30 Sep 2007

Silly Symphony - The Skeleton Dance (1929)

 

It's all Skull & Bones.

Money trail to Hamas begins with Israeli banks

This from Reuters:

Israeli authorities tracking Hamas's funds said they made an unexpected discovery last month -- cash from one of Israel's biggest banks had found its way to a security force loyal to the Palestinian Islamists in Gaza.


Officials, speaking to Reuters this week on condition of anonymity, said the incident sparked a inquiry by the Justice Ministry's anti-money laundering authority and fuelled debate within the Israeli government and banking community over whether to cut financial links to Palestinian banks in the Gaza Strip.


That debate came to a head when Israel's largest commercial bank, Bank Hapoalim (POLI.TA: Quote, Profile, Research), said on Tuesday it would stop providing Israeli shekel notes and coins to Gaza. Hapoalim attributed the move to last week's declaration by Israel that Gaza, where Hamas seized control in June, is an "enemy entity".

EXCLUSIVE-Money trail to Hamas begins with Israeli banks | Reuters

Bank Hapoalim International Site

29 Sep 2007

European-made condoms are infected with HIV

The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio claimed some anti-retroviral drugs were also infected "in order to finish quickly the African people".

The Catholic Church formally opposes any use of condoms, advising fidelity within marriage or sexual abstinence.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Shock at archbishop condom claim

28 Sep 2007

WHITE GUILT

 

Stir Your World 2007

 

Children living in Poverty and in Danger and Abuse

 

YouTube - Rescue children living in poverty from danger and abuse

Morales: "It should be the millennium of life"

Responding to a question about the US and its relationship with countries including Venezuela and Cuba, Morales said the nations should come together to think about "how we can support life and human kind."

"It should be the millennium of life," he said.

"I personally know that there are presidents in countries who send troops abroad to save lives," Morales added later in the program, "but there are also countries who send troops abroad to take away lives. If we compare these two things...certainly we're going to the conclusion that these policies must change."

"And please don't consider me to part of the axis of evil," he begged.

The video on Black Listed News is from Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart, broadcast on September 25, 2007.

26 Sep 2007

Prison Planet.com COPWATCH

Epidemic Of Police Brutality & Harassment Sweeps America & UK

An epidemic of violence and harassment is sweeping the country. Police are being trained that the general public are the enemy and that they can engage in outright brutality without recourse. Taser deaths are skyrocketing because the police have been ordered to use "pain compliance", otherwise known as torture, to subdue and oppress the citizenry. Police are also increasingly completely unaware of the laws they are supposed to enforce and have resolved to invent offences out of thin air as an excuse to harass people. It is time for police to remember that their duty is to protect the general public from criminals and not act as enforcers for a tyrannical police state.

Lots of video and information on Prison Planet.com COPWATCH

International Anti-Occupation Network

 

International Anti-Occupation Network

Acting against the occupation of Iraq, in the framework of the conclusions of the World Tribunal on Iraq

25 Sep 2007

Should all U.S. Muslims carry a special ID?

 

Historical Background:

A Star of David, often yellow-colored, was used by the Nazis during the Holocaust as a method of identifying Jews. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 there were initially different local decrees forcing Jews to wear a distinct sign – in the General Government e.g. a white armband with a blue Star of David on it, in the Warthegau a yellow badge in the form of a Star of David on the left side of the breast and on the back. The requirement to wear the Star of David with the word Jude (German for Jew) inscribed was then extended to all Jews over the age of 6 in the Reich and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (by a decree issued on September 1, 1941 signed by Reinhard Heydrich ) and was gradually introduced in other German-occupied areas, where local words were used (e.g. Juif in French, Jood in Dutch).

Jewish inmates in concentration camps were later forced to wear similar Nazi concentration camp badges.

Wikipedia

Ahmadinejad''s "Gay Comments

VILIFIED as a Holocaust denier, a supporter of terrorism and a backer of Iraqi insurgents, the president of Iran was actually able to make New Yorkers burst into laughter - but not at a joke.

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University in response to a question about the recent execution of two gay men there.


"In Iran we do not have this phenomenon," he continued.
"I do not know who has told you we have it."
Loud laughs and boos broke from the audience of about 700 people, mostly students at the Ivy League school whose garb included "Stop Ahmadinejad's Evil" T-shirts.

