from the Syrian civil war are being treated
in Israeli hospitals, some of them with referrals
from Syrian doctors. The identities of the patients and the route they have taken is being kept secret for fear of repercussions from authorities in Syria, which is formally at war with Israel. [more inside]
, once the scourge of livestock (as well as pets and occasionally humans [link to VERY GRAPHIC slideshow]
) throughout the Western Hemisphere, have been eradicated from the United States since 1966
. In addition to constant vigilance by veterinary services and livestock handlers, who treated wounds immediately and set traps [link to 1920s informational film]
, the method which ultimately led to control of this horrifying pest is sterile insect technique
. Maps showing the progress of the technique can be seen here
The USDA's National Agriculture Library maintains a special collection
on the Screwworm Eradication Program. Here is a good overview of the problem
and the USDA's solution, complete with (somewhat gruesome) pictures and videos. [more inside]
Iranian envoy wounds 'confirmed':
The head of the International Red Cross in Tehran, Peter Stoeker, says he saw wounds on an Iranian diplomat who has alleged that US forces in Iraq tortured him. There were marks on Jalal Sharafi's feet, legs, back and nose. [photos
On 4 February soldiers from the Iraqi army 36th Commando battalion in Baghdad, considered to be under American control, had seized Jalal Sharafi, while he was carrying a videogame
, a gift for his daughter. Read more about the US secret operations against Iranians in Iraq in an exclusive report
by The Independent.
How it feels to get shot.
[via waxy] Each year, roughly 55,000 Americans survive firearm injuries. "People don't even get knocked backward when they get shot.. Unless hit in the head or the spine, the most common [immediate] reaction to getting shot is no reaction at all."
One year later
"It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home"