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Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem

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Jul 24 2014

The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They’re talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989278/central-american-leaders-immigrant-children-are-a-shared-problem?ft=1&f=1004

Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali

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Jul 24 2014

According to Air Algerie, one of the airline’s flights has likely crashed in the African country of Mali. The plane, which carried 116 passengers and crew, lost contact with authorities an hour after it took off.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989292/missing-air-algerie-flight-appears-to-have-crashed-in-mali?ft=1&f=1004

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

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Jul 24 2014

Since last October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they’ve been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they’ve been turned away by protesters.

President Barack Obama has called the flood of migrant children seeking refuge from violence and poverty in Central America a “humanitarian crisis at the border,” bringing an international spotlight to a phenomenon that, for years, has been largely ignored. Earlier this month, he requested $3.7 billion from Congress to react to the crisis and urged Central American leaders to discourage more children from attempting the dangerous journey through Mexico, where they are targets for local criminal gangs and drug cartels.

The number of migrant children hailing from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has more than doubled since last year. But who are these young people? And why are they coming to the United States in ever-greater numbers?

Elizabeth Kennedy, a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, has some answers. As part of her research in the capital, San Salvador, on unaccompanied minor migrants, she interviewed more than 500 children and adolescents as they returned to El Salvador after being deported from Mexico.

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She tells NPR’s Robert Siegel that many of them are desperate.

“These are the most dangerous places in the world,” Kennedy says. “The only place that has a higher murder rate than Honduras is Syria.”

Of the 322 interviews she’s analyzed, Kennedy says 109 interviewees “received direct threats that they could either join a gang or be killed.”

In most cases, Kennedy says, kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it’s to find their family. Ninety percent of the young people she’s interviewed have relatives in the U.S.; of those, half have one or both parents there.

The Mexican government has recently announced a new initiative to step up control of its southern border. Kennedy says El Salvador is feeling the effects. The migrant return center where she works has gone from receiving one or two buses of children twice a week to receiving more than six a week.

But, Kennedy says, those kids will try again. She interviewed a 12-year-old boy who returned to El Salvador barefoot; he had been robbed of everything he owned.

“I asked him if he was going to try again,” Kennedy says. “And he just burst into tears and said, ‘What would you do if you were me? I haven’t seen my mom or my dad in 10 years … and no one here loves me.’ “

If the children have family in the U.S., they can often afford to pay a smuggler to get them across the border. If a family is too poor to afford a coyote, however, the child will often try to ride on a network of trains that run the length of Mexico, known as “La Bestia” — The Beast.

Deborah Bonello, a freelance video journalist in Mexico, says that riding The Beast is a dangerous undertaking. Because it’s a cargo train, not a passenger train, migrants have to jump on while the train’s moving and climb onto the roof. Many have lost limbs; others have lost their lives.

And there are other dangers.

“Criminal groups are charging a tax now to migrants who want to ride the train, and if you can’t pay, you basically get thrown off,” Bonello says. “And it’s half a day, a day on the train so if the train doesn’t stop, they have no access to food.”

Migrants riding La Bestia often have to rely on charity. Bonello says that groups like the women who call themselves “Las Patronas” throw food to migrants as the trains go by.

If they make it to the U.S.-Mexico border, children are readily giving themselves up to U.S. agents, crossing the Rio Grande on inner tubes and tires. They will be encountering even more patrols in the coming weeks; Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that he’s sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

These children hope their long journey will end here, when they surrender to U.S. officials — but as they head to crowded detention centers to await immigration court hearings, it may be just beginning.

