Tag Archive: children


Earth Watch Report Banner photo FSPEarthWatchReport900x228Blogger_zps53ef6af0.jpg

………………………………………………………………………………….

 

The Zimbabwe Daily

THREE PUPILS DIE IN FREAK HAILSTORM

THREE Bulilima District pupils have died following a deadly hailstorm that hit the area on Monday. Many more pupils were stranded and their families searched for them well into the night, leading to their rescue after large hailstones pounded several villages.

Two Early Childhood Development pupils from Sevako Primary School, both girls aged six years, died in the violent weather while a third, a boy from Ndolwane Primary School whose age and grade could not be ascertained, drowned yesterday.

The Bulilima Civil Protection Committee chairperson who is also the District Administrator for Bulilima, Ethel Moyo, said the ECD pupils died on their way home from school while the other pupil drowned in a flooded pit latrine at the school.

The hailstorm which hit the area on Monday afternoon also destroyed homes, shops and schools in different parts of the district. “I’m coming from Ndolwane area where I left villagers trying to retrieve the body of the pupil who drowned in a school toilet pit. The area received heavy rains and the toilets were flooded. This pupil couldn’t make out where the pit was and he fell inside,” said Moyo.

 

Read More Here

Global Community Report Banner photo FSPLogoGlobalCommunityFulloldworldmapbckgrnd_zps43d3059c.jpg

Health and Wellness Report Banner photo FSPLogoBannerHealthandWellness831x338Blogger_zps68b43460.jpg

………………………………………………………………………………

Child cancers up fiftyfold after Fukushima disaster

Damir Sagolj/Corbis
  • 104 cases of thyroid cancer have been identified, a far higher rate than the national average Damir Sagolj/Corbis

Cases of thyroid cancer among children living close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant have increased fiftyfold since the meltdown in 2011, according to Japanese scientists.

Read More Here

……………………………………………………………………………..

Study shows alarming thyroid cancer rates in children living near Fukushima

Thu, Oct 8

Associated PressSource:

Children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere.

A young evacuee is screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima,

Source: Associated Press

Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year.

“This is more than expected and emerging faster than expected,” lead author Toshihide Tsuda said.

Read More Here

………………………………………………………………………….

Fukushima radiation hits home as thyroid cancer rises among children

Thyroid cancer rates were about 20 to 50 times the national average, according to the analysis.
By Elizabeth Shim   |   Oct. 8, 2015 at 2:19 PM

TOKYO, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Fukushima radiation has been linked to a surge in thyroid cancer among children near the disaster area, and radiation woes have reach South Korea, where findings revealed imported tobacco from Japan contained higher than normal levels of radioactive cesium.

A team of Japanese researchers led by Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University, said cases of thyroid cancer in Fukushima Prefecture have skyrocketed since March 2011, Kyodo News reported.

The rates were about 20 to 50 times the national average, according to the analysis. The findings were based on screenings of 370,000 Fukushima residents age 18 or younger, and the culprit was increased radiation exposure since the Fukushima nuclear disaster hit the area in March 2011. In late August, the prefecture had identified 104 cases of thyroid cancer.

Read More Here

Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up

New York Times headline corrected

A US-led NATO military coalition bombed a hospital run by international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontières, MSF) in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people—12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children—and wounding 37 more.

AFP, the first network to report the story, in the early hours of October 3, quoted NATO saying, “US forces conducted an air strike in Kunduz city…. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

MSF promptly issued a statement (10/3/15), revealing that it had been “hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.” In an update hours later, MSF said it “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, which was full of staff and patients.”

The humanitarian organization also indicated multiple times—and in bold capital letters—that “all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit.” MSF says the US “repeatedly and precisely” hit the hospital.

Morever, the aid group explained that the “bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck.” That is to say, the US persisted in bombing a hospital that it explicitly knew before and during the attack was a hospital.