Ahmadinejad's gay comments a 'sick joke' | Herald Sun

23 Sep 2007

A Bad Day for Cannabis

Hundreds of young children illegally trafficked into the UK are the new victims of Britain's booming cannabis trade. Figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal that, as organised criminals push cannabis production to record levels, at least one child a week is being found by police raiding cannabis factories.

Experts warn that children as young as 13 are been smuggled from south-east Asia to work as "slaves" for gangs in dangerous conditions, being kept captive in towns and suburbs across the UK. They believe there has been a five-fold increase in the trade in the past 12 months.

Police believe organised crime gangs, largely Vietnamese, have moved quickly to dominate the UK cannabis market after declassification in 2004 increased the potential rewards of growing and selling the drug and decreased the risks of punishment.

Children trafficked from Asia to UK to work in cannabis factories - Independent Online Edition

For more information see this documentary:

Myanmar Monks Protests

Monks are now taking the lead in protests against Myanmar's military rulers.

Thousands of Buddhist monks are reported to have joined anti-government marches in Myanmar, a day after police used tear gas and fired warning shots to break up a similar protest in the north of the country.

In the former capital, Yangon, a march of about 500 monks walked through the city streets after they were barred from entering the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the country's most important religious sites.

Witnesses said the monks were watched by plainclothes security officials, but no action was taken to try to break up the march.

Other marches also took place in Myanmar's second city of Mandalay, and the north-western coastal city of Sittwe where witnesses said at least 2,000 monks had joined a protest march.

Several thousand residents watched the march, but were told by the monks not to join in, an unnamed local witness told Reuters.

A similar protest in Sittwe on Tuesday was broken up by security officials using tear gas and firing warning shots.

On Wednesday, a report in state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper acknowledged that authorities had used force to break up the protests, saying the action had been taken after protesters had injured police and other officials.

The report blamed "bogus" monks and other instigators for starting the trouble.

It said senior Buddhist leaders had urged the monks to disperse, but the crowd retaliated by throwing stones and sticks.

Al Jazeera English - News - Myanmar Monks Step Up Protests

22 Sep 2007

Kissinger: Iran Attack Is About Oil

In a new op-ed, Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger admits that U.S. hostility against Iran is not about the threat of nuclear proliferation, but as part of a larger agenda to seize Iranian oil supplies. But the true meaning behind this is lost on Neo-Cons, who are still deluded into thinking that Americans benefit from the imperial looting of natural resources in the middle east.

In an International Herald Tribune op-ed , Former US Secretary of State Kissinger comes clean on the true motives behind the planned military assault on Iran.

"An Iran that practices subversion and seeks regional hegemony - which appears to be the current trend - must be faced with lines it will not be permitted to cross. The industrial nations cannot accept radical forces dominating a region on which their economies depend," writes Kissinger.

Prison Planet

21 Sep 2007

Jena Six

Jena Six refers to a group of six black teenagers who have been arrested and charged with crimes related to their alleged involvement in the assault of a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, on December 4, 2006. The incident is one of many racially charged events that have occurred in the town since the hanging of nooses on the "white tree" on the Jena High School campus, which some have called a prank and others say recalls the history of lynching. Critics of how the case was handled, including civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have said that the arrests and subsequent charges were racially motivated. Some residents of the town - both white and black - have expressed the view that the current problem is more the fault of outsiders using racial politics to influence the justice system. Additionally, U.S. Attorney Donald Washington has expressed the opinion that although discipline was mishandled by the school, he has found no reason to believe that there was unfair judicial action.

Jena Six - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Last War , Armageddon , The End Of The World , Hidabroot


(click the CC button for subtitle)

Somebody Anonymous said on YouTube:"Don't you realize that the bible was written by men? Don't you know anything about Rome? Why trust a book that has chapters called Romans?
lol, and remember, the UNITED STATES OF FACIST AMERICA CREATED THE STATE OF ISREAL IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 1900's. Materialist are the reason the end is here..."

Another called DEATH said:"I was going to watch this but when I visited the website of the video I knew this was nothing but PROPOGANDA SO I WONT EVEN BOTHER WATCHING BULLSHIR LIES !!"

Dutch Police Against Anti-Fascists

 

Police is stopping Anti-Fascists from demonstrating against Dutch Neo-Fascists.

20 Sep 2007

Uganda flooding washes away towns and lives

Uganda declared a state of emergency Thursday in the worst flood-affected areas of the country as humanitarian workers tried to reach villages that have been cut off by water.

