Sunday 10 October 2010 - 10.10.10 - is being marked around the World as One Day on Earth to consider global cultural and climate realities. The horrible reality is that on 10.10.10. 60,000 people will die avoidably from deprivation in our US-dominated World, 1,000 children will die avoidably in the American Empire (see “Hey, hey,, USA, how many kids did you kill today? Answer: 1,000”: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article18750), and 770 Afghan under-5 year old infants will perish avoidably in war criminally US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan (see UNICEF:http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/afghanistan_statistics.html).
First man could be pulled out within days as shaft drilled to reach trapped miners is completed. Once the shaft is deemed secure, miners will be brought to the surface in a steel capsule. An escape shaft drilled by engineers has reached 33 miners who have been trapped underground in northern Chile for more than two months. The final breakthrough came on Saturday, and officials said the first workers could be pulled up to the surface of the mine, near the town of Copiapo, within a few days. "We heard sirens from the location of the drill [and] that means the shaft has made contact," Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar said, reporting from Copiapo.
On Sept. 18, 2003, a Tulsa-area pharmaceutical salesman was driving east on Interstate 40 when his bladder began to get the best of him. Realizing he couldn't make it to the next rest stop, he exited at rural Tiger Mountain Road near Henryetta. At the end of the ramp, dirt roads led off in three directions. The area was isolated and undeveloped. High grass rose out of the ditches. And something smelled terrible.
Doctors demand NHS must match health standards for school dinners after research reveals high levels of salt, sugar and fat. Children’s hospital food can contain around ten times more salt and fat than comparable dishes served in schools, a report reveals. Children receiving hospital treatment are being given meals containing "shocking" amounts of salt, sugar and saturated fat, damning new research into the quality of NHS food shows.
Stuart Littlewood views US President Barack Obama’s willingness to ride roughshod over international law and the Geneva Conventions by granting Israel reckless and extravagant favours – courtesy of US taxpayers – in return for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saving Obama’s political bacon and seeing him through November’s mid-term elections.
“For 17 years they [Palestinians] negotiated with the Israeli government during settlement construction ... ” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 1 October 2010. The United States-brokered peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas are in suspended animation.
The international criminal court is being urged to prosecute members of the Israeli defence force for the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. Turkish victims have formally requested an investigation, the Guardian has learned.
A Silicon Valley college student says the FBI confronted him and threatened to "make things difficult" for him if he didn't hand over a GPS tracking device he found on his car, says a report at Wired.com. Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old marketing student at Mission College who is partially of Egyptian extraction, said he found the device last Sunday when he took his car to a mechanic, and saw wires sticking out of the underside, near the exhaust pipe. He told Wired he had "done nothing to merit attention from authorities."
"Information Clearing House" -- Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors. Hundreds of millions of secret dollars are pouring into congressional and state races in this election cycle. The Koch brothers (whose personal fortunes grew by $5 billion last year) appear to be behind some of it, Karl Rove has rounded up other multi-millionaires to fund right-wing candidates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling corporate dollars from around the world into congressional races, and Rupert Murdoch is evidently spending heavily.
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Friday urged global finance ministers to stop trying to manipulate their currencies for economic advantage and instead to join to save a fragile recovery.
Sarah Palin, America’s most high-profile conservative, attracted some opprobrium earlier this year when she posed the following rhetorical question to Barack Obama’s supporters: “How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?”
They made an incongruous sight, piled on to trestle tables in the car park outside a government office. Long bundles of dried marijuana branches – known as Bango here – the chocolate bar-shaped slabs of hashish
For a number of years I reported on the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs data. The data did not support the praises economists were singing to the “New Economy.” The “New Economy” consisted, allegedly, of financial services, innovation, and high-tech services.
High unemployment is undermining the US recovery The US economy lost another 95,000 jobs in September, as public sector cuts outpaced hiring by the private sector. According to the Labor Department figures, the fall was almost double August's 54,000 job loss number.
The US economy appeared to be heading back into recession after employment figures showed a bigger than expected drop in September. The dollar sank to a 15-year low against the yen and gold jumped back to near historic highs as investors sought safe havens away from the world's largest economy.
The chemical found in every day containers may cause prostate cancer. A “GENDER bending” chemical found in everyday plastic food and drink containers, tins and baby bottles may cause prostate cancer, scientists are warning.
Roubini says 40% chance of double-dip recession on the horizon — The U.S. banking industry is entering a new crisis where operating costs are rising dramatically due to foreclosures and defaults, a well-known analyst said Wednesday afternoon.
The Obama administration is trying to escalate international pressure on China to change how it manages its currency, casting a global focus on what U.S. officials say has become a major risk to the economic recovery.
Scott Caplan, a Portland lawyer who was caught up in a scandal over flying terror suspects to secret prisons, died this week after suffering a heart attack. He was 49. As reported in The Lake Oswego Review, Caplan was playing tennis Monday at the Lake Oswego Tennis Center when he collapsed from a heart attack. He died on Tuesday morning.
The specter of a damaging global currency war is set to dominate a meeting of economic powers in Washington Friday, amid bleak hopes for a deal between China, the United States and other powers.
