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Previously on this blog, I’ve criticized the European Union for continuing to allow the import of wild-caught parrots (including African Greys) which has devastated many species of rare birds. I was never sure why the EU, which his usually a trailblazer in the areas of progressive conservation, was so slow to act to restrict the…

Saddam’s Dead, D-E-D Dead

Well, that was certainly quick. Convicted last month, handed over to the Iraq authorities yesterday, and hung (hanged, whatever) this morning. Guess no one can complain that justice wasn’t swift. His last words? ‘God is great. The nation will be victorious and Palestine is Arab.’ Our soldiers’ words? “First it was weapons of mass destruction.…

At the urging of others in the science blogging community (and rightly so!), we’ve been asked to highlight the situation of the tragic Tripoli 6 (or Benghazi 6) and the new developments going on. A bit of a recap though, for those not familiar with who they are. The Benghazi Six consists of five Bulgarian…

This sounds eerily similar to another kind of ‘forced identification’………. When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly. The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be “off his…

Darfur and the Price of Catnip

Had to smoosh it down to fit. Click View image to enlarge it!

A reader (hat tip Bob Abu!) sent me this staggeringly good article written by long-time political journalist Seymour Hersh, appearing in the New Yorker, entitled “The Next Act.” Specifically, it addresses whether the recently humbled Bush Administration is now more likely, or less likely, to invade Iran. What was Cheney’s reaction to the possibility of…

The father of the Malawi orphan that Madonna wishes to adopt now says that he is entirely in favor of Madonna taking full permanent custody. This is in contrast to a statement he issued only a few days ago, where he said he wished to retain parental rights. But, in an entirely predictable turn of…

In addition to cruelty, the replacement of whale products, meat toxicity issues, and conservation, fellow SciBling the Island of Doubt brings up another great point against whaling: For more than a decade now, genetic analysis of whale meat on Japanese markets has shown evidence of widespread fraud. The simple truth is, unlike pork and beef,…

Harpooning For Dummies

As has been reported by myself and others, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling, killing an endangered fin whale earlier this week. However, Norway and Japan have been engaging in commercial whaling, either blatantly or under the auspices of “scientific research,” for quite some time. This is quite a sensitive issue in global politics, involving high…

Did Iceland not get the memo, or what? They just broke a 21-year international moratorium on commercial whaling by killing an endangered fin whale. Last week Iceland announced that it planned to resume commercial whaling (Norway and Japan already are doing it), flouting the ban put in place by the International Whaling Commission in 1985.…