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1 August 2008


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US Triples Medical Aid to Poorest Countries -- President Bush yesterday signed a bill into law that will triple the amount of funding America sends to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in the world’s poorest countries. This is one of the things the administration has got right in the last eight years. Moreover, the new bill drops some of the restrictions on the funds, such as teaching abstinence and a ban on HIV positive travelers to the US. This is the America the world used to know.

Turkey’s Ruling Party Survives Attempt to Ban It -- Turkey’s constitutional court came within one vote earlier this week of banning the ruling AK Party. Six judges voted to shut it down, but the constitution required seven votes. Another four voted for economic sanctions. Only the chairman of the court wanted to dismiss the case. This decision allows Turkey’s EU membership application to move ahead, but it casts doubt on the future of secularism in Turkey.

US GDP Grew 1.9% in Second Quarter -- The US Department of Commerce announced that the US GDP grew 1.9% in second quarter 2008. This figure fell short of most economists’ predictions of 2.3% growth. Commerce also revised first quarter growth down to 0.9% from 1.0%. Its revision to fourth quarter 2007 showed the US economy shrank by 0.2% rather than showing it grew by 0.6%. Technically, it’s still not a recession, but that doesn’t make much difference at this point.

NASA at 50 Finds Liquid Ethane on Titan -- The National Aviation and Space Administration turned 50 this week. It isn’t the agency it used to be, the one that gave the world the Mercury 7 crowd, the Moonwalkers, even the first shuttle crews. Space is a mature field now, and the agency’s activities are divided between putting astronauts on a space station for reasons unknown and sending robots out to do science. The robots win again having just found liquid ethane on the surface of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.

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