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US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, relaxing hold on aid | Reuters
The United States said on Tuesday it will deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a partial suspension of aid imposed after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last year and cracked down violently on protesters.
Despite #Human_Rights concerns, #US resumes arms trade with #Egypt
The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said Tuesday. Despite concerns about Egypt’s failure to embrace democratic reforms following the ouster of president Mohammed Mursi, the US government will provide Cairo with 10 Apache aircraft, officials said. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel informed Egyptian Defense Minister General Sedki Sobhy of President Barack Obama’s decision in a phone call Tuesday, his spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. read more
Lapland’s mystery moths puzzle science | Climate News Network
Apparemment elles s’adaptent...
By Tim Radford
Arctic moths which continue to thrive despite rising temperatures are challenging science to explain why they seem impervious to climate change.
LONDON, 22 April – Finnish and US scientists have an unsolved puzzle: good news when they expected bad news. They have invested 32 years studying the forest moths of Finnish Lapland to measure the effect of climate change – and there doesn’t seem on the face of it to have been a change. Yet between 1978 and 2009, average annual temperatures in the region rose by 2°C and precipitation was higher.
Erekat plays down threat to dismantle PA | Maan News Agency
RAMALLAH (AFP) — The PLO on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, which is Israel’s interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked.
“No Palestinian is speaking of an initiative to dismantle the Palestinian Authority,” chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP.
“But Israel’s actions have annulled all the legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority.”
How Do You Pronounce Thomas Piketty’s Name ? — Daily Intelligencer
French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has made Piketty a hero among lefty intellectuals, and his U.S. book tour — on which our own Boris Kachka accompanied him — has turned him into a bona fide media celebrity.
Yemeni police colonel shot dead
A Yemeni military police colonel shot dead Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days, an official said. Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a powerful local affiliate of the global terror network that has been the target of a US drone campaign and repeated military operations by the weak central government. read more
These Artists Reimagined The Border Fence Using Snow Globes
Inequality Kills | Boston Review
If the culprit of the decline in health is not health care, are individual health-related behaviors, often blamed for the high death rates in some groups, causing our low ranking in health?
Apparently not. Americans smoke less than both men and women in the healthier countries, so tobacco, though important, is not a significant cause for our higher mortality. Diet and other similar individual behaviors prevalent in the United States also don’t account for our health disadvantage compared to other rich nations. When asked to identify solutions to our poor health status as a nation, many respond that we need more education. Many see education as the solution to a wide range of problems. But on average the U.S. population has more years of schooling than in any other country in the world. And while we spend a great deal of money on education, we don’t get much bang for those bucks.
There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing.
High Inequality Results in More US Deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns Combined | Blog, Q&A | BillMoyers.com
Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won’t go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant.”
The evidence available for our 2010 Bulletin article persuaded us that Israel did steal uranium from the Apollo, Pennsylvania, plant of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC). We urged the US government to declassify CIA and FBI documents to settle the matter. In releasing the current batch—the release being largely due to the persistent appeals of researcher Grant Smith—the government has been careful to excise from all the released documents the CIA’s reasons for fingering Israel. Despite this, the documents are significantly revealing. For one thing, the excisions themselves are a backhanded admission of the persuasiveness of the CIA’s evidence. (Why these excisions are legally justified is not apparent—after nearly 50 years, the “sources and methods” issues have long ago dissipated.)
While we still don’t know exactly what the CIA told high government officials, we do know from the released memoranda that top officials thought the CIA’s case was a strong one. Also, as described in our earlier article, one of us was present at the CIA’s February 1976 briefing of a small group at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). At that session Carl Duckett, then-CIA deputy director for science and technology, told the NRC group the CIA believed the missing highly enriched uranium ended up in Israel.
The newly released documents also expose government efforts, notably during the Carter administration, to keep the NUMEC story under wraps, an ironic twist in view of Jimmy Carter’s identification with opposition to nuclear proliferation.
Ethnic America, mapped : Your county’s biggest ancestral populations
Signalé par Cristina @cdb_77
The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties.
US #drone kills another three in #Yemen
Yemeni soldiers stand guard in the capital Sanaa on April 20, 2014, as they check passing vehicles as authorities tightened security measures a day after a US drone killed at least 10 people. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Huwais) Yemeni soldiers stand guard in the capital Sanaa on April 20, 2014, as they check passing vehicles as authorities tightened security measures a day after a US drone killed at least 10 people. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Huwais)
Three more people suspects were killed Monday in a drone strike in southern Yemen, a local official said. The attack was the latest in an intensified air campaign that has killed more than 40 people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda, including 30 on Sunday alone. The United States is the (...)
19 Reasons Latin Americans Come To The U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream
Living on the northern side of the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s easy to view Latin America as another world, isolated from the United States. But the truth is that the U.S. government has historically made life in Latin America harder by overthrowing democratically elected governments, financing atrocities and pushing trade policies that undermine Latin American industries, dealing blows to local economies. Perhaps instead of building walls, the United States should focus on being a better neighbor.
Here are 19 ways the U.S. government has helped spur immigration by making life harder in Latin America.
1- Took over almost half of Mexico
U.S. intelligence objects to visa waiver for Israelis
Allowing entry to Israelis without visa would make it easier for Israeli spies, the House Judiciary Committee was warned, according to a report in Roll Call.
