On June 6th, Shahram Amiri - an Iranian nuclear scientist -- appeared on a YouTube video
claiming he was abducted by US and Saudi authorities in Medina, drugged and flown to the US. On June 7th, a second video on Youtube
appeared where he, or someone claiming to be him, said he was fine, studying in the US. (The U.S. government has no official comment
but cited him as a source on Iran's nuclear program.) A 3rd video
backed the first.
Now Pakistan says Amiri is in hiding in its Washington embassy's Iranian interests section
under asylum and making arrangements to get back to Iran. How he got there, and why, is a mystery. [more inside]
Heated controversy over cousin marriages in Britain. The Guardian
argues it's fine, legal in the UK for centuries, done by Darwin, HG Wells and Queen Victoria; and a 2002 study (prev)
found little increased risk. But in Bradford, England, where half of babies born are to ethnically Pakistani parents, cousin marriage is very common -- as high as 70% in that community.
Bradford, with 1% of British population, has 70 youths with terminal disorders which lead to dementia-type illnesses – eight per cent of the UK total.
Should the government ban cousin marriage? Encourage genetic testing? Or keep its mouth shut? [more inside]