat


http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/nih-scientist-ebola-outbreak-traced-back-to-single-animal-bite-to-single-human--106590.html

Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads


Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads

Outbreak likely originated with a single animal-to-human transmission.

http://www.nature.com/news/ebola-virus-mutating-rapidly-as-it-spreads-1.15777


Genomic sequencing reveals more than 300 mutations in 2014 Ebola virus

http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/zoonotic-infections/news/online/%7Bca3aa4e3-2af5-4813-8e02-c0b552f404a0%7D/genomic-sequencing-reveals-more-than-300-mutations-in-2014-ebola-virus

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-health-ebola-genome-idUSKBN0GS2E120140828

DNA sequences reveal Ebola's spread and mutations


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/08/28/dna_sequences_reveal_ebolas_spread_and_mutations.html

The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse


The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2014/08/29/the-ebola-virus-has-spread-to-senegal-as-the-deadliest-outbreak-in-history-gets-worse/

Senegalese Minister of Health Confirms 1st Case of Ebola Virus in the West African Country


http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/senegalese-minister-health-confirms-1st-case-ebola-virus-25173247


WRAPUP 3-Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea


http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/29/health-ebola-idINL5N0QZ3SV20140829

First Ebola case reported in Senegal as virus spread picks up speed


http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/ebola-worsens-spreads-senegal/

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/08/29/1254213/us-government-fights-to-not-explain-no-fly-list-selection-process

This is why it feels like the recession never ended

This is why it feels like the recession never ended



http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/28/this-is-why-it-feels-like-the-recession-never-ended/

Here's How The World's Richest Terrorist Group Makes Millions Every Day


Here's How The World's Richest Terrorist Group Makes Millions Every Day

http://www.businessinsider.com/isis-worlds-richest-terrorist-group-2014-8

Syrian refugees reach 3 million, UN says

More Than Three Million Displaced by Syrian War
The United Nations on Friday reported that more than three million Syrians have registered as refugees (al-Jazeera) in neighboring countries from a war that has killed more than 190,000 and forced almost half of all Syrians from their homes. Lebanon hosts the highest concentration of refugees.

Nigeria Launches Biometric Cards

Nigeria Launches Biometric Cards
President Goodluck Jonathan launched a program that grants electronic national identity cards to Nigerian citizens (BBC), who will be required to have them by 2019 in order to vote. An attempt to introduce the cards ten years ago failed from what observers identified as corruption issues.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28970411

CFR Daily News Brief 8/29 Russia Role in Ukraine Stirs New Alarm

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Council on Foreign Relations Daily News Brief
August 29, 2014

Top of the Agenda

Russia Role in Ukraine Stirs New Alarm
Editor's Note: There will be no Daily Brief sent on Monday, September 1. The DB will resume on Tuesday, September 2.
Pro-Russian rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine said they would comply with a Kremlin request that they open a "humanitarian corridor" to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops (Reuters), a day after Kiev accused Moscow of illegally entering the country. NATO, which convened an emergency meeting (FT) on Friday to address the worsening crisis, blamed Russia for violating Ukraine's sovereignty and engaging in direct military operations to support the rebels (BBC). At a press conference in Washington, U.S. president Barack Obama accused Russia of training, arming, and sending troops into Ukraine, warning Moscow that it faced further isolation (Guardian).

Analysis

"For the first time in a quarter century, NATO members—notably the Baltic States—have legitimate cause to fear for their security. But in fact, the ongoing Ukraine crisis has highlighted NATO's fissures. Rather than rejuvenating the transatlantic alliance, Russia's aggression threatens to underscore NATO's divisions and vulnerabilities," write CFR's Stewart Patrick and Daniel Chardell.
"For some of NATO's most senior military strategists and for many of the most important figures in international affairs the post cold war world is at an inflection point: a common orthodoxy in Western thought – the notion of a globalising world in which greater prosperity was ultimately analogous to stability – has been again thrown into contention," writes Sam Jones for the Financial Times.
"NATO could probably have provided more robust support for the Ukrainian military. The theory is deterrence: if Putin believes that the Ukrainian military is more capable than it is, he might think twice about doing something more adventurous," says CFR's Janine Davidson in a CFR interview.

Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?

Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?
By Rami G. Khouri  | http://agenceglobal.com/index.php?show=article&Tid=2764

BEIRUT — The apparent air strike against targets in Tripoli, Libya last week by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force must go down as one of the most intriguing developments in the modern history of the Arab Gulf states. The fact that UAE planes allegedly used Egyptian air bases and other facilities to carry out the attack makes it even more intriguing — a sign of substantive, sophisticated cooperation by two Arab states to attack targets in a third Arab state.

This is significant because of two main factors: the increasing dynamism of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in using their military, financial and other assets in the service of political objectives around the Arab world; and, what this tells us about current GCC priorities in Arab ideological arenas. Both of these facets of the air attack in Libya clarify that a major shift is underway in the worldviews and self-perceived roles of leading Arab states, who now throw their weight around the Middle East in a direct manner they never did previously. This also partially fills the vacuum created by the slow disengagement, or repositioning, of global powers who have been reordering their priorities in the region. http://agenceglobal.com/index.php?show=article&Tid=2764

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear.

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear.


http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/palestinian-message-disappear.html

Russia’s New National Strategy

Russia’s New National Strategy

By Dmitri Trenin Friday, August 22, 2014 | http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=56442
Amid the ongoing crisis over Ukraine, the Kremlin has adopted a new national strategy that crystallizes trends that have been gaining ground in Russia over the past two years. This development goes beyond the current crisis in Russian-Western relations and has important consequences for Russia’s neighbors, especially the EU.
Essentially, the Kremlin sees Russia’s future as separate from the rest of Europe’s. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for a Greater Europe stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok, cold-shouldered by many in the EU, has now been finally withdrawn by its author. Instead, Russia will largely rely on its own resources as it seeks to develop its economy, consolidate its political system, and build a strong military.| http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=56442

Ebola’s heavy toll on study authors Science Magazine

Ebola’s heavy toll on study authors Science Magazinehttp://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/08/ebolas-heavy-toll-study-authors

Obama Hints at Legal Rationale for Airstrikes in Syria

  The Cable

Obama Hints at Legal Rationale for Airstrikes in Syria


http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/08/28/us_airstrikes_in_syria_would_raise_legal_questions?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Flashpoints&utm_campaign=2014_FlashPoints%20[Manual]%20-0828

The New Arab Cold War

The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.



http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/28/the_war_within_the_middle_east_sunni_qatar_saudi_arabia_uae_libya_syria?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Flashpoints&utm_campaign=2014_FlashPoints%20[Manual]%20-0828

Exclusive Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom

 

Exclusive

Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom

Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.


http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/28/found_the_islamic_state_terror_laptop_of_doom_bubonic_plague_weapons_of_mass_destruction_exclusive?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Flashpoints&utm_campaign=2014_FlashPoints%20[Manual]%20-0828

Ukraine: Russia’s new art of war

Ukraine: Russia’s new art of war


http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ea5e82fa-2e0c-11e4-b760-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=crm/email/2014829/nbe/Analysis/product&siteedition=intl#axzz3BmkGk000

How ALS Could Benefit from a Flood of New Funding

How ALS Could Benefit from a Flood of New Funding

A viral social-media campaign has brought unprecedented money to a rare disease. How might new funding help ALS research?