If you read US corporate media coverage of this incident, however, US culpability would likely not be evident. Instead, readers would learn that a hospital was bombed in Afghanistan, and that people died. Who exactly carried out the bombing would not be clear.

cnn us air attack

“Air Attacks Kill at Least 19 at Afghanistan Hospital; US Investigating,” wrote CNN (9/3/15). Who carried out those attacks? Never asked is who else could possibly have bombed the hospital. What other air forces are attacking Kunduz? Did the bombs magically fall from the sky? CNN provides no answer.

“Aerial bombardments blew apart a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the battleground Afghan city of Kunduz about the time of a US airstrike” CNN said. The blowing apart of the hospital just appears to be a temporal coincidence.

fox us investigate airstrike

Fox News‘ headline (10/3/15) reads “US Officials Investigate Airstrike in Afghanistan That Killed at Least 19 at Doctors Without Borders Hospital.”

The New York Times completely rewrote and changed the title of its report on the bombing seven times. Early on October 3, the Times published an article headlined “Airstrike Hits Hospital in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 9.” Minutes later, it changed the headline to “Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan.” Two hours after, it became “Afghan Hospital Hit by Airstrike, Pentagon Says.” Then “US Investigates After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital,” before finalizing as “US Is Blamed After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital.”

The over 20 versions of the article published in the Times‘ website can be seen at the website NewsDiffs, which monitors edits to pieces published in large new outlets. Because the Times changed the web URL for the article when changing the headlines, there are three separate entries on NewsDiffs.

newsdiffs nyt us bombs afghan hospital

Not one of the five New York Times headlines indicated that the US was responsible for the bombing. The final title, “US Is Blamed After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital,” which was published in print, fails to acknowledge that it was the US who dropped those bombs, which explains why it is blamed.

The New York Times‘ other story (10/4/15), “Doctors Without Borders Says It Is Leaving Kunduz After Strike on Hospital,” was also substantially edited and rewritten numerous times. It’s likewise full of weasel words and quotes from the US government.

The Washington Post (10/4/15) also changed headlines and URLs for its reporting, making it difficult to track. It did choose a title acknowledging the US role in the attack, but attributed it to MSF, writing, “Doctors Without Borders Says US Airstrike Hit Hospital in Afghanistan; at Least 19 Dead.”

AP headlined an article (10/4/15) updating the death toll, “Doctors Without Borders Leaves Afghan City After Airstrike.” The piece says, “A deadly airstrike destroyed its hospital and killed 22 people, as the US and Afghan governments vowed to get to the bottom of the carnage.” Not mentioned is that the US government is responsible for the carnage.

Ambiguous, misleading and even downright dishonest language abounds throughout the coverage. US media spin the story to reflect positively on the culprit; they report that the US is investigating the atrocity, while failing to acknowledge that the US itself is responsible for the atrocity.

This technique is very reminiscent of the loaded language police departments use to downplay police brutality—language that is often repeated verbatim by journalists who just uncritically quote government press releases.

Not all media were as biased in the interest of the Pentagon, however. Even some US news outlets were clear and honest in their reporting.

slate us airstrike

Slate (10/3/15) was one of the few publications to report without the equivocation. “US Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan Kills at Least 19,” it said. The next day, Slate (10/4/15) followed up with the piece “Doctors Without Borders Says US May Have Committed War Crime.”

US: We Accidentally Bombed Hospital to Kill Taliban

After the attack, MSF released a statement saying “All indications currently point to the bombing being carried out by international Coalition forces”—that is to say, NATO.

As details became clearer, the media narrative began to shift from one of obfuscation or even denial of the US bombing to one of apologism and justification. When it was obvious that the US and NATO were responsible for killing and wounding scores of people at a hospital, the US and Afghan governments began to fall back on the “human shields” excuse.

A Washington Post article (10/4/15) first titled “Afghan Official: Hospital in Airstrike Was ‘a Taliban Base,’” and subsequently changed to “Afghan Response to Hospital Bombing Is Muted, Even Sympathetic,” quotes Afghan government officials who claimed the “hospital has a vast garden, and the Taliban were there.” Yet MSF’s aforementioned statement makes it clear that the US “repeatedly and precisely” bombed the hospital, not the surrounding areas, which were “left mostly untouched.”

