"They treated us like rats", otamendi, head of egunkaria newspaper closed for alleged links with eta, said after being released on bail

Today, after almost a week in custody, five days of which were spent under a no-contact order, the fourth of ten basque journalists was released on bail (spanish government under prere). What was to be suspected has come to pass: the ten journalists arrested late last week by the guardia civil as part of the closure of the "basque daily newspaper" (euskaldunon egunkaria) were, according to their own statements, tortured, which should offer a lesson in this country for the softening of the ban on torture attempted by the conservative side (back to the middle ages?).

"They treated us like rats", explained martxelo otamendi, head of egunkaria. "I was beaten and they used the bolsa on me several times." in the process, a person’s air is squeezed out of them that they almost suffocate. The jesuit and radio journalist juan mari torrealdei, who is still imprisoned, was even worse off. He spent three days on the stucco "beaten to a pulp" beaten to a pulp. That he had anything to do with eta was also doubted by his friend patxi azpitarte, the vicar general of the diocese in san sebastian, on radio euskadi this morning.

Faith in science and responsibility in forensics

One could call it a durrenmattian tragicomedy, were its effects on the lives of those affected no more than dramatic. Because of the results of a flawed forensic method, thousands of defendants accused of murder or manslaughter have been put behind bars in the u.S. Over the past 40 years.

The joint research of the cbs report program "60 minutes" and the "washington post" revealed that hundreds of defendants across the country are believed to have been imprisoned based on a now-discredited forensic methodology. The fbi is now accused of not informing the convicts, their attorneys, or the relevant courts that their cases could be affected by faulty evidence. Hundreds of them could now be reopened – if the deadlines for appealing have not yet expired.

The right to petition for a referendum differs from state to state, and in some states one has never been held

The new referendum report by mehr demokratie shows that referendums are increasingly becoming a means of shaping the political will, but also exposes the inequality between state burghers as well as party wills.

Frank rehmet’s report initially shows some progress at first glance:

Future scenarios predict severe drought and water shortage

Climatic changes on our planet, caused by greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide (co2), ozone (o3), nitrous oxide (n2o), methane (ch4) and chlorofluorocarbons (cfcs)), but also by increased solar activity, could cause major problems in a few decades, especially in areas already slightly affected by increasing drought, such as north africa, the entire mediterranean region, the middle east and the southwest of the united states.

A nasa study in which scientists calculated the effects of future climate warming based on the future development of greenhouse gases and increased solar activity shows that faster than originally thought, the amount of precipitation for certain areas will be negatively affected by climate change.

The german bundestag has approved the introduction of parental benefits. As of 2007, family policy now focuses entirely on high-income earners who want to have children

Those who had promised themselves far-reaching, consistent and long-term reforms when the grand coalition came to power are more humiliated after less than 12 months than they were after 16 years of spiritual and moral change and seven years of the red-green spirit of optimism. The self-proclaimed alliance of purpose is miles away from future-oriented visions that could be communicated to the population as the tasks and challenges of a community of solidarity. The federal political personnel, who even when they took office avoided giving the impression of being the first choice in terms of competence, enthusiasm and persuasiveness, seem to have been used up after only a few months, and at present there is little hope that the long remaining period of this legislative term can be reduced to anything more than the lowest common denominator.

"Explosion of emotions"

But there’s no use getting alarmist, especially not on the berlin political stage, where pertinent counterarguments or poor poll numbers always draw the same reflexes. Sometimes it seems to be the very contestability of a decision that activates rehearsed behavioral patterns in its representatives and virtually forces them to stage the positions they have once climbed to with an extra portion of disenchantment and exaggerated drama. It is hard to explain otherwise that the german minister for family affairs, ursula von der leyen, seemed to be close to tears when the german bundestag passed a resolution on the drug on 29 september. In september, the government passed the bill on parental allowance. The numerous objections raised by various associations, lobbyists and opposition parties melted into petty rebuttals that were not worth further consideration or even mention. In its place still blows through the written catch of the ministerial speech a homely mixture of incense, mysticism and parental happiness.

