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The winning entry this week, submitted by "Greek Tragedy" probes Athens unfulfilled promise to sell state companies in order to pay some of the country's debt. Here's the article we produced:
|Greek Tragedy suggests:||
Greece has some $70 billion in state assets that it's promised to sell off. What are these, and why is it taking so long to sell them? It seems that the sales would go a long way toward solving the country's debt problems. Is this the case?
|Grace O'Malley suggests:||
Recently, with the huge number of destructive weather events across the globe, news organizations have reported about theories on 'weather modification'. Long before the study of weather became scientific, humans have been trying to control their climates -- think of rain dances. My questions are then: Is weather modification/technology a myth? If not, is it simply a way for nations/decision-making bodies to create pleasant weather conditions for specific areas or events or could it potentially be a planned tool to 'weaponize' weather? (Editor's note: this idea was last week's runner-up.)
The Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland has been throwing ash into the atmosphere and grounding flights.
|Fernando Colina suggests:||
I was somewhat involved in the campaign to free your correspondent James Foley. I saw the growth of the Facebook pages for the liberation of Foley, Gillis, Brabo, and Hammerl from efforts from well-intentioned family and friends into sites visited by thousands of people. At the same time I heard James Foley's testimony about his fellow prisoners in Libya, some of them in jail for the mundane act of sending a text message.
The role played by social media in the Arab Spring and other recent popular uprisings has been well covered, but I think that the defensive measures being used by these threatened regimes are an important story. What measures are they taking? Who's providing the technology? There seems to be a regression in the effectiveness of social media as the revolutions spread and repressive regimes learn from each other. The Libyans apparently learnt to gather information from smartphones and monitor SMS and email traffic. The Syrians took this one step further, to the point that news from that country are hard to come by.
An additional question: What counter-measures can citizens of these countries use?
|Rose Yamazaki suggests:||
I would like to see more news coverage on Saudi Arabia. It seems to me that shortly after 9/11/2001, Saudi Arabia bacame a 'black hole' in terms of news. Thanks for your considerations.
|Justin Martin suggests:||
Since both foreign women and female citizens are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia, perhaps GP's reporter in Riyadh, Caryle Murphy, could write a commentary about her experience living in that locale, while also giving readers info on the lead-up to the planned June 17 women's "drive-in."
“The more we know about our human rights, the less we will abuse the human rights of others”
PATIENTS FROM THE HOSPITAL BETWEEN TWO CHURCHES
HIPPOCRATIC OATH AND HEALTH NEUTRALITY VIOLATED
Peja, a small city located in West Kosovo is known as entrepreneurial, cultural and religious center of Kosovo. It is also known for its neighborly, friendly relations between different ethnicities and religions. The majority, 93% of population are Albanians. About 7% are Serbs, Montenegrins, Bosnians and the Roma people. The city is known also for its good regional hospital, which offers secondary health services, and is located between the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Positioned between the two churches, and serving the majority of the Albanian population, health professionals and patients for decades felt safe and blessed. This was the common feeling for all ethnic and religious groups in Peja.
WALL THAT DIVIDE
Albanians belong to three religions: Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox. Christianity was embraced by Albanians in the first century AD when St Paul influenced Christian thinking. Galatians and Corinthian Letters were written by St Paul mentioning Illyria (the legend that tells that he visited Durres). For centuries the people of Illyria lived in peace with their neighbors and during the seventh century welcomed Slavs from the Carpathian Mountains. Respect for guests and foreigners are deeply rooted in Illyrian/Albanian tradition and culture, the guest being perceived as a messenger of goodwill.
“Only by having your children learn about the crimes done in ours and other countries, we can prevent the creation of an environment of revenge and build a political culture based on human rights”.
Neshad Asllani, MD