The aid organization also explicitly denied fighters ever being anywhere inside the hospital compound.

In a statement titled “MSF Response to Spurious Claims That Kunduz Hospital Was ‘A Taliban Base,’” the aid organization wrote:

MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.

This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as “collateral damage.”

There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds. MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation.

MSF also made it clear that its hospital “is the only facility of its kind in the whole northeastern region of Afghanistan,” and that its “doctors treat all people according to their medical needs and do not make distinctions based on a patient’s ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation.”

Despite MSF’s explicit denial of the allegations, US media continued to reiterate the claims of US and Afghan government officials.

Anonymous US military officials told Fox News (10/3/15) they “regret the loss” of scores of innocent lives, but “say the incident could have been avoided if the Taliban had not used the hospital as a base, and the civilians there as human shields.”

But wait, which was it? Was the bombing an accidental incident of “collateral damage,” as the government claimed at first, and as the media reverberated? Or was it a deliberate attack on the Taliban, who were supposedly firing from the hospital? It can’t be both; the two explanations contradict each other.

The fact that, when MSF’s points—and not just those of the US and Afghan governments—are considered, the human shields argument does not withstand close scrutiny aside, a blatant contradiction emerges in this narrative. The answer to this critical question remains unknown; the government, and the media that so obediently echoes it, do not clarify.

MSF's Kunduz hospital on fire, after being bombed by the US/NATO Photo: MSF

Striking, too, are the similarities to US reporting on Israeli airstrikes. In order to justify bombing hospitals in Gaza, the US-backed Israeli government often claims Palestinian militants use the medical facilities as bases. Israel’s military—which has itself used human shields many times—then says it is justified to bomb hospitals, UN shelters and other civilians areas.

US ally and NATO member Turkey borrowed Israel’s hasbara (public relations) tactic and claimed the same about leftist Kurdish militants in order to justify its killing of Kurdish civilians.

The Wall Street Journal (10/4/15) boldly steered clear of any posturing and openly justified the US bombing of the hospital. The unsigned editorial justified the mass killing of MSF aid workers by shifting the blame onto the Taliban insurgents. It even brought up the specter of Hamas, writing, “Like Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the terrorists hide near civilians. These Taliban tactics put the medical personnel and patients at risk.” The piece waxes poetic, and hagiographic; in a moment of undiluted American exceptionalism on blast, the Journal claimed that “no force in the history of warfare has done more to avoid civilian casualties than the American military.”

Remove references to the US and the Taliban in such media coverage, replace it with blanks, and you have a template media can use any time a US ally bombs civilians—A Guide to Defending War Crimes Committed by US Allies: “[Ally] did not actually want to bomb [civilian area], but [enemy] forced it to.”

Double Standards

When US enemies like Russia carry out airstrikes, all nuance is thrown out the window; US media drop their standards and gleefully accuse the enemies of war crimes. Yet when the US and NATO carry out airstrikes, journalists suddenly have a newfound skepticism. Their language immediately becomes ambiguous, their writing unclear; murky passages written in the passive voice are ubiquitous.

Official international bodies have not minced words about the bombing, nevertheless. The UN says the US attack on the Kunduz hospital was “inexcusable and possibly even criminal” (Australia’s ABC, 10/4/15). UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein remarked, “If established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.”

Wounded MSF staff after the US/NATO bombing of its Kunduz hospital Photo: MSF

MSF said the attack “constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian law.” The aid group called the bombing a “war crime” and “a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.”

The humanitarian organization is demanding an investigation “by an independent international body,” not by the US, noting that “relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (Intercept, 10/3/15) pointed out the hypocrisy of the US warning about civilian casualties of Russian airstrikes while it bombs scores of doctors and patients in Afghanistan, a country it has militarily occupied for close to 15 years.

When Russia denies killing civilians in its airstrikes on Syria, US media are suddenly skeptical and thorough; yet when the US government makes the same claims, journalists just recycle its press releases.

Is the job of the media to just uncritically report what favored governments say? Or is it supposed to examine the truth of official claims? If it is supposed to be the latter, US media have abysmally failed in their duties in reporting on the US bombing of MSF’s Kunduz hospital.


Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer. His website can be found at BenNorton.com and he tweets at @BenjaminNorton.

KING5

Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California

Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California

Credit: Jessica Tomei

Sofia Jarvis, 4, of Berkeley, Calif., was struck by a polio-like illness when she was 2. It left her with a paralyzed arm

by ELIZABETH WEISE / USA Today

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

 

A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery.

“What’s we’re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all four limbs, with respiratory insufficiency, as well. It’s like the old polio,” said Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

The first known case appeared in 2012. Sofia Jarvis in Berkeley began to experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. The 2-year-old spent days in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Doctors thought she had asthma.

On a follow-up visit, her mother Jessica Tomei, 37, realized something else was wrong.

“As we were leaving the doctor’s office, I noticed that she went to grab something with her left arm and she stopped, midway,” Tomei said.

Eventually Sofia was brought to Van Haren’s clinic with “a unique set of symptoms.” She was treated with steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, used to reduce the severity of infections by giving the body antibodies to protect against bacteria and viruses. “None of it helped,” said Van Haren, a neurology professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

“He told us right away that the prognosis was really poor and that she’s not going to get better,” Tomei said.

The diagnosis proved correct. Today, at age 4, Sofia’s left arm is paralyzed and she has some weakness in her left leg as well as slight breathing issues.

Still, parents shouldn’t panic. “This is really very rare,” Van Haren said. “But we are asking any families who notice a sudden onset of weakness to see their doctors immediately. Their doctors should contact the California Department of Public Health.”

California is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to see if there are cases outside California. So far none have been reported.

Overall Sofia’s family is grateful. “She’s still with us, she’s still running around, she’s going to preschool,” her mother said.

The case galvanized Van Haren and other neurologists, who worried a new disease had appeared. When they began to go through recent medical files, they found two more cases, both in the San Francisco Bay area.

 

Read More Here

 

…..

Polio-like disease seen in California children

Doctors investigate handful of cases of paralysis in one or more limbs
  • theguardian.com, Monday 24 February 2014 03.01 EST
Doctor giving 8 week old baby polio vaccine

A doctor gives an eight-week-old baby the polio vaccine. The children in California had been vaccinated against polio. Photograph: Alamy

A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in California since 2012, causing severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more limbs.

The Los Angeles Times reported that state public health officials had been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.

Dr Carol Glaser, leader of a California department of public health team investigating the illnesses, said she was concerned about the request because polio had been eradicated in the US and the child had not travelled overseas.

The symptoms sometimes occur after a mild respiratory illness. Glaser said a virus that is usually associated with respiratory illness but which has also been linked to polio-like illnesses had been detected in two of the patients.

 

Read More Here

 

…..

Enhanced by Zemanta

SOSbarnebyerNorge SOSbarnebyerNorge

\

Published on Feb 19, 2014

For English, choose English on the captions icon in media player.
What would you do if you saw a freezing child?
We set up a hidden camera and placed Johannes at a bus stop, in Oslo, Norway. This is what happened.

The film is made to raise awareness of the situation for children in Syria, and to raise funds to SOS Children’s Villages is their winter-campaign. Children in Syria are freezing and you can help by dontating. For more information: http://www.sos-barnebyer.no/Mayday/Syria

NORSK: En test utført av SOS-barnebyer bekrefter at det er mye hjertevarme blant folk i Norge. Nå håper vi at engasjementet også når fram til barn i Syria. Bidra du også send SMS SOS til 2160 / http://www.sos-barnebyer.no/Mayday/Syria

SOS-barnebyer i Syria deler ut tusenvis av varme jakker og pledd til barn på flukt, og samtidig mobiliseres givere i Norge for å kunne hjelpe flere barn gjennom givernettverket SOS MAYDAY.

…..

