BlackBox Radio

June 13, 2006

BlackBox Radio for June 13, 2006

Filed under: Weekly Show — blackboxradio @ 6:34 pm

On this week’s show: a resident of Rafah shares her experiences living through home destructions in the Gaza strip (producer: Abby Schlaff), and Robert Anglin of the Arizona Republic discusses the increasing use of tasers with Bad Cop, No Donut’s Ron Anicich, plus local, national, and international headlines (find them after the ‘more’ link.)

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Local Headlines:
Ann Arbor Instant Runoff Voting Fundraiser
National and International Headlines:
New HPV Vaccine Prohibitively Expensive
Florida Manatees Threatened by Developers’ Interests
British Citizens Outraged by Terror Raid, Wrongful Arrests

Local Headlines

This Wednesday there will be a presentation by Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum on Instant Runoff Voting at Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Fair Vote Coalition. Come sample beers and appetizers and vote for your favorites in the mock election using instant runoff voting. Entry fees range from $10 for those under 21 to $20 for adults; a $5 discount is available for advance tickets, which can be purchased by calling 998-0273.

### National and International Headlines:

The Federal Drug Administration approved Gardasil, Merck’s vaccine against cervical cancer and genital warts, this past Thursday. The agency highly recommends that all 11 to 12 year old girls get Gardasil, before they start having sex, for the vaccine is useless after acquiring the disease. At a cost of $360 for a series of three shots, the vaccine is one of the most expensive on the market—effectively putting it out of the reach of the uninsured here in the US and the majority of women in the global south. Cervical cancer kills 233,000 globally each year, is the second-leading cause of death for women.

Both Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, producer of a similar vaccine called Cervarix, are already countering attacks from the religious right who claim that immunizing young girls with the vaccine will lead to sexual promiscuity. Both are currently involved in discussions with conservative groups to allay their concerns. Merck stands to gain $1 billion in profits per year from the sale of Gardasil.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted the manatee off the endangered species list this week. Environmental groups, like the Save the Manatee Club, see the move as submission to pressure brought by developers and boat enthusiasts who have interest in consuming the wildlife and habitat of Florida. The manatee is now
classified as a threatened species, meaning that the commission does not consider the animal in imminent danger of extinction, since the population has tripled to over 3,000 since the 1970’s, when it was put on the endangered species list. The United States Fish and wildlife Service, due to Florida’s decision, is reconsidering the manatee’s status in the Endangered Species Act. The Florida Council of Yacht Clubs said in a public statement: “we are extremely pleased to know that we could safely down list the manatee without endangering the creature at all.” Manatees are highly vulnerable to fast moving boats popular in the Florida region.


Two brothers who were apprehended in one of Britain’s largest anti-terror raids last week have been released without charge after police found no trace of the chemical weapons they were supposed to be manufacturing at their home. Over 250 police officers were involved in the pre-dawn raid, in which one of the brothers, Mohammed Abdul Koyair, was shot. News reports at the time of the raid carried very specific details about the supposed chemical bomb the suspects were developing and carreid no hint the information might be questionable.

The Gaurdian reports that over 250 have gathered outside Scotland Yard in protest of their treatment with some condemning the raid as “unbelievable”. This is the second incident in which British police have used lethal force against an innocent person based on faulty intelligence. Last summer, following the July underground bombings, police shot and killed a man boarding a train with a backpack. Then incident, in which Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes died, caused an uproar in Europe and demands by Brazil for an official apology.

In the current case, the two brothers were held as suspects for over a week while police and MI5, Britain’s intelligence agency, sparred over the mixed-up intelligence. Their lawyer, Gareth Pierce, said the two were finding it difficult to re-enter their daily lives and that compensation would be sought, possibly totalling 6 hundred thousand pounds. The size of the damages will prompt police to think twice in future before carrying out such raids, it was claimed.


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