Weekend Roundup: Syrian Refugee Crisis Triggers Bombs and Backlash

This week the refugee crisis caused by Syria's horrific civil war moved to the next stage. Though prompted into action to curb the carnage, the U.S. and Russia are at odds over whom to bolster and whom to bomb. With no end to the conflict in sight, the influx of asylum seekers in Europe continues to swell and the prospect of permanent settlement there for the displaced grows. In even the most welcoming countries a political backlash is in the making. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home is falling for the first time as compassion reaches its limits. In Sweden, the anti-immigrant right-wing party now tops the polls. Alex Gorlach explains why many Germans are now doubting Merkel's refugee policy, including President Joachim Gauck, who has said that while "our hearts are wide open . . . our absorption capacity is limited." Akbar Ahmed chronicles Germany's long engagement with Islam going back to the likes of Goethe, and wonders if Merkel's kindness toward refugees is linked to that historical "soft spot." In a short essay that discusses how some Europeans feel their way of life is threatened by refugees and migrants, I recall the ideas of the great pluralist thinker Isaiah Berlin and cite the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. "One of the great Left taboos," Zizek says, "will have to be broken here: the notion that the protection of one's specific way of life is in itself a proto-Fascist or racist category. If we don't abandon...
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I forgot to index last week's entry, it was Exodus 9. Here's Exodus 10, which makes very clear what is really going on here.Then theLord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am theLord. ”Let's review, because this is important. Earlier we learned that God would harden Pharaoh's heart. Pharaoh was inclined  to let the Hebrews go early on ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
By Emma Young If you have healthy vision, there will be a specific region of your brain (in the visual cortex) that responds most strongly whenever you look at faces, and similar regions that are especially responsive to the sight of words or natural scenes. What’s more, in any two people, these face, word and scene regions are located in pretty much the same spot in the brain. However, there is not a specific region for every possible category of visible stimulus – there are no “car” or “shoe” regions, for example (at least, not that have been identified to date). Is that because c...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain Source Type: blogs
Discussion: Real-time multiplex PCR is a highly sensitive and specific laboratory assay that allows for rapid and reliable molecular diagnosis of causative agents in infectious uveitis. This in turn facilitates swift initiation of effective therapy and prevents long-term ocular damage and vision loss. PMID: 31177936 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Seminars in Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Semin Ophthalmol Source Type: research
Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Ahead of Print. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationships between neoliberal institutional management of the 2009 L ’Aquila earthquake and the local dwelling practices, which consequently originated in the new urban layout. Design/methodology/approach It presents itself as a post-catastrophe ethnography carried out from a specific approach, that is, the street ethnography that consists of collecting the pract ices and discourses of inhabitants, administrators, experts and commercial operators, which take place on or around the stree...
Source: Disaster Prevention and Management - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
We report a case of giant macular hole progression after rupture of giant retinal pigment epithelial detachment (PED). The patient was a 91-year-old man who had a giant PED in the left eye. He had bilateral hypermetropia (+2.00 dpt), and he had developed posterior vitreous detachment. The PED was 5,800 μm in diameter and 800 μm in height and ruptured during follow-up. A macular hole was formed, with a diameter of 400 μm, and the height of the PED had reduced to 360 μm. After 5 months, the macular hole expanded up to a diameter of 600 μm. Therefore, some cases of giant PED may lead to macular hole.Case Rep Op...
Source: Case Reports in Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Source Type: research
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say two more bodies have been recovered from the Danube River tour boat crash, raising the death toll to 15, with 13 of the 33 South Koreans on board and the two Hungarian crew members still missing. Seven South Korean tourists were rescued after the May 29 collision between the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat and the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship. A huge floating crane may be able to lift the Hableany out of the water in the coming days. However, the Adam Clark, named after the Scottish engineer who oversaw construction of Budapest's Chain Bridge completed in 1849, was ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news
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CONCLUSIONS: In response, in 2018, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) organised the national Mental Health in the Emergency Department Summit. Delegates from across clinical disciplines and user groups were unified in their deep concern at the unacceptable state of mental health support available to people seeking help through EDs. The Summit identified four priorities for urgent action and urged government to take immediate steps to improve this situation. PMID: 31165624 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research
You remember when you were a kid and there always seemed to be a reward for hard work? It made the long trek worth it. There was ice cream at the end of that arduous hike. There were those weeks of studying for tests, but then there was always summer break to look forward to. You got lollipops at the doctor’s office and an allowance for doing chores. There was always something to help pull you through to the finish line when you felt like giving up. But then you got older. Maybe you or your loved one was diagnosed with an illness and things just got hard. There were no rewards. Here’s what I learned. As ad...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Source Type: blogs
May 30, 2019 Edition.-----We are still recovering from the upset win of the Coalition in the election. New Government now sworn in and Hunt back in Health. This week there is a lot  of excellent reading on the topic for those interested. What were to top 10 factors in how it came out are pretty tricky to discern. Albo has taken over Labor but 3 years is a long time! Amazing back room deal making in evidence.Trump is in Japan over last weekend and then back home to cause more trouble with Iran, NK etc.! Mueller has spoken and made it clear that Trump was not exonerated or cleared. Neither was Russia - big time! Theresa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - Category: Information Technology Authors: Source Type: blogs
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