This is a 10 percent increase over previous global dementia prevalence reported in 2005 in The Lancet. According to the new report, dementia prevalence will nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.
One of the greatest rivalries in the history of chess is due to resume as Garry Kasparov takes on Anatoly Karpov in the Spanish city of Valencia. The 12-game rematch takes place 25 years after the two chess legends first competed for the world title. That epic, gruelling encounter lasted five months in Moscow, before being called off without a clear winner. Kasparov went on to snatch the world crown from Karpov in 1985 and then defended his title the following year.
UCLA professor leads first-ever effort to map moon's surface temperatures. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), an unmanned mission to comprehensively map the entire moon, has returned its first data. One of the seven instruments aboard, the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, is making the first global survey of the temperature of the lunar surface while the spacecraft orbits some 31 miles above the moon. Diviner has obtained enough data already to characterize many aspects of the moon's current thermal environment. The instrument has revealed richly detailed thermal behavior, throughout both the north and south polar regions, that extends to the limit of Diviner's spatial resolution of just a few hundred yards.
"Most notable are the measurements of extremely cold temperatures within the permanently shadowed regions of large polar impact craters in the south polar region," said David Paige, Diviner's principal investigator and a UCLA professor of planetary science. "Diviner has recorded minimum daytime brightness temperatures in portions of these craters of less than -397 degrees Fahrenheit. These super-cold brightness temperatures are, to our knowledge, among the lowest that have been measured anywhere in the solar system, including the surface of Pluto."
President Obama's decision to order a review comes as he takes the rare step of chairing a watershed session of the UN security council. Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.
When Joe Wilson called Barack Obama a liar on the floor of Congress, the White House dismissed it as hardball politics while Jimmy Carter said it was racism. The truth lies in years of Southern prejudice and a simmering resentment among some Americans that a black man could become president. The general store in the middle of the tiny South Carolina town of Allendale still has Barack Obama T-shirts and baseball caps proudly on sale in the window. But inside the shop, Eddie Bernice Hammond's thoughts are not on last year's triumphant election of America's first black president. They are focused on a fresh race row, roiling the country and coming from her own home state.
Israel has been censured by the United Nations for its actions against the Palestinians and its neighbours on so many occasions that it has become immune to such condemnation. It has come to view the world body as biased and hopelessly irrelevant. The recent United Nations report on the Gaza War yet again condemned Israel, but this time the language was unusually forceful in tone and sweeping in scope.
More than 44,000 Americans die every year – 122 every day – due to lack of health insurance. That’s the startling finding of a new study – Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults – that appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The 44,000 dead a year estimate is about two-and-a-half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine in 2002.
Ever since the economy crashed and the government paid hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out the fat-cats who were responsible, a populist rage has been seething away across the country. Home values have collapsed, more than two million homes have been foreclosed on, retirement nest eggs are decimated, seven million jobs have been lost. Hard-won feelings of financial security now seem like a distant memory. The economy is turning around, they say, but where are the jobs? And what about all the money that's been lost?
The buildup coincides with new warnings that the Taliban has continued to gain territory and strength. McChrystal wants to improve intelligence on the Taliban and focus on reducing the number of bombings. The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make its station there among the largest in the agency's history, U.S. officials say.
Israeli warplanes on Sunday night struck by air-to-ground missiles the tunnels used for smuggling under the borderline between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, witnesses and security sources said. The witnesses said that F-16 jets hovered over Rafah town and struck by missiles the borderline zone between the town and Egypt, where hundreds of tunnels had been dug and used for smuggling stuffs from Egypt to Gaza.
The Bush administration had pushed for the plan as safeguard against any Iranian missile attack. The US president has denied that objections from Russia influenced his decision to abandon the previous administration's plans to site a missile defence system in Eastern Europe.
Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian of ballot papers pre-marked for Hamid Karzai that were seized by monitors. The ballots appear to be stamped with the monitors' seal and ready to cast. The monitors filmed then destroyed the papers to stop them being used. The shaky footage shows two election monitors inspecting a book of 100 ballot papers that are still stitched together, as they were intended to arrive at the polling station in rural Afghanistan. But something is wrong; instead of being pristine, ready for the voter to make his or her mark, each paper bears a large blue tick next to the name of one candidate: Hamid Karzai. Japan Times: Mounting Afghan follies give U.S. a way out: He had bribed the northern warlords to deliver large blocks of votes to him, and in the south his Pashtun ethnic roots made him the favored candidate among those who dared to vote. Yet in order to "win" in the first round of voting and avoid that runoff, Karzai's people indulged in brazen, systematic cheating. His men set up hundreds of fictitious polling stations and registered hundreds of thousands of ballots in his favor. (Some of them weren't even folded, so they could never have been inserted into a real ballot box.) Karzai's organizers also took over 800 real voting stations and kept local citizens out while they stuffed the ballot boxes with votes for their man. In some provinces, the number of votes for Karzai was 10 times greater than the total number of people who had actually shown up and voted. But the "Independent Election Commission," a body dominated by Karzai loyalists, reported that Karzai got 54 percent of the votes and won in the first round. ABC News: Afghans' Support for U.S. Efforts Tumbling: Feb. 9, 2009: A new national public opinion poll in Afghanistan by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German TV finds that performance ratings and support levels for the Kabul government and its Western allies have plummeted from their peaks, particularly in the past year. Widespread strife, a resurgent Taliban, struggling development, soaring corruption and broad complaints about food, fuel, power and prices all play a role. Asia Foundation: AFGHANISTAN IN 2008: A SURVEY OF THE AFGHAN PEOPLE.
A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or "violence".
It’s been around since the first World War when it was a horror in the trenches. It causes a kind of fire you can’t put out with a fire extinguisher and if it gets on human flesh, it will burn straight down the the bone – and keep burning. Now the Israeli military is dropping it from time to time on Gaza neighborhoods. Of course, that’s just a rumor…unless you see the video. Who are you going to believe? The Israeli war party PR department or your own eyes? This video answers the question. The only countries that seem to use it are the US, Russia and Israel (though Israeli war party spokesmen love to throw in the fact that Canada has used it too, probably in joint operations with the US.) Is it moral, or even legal, to use it in densely populated areas? Certainly not, so the US news media does its best to keep the reality that these weapons are being used this way at the level of a “rumor.” A rumor verified by video…
Amidst Iran's quest for acquiring the advanced S-300 air defense system, an Israeli military official says every effort should be made to stop the defense system from reaching countries where Israeli air force may need to operate. With an escalation in Israeli rhetoric against Tehran, Iran has opted to acquire the sophisticated S-300 defense system -- which, according to Western experts, would rule out the possibility of an Israeli airstrike on Iranian nuclear sites.
I got really bored so I thought I would try to make a video. This is my first. I also tryed to keep it in tempo. Wish me luck. Hope you like it.
Who's really behind that "bipartisan" call to attack Iran? "The U.S. should begin preparing crippling sanctions on Iran and publicly make clear that a military strike is possible should the Iranian government press ahead with its nuclear effort, a bipartisan policy group said. ‘If biting sanctions do not persuade the Islamic Republic to demonstrate sincerity in negotiations and give up its enrichment activities, the White House will have to begin serious consideration of the option of a U.S.-led military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities,’ said the study from the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington."
The most obvious result of President Obama’s announcement yesterday to scrap the Bush Administration’s missile defense system in favor of one of his own design was to dramatically improve the tone of dialogue with Russia, which has been either praised or condemned depending on the analyst’s stance on starting a new Cold War with the nation. But at least as important is the effect officials are hoping the move will have on Israel’s plans to attack Iran. With the new plan putting anti-missile missiles on ships in the Mediterranean instead of in Eastern Europe along the Russian border, their ability to be used on Israel’s behalf is significantly and conspicuously increased. Islamic-Intelligence: The sudden decision by the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II, to abandon the proposed U.S. "missile shield" to be based in Poland and the Czech Republic, was actually made in Tel Aviv and Zionist-occupied Jerusalem.
Overriding Western objections, a 150-nation nuclear conference on Friday passed a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years. Iran hailed the vote as a "glorious moment." The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for the United States and other backers of the Jewish state, which had lobbied for 18 years of past practice — debate on the issue without a vote. It also reflected building tensions between Israel and its backers and Islamic nations, backed by developing countries. Of delegations present at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting Friday, 49 voted for the resolution. Forty-five were against and 16 abstained from endorsing or rejecting the document, which "expresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities," and links it to "concern about the threat posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons for the security and stability of the Middle East." AntiWar: Israel ‘Deplores’ IAEA Call to Join NPT: The United States ambassador Glyn Davies publicly rejected the resolution, calling it “redundant” and claiming that calling on Israel to join the NPT as every other nation in the Middle East has unfairly singled them out. Islamic- Intelligence: The Israeli Occupation of America: We Control America! PressTV: Iran ready to pay for probe into Israeli nukes.