Writing and research was contributed by Caroline Batten and Nicole Narea.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/07/24/334494493/who-are-the-kids-of-the-migrant-crisis?ft=1&f=1004

Costa Concordia’s Rusty Hulk Embarks On A Final Voyage

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Jul 23 2014

More than two years since it ran aground off an Italian island and killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally up and away. Cocooned in stabilizing containers that act as floats, the crippled ship is headed to Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/23/334494680/costa-concordias-rusty-hulk-embarks-on-a-final-voyage?ft=1&f=1004

Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

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Jul 23 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry met separately Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/23/334494708/kerry-claims-progress-in-gaza-cease-fire-talks?ft=1&f=1004

‘Tahrir Harassment’ Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions

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Jul 23 2014

Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/23/334494715/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-in-sexual-assault-convictions?ft=1&f=1004

FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv

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Jul 22 2014

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hide captionA woman passes by a departure board at Philadelphia International Airport showing that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled Tuesday.


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A woman passes by a departure board at Philadelphia International Airport showing that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled Tuesday.

A woman passes by a departure board at Philadelphia International Airport showing that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled Tuesday.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport.

“The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014,” the FAA said in a statement.

As we reported earlier, some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Delta said one flight — traveling from JFK this morning with 273 passengers — was diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle after the airline received news of the rocket strike.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is American’s top priority,” American Airlines said in a statement. “We have cancelled US Airways Flight 797 from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Philadelphia (PHL) and Flight 796 from PHL to TLV for July 22 in response to security concerns at TLV. “

United Airlines said it was suspending its flights “until further notice.”

Update at 1:37 p.m. ET. International Carriers Cancel:

The Associated Press reports that Germany and France’s largest airlines — Lufthansa and Air France — say they are also suspending flights to Tel Aviv.

The wire service reports:

“Lufthansa said Tuesday evening that it was suspending all Tel Aviv flights for 36 hours, including those operated by subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss. The company says it made the decision as a precaution to protect the safety of its passengers and crews.”

On Twitter, Air France said flights to Tel Aviv were scheduled to operate tomorrow.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv?ft=1&f=1004

Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?

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Jul 22 2014

As Gaza, Ukraine and Syria trend on Twitter, has social media changed the way conflicts are covered? Host Michel Martin finds out from reporter Anne Barnard and Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/334035814/tweeting-from-a-conflict-zone-does-it-help-or-hurt-news-reporting?ft=1&f=1004

Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

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Jul 22 2014

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hide captionEerie protective suits and shiny body bags have fueled rumors about the origins of Ebola. In this photo, a burial team removes the body of a person suspected to have died from the virus in the village of Pendembu, Sierra Leone.


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Eerie protective suits and shiny body bags have fueled rumors about the origins of Ebola. In this photo, a burial team removes the body of a person suspected to have died from the virus in the village of Pendembu, Sierra Leone.

Eerie protective suits and shiny body bags have fueled rumors about the origins of Ebola. In this photo, a burial team removes the body of a person suspected to have died from the virus in the village of Pendembu, Sierra Leone.

Tommy Trenchard for NPR

“A lady had a snake in a bag, when somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die.”

That’s the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea. According to the story, then somebody else went and looked inside the bag.

“And the one who opened the bag also died,” is what Morris hears next. The snake escaped into the Sierra Leone bush.

So there you have it: Ebola is an evil snake that will kill you if you look at it.

The striking thing about this story, which is told and retold, is that Ebola really did come here from Guinea and it currently is out of the bag.

But narratives like this are a dangerous distraction when health officials are dealing with a virus that spreads by human to human contact — and a lack of knowledge about how to stay safe.

In the remote northeastern corner of Sierra Leone dozens of new Ebola cases are being reported each week. As the virus spreads, so do rumors about the terrifying disease.

The first is that Ebola doesn’t exist. Some say it’s a ploy to extract money from the international aid agencies. Others say the people aren’t dying from Ebola, they’re dying from a curse.

Then there are people who accept that it exists but have unorthodox ideas about how it got there.

In the initial days some people said it could spread through drinking water and mosquitoes.

Given that it kills the majority of the people who get infected, Ebola is scary enough. If you believe it’s water or mosquito-borne, it becomes almost overwhelmingly frightening.

The other central theme that pops up in many of the rumors about Ebola is that the white people brought it.

A plague hits and then a bunch of foreigners in space suits come and whisk away the corpses in shiny. white body bags. There’ve been stories that this all a scheme to harvest organs from the locals.

