Last week we launched this brand new rendezvous on the Sama Gazette: Friday Digest. Each Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news… This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive.
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The list goes from oldest to newest news. See you on Sunday, for our weekly Twitter Sunday!
Human Rights Cartoon (150): Domestic Violence
What the cartoon says…
Why the Health Reform Law Fails to Meet Human Rights Standards
Amidst the celebrations of a ‘historical moment,’ a healthy dose of realism seems in order as we assess the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the related reconciliation measures. What is seen as a crucial victory for the Obama Administration has been won on the backs of many grassroots activists struggling for health care as a human right and a public good, including women’s and immigrants’ rights groups…
Hershey’s Global Easter Egg Hunt
Last week, Angela gave us an update about how child labor and trafficking are continuing in the cocoa industry. As many of us are enjoying chocolate eggs and bunnies as well as chocolate-covered matzoh, it’s a good opportunity to ask: are our chocolate treats tainted by these abuses?
Looking Into the Past
Walking down a street, you can sometimes see remnants of times long gone. Ever wonder how long that old house has been there or what was there before the gas station on the corner? Linking the past to the present could be a fascinating exploration into your own neighborhood’s history…
My father’s Burmese newspaper, the Rangoon Nation
Her father was a pioneering editor in Burma, but it wasn’t until Wendy Law-Yone discovered his life’s work in a nondescript north London building that she truly understood his legacy…
Sudan vote free and as fair as possible: US envoy
US envoy to Sudan Scott Gration said on Saturday he was confident the country’s first general elections since 1986 would be as “free and fair as possible” and would start on time on April 11. Gration was speaking to reporters in Khartoum after meeting members of the electoral commission, which earlier Saturday dismissed calls by opposition candidates for a delay in the April 11-13 general elections…
Price of Human Beings Reaches Historic Low
With more and more Americans struggling to afford basics like food, housing, and health care, one globally-traded commodity is more affordable today that it’s ever been before. Unfortunately, that commodity is human beings. And it’s no coincidence that the price of a slave has significantly dropped as the price of food, medicine, and housing has increased. At a recent panel lecture in Boston, abolitionist scholar Zoe Trodd stated that the average price of a slave in 2010 is about $40…
Do We Need the iPad? A TIME Review
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a very rich, very clever man. He got up on a big stage and held up a new kind of computer. It was flat, and it didn’t have a keyboard. This very rich, very clever man then tried to convince a bunch of reporters that in five years this flat, keyboardless computer would be the most popular kind of computer in the country. Some of them even believed him…
China blocks Bob Dylan gigs
Aged 68 and almost half a century past the zenith of his angry, protest-song youth, Bob Dylan must almost have forgotten what it was like to be deemed a threat to society. But it seems at least one place still sees him as a dangerous radical…
Two killed, 100 injured in Mexican earthquake
The governor of the Mexican state of Baja California said Monday he is asking the federal government for a natural disaster declaration after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook the region. The border city of Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, was the hardest hit by Sunday’s quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported…
Elections in Sudan: In Whose Interest?
A statement from the Sudan Democracy First Group on the recent elections-related turmoil in Sudan: “Even America is becoming an NCP member. No one is against our will”, President Omer Albashir in Sinar , Blue Nile State City rally, 3 April 2010 Earlier this week the African Union, under the leadership of former Ghanian President John Kufuor, dispatched the final members of its 50 person strong team to monitor the elections in Sudan which are scheduled to begin on April 11th…
Sierra Leone’s army: From butchers to peacekeepers
IN A UN camp in Nyala, in the southern part of the Sudanese region of Darfur, a fully equipped gym has been shipped in from Sierra Leone. With the baking heat cooled only a bit by air-conditioning units, Sierra Leone’s once-reviled army is pumping iron as it takes on a surprising new role as a guardian of global peace…
Bangladeshi Child Sex Slaves Force-Fed Bovine Steroids to Look Older
Life is getting even more dangerous for the young girls enslaved in the many, massive brothels across Bangladesh, thanks to a disturbing and growing trend: force-feeding child trafficking victims a steroid used to fatten cattle. The long-term side affects of such drugs on humans are largely unknown, but the short-term effects range from dangerous to deadly…
Segway Inventor Has New Device For Injured Troops (VIDEO)
Last night on the Colbert Report, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, showed off a new advanced prosthetic arm he’s developed to help people with missing limbs — specifically injured U.S. troops. Kamen explains how he ended up developing the remarkable technology, which allows users to control the thumb on the prosthetic hand, enabling them to pick up small items and grip sensitive objects without breaking them…
Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 31
Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 31 at 15.25 million square kilometers (5.89 million square miles). This was the latest date for the maximum Arctic sea ice extent since the start of the satellite record in 1979. Early in March, Arctic sea ice appeared to reach a maximum extent…
Win an Invite to Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop San Francisco Premiere
The San Francisco premiere of Exit Through the Gift Shop (read our review of it here) the debut film by renowned artist Banksy, and the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, will be presented in San Francisco exclusively by Upper Playground on April 14th at 7:30PM at the Victoria Theatre…
The World Gone Pixelated
What a welcome visual getaway. In this killer video, Patrick Jean envisions a world gone pixilated. Image NYC turning into a massive Tetris-like game…
Intel Shows Off ‘Mind-Reading’ Brain-Scan Technology
Mind reading may no longer be the domain of psychics and fortune tellers – now some computers can do it, too. Software that uses brain scans to determine what items people are thinking about was among the technological innovations showcased Wednesday by Intel Corp., which drew back the curtain on a number of projects that are still under development…