Would YOU offer to help a child freezing in the street? Hidden cameras capture reactions of people faced with dilemma… and what they did will warm your heart

  • An 11-year-old boy was filmed as he struggled against the cold without a coat in Oslo
  • But the kindness of those who saw his heartbreaking situation and handed him their clothing is inspiring
  • It was a stunt for a charity helping freezing Syrian children who are fleeing the civil war

By Sam Webb

|

A boy shivers in the harsh Oslo winter, pathetically wrapping his arms around himself on a bus stop bench. He isn’t wearing a coat and temperatures in the Norwegian capital regularly plunge to -10C during winter.

A heartbreaking scene, but the actions of the ordinary people who witnessed the plight of 11 year old Johannes Lønnestad Flaaten is both joyous and inspiring.

A young blonde woman who sat next to the boy and notices him rubbing his arms. She immediately asks him: ‘Don’t you have a jacket?’

 

This 11 year old boy was filmed as he sat shivering without a coat at a bus stop in Oslo, Norway. The actions of people who saw his discomfort will bring a smile to even the most jaded souls

This 11 year old boy was filmed as he sat shivering without a coat at a bus stop in Oslo, Norway. The actions of people who saw his discomfort will bring a smile to even the most jaded souls

Caring: This young woman asks him why he has no coat in such cold weather. He replies that it was stolen

Caring: This young woman asks him why he has no coat in such cold weather. He replies that it was stolen

Warm heart: She takes off her own jacket and wraps it around the freezing boy

Warm heart: She takes off her own jacket and wraps it around the freezing boy

No, someone stole it,’ he replies. She questions him and discovers he was on a school trip and was told to meet his teacher at the bus stop. She asks him the name of his school and where he’s from as she selflessly drapes her own coat around his shoulders.

Later, another older woman at first gives him her scarf, then wraps him in her large padded jacket.

Johanne’s predicament was a hidden camera experiment by Norwegian charity SOS Children’s Village as part of their winter campaign to gather donations to send much-needed coats and blankets to help Syrian children get through the winter. Many of the refugees have left their homes without winter clothing.

Throughout the day, more and more people offered Johannes their gloves and even the coats off their backs as they waited for their bus. One man even sat shivering in his t-shirt so Johanne could be wrapped up in his warm coat.

Sacrifice: This man endured the savage temperature in just a T-shirt so the boy could get warm

Sacrifice: This man endured the savage temperature in just a T-shirt so the boy could get warm

Read More Here

…..

Enhanced by Zemanta

MissingSky101 MissingSky101

Published on Nov 11, 2013

Note:
This video does not pertain to any radiation issues from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown. “Healing Children through Art” is a message of hope, support, encouragement and love for the children living in the disaster stricken area of Tohoku.

Healing Children through Art

Ms. Harumi Torii, Founder of Kids Earth Fund, believes in the healing power of creative activities. She holds variety of events to help children in the disaster area to freely express their feelings through painting. One day she shows some children a big canvas and encourages them to complete a painting of artistic messages from children around the world. This is a story of how traumatized children reacted and were comforted through heart to heart exchanges with the world.

Kids Earth Fund
Sadly, even in affluent countries such as Japan there are many children who suffer emotional problems as a result of the damaging influence they have received growing up in a materialistic society. In Japan, KIDS EARTH FUND hosts projects and workshops that are designed to help these children. Professional artist, specialist and musician volunteers design programs that foster children’s imagination and help build their self-esteem and interest in helping others. 1000 children have participated in these Japan-based events.
http://www.kidsearthfund.jp/en/injapa…

Enhanced by Zemanta

The Fiji Times

 

An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide, most of them under age, are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71% are girls.

 


 

 

According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, ‘Ending Child Labour in domestic work’, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly.

 

Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

 

“The situation of many child domestic workers not only constitutes a serious violation of child rights, but remains an obstacle to the achievement of many national and international development objectives,” said Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s international program on the elimination of child labour, IPEC.

 

The report, launched to mark World Day Against Child Labour, calls for concerted and joint action at national and international levels to eliminate child labour in domestic work.

 

Read More  Here

 

***************************************************************************

The cost of child labour

Daniel Naidu
Thursday, June 13, 2013

STUDENTS from 10 schools attended a ceremony marking World Day Against Child Labour at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday.

The theme for 2013 is ‘No to Child Labour in Domestic Work’.

