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Feb 27 2009

Latest articles from Foreign Policy Magazine

  1. The Axis of Upheaval - By Niall Ferguson
    Forget Iran, Iraq, and North Korea — Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” Today’s most dangerous countries are the places where economic calamity meets political and social turmoil.
  2. The Most Dangerous Place in the World - By Jeffrey Gettleman
    Somalia is a state governed only by anarchy. A graveyard of foreign-policy failures, it has known just six months of peace in the past two decades. Now, as the country’s endless chaos threatens to engulf an entire region, the world again simply watches it burn.
  3. Reversal of Fortune - By Arkady Ostrovsky
    Vladimir Putin’s social contract has been premised on an authoritarian state delivering rising incomes and resurgent power. But the economic crisis is unraveling all that. And what comes next in Russia might be even worse.
  4. State of War - By Sam Quinones
    Mexico’s hillbilly drug smugglers have morphed into a raging insurgency. Violence claimed more lives there last year alone than all the Americans killed in Iraq. And there’s no end in sight.
  5. The Well Runs Dry - By Gregory D. Johnsen and Christopher Boucek
    Yemen has long been a basket case. But with oil revenues and water resources fast evaporating and al Qaeda on the loose, Arabia’s southern outpost could be headed for total collapse.
  6. Gays in Latin America: Is the Closet Half Empty? - By Javier Corrales
    After years of lagging behind, gay rights movements in Latin America are coming out into the mainstream.
  7. Memo to Iraq, from Colombia - By Elizabeth Dickinson
    How the Middle East can go from being a conflict-ridden deathtrap to a sunny tourist haven?
  8. Be ready to strike and destroy North Korea’s missile test - By Philip Zelikow
    Why Obama should strike North Korea now?
  9. High Seas Ditherers - By Cmdr. James Kraska
    How U.S. conservatives are helping China and Iran rewrite international law?
  10. Tuesday Map: Osama bin Laden’s current location - By Joshua Keating
    Did a UCLA geography professor just find Osama Bin Laden?

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Feb 27 2009

Universities: Will they remain the same?

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Faculty of Education, HKU Tin Ka Ping Education Fund Inauguration Ceremony cum Distinguished Lecture entitled ‘Universities: Will they remain the same?’ It will be held on 24th March, chaired by Professor Shirley Grundy, Dean of Education and presented by Dr. Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, World Bank. Please click here for details. [Source: Faculty of Education, HKU]

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Feb 27 2009

Presentation: 1990 Nobel Prize — Physics

Published by Science/Engineering under Science

Kindly shared by the World Scientific, the presentation speech and the Prize Lectures of The 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics can be read online.

The Prize was shared by JEROME I FRIEDMAN, HENRY W, KENNDALL and RICHARD E TAYLOR for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics.

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Feb 26 2009

Drug Resistance Could Set Back Malaria Successes

25 FEBRUARY 2009 | GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the emergence of artemisinin resistant parasites at the Thai-Cambodia border could seriously undermine global malaria control efforts achieved.

Surveillance systems and research studies supported by WHO to monitor antimalarial drug efficacy in countries are providing new evidence that parasites resistant to artemisinin have emerged along the border between Cambodia and Thailand where workers walk for miles every day to clear forests. The risk that they may be infected with a drug-resistant form of malaria could set back recent successes to control the disease.

Huge strides have been made in the last ten years to reduce the burden of malaria, one of the world’s major killer diseases. Strong malaria control programs have helped lower infection rates in several countries. The recent shift from failing drugs to the highly effective artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) has been a breakthrough. Appropriate treatment with ACTs succeeds in more than 90% of cases. However, malaria drug resistance now emerging along the Thai-Cambodia border threatens these gains.

With a US$22.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO will endeavour to contain artemisinin resistant malaria parasites before they spread. WHO will work in collaboration with several key partners including the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control of the Cambodian Ministry of Health, Bureau of Vector-Borne Disease of the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Mahidol University Bangkok, Institut Pasteur Cambodia, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok and the Malaria Consortium.

“If we do not put a stop to the drug-resistant malaria situation that has been documented in the Thai-Cambodia border, it could spread rapidly to neighbouring countries and threaten our efforts to control this deadly disease,” said Dr Hiroki Nakatani, Assistant Director-General, WHO.

Resistance along the Thai-Cambodia border started with chloroquine, followed by resistance to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine and mefloquine, drugs used in malaria control several years ago.

Malaria poses a risk to half of the world’s population and more than one million people die of the disease each year. The malaria map, or the area where it is prevalent, has been reduced considerably over the past fifty years, but the disease has defied elimination in areas of intense transmission.

