30 Nov 2008
Dutch-born primatologist Marc van Roosmalen will not have to return to prison after Brazil's Court of Appeal commuted a 14-year term he received for bio-piracy in 2007.
His book, Barefoot through the Amazon: On the track of Evolution, details his work with primates in the Amazon rainforest. He has identified new species of monkey in the region, prompting Time Magazine to select him as one of the Heroes of the Planet in 2000.
Although the appeals court has not quashed the 2007 sentence fully, Dr van Roosmalen will not have to return to prison because of the length of time he spent in custody before his trial began. The 60-year-old is considering a further appeal to clear his name totally.
Dr van Roosmalen was originally found guilty of trafficking in rare animals and theft of government property. Brazil has tough nature conservation laws, but these are by no means always applied. Keeping monkeys and even taking orchid leaves is strictly speaking illegal. However, it would be difficult to bring a case against Dr van Roosmalen's monkey sanctuary near Manaus. Government departments, such as that of the environment, the IBAMA, have often been instrumental in bringing monkeys to the sanctuary.
A large part of Dr van Roosmalen's original sentence was handed down for theft of government property. This involved scaffolding used to film animals from the rainforest canopy. The equipment was the gift of a British television company to the renowned INPA research institute, which is based in Manaus and for which Dr van Roosmalen worked. The scaffolding was temporarily kept at the Manaus monkey sanctuary. The charge of theft was fully quashed by the appeals court.
The Mumbai killers surfed British websites using BlackBerry mobile phones, according to Indian officials.
The terrorists — at least two of whom are claimed to be from Bradford or Leeds — monitored reports of their murderous spree on sites including the BBC.
The gang looked for web updates and live footage on the net to help them prolong their three-day rampage which left at least 155 dead.
Indian officials said at least five BlackBerry handsets found on the nine dead terrorists showed they had surfed British websites.
Private banking and the JFK assassination.
Mumbai terrorists had been staying at the Jewish Centre (Nariman House) in a guest house for 2 weeks prior to the attacks
Commandos on Friday ended a (..) standoff at the office of the ultra-orthodox Jewish group Chabad Lubavitch by lowering themselves from helicopters and blowing a hole in the office wall.
During the operation, the commandos killed two militants, only to discover the bodies of the six hostages inside, the city's police chief confirmed.
Two of the hostages killed were identified as Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, the couple who ran the centre, said a spokesman for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Their 18-month-old son had been one of three people rescued from the centre on Thursday.
In a telephone interview with CBC News from outside the centre, freelance journalist Arun Asthhana said there are reports that some of the militants had stayed at a guest house there for up to 15 days before the attacks.
"They had a huge mass of ammunition, arms and food there," Asthhana said.
The slain rabbi and his wife were emissaries who had made their home in Mumbai and set up the centre to give Jews visiting India a place to feel at home, get kosher food and reconnect with their heritage, according to friends.
29 Nov 2008
The Thai prime minister sacked the country's police chief last night after security forces failed to evict anti-government demonstrators from Bangkok's two airports, leaving the country all but cut off and thousands of overseas travellers stranded.
Somchai Wongsawat's decision to remove police general Pacharawat Wongsuwan was another sign of the deepening tensions between the government and the security forces that have raised fears of another coup.
But as the airport demonstrators were given an ultimatum to leave, riot police were seen gathering at Suvarnabhumi international, suggesting that they were preparing to clear the terminal, which had been shut down for a fourth day.
A TV presenter at an anti-government satellite station in Thailand has come under fire in his studio.
28 Nov 2008
Mr Green, who is the shadow immigration minister, was arrested at his home in Kent by counter-terrorism police officers.
The arrest follows a series of leaks to the Conservatives about Government policy, including a sensitive memorandum from the Home Office's most senior official on crime figures earlier this month.
David Cameron, the Conservative leader, is said to be "extremely angry" about the arrest and has privately accused the Government of "Stalinesque" behaviour.
Mr Green is understood to have been arrested at lunchtime today and is still in custody. He has not been charged.
Green has been arrested after obtaining leaked Whitehall documents. Police searched his family home and his office in the House of Commons.
He was arrested for "aiding and abetting misconduct in public office".
It is claimed that nine counter-terrorism officers were involved in the arrest
As a BBC report notes, at least some of the Mumbai attackers were not Indian and certainly not Muslim.