Uganda is among the nations hit hardest by floods that have swept across 17 countries in Africa in recent weeks. At least 200 people have been killed across the continent, and hundreds of thousands displaced. In Uganda, floods killed 21 people since August, said deputy police spokeswoman Judith Nabakoba. "We expected the rains which have been falling since early August to ease off, but they are getting worse and we are seeing more and more people affected," said Relief and Disaster Preparedness Minister Tarsis Kabwegyere.

Uganda flooding washes away towns, lives - CNN.com

Also see this on The Age

Peru meteorite crash 'causes mystery illness'

 The meteorite impact crater high in the Peruvian Andes
The meteorite impact crater.

A meteorite has struck a remote part of Peru and carved a large crater that is emitting noxious odours and making villagers ill, according to local press reports. A fireball streaked across the Andean sky late on Saturday night and crashed into a field near Carancas, a sparsely populated highland wilderness near Lake Titicaca on the border with Bolivia, witnesses said.
The orange streak and loud bang were initially thought to be a plane crashing. When farmers went to investigate, however, they found a crater at least 10m wide and 5m deep, but no sign of wreckage.

Peru meteorite crash 'causes mystery illness' | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

19 Sep 2007

The US-Police like to Shock With Tasers

A Clay County woman's family said it's seeking justice after their loved one died shortly after being shocked 10 times with Taser guns during a confrontation with police. The family of 56-year-old Emily Delafield said it would take the Green Cove Springs Police Department to court, according to a WJXT-TV report.
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times

Police are investigating the firey death of a man who burst into flames after dousing himself in petrol and then being shot with a taser gun. Officers used the gun after the man had poured gasoline over himself. Daily Mail

More taser misery on Google Video

This is a follow-up on: "Student Tasered After Asking John Kerry Questions"

Civil Disobedience in Washington DC

On September 15th, tens of thousands of people rallied at Lafayette Park in Washington DC, in the United States, and then marched from the White House to the US Capitol to demand an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq. The protest culminated with hundreds of people participating in a "die-in" surrounding the Capitol. More than 193 protestors were individually arrested after crossing a short barrier surrounding the Capitol. Many members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War contingent were arrested, including family members of veterans and active duty soldiers, as well as veterans of the Vietnam War.

The civil disobedience was large enough that the Capitol police tried to stop arresting people and someone in charge yelled that the protestors had made their point. The police at the wall began to push back anyone trying to get arrested, and sprayed chemicals from a small red cannister on two people who tried, and finally succeeded, to get arrested. Capitol Police told the New York Times that arrestees will be charged with "illegally crossing a police line." The rights of protestors were trampled on throughout the day, especially at 67 K Street where the arrestees were being held.
Earlier, a single line on Pennsylvania Avenue of "Gathering of Eagles" and Young Republicans, a majority of whom never served in Iraq, yelled "traitor" at the Iraq Veterans Against the War contingent heading the antiwar march. The Iraq War veterans chanted, "We Are the Troops! Bring us Home!," while marching with flags printed with the names of big war contractors including Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Blackwater and CACI.

Independent Media Center

18 Sep 2007

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Prime Ministers of the six Shanghai Cooperation Organization nations

In 1996, China founded a little-known international alliance known as the "Shanghai Five". It consisted of China, Russia, and three Central Asian States once part of the Soviet empire, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, and Tajikistan. The group specifically focused on battling the terrorist threats emanating from Afghanistan and ensuring regional stability. In June 2001, Uzbekistan was invited to join and the group was officially named the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Although originally dismissed in American intelligence circles as a loose alliance against the proposed National Missile Defense system and described by anti-China fanatics as a Chinese led anti-US "axis", the group is applying for formal recognition from the United Nations and could well be the new cornerstone in any prolonged effort to end the threat of global terrorism. China News

‘Leave NATO, join Shanghai!’ Is this really what the Turkish army wants? on Black Listed News

Site of the SCO and the Wikipedia-entry

Archbishop of York Calls for Full Sanctions Against Mugabe Regime

The Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has called on the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to revisit the country's policy on Zimbabwe and lead a campaign of foreign intervention. He suggested that it was time because it seems the African solution that former premier Tony Blair had advocated, was not forthcoming.

In a commentary published in the UK Observer newspaper the Archbishop said: "The time has come for Mr. Brown, who has already shown himself to be an African interventionist through his work at the UN in favour of the people of Darfur, finally to slay the ghosts of Britain's colonialist past by thoroughly revising foreign policy towards Zimbabwe and to lead the way in co-ordinating an international response. The time for 'African solutions' alone is now over."

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Archbishop of York Calls for Full Sanctions Against Mugabe Regime

Student Tasered After Asking John Kerry Questions

 
See this to the end... Freedom of Speech in the US...
Shocking!

LiveLeak

See the website of the torture victim here.

Also see Prison Planet.com.
There you can see another amazing TORTURE video; A horror video that wouldn't look out of place in Maoist China or Nazi Germany shows a student being repeatedly shot with a stun gun by UCLA police for the crime of not showing his ID.

U.S. Contractor Banned by Iraq Over Shootings

What the hell... I thought Iraq was now a Kapitalist country run by US-contractors (to secure the oil trade as Greenspan told us).

Blackwater USA, an American contractor that provides security to some of the top American officials in Iraq, has been banned from working in the country by the Iraqi government after a shooting that left eight Iraqis dead and involved an American diplomatic convoy.

Blackwater contractors in Baghdad in 2005. Reports of the number of its employees in Iraq ranged from 1,000 to 1,500. A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, said Monday that authorities had canceled the company’s license and that the government would prosecute the participants. But under the rules that govern private security contractors here, the Iraqis do not have the legal authority to do so.

New York Times

15 Sep 2007

Central African Republic Government Forces Kill Hundreds

Government troops, notably the elite Presidential Guard, have carried out hundreds of unlawful killings and burned thousands of civilian homes since mid-2005 in their counterinsurgency campaign in northern Central African Republic (CAR), a new report by Human Rights Watch charged.

The sorry fact is that the perpetrators of violence and abuse, the majority of them government soldiers, have so far enjoyed total impunity for acts that include war crimes.

The new 108-page report released today, "State of Anarchy: Rebellion and Abuses Against Civilians," is based on three weeks of on-the-ground research. It documents the human rights abuses and breaches of the laws of war committed in northern CAR by both rebel groups and the government forces, and also documents attacks by banditry groups in the northwest known as zaraguinas, who often kidnap children for ransom.  
“Just across the border from Darfur, the army of the Central African Republic has killed hundreds of innocent civilians and forced tens of thousands to flee their villages,”  
said Peter Takirambudde, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The widespread burning of homes by government security forces is the signature abuse of the conflict.” 

Central African Republic: Government Forces Kill Hundreds (Human Rights Watch)

14 Sep 2007

News from the Military Tribunal at Guantanamo Bay

  They've got him. It wasn't Osama, but a prisoner confessed in a democratic court..........

The Pentagon released audio Thursday of a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to being behind the Sept. 11 attacks and killing American journalist Daniel Pearl.

"I was responsible for 9/11 from A to Z," Mohammed said in a written statement read at the closed court session. "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the American Jew, Daniel Pearl in Karachi." Mohammed portrayed himself as Al Qaeda's most active operational planner, confessing to playing a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide that left scores dead.

FOXNews.com - Pentagon Releases Audio of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Testimony

The Clash - Guns Of Brixton

Classic video!

Who's who in the EU commission

YouTube - Nigel Farage on who's who in the EU commission

Sock Puppet Obama

Let’s call Barack Obama what he is—a sock puppet for the ruling elite. Obama made this plainly obvious recently when he tabbed Zbigniew Brzezinski as his top foreign policy adviser. In addition to his affiliations with the Council on Foreign Relations (as director), the Trilateral Commission, and the National Endowment for Democracy, Brzezinski was the architect of Carter’s Afghanistan policy, that it to say he is responsible for killing thousands of innocents and organizing the Afghan Arabs, later to become “al-Qaeda.” It is said David Rockefeller asked Brzezinski to create the Trilateral Commission and details were hammered out at Rockefeller’s Pocantico Hills estate outside New York City. Rockefeller later introduced the idea to the Bilderberg group in Knokke, Belgium in the spring of 1972.

