An Online Hoax Becomes a Source About a Suspect

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It was not hard, in the end, to figure out that the Web site was a hoax, however tantalizing the site was for reporters eager to fill out details on the fugitive life of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader reincarnated as a hippie guru of alternative healing.

Any public search of the site, dragandabic.com, which was named for the identity Mr. Karadzic assumed, could have revealed that the Web address was registered after Mr. Karadzic was arrested last week on charges of war crimes. And, oddly enough, a returning visitor would notice that it was being updated while he was in jail.

Still, the site — with a brief biography, conveniently in English and Serbian, along with some favorite Chinese proverbs — became, in the days after the arrest, a prime source of information for newspapers and Web sites around the world, including news agencies like Agence France-Presse and Reuters and publications like Le Monde.

On Wednesday, in a first and pretty much virtual interview, a person who claimed responsibility for the site said that was exactly his intent.

The hoaxer identified himself as Tristan Dare, and described himself as a “media artist who specializes in masterminding viral ‘guerrilla style’ interactive online performances,” who is a “citizen of the world, and currently resides in the global village.” He agreed to be interviewed, but only via e-mail, after being reached at the randomized e-mail address assigned to the person who registered the site. His identity could not be confirmed.

He would not speak over the phone, but laid out a chronology of the site’s creation and editing, and had meticulously tracked his viral experiment across the media landscape with a couple of dozen screenshots of news Web sites, from Poland to China to Japan, that referred to the site.

The details, he said, were meant to draw in journalists and other curious Internet users.

He wrote that many bloggers had criticized the design, “because it was simple and rather bland.”

“These people don’t get it. It was intended to be that way. It was supposed to be a ‘personal site’ of an ‘old man’ living in some drab post-Communist country not exactly known for a stellar Web design. It was supposed to be believable,” he said.

He said the Internet traffic totals “reached 24,000 by the end of Day 1 (July 22), to 180,000 visitors on Day 2 (July 23).” He added, “In those first two days over 1.6 million files from this one-page site were served to automatic server requests,” which includes not only accessing the site but also viewing or linking to the photos on the site.

There are the unlikely, but journalistically tempting, details, particularly for a man who is accused of masterminding the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

The site says Dr. Dragan Dabic endorsed a holistic health regimen “requiring more than just taking care of the various singular components that make up the human body. It points out that emotional and spiritual well-being is the key not only for happy, but also healthy life.” His e-mail address was listed as the plaintive healingwounds@dragandabic.com.

The hoaxer wrote in the e-mail that he took five minutes to fill in a fictional persona, not caring whether details — like place of birth — matched up with Mr. Karadzic’s known biography.

Hours after the site went live, the hoaxer wrote: “I decided to add more content to the page. I liked the idea of putting a few traditional Chinese proverbs, with the explanation that they were the favorites of ‘Dr. Dabic.’

“I looked at the various Web sites around, and was specifically on a lookout to those proverbs that could be interpreted in more ways than one.”

The final proverb: “The one who turns on his own, shall dig two graves.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/

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MUJERES: Se cortaron las herramientas para promover la equidad

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Roberto Bissio, coordinador de Social Watch.

Crédito: Eurostep.

MONTEVIDEO, ago (IPS) – La desigualdad entre hombres y mujeres “no siempre coincide con la pobreza. Por eso no debemos posponer esto para cuando seamos ricos y felices, porque podemos llegar a enriquecernos sin lograr la equidad de género”, dijo a IPS el uruguayo Roberto Bissio, coordinador de la red internacional Social Watch.

Más de la mitad de la población femenina del mundo vive en países que no han registrado progresos para cerrar la brecha entre hombres y mujeres en los últimos años, concluye la última edición del Índice de Equidad de Género, presentado en febrero por Social Watch (Control Ciudadano), una coalición internacional de organizaciones ciudadanas.

Una de las consignas de las organizaciones y movimientos que defienden los derechos de las mujeres es que los pactos y compromisos internacionales incorporen medidas específicas para financiar políticas que reduzcan la brecha de género.

Este año se revisarán dos de los acuerdos internacionales para la ayuda al desarrollo, y en ellos se concentran los esfuerzos de los activistas.

En septiembre, en Accra, se examinarán los compromisos asumidos en 2005 en la Declaración de París sobre la Eficacia de la Ayuda al Desarrollo, un acuerdo entre los gobiernos y las agencias de cooperación internacionales con el objetivo de armonizar y mejorar la administración de la asistencia.