Pappu Mishra, a cafe proprietor at the gothic Victorian Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, described “two sprightly young men dressed in black” with AK47s who were “foreign looking, fair skinned.”
Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. “They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed,” Amir told the BBC.
Other “men walked into the cafe, drank beer, settled their bills and walked out. Then they fished out guns from their bags and began firing.” Muslims do not drink alcohol, that is unless they are Muslims like Marwan Al-Shehhi and Mohamed Atta, who reportedly not only liked to drink but enjoyed lap dances by topless dancers as well before they supposedly hijacked planes and flew them into buildings.
Even though these firsthand accounts indicate the attackers were white, drank alcohol and displayed the steely and professional reserve of trained military men, the emerging story carried by the corporate media blames the attacks on al-Qaeda and specifically Lashkar-e-Taiba, one Arab and the other Asian. “A terrorist group with training camps in Pakistan and strong ties with al-Qaeda as well as a history of mounting attacks in India yesterday became the chief suspect behind the atrocities,” reports the Times Online, pointing to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Despite clear and contradictory evidence to suggest otherwise, corporate media brings out the bogeyman once again as a poster child for the ailing war on terror, Pakistan link claimed
The majority of the corporate media has gleefully seized upon the terror attacks in Mumbai to claim that they are the work of “Al-Qaeda,” despite clear and contradictory evidence suggesting otherwise, as a pretext to increase bombing campaigns in Pakistan and beef support for the ailing war on terror in Afghanistan.
The swiftness with which the media blamed “Al-Qaeda” was staggering, especially considering the fact that the attacks had not even concluded before the bogeyman was whipped out of the closet once more to act as a poster child for the war on terror and allow the TV networks to show lots of blood, panic and authority figures pointing guns at people.
The only claim of responsibility for the attacks came from the “Deccan Mujahideen,” the Deccan Plateau being an area in southern India, but the press, usually breathless to take the first obscure claim of culpability and set it in stone, are now belittling this explanation as a likely hoax in an attempt to pin the blame on the all-mighty mythical Al-Qaeda
27 Nov 2008
The coordinated attacks across Mumbai, India’s financial capital, are likely to be blamed on a terrorist organization linked to the Pakistani ISI, providing further justification for controversial U.S. bombings inside Pakistani territory and heightened rhetoric against Pakistan on behalf of President elect Barack Obama. More on PrisonPlanet
Suspected Islamist gunmen launched waves of attacks in the heart of India's financial capital, killing at least 101 people and taking many foreigners hostage in two of the city's plushest hotels, police said on Thursday.
The late-night attacks sent shockwaves through an economy already under strain. Authorities closed stock, bond and foreign exchanges as commandos and armed police laid siege to the gunmen.
Some 16 hours into the crisis, scores of tourists remained trapped in the Taj Mahal hotel, a 105-year-old city landmark, and at the five-star Trident Oberoi in Mumbai's downtown peninsula, the city's financial and tourist heart, officials said.
At least 101 people were killed, including six foreigners, police said. Another 287 people were wounded in the attacks, which were claimed by the little-known Deccan Mujahideen group. Reuters
26 Nov 2008
This is just a small part of the protests going on Iceland over their faltering economy... they had a huge protest this weekend (Nov.21) where police threw tear gas and beat on protesters. Five were sent to the hospital.
Here you see a huge crowd protesting for the release of one of the protesters arrested by police. They're chanting "out with him (release him)" in Icelandic, and the police LET HIM OUT!
Then the crowd cheers and chants, "Ísland (Iceland)" over and over.
Then the guy, clad in all black with a face mask on, IN FRONT OF THE RIOT POLICE, says, he wants the people to use the energy they have that got him released TO OVERTHOW THE GOVERNMENT! YouTube
Several officials close to President-elect Barack Obama's transition tell CNN that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to stay on the job for at least the first year of the new administration.
One source called it "all but a done deal" that the announcement could come as early as next week.
"It's now pointing in that direction," one of the sources close to the transition said of Gates being part of Obama's national security team, which may include Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
"It's likely to happen," a second source close to the transition said of Gates staying on.
This source noted that Gates could stay for longer than a year if he and Obama end up working well together.
Sources close to the transition have said Obama is interested in some continuity at the Pentagon because he is entering office while dealing with two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the international financial crisis.