The european patent office has withdrawn the controversial patent on embryonic stem cells from the university of edinburgh after three years

Every year, the european patent office (epo) grants around 400 gene patents. As a rule, both the applications and the grants are reviewed by several experts. This was also the case with an application from the university of edinburgh in 1999. The scientists wanted to secure the rights to use stem cells for industrial, i.E. Commercial purposes. However, the three reviewers entrusted with the review of the proposal seem to have had a bad day: they overlooked the fact that the patent to be granted referred not only to plant stem cells but also to animal stem cells. But that was not the end of the complications, because embryonic stem cells were also patented and, according to the english language, the definition of "animal" includes humans (the european patent office inadvertently granted a patent that also covers genetic modifications in humans).

Following prompt complaints from 14 european parties, including germany, italy and the netherlands, the munich-based epo corrected the 1999 decision today (wednesday). The joy was on the side of a large number of parties, institutions and organizations. German spd justice minister herta daubler-gmelin, for example, was delighted and, in an interview with inforadio berlin-brandenburg, considered the appeal to have been "fully passed". The deputy chairwoman of the cdu "the cultivation of human (!) embryonic stem cells must not be patented." other parties, environmental organizations and medical associations were also pleased with the decision.

EU Commission reviews billions in compensation for coal companies

Rwe coal excavator near hambach. Photo: arthur konze.0

In brussel, there are doubts as to whether compensation payments for "foregone profits, which extend very far into the future" the minimum required by eu state aid "required by eu state aid law" required under eu state aid law

The question of how the sum of the planned compensation payments to energy companies for the decommissioning of lignite-fired power plants in germany actually comes about was raised several months ago by attorney roda verheyen: "4.35 billion euros for what?" in september, she wrote a guest article for the portal of the environmental organization greenpeace.

Some people are said to have even brought their notebooks to the park bench to be used for the purpose

The world’s first internet park bank has naturally caused a sensation. It went online on monday. However, it soon became clear that internet infrastructures in public areas are not without risks. Already a few hours after the start, vandals tried to paralyze it.

The british branch of msn had the idea of setting up a park bench with internet access for several notebooks in the public park of bury st. Edmunds in suffolk. Edmunds park in suffolk with internet access. Then it would be possible to use the internet "in a more natural environment" enjoy. Four devices can be connected at the same time in the natural environment, if rain, wind or cold do not limit the enjoyment. The internet users were to be allowed to use the connection free of charge for three months. For safety’s sake, the bench was secured with steel straps before it was taken away. The cables from the connections in the backrests were led under the ground inside the bench to the telephone network.

Every fourth exhibitor presents electronic products

On the 52. Book fair presented itself 6.887 exhibitors, the number of new publications increased to 91.407 titles. In total, the publishers from 107 countries exhibited more than 377.000 titles exhibited. Almost every fourth manufacturer presented electronic products such as cd-roms or e-books.

E-book – reading device of the future?

The european medicines agency is trying to pull the trigger and impose useless access to important study protocols

For years, independent researchers have been trying to get access to the original protocols of clinical trials on drug addiction. The evidence is too clear that the data provided by the manufacturers and discussed in scientific journals cannot be used for any meaningful analysis. The companies not only withhold studies that are negative for them, they are not afraid to manipulate the data to their liking. This is undisputed, the only discussion is about the outcome of the catastrophe, which has led to the fact that for a large number of drugs the spectrum of effects and side effects is uncertain, let alone whether they have advantages over older substances.

The european medicines agency (ema), which is responsible for the approval of new drugs, has been conspicuously unresponsive for a long time. The lobbying was too good, the prere too strong, the jobs too important. Only public prere led to more transparency in the last years, but, as it seems, not to a rethinking in the authority.