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The Peace Nobel Prize That Liked Deadly Toys

Between January 2008 and April 2009, 60 drones strikes in the Pakistan tribal areas have caused the death of 701 civilians: among them, only 14 were suspected Talibans. These so-called “targeted executions” started in 2004 under the Bush administration but have drastically increased with President Barack Obama. For the whole year 2008, there were 36 [...]

Copenhagen 2009: How Good Is An Agreement That Destroys The World?

The spokesman of the G77, Sudanese Lumumba Stanislaus Kaw Di Aping, has attacked the Copenhagen draft agreement prepared by the Danish Presidency. “The Danish prime minister is desperate but should not confuse his political career with a deal at any price. There must be a compromise between the will of the rich and poor countries,” [...]

The European Union Ask China To Do More To Combate Climate Change

Although China announced last week an ambitious energy efficiency plan to cut down CO2 emissions, Fredrik Reinfeld (Swedish Prime Minister but also the EU rotating president), said on Monday that “we can not solve the challenge of climate change for humanity if China does not assume a leadership role and responsibility”. “So far we believe [...]

Copenhagen 2009: Does It Really Matters?

The future of mankind depends on the issue of the United Nation Climate Change Conference that will be held in Copenhagen from December 7 to December 18, affirms writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, and many see this 12 days summit as a more important event than the 1945 Yalta conference. Although most participants agree that [...]

2012: Sorry But Due To Budget Restriction, Apocalypse Has Been Delayed

Since the release, one year ago, of the first trailer of 2012, the disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich, scientific newspapers have received thousands of inquiries about the galactic alignment supposed to occur on December 21, 2012 and whether or not a galactic or planetary alignment could cause any kind of major disaster. The “2012 [...]

G20 Summit: “Tough Regulations” Or Just “Business As Usual”?

According to the Financial Stability Board, which coordinates the Group of 20 regulation initiatives, “there has been good progress in strengthening the financial system to apply lessons from the credit crunch”. (read FSB report on G20 financial rules progress). But for some analysts, that’s only “smoke and mirrors” to give citizens the illusion that politics [...]

Experimental Vaccine Reduces Risks Of HIV/AIDS Contagion

Thai health authorities have presented yesterday in Bangkok the results of an HIV/AIDS vaccine studey conducted on more than 16,000 people. The study conducted in Thailand was sponsored by the US Army Medical Research and the National Institute of Health. The experimental vaccine (known as RV144) is a combination of two genetically engineered vaccines developed [...]

Global Warming In The Agenda Of The Pittsburgh G20 Summit

Last summit in London was centered around the financial crisis and the best strategies to get the global economy out of recession. Although it is expected that the reform of international financial institutions will still be an important part of the discussion in today Pittsburgh summit, some sentences in president Barack Obama address to the [...]

Can Astragalus Help You Prevent The H1N1 Bug?

Just found this morning in the Examiner an article titled Calming H1N1 fears that was mentioning Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) among supplements to fight the H1N1 flu. As the Examiner looks more serious than all the websites that use unproven claims and fraudulent ads to promote snake oil remedies (like colloidal silver), I decided to dig [...]

The Colloidal Silver Scam Strikes Again

I don’t know if it is due to the H1N1 media craze or if it just the normal cycle of this kind of snake oil business, but the colloidal silver scam, against which the Food and Drug Administration has been fighting for years, has resurfaced and spread across the Internet. Since 1996, the FDA has [...]