25 Nov 2008
The BBC has seen evidence of serious overcrowding and poor living conditions in one of Iraq's prisons.
In Baghdad's Rusafa facility, about 150 prisoners were being held in a room about the size of a school classroom.
Many are still being held although they have never been charged, because the judicial system is too overloaded to cope, the BBC's Andrew North says.
The interior ministry admits there is a problem, but blames the security situation for the thousands of arrests.
Our correspondent was taken to Rusafa prison, located in the east of the Iraqi capital, by interior ministry officials after he had asked to check allegations of torture and abuse.
"Russia has warned many times of the potentially negative situation that had built up in the American financial system, and that has now transformed into a full-scale international financial crisis," Medvedev said.
Moscow has pursued close ties with countries like Venezuela and has even sent warships to the Caribbean for joint naval exercises.
The latest from President Medvedev is a threat to deploy missiles on the border with Poland as a response to the U.S. missile-defense program in eastern Europe. It is the first time in decades that Russia's leader has officially announced his readiness to target a NATO country with tactical weapons.
"The Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region in order to neutralize, if necessary, the missile defense system," he said.
Medvedev's ultimatum was widely acclaimed, not only behind Kremlin walls, but also in the streets. Many Russians see this as an opportunity for the country to expand its military influence over Europe.
"It gives Russia a perfect pretext to deploy its missiles in Kaliningrad, so that we could blanket Europe if need be," said one Russian.
Russia’s parliament also fully supports the president on this issue.
Not a single, solitary, actual dyed-in-the-wool progressive has, as far as I can tell, even been mentioned for a position in the new administration. Not one.
Remember this is the movement that was right about Iraq, right about wage stagnation and inequality, right about financial deregulation, right about global warming and right about health care. And I don't just mean in that in a sectarian way. I mean to say that the emerging establishment consensus on all of these issues came from the left. There's tons of things the left is right about that aren't even close to mainstream (taking a hatchet to the national security state and ending the prison industrial complex to name just two), but hopefully we're moving there.
And yet, no one who comes from the part of American political and intellectual life that has given birth to all of these ideas is anywhere to be found within miles of the Obama cabinet thus far. WTF?
24 Nov 2008
A German court has approved the release from jail of a leader of the RAF, a radical leftist group involved in high-profile killings in the 1970s and 1980s.
The court in Stuttgart said there were no grounds to keep him in custody.
The group, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, targeted bankers, businessmen, judges and US servicemen.
More than 30 people were killed by the gang, before it disbanded 10 years ago.
"A major consideration was the question of whether it could be feared that Christian Klar would commit significant criminal acts again," but the judges decided there was no evidence he would, the court said in a statement.
Also see baader-meinhof.com; "It wasn't just about killing Americans, and killing pigs, at least not at first. It was about attacking the illegitimate state that these pawns served. It was about scraping the bucolic soil and exposing the fascist, Nazi-tainted bedrock that the modern West German state was propped upon. It was about war on the forces of reaction. It was about Revolution."
"Bin-Ladin on the run? The rumour which was fact", by Afghan independent secular daily newspaper Hasht-e Sobh on 29 September
So, the rumour was right: French soldiers trapped Usamah Bin-Ladin, but were not allowed by the Americans to arrest the apparent fugitive leader of Al-Qa`idah. A Bin-Ladin documentary just released by French documentary cinema examines this issue, an issue which has led to heated debate in the French media.
This French documentary shows how the Americans are interested in continuing the game, a bloody and expensive game whose victims are only the unprotected and local people of our dry and dusty country. It was last year that rumours spread about this report in Kabul, but it has not been taken seriously by the media. But watching this revealing French documentary changes the rumours into disturbing facts. "Bin Laden, the failings of a manhunt", produced by Emmanuel Razavi and Eric de Lavarene, two French filmmakers and reporters, assesses and confirms the claims of French soldiers that they could have killed Usamah within two operations, but the American forces prevented them. This film has not been broadcast publicly yet and is to be broadcast by Planet, a French network.
A police officer kicks a protestor restrained by two fellow officers in Longnan, Gansu province. Photo: RFA Volunteer
Authorities in the north-western Chinese province of Gansu have imposed a curfew on some districts of Longnan city following two days of violence between security forces and local residents resisting eviction.