Y a fines noviembre, en Doha, comenzará la reunión para evaluar el cumplimiento de la agenda del Consenso de Monterrey, adoptado en 2002, en la Conferencia Internacional sobre la Financiación para el Desarrollo.

No hay financiamiento para promover la equidad de género, y “las herramientas que la harían posible han sido cortadas por mecanismos como los acuerdos de libre comercio o las propias políticas de desarrollo”, afirmó Bissio en esta entrevista concedida a IPS.

IPS: — Social Watch creó el Índice de Equidad de Género para medir la brecha entre hombres y mujeres, ¿qué aspectos toma en cuenta y a qué resultados generales llega?

ROBERTO BISSIO: — Se construye a partir de las dimensiones educativa, económica y de poder. La educativa es la que mayor equidad ha logrado mundialmente. Hoy en día las mujeres están prácticamente a la par de los hombres en la educación, mientras que hay escasa participación de ellas en los organismos de toma de decisiones. En lo económico, que toma en cuenta el mercado de trabajo, la desigualdad también es significativa.

La inequidad de género no siempre coincide con la pobreza. Puede haber un país rico con una brecha mayor entre hombres y mujeres que en un país pobre. Por lo tanto, no debemos posponer estos temas para cuando seamos ricos y felices porque podemos llegar a enriquecernos sin lograr la equidad de género.

— En el marco de la ayuda al desarrollo, ¿a cuánto asciende la financiación para fomentar la equidad de género?

— No existen líneas de financiamiento específicas, eso dificulta la superación de la brecha entre hombres y mujeres. Las herramientas que harían posible la equidad de género han sido cortadas por mecanismos como los acuerdos de libre comercio o por las propias políticas de desarrollo.

Por otro lado, muchos gobiernos siguen insistiendo en políticas enfocadas en la educación y dejan de lado las dimensiones económica y política, que son las que en este momento presentan mayor inequidad de género.

— ¿Qué han hecho los gobiernos para mejorar la situación de las mujeres tras la Declaración de París?

— Nada que se pueda medir. Se menciona la equidad de género en la declaración, pero no entre los indicadores que miden los progresos. De las 12 metas que se acompañan con una serie de cifras a alcanzar en 2010, ninguna se refiere a la situación de la mujer.

Decir que se van a ocupar de esto es una declaración de buenas intenciones. Algunas organizaciones analizan si las políticas de esa declaración son positivas para las mujeres y concluyen que el conjunto de las medidas macroeconómicas y de gobernanza sugeridas quitan capacidad a los gobiernos nacionales de apoyar proyectos de acción positiva hacia la mujer.

— Entonces, ¿qué expectativas tienen frente a la revisión de los compromisos de París?

— Hay cierta frustración porque el documento borrador que existe hasta el momento es muy pobre, busca complacer a todo el mundo con un mínimo común denominador y no dice nada.

— A diferencia de la Declaración de París, el Consenso de Monterrey sí enfatiza la promoción de la equidad de género…

— Sí, como conferencia de las Naciones Unidas, tiene una perspectiva más holística, también toma en cuenta los mecanismos y el manejo de la ayuda. Hay mayor preocupación por la situación de las mujeres, se identifican una serie de medidas como, por ejemplo, analizar los presupuestos de los estados en función del gasto y de cómo impacta de manera diferenciada entre hombres y mujeres.

Se reconoce que la igualdad jurídica no alcanza, que a la hora del ejercicio real de esos derechos aparecen los problemas, y en este aspecto es importante la asignación de los recursos presupuestarios.

En Monterrey se introdujeron conceptos importantes, como que hay problemas que se denominan sistémicos, que tienen que ver con el mal funcionamiento del sistema global y que hay una interacción entre los mecanismos financieros, los del comercio y los de la ayuda que no se pueden ver por separado.

Por ejemplo, las agencias de cooperación pueden ayudar a los campesinos a producir algodón, pero luego las políticas locales de subsidios les impiden exportar esa producción. El Consenso enfatizó en la coherencia de esas políticas, aunque no se ha avanzado mucho en eso, sí se han identificado algunos problemas en algunas áreas que antes eran impensables en la agenda internacional.

— ¿A qué se refiere?

— Al funcionamiento de las finanzas internacionales, por ejemplo. Ahora todo el mundo sabe que la volatilidad y la fuga de capitales impactan socialmente no sólo en los países pobres, sino en muchos ricos. Asistimos a crisis financieras en Europa y Estados Unidos que hace poco padecieron Asia y América Latina.