Chief guest and acting permanent secretary for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Samuela Namosimalua highlighted the issue of child labour in Fiji.

“The consequences of child labour on the life opportunities of those affected are difficult to measure. No price can be placed on the cost of lost childhood, or the psychological and emotional damage suffered by children trapped in child labour, particularly hazardous child labour,” Mr Namosimalua said.

He said while the awareness on the issue of commercial child labour had “probably never been greater than it is today”, children missing school to attend to domestic work was a problem often overlooked.

“Many a time, we hear that some children have to stay home and away from school to look after their younger siblings.”

Mr Namosimalua urged members of the public to report any instances of child labour to the Labour Ministry.

 

Read More  Here

 

***************************************************************************

Palestinian children ‘mistreated’ in Israeli detention

Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli soldiers near Hebron (file photo)
The report said the majority of arrests were for throwing stones

The study, by the children’s fund Unicef, described some of the practices used in dealing with children as “cruel, inhuman or degrading”.

It acknowledged Israel had made some “positive changes” in its treatment of young detainees in recent years.

Israel said it would “work hard” to adopt the report’s recommendations.

According to the report, an estimated 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 are arrested by Israeli security forces in the West Bank every year.

It said ill-treatment typically began with arrests carried out in the middle of the night and continued through to prosecution and sentencing.

The report said unacceptable practices included “blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties, physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints”.

It said during interrogation, some detained children had been “threatened with death, physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault, against themselves or a family member”.

 

Read Full Article Here

biotech

 

(NaturalNews) The largest and most comprehensive natural history museum in the Southeast, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) is one of the premier educational destinations for both young and old alike to learn about the natural world in a fun, interactive environment. But this beacon of cultural enlightenment has apparently been infiltrated by Monsanto and numerous other corporate interests, all of which were allowed to give presentations at the museum’s recent “Biotechnology Day.”

According to the NCMNS website, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) partnered with Kelly Services, a local staffing agency, to hold the first ever Biotechnology Day at the museum, which was tag-lined with the somewhat menacing phrase “Biotechnology in Your Daily Life!” The stated goal of the event was to “demystify biotechnology” and enlighten the public as to how it affects their everyday lives.

“Organizations (companies, educational institutions, non-profits) from around the state will be participating with hands-on demonstrations, experiments and crafts,” says the event’s description. Included among these presenters were representatives from both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, which were essentially given an open pulpit from which to indoctrinate the minds of young children into the dogma of drugs and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).

Monsanto, BASF, and Pfizer all gave presentations at Biotechnology Day

 

The very first presentation given during Biotechnology Day was titled “A Drug Comes to Market,” and was given by a senior learning technologist from clinical trial giant PPD. Other presentations included “Better Crops for a Better Future,” which was given by a representative of biotechnology giant BASF, as well as another given by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Campbell University titled “Are You Taking Biotech Medicines?”

There was also a workshop on vaccines given by the CEO of a vaccine company known as Arbovax Inc, as well as a number of exhibits promoting GMOs and the use of emerging biotechnologies for creating “a better life.” Monsanto, the king of the biotechnology castle, even had a deceptive exhibit titled “Applications of Biotechnology to Enhance Crop Productivity.”

A mid-day session included a presentation from a Pfizer engineer who explained to children a little bit more about how proteins are extracted and “purified” for use in biotechnological applications. And the North Carolina State University(NCSU) Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) held a hands-on exhibit where children were taught how to manufacture biotechnology materials using grape soda

 

Be sure to check out the disturbing lineup of events at NCMNS’ inaugural Biotechnology Day yourself:http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/biotechnology-day

You can contact NCMNS to share your thoughts about Biotechnology Day at:http://naturalsciences.org/contact-us

Sources for this article include:

http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/biotechnology-day

http://naturalsciences.org/contact-us

http://www.naturalnews.com/biotechnology.html

Food Safety

Campaign Against BPI’s ‘Pink Slime’

