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Volume 16, No. 17 - June 14, 2010


Bhopal verdict a travesty of justice

By Pushkal Shavim in MUMBAI, India More than a quarter century after the Bhopal gas leak disaster, which killed thousands of people, a court sentenced seven men to serve two years in prison and pay a fine of about $2,000 apiece.

They were immediately granted bail.

Rather than providing some sense of closure to the victims and their kin, the verdict has compounded their misery.

It all began in the middle of a December night in 1984, when 40 tons of toxic methyl isocyanate exploded out of a faulty tank at Union Carbide India Limited’s plant in Bhopal. The deadly gas wafted over the densely populated city as most of its residents slept.

 Almost 4,000 people died immediately and more than 15,000 perished in the aftermath. Many thousands of others are still suffering.  Read more



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'Rainbow Nation' welcomes World Cup

South African soccer fans in Randburg, Johannesburg. From left to right, Monica Oosthuizen, Jenny Mamdoo, Josh Mamdoo, Kelvin Mamdoo and Taro Sukdeo.

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South Africa scores with the World Cup

The world watches

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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America roots for the home team, a little

By Mariah Pulver in TUCSON, Arizona, USA – In the United States, patriotism is a huge ideal that is very important to everyone – until the World Cup comes along.

Although most Americans want their country’s team to win, many doubt it will happen. So they cheer for many different countries and often expect their favorite teams to perform better than the U.S. squad.

 “I want the cup to stay in America, but the team that’s going to win is Spain,” said Sergio Silvain, a local soccer coach. Read whole story

By Mariechen Puchert in CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- I was 14 when it was announced that South Africa had won the bid to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup. I had no idea that my country had entered or even that there was such a bid, but my father called me to the radio while it was being broadcast.  Read whole story

A new beginning for South Africa

By Nicole Megan Gounder in DURBAN, South Africa – Waking up in South Africa will never be the same again.

For most people, this World Cup may seem just a series of games.

But for South Africa, the World Cup this year means the world, not only for the country itself but for the people that make up this rainbow nation. Read whole story

The brand new King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa.  Nicole Megan Gounder/

Durban ready to land World Cup matches

By Nicole Megan Gounder in DURBAN, South Africa – Travelers heading for the World Cup matches in Durban will fly into the month-old King Shaka International Airport, named for one of Africa’s greatest kings.  Read whole story


Prayers for the Mandela family

Counting down the final hours at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, USA until the World Cup gets underway.

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Making music from Hartford to Haiti

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins in HARTFORD, Connecticut, USA — The audience rose to its feet, applauding, not knowing or caring that the man they were cheering couldn’t see them.

Romel Joseph, a Haitian violinist, spoke about his experiences -- building The New Victorian School in Port au Prince Haiti in 1991, rebuilding the same school after a fire on January 12, 2000 and the devastating earthquake exactly 10 years later that killed his wife, destroyed his school, decimated his country and left him buried alive under the ruins for 18 hours.

Joseph, a Julliard-trained violinist, spoke about his personal determination to provide more children access to music and about his refusal to quit.

“Once you give up, you die,” said Joseph. “We are going to rebuild a third time.”  Read whole story


Skeleton at the entrance to the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa is rattling his bones as the World Cup gets underway.  Mariechen Puchert/ 



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