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/530321/how-als-could-benefit-from-a-flood-of-new-funding/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-business&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20140829

Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn't American



Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn't American

08/28/14
Paul R. Pillar
Libya Egypt UAE, Middle East
Within the past week the United Arab Emirates, aided by Egypt, conducted airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya. The targeted forces are among the contestants in the surging turmoil and civil warfare in Libya. The airstrikes do not appear to be part of a large and bold new initiative by Egypt and the UAE, which did not even publicly acknowledge what they had done. Nonetheless the strikes were, as an anonymous U.S. official put it, not constructive.
The incident—along with some questions about whether it had caught the United States by surprise—has led to some of the usual hand-wringing about how U.S. relations with allies are not what they should be, how there supposedly is region-wide dismay with a U.S. failure to do more to enforce order in the region, and how if the United States does not do more along this line there may be an interventionist free-for-all. This type of reaction is inappropriate for at least two reasons. One is that it fails to take account of exactly how differences between putative partners do or do not make a difference. Sometimes such frictions matter for U.S. interests and sometimes they don't. Assuaging an ally is good for the United States if there is some payoff, not necessarily immediately, for its interests in behavior from the ally that is different from what it otherwise would be.
The other reason is that to the extent the United States may have encouraged interventionist free-for-alls, it is because it has done too much rather than too little. The United States's own penchant for military interventions has been probably the biggest factor in a breakdown of previous noninterventionist norms in international relations. The United States also has acquiesced in similar norm-breaking behavior by others that is easy for the Egyptians and Emiratis to see. As former ambassador Chas Freeman notes, “Gulf states and Egypt have seen many instances of Israel doing whatever it wants without us. They’re saying, if Israel can use U.S. weapons to defy the U.S. and pursue its own foreign policy objectives, why can’t they?”
Read full articlehttp://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/intervention-libya-it-wasnt-american-11165

The Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia

The Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia

08/29/14
Hannah Suh
Terrorism, Security, Iraq, Asia-Pacific, United States

"While the administration has rightly focused on the Middle East, it should also pay attention to the ripple effects of IS in the Asia-Pacific region."

In places across Indonesia, small collections of political Islamists have “openly pledged their allegiance” to the extremist terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). One of those who have voiced their support is Abu Bakar Bashir, the founder of the extremist Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) responsible for the deadly bombings during the 2000s, including the Bali nightclub bombing in 2002, the Marriott bombing in 2003, the Australian Embassy bombing in 2004, the Bali II bombing in 2005, and the Jakarta hotel bombings in 2009. While the spillover of IS into the Asia-Pacific region is unsurprising, this troubling yet under-recognized trend has serious implications for the region as well as the United States.
Southeast Asia’s history of homegrown terrorist groups heighten concerns of IS’ spillover effect. The demographics of the region itself contribute to the fear of a revival of militant Islam—nearly 62% of the world’s Muslim population lives in the Asia-Pacific—Indonesia being the world’s largest Muslim population, with 209 million or 87.2% of the population identifying as Muslim. In the case of Indonesia, although the number of Indonesians joining IS abroad is relatively small, the return of these experienced fighters to their homeland is a larger security threat with serious ramifications. These jihadists could “rekindle the domestic terrorist threat by developing new connections with well-funded, armed, and organized jihadi groups in the Middle East,” according to Sri Yunanto, an adviser to Indonesia’s national counterterrorism agency. As president-elect Joko Widodo transitions into office, he must be cognizant of the security threat and act decisively by identifying it among the most important issues of his administration’s policy agenda.
Read full articlehttp://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-islamic-states-dangerous-influence-asia-11163

Paying Ransoms: What the Barbary Pirates Teach Us about ISIS

Paying Ransoms: What the Barbary Pirates Teach Us about ISIS

08/29/14
Lionel Beehner
History, Terrorism, Foreign Policy, Iraq, United States, Europe

When it comes to giving in to terrorists' demands, a look back at history might shed some light on this controversial issue.