By Dan Flynn

Texas food columnist Bettina Siegel, author of “The Lunch Tray” about school lunches, is now taking on ammoniated beef — the product dubbed “pink slime” made by the food safety leader Beef Products Inc.Siegel, who writes for the Houston Chronicle…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/new-campaign-against-bpis-pink-slime/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

NYC Mayor Takes ‘A’ for Letter Grading Restaurants
By Dan Flynn

Mayor Michael Bloomberg produced some fairly instant analysis earlier this week, crediting New York City’s restaurant-inspection letter grades for both lower rates of Salmonella illnesses and greater restaurant revenues in the Big Apple.Based on just nine months of data, the…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/nyc-mayor-takes-a-for-letter-grading-restaurants/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120307

FDA Questions AeroShot Caffeine ‘Inhaler’

By Mary Rothschild

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Breathable Foods for “false and misleading” statements about AeroShot, a product the company claims is “inhalable caffeine” but the FDA says is a actually a dietary supplement intended to…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fda-questions-aeroshot-caffeine-inhaler/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120307

Senate Ag Committee Discusses Small Farms and Food Safety Standards

By Helena Bottemiller

Why is it harder for a small grower to implement food safety standards? The long-running discussion over food safety as it applies to different types and sizes of farms continued Wednesday during Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on nutrition and local…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/senate-ag-committee-discusses-small-farms-and-food-safety-standards/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Another Clue to E. Coli O104:H4?

By Mary Rothschild

Scientists in Oslo say sequencing of a particular virulent strain of E. coli O103:H25, which caused an outbreak in Norway in 2006, revealed a resemblance to the 2011 German outbreak strain of E. coli O104:H4, and suggests the two strains..

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/another-clue-to-e-coli-o104h4/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Campbell’s Soup Phasing Out BPA Use in Cans

By News Desk

Although it maintains that the bisphenol A (BPA) in its cans is safe, the Campbell Soup Company says it has already switched to alternatives in some packaging as it ends the use of the controversial chemical.The Camden, NJ-based food giant…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/campbell-soup-will-phase-out-bpa-use/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Health

French implant boss jailed after missing bail paymen … Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Mas, the Frenchman who set off a global health scare by selling substandard breast implants, has been jailed for not paying his bail, a …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/french-implant-boss-jailed-missing-bail-payments-212046855.html;_ylt=AsErxYhthnvVigSZ_o6UqucvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRrbG4wOXBjBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDMjFjOWE4YjMtNjFkYi0zNzMyLWI0MDEtMzBjNTJlMTI2ZGQ0BHBvcwMxMARzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgM5Y2M2ODEyMC02ODliLTExZTEtYmZmYy05NGE1ZWJmOTE2NDY-;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

More evidence links tanning beds to skin cancer: stu … Reuters

(Reuters) – Women who use tanning salons have a somewhat increased risk of skin cancer, according to a study that adds to evidence that baking in a tan bed can be as …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/more-evidence-links-tanning-beds-skin-cancer-study-011213811.html;_ylt=Ah1QuJySTHy8k4WGv1Se79QvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqa3BqZzIzBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNjI1ZDZkOGQtOGZiNS0zY2I1LThhNjAtODk1NjI3MTA5NzJjBHBvcwM5BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzAxMDU0YjEwLTY4YmMtMTFlMS1iZWY3LWFhNTE4YWU2M2U5Yg–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Breaks to get up and move good for health: study Reuters

(Reuters) – Taking a break to walk every 20 minutes instead of staying seated for hours helps reduce the body’s levels of glucose and insulin after eating, according …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/breaks-move-good-health-study-014517590.html;_ylt=And1vuWTTConXAsxZcZnN6UvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqc3Q5OWszBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNTcwM2IyNWEtYTEwNi0zMzU2LWFlMzUtMzIzNmYwODg5MGU4BHBvcwM4BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2MyMjZkNTgwLTY4YzAtMTFlMS1iZmVjLTRjNmQ5ZWE2MGQ1ZQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Exercise may not help older people fall less: study Reuters

