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Over a Hundred Rescued from Mediterranean After Migrant Boat Capsized
CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying African migrants headed to Europe capsized off the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people, Egyptian authorities said. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the total number of dead was still unknown. Local official Alaa Osman from Beheira province said the migrants were from several African countries. He said 155 people have been rescued so far but that bodies are still being pulled from the water. Egypt's official news agency MENA said the boat was carrying 600 people when it sank near the coast, some 180 kilometers ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Over a Hundred Rescued from Mediterranean After Migrant Boat Capsized
CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying African migrants headed to Europe capsized off the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people, Egyptian authorities said. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the total number of dead was still unknown. Local official Alaa Osman from Beheira province said the migrants were from several African countries. He said 155 people have been rescued so far but that bodies are still being pulled from the water. Egypt's official news agency MENA said the boat was carrying 600 people when it sank near the coast, some 180 kilometers ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 21, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

R2P in the UN Security Council: Darfur, Libya and beyond - Gifkins J.
It has been argued that consensus on the responsibility to protect (R2P) was lost in the United Nations Security Council as a result of the NATO-led intervention in Libya in 2011. This argument assumes that there was more agreement on R2P before the Libyan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Curious travelers: Your pictures can help preserve world heritage
(University of Bradford) Archaeologists from the UK are calling on members of the public to help them preserve the legacy of some of the world's most important monuments and historic sites, including those most at risk in Syria and Libya. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Central Mediterranean: MSF Condemns Attack on Rescue Vessel
Press releaseCentral Mediterranean: MSF Condemns Attack on Rescue VesselAugust 25, 2016BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 2016 —On August 17, while conducting search and rescue operations off the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières(MSF) rescue vessel the Bourbon Argos was approached and attacked by a group of armed men onboard an unidentified speedboat, MSF said today, strongly condemning the attack. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Conflict dynamics in post-2011 Libya: a political economy perspective - Costantini I.
After the fall of the Qadhafi regime Libya has become a theatre of conflict and violence. In the midst of the vacuum left by the sudden collapse of the old regime, various groups have come to contest their role in a new Libya. Illicit trafficking and the e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Libyan Health Crisis Sharpens as Resources Dwindle Libyan Health Crisis Sharpens as Resources Dwindle
Unable to get specialist care for his six-year-old daughter in Libya or a visa for treatment abroad, Abdulhakim Shaybi bought a motor boat and set off with her last month across the Mediterranean. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - July 26, 2016 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Libyan health crisis sharpens as resources dwindle
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Unable to get specialist care for his six-year-old daughter in Libya or a visa for treatment abroad, Abdulhakim Shaybi bought a motor boat and set off with her last month across the Mediterranean. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Evacuation of war-wounded from Libya by boat
It ’s 11.30 on Sunday morning, and we are sitting in international waters, 20 miles off the Libyan coast, trying to make a vital contact to give us the all clear to enter the port of Misrata. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Trapped in Transit: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers Stranded and Suffering in Libya
Field news Trapped in Transit: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers Stranded and Suffering in Libya July 22, 2016 "Libya is a very dangerous place. There are a lot of armed people. People are killed and kidnappings are common. Arriving in Tripoli, we were locked in a house with 600 to 700 other people. We had no water to wash ourselves, we had very little food, and we were forced to sleep on top of each other. It was very difficult for my daughter —she fell sick many times. There was a lot of violence. I was beaten with bare hands, with sticks, and with guns. If you move, they beat you. If y...
Source: MSF News - July 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Trapped in Transit: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers Stranded and Suffering in Libya
Field news Trapped in Transit: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers Stranded and Suffering in Libya July 22, 2016 "Libya is a very dangerous place. There are a lot of armed people. People are killed and kidnappings are common. Arriving in Tripoli, we were locked in a house with 600 to 700 other people. We had no water to wash ourselves, we had very little food, and we were forced to sleep on top of each other. It was very difficult for my daughter —she fell sick many times. There was a lot of violence. I was beaten with bare hands, with sticks, and with guns. If you move, they beat you. If y...
Source: MSF News - July 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