"The whole area is under curfew," a local official who declined to be identified said. "Any groups of more than three people will be beaten without mercy."
He said government propaganda cars were moving through the city following rioting Tuesday, warning local residents not to leave their homes, to be careful what they say, and not to gather in groups of more than three, on pain of strict enforcement.
Police beat an unarmed civilian with truncheons during protests in Longnan, Gansu province. Photo: RFA Volunteer
"They were beating everyone they saw out on the streets [Tuesday]," he said. "They were saying in my department today that the police are attacking people. It's horrible. Things have got really serious." Read more at rfa.org ...
More photo’s at www.freerepublic.com
Diplomatic relations between Germany and the new state of Kosovo have been put under strain by the arrest of three German secret service agents near the site of a bomb attack on the European Union representative office in the capital Pristina.
The Kosovo anti-terrorism authorities have accused the three Germans of being involved in planting the bomb, and arrested the trio last week.
An initial statement from Pristina said, “The Germans are neither diplomats, policemen, soldiers, nor experts with international identification.”
But it has emerged, according to a report in this weekend’s Der Spiegel, that the men are all agents in the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German overseas secret service. The Local
Microsoft and GIS vendor ESRI have announced that they are constructing a suite of collaboration tools for intelligence gathering and processing, intended for deployment at the Department of Homeland Security's national fusion centers. The software is built on top of Microsoft's SharePoint server platform and ESRI's ArcGIS Advanced Enterprise server.
The software will include a "situational awareness portal" with location-based RSS feeds and XML map overlay data. The information that is managed by the system will be made accessible to intelligence analysts through SharePoint. Microsoft says that the framework will be extensible and can be customized to meet additional, unforeseen needs. The bundle also includes terabytes of prerendered satellite imagery that can be used with mapping software. Microsoft plans to expand the scope of the system and use its components to provide a broader and more comprehensive technology solution for security applications.
The fusion center concept was conceived by the 9/11 Commission as part of a strategy that would streamline communication and intelligence sharing among various federal intelligence agencies and state law enforcement. The fusion centers, which are housed in high-security facilities across the country, provide government officials with a venue to collaborate on collection, analysis, and distribution of sensitive intelligence information.
23 Nov 2008
Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies.
The head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Jacques Diouf, has warned that the controversial rise in land deals could create a form of "neo-colonialism", with poor states producing food for the rich at the expense of their own hungry people.
Rising food prices have already set off a second "scramble for Africa". This week, the South Korean firm Daewoo Logistics announced plans to buy a 99-year lease on a million hectares in Madagascar. Its aim is to grow 5m tonnes of corn a year by 2023, and produce palm oil from a further lease of 120,000 hectares (296,000 acres), relying on a largely South African workforce. Production would be mainly earmarked for South Korea, which wants to lessen dependence on imports.
22 Nov 2008
US "Mailman Steve," a pudgy, kindly, 58-year-old mail carrier who toiled along a route in a rapidly growing neighbourhood in Apex, N.C., was given probation in federal court this week for squirreling away at least seven years’ worth of undelivered junk mail, which he had stacked in his garage and buried in his yard.
According to his attorney, the mail carrier, Steven Padgett, felt overwhelmed by the torrents of "direct advertising mail" he was obligated to deliver as he contended with heart problems and diabetes.
21 Nov 2008
This year's harvest in Zimbabwe has been the worst in the country's modern history.
In Mashonaland West province, some people are trying to survive by eating wild fruit and digging for roots.
"It's very, very bad. I've got 12 children and it's hard to find anything to give them," says a local village chief. "The whole of my village is struggling. No-one has food. "There's nothing left here. So there's nothing I can do."
Driving deep into Mashonaland West is a reminder that most Zimbabweans live in rural areas. The area around Karoi - 200km (124 miles) north of the capital, Harare - provides an illustration of the suffering currently being experienced in the countryside. Farmers are without seeds, fertiliser and fuel. Next year's harvest is already being written off as a disaster as well.
As the political paralysis over the formation of the new power-sharing government continues, people are experiencing severe food shortages brought on by the catastrophic mismanagement of the economy and the virtual destruction of the country's commercial agricultural sector.
