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Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

World
"Shattered in an unsurprised way.” That’s the reaction of Arabic-speaking Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher to the paroxysm of violence along the Gaza border this past week, in which Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians amid a mass protest largely against the controversial U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. Shattered, because of the deaths -- the Palestinian Health Ministry pegs the toll at 60 at least -- but unsurprised, as this recent violence must feel to Rothman-Zecher as though it erupted right from the pages of his just-released novel, Sadness is a White Bird. Rothman-Zecher says he sees his characters in the recent clashes: the Israeli soldier who narrates the book in a wild plea, the Palestinian friend to whom the agony is addressed. “I&rsquo...
Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

Science
"Syria is green," says Aveen Ismail. "But here it was like a desert until we started growing plants and trees." The 35-year-old fled Damascus with her family in 2012. She now lives in the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq, where roses, lemon trees and marigolds have sprung up amid the concrete and dust."Creating a garden was a way for us to heal and remind us of home," she says.Alfonso Montiel of the Lemon Tree Trust has sat down in many of the tiny green spaces at the camp."You'll see in some cases it's full of roses," he says. "The first question you ask yourself is, why not food?"Flowers, says Montiel, give a sense of the passage of time. "It gives them a sense of hope. It gives a sense of control of their environment." The Lemon Tr...
Map of brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections offers new hope for repairs

Map of brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections offers new hope for repairs

Health
May 2 (UPI) -- A system that maps critical brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections offers hope for paralyzed people to regain movement in forelimbs, according to a study.Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are working on a process for specific repair strategies for patients that became paralyzed after an injury or disease caused damage to the central nervous system. The research was published this week in the journal Cell Reports."The map described in this study should allow us to explore which corticospinal-spinal interneuron connections are good targets for repair and restoration of voluntary movement," Dr. Yutaka Yoshida, lead investigator in the Division of Developmental Biology at the hospital, said in a press release.He said it will be several years before the...
Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

World
April 27 (UPI) -- The families of Japanese abductees who are still officially recognized in Tokyo say they are hopeful about being reunited with their relatives on Friday, according to a Japanese press report.The families watched the Inter-Korea Summit and cautiously welcomed engagement between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Kyodo News reported Friday.Sakie Yokota, 82, mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, said she hoped the situation will improve as North Korea moves away from provocations.Yokota also said she will watch "how things will unfold" because of past experiences with North Korea reneging on meetings regarding the abduction issue.Ahead of the summit, Moon had told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would raise the issue of abducted Japanese nati...
Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Sports
If the Washington Wizards want to improve their playoff position in the final days of the regular season, they can start by beating one of their potential opponents when the Boston Celtics visit Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday. An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland. Right now, the Wizards just need to win a game. Friday night's home loss to last-place Atlanta saw the Wizards plagued by poor defense and a selfish offense. "Not passing the ball to one another. Simple as that. Nobody...