There is a debate raging between the United States and Europe over the wisdom of paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap people. The United States refuses to pay. The Europeans say they do not pay, yet end up paying through intermediaries (often the hostages’ employers, in the case of kidnapped journalists). A recent report by the New York Times found that Al Qaeda-affiliated groups have pocketed over $125 million from such ransoms over the past five years. The result is that Europeans are targeted more than Americans or Brits—they pay more—and hostage taking by groups like ISIS is on the rise.
A similar dilemma vexed European and American statesmen in the late eighteenth century. Instead of Islamist terrorist groups like ISIS, it was Barbary corsair pirates roaming the Mediterranean Sea. The pirates were not all Muslims or North Africans—two-thirds of their captains were in fact Europeans who had “taken the turban”—and were motivated mostly by profit, but also partly by religion. They sought to disrupt European and American maritime trade by raiding ships, stealing cargos, and holding crews for ransom. Despite the various peace treaties signed, these North African pirates saw themselves in a “permanent state of war” with their Christian adversaries, writes Paul Silverstein, an anthropologist at Reed College. Likewise, Europeans treated the pirates as “pathological parasites,” but refused to use force against the nonstate actors.
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson sought to get the Europeans to break the cycle of paying yearly “tributes” to North Africans—namely the sultan of Morocco and governors of Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli—in exchange for safe passage for their merchant vessels. Europe was still primarily mercantilist at the time, and its armies were a collection of mercenaries and privateers, not the professionalized militaries of today. Britain and France refused the Americans’ offer out of commercial self-interest. It was the onerousness of the tributes that eventually persuaded the United States to resort to using force against the Barbary corsairs—thereafter immortalizing the “shores of Tripoli” phrase in the U.S. Marine Corps hymn.
Read full articlehttp://nationalinterest.org/feature/paying-ransoms-what-the-barbary-pirates-teach-us-about-isis-11164

The Week With IPS 8/29


The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls
Saikou Jammeh
With the approach of the Gambia’s 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five-year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months. The leader of the opposition United ... MORE > >

OPINION: Towards a Global Governance Information Clearing House
Ramesh Jaura
Inter Press Service News Agency has braved severe political assaults and financial tempests since 1964, when Roberto Savio and Pablo Piacentini laid its foundation as a unique and challenging information and communication system. Fifty years on, IPS continues to provide in-depth news and ... MORE > >

How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health
Joan Erakit
Emmanuel is a male midwife. At the age of 26, he lives and works on one of eight islands off the southwest peninsular of Sierra Leone, an hour by speedboat from Mattru Jong, the capital of Bonthe District. On a particularly hot Wednesday morning, IPS joins Marie Stopes, United Nations ... MORE > >

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak
Marc-Andre Boisvert
The nurse carefully packs the body into a plastic bag and then leaves the isolation tent, rinsing his feet in a bucket of water that contains bleach. Then he carefully takes off his safety glasses, gloves and mask and burns them in a jerry can. Behind a cordon, hundreds of people are watching, ... MORE > >

These Children Just Want to Go Back to School
Ashfaq Yusufzai
Between government efforts to wipe out insurgents from Pakistan’s northern, mountainous regions, and the Taliban’s own campaign to exercise power over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the real victims of this conflict are often invisible. Walking among the rubble of their old ... MORE > >

The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed
Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli
“People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over,” says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland’s most experienced environmental activists. “The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand ... MORE > >

U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees
Thalif Deen
An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of "environmental refugees" fleeing tiny island nations threatened by rising seas. "It's not on the ... MORE > >

When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication
Stella Paul
Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora’, which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India’s Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, “This is a curse that destroyed my land.” The deciduous shrub, whose scientific ... MORE > >

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North
Amantha Perera
In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu ... MORE > >

Migrants Deported from the U.S. in Limbo on the Mexican Border
Daniela Pastrana
The areas under the low bridges over a section of the canalised channel of the Tijuana River that runs along the border between Mexico and the United States have become enormous open-air toilets. Along the entire two-km stretch from the eastern part of Tijuana to the wall on the U.S. border, ... MORE > >

Women’s Football Struggles for Equal Rights In Uganda
Amy Fallon
Growing up with five brothers, soccer-mad Majidah Nantanda had half a team to compete against at home in Makindye, a suburb in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. But at her school, in the 1990s, there were two sports rules: “Netball for the girls and football for the boys,” recalls the 32-year-old, as she ... MORE > >

Merkel Slams US Hegemony? "America Can't Solve All The World's Problems Anymore"

Merkel Slams US Hegemony? "America Can't Solve All The World's Problems Anymore":
First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey... and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony - just as Obama's warmongery ramps up...

