Honeybees Dropping Like Flies Across U.S.Honeybees are vanishing at an alarming rate from 24 U.S. states, threatening the production of numerous crops. "I have never seen anything like it," California beekeeper David Bradshaw, 50, told the New York Times. "Box after box after box are just empty."
1. Heathen Gentile Nations Condemn Israel over Rights of Women
(5. Germany joins 40 nations in condemning Israel over womens rights
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UN on Women: Only Israel is Criticized
March 20, 2007, 12:44 pm
By Andrew L. Jaffee
Israel is not one of the nations which abuse women. In fact, the Jewish state treats its women probably better than any nation on earth. But the UN has decided to single out only one country, Israel, in criticizing the worldwide status of women's rights. Forget the fact that the worst conditions for women are in the Arab/Muslim world where, for example, "A woman is raped every two hours and gang-raped every eight hours in Pakistan…" Yes, your tax dollars hard at work at the UN… Here's the story, if you can read it without vomiting:
From Tom Gross:
Last Friday, the UN surpassed itself as it finished its annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women by singling out Israel and only Israel (which actually has a very good record on women's rights) as being the only state "found in violation of women's rights."
The hundreds of thousands of women who have been killed, raped, mutilated and displaced in Sudan, the women whipped in Saudi Arabia, hanged for "adultery" in Iran, forced to abort in China, murdered in honor killings in Holland, England and elsewhere, all these were ignored by the UN as it attacked only Israel.
The vote against Israel was 40 for and 2 against, with only the United States and Canada voting against. Amazingly (or perhaps not) Germany, on behalf of the European Union, voted against Israel. …
From the National Review:
Muslim women are in the news everywhere everywhere, that is, but the United Nations. The U.N.'s lead agency responsible for the promotion and protection of women's rights the world over, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), ended its 51 session on March 9, 2007, by criticizing only one state Israel.
The same week the commission focused specifically only on the state of Israel, 33 Muslim women engaging in peaceful protest outside a courthouse in Tehran were abruptly arrested on charges of "endangering national security." Their goal? To put an end to polygamy and to child-custody laws that strip mothers in Iran of the right to raise and protect their own children. On March 8 International Women's Day 700 women's-rights activists again gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran, demanding fair trials for the women jailed a few days earlier. Iranian security forces and ranks of baton-wielding police once more descended on the women, driving them back with physical force, verbal obscenities, and threats of more to come.
In Saudi Arabia, during the first week of March, a 19-year-old girl
who was kidnapped at knifepoint, gang-raped, and then beaten by her
brother for having "allowed" herself to become the victim of a rape
has been sentenced to 90 lashes. Her crime? Meeting a young man who was not a family member. Indeed, one of her judges told this young woman she was lucky to have not gotten jail time.
But at the U.N., the Women's Rights Commission adopted only one
country-specific resolution on "PLO/Hamas Arab Muslim Nazi women."
Apparently, the members had missed the headlines about the arrests in Tehran and the teenager in Riyadh, emblematic of legal systems built on gross and systematic discrimination against women. They also failed to notice the millions of vulnerable women and girls raped, displaced, dead or dying in Sudan, the millions of women forcibly aborted in China, and the thousands murdered or forced to commit suicide for the crime of "dishonoring" their fathers and brothers
across the Arab and Muslim world. … http://netwmd.com/blog/
2. Jews in Israel Nearly All Circumcise
Poll: 97 percent won't pass on bris
Circumcision continues to win national consensus, though 78 percent say they
only uphold tradition for religious reasons. 69 percent prefer mohel to doctor
Kobi Nahshoni YNET Published: 03.22.07, 02:59 / Israel Culture
You can find pita-bread easily enough during Passover, the Sabbath is the national day of shopping and civil marriage in Cyprus has long since become a trend. But without any legislation or coercion, circumcision remains one of the lone Jewish rites that remain in the heart of the national consensus.
In a recent Ynet-Gesher poll conducted amongst 550 adult Jewish Israelis a unanimous 97 percent said they would circumcise their sons. 78 percent cited religious tradition as their reason for the act and 69 percent said they would prefer to have a trained mohel to a medical doctor.
When asked "what is the primary reason you would circumcise your son?" 78 percent replied that it is a basic and necessary tradition for every Jew. 13 percent cited health reasons and 9 percent said they didn't want their child to be ashamed or feel different because all those around him were circumcised.
Among respondents who identified themselves as secular 63 percent said that tradition was the main reason, while 20 percent said health and 17 percent said they didn't want the child to be different. Among religious respondents 86 percent said tradition, 10 percent said health and only 4 percent said they didn't want the child to be different. Among strictly-Orthodox respondents 100 percent said tradition was the deciding factor for them.
And who do Israelis trust with performing such a sensitive task? 69 percent of the public said it prefers a trained and experienced mohel compared to the 28 percent who would entrust the matter to a medical doctor.
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3. 15 British Seamen Taken Captive by Iran
Captured British naval patrol was inside our waters, claims Iranians
TENSIONS rose last night after Iran refused to release 15 British service personnel it had seized in the Persian Gulf.
In a robust statement that seemed to discount the possibility of an early solution to the diplomatic stand-off, Tehran accused Britain of "blatant aggression" by sailing into its territorial waters.
The combative response came less than 24 hours before the United Nations Security Council was due to vote on Iran's contentious nuclear programme.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the firebrand president of Iran, had been due to travel to New York to address his critics ahead of the crucial vote. However, last night he called off the trip, citing the late provision of a visa.
The 15 sailors and marines, believed to include one woman, were taken at gunpoint yesterday morning by Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guard in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which runs between Iran and Iraq.
The naval boarding party, from the Type 22 frigate HMS Cornwall, had been carrying out a routine search of a large cargo ship in the northern Gulf they suspected of smuggling cars.
Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, who stayed in her Derby South constituency yesterday, said she was "extremely disturbed" by the Iranian action.
She said: "We have asked for a full explanation on what has happened and we are leaving them in no doubt that we want the immediate and safe return of our personnel and their equipment."
There will be concern in London that Iran may link the fate of the 15 British captives to five Iranians being held by US forces in Iraq.
Tehran insists the five are innocent diplomats and has repeatedly demanded their release. But the Americans say the five - who were arrested in a raid in northern Iraq in mid-January - were linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which, according to US officials, trains and arms Iraqi insurgents.
HMS Cornwall is the flagship of the joint coalition-Iraqi task force responsible
for patrolling Iraq's territorial waters in the northern Gulf.