Obstacles to malaria control include drug resistance in the parasite that causes the disease, as well as resistance of the vector mosquito to insecticides, environmental factors and counterfeit medicines. The likelihood of drug resistance is increased with the use of single drug therapy for malaria, especially monotherapies of artemisinin and its derivatives. Monotherapy fosters resistance because it is easier for the parasite to adapt and eventually overcome the obstacles presented by a single drug than a combination of drugs delivered together. This makes it crucial for monotherapies to be removed from the market. WHO treatment policy is to treat all cases of uncomplicated falciparum malaria with artemisinin combination therapy (ACTs).

“We know that malaria can be treated and prevented,” said Dr. Regina Rabinovich, Director of Infectious Diseases Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “and if we lose the key treatment available at this time, it’s like living in a house with a half a roof.”

The grant will be used to meet the following key objectives:

  • Eliminate artemisinin tolerant parasites by detecting all malaria cases in target areas and ensuring effective treatment
  • Reduce exposure of the parasites to artemisinin to limit emergence of resistance
  • Prevent transmission of artemisinin tolerant malaria parasites through mosquito control and personal protection
  • Limit the spread of artemisinin tolerant malaria parasites by mobile populations
  • Support the containment and elimination of artemisinin tolerant parasites through comprehensive behavior change, communication, community mobilization and advocacy
  • Undertake basic and operational research to fill knowledge gaps and ensure that strategies applied are evidence-based
  • Provide effective management, surveillance and coordination to enable a rapid and high quality implementation of the strategy

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Epstein

News Team Leader

Department of Communications

WHO, Geneva

Telephone: +41 22 791 1492

Mobile: +41 79 475 5534

Email: epsteinda@who.int

 

Ravini Thenabadu
Communications Officer
Global Malaria Programme
WHO, Geneva
Telephone: +41 22 791 2339
Mobile: +41 79 500 6549
Email: thenabadur@who.int

All press releases, fact sheets and other WHO media material may be found at www.who.int

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Feb 26 2009

University of education not advised

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‘A university of education should not be established for now and the Institute of Education should give priority to the strategic development of teacher education, additional disciplines and research.’  These were the recommendations of the University Grants Committee in its review on the institute’s development blueprint submitted to the Government.  Please click here for details. [Source: Information Services Department, HKSAR]

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Feb 26 2009

2009-10 Budget

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Financial Secretary John Tsang presents the 2009-10 Budget Speech to the Legislative Council. It highlights to earmark $7.5 billion to help implement the “334” new senior secondary academic structure. Besides, a yearly based additional funding of $21 million is used to promote national education. Please click here for details. [Source: HKSAR]

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Feb 26 2009

Family Law Online - Trial

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Family Law Online includes the complete archive of Family Law Reports, Family Law Journal dating back to 1999, Family Court Practice, Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice, Duckworth: Matrimonial Property and Finance, Family Law Precedents Service, Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts, Child and Family Law Quarterly, as well as a legislation service and forms library. After logging in, click on the Family Law Online Trial tab on the left panel to access.  This database is now available on trial via the Libraries website, http://obelix.lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/trial/index.cgi until 10 March 2009.

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Feb 26 2009

Royal Economic Society Conference 2009

Title

Royal Economic Society Conference 2009

Organising Institution

Royal Economic Society

Venue

University of Surrey

City

Guildford

Country

United Kingdom

Start date

20 Apr 2009

End date

22 Apr 2009

Email

res2009@surrey.ac.uk

URL

http://www.resconference.org.uk/

Other information

Please see website for further details as they become available.

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Feb 26 2009

American Cinema

Teaching creative thinking through American film is a worthy idea, and this educational resource from the Annenberg Media group is quite a find. Produced by the New York Center for Visual History along with KCET/Los Angeles and the BBC, this thirteen-part series contains 10 one-hour and 3 half-hour video programs. Visitors will need to register to watch the programs, but after doing so they can watch all of them in their entirety, and they may also view special extras, like the classroom exercise “Writing a Scene”.

The programs cover topics like “The Western”, “The Studio System”, and “The Film School Generation”. Along the way, visitors will also hear from a variety of Hollywood insiders, including Steven Spielberg and James L. Brooks.  For further details, please click here.

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Feb 26 2009

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Alfred Whital Stern was a long-time collector of Lincolniana who bequeathed his entire collection to the Library of Congress in 1953. He was very catholic in his tastes, as he managed to collect sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, and campaign tickets related to Lincoln’s life and times.

This truly astonishing collection from the Library of Congress’s American Memory project presents over 1300 items with more than 4000 total images from the years 1824 to 1931.  First-time visitors may wish to start by reading the essay by Clark Evans titled “Stern’s Gift of Lincolniana to the Nation” and then look through some of the thematic galleries. These include “Lincoln’s Letters” and “Collection Highlights”. After that, they should definitely conduct their own keyword search.  For details, please click here.

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