Monthly Archive for February, 2006

2272

“Bring the blood to the wounded, not the other way around” was the premise of the Canadian doctor who invented the first mobile blood-transfusion unit. After cutting himself while performing an operation without gloves, he died of blood poisoning in 1939.

2271

Cité-Soleil, in Haiti, despite its optimistic-sounding name, has borne the brunt of the violence. Port-au-Prince’s poorest suburb is a no-go zone even for the blue helmets, unless they are leading a raid to search for weapons. Last month only, 34 people were treated for gunshot wounds, 50% of them are women, children, and the elderly.

2270

A man dies after struggling with the officers when they attempted to subdue him as he meandered drunkenly through the streets wearing only pajama pants and insulting passersby.

2269

Danish Muslim imams or religious chiefs talk of reconciliation when speaking in Danish in Danish broadcasting networks. But in Arabic, according to press reports, when appearing on Arab radio stations they have been inciters of terrorism and religious hatred between Muslims and Christians.

2268

In Afghanistan, the Talibans are reflecting on where to exhibit the severed head of president Karzai. In Beirut it is open season for Christians.

2267

The government’s sudden closure of a company recently created to preserve cells from the umbilical cords of babies, days after a newspaper published the news that dozens of families are turning to foreign firms for this service, throws into relief a point of conflict between public interest and private law.

2266

A 35-year-old unemployed single mother of three whildren who suffers from severe myopia appeals to the court after a doctor insists that she go ahead with the birth of her fourth child despite warnings from ophthalmologists that she could go blind.

2265

A young woman with a hubba-hubba figure, a great smile, alabaster skin and dark, curly hair, died young, mysteriously and gruesomely. Photos of her corpse –torso cut in two, face slashed into a hideous mock of a grin- were suppressed, self-censored by the papers. She was known to friends as the Black Dahlia.

2264

In the 1930s, Shanti, an Indian citizen, signs up to study dentistry in Germany and ends up joining the British troops during WWII. A Jewish woman from Berlin flees to London and there meets Shanti, who had been a boarder in her family home. They marry.

2263

A central figure in the case of a mysterious writer comes forward to say that such writer does not exist and that the books published under that name were actually written by his ex girlfriend. She conducted telephone conversations as the writer with unwitting editors, using the voice of a young man with a West Virginia accent.