Obama, Brzezinski, and the Neolib-Neocon Family Feud  and see also: "Al-Qaeda-Bilderberg Connection"

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier turned 63 years old on September 12, 2007, an international day demanding the immediate, unconditional freedom of this Native American artist, writer, and activist––one of the most widely recognized political prisoners in the world.
Leonard has spent more than 31 years in some of the cruelest prisons in the United States, unjustly condemned to a double life sentence for the shooting death of two FBI agents in 1975. His situation is now aggravated by health problems.
From his cell in the federal prison at Lewisberg, Pensilvania, he keeps right on struggling for the rights of indigenous people. He’s contributed to the establishment of libraries, schools, scholarships, and battered women’s shelters among many other projects. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and again in 2007.
“My crime’s being an Indian. What’s yours?”


Leonard Peltier Defense Committee | Independent Media Center | The Case of Leonard Peltier | Wikipedia



Video of Freedom by Rage Against the Machine

13 Sep 2007

Chris Rock about the War on Terror

 
And this is added to You Tube at May 29, 2006........

Russia tests giant fuel-air bomb

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday replaced his long-serving prime minister with an obscure Cabinet official -- a surprise move that could put him in the running to succeed Putin in next year's presidential election. This same day the Russian air force has tested a giant fuel-air bomb which the military says is the biggest non-nuclear explosive device in the world.

Russian TV showed a Tupolev bomber dropping the bomb over a test range, a powerful explosion and a four-storey building reduced to rubble.

Claims it is bigger than the Moab, a US device of similar destructive power, seem plausible, analysts say. Such bombs are mainly designed to destroy underground targets.

Fuel-air bombs, technically known as thermobaric devices, generally detonate in two stages: a small blast creates a cloud of explosive material, which is then ignited with devastating effect

BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia tests giant fuel-air bomb

11 Sep 2007

Loose Change 2nd Edition Recut

Loose Change recut - Google Video

9-11 - WTC7 Demolition Compilation

 

WTC7 Demolition Compilation - Google Video

More info at 911truth.org

or for the official story on CNN: "September 11: Chronology of terror"

'Tanja would go'

"Forget about Patty Hearst, Eva Haule, Jeanne D’Arc and who else is there, we have got our very own rebel! While i don’t think Dutch government considers her as one of the favorite products worth exporting this shit still seems to happen. Nobody knows if Tanja (her real name, Eileen is her fighter’s name) is even still alive, once you’re in chances of surviving the decision to leave FARC are small, actually there’s no chance at all. But as long as nobody knows the saga continues… In the meanwhile i made this nice little shirtie as a moving monument for those who get directed the wrong way."

Vos Broekema

Latest Bin Laden Video Is a Forgery

 Latest Bin Laden Video Is a Forgery: All References to Current Events Are Made During Video Freeze

Osama Bin Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 36 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

More on the Booman Tribune

10 Sep 2007

Alex Jones Arrested In New York

Media activist Alex Jones was arrested by New York Police Department officers while filming a documentary about the sixth anniversary of September 11th and joining the protest against the official version of what happened on 9/11.

According to Infowars sources Jones was singled out by police from the head of a crowd of about 400 9/11 Truth Activists and protesters. He was verbally accosted and forced by the police officers to present identification which he was not carrying at the time.

Jones was arrested during a protest of the live Geraldo broadcast on Fox News.

 

 

Geraldo ridiculed protesters and lauded the arrests as live footage of Alex being frog marched away by officers was broadcast, refering to them as "anarchists," "communists" and "one of the least attractive groups of protesters I've ever seen".

More at Infowars.com

9 Sep 2007

Israeli neo-Nazis arrested

Police arrest eight youths suspected of being members of a local neo-Nazi cell. Group members assaulted minority groups, spray-painted swastikas. Before court hearing Sunday, suspects deny allegations, say 'tattoos mean nothing'

Eight teenagers from Petach Tikva were arrested recently on suspicion of membership in a local neo-Nazi cell. According to police, the cell is headed by 19-year-old Eli Buanitov, a city resident known as 'Nazi Eli'.

Buanitov is suspected of having led his peers in cruel attacks on innocent by-standers, including minorities such as gays, foreign workers, and homeless people, as well as men wearing kippot.

Israeli neo-Nazis arrested - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews (including video)

7 Sep 2007

Storm Worm Dwarfs World's Top Supercomputers - Security Fix

The network of compromised Microsoft Windows computers under the thumb of the criminals who control the Storm Worm has grown so huge that it now has more raw distributed computing power than all of the world's top supercomputers, security experts say.

Estimates on the number of machines infected by Storm range from one million to 10 million, depending upon which security sources you believe. But hardly anyone would argue that many thousands of new PCs are being stricken by the worm each day, largely because the worm authors are continuously changing their tactics to trick people into installing it.