PBS NewsHour: Aboard a Mediterranean rescue ship, migrants share horror stories from Libya
In the NewsPBS NewsHour: Aboard a Mediterranean rescue ship, migrants share horror stories from Libya July 20, 2016 A look at MSF's search and rescue efforts in the central Mediterranean, where thousands of people are at risk of drowning as they try to reach Europe on unseaworthy boats. View external media. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tim Shenk Source Type: news

From ISIS to ICISS: a critical return to the Responsibility to Protect report - Cunliffe P.
In light of the post-intervention crisis in Libya, this article revisits critically the vision of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) offered in the 2001 report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) - frequently take... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Senior physicians recognized for caring for the underserved
Four physicians are being recognized by the AMA Foundation for showing an extraordinary commitment to leadership, community service and care for those in need—each with decades of service that run the gamut from Ebola research to primary care. Find out who has been awarded this year’s honors. Serving underserved international populations The AMA Foundation presented this year’s Excellence in Medicine Awards to  physicians June 10 at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Jennifer A. Downs, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Ce...
Source: AMA Wire - July 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

WHO condemns attacks on multiple health facilities in Benghazi, Libya
26 June 2016, Tunis, Tunisia – The World Health Organization condemns recent attacks on 2 health facilities in Benghazi. Libya. On 21 June, a rocket hit the roof of the Ear, Nose and Throat and Urological Centre, directly above the operating theatres, causing damage to the roof, all oxygen supply pipes, and the central ventilation. The roof had been reconstructed in 2014 following damages sustained during the 2011 conflict in Libya. The centre has a capacity for 300 inpatients, and more than 470 people were in the centre at the time of the attack. Due to damage as a result of the attack, the operating theatres are n...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 26, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Fences and Walls: A Short-sighted Response to Migration Fears?
Discussion Paper 01331, Washington DC, 2014 (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva and Andrew MacMillan Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Economy & Trade Education Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Natural Resources Peace Poverty Source Type: news

Senior physicians recognized for caring for the underserved
Four physicians are being recognized by the AMA Foundation for showing an extraordinary commitment to leadership, community service and care for those in need—each with decades of service that run the gamut from Ebola research to primary care. Find out who has been awarded this year’s honors. Serving underserved international populations The AMA Foundation presented this year’s Excellence in Medicine Awards to  physicians June 10 at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Jennifer A. Downs, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Ce...
Source: AMA Wire - June 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Most Of Us Can't See The Milky Way Anymore. That Comes With A Price.
The silver ribbon of stars that wraps the night sky has long been an awe-inspiring sight for anyone who cares to look up. But that’s not the case anymore for people who live under a fog of light pollution. A new analysis using satellite data and sky brightness measurements has found that the Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60 percent of Europeans and nearly 80 percent of North Americans. The research was reported Friday in the journal Science Advances. The researchers calculated several degrees of light pollution, starting from the level at which artificial light obscures astr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Libya: Providing Care in an "Oasis of Calm"
MSF project coordinator  describes MSF"s work in Zuwara during troubled days for Libya Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - June 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Phil Zabriskie Source Type: news

WHO condemns attack on Benghazi Medical Center in Benghazi, Libya
30 May 2016 - WHO condemns the multiple attacks on 27 and 28 May 2016 on the Benghazi Medical Center in Benghazi, Libya. More than 600 patients and health workers were in the medical center at the time of the attacks. No casualties inside the center have been reported, although there are substantial damages to infrastructure. Benghazi Medical Center is the only health facility providing tertiary health care to more than 500,000 people in Benghazi. Damages to the intensive care unit and other parts of the medical centre have now further reduced the availability of health services in Benghazi. The bombing represents a seri...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 30, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The 'Apology' That Matters Is to Never Again Use Nuclear Weapons
This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. Writing from Tokyo, Ryan Takeshita is not looking for an apology or blame, for which he says Japan's own actions are not exempt. He ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Libya: Providing Health Care in an “Oasis of Calm”
Field newsLibya: Providing Health Care in an “Oasis of Calm” May 27, 2016 The ongoing conflict in Libya has left its health care system in disarray. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in the east and west of the country to provide people access to medical services. Here, Issiaka Abdou, MSF project coordinator in the town of Zuwara, describes the situation. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editorial Intern Source Type: news