También en la cuestión de justicia impositiva, hay un reconocimiento de la evasión de quienes más tienen y, por lo tanto, se habla de la necesidad de suprimir los paraísos fiscales. Esos son algunos temas en los que tal vez se pueda esperar algunos resultados. Y no se puede disociar estos temas globales con la equidad de género.

— ¿Que medidas están impulsando los países donantes para mejorar la equidad de género?

— Se están implementando mecanismos para saber cuál es el componente de género dentro de los distintos programas que se apoyan. Es un primer paso para mejorar las medidas. Pero el mayor problema es la incoherencia de las políticas, porque si se miran en conjunto se ve que los países donantes también son los países acreedores y los que negocian los términos del comercio.

— ¿Qué esperan las organizaciones sociales de la revisión del Consenso de Monterrey que se llevará a cabo en Doha?

— Las esperanzas apuntan a la posibilidad de generar nuevos mecanismos para financiar el desarrollo con, por ejemplo, impuestos a las emisiones de carbono, a las transacciones financieras internacionales, que podrían generar recursos y mejorar el ambiente. Existe la esperanza de que se pueda avanzar en esos temas, dentro de las dificultades que conocemos, como el unilateralismo de Estados Unidos.

— ¿Cuál es la capacidad de presión que tienen estas organizaciones?

— Dependerá de lo visible que se vuelve el tema. Cuando una reunión de gobiernos se hace pública, los delegados de los países tienen que dar explicaciones de los acuerdos a la ciudadanía. Afortunadamente, la gente está pidiendo más rendición de cuentas, lo que permite conseguir mejores resultados. (FIN/2008)

fonte : http://www.ipsnoticias.net/nota.asp?idnews=89318

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Scrapping departments “a hoax”

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The Justice Minister claims victims would be disadvantaged under National’s plan to scrap the Sentencing Council and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

The idea was revealed at National’s conference in Wellington yesterday. National has promised to use the money saved by discontinuing the two outfits to help compensate victims of crime.

But Justice Minister Annette King says the aim of the Sentencing Council is to develop consistent sentencing across the country. She says people appointed to the Advisory Board were put there because of their skill, experience and level-headed advice.

Mrs King says National has already talked about levying every offender to raise $5 million for victims. She calls the party’s scheme “a hoax” and claims victims would be lucky if they got more than $20 in compensation under National.

Source: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=141960

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E-Mail Scams on the Rise Local Priest Subject of Hoax Asking for Money

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Aug. 2–NEWBURYPORT — An e-mail sent to hundreds of locals asking for financial help for a Newburyport priest is a hoax, but such scams are becoming increasingly common, and many people are falling for them.

The Rev. Paul Berube of the Immaculate Conception Parish was quite confused earlier this week when he started receiving calls and e-mails asking if he were OK and where money could be sent.

In the world of cyberspace and frequent scams, it didn’t take the senior priest in residence long to figure out he had fallen victim.

“Apparently some hacker got into my Hotmail account and got ahold of the 450 names in my address book,” he said. “They sent out a letter saying I was in London and I needed funds to get back home.”

Though it is the first time Newburyport police have seen anything specifically targeting Berube, the scams are all too common, said Inspector Brian Brunault, who targets computer crime.

“This type of scam is very common, in the sense that someone is in need of help, they need money to assist them, and they wish to have the money transferred by Western Union,” Brunault said. “These types of e-mails especially prey on the elderly who have access to computers, but with limited knowledge.”

Berube’s e-mail, sent from his account, says he is currently traveling in Europe as part of a program called “Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS and Lack of Education Program.”

The letter went on to say he would be traveling through three major countries in Europe and had misplaced his wallet containing all his money and valuables.

The hacker then asked for a “soft loan,” so Berube could get home and provided a London address where money could be wired to via Western Union.

“I have been getting so many calls,” Berube said. “Most people are caught between the head and the heart; the heart wants to help but the head knows I’m not doing anything in London.”

These scams often work.

“It’s awful,” Newburyport Lt. Richard Siemasko said. “People that you don’t think would fall for them do.”

As soon as Berube realized the scam, he contacted local authorities.

“I have been on the phone with Hotmail for four days,” Berube said. “The problem is you never talk to human beings so it’s taken me that long to straighten things out.”

Last night, e-mails went out from the real Berube explaining the situation and assuring his friends and parishioners he is all right.