While naive, giddy and myopic establishment leftists have been celebrating the great “change” heralded by the election of Barack Obama, the President elect has been busy appointing people to key positions who advocate the same Neo-Con imperialist foreign policy crafted during eight years of the Bush administration.
The New York Times, widely recognized as the voice of the establishment Democratic left, set the tone of what we can expect from an Obama foreign policy in a lead editorial last Sunday entitled, “A military for a dangerous new world.”
The editorial calls for U.S. military imperialism not to be scaled back under Obama, but to be vastly expanded both in terms of budget and scope.
Iran, China, Somalia, Russia and Pakistan are all listed as potential targets of U.S. military aggression and the paper echoes what Obama himself has said he will implement - an addition of nearly 100,000 more soldiers and marines to American ground forces, bringing the total to 759,000 active duty forces, at a cost of $100 billion dollars over the next six years.
Does this sound like a “change” from the Project For a New American century framework of endless “multi-theatre warfare,” the inspiration for eight years of Bush administration militarism, or an expansion of that very doctrine? Prison Planet
20 Nov 2008
From Kissingers Global Society, to the Bilderberg Organisation, the Neocon's wish to cerate a new World order under the guidance of the United States. From Nixon, Kissinger until George W. Bush, since `Gladio', a state-sponsored terrorist network organisation operating in Europe the Neocon's sees a better world by eliminating 80% of the population as suggested by Henry Kissinger, build a ‘European Union’ under the guidance of the United States.
Reporting from Washington -- Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama's national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy issues.
The activists are uneasy not only about signs that both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates could be in the Obama Cabinet, but at reports suggesting that several other short-list candidates for top security posts backed the decision to go to war.
"Obama ran his campaign around the idea the war was not legitimate, but it sends a very different message when you bring in people who supported the war from the beginning," said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of the 54-chapter Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Iran has blocked access to more than five million internet sites because they are "immoral and anti-social", according to reports.
Internet service providers have been told over the years to block access to political, human rights and women's sites, as well as anything deemed pornographic or anti-Islamic.
The country's 21 million internet users will now also be prevented from viewing weblogs expressing dissent, along with popular sites as Facebook and YouTube.
Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, an advisor to Iran's prosecutor general, was quoted as saying: "The enemies seek to assault our religious identity by exploiting the internet.
19 Nov 2008
Watch how multiple hosts CNBC on US television attack Scott Nations, Fortress Trading, who suggests that the Plunge Protection Team actually intervenes in financial markets. That was the whole reason this group was created. Watch how they tag-team him to attempt to discredit him and associate him with the people who think the WTC towers were rigged with explosives. Me thinks thou dost protest too much!
In the end, CNBC senior economist Steve Liesman admits they have the power to do this, then quickly moves on. YouTube
Al-Qaeda’s alleged number two Ayman Al-Zawahiri has called for new attacks to be launched against “criminal America,” which is somewhat odd considering the fact that he once fought on behalf of the CIA and was granted U.S. residence by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Indeed, Al-Zawahiri has reportedly been captured twice before, so the fact that he is still releasing video tapes via the Pentagon-allied IntelCenter organization and playing the role of boogeyman so Obama can continue bombing sovereign countries in the name of the war on terror strikes us as a little fishy.
“America, the criminal, trespassing crusader, continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it, in order for it to come to its senses,” Zawahri said, addressing Muslims across the world, reports Reuters.
A Texas grand jury has indicted US Vice President Dick Cheney and former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges connected to alleged abuse of inmates in a private prison system, a Texas newspaper has reported.
The Brownsville Herald reported that the grand jury in Willacy County, hearing evidence presented by District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra, returned several counts against Cheney and Gonzales as well as Texas officials including a state senator and state district judges.
The indictment cites Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group, a major brokerage and mutual fund firm with financial interests in private prison companies that run federal detention centers, the newspaper reported.
It charged that Cheney had a conflict of interest and was responsible for "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees. sify.com
This pirate group, called the Central Regional Coast Guard, was formed three years ago, has 350 men in its ranks and about 100 speedboats. More pictures on guardian.co.uk
Somali pirates have struck again in the Gulf of Aden, hijacking another ship a day after seizing a Saudi oil supertanker with a cargo worth $100m.
The Delight, a Hong Kong-registered vessel carrying 33,000 tonnes of wheat, was sailing to Iran with 25 crew members when it was seized, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said.