(Reuters) – Joining a regular exercise program may help older people move better, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are more steady on their feet or will lose their …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/exercise-may-not-help-older-people-fall-less-020708976.html;_ylt=AkufVfO4Avnt1lpy1bkbew8vrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqZTlwcm85BG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNDBiMmMzOGQtNGI1ZS0zNTNlLThiYzgtNWVmNzdjNDIzYmQwBHBvcwMyBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2ZmZDMyMGIwLTY5OGMtMTFlMS1iZGVkLTBlNzcwZWM5YzgzYQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Bihar SOS to centre on tackling bird flu IANS

Patna, March 9 (IANS) Bird flu or avian influenza is threatening Bihar’s poultry industry and an SOS has been sent to the central government on tackling the deadly H5N1Bird flu or avian influenza …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/bihar-sos-centre-tackling-bird-flu-033407138.html;_ylt=AgWWa35_8JhV7HhoCXilZVgvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqc2Y0cjJrBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNTIyM2ZhN2ItZTU5Zi0zMmMwLTlmNWQtNDE3YjQ2ZjM4YmRiBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2JhMTBlMzgwLTY5OTgtMTFlMS1hZmI3LWVhMmNlYjY3OTQ0OQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Holistic Health

Coriander oil (cilantro) can be used to treat food poisoning and drug-resistant infections

By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) Food-borne illness outbreaks and the growing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are two very serious societal problems for which researchers say they are actively looking for viable solutions. But one such solution found right in nature is coriander oil, which has been found to kill a number of different bacterial strains, as well as aid in digestion and treat the symptoms of food poisoning. Dr. Fernanda Domingues and her colleagues from the University of Beira Interior…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035153_coriander_oil_food_poisoning_infections.html

U.S. Army dietician promotes mess hall labeling system that places warning on desserts and fried foods

By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) If you’ve ever known anyone who’s been in the military, no doubt you’ve heard horror stories about how bad the chow is. In fact, one of a service member’s favorite pastimes is joking about the food. But in the new age of military cuts, some in the nation’s armed forces are taking a hard look at ways to cut budgetary fat, and one area that is getting serious attention is how to cut the Pentagon’s annual healthcare budget. In that vein, the Army has launched a new program designed…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035154_Army_food_labeling_mess_hall.html

Woman reverses Lyme disease with raw milk fasting

By Paul Fassa,
(NaturalNews) A woman reports that she has reversed Lyme disease by fasting with raw milk. This is not a suggestion for Lyme disease suffers, but a confirmation that raw milk from grass fed cows does have health-promoting properties. Most Lyme disease sufferers clamor for antibiotics forever, which the medical establishment cancels after a month. The medical establishment claims if antibiotics don’t fix Lyme in a month, it’s all in their heads. Most Lyme sufferers consider this a curse, not…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035155_Lyme_disease_raw_milk_fasting.html

Common pesticides double children’s risk of ADHD

By Sharon Heller, PhD,
(NaturalNews) Many people think organic fruits and vegetables are too expensive to buy for family meals. But those who have a hyperactive child should think again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD. These rates have risen 3% a year between 1997 and 2006. Could the problem be something in the air or food that American children eat? A new study suggests this is a strong possibility. Appearing…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035156_pesticides_children_ADHD.html

Forget sports drinks: Coconut water is the perfect fluid to replenish your body’s electrolyte balance after heavy exercise

By Mike Adams, March 6 2012
(NaturalNews) In most cases, the best way to restore your body’s fluids and electrolytes after exercise is simply with water and food, particularly fruit. In cases of severe exertion or illness, however, a quick electrolyte boost may be necessary. For those reluctant to consume sports drinks with all their added colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, nature has provided the perfect rehydrating drink: coconut water. Coconut water is found inside the cavity of a young, unripe coconut

http://www.naturalnews.com/035158_sports_drinks_coconut_water_electrolytes.html

Nutrition

USDA Boosts Native American Nutrition Education

By Gretchen Goetz

Over the past three days Food Safety News has chronicled the nutritional challenges facing Native Americans today and what is being done to face them. On Wednesday, after this series was published, the Obama Administration announced this year’s recipients of…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/usda-boosts-native-american-nutrition-education/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308