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The Courts

Submission + - Western Governments Condemn Russian Courts->

reporter writes: According to a report just published by "The Washington Post", "The White House and foreign ministries across Europe had decried Monday's [court] verdict [against Mikhail Khodorkovsky] as raising questions about the Kremlin's commitment to boosting the rule of law and judicial independence and said it was an example of selective justice." Upon direct orders from dictator Vladimir Putin, the Russian "legal" system is brutalizing Khodorkovsky. In 2003, Khodorkovsky dared to use his wealth and his influence to support the democratic political forces in Russia. The ruling elite, including Putin, reacted violently; they arrested Khodorkovsky and threw him into prison for 8 hears. He was due to be released in 2011, but the latest verdict by a Russian court may have extended the period of his incarceration to 2017.

The report just published by the "Christian Science Monitor" offers another view of this travesty of justice.

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The Courts

Submission + - Russian Court Decides Against Political Prisoner->

reporter writes: According to a report just published by the "Wall Street Journal", "A Moscow court Monday found tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of embezzling and laundering billions of dollars worth of oil from OAO Yukos, the company he once controlled, confirming widely held expectations of a conviction in a case that has come to define the rule of Vladimir Putin.". This "legal" judgment is the latest attempt by the Kremlin to silence Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

His legal troubles began when he used his wealth and influence to support the liberal political forces in Russia. Putin warned him to back off from politics, but Khodorkovsky ignored the warning. So, in 2003, the Kremlin arrested his partner, Platon Lebedev. Still, Khodorkovsky continued to dabble in politics. The Kremlin responded by arresting Khodorkovsky himself, and a Russian court then sentenced him to 8 years in prison. Before today's court ruling against him, he would have been released from prison in 2011. Today's ruling means that he will likely stay in prison until 2017.

The report just published by the BBC offers another view of this matter.

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News

Submission + - Fatal Online & Offline Journalism in Russia->

reporter writes: With the recent attempted murder of Oleg Kashin, we should examine the recent history of fatal journalism in and around Russia. A summary of the recent bloody history of Russian journalism appears at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and was written by Fatima Tlisova.

Freedom of the press and the safety of journalists should have special meaning for Slashdot and its many readers, for freedom of the press is the very reason that Slashdot can exist in the West. What can Slashdotters do to help journalists in and around Russia?

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News

Submission + - Criminals Attempt to Kill Reporter in Russia

reporter writes: Russia is one of the most dangerous countries in which a journalist can work. Consider the case of Oleg Kashin. According to a report just published by "Foreign Policy", " the paramedics reached 30-year-old journalist Oleg Kashin Saturday morning at 12:40 a.m. He was lying outside the door to his apartment building in central Moscow, his face bloodied, his legs mangled, the ground covered in blood. 'He showed his hand to the doctor so he could see it was all broken,' a neighbor told TV reporters. The toll, tallied by various news sources, was chilling: two broken jaws, one broken leg, a fractured skull at the temple and a heavy concussion, blood in the lungs, fingers partially torn off at the joints, one of them later amputated. By the time Moscow woke up to the news on Saturday, Kashin was already in an artificially induced coma.

At Kommersant, the newspaper where Kashin works, no one doubted that the attack was related to his journalism. 'The thing that bothers me is that at the moment of the beating, they broke his fingers,' the editor in chief said in a radio interview. 'It is completely obvious that the people who did this did not like what he was saying and what he was writing.' Kashin's iPhone, wallet, and other personal belongings remained on his person, untouched.
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The "New York Times" has also published a report of this horrific crime.

Dmitri A. Medvedev has ordered Russia’s general prosecutor and interior minister to supervise the investigation of this crime.

How can Slashdot help to bring the criminals to justice? Buddha be with Oleg Kashin as he barely hangs onto life.
United States

Submission + - Hi-Tech Manufacturer Drives 11 Workers to Suicide->

reporter writes: According to a report by the "Wall Street Journal", a report by "guardian.co.uk", and a report by "Times Online", Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (HHPIC) is the dominant player in the market for contract manufacturing. HHPIC's customers include numerous tech giants: Apple, Dell, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard (HP), Dell, etc.