“It’s amazing really how many people were caught between heart and head,” Berube said. “I got an e-mail from a man whose wedding I celebrated more than 10 years ago who was in London on business. He asked for my hotel address so he could come pay my bill.”

Berube said the next few days will be spent finding a new server for his e-mail, but he is glad people are aware of the scam and hopes no one else is a victim.

“I am sorry to all these people that this happened,” Berube said. “I even left a message on my answering machine. I appreciate everyone’s concern.”

Brunault said people should be wary of such e-mails, even if they appear to be asking for help for someone they know.

“Everything on the Internet should be suspect unless you know the person you are dealing with, possibly through phone calls, in person or through mutual friends and family,” he said. “If you didn’t ask for it, you don’t need it — delete it.”

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Somalia/ Unicef lancia l’allarme sulle condizioni dei bambini

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Somalia/ Unicef lancia l’allarme sulle condizioni dei bambini
Uccisi 7 minori in una settimana; spesso arruolati nel conflitto

Roma, 1 ago. (Apcom) – Sono i bambini a pagare il prezzo più alto delle violenze che da anni insanguinano la Somalia, denuncia oggi il Fondo Onu per l’infanzia (Unicef), ma la situazione di crescente insicurezza degli ultimi mesi li rende ancora più vulnerabili. Solo nell’ultima settimana sette bambini sono rimasti uccisi a Mogadiscio negli scontri tra truppe etiopi e miliziani islamici, mentre più di 150 sono stati uccisi o feriti nel corso dell’ultimo anno. Già la scorsa settimana, sempre l’Unicef aveva lanciato l’allarme per 180.000 bambini somali, affetti oggi da malnutrizione acuta, di cui 25.000 in forma grave.

“L’attuale contesto di conflitto, spostamento e insicurezza nel sud e nel centro della Somalia ha un impatto enormemente negativo sul benessere psico-sociale e sullo sviluppo di bambini e ragazzi”, ha dichiarato il rappresentante Unicef in Somalia, Christian Balslev-Olesen. Il Fondo Onu denuncia anche il reclutamento dei bambini e la loro partecipazione al conflitto. Insieme ad altre agenzie, l’Unicef ha lanciato una campagna contro l’arruolamento dei minori e ha iniziato a lavorare nelle comunità locali, attraverso reti di protezione dei bambini, per monitorare e denunciare eventuali violazioni contro i minori. “Tuttavia, il funzionamento di queste reti è ostacolato dal peggioramento delle condizioni di sicurezza nella regione e dagli attacchi subiti dagli operatori umanitari, che stanno impedendo il necessario accesso umanitario”, ha aggiunto Balslev-Olesen.

L’Unicef ha lanciato un nuovo appello a tutte le parti coinvolte perchè si rispetti la legge internazionale, tutelando i diritti dei bambini e garantendo l’accesso agli aiuti umanitari. L’Agenzia Onu ha annunciato la scorsa settimana di aver intensificato le operazioni di assistenza per garantire aiuti alimentari a oltre 50.000 minori con meno di cinque anni. Una recente ricerca condotta dall’Unità di analisi per la sicurezza alimentare in Somalia ha evidenziato un incremento dell’11% del tasso di malnutrizione negli ultimi sei mesi. “Fino ad oggi siamo stati fortunati perchè siamo stati fortemente sostenuti dai nostri donatori – ha detto Balslev-Olesen – tuttavia, a causa del recente incremento dei tassi di malnutrizione e della necessità di garantire assistenza umanitaria in tempi rapidi, ci servono più fondi per continuare e ampliare i nostri programmi in maniera efficace”.

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Hoax call delays response to old people’s flats fire

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A HOAX call by children cost firefighters an estimated five minutes in responding to a genuine call to old people’s flats.

Bexhill’s full-time fire crew had turned out to an abandoned call which had claimed there was a fire in Old Town when the genuine call was received.
Retained firefighters downed-tools at their day-time jobs and responded as did a full-time crew from Bohemia Road, St Leonards.
They found that food left on a stove in a flat at Glovers Court, Glovers Lane, Sidley, had overheated, filling the flat with smoke.
Four firefighters had to don breathing apparatus to get into the flat and deal with last Thursday lunch-time’s fire.
Two terriers rescued from the smoke-filled flat were successfully revived using oxygen from the firefighters’ breathing apparatus supply.
By the time Bexhill full-time crew arrived from the hoax call colleagues were beginning to clear the smoke from the flat with a positive-pressure ventilator.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue warns that hoax calls are no laughing matter and can cost lives.