Union backs 18 June convoy in solidarity with refugees
The news that the Italian navy rescued almost 600 refugees when a trawler capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya highlights the plight of people fleeing war, poverty and persecution. And that is why UNISON is sponsoring the People’s Assembly Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June as a show of solidarity with the refugees. The union is also calling on members to help, with general secretary Dave Prentis says that it is our “humanitarian and moral duty to act” in the face of the escalating crisis, especially when governments refuse to abide by their international obligations. UNISON members can ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 27, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article calais refugee crisis refugees solidarity working internationally Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Pope Francis Gets It Right
In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost's "Following Francis" columnist, Sébastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues. In the interview, he acknowledges the limits of Europe's ability to absorb refugees while focusing on the larger picture of why there are so many migrants. Francis cites an unjust global economy in which, "the great majority of humanity's wealth has fallen into the hands of a minority of the population." He blames arms traffickers for fomenting profitable conflict. And he criticizes the counter...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

WHO raises concerns after 12 newborns die in southern Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The U.N. health agency has expressed concerns over the death of 12 newborns in a southern impoverished Libyan province, warning of a "major breakdown" of the health system in the war-torn North African country. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Hospitals Closed or Operating On a Reduced Schedule
[MSF] Interview with Dr. Mego Terzian, President of Médecins Sans Frontières France, back from a site visit to Libya (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Libya: Health Systems Are Themselves in Critical Condition
Voice from the FieldLibya: Health Systems Are Themselves in Critical Condition April 26, 2016 Australian Nurse Colin Watson has completed seven missions with MSF. He recently returned from a three-month mission in Libya during which he worked as a nursing supervisor in the emergency room of Al Abyar hospital, 60 kilometers [36 miles] east of Benghazi. Here he discusses the profound impact conflict has had on Libya’s health system: (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Phil Zabriskie Source Type: news

Libya: Ongoing Conflict Severely Impacting Medical Care
Voice from the FieldLibya: Ongoing Conflict Severely Impacting Medical Care April 26, 2016 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) president Dr. Mego Terzian recently visited medical facilities in Libya and gave the following account of the current medical and humanitarian situation in the country: (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Phil Zabriskie Source Type: news

PART 1: A Wide-Ranging Conversation with Physicist Geoffrey West about Life, Evolution and US Presidential Politics
GEOFFREY BRIAN WEST (photo courtesy GB West) Redmayne as Hawking. Cumberbatch as Turing. If the timing were right, Christopher Lee would have been superb in the big-screen story of British-born theoretical physicist Geoffrey West. (I've interviewed both.) While Lee was knighted by the Windsors for his service to drama and charity, West was dubbed Time magazine's "One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World." He is best known for his exploration of scaling laws as they pertain to biology, and to cities and companies. Kleiber's law was a particular inspiration. West has also been described as "striking...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Desert Locust Invading Yemen, More Arab States
Juvenile desert locust hoppers. Photo: FAO/G.TortoliBy Kareem EzzatCAIRO, Apr 13 2016 (IPS)Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion. “The presence of recently discovered Desert Locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kareem Ezzat Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Source Type: news

Space Provides Dividends to Earth
Fifty-five years ago, humanity began its journey into the cosmos. The technological advances that were required to take our first steps came from a huge variety of fields, and many of these advances were subsequently co-opted for needs back on earth. While GPS technology, Tang, and astronaut ice cream may be the most commonly known, fields from materials science to data-analytics have seen countless of advances created by the space program--advances that continue to have a profound impact from here in the United States to the Sinjar Mountains. Recently, I served as a judge for the Space Technology Hall of Fame, alongside f...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The World's Population Is a Lot More Obese Now
This article first appeared on GurdeepPandher.com Although there are regions where food scarcity is a seemingly insurmountable problem, causing people to become malnourished and susceptible to diseases, it is doubtless that the growing global prosperity is easing the lives of those who used to be extremely impoverished. However, as famine is being resolved by new agricultural technologies such as genetically modified organisms, irrigation, and mechanized farming, a new issue has begun to surface. Obesity, a disease that used to be suffered by only aristocrats who were able to gorge themselves on rich foods, has now become ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Libya: Health System in a State of Hidden Crisis
[MSF] Libya's once-efficient health system is in a state of crisis. Hospitals are closed, or else struggle to function because of a lack of experienced medical staff and shortages of essential medicines and equipment, in particular insulin and dialysis equipment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Libya: Health system in a state of hidden crisis
Despite the serious deterioration of the country's health system, very few aid organisations are following MSF's lead and providing help. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - March 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rob Source Type: news

