bandageAn letter signed by over 200 physicians in the Lancet calls for an end to the forced feeding of Guantanamo detainees who are on hunger strikes, a practice that requires the insertion of a feeding tube. The physicians argue that this amounts to medical therapy and that no competent patient can be subjected to such intervention against their will. A number of medical associations, including the World Medical Association, clearly state that forced feeding is a banned practice.

From the Physicians for Human Rights website:

Ethical codes endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA), including the World Medical Association (WMA)’s 1975 Declaration of Tokyo, which was elaborated in the 1991 WMA Declaration of Malta on Hunger Strikers (see links below), state clearly that “where a prisoner refuses nourishment and is considered by the doctor as capable of forming an unimpaired and rational judgment concerning the consequences of such voluntary refusal of nourishment, he or she shall not be fed artificially [emphasis added].?

Link [NPR]

Link [Physicians for Human Rights]

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The Mohammed cartoon controversy has spawned a new form of ASCII art, the Mohammed Smiley. Hodjas blog is maintaining a list of smileys that are submitted by readers. As you might expect, there is a bit of a firestorm going on in the comments.


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March 4, 2006

Bruce Gain is moblogging from the Geneva Motor Show and Wired has the photos…


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Time magazine released the full transcripts (pdf: 366k) of an interrogation of “the 20th hijacker”, Mohammad al-Qahtani while in custody at Guantanamo Bay. Most speculate that al-Qahtani was to be the fifth hijacker aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on 9/11.

wikipediaCongratulations to the Wikimedia gang and all of the contributors to Wikipedia for their efforts on constructing one of the most useful and impressive collections of knowledge around. Yesterday, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that Wikipedia published its 1 millionth article in the English language.

So, of course you want to know what the article was about. (Drumroll…) The Jordanhill Railway Station in Glasgow, Scotland complete with a historical overview, services, nearby attractions and a photo gallery! For those who would like to dig even deeper into the story of the station and related topics, there are references and external links.


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Mardi Gras festivities came to a close in New Orleans on Tuesday as the city continues to struggle through its emergence from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Enjoy a photo slideshow of the people and events during the celebration (source: Washington Post).

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