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The US national news is all about American journalist Roxana Saberi who has received an 8 year sentence in an Iranian prison for who knows what. There are plenty of places to read about it (CNN here). There aren’t that many places to read about another Iranian miscarriage of justice affecting scientists and doctors, the…

Solving a crime wave with DNA

I may be one of the few people in the world of TV watchers who has never seen a single episode of CSI: Whatever, a show featuring (I am told) “scientific” forensics work. Mrs. R., however, is fond of watching another show, Bones, which features a forensic anthropologist who works with a team that routinely…

Some people noticed a remarkable thing that happened on the Washington Mall on Sunday at the Obama pre-Inaugural concert, a part of which I posted on Tuesday. The second last appearance was by Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao and Bruce Springsteen singing Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. What made it remarkable is the…

Why do they hate us?

The other day, as I was bemoaning the tanking of the dollar versus the Euro (yes, my European friends are not crying in their beer over it; I’m glad for them. Now they can visit), I mentioned that it wasn’t just the dollar that had taken a bath since GWB but also the US reputation…

Martin Luther King, turning the page

Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday. It is a holiday in the US but has a universal meaning. Because I am powerfully moved by music I could only commemorate it with music. There are three songs in the two videos that follow. The first is the great Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit. The “strange fruit”…