Part of the reason for this success is the tremendous pressure that management places on its employees. They typically work more than 10 hours per day for six days per week and for low wages.

This brutal environment eventually drove 11 workers to attempt suicide by jumping off the upper floors of an office building. Of the 11 attempts, 9 succeeded.

The only silver lining in these grim facts is that Western companies like Apple, Dell, and HP have begun to investigate the ill treatment of employees at HHPIC. These Western companies are driven by Western values and have signed pledges to discontinue using any supplier who violates Western ethical standards.

By contrast, the companies which are headquartered in Asia and which use HHPIC as a contractor have not made any attempt to ensure that HHPIC treats its employees with compassion. Asian companies do not give a damn about either workers' rights or, in general, human rights.

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News

Submission + - Suicide Bombers Wreak Havoc in Moscow->

reporter writes: About four hours ago, two women wearing belts loaded with explosives walked into two subway stations — the Lubyanka station and the Park Kultury station — in Moscow and detonated the belts. Twenty-two people died at the former station, and 12 died at the latter. Both stations are near the heardquarters of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the K.G.B. "Moscow's red Sokolnicheskaya line, where the first explosion occurred, is used by members of Russia's security service to get to work."

The news wires are lighting up with this story. See the reports at "Times Online", "The New York Times", "Telegraph.co.uk", and "guardian.co.uk"

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The Military

Submission + - USA and Russia have concluded arms-control treaty.->

reporter writes: According to a news article just published by the "New York Times" (NYT), Washington and the Kremlin have finalized an agreement on limiting nuclear weapons and related hardware. Notably, the agreement does not restrict American development of an anti-missile shield.

The NYT reports, "The new treaty will reduce the binding limit on deployed strategic nuclear warheads by more than one-quarter, and on launchers by half. It will reestablish an inspection and verification regime, replacing one that expired in December. But while the pact recognizes the dispute between the two countries over American plans for missile defense based in Europe, it will not restrict the United States from building such a shield. ... The specific arms reductions embedded in the new treaty amount to a continuing evolution rather than a radical shift in the nuclear postures of both countries. According to people in Washington and Moscow who were briefed on the new treaty, it will lower the legal limit on deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 each, from the 2,200 allowed as of 2012 under the previous treaty. It would lower the limit on launchers to 800 from the 1,600 now permitted. Nuclear-armed missiles and heavy bombers would be capped at 700 each."

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United States

Submission + - Can Slashdotters fix the problem in Toyota cars?-> 3

reporter writes: As the problem of unintended acceleration in Toyota cars continues without end, I have a thought: "Can Slashdotters diagnose and propose a solution to the problem?" The readership of Slashdot includes experts in technical fields like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, psychology, etc. Surely, Slashdotters have a better chance of fixing the problem than the general public.

My opinion on this matter is that the problem exists in the electronic throttle control and that the problem is either (1) an obscure bug in the software or (2) a radiation-induced glitch (RIG) in the hardware. As for the software bug, the infrequency of the problem suggests something like using an uninitialized variable or using a pointer to a structure that has already been deallocated. As for the RIG, an alpha particle may, on rare occasions, flip the bit in a byte of on-board dynamic random-access memory. Both the software bug and the RIG, by their very nature, rarely produce an observable problem. However, after they do produce a problem, they are hard to reproduce.

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The Internet

Submission + - Girl starved while parents raised virtual child.->

reporter writes: According to a disturbing report just published by guardian.co.uk, "South Korean police have arrested a couple for starving their three-month-old daughter to death while they devoted hours to playing a computer game that involved raising a virtual character of a young girl. The 41-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, who met through a chat website, reportedly left their infant unattended while they went to internet cafes. They only occasionally dropped by to feed her powdered milk."
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Medicine

Submission + - New Wave of Antibiotic-resistant Bugs->

reporter writes: According to a report just published by the "New York Times", although methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the most well-known antibiotic-resistant germ, it is less dangerous than a new class of gram-negative bacteria which have become resistant to all safe antibiotics. "The bacteria, classified as Gram-negative because of their reaction to the so-called Gram stain test, can cause severe pneumonia and infections of the urinary tract, bloodstream and other parts of the body. Their cell structure makes them more difficult to attack with antibiotics than Gram-positive organisms like MRSA."