Massive pools of virus or worm-infected PCs, known as "botnets," are principally used to blast out spam, host scam Web sites, or to flood targeted Web sites with so much junk traffic all at once that they simply crash and are rendered unreachable by legitimate visitors. But the criminals who control these infected machines could just as easily use them to do some serious number-crunching, the kind of computational analysis typically left to the world's fastest supercomputers.

Washingtonpost.com

6 Sep 2007

Deporting Parents of Dead Soldier

zzsoriano_armando[1] Three years after U.S. Army Private Armando Soriano, 20, died fighting in Haditha, Iraq, his father is facing deportation. Soriano is now buried in Houston, Tex., his hometown, where his parents, undocumented workers from Mexico, are currently living.
Before his death Soriano had promised his parents he’d help them get green cards. He only succeeded partially before losing his life. Although his mother was able to obtain a green card, his father did not qualify and is on the verge of being deported.
Enrique Soriano, Armando’s father, is not the only person to have lost a son or daughter in the Iraq war and face deportation. There are more than 3 million people born in the U.S. with parents who came into the country illegally. Those born in the U.S. are automatically citizens and have all the rights and duties enjoyed by Americans. That includes military service with the possibility of losing one’s life.

Deporting Parents of Dead Soldiers is 'Excessive' and 'Harsh' Punishment - NAM

See also Honor the fallen: Army Pfc. Armando Soriano

'Human-animal' embryo green light

gptrns65-human-animal[1] Regulators have agreed in principle to allow human-animal embryos to be created and used for research.Scientists say such research is essential

But scientists wanting to use hybrids will still need to make individual applications, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said.

An HFEA consultation showed the public were "at ease" with the idea when told it could pave the way for therapies for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Opponents have said many people would be "horrified" by such a move.

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Human-animal' embryo green light

Also see National Geographic Society
"Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy"

Monks seize troops in Burma town

burma2_01[1]Buddhist monks have taken about 20 members of the security forces hostage in central Burma, a day after clashes at a protest rally.

On Wednesday the security forces fired shots into the air to disperse some 400 monks demonstrating in Pakokku town. When officials came to the monastery on Thursday, the monks locked them inside and set their vehicles on fire.

The officials had reportedly come to apologise for the clashes at Wednesday's demonstration. But the monks burned four of the vehicles they came in and locked them inside the monastery.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the gates to applaud the monks. "The security forces outside the monastery are too afraid to go near the crowd," one resident told the French news agency AFP. "They won't even show their walkie-talkies."

A series of anti-government protests have been held since the military junta doubled fuel prices last month.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Monks seize troops in Burma town

US troops ‘thought killing civilians was legal’

  Documents regarding crimes committed by US soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan show repeated examples of soldiers believing they were within the law when they killed them. 1_24_042006_captdan_ia

The documents, released yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of a lawsuit, total nearly 10,000 pages of courts martial summaries, transcripts and military reports about 22 incidents.

The killings include the drowning of a man soldiers pushed from a bridge into the Tigris river as punishment for breaking curfew, and the suffocation during interrogation of a former Iraqi general believed to be helping insurgents.

Soldiers covered the man’s head with a sleeping bag, then wrapped his neck with an electrical cord in what they insisted was an approved technique.

Irish Examiner

We are not alone - Featuring David Icke

5 Sep 2007

Where Do i Go?



LaughtersRighthand: "The truth about a world some of us will never know"

All UK 'must be on DNA database'

The whole population and every UK visitor should be added to the national DNA database, a senior judge has said.
The present database in England and Wales holds details of 4m people who are guilty or cleared of a crime.

Lord Justice Sedley said this was indefensible and biased against ethnic minorities, and it would be fairer to include everyone, guilty or innocent.

BBC

Dutch girl serves with Colombian rebels

Colombia expert and former Pax Christi worker Lidwien Zumpolle says at least three Dutch citizens are directly involved with the FARC guerrilla movement in Colombia. She claims the FARC are also recruiting in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Greece. Her remarks follow publication in the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo of extracts from the diary of a Dutch woman fighting with the FARC. She is known as "Eillen", but turns out to be ex-student Tanja Nijmeijer who joined the FARC four years ago. Her diaries were found by the Colombian army in a rebel camp which had been abandoned in haste. More on Radio Netherlands Worldwide

From her diary:

23 August 2006: I managed to ring home! But I didn't get permission beforehand and now Frits is mad at me, but I don't care. It was wonderful to hear their voices. Mum started crying and then Dad did too. Now I just have to patiently wait from my punishment. Everyone can ring home, except me. Isn't that ridiculous. Maybe they'll leave me behind in the jungle forever or maybe they'll send me on a foreign mission after this little disobedience. Actually, I don't want to, it doesn't interest me. I might have a new boyfriend, a commandant. He is 30 years old and very special. Maybe it'll work out between us.

