A politician in India’s largest party has been accused by rivals of scaring people into voting for his Congress Party candidates, by telling them that electronic voting machines (EVMs) will give them electric shocks if they press other buttons. India’s second largest party has filed a complaint.
Video posted online shows men mercilessly beating Ethiopians. A person shown lying dead on the ground with bullet mark in the chest. Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers forced to leave the country, many arrested, some killed. Saudi Arabia population 27-million, foreign workers 11 million.
Netanyahu: nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) useless in Middle East. Problem countries not the ones which refused to sign the NPT. Israel rejects all agreements, refuses nternational regulatory inspections of its nuclear facilities. Said Iran should not possess heavy water reactors, centrifuges
Twelve undocumented migrants drowned early on Friday after their fibreglass boat just 7-8 metres (23-26 feet) in length sank off Greece. Four were children. They are believed to be Syrians fleeing the civil war. 15 survivors of the tragedy, swam to shore from the rocks to which the boat was tied.
Renault: has the right to prevent charging the battery in case of non-payment on the car or battery effectively making “your” vehicle worthless. In service contract in fine print. Huge advancement for car dealers, financial companies, and police.
Justice Department: Attorney General's office informed of dangerous person exporting hand grenades, allow him to continue making bombs, claimed they could "track" his explosives to find out where they were going. US attorney failed to prosecute him, said case lacked "jury appeal."
Republican bill would undermine Obama’s health care overhaul by allowing insurance companies to sell policies to new as well as existing customers that do not meet the requirements laid down in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Panic among congressional Democrats over debacle of Obamacare.
Berlin has suspended the purchase of armed drones on the grounds that it “categorically rejects illegal killings.” Amnesty International accused Merkel’s government of aiding the US with drone strikes in Pakistan. Significant opposition in Germany. Pew Research poll: 59 per cent of population.
Militiamen in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, opened fire on peaceful anti-militia demonstrators killing thirteen, injuring scores of others. Hundreds of people carrying white flags as sign of peace at the capital's Meliana Square on Friday. Militiamen hiding inside the headquarters started firing at the crowd.
Secret document leaked to Le Figaro newspaper: society is in the grip of tension, exasperation and anger, legitimacy of tax is now widely questioned. This mix of latent discontent and resignation erupts through sudden bouts of anger, almost spontaneous, and not within structured social movements.”
UN committee meets to decide whether to investigate banning controversial technology. Machines which kill without any human intervention, unmanned drones, soldier robots, missles, large guns.Serious threat to the world. Could "go rogue be hacked, jammed, copied.
Small businesses cutting work hours, stop offering health coverage, replace full-time with part-time workers because of Obamacare. Law makes business pay health insurance or penalty if over 50 full-time employees. Defines full-time worker as 30 or more hours per week.
Denver, Colorado: legalized marijuana, passed new “odor ordinance,” potential $2,000 fine for polluting air with high concentrations of cannabis. Enforcement plan: olfactometer, or "nose telescope" has ability to record concentration of marijuana in the air, GPS coordinates of where smell is from.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):tribal conflicts displaced 460,000 people in Sudan's Darfur this year. Fled their homes in Darfur as a result of inter-tribal fighting, clashes between SAF (the Sudanese army),armed movements. Main security threat in region.
The Independent: US government ordered Britain not to publish contents of inquiry into the Iraq War carried out by Sir John Chilcot. PresidentObama insists certain parts of the Iraq Inquiry, could not be released as it is focused on the pre-war conspiracy hatched by George W. Bush, Tony Blair.
Attacks against mourners marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein. Bomb attacks: cities of Baquba, Kirkuk, Hafriyah. Series of bomb blasts across Iraq. Iraqi ministry of health, interior and defense: 1,000 killed 1,600 injured in October. No group claims responsibility for the attacks.
Disastrous launch, public outrage: 106 thousand obtained insurance under new healthcare law, five million peoples plans cancelled, will have to pay higher premiums to obtain new insurance. Americans: president 'untrustworthy, dishonest.' Speaker of the House, John Boehner: “There is no way to fix this.”
American companies want to do business with Iran, and tough competition between European and US firms will shape once sanctions against the Islamic Republic are lifted. Oil, gas, General Motors. Israel, furious at recent Geneva talks. Iran biggest market for consumer goods in Middle East.