The only anbtibiotics — colistin and polymyxin B — that still have efficacy against gram-negative bacteria produce dangerous side effects: kidney damage and nerve damage. Patients who are infected with gram-negative bacteria must make the unsavory choice between life with kidney damage or death with intact kidneys.

Recently, some new strains of Gram-negative bacteria have shown resistance against even colistin and polymyxin B. Infection with these new strains typically means death for the patient.

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Apple

Submission + - Apple enforces "Supplier Code of Conduct".->

reporter writes: According to a report just published by the "Wall Street Journal", since 2006, Apple regularly audits its manufacturing partners to ensure that they conform to Apple's Supplier Code of Conduct (ASCC), which essentially codfies Western ethical standards with regards to the environment, labor, business conduct, etc. Core violations of ASCC "include abuse, underage employment, involuntary labor, falsification of audit materials, threats to worker safety, intimidation or retaliation against workers in the audit and serious threats to the environment. Apple said it requires facilities it has found to have a core violation to address the situation immediately and institute a system that insures compliance. Additionally, the facility is placed on probation and later re-audited."

Apple checks 102 facilities, of which most is located in Asia, and these facilities employ 133,000 workers. The most recent audit of Apple's partners revealed 17 violations of ASCC. The violations include hiring workers who were as young as 15 years of age, incorrectly disposing hazardous waste, and falsifing records.

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United States

Submission + - Alexander Haig (1981): "I am in control here."->

reporter writes: The first decade of the 21st century marks the passing of the last generation of political leaders in the "Cold War" era. They include Boris Yeltsin, Ronald Reagan, and now Alexander Haig. According to a report just published by "The Washington Post", General Alexander Haig has died. He enjoyed a long political career that began with working for President Richard Nixon. Haig later served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. After the attempted presidential assassination in 1981, Haig told reporters, "I am in control here." His critics scoffed at his assertion since the Secretary of State is fourth in line to the presidency. According to American law, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President pro tempore of the Senate precede the Secretary of State.
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United States

Submission + - 1981: "I am in control here."->

reporter writes: The first decade of the 21st century marks the passing of the last generation of political leaders in the "Cold War" era. They include Boris Yeltsin, Ronald Reagan, and now Alexander Haig. According to a report just published by "The Washington Post", General Alexander Haig has died. He enjoyed a long political career that began with working for President Richard Nixon. Haig later served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. After the attempted presidential assassination in 1981, Haig told reporters, "I am in control here." His critics scoffed at his assertion since the Secretary of State is fourth in line to the presidency. According to American law, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President pro tempore of the Senate precede the Secretary of State.
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Idle

Submission + - Adultery is punishable by caning in Malaysia.->

reporter writes: According to a report from the BBC, the Islamic government of Malaysia has just caned 3 women whom an Islamic court determined to be "guilty" of adultery. Also, an Islamic court has determined that a 4th woman is "guilty" of drinking beer and has sentenced her to caning.
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News

Submission + - Exponent concludes that Toyota cars are safe.-> 1

reporter writes: According to a report just published by the "Wall Street Journal", "Toyota and Lexus owners have reported 2,262 incidents of sudden acceleration since 1999 resulting in 815 crashes, 341 injuries and 19 deaths." The gravity of the situation persuaded the management at Toyota to pay an unlimited amount of money to Exponent, an engineering research firm, to thoroughly test the electronic throttle-control system (ETCS). The engineers at Exponent purchased 6 Toyota vehicles and examined how the ETCS responded to various kinds of stress that the engineers inflicted on the vehicles. In each test, the ETCS responded correctly. In a written report, the engineers at Exponent concluded that "there is no evidence of problems in the electronics in Toyota and Lexus products."
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