White phosphorus

Evidence of the use of white phosphorus by Israel in its war on Gaza is everywhere. Videos, photographs and accounts by bloggers and reporters are more than sufficient.

Medical evidence on the effects and management of white phosphorus is scarce. Pubmed returns 14 papers with search criteria "`white phosphorus' burn" most of them describing the experiences of burn units along its years of operation with people who contacted the material accidentally.

White phosphorus is an extremely menacing substance whether it is used on a densely populated area or not.

It ignites spontaneously at temperatures above 34°C, producing fumes with a garlic-like odour and phosphoric acid which promotes further burning. It can be extinguished with water but will reignite again when dry.

So if a person comes in contact with phosphorus. He will suffer burns that might start again spontaneously inside his own wound. Even hours later.

A solemn account of the properties of white phosphorous burns is mentioned in the `In Gaza' blog:

More numbers to donate mobile phone credit to

You can help the injured from Gaza—being treated in Egyptian hospitals—by transferring mobile credit to their phones. A one minute phone call to Gaza costs around 5 EGPs.

All the patients are accompanied by only one family member or a relative. They were quickly transfered from the overwhelmed hospitals in Gaza to Egyptian hospitals. They didn't have much time to take clothes or enough money with them.

By transferring credit from your mobile you will be helping families keep in touch.

ساعد المصابين من غزة بتحويل رصيد من تليفونك المحمول

هناك أكثر من 100 مصاب فلسطيني بالمستشفيات المصرية. أغلبهم تعرض لإصابات خطيرة و يحكوا قصص مرعبة.

قابلت بعضهم بثلاث مستشفيات مختلفة. أكثريتهم مدنيين و هناك أطفال.

الأعتدائات على غزة لم تفرق بين المدنيين و الغير مدنيين.

يمكنك مساعدة المصابين بتحويل رصيد من تليفونك المحمول لتليفوناتهم. دقيقة المكالمة لغزة تتكلف حوالي 5 جنيهات

يصاحب جميع المرضى مرافق واحد فقط من أسرتة أو أقاربة. تم تحويلهم بسرعة من مستشفيات غزة. لم يكن لديهم وقت كافي لإحضار ملابس او أموال كافية.

بتحولك لرصيد من محمولك ستساعدهم في البقاء على الإتصال بأهلهم في غزة.

Transfer mobile phone credit to injured Gazans in hospitals in Egypt

There are more than 100 injured Palestinians in Egyptian hospitals. Most of them suffered difficult, life-threatening, disabling or disfiguring injuries and they speak of horror stories.

I personally met some of them in three different hospitals. Many of the casualties are civilians including children.

The attacks on Gaza didn't discriminate between civilians or non-civilians.

You can help the injured from Gaza by transfering mobile credit to their phones. A one minute phone call to Gaza costs around 5 EGPs.

All the patients are accompanied by only one family member or a relative. They were quickly transfered from the overwhelmed hospitals in Gaza to Egyptian hospitals. They didn't have much time to take clothes or enough money with them.

Photos from the 31st of December pro-gaza protests

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الإعدام خطأ، إعدام الأم خطأ مزدوج

A black man is always a suspect

``I know many Muslims," he said. ``I used to live in district six. When we were boys I went to play with the neighbourhood kids. Many of them were Muslims. One day when I was five, I found them going to a house standing in a line. I thought we will get sweets, you know. But each one was ordered to take down his pants. I was a kid and I thought I will get sweets. I did so. My mum few days later discovered some blood in my pants. She asked me what happened." he laughed and said "I was circumcised with other Muslim boys!" I asked him about his own kids. "I circumcised both my kids as well. They didn't like it in church, but I think it is clean." His name was Jason a taxi driver, a protestant and lives in Athlone since the forced removals.

الزينوفوبيا في جنوب إفريقيا

من 6 أشهر تقريبا، تعرض الاجئين داخل جنوب إفريقيا لهجمات واسعة و في أماكن متفرقة. تلك الهجمات ليست الأولى التي تستهدف الاجئين. ولكن هذه المرة الحجم كان أكبر بكثيرو راح ضحيتها العديد من الأرواح.


مخيم بلوواترز - كيب تاون

الاجئين من بلاد إفريقية مثل زيمبابوي و كونجو الديموقراطية والصومال.

أنا هنا في زيارة لأحدى مراكز علاج و تأهيل ضحايا العنف. و في أول يوم لي زرت مخيم بلوواترز للاجئين في كيب تاون. المخيم نصبتة الحكومة والمفوضية العليا للشئون الاجئين كئيواء مؤقت لمدة 6 أشهر لأن الاجئين فروا من منازلهم. فالهجمات كانت قاسية جدا، و هؤلاء لاجئين أمضوا وقت طويل بجنوب إفريقيا و أسسوا حياة لهم هنا.

Fast food prices in the past few years

This is a table of a selection of fast food prices from 2004 till 2008. This year's data is from Otlob. I found prices from previous years using archives of Otlob on the Internet Archive Wayback machine. Prices are in EGP.

table with food prices in past 4 years

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