France's 1960s nuclear tests in Algeria still poison ties

More than 60 years since France started its nuclear tests in Algeria, their legacy continues to poison relations between the North African nation and its former colonial ruler.

The issue has come to the fore again after President Emmanuel Macron said in French Polynesia on Tuesday that Paris owed "a debt" to the South Pacific territory over atomic tests there between 1966 and 1996.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210729-france-s-1960s-nuclear-tests-in-algeria-still-poison-ties

Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year, doctors warn

Doctors have called for an urgent international effort to combat a “pandemic of bad drugs” that is thought to kill hundreds of thousands of people globally every year. A surge in counterfeit and poor quality medicines means that 250,000 children a year are thought to die after receiving shoddy or outright fake drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, the doctors warned.

More are thought to die from poor or counterfeit vaccines and antibiotics used to treat or prevent acute infections and diseases such as hepatitis, yellow fever and meningitis.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/11/fake-drugs-kill-more-than-250000-children-a-year-doctors-warn

How Syria’s Embassies in Europe Help Fund the War Back Home

Large fees to avoid military conscription have helped turn Syria’s diaspora into a major source of revenue for the cash-strapped government.

Men who don’t pay face the threat of their family’s assets in Syria being seized.

Early this year, Yousef, a 32-year-old Syrian living in Sweden, found himself faced with an impossible choice: Either enlist in the army of the government that made him a refugee, or risk his family losing their home back in Syria.

Military service is mandatory for Syrian men between the ages of 18 and 42, and the stakes rose significantly in February when an army official announced on Facebook that a new regulation would allow authorities to confiscate the property of “service evaders” and their families.

Pressure was mounting on Yousef to decide. And so, in June, he made his way to the Syrian Embassy in Stockholm with $8,000 in cash, ready to pay the fee to have his name taken off the conscription rolls. A shiver ran down his spine as he collected his receipt.

https://www.occrp.org/en/37-ccblog/ccblog/15235-how-syria-s-embassies-in-europe-help-fund-the-war-back-home

Fake people! These ppl do not live in reality!

 

Moscow

Russia's former Imperial capital is set to play host to the wedding of a descendant of the Russian royal family in the first such event in more than a century.

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov will tie the knot with Italian fiancée Victoria Romanovna Bettarini at St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Friday in an elaborate religious ceremony with hundreds of foreign guests in attendance.

Russia's last tsar Nicholas II, his wife and five children were killed by a revolutionary firing squad in July 1918 in the cellar of a merchant's house in Yekaterinburg, a city 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) east of Moscow.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/30/europe/russia-royal-wedding-scli-intl/index.html

Frankrike stänger sex moskéer

 

Sex franska moskéer kommer att stängas och verksamheten i två organisationer kommer att stoppas.

Det efter misstanke om att radikal islamistisk propaganda produceras där. – Under det kommande året kommer ytterligare tio föreningar att bli föremål för ett upplösningsförfarande, fyra dem nästa månad, säger inrikesminister Gérald Darmani i en intervju med Le Figaro.

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/frankrike-stanger-moskeer

— Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species:

— Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species:

The U.S. government is declaring them extinct. It's a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists say they've exhausted efforts to find these 23. And they warn climate change, on top of other pressures, could make such disappearances more common as a warming planet adds to the dangers facing imperiled plants and wildlife.

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/29/1041393172/u-s-says-ivory-billed-woodpecker-and-more-than-20-other-species-have-gone-extinc

Dan Ariely scrutinized for fraud, unauthorized experiment

Israeli-American academic Dan Ariely has come under scrutiny for fraudulent data and unauthorized experiments. At the beginning of August, the research blog Data Colada posted an analysis of a paper of which Ariely was one of five authors.

The paper, published in 2012, reported that "dishonesty can be reduced by asking people to sign a statement of honest intent" at the top of a document rather than the bottom. In 2020, the authors published a follow-up paper that disproves the original claim. The new paper relied on six studies — one an attempt to directly replicate the original study and five that were conceptual replications.

https://www.jpost.com/international/dan-ariely-scrutinized-for-fraud-unauthorized-experiment-678444

Slapp iranske gjesteforskere inn på laboratorium – NTNU-forsker tiltalt

En tysk-iransk professor som jobbet ved NTNU er tiltalt for å ha brutt sanksjonene mot Iran ved å invitere flere gjesteforskere fra Iran og gi dem tilgang til et laboratorium. Saken mot en annen forsker er henlagt.

https://www.nrk.no/norge/slapp-iranske-gjesteforskere-inn-pa-laboratorium-_-ntnu-forsker-tiltalt-1.15670346

WhatsApp controversy highlights growing fears about data privacy

 

Many users abandoned WhatsApp after the messenger service changed its privacy policy.

Worries that their data could end up with Facebook are driving them to competitors pushing superior data protection.

https://www.dw.com/en/whatsapp-controversy-highlights-growing-fears-about-data-privacy/a-56266093

The pain of global corruption and mafia