A spokesman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Gulf confirmed on Tuesday that the Delight had been hijacked.
Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.
18 Nov 2008
One of Britain's most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a "world vigilante".
Lord Bingham, in his first major speech since retiring as the senior law lord, rejected the then attorney general's defence of the 2003 invasion as fundamentally flawed.
Contradicting head-on Lord Goldsmith's advice that the invasion was lawful, Bingham stated: "It was not plain that Iraq had failed to comply in a manner justifying resort to force and there were no strong factual grounds or hard evidence to show that it had." Adding his weight to the body of international legal opinion opposed to the invasion, Bingham said that to argue, as the British government had done, that Britain and the US could unilaterally decide that Iraq had broken UN resolutions "passes belief".
Governments were bound by international law as much as by their domestic laws, he said. "The current ministerial code," he added "binding on British ministers, requires them as an overarching duty to 'comply with the law, including international law and treaty obligations'."
17 Nov 2008
The New England Historic Genealogical Society released their genealogy report Tuesday after tracing the family trees of the top presidential candidates.
Why Are Most If Not All U.S. Presidents Related to Each Other?
A very bizarre fact of apparent political reality is that the majority of U.S. Presidents are related to one another in their family trees, as well as having lineage to the royal families of Europe. More here
A father is demanding an apology from police after he spent a night in a cell for smacking his son.
Mark Frearson, 47, was arrested on suspicion of assault after he slapped his seven-year-old son Harry on the back of the legs. Mr Frearson, a company director, punished his child for leaving his side and wandering off on his own in the dark.
A witness called the police and three hours after the incident, four police officers and a specialist child support officer arrived at Mr Frearson's home in Plymouth, Devon, to question him and examine Harry for bruises.
They then drove the boy away in a police car and took his father to the station where they locked him up in a cell overnight. Mail Online
Also over the top smacking laws in Australia
Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s India meeting, Mr Kissinger said ”I believe it would be an outstanding appointment,” if Barack Obama, the president-elect, chose Senator Clinton for the foreign affairs portfolio. FT.com
For some of the major crimes of Henry Kissinger, the famous international criminal, see documentary below.
UK Government plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants face growing concerns the industry needs another waste repository involving a massive escalation in cost.
Ministers insist they still expect only one high-level geological disposal facility (GDF) will be needed at a possible cost of £12bn but a discussion paper produced by the department of energy and climate change (DECC) indicates a second cannot be ruled out.
The moves come as the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) argue that more research is needed on whether different kinds of waste can be stored together.
16 Nov 2008
“The county court of Luebeck (North Germany) has issued an order in the name of Lutz Heilmann, Member of Parliament (left party/post-communist) that the German Wikipedia (Wikimedia e.V.) must not allow linking its domain wikipedia.de to the Web site wikipedia.org, as long as the German language version of wikipedia.org makes certain statements.” Wikipedia.de
Heilmann is the only official full-time Stasi employee to be elected MP to the Bundestag (although several other Die Linke politicians have been "unofficial" Stasi informants). Read more on the Stasi at Wikipedia.
WHILE THE MASS MEDIA HAS MOST OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC DISTRACTED WITH BREAD & CIRCUSES, MINDLESS PROPAGANDA TO KEEP YOU ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, AN OCCULT NETWORK OF 'ELITE' BLOODLINE FAMILIES HAVE ALMOST SUCCEEDED IN CREATING ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT..AND WE'RE NONE THE WISER.
15 Nov 2008
He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests.
The discovery of the assault last week threw into crisis the Washington, D.C. based International Monetary Fund (IMF), which offers emergency financial aid to countries faced with balance-of-payments problems, and provoked a shutdown of IMF computers that lasted for several days.
In October, FOX News reported that the computer system at the World Bank had also been hacked over a period of months.
FOX News has been unable to determine what, if any, information may have been obtained by the hackers. The IMF denies any critical intrusion took place.
The spyware discoveries came at a particularly sensitive time for the international bailout institution, which along with the World Bank is expected to play a central role in trying to combat global financial turmoil. The pair of institutions are described on the IMF's website as the "twin intergovernmental pillars supporting the structure of the world's economic and financial order."
And now we have Obama who is doing the sign.
The socialization of America -- and the zombification of American business -- has begun under the Bush Regime. And it will continue under the Obama Regime.