Egyptian court has sentenced 12 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison for taking part in a student-led demonstration against the military-installed government. Protesters were convicted of attacking the headquarters of al-Azhar University during the protest in October.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden running out of money, his lawyer revealed, never traded secrets for cash, never received anything for information. Savings he had, almost entirely spent on food, rent, security and so on,” relying on citizens, organizations who offer him assistance.
United States intelligence community to launch a program that will thoroughly broaden the capabilities of biometric facial recognition software in order to establish an individual’s identity. Effort to “radically expand the range of conditions under which automated face recognition can establish identity,”
Taliban imposes tax on poppy farmers in areas it controls, participation, selling, transferring the crop. Afghan government officials, tribal warlords involved in opium trade action. US-led coalition rejected crop eradication operations by its soldiers, fear bankrupting farmers forcing them to join the insurgency.
Unnamed Oakland charter school first in the country to use ShotSpotter SiteSecure system, able to detect gun has been fired, where it was fired. Use network of microphones, communicate information to police car computer screens instantly with floor plan of school, type of gun used.
Many American authors are worrying about the freedom of the press and some are avoiding writing or speaking about controversial topics. Writers assume everything they do electronically is subject to monitoring.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced life-time austerity in the UK, calling on Britons to prepare for permanently slimmed-down public sector, austerity should last forever, Britain must get used to being a “leaner, more efficient state,” and more prosperous private sector.
Students tried to cordon off parliament building by forming a human chain around it to prevent lawmakers from leaving on Tuesday as they escalated their demonstrations against the Socialist-led government. Unable to pass a heavy police blockade around the parliament.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: world too soft on Palestinians, time to turn a critical eye. Palestinians pampered by the international community,” ignored Palestinian incitement, refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state, accepted halfhearted Palestinian attempts to fight violence.
To protect multinationals from government policies, CETA includes an investor-state dispute settlement process. Will give corporations based in Canada, EU a new tool to sue governments for policies that interfere with their profits. also gives corporations unprecedented rights to bid on public contracts.
Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next year. Swedish government—citing a rapid fall in demand—has now ordered the closure of four prisons.
US President Barack Obama has announced Tuesday he decided to extend the state of emergency against Iran for another year. Decision was made as “our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal”. routine renewal of policy, not new or connected in any way to the Geneva discussion.
Human rights groups say measure will lead to ethnic cleansing of hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins. Called for mass rallies against new plan, describing it as a “racist policy. Expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine created major obstacle to establish peace in the Middle East.
Vermont Governor signed bill to decriminalize weed, Cheshire County Department of Corrections Superintendent Richard Van Winkler :“If we decriminalize we allow illegal drug enterprise to flourish. “If we legalize, control, regulate, tax same as alcohol, we put illegal drug dealer out of business.”
U.S., Britain and Israel are the only nations to have fired missiles from remote-controlled drones, but the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles has become so prevalent that U.S. intelligence sources and private analysts say it is merely a matter of time before other countries use the technology.
UK Government to pass legislation, will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ criminal offence. Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill grants local authorities, police, private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces.
Venezuelan government has expanded the scope of a crackdown on soaring inflation after sending troops into appliance stores over the weekend to slash prices. Large, unruly crowds massed outside such chain stores, hoping to take advantage of huge markdowns mandated by the government.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared state of national calamity caused by monster Typhoon Haiyan. Extent of devastation: information passed from one person to another, no television, radio, internet. Unprecedented scale of damage made it harder to co-ordinate relief operations.
Police used rubber bullets, pepper spray to disperse crowd of Polish nationalist demonstrators during Independence Day march in Warsaw. The crowd shouted slogans directed against Russia, Poland’s eastern neighbor, demonstrators blamed for World War II atrocities, occupation during the Soviet era.
A separatist Libyan region announcedestablishment of independent oil company after taking over several commercial sea ports. Tripoli struggles to regain control, PM warned of foreign intervention unless govt rule restored. Protesters told staff at Mellitah port, to cease gas exports to Italy .
November 24, the Swiss to vote on the 1:12 initiative would impose an upper limit on salaries, highest salary in a company could be no more than 12 times that of the lowest wage within same firm. Nobody should earn the same in one month as a colleague would take one year to earn.
Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages,extremists talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, how to make the world a better place. You’re an extremist If ye dare to take care of yourself, be an individual who grows his own food, ye are an enemy of the state.
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