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How the World Health Organization covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare | Nafeez Ahmed, theguardian.com

Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a long awaited document summarizing the findings of an in-depth investigation into the prevalence of congenital birth defects (CBD) in Iraq, which many experts believe is linked to the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by Allied ...

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Top tip if you’re going out in Beijing: don’t breathe | The Guardian

When it comes to air pollution, the long-suffering residents of Beijing tend to think they have seen it all. But this weekend, instruments measuring the levels of particulate matter in the city’s famously noxious air broke all records. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre said levels of PM2.5, tiny particulate matter, had reached more than 600 micrograms per square metre ...

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50 aid groups demand Israel lift Gaza blockade | The Seattle Times

Fifty international aid groups and U.N. agencies on Thursday urged Israel to open Gaza’s borders, saying its border blockade violates international law and indiscriminately harms Gaza’s 1.6 million people. By IBRAHIM BARZAK GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Fifty international aid groups and U.N. agencies on Thursday urged Israel to open Gaza’s borders, saying its border blockade violates international law and ...

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OPT: Gaza’s energy crisis close to tipping point | IRIN Middle East

GAZA CITY, 20 February 2012 (IRIN) – An energy crisis is currently hitting the Gaza Strip‘s public services hard and could lead to a severe humanitarian crisis if a sustainable solution is not found soon. “If the power plant does not resume its work in the next days, some hospitals will be left without electricity,” Mahmud Daher, officer-in-charge of the ...

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HEALTH: Vaccine targets world’s biggest child-killer | IRIN Global

NAIROBI, 14 February 2011 (IRIN) – An estimated 700,000 deaths could be averted by 2015 with the widespread use of a vaccine against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases that are the world’s biggest child-killer. More than half a million children younger than five die from pneumococcal disease every year, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). It accounts for ...

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Why the U.S. Is Not Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’ in Pakistan

by Deena Guzder As the media coverage of more recent world events overshadows that of Pakistan’s unprecedented flooding in August 2010, the crisis is far from over. An estimated 1.4 million internally displaced people remain in refugee camps and informal settlements. The UN World Health Organization reports that acute respiratory infections are on the upswing in northern Pakistan, while concerns ...

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