Be prepared for the price tag.
The move to bail out the nation's banks and brokerage firms will soon expand to include a bailout of insurance firms, like AIG, and certain heavy industry firms and probably the auto makers like GM.
Why? Because the Bush-Cheney Regime was compelled to do so to prevent economic collapse.
The incoming Obama-Biden Regime will continue to expand this program because it is politically popular with the Democratic Left. More Here.
Students at the University of Oslo have voted overwhelmingly to restrict the dominant presence of Coca-Cola products on campus, and introduce ethical alternatives to Coca-Cola on campus.
In a resolution passed yesterday at the University of Oslo Welfare Council (Velferdstinget I Oslo), the student body will now seek to restrict significantly the size of Coca-Cola’s contract, offer alternative beverages that are ethical and fair trade as well as adopt more stringent criteria for ensuring that companies that do business with the University of Oslo have strong environmental and ethical records. The student body will also inform Coca-Cola of their decision to restrict Coca-Cola, citing the company’s practices in India. RINF.COM (image from deviantART)
"As economies crumble around the globe, states are becoming increasingly repressive, especially against those who are its political opponents and resisters. This isn't a regional observation, but a global one. That tendency is seen in the prosecution and unjust sentencing of men and women from Atenco, Mexico."
14 Nov 2008
The role of the United States as the world's economic leader will be tested this weekend when 20 significant world leaders meet in Washington to address the global financial crisis.
Some European leaders are hailing the summit as the next Bretton Woods - a reference to the historic talks in the latter days of WWII that, in effect, made the dollar the world's dominant currency and laid the foundation for the economic order of the past 60 years. CNN Money
G20 To Begin Implementation Of Global Financial Dictatorship
Sarkozy calls for end to dollar’s world reserve status as powerbrokers meet to finalize building blocks of new world economic order.
“I am leaving tomorrow for Washington to explain that the dollar cannot claim to be the only currency in the world…, that what was true in 1945 can no longer be true today,” Sarkozy stated yesterday.
Economy Minister Christine Lagarde echoed the call and suggested that the Euro could replace the dollar, but that the changeover would have to be gradual so as to reduce volatility. prisonplanet.com
A group of pranksters handed out more than 1.2 million fake New York Times newspapers mainly in New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday with a front page story declaring "Iraq War Ends."
The elaborate 14-page edition, dated July 4, 2009, is said to be the work of a group called the Yes Men, whose previous hoaxes include masquerading as World Trade Organization officials announcing they were disbanding the body.
"It is fake and we are looking into it," said New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis.
A statement sent from a Web site set up for the fake edition, www.nytimes-se.com, said creating the newspaper took six months and that it was printed at six different presses and then given to thousands of volunteers to distribute.
"We've got to make sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do," Bertha Suttner, identified as one of the newspaper's writers, said in the statement. "After eight, or maybe twenty-eight years of hell, we need to start imagining heaven."
Rahm Emanuel, US president-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, has apologised to an Arab-American group for comments made by his father that disparaged Arabs.
Benjamin Emanuel was reported as telling an Israeli newspaper about his son last week: "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he?
"What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee had sent a letter to Emanuel calling on him to distance himself from his father's remarks. Al Jazeera
Employing unusually vivid religious imagery for the secular United Nations, President Bush on Thursday praised the "transformative and uplifting power of faith" and said religious belief "leads us to common values."
Addressing a two-day interfaith conference that has prompted mixed reactions from other leaders, Bush said religious belief "changed my life" and "sustained me through the challenges and joys of my presidency." He also suggested faith can transform relations between nations and cultures.
"One of my core beliefs is that there is an almighty God, and that every man, woman and child on the face of this Earth bears his image," Bush said. ". . . I know many of the leaders gathered in this assembly have been influenced by faith as well. We may profess different creeds and worship in different places, but our faith leads us to common values." Washingtonpost.com (image is from Phawker)
13 Nov 2008
Having suffered a dozen lethal terror attacks this year, Indians have almost stopped reacting to terror incidents with shock and horror. But recent news of the arrest of 10 people linked with two relatively small terror attacks earlier this year has created a national furor, and is likely to skew political parties' calculations ahead of next year's general elections.
