Daily Archives: January 12, 2017

Norway | Norway is first country to turn off FM radio and go digital-only

Norway will be the first country to start turning off FM radio. Over the course of 2017, the FM radio network will slowly be switched off, with listeners only able to listen to digital programmes instead.

The northern county of Nordland will cease to broadcast FM radio from tomorrow, with other regions following suit throughout the year.

Looking for life in all the right places — with the right tool

Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond Earth. Now scientists have developed a new tool that can look for signs of life with 10,000 times more sensitivity than instruments carried on previous spaceflight missions. Their report appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.

Britain, Turkey, Greece meet to discuss Cyprus settlement

Foreign ministers of Britain, Greece and Turkey met in Geneva on Thursday in an attempt to thrash out a security deal for a reunited Cyprus, a conflict rooted in Britain’s colonial past and Greek and Turkish rivalry.

For the first time in decades, the three countries were to tackle a 1960 treaty which allows intervention in Cyprus, a pretext used by at least one of them to intervene on the island in the past.

More than 50 dead in Yemen fighting near key shipping lane

Fighting in Yemen has killed 55 rebels and soldiers in two days after the government launched a major offensive in a coastal area near key shipping lanes, officials said Wednesday.

USA | The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

In 2014 the Afghan opium cultivation has once again hit a record high, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2014 Afghan Opium Survey

In the course of the last four years, there has been a surge in Afghan opium production.  The Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reveals that poppy cultivation in 2012 extended over an area of  more than  154,000 hectares, an increase of 18% over 2011. A UNODC  spokesperson confirmed in 2013 that opium production is heading towards record levels.
War is good for business. The Afghan opium economy feeds into a lucrative trade in narcotics and money laundering.
Source:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC)