More photos here, in the gallery we set up with the material our colleagues have been sending daily from Haiti and the Dominican Republic border. We are also publishing some (hopefully) interesting stuff in our brand new twitter account.
These are the times we are living in:
Barack Obama has first telephone conversation with the Pope: At a press conference on Tuesday the Vatican on infant mortality, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, the Pope’s “health minister”, strongly reiterated the Vatican’s opposition to using embryos for research purposes when asked about signs that Mr Obama might reverse or relax the Bush administration’s executive order banning the use of embryos and limiting federal spending for stem cell research. He said embryonic stem cell research “served no purpose”.
Hold on, there is more:
Religion can never justify terrorism or killing of innocents, General Assembly declares: “Concerned about serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, hatred expressions, and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths, participating States underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs,” according to a declaration read out at a news conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the meeting concluded.
Last but not least:
Fortunately our reports get (biiig) media attention from time to time. Several days ago I promised I was going to speak a little more about the things we’re doing here, so I’ll start linking some of these articles from now on. I’m gonna start with this one published yesterday by Agence France-Presse (AFP), titled “The educated guesswork of estimating Darfur deaths“:
When a top UN official released a new estimated death toll of 300,000 for Darfur this week, he reignited a lively debate about just how accurate such statistics are. […] In an Op-Ed to the Financial Times in 2005, Professor Debarati Guha-Sapir, head of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and a professor of epidemiology at Louvain’s Catholic University in Brussels, warned that “sensational numbers do not help the Darfur cause.”
Other selected articles from this year:
- Les bilans des morts de guerres, enjeux politiques (11 April 2008).
- Congo’s Death Rate Unchanged Since War Ended (23 January 2008).
Update: En français.
Update 2: Suffering lost in a numbers game — “While the UN and Khartoum disagree over exactly how many people have died in Darfur, the long-term outlook remains grim.”
This is a picture I took of Zapatero (the Prime Minister of Spain) in 2005 at the United Nations General Assembly while I was doing an internship there. As usual I uploaded the pic to Flickr, and today I have discovered it’s included in the Wikimedia Commons page and in some of the articles about him! (see for example the Spanish one.)