There is a clear and pressing need to end the monumental folly of prosecuting a war in Afghanistan. It is spreading in intensity into the tribal areas of Pakistan and could yet rattle a weak civilian government in Islamabad to bits. To persuade themselves that they are prevailing, the US, Britain and their allies maintain the illusion that they are building the capacity of the Afghan state, when that claim is being routinely undermined by corrupt elections and a president in Hamid Karzai who packs his administration with his relatives. Belief in the nation-building project has collapsed. The bar of success is being lowered.
Officials seek to allay fears of an environmental disaster as corrosive red mud enters Europe's second largest river. A toxic red sludge spill from a metals plant that has wiped out all life from one Hungarian river has entered the Danube, one of Europe's largest waterways. Dead fish were sighted in the Mosoni-Danube, a southern branch of the river, on Thursday and officials said that the Marcal, a tributary to the waterway, had been devastated by the sludge.
Following Israel’s capture of the West Bank in 1967, along with other territories including East Jerusalem, Israel has built and expanded Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The settlers enjoy the benefits of a separate, and far superior, civilian infrastructure to nearby Palestinian communities, and they are protected at great expense by the Israeli military. Under international law, the settlements are illegal. But despite private agreements with the US to rein in growth, Israel has continued the non-stop expansion of its illegal settlements. While the public stance of the United States is that it does not recognise "the international legitimacy" of the settlements, Washington has in practice provided decades-long support for Israeli policy.
Upon the humble clothes line, a battle line has been drawn that embodies a uniquely American clash of ideas about class, liberty and the environment. Rules imposed by community associations and landlords forbid tens of millions of home owners to dry their washing outside because, they say, it's unsightly and even lowers property prices.
Drone missile attacks near to Pakistan's Afghan border have become an everyday occurrence since Obama took power The Obama administration has authorised 125 drone strikes so far – twice the number George Bush used in his last five years in power. The Pashtun tribesmen have several nicknames for the drones that endlessly circle over their mud-walled mountain villages. Some call them "wasps" or "mosquitoes", after the low buzz emitted by the pilotless aircraft's small engines.
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
Gingrich: Choice is between Democrats as 'party of food stamps' vs. GOP as `paychecks party.'
Americans are stuck with an inferior and overpriced communications system, compared with the rest of the world, and we're being ripped off in the process. Since 1991, the telecom companies have pocketed an estimated $320 billion --- that's about $3,000 per household.
A grim report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russian Ministry of Finance experts warns today that the United States is expected to be ordered by its G-20 counterparts at its October 21-23 meeting in South Korea to devalue the US Dollar by no less than 50% in order to stave off what is widely believed to be an imminent collapse of the World’s economic system.
The Obama Administration IP Czar Victoria Espinel has been holding meetings with ISPs, registrars, payment processors and others in a bid to get them to block access to websites “dedicated to infringing activities”. However, as we have documented, the government deems such infringement to include political opinions which are antagonistic toward the state, leaving the door open for state censorship of free speech on the world wide web.
For the first time in history, a U.S. Supreme Court convened this week with three Jewish justices. And Jewish defense organizations had their eyes on … Arizona. Two of the three cases on the docket this session attracting special attention from Jewish groups come from the Grand Canyon State. One addresses tax credits for religious schools; another looks at whether state immigration laws outweigh the U.S. government. The third case, out of Maryland, deals with free speech protections.
AP-GfK Poll: GOP edge with working-class whites doubles as economy, dislike for Obama hit home. Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party's drive to keep control of Congress.
"Campaign for Liberty" - -It is not far fetched to speculate that the United States has, over the past ten years, been sliding into a form of authoritarianism that retains only some aspects of the constitution and a limited rule of law.
The language of collective compassion has been abandoned in the US, and no politician dare even mention helping the poor.
“The next time you begrudgingly follow some federal “law” that restricts your right to keep and bear arms – or the next time you hear about a gun rights case that will be decided in 2, or 4, or 6 years – with the hope that some judge will give you permission to exercise your rights, ask yourself this question:
Lenders across Europe and the US are facing a $4 trillion refinancing hurdle in the coming 24 months and many still need to recapitalise, the Washington-based organisation said in its Global Financial Stability Report. Governments will have to inject fresh equity into banks – particularly in Spain, Germany and the US – as well as prop up their funding structures by extending emergency support.
The euro moved above $1.39 Wednesday for the first time since February, while the yen struck a 15-year high. The dollar is sliding broadly because investors expect that the Federal Reserve will increase its support for the U.S. economy, driving down interest rates and dampening the currency's appeal for investors.
Careful calibration of a U.S. dollar devaluation looks to be the only way to avert the sort of currency war flagged by Brazil and others, leaving G20 powers the unenviable task of agreeing some control of the process.
A US federal judge faces drug and gun charges after being arrested with a stripper in an FBI drug sting. Senior US District Judge Jack T Camp, 67 was detained in Atlanta, Georgia after he allegedly handed an undercover agent $160 (£100) for cocaine. He was also accused of trying to buy Oxycodone, a narcotic pain medication, that he intended to use with the stripper.
Barack Obama was able to laugh off a potentially embarrassing mishap as the presidential seal fell off his lectern and clattered to the stage as he was delivering a speech.
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