Source: http://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/Hoax-call-delays-response-to.4349496.jp

Bexhill Observer – News 10:54 1-Aug-08

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il mistero di Montauk

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Un esperimento genetico o un mostro?
Una “creatura” misteriosa è stata ritrovata sulla spiaggia di Montauk, a Long Island (New York). L’essere ha la testa che ricorda un po’ un rapace e un po’ una tartaruga, le zampe posteriori e il corpo di un cane

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Uno scherzo ben orchestrato o un mostro venuto da chissà dove? Le foto di una mostruosa creatura trovata morta, e per metà in decomposizione, su una spiaggia di New York, fanno impazzire il web. È un cane? Una tartaruga senza guscio? Un esperimento andato male? O solo una campagna di marketing virale? Certo è che la creatura ha già un nome: mostro di Montauk. In questo momento, decine di migliaia di navigatori americani stanno navigando compulsivamente su Google per trovare qualche informazione sul fenomeno web del momento. Una vera mania scatenata da un paio di immagini che pubblichiamo e che inquadrano una creatura con quattro zampe, corpo possente da bestia, denti acuminati.

da: http://unionesarda.ilsole24ore.com/mondo/?contentId=35710

mostropop
Le foto di una strana “creatura” trovata su una spiaggia di New York hanno scatenato in rete una ridda di ipotesi: cane, tartaruga senza guscio, esperimento genetico o più semplicemente scherzo fatto con Photoshop?300_CU_monster

le foto di una “creatura” trovata su una spiaggia di new york scatenano ipotesi fantasiose

Il mostro di Montauk fa impazzire il web

È un cane? Una tartaruga senza guscio? Un esperimento andato male? O solo una campagna di marketing virale?

«Montauk monster»: ecco quello che decine di migliaia di navigatori americani digitano compulsivamente in Google per trovare qualche informazione sul fenomeno web del momento. Una vera mania scatenata da un paio di immagini che inquadrano una “creatura” misteriosa ritrovata sulla spiaggia di Montauk, a Long Island (New York).

mostropop

MARKETING – Un essere dall’aspetto vagamente demoniaco, un po’ cane e un po’ rapace, sul quale si sono buttati a pesce i teorici della cospirazione, che su Internet vanno a nozze. Il blogger che per primo ha pubblicato la foto ha subito sottolineato che il “mostro” è stato trovato non lontano dalla “Plum Island Animal Research Facilities”, struttura del governo americano che si occupa di malattie animali. In breve il caso sembrava chiuso con l’ipotesi più ragionevole, quella di uno scherzo legato a una campagna di marketing virale per una nuova serie animata di Cartoon Network. Ma la tv ha negato decisamente, chiudendo la pista.

URBAN LEGEND – D’altronde l’origine stessa delle immagini è tipica delle leggende metropolitane. «Ero a una festa questo fine settimana e ho incontrato una coppia che era disorientata da questa foto». I soliti non meglio precisati “amici” che alimentano tutte le “urban legend” (una tv locale ha poi intervistato tre amiche che sostengono di aver scattato le immagini in questione). Diverse ipotesi restano in pista al momento, ma nessuna sembra essere del tutto convincente: un cane, una tartaruga senza guscio, un procione, una nutria. Oltre a quelle più fantasiose (un esperimento su animali andato male, un gargoyle, un alieno) e al suggerimento più sensato (la “photoshoppata”), che resta in cima alla lista. La caccia alla verità resta aperta.

Paolo Ottolina
01 agosto 2008

fonte corriere della sera

http://www.corriere.it/

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Man Is Accused of an Internet Hoax

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A New York City man who claimed in an apparent Internet video hoax that he had poisoned millions of bottles of baby food because he wanted to kill black and Hispanic children was arrested on Thursday, the authorities said.

The man, Anton Dunn, caused a video to be posted on YouTube on April 20, Manhattan prosecutors said. In it, he said that he had poisoned bottles of Gerber baby food and that he could not be caught, the authorities said.

Gerber and the Food and Drug Administration found no evidence of tampering. Prosecutors said Gerber received complaints expressing alarm about the safety of its products after people saw the video.

Mr. Dunn is charged with sending threats in interstate commerce and falsely claiming to have tampered with a consumer product.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/nyregion/01hoax.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

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Debate in Italy over euthanasia issue

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The issue of euthanasia has sparked strong debate in the Italian parliament as an Italian court on 7 July granted a man’s request to disconnect the feeding tube of his daughter, who had been in a vegetative state for 16 years.

