"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
- Dr. Martin Luther King
Ten-year old dies after Israeli action
A ten-year-old Palestinian girl has died in hospital in Jerusalem, three days after being injured during an incident involving Israeli border police. The child, Abir Aramin, was the daughter of Palestinian peace activist Bassam Aramin. They lived in the West Bank village of Anata, where Israel is building a section of its West Bank barrier.
Palestinians say Abir was with two other girls in the village when an Israeli border police vehicle drove past. Stones were thrown in the direction of the police, who responded with tear-gas and stun-grenades, hitting the girl in the head. According to press reports, border police have launched an investigation.
Iraqi children dying from lack of simple equipment
Colin Brown reports in The Independent that children are dying in Iraqi hospitals for the lack of simple equipment that in some cases costs as little as 95p. The is revealed today in a letter signed by nearly 100 eminent doctors.
In a direct appeal to British Prime Minister Tony Blair,more than 100 doctors describe desperate shortages causing "hundreds" of children to die in hospitals. The signatories include Iraqi doctors, British doctors who have worked in Iraqi hospitals and leading UK consultants and GPs. They are backed by a group of international lawyers, who say the conditions in hospitals amount to a breach of the Geneva conventions that require Britain and the US as occupying forces to protect human life.
"Sick or injured children who could otherwise be treated by simple means are left to die in hundreds because they do not have access to basic medicines or other resources," the doctors say. "Children who have lost hands, feet and limbs are left without prostheses. Children with grave psychological distress are left untreated," they said.
The doctors said babies are being ventilated with a plastic tube in their noses and dying for lack of an oxygen mask. Other babies are dying from the lack of vitamin K or sterile needles, all costing about 95p (about $1.85). Hospitals have little hope of stopping fatal infections spreading from baby to baby because of the lack of surgical gloves, which cost about 3.5p (seven cents) a pair.
Turkish-Armenian editor shot dead
A prominent Turkish-Armenian editor, convicted in 2005 of insulting Turkish identity, has been shot dead in broad daylight outside his newspaper's office in Istanbul. The BBC reported that crowds of Hrant Dink's colleagues and supporters gathered at the scene, chanting their outrage at his murder.
Dink was given a six-month suspended sentence in October 2005 after writing about the Armenian "genocide" of 1915. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the killing and said two suspects had been arrested. Mr Erdogan told a news conference that the murder was a "bullet fired against free speech and democracy." He ordered what he called the "dark hands behind the killing" to be brought to justice.
Dink, editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish and Armenian weekly Agos newspaper, was one of Turkey's most prominent Armenian voices. He was the frequent target of anger from Turkish nationalists who viewed him as a traitor.
Dink, 53, was found guilty of insulting Turkish identity after writing an article which addressed the mass killings of Ottoman Armenians nine decades ago. Dink claimed his aim was to improve the difficult relationship between Turks and Armenians. In one of his last newspaper columns, he admitted having received death threats. His computer hard drive was full of them, he wrote, amounting to what he called "psychological torture."