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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

Sea snails could contain cancer secrets

A scientist from the New South Wales north coast has been acknowledged for her groundbreaking cancer research involving marine molluscs. Doctor Kirsten Benkendorff from Southern Cross University is the winner of the Australian Academy of Science’s 2011 Dorothy Hill Award. Her work focuses on the anti-cancer extracts of the Australian […]

Murder for a fistful of votes?

Haaretz Israel: U.S. President Barack Obama ignored all the ethical criteria, and murdered bin Laden in order to achieve success at any price in advance of the elections. Even someone who prefers Obama to his opponents has good reason to fear the cynicism that Obama demonstrated in the bin Laden […]

Israel Foreign Ministry views Hamas-Fatah deal differently than Netanyahu

Confidential Foreign Ministry report calls Palestinian reconciliation agreement ‘an opportunity,’ despite premier’s recent comments following the deal’s announcement. An internal, confidential Foreign Ministry report advises that the creation of a Fatah-Hamas unity government in the Palestinian Authority would offer Israel a strategic opportunity. The views expressed in the paper are […]

Uniform pattern in sectarian conflicts

After weeks of tweaking and trials and errors, an activist at a prominent human rights group was finally able to connect his laptop computer to an old 32-inch cathode-ray tube television at home. Although he had seen it about 20 times already, Hendi (not his real name) was eager to […]

Interesting Theories

A mere day after US President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader and arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden has been killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, and the World Wide Web is gushing with conspiracy theories, fed mostly by the White House statement that he was swiftly buried at sea, […]

Israel remembers victims of Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Day was honored Monday morning with a siren marking a moment of silence throughout Israel at 10 am. As on every year, flower wreaths were laid at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The Knesset held its annual ceremony of the reading out of victims’ names. President Shimon Peres and […]

‘Backed by science’ claims on fitness products

Power Balance bracelets The claim: Power Balance makes a range of plastic bracelets and pendants decorated with holographic stickers, which they say will “optimize the body’s natural energy flow” to enhance strength, balance and flexibility. The bracelets have been widely adopted by celebrities and professional athletes, including Toronto Blue Jays […]

Is there hope for Peace

How Will Bin Laden’s Death Affect Terror Movements? The death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could temporarily dampen but not put an end to radicalism and terrorism activities, including in Indonesia, experts said on Monday. Osama was killed on Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan […]

Kosher Smartphone

Telecom company offers haredi clients kosher cellular phone with Hasidic folk music ringtones, menu in traditional German-derived language An Israeli telecom company is offering ultra-Orthodox Jewish clients a kosher smartphone with Hasidic folk music ringtones and a menu in Yiddish, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday. While other firms have tapped into […]