So when some people got sick, they fled to the forest or hid with relatives. Making it more likely they’ll infect others. Some towns in Guinea have refused to allow any foreign health workers to enter at all.

Dr. Tim Jagatic of Doctors Without Borders says the misperceptions are understandable: “We created a hospital and a lot of people started to get sick and die. It’s very difficult for them to make a connection that we are here to help.”

Winning the communications battle is critical, he says: “The most effective way for us to end this epidemic is to focus on public health measures, learning how this disease is transmitted. Increasing the level of Hygiene amongst the people in the villages. Demystify and destigmatizing this disease.”

Five months after this outbreak started, efforts are underway to try to do that. Posters from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health listing the symptoms are plastered in markets and on public buildings.

Community elders are being recruited and trained to hold Ebola information sessions in their villages.

This group of teens from the local Red Cross have written several songs explaining the basics of Ebola. One starts with a basic assertion: “Ebola is real.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/22/334022357/rumor-patrol-no-a-snake-in-a-bag-did-not-cause-ebola?ft=1&f=1004

From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

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Jul 21 2014

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hide captionA new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant’s food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.


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A new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant's food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.

A new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant’s food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.

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If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It’s a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it’s supposed to designate fait maison, or homemade. It’s designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or sous vide — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.

I know, you’re thinking, French restaurants don’t cook their own food? As we reported last July, some 31 percent of restaurants in France use at least some prepared foods, although some restaurant experts suggest the number is much higher.

Regardless, now the establishments that use shortcuts will have to own up to it.

Jean-Paul Arabian is the owner of Le Cameleon, a cozy bistro tucked into a side street in Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood. He’s thrilled about the new law.

“Homemade will be the war against restaurants that buy their food already cooked and in plastic bags, ready to heat up and serve to clients at ten times the price,” he says.

It’s not hard to understand Arabian’s frustration and relief. He makes everything from scratch and everything is seasonal and fresh. And it’s not hard to verify. His bustling, stainless steel kitchen is part of the dining room décor. Diners can peer in at preparations as they sink their teeth into succulent, sauced meats and perfectly cooked vegetables.

Starting next January, if you don’t see the logo on the menu – the food is not homemade.

But what does that really mean? Just days after the measure was passed, it’s already stirring controversy. Many wonder if the fait maison label will really guarantee better eating.

The linchpin of the new rule is that homemade fare must be made only from “raw ingredients,” meaning the food product has undergone no significant modification, including being heated, marinated, assembled or a combination of those procedures. But the definition does allow for “smoked, salted, refrigerated, frozen or deep-frozen” produce as well as vacuum packed food as ingredients for dishes other dishes.

In Le Monde newspaper, one restaurant critic called it a “dud decree” that pandered to frozen food lobbies because “any frozen raw product from spinach stalks to shrimp can figure in a dish dubbed ‘home-made.’”

Except for potatoes. Frozen fries can never be called homemade.

“That’s because French restaurants don’t want to be called fast food,” says Stanislas Vilgrain, who operates three sous vide food packaging plants in France and the U.S. and is totally against the new measure.

Vilgrain sells high quality meats, sauces and prepared dishes to restaurants on both sides of the Atlantic under the name Cuisine Solutions.

Vilgrain says the new measure is pointless and misleading.

“The important thing in a restaurant is that you get high quality food served in the most efficient way. Why stigmatize someone who is using a sous vide product?”

Vilgrain prepares dishes such as beef bourguignon and coq au vin. He says his meals have fresh, quality ingredients and the new homemade label ignores that.

“We do a short rib from a Michelin three-star chef’s recipe. We cook it 72 hours at low temperatures. No restaurateur can do that in his restaurant because he can’t tie up his ovens for that long. It’s an outstanding product backed by some of the world’s best chefs,” says Vilgrain. “But under this new law, it wouldn’t qualify for homemade.”

But, of course, frozen green beans would.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/21/332645040/from-scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy?ft=1&f=1004