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet:
Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. officials said. Germany said it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.

Banker to the Poor A Conversation With Jim Yong Kim

Banker to the Poor

A Conversation With Jim Yong Kim

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/discussions/interviews/banker-to-the-poor?cid=nlc-foreign_affairs_this_week-082814-banker_to_the_poor_5-082814&sp_mid=46845006&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2 

America in Decay The Sources of Political Dysfunction

America in Decay America in Decay
The Sources of Political Dysfunction
By Francis Fukuyama
The problems with American politics today stem from the basic design of U.S. political institutions, exacerbated by increasingly hostile polarization. Unfortunately, absent some sort of major external shock, the decay is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141729/francis-fukuyama/america-in-decay?cid=nlc-foreign_affairs_this_week-082814-america_in_decay_5-082814&sp_mid=46845006&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2

A Broken Promise? What the West Really Told Moscow About NATO Expansion

A Broken Promise? A Broken Promise?
What the West Really Told Moscow About NATO Expansion
By Mary Elise Sarotte
Moscow has long argued that in expanding NATO eastward, Washington broke the promise it made to Soviet leaders shortly after the Berlin wall fell. But new evidence shows that the United States never actually made such a pledge.http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141845/mary-elise-sarotte/a-broken-promise?cid=nlc-foreign_affairs_this_week-082814-a_broken_promise_5-082814&sp_mid=46845006&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More News On The World Health Organization Reporting That The West Africa Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People



More News On The World Health Organization Reporting That The West Africa Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People

Ebola caseload could exceed 20,000 in course of emergency, UN response roadmap shows -- UN News Centre
West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says -- Reuters
Ebola Virus Outbreak Could Hit 20,000 Within Nine Months, Warns WHO -- WSJ
Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates: WHO -- Reuters
Aid Group: Ebola Response 'Chaotic and Entirely Inadequate' -- US News and World Report
IMF says Ebola having 'acute' impact on West African economies -- Reuters
Ebola outbreak still accelerating -- Science AAAS
Ebola outbreak: Six reasons why it's out of control -- CTV

Cost to control Ebola shoots up


Cost to control Ebola shoots up

World Health Organization projects 20,000 cases and requests $490 million to control epidemic.
http://www.nature.com/news/cost-to-control-ebola-shoots-up-1.15790

Genomes reveal start of Ebola outbreak


Science
Vol. 345 no. 6200 pp. 989-990
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6200.989
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Infectious Disease

Genomes reveal start of Ebola outbreak


http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6200/989.full

Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads


Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads

Outbreak likely originated with a single animal-to-human transmission.

http://www.nature.com/news/ebola-virus-mutating-rapidly-as-it-spreads-1.15777

SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS DEALING WITH ISIS By Haviland Smith


SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS


DEALING WITH ISIS

By Haviland Smith


With its meteoric military rise, its leadership, management and financing, the newest terrorist scourge facing the world is ISIS.  Operating in what is clearly a political vacuum in northeast Syria and western Iraq and benefitting from the studied indifference of most of the Muslim world, Isis is clearly on a roll. 

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2014/08/with-its-meteoric-military-rise-its-leadership-management-and-financing-the-newest-terrorist-scourge-facing-the-world-is-i.html

Martin Armstrong Warns "Ferguson Is The Flash-Point In The Cycle Of War"


Martin Armstrong Warns "Ferguson Is The Flash-Point In The Cycle Of War"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-28/martin-armstrong-warns-ferguson-flash-point-cycle-war

Fighting Ebola: How Do You Comfort a Dying Child?


Fighting Ebola: How Do You Comfort a Dying Child?