2 November 2006: The chief has fallen for a girl with big tits. But it appears she brought some venereal disease with her. The chief says the government sent her to in order to infect and weaken the rebel leaders.

24 November 2006: I'm tired, tired of the FARC, tired of people and tired of living in this commune. I'm fed up of never having anything of my own. All of this would have a purpose if you knew what you were fighting for. I don't believe in it any more. What sort of rebel movement is this? Only a few people have money or cigarettes or sweets and the rest of us have to beg for a share, but you know the higher-ups will just be nasty and say no. It was exactly the same four years ago when I joined, nothing has changed. A girl with big tits and a pretty face can totally undermine a unit that has worked together for ages (...) I don't know if I'll ever get out of this jungle (...) I want to get out of here, at least out this unit. But you know that you're a sort of prisoner here (...) It's not the FARC so much as this unit.(...) but had enough of all that blah blah blah about being a Communist (...) all the commandants are corrupt, traitors, and rabble-rousers and traitors. They've got no sympathy if someone delivers any criticism. I wish I was in a fighting unit (...) But I don't want to leave here, just want to walk, laugh, fight and buy things without any problems. I'll speak to Karel

FAC-EP website
To find out more about the FARC-EP Chain of Command see Wikipedia

4 Sep 2007

Congo rebels seize gorilla park

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken control of large parts of the Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas.
The move has raised fears for the fate of the gorillas. Only 700 remain - half of which are in Virunga.

Meanwhile, the army says it has killed at least 28 troops loyal to rebel General Laurent Nkunda in the latest fighting in eastern DR Congo.
Some 170,000 people have fled the area this year, says the UN refugee agency.

"If anything happens to the mountain gorillas now, there is nothing we can do," said Norbert Mushenzi of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN).

"As of today, the sector is no longer under my control and we have been rendered powerless by these actions." Nine gorillas have been killed this year, allegedly by Gen Nkunda's men, sparking outrage among conservationists.

Source: BBC

Also see this:
"Karema, a mountain gorilla’s, remains found dumped in human excrement pit" on Primatology.net

2 Sep 2007

Guatemala's child-snatching plague

American couples are flocking to the hotels of Guatemala City, but not to see the country's ancient Mayan remains nor the capital's more limited modern charms. Instead they are flying south in droves in the hope of embracing a bouncing new addition to their families - a baby, priced at about $30,000 (£15,000).

One in 100 Guatemalan children grow up in the US. The Central American country has the highest rate of international adoptions per head of any country in the world, and babies come high on the list of foreign currency earners - just below bananas.

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Aaron Russo 1943-2007 : Mad As Hell

We were saddened to hear of the passing of activist, film maker, freedom fighter and all round maverick Aaron Russo, who died Friday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 64.
Russo became involved in politics in the early 1990s when he produced and starred in a video entitled Mad As Hell in which he criticized NAFTA, The War on Drugs, the concept of a National Identity Card, and government regulation of alternative medicine. More at Prison Planet

1 Sep 2007

Radiation Breeding

Though poorly known, radiation breeding has produced thousands of useful mutants and a sizable fraction of the world’s crops, Dr. Lagoda said, including varieties of rice, wheat, barley, pears, peas, cotton, peppermint, sunflowers, peanuts, grapefruit, sesame, bananas, cassava and sorghum. The mutant wheat is used for bread and pasta and the mutant barley for beer and fine whiskey.

The mutations can improve yield, quality, taste, size and resistance to disease and can help plants adapt to diverse climates and conditions.

Dr. Lagoda takes pains to distinguish the little-known radiation work from the contentious field of genetically modified crops, sometimes disparaged as “Frankenfood.” That practice can splice foreign genetic material into plants, creating exotic varieties grown widely in the United States but often feared and rejected in Europe. By contrast, radiation breeding has made few enemies.

Source: New York Times
See also The Institute of Radiation Breeding