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    @Wood: see the posting date?
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    Electric cars that charge from the road itself.

    Actually that story is about electric buses but the same technology is beign developed for cars.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    @lampcommander woops ! I hadn't, but I should have, sorry.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
    Afghan Rape Victim Pardoned After Agreeing To Marry Her Attacker

    An Afghan woman who was sentenced to prison after being raped by a relative — because in the eyes of authorities she had committed adultery — has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.

    But her freedom comes with a price, according to news reports: She must become the second wife of the man who attacked her. Karzai's office says the woman and her attacker both have agreed to the marriage.
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    Holy shit: '“Every time a new media technology has been made available, it has always been ‘abused’. This is the price we pay for progress. Winners will be those who are able to use the new technology to their advantages and losers those who missed this development and continue to follow old business models,” the report notes.'

    Swiss Govt: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal
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    "What if I told you that preschoolers have been known to cast a rod into the water, in their birthday suits. That four-year-olds climb trees -- sometimes with eyes closed -- out of the sight of adults. That toddlers eat with knives and forks. Or that preschools are filled with art, and spaces, known as pillow rooms, to which little ones may retreat, alone, for some quiet time."

    Fishing Naked in Finland: What've PISA Scores Got to Do With It?
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    @Wood: the press reprots were incorrect. Gulhaz was freed withotu conditions.

    It was still a horrific ordeal though - she became pregnant as a result of the rape; spent a year in prison and gave birth to her daughter there.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011
    @Kosmopolit do you have a source with correct informations on that case ?

    On one of the news article I read, it said that she married her rapist because nobody else would want her now, since she was "dishonored", but that her rapist's sister was married to Gulhaz's brother as a sort of hostage, to make sure he wouldn't abuse her. What's the truth of that ?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011 edited

    The 21-year-old-woman had initially agreed to the condition she marry her attacker, her cousin's husband, under an earlier release offer but Kimberly Motley, one of her lawyers, told Al Jazeera the release granted this week did not depend on her going through with the marriage.

    "Her release is not conditional," Motley said.

    Her attacker is serving a seven-year prison term for the crime.

    Motley said she hoped her client would be released shortly, and that there was a place for her in a women's shelter.


    It sounds like the Afghani authorities backed down.

    The Telegraph is still running stories with headlines claiming she "faces marriage pressure"despite this claim not being supported in the accompanying article but that's probably due to them being racist arseholes.
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011