Iranian Emad Baghi Received The “Nobel” Human Rights Prize

Madrid (Spain): the Iranian Islamic theologian Emad Baghi was awarded with the 2009 Martin Ennals Award, considered the Nobel Prize for Human Rights, from a jury which includes representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other NGOs. At a press conference today, the president of the jury and also president of the Martin [...]

WHO Fears Genes Exchange Between H1N1 and H5N1 Avian Flu

As the Influenza A/H1N1 virus continue to spread worldwide at a fast pace, WHO experts express concerns about possible genetical interactions with other Influenza virus, particularly with the deadly H5N1 (Avian Flu). Health Ministers from 193 countries of the World Health Organization are meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) to draw up plans to fight the epidemic. [...]

The Save Darfur Coalition: Corporate Lobbying In Action

What a relief: actress Mia Farrow is ailing after almost two weeks on a hunger strike in solidarity with people in Darfur, but British billionaire Richard Branson has taken over the fast on last Friday. And I’m pretty sure that other public figures like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Bono or Steven [...]

Sri Lanka: UN Condemns The Bloodbath

The UN reports that the attack by Sri Lanka Army against the Tamil guerrillas over the weekend has caused a “bloodbath.” The troops have heavily bombed the tiny strip of land (about 2.5 square kilometers), in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Earth (LTTE), alongside some 150,000 civilians, are surrounded. According to the UN spokeman, [...]

An Epidemic Nobody Talks About

While the international community is focused on the H1N1 virus, West Africa is experiencing a meningitis epidemic that could be easily contained but has already killed 1,900 persons and infected more than 56,000. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) (aka Doctors without Borders) have launched one of the largest vaccination campaigns in history, in collaboration with the [...]

Baconic Plague: Much Ado About Nothing?

In a press briefing on Friday 1 May in Stockholm, scientists at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimated that 80% of the European population could be affected by the Influenza A/H1N1 virus (new “politically correct” name for the swine flu) but that in most cases, it would be only a “mild [...]

Debunking The Swine Flu Conspiracy Theory

Less than a week after the fist report of the deadly swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the Conspiracy Theory has gone viral too and is spreading over the Internet much faster than the H1N1 around the world. The way the official Health Services communicate and how the information is then relayed in mainstream media do [...]

Swine Flu: The WHO Warns About Possible Pandemic Risk

“It’s a potential pandemic because it is infecting people.” said Margaret Chan,the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), about the unknown and strange flu that has killed at least 149 people in Mexico and may have infected up to a thousand. The alarm is also coming from the U.S., where the virus has infected [...]

U.S. Banking: The End Of The Nightmare?

Seven months after the financial earthquake that shook Wall Street, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, large U.S. banks begin to talk about profit growth and solid earnings for 2009. Jaime Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is proud of the performance of his bank, and says that he can now return the 25,000 million dollars [...]

Tax Havens: The Worst Are Not Those You May Think.

During the last G20 summit held in London in April 2009, participant countries agreed, among other measures, to strengthen international cooperation in order to get rid of tax havens (aka “fiscal paradises”). According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a tax haven could be defined by the following statements: no taxes or only nominal taxes [...]