archives : September 2010


France - United States - Belgium - Netherlands
The most striking scene in Nick Broomfield’s powerful 2007 film Battle for Haditha is not one of violence but a simple love scene. A wife calls to her husband from an upstairs window. He comes up to the bedroom. She removes her hijab. Her hair tumbles over her bare shoulders. They shower and then they make love. - Friday 17 September 2010

Sudan - United States
The current period leading up to the January 9, 2011, referendum on Southern Sudanese independence presents “a make-or-break period for Sudan,” U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration said, and both the Sudanese and the international community must work together so that the vote is held peacefully and on time, and does not lead to armed conflict. - Friday 17 September 2010

Algeria - Morocco - Turkey
A self-proclaimed fundamentalist movement gave Moroccan pharmacists one month to dismantle the bright green crosses representative of the pharmaceutical industry in many countries around the world. The ultimatum, issued on the internet, expired on Aug. 28. Besides the huge media attention it got, this incident highlights the strong values attached to religious identities in the form of symbols. But where does the crescent come from in the first place? - Thursday 16 September 2010

Having bad breath is not inevitable. And nor should it be treated with contempt or by sucking small sugar-loaded tablets. There are several reasons why our mouths produce foul odors. - Thursday 16 September 2010

According to a Dutch study, food choices during pregnancy can lead to allergies in the unborn child. - Thursday 16 September 2010

Allergy to Lamb, beef, pork, horsemeat, rabbit or even kangaroo remains uncommon, Dr Martine Drouet of Angers University Hospital assures us, but if it does occur the results can be dramatic. - Thursday 16 September 2010

Launched in 1987, the Mectizan Donation Program for the treatment of onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Africa and Chagas disease in Latin America, is a textbook example of success. More than 530 million treatments have already been distributed, and each year, over 40,000 cases of blindness are prevented worldwide. - Thursday 16 September 2010

A new poll survey released this week in Zimbabwe has shown that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais’s party, MDC would win the next general elections while Zanu PF will trail in a distant second. - Thursday 16 September 2010

Ethiopia - International
The 16.7 percent devaluation of the Ethiopian currency, the birr, announced last week, against major foreign currencies has seen price inflation rising into the double-digits on both imported and locally manufactured goods. - Thursday 16 September 2010

Djibouti - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Somalia
At least 123 militiamen of the Ogaden National Liberation Front- the rebel forces fighting the Ethiopian government have been killed by Ethiopian army. - Thursday 16 September 2010

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