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/fighting-ebola-how-do-you-comfort-dying-child-n190506

Nigeria confirms Ebola death in oil city of Port Harcourt

Nigeria confirms Ebola death in oil city of Port Harcourt

The latest case brings to six the number of people who have died from the haemorrhagic fever in Nigeria. Fifteen people have now been confirmed to have the disease.
On Wednesday, Chukwu had said that the virus was contained as there were no cases outside Lagos but warned against complacency in fighting the disease.
News that a doctor died 435 kilometres (270 miles) away will raise fears about the spread of the virus, just as Nigerians began to think that they had stopped Ebola in its tracks.

Chukwu said that there were 70 people under surveillance in Port Harcourt, while six people were being watched in the eastern city of Enugu,

https://news.yahoo.com/nigeria-confirms-ebola-death-oil-city-port-harcourt-093559760.html

Victory Declared as Supermarket Standoff Ends With Worker-Friendly CEO's Return

Victory Declared as Supermarket Standoff Ends With Worker-Friendly CEO's Return

"Never, in the history of people going to work, will so many people be so happy to punch the clock."


http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/28/victory-declared-supermarket-standoff-ends-worker-friendly-ceos-return

Trucks from DRC stranded at Kazungula Border due to Ebola fears in Botswana

Trucks from DRC stranded at Kazungula Border due to Ebola fears in Botswana


http://www.lusakatimes.com/2014/08/27/trucks-drc-stranded-kazungula-border-due-ebola-fears-botswana/

Ebola: a call to action

Ebola: a call to action


http://blogs.nature.com/spoonful/2014/08/ebola-a-call-to-action.html

Ebola virus: WHO predict fatal disease could spread TEN-FOLD despite fast-tracked vaccines


Ebola virus: WHO predict fatal disease could spread TEN-FOLD despite fast-tracked vaccines

THE most serious Ebola outbreak in human history is set to get much worse – as experts revealed the deadly virus could spread to more than 20,000 people in west Africa.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/504362/Ebola-Virus-Outbreak-WHO-20000-People-GlaxoSmithKline-ZMapp-Drug

HC Seeks to Know Steps Taken by Govt to Tackle 'Ebola' Virus


HC Seeks to Know Steps Taken by Govt to Tackle 'Ebola' Virus 

MUMBAI: Expressing concern over a large number of Indians returning home after suspecting to have contracted Ebola virus in African countries, the Bombay High Court today asked the Centre and Maharashtra government to file a reply on September 2 stating what steps had been taken by them to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.    


http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/HC-Seeks-to-Know-Steps-Taken-by-Govt-to-Tackle-Ebola-Virus/2014/08/28/article2402809.ece

Here’s How Ebola Spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo: WHO

Here’s How Ebola Spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo: WHO


http://time.com/3195734/heres-how-ebola-spread-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-who/

Ebola Virus: FG Warns Nigeria Still Under

Ebola Virus: FG Warns Nigeria Still Under


http://leadership.ng/news/382218/ebola-virus-fg-warns-nigeria-still

How to Beat the Islamic State

How to Beat the Islamic State


http://www.newsweek.com/how-beat-islamic-state-267273

U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/28/us-to-begin-safety-testing-ebola-vaccine-next-week/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_reader=feedly

Ebola Doctor Reveals How Infected Americans Were Cured

Ebola Doctor Reveals How Infected Americans Were Cured

Techniques used in the U.S. to treat symptoms and subdue the virus in patients could work overseas, Bruce Ribner says


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ebola-doctor-reveals-how-infected-americans-were-cured/

America Is Using Cannons to Kill Mosquitoes in Iraq

TIME
http://time.com/3206804/iraq-syria-isis-obama-airstrikes/

America Is Using Cannons to Kill Mosquitoes in Iraq

The world’s most powerful military is dispatching multi-million-dollar aircraft and their pilots into harm’s way to destroy $70,000 Humvees

The new war the U.S. is waging over Iraq is succeeding. With help on the ground from Kurdish and Iraqi troops, U.S. airstrikes have pushed fighters from the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) away from the Mosul Dam.
But the daily details of U.S. military airstrikes only serve to highlight how little American military might can do. http://time.com/3206804/iraq-syria-isis-obama-airstrikes/