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November 8, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 8, 2013

On the death-by-poison-at-the-hands-of-government beat, Pablo Neruda wasn’t poisoned by the Chilean government in 1973, but Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned by the Israeli government in 2004. (Though, then again, a Russian report throws cold water on that idea.)

Despite the government shutdown, job growth actually increased in October. Alas, so did the unemployment rate.

Can the HPV vaccine cause infertility? Doctors are skeptical, but these two sisters are suing over that very issue.

Gogo Internet is adding a “Talk and Text” capability to its in-flight Wi-Fi system. Awesome.

Patrick Ewing, surprise head coach.

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November 27, 2012

Yasser Arafat’s remains exhumed, tested for poisioning

  • what On Tuesday, the remains of former Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed, roughly eight years after his death. 
  • why Though at the time of his death no foul play was suspected, There was evidence later found on his clothing suggesting that he may have been poisoned — evidence strong enough that the leader’s wife called for the exhumation. Israel denies the claims. source
7:37 // 1 year ago
July 4, 2012

Eight years after his death, Yasser Arafat’s body may be exhumed

  • before In 2004, PLO leader Yasser Arafat died under bizarre circumstances, falling ill while under effective house arrest. Despite this, his wife would not allow for an autopsy to take place.
  • then Recently, Swiss researchers analyzed Arafat’s clothing, which had been in storage since his death, and found high levels of the radioactive isotope polonium; was he poisoned?
  • nowArafat’s wife, Suha, has now changed her tune, requesting an autopsy. Arafat’s body would have to be exhumed, which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to allow. source

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10:33 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2012
I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids.
Francois Bochud, director of the Institut de Radiophysique in Switzerland • Reporting on the condition of personal belongings of the late Yasser Arafat, the former Palestinian president. Bochud’s institute found that some of Arafat’s effects had an elevated level of polonium, a poisonous element. This has reportedly prompted a call from Arafat’s widow for his body to be exhumed for tests. Arafat died in France in 2004 of a unspecified condition (not revealed by French officials, citing privacy grounds); he was 75. Bochud also explicitly stated that Arafat’s medical reports aren’t themselves consistent with polonium poisoning, and that only by exhuming his body could the question be answered. And it’s a time-sensitive matter, to boot: “…we have to do it quite fast because polonium is decaying, so if we wait too long, for sure, any possible proof will disappear,” he told Al Jazeera. source (viafollow)
20:25 // 2 years ago