MSF UK Director: We strongly condemn UK pressure to push refugees back to Libya with gunboats
MSF today strongly condemns the UK plan to use gunboats to force would-be refugees back to Libya. The director of MSF in the UK, Vickie Hawkins, made this statement in response. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - March 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Source Type: news

Shortages threaten patients in Libya's Benghazi: minister
TUNIS (Reuters) - Acute shortages of medicines, equipment and staff are putting patients at risk in Libya's battle-scarred eastern city of Benghazi, the health minister said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Libya: Fear of Violence, Robbery Deters Libya's Refugees From Seeking Healthcare
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Many refugees and migrants in Libya are not seeking needed healthcare as they fear being caught up in conflict between warring factions or detained, robbed or kidnapped at official and fake checkpoints, an aid agency said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.
Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." The politicization of America's highest court will play itself out over the coming months, potentially leading to a constitutional crisis if the Republican-dominated Senate resists timely confirmation of President Obama's nominee. The framers of the U.S. Constitution created a Supreme Court that was independent from the political branches of go...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Conflict zone: all in the line of duty
  Warnings about the humanitarian crisis in Syria by a British surgeon went unheeded until millions fled and thousands died. However, the destruction, horror and danger did not prevent his bid to save lives. Tammy Lovell reports When humanitarian disasters hit, doctors and medical staff are often first on the scene before the media and the eyes of the world cast their glare. These people may be regarded by the public as heroes, but many of them see it as no more than their duty as medics to help the sick and injured. One such doctor is London consultant surgeon David Nott, who has been volunteering in conflict zones ...
Source: BMA News - February 9, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. "For me, China has always been a reference point of greatness," the pontiff was quoted as saying. "A great country. But more than a country, a great culture, with an inexhaustible wisdom." It was the first time in 2,000 years that a pope had extended greetings on the Lunar New Year to a Ch...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Bitter Fruits of the Arab Spring
The tragic outcome of the Arab Spring doesn't get any less bitter with time. The repercussions of that pan-Arab rebellion five years ago are still traumatizing the region and the world. As Amira Yahyaoui wrote from Tunis earlier this month, even in Tunisia a counterrevolutionary narrative of "it was better before" is taking hold as virulent protests against the lack of jobs have erupted. Egypt has gone from repressive autocracy to revolt to democratic elections back to repressive autocracy. The self-described Islamic State is establishing bases in the post-Gaddafi vacuum in Libya. Assad's ruthless resistance to ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Bitter Fruits of the Arab Spring
The tragic outcome of the Arab Spring doesn't get any less bitter with time. The repercussions of that pan-Arab rebellion five years ago are still traumatizing the region and the world. As Amira Yahyaoui wrote from Tunis earlier this month, even in Tunisia a counterrevolutionary narrative of "it was better before" is taking hold as virulent protests against the lack of jobs have erupted. Egypt has gone from repressive autocracy to revolt to democratic elections back to repressive autocracy. The self-described Islamic State is establishing bases in the post-Gaddafi vacuum in Libya. Assad's ruthless resistance to t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Libya: '2 Million Libyans Cannot Wait for Political Solution' to Conflict'
[UN News] With a political deal among Libya's numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the yearlong peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 29, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Libya conflict lingers leaving nearly 2 million in need of health care
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan speak at the briefing on Libya27 January 2016 – As Libya’s yearlong peace talks aimed at establishing a unity government stall again, the lives of millions of people needing urgent health care linger in the balance. WHO and health partners require a total of US$ 50 million in 2016 to meet the urgent life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people. Speaking at a special briefing on Libya in Geneva, Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative for Libya, urged, “We cannot wait for a political solution...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 27, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news