Eluana Englaro was 20 years old when she went into a vegetative state following a car accident in 1992.

Two years later doctors called her condition irreversible.

She had been kept in a hospital and fed artificially in the northern city of Lecco.

Her father sought for more than 10 years to have her feeding tube removed, insisting that was her wish.

At the beginning of July, an appeals court in Milan granted his appeal, on the grounds that the vegetative state was irreversible and that her father was trying to conform to her will.

He said that coincidentally his daughter had visited a friend who was in a similar condition shortly before her accident.

On that occasion, she expressed the will to refuse treatment, should she find herself in similar condition.

Italy does not allow euthanasia, but patients have a right to refuse treatment.

State prosecutors could appeal Milan court’s ruling to Italy’s highest court within 60 days, but a previous verdict, which in 2007 gave legal guardians the chance to decide on treatment refusal, makes any appeal very unlikely.

While the judiciary case is still open, the Italian Senate is debating Englaro’s case.

Government parties and several Catholic senators are collecting signatures from parliament members against the Milan court decision.

The Senate could shortly vote to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on a potential conflict among Italian Parliament and the highest court.

The Milan ruling immediately drew criticism from the Vatican, which is opposed to euthanasia and says life must be defended from conception to natural death.

Domenico delle Foglie, spokesman of “Science and Life,” an anti euthanasia association close to the Catholic position, told AP Television that “the most serious match that it is being played in this context has to do with the euthanasia issue. In Europe all the countries that approved laws on living will, then opened the path to euthanasia. It deals with the matter if in Italy, either in a legislative prospective or in a cultural prospective, people want to approve euthanasia.”

The issue has come to the forefront of the Italian debate in recent years, after the case of a paralyzed man, Piergiorgio Welby, who had publicly sought to die and got his wish in December 2006 when a doctor disconnected his respirator.

The case split the nation – anti-euthanasia campaigners and some conservative politicians described the death of Welby as murder.

Supporters of the right-to-die campaign welcomed what they said was a suspension of an insistent medical treatment that conformed to the patient’s will.

The Catholic Church denied Welby a religious funeral.

“In Eluana Englaro’s case, unplugging the artificial feeling device doesn’t mean euthanasia,” said Mina Welby, wife of Piergiorgio and a right-to-die activist.

“It is just a renouncement to a treatment that has became useless. She personally asked not to stay in this vegetative life condition.”

In Italy, patients who are in vegetative state are usually treated at home.

One hospital treating such patients is the San Giovanni Battista Hospital.

This centre, run by the Catholic organisation of the Order of Malta, treats patients with special physiotherapy procedure and neurological stimulation.

According to Fabio Viselli, chief physician of neurological rehabilitation ward of San Giovanni battista hospital, it is very difficult to decide when a vegetative state is irreversible, but in accordance with the Catholic approach of his hospital he wouldn’t stop Eluana’s feeding.

According to Viselli, in Italy are estimated “an average number of cases (vegetative state suffers) on the entire national territory between 1500 and 2500 people, but it is very difficult to assess the gravity of each case and chances of recovery”.

As the debate on euthanasia is dividing public opinion and parliament, Paolo Ravasin, a muscular dystrophy sclerosis suffer and right-to-die activist for Luca Coscioni association declared on camera his living will.

“As soon as I will not be able to eat and drink through my mouth anymore,” said Ravasin, “I refuse any artificial feeding system.”

The issue has also divided opinion in the United States, in the case of Terry Schiavo, an American woman who was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state after her heart stopped in 1990.

Schiavo’s husband wanted her feeding tube removed against the wishes of her parents.

She died in 2005 amid protests outside her hospice after her husband prevailed in the polarising dispute that reached the US Congress, President George W Bush and the US Supreme Court.

Fonte http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080059629

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Bomb hoax creates panic in Ankleshwar

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SURAT: Some miscreants put a packet wrapped with adhesive tape along with a timer on it at GIDC shopping centre near Manav Mandir area in Ankleshwar on Thursday. Mistaking it to be a bomb, Bharuch police and the dog squad was called.

Senior police officials rushed to the spot and cordoned entire area. But, after examining the police found it to be a box filled with sweets. Bharuch SP, Subhash Trivedi carried the packet to the police station and found sweets in the box. Trivedi later told mediapersons, “We would give our best to catch such prankster who tried to disturb the peace in the region.”

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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