The arrests by the Anti-Terrorist Squad of Maharashtra police have shocked India for two reasons. The nine accused are all Hindu right-wingers, confirming, for the first time, suspicions raised by political and security analysts that the Hindu extremist fringe has been organizing for terror attacks. Second, among the accused are a serving lieutenant colonel and a retired major of the army, an institution so far considered impervious to communal elements. (Click here to read about recent bomb blasts in North East India.)
The US supreme court has ruled the US navy can conduct sonar training exercises off southern California without restrictions, in a blow to environmentalists.
The court on Wednesday threw out a federal judge's injunction requiring the navy to take precautions during submarine-hunting exercises in order to prevent injury to whales and other marine mammals.
John Roberts, the court's chief justice, said that public interest favoured a well-equipped US navy and that an inadequately trained submarine force "jeopardises the safety of the fleet".
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental groups had successfully sued the navy in federal courts earlier this year on grounds of possible damage and injury to the region's dolphins, whales and sea lions, along with more than 30 other species of marine mammals in the area. Al Jazeera
President-elect Barack Obama wants to renew the U.S. commitment to finding al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to his national security advisers.
The Obama team believes the Bush administration has downplayed the importance of catching the FBI's most-wanted terrorist because it has not been able to find him.
"We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority," Obama said during the presidential debate on October 7.
But tracking down bin Laden won't be easy.
Osama bin Laden in the 2004 video (l) and the 2007 video (r) (AFP)
Robert Baer, a former CIA field officer, told CNN he's talked to "a dozen CIA guys who've been on the hunt for him, and half of them told me they assumed he was dead, the other half said they assumed he was alive, but the key word here is assume. They don't know." CNN.com
12 Nov 2008
The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland following a crash in 1968, a BBC investigation has found.
On 21 January 1968, one of the missions went wrong.
The high explosives surrounding the four nuclear weapons had detonated but without setting off the actual nuclear devices, which had not been armed by the crew. The Pentagon maintained that all four weapons had been "destroyed".
The documents make clear that within weeks of the incident, investigators piecing together the fragments realised that only three of the weapons could be accounted for. By April, a decision had been taken to send a Star III submarine to the base to look for the lost bomb, which had the serial number 78252.
But the real purpose of this search was deliberately hidden from Danish officials. One document from July reads: "Fact that this operation includes search for object or missing weapon part is to be treated as confidential NOFORN", the last word meaning not to be disclosed to any foreign country.
"It would be very difficult for anyone else to recover classified pieces if we couldn't find them." The view was that no-one else would be able covertly to acquire the sensitive pieces and that the radioactive material would dissolve in such a large body of water, making it harmless.
Other officials who have seen classified files on the accident confirmed the abandonment of a weapon.
11 Nov 2008
In a wide-ranging speech the British outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald appeared to condemn a series of key Government policies, attacking terrorism proposals - including 42 day detention - identity card plans and the “paraphernalia of paranoia”.
Instead, he said, the Government should insist that “our rights are priceless” and that: “The best way to face down those threats is to strengthen our institutions rather than to degrade them.”
The intervention will be seen as a significant setback to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who last week saw her plans to lock up terror suspects for 42 days before being charged thrown out by the House of Lords.
It is also a blow to Miss Smith’s plans for a super-database to record the details of millions of people’s online presence, including emails, SMS messages and Facebook profiles as well as the controversial identity card programme.
Sir Ken chose to issue his tough warning about the perils of the “Big Brother” state in his final speech as DPP, days before he leaves his post at the end of this month.
He warned that MPs should “take very great care to imagine the world we are creating before we build it. We might end up living with something we can’t bear”.
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Holocaust survivors said Monday they are through trying to negotiate with the Mormon church over posthumous baptisms of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps, saying the church has repeatedly violated a 13-year-old agreement barring the practice.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they are making changes to their massive genealogical database to make it more difficult for names of Holocaust victims to be entered for posthumous baptism by proxy, a rite that has been a common Mormon practice for more than a century.
But Ernest Michel, honorary chairman of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, said that is not enough. At a news conference in New York City on Monday, he said the church also must "implement a mechanism to undo what you have done."
"Baptism of a Jewish Holocaust victim and then merely removing that name from the database is just not acceptable," said Michel, whose parents died at Auschwitz. He spoke on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi-incited riots against Jews. FOXNews.com