Haaretz, By Barak Ravid | Apr. 19, 2014 |
Officials in the United States intelligence community are opposing the admission of Israel to the Visa Waver program – aimed at easing the entry of foreigners to the country – for fear that it would facilitate espionage, according to Roll Call, an online news source that covers the U.S. Congress. The Visa Waver program, which already includes 38 countries, would allow Israelis to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.
Congress members and staffers in the House Judiciary Committee expressed concerns that admitting Israel to the program would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the U.S., according to the report in Roll Call, which was based on interviews with lawmakers and staffers who took part in a classified committee briefing several weeks ago. The context of the briefing was the attempt by several congressmen and senators to promote legislation that would admit Israel into the program.
U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says | PostPartisan
Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.
PLOS Computational Biology: Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness in the United States in Near Real-Time
We introduce a novel method of estimating, in near-real time, the level of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States (US) by monitoring the rate of particular Wikipedia article views on a daily basis. We calculated the number of times certain influenza- or health-related Wikipedia articles were accessed each day between December 2007 and August 2013 and compared these data to official ILI activity levels provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We developed a Poisson model that accurately estimates the level of ILI activity in the American population, up to two weeks ahead of the CDC, with an absolute average difference between the two estimates of just 0.27% over 294 weeks of data. Wikipedia-derived ILI models performed well through both abnormally high media coverage events (such as during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic) as well as unusually severe influenza seasons (such as the 2012–2013 influenza season). Wikipedia usage accurately estimated the week of peak ILI activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data and was often more accurate in its measure of ILI intensity.
Extrait de l’abstract, la totalité de l’article est disponible. Dont ce graphique (_on est meilleur que #Google_Flu_trends…)
Figure 1. Time series plot of CDC ILI data versus estimated ILI data.
(A) Wikipedia Full Model (Mf) accurately estimated 3 out of 6 ILI activity peaks and had a mean absolute difference of 0.27% compared to CDC ILI data. (B) Wikipedia Lasso Model (Ml) accurately estimated 2 out of 6 ILI activity peaks and had a mean absolute difference of 0.29% compared to CDC ILI data,. (C) Google Flue Trends (GFT) model accurately estimated 2 of 6 ILI activity peaks and had a mean absolute difference of 0.42% compared to CDC ILI data.
International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis
Their goal for the conference was to begin taking concrete steps toward international lawsuits that will bring former UK Prime Minister #Tony_Blair and former US President #George_W._Bush, along with those responsible in their administrations, to #justice for the myriad war #crimes committed in #Iraq.
Eighteen killed in US drone strike on #Yemen
A drone strike Saturday killed 18 people in Yemen’s central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said, claiming that most of the dead were members of al-Qaeda. Fifteen of the casualties were suspected al-Qaeda members travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said, while three civilians travelling in a different car were also killed in the attack. read more
Our Planet’s Future Is in the Hands of 58 People
The key to any agreement is in the hands of the United States. The U.S. Congress has blocked any initiative on climate control, providing an easy escape for China, India and other polluters: why should we make commitments and sacrifices if the U.S. does not participate?
The problem is that the Republicans have made climate change denial one of their points of identity.
They have mocked and denied climate change and attacked Democrats who support carbon taxing as waging a war on coal. The American energy industry financially supports the Republican Party and it is considered political suicide to talk about climate change.
The last time a carbon tax was proposed in 2009, after a positive vote by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, the Republican-dominated Senate shot it down.
And in the 2010 elections, a number of politicians who voted for the carbon tax lost their seats, contributing to the Republican takeover of the House. The hope now for those who want a change is to wait for the 2016 elections, and hope that the new president will be able to change the situation – which is a good example of why the ancient Greeks said that Hope is the last Goddess.
And this brings us to a very simple reality. The U.S. Senate is made up of 100 members, and this means that you need 51 votes to kill any bill for a fossil fuels tax. In China, the situation is different, but decisions are taken, in the best of hypotheses, not by the president alone, but by the seven-member Standing Committee of the Central Committee, which holds the real power in the Communist Party.
In other words, the future of our planet is decided by 58 persons. With the current global population standing at close to 7.7 billion people, so much for a democratic world!
A ’#ghost town’ created in the U.S., with a little help from Canadian oil wealth
the whole relocation program might have cost the Marathon Oil Corp. less than one per cent of the overall price tag for its $2.2-billion plant renovation.
The Guardian launches small-run newspaper in U.S. — and it’s machine-curated | VentureBeat | Media | by Hanqing Chen
The Guardian is bringing automated content-curation to U.S. newsstands using some tried and true technology: the print newspaper.
Géographie du vide, géographie du plein : c’est le nom d’un des projets de recherche cartographique sur lequel je travaille en ce moment, et l’exemple ci-dessous pourrait bien être une belle illustration de ce qu’on veut montrer (que le vide, le rien, peut avoir une signification aussi importante sinon plus que le plein).
Personne n’habite ici...
Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
...ce qui veut dire que tout le monde habite là
In the 2010 United States Census, 308,745,538 were counted, and Brandon Martin-Anderson from the MIT Media Lab mapped almost all of them (308,450,225 points to be exact). I like the flow-like pattern in the east, which you can see matches the terrain by comparing against a geographic map.
Un autre exemple de cette « géographie du vide et géographie du plein » :
Il s’agit d’une comparaison du revenu moyen par habitant d’une part des quinze pays le plus riches de la planète, d’autre part des quinze pays les plus pauvres de la planète.