By Hana Skoblow
As violence in Libya grows, citizens of its capitol city, Tripoli, no longer leave their homes or even peek out of their windows for fear of injury or kidnapping. Like other recent demonstrations in the Middle East, online networking sites — Facebook and Twitter — aided in the organization of the Libyan protests. Unlike the others, however, the protests in Libya quickly spiraled out of control and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who seized power in 1969, is using more extreme measures to squash protesters, such as tear gas, gunfire, blackouts, and rumors of plans to bomb his own civilians. The death toll recorded by the Human Rights Watch stands at 233, but according to Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini, as many as 1,000 people may have died since the first protest on Feb. 16.
Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin has proposed a bill that requires proof that every miscarriage occurring in the state of Georgia can be attributed to natural causes. Franklin calls abortion “prenatal murder” and declares that a new group called the Uterus Police must investigate any miscarriage with an unknown cause of death. The Uterus Police will investigate by asking family and friends of a woman who has miscarried. The bill will also prohibit abortions in cases of maternal bleeding, cancer, or ectopic pregnancies that can be fatal to both mother and fetus. The bill is not expected to pass, especially since as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriages, most of which happen without explanation.
Paul McCartney shifted his talents into the classical music world and wrote “Ocean’s Kingdom,” a ballet to be performed starting Sept. 22 by the New York City Ballet. With choreography help from City Ballet’s master in chief Peter Martins, the piece will have a cast of 40 to 45 dancers and run from 45 to 50 minutes.
Just over a year after releasing the iPad, Apple is set to unveil the newer model, the iPad 2, on March 2. The company has kept quiet about what the updated version will bring, but tech-savvy bloggers expect a front-facing camera for video chatting.
After a ruling by a British judge, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden to face charges. Arrested on Dec. 7, Assange faces three sexual assault allegations and one of rape from last August. Assange is afraid that Wikileaks will make him a target to an unfair trial or inhumane treatment in Sweden, where most trials are conducted in private. Assange chose Sweden over extradition to the US, where he faces Wikileaks-related charges that are punishable by death.
Sources: CNN, NYTimes, RTTNews, Babble, BBC