Award winning writer and filmmaker William Lewis’ latest documentary should be used to answer Glenn Beck and the other Pentagon script readers in the corporate media. “Why is the media on the one hand saying there are no FEMA camps,” Alex Jones asks in Lewis’ Camp FEMA, “while on the other hand legislation has been introduced to build them?” As Jones notes in this landmark documentary, HR 645 legalizes what the government has spent decades building. In the documentary, Jerome Corsi says the government is preparing for civil unrest of the sort predicted by trends forecaster Gerald Celente and others as the economy falls apart – as engineered by the bankster cabal – and millions of people lose their jobs and are reduced to penury. Corsi says he has contacted the Department of Homeland Security and they have admitted KBR has built concentration camps.
Nato forces in Afghanistan are increasingly reliant on illegal militias, often run by warlords responsible for human rights abuses and drug trafficking, according to an independent report published tomorrow.
A long-awaited healthcare bill from Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus includes no public option and would require almost all Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty. This comes as a new study finds that nearly 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance. Vdare/TPV: Health Care Deceit.
Europeans are shaking their heads over their American friends again. Whether talking to people in the street, in the cafés or to journalists or political leaders, everyone here asks me the same question: Has America lost its mind? Town halls filled with angry citizens, shouting at their elected leaders, some of them armed with guns and threatening signs? Besides the media spectacle of these neo-1776 revolutionaries, what is doubly perplexing to Europeans is the focus of the protests: healthcare.
Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu three times this week, including two sessions on Friday; visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas twice in the West Bank city of Ramallah; and made side trips to Egypt and Jordan. But the intense round of diplomacy failed to broker even a handshake between Netanyahu and Abbas at the U.N. meeting next week, signaling a deepened stalemate over an issue that President Obama has set as one of his top priorities. Al Jazeera: Mitchell ends Middle East peace bid.
According to a new book, Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in 2004 and hailed as an all-American hero by the former president, was disillusioned by Mr Bush and his administration's "illegal and unjust" drive to war.
“Are there people out there who don’t like me because of race? I’m sure there are,” Mr. Obama told CNN. “That’s not the overriding issue here.”
فريح أبو مدين كلما حاولت أن أجد عنوانا لهذا المقال أتجنب كلمة غزاوي أو غزازوة، إلا أن الواقع يملأ الحلق بالمرارة والعقل بالكآبة لما يجري على مسرح اللامعقول في طول الوطن وعرضه. وسأحاول أن أتفادى الحديث حول البعد السياسي في الوطن المحتل المقسم المسمّم وعن قيادة لم تتق الله في شعبها، مسنودة بحالة الاحتلال الذي يعطي كلا منهم ما يحتاجه من غطاء وحجج عبثية من مفاوضة الى مقاومة ويا قلب لا تحزن!؟
وهنا فليسمح لي القراء أن أسرد باختصار، ماذا يعني ان تكون من سكان قطاع غزة ذي الثلاثمئة واثنين وستين كيلومترا مربعا، يقطنه مليون ونصف المليون إنسان تقريبا، وتركيبته السكانية تمثل من كان معظمهم يقطنون يافا شمالا مرورا باللد والرملة، وجنوبا الى بئر السبع وصحرائها بمدنه وقراه وباديته. ويشكل هذا الكم السكاني من هاجر الى القطاع أكثر'من سبعين بالمائة بالاضافة الى أهله الذين يشكلون باقي السكان. ولم يكن يطلق اسم غزازوة إلا على من كانوا في مدينة غزة حصرا وليس سكان القطاع ككل.
إلا ان هذه الكلمة تتداول حاليا كجنسية لأبناء القطاع، وللأسف الشديد أصبحت أداة التعريف لكل من قطن غزة أو هاجر اليها أو ولد فيها. مع علم الجميع أن الراية والعلم الفلسطيني لم يجد مكانا يرفع فيه بعد نكبة 1948 إلا في هذا القطاع البطل، وهنا لا بد من التذكير على عجالة وبدون إجحاف بأهله وتاريخهم، أنصارا ومهاجرين، إذا جاز التعبير، وما يجعلني أسرد بعض تاريخ القطاع وأهله بعد أن سمعت بأذنيّ من يقول في السمع والجمع، لقد كانت القيادة في معظمها ومعظم الوقت من القطاع ولم نقل شيئا!
Frightening results of Constitution Day survey indicate vast majority of students have little understanding of political system. A Constitution Day survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) has found that the vast majority of high school students do not know that the Constitution represents the supreme law of the United States.
Zoologists in Panama aren't sure what it is, but say an unknown creature found by four teens appears to be a dead fetus. + Jóvenes que enfrentaron la extaña criatura (Video).
One of the worst monsters in history, Irving Kristol, is dead. None of the obituaries will mention the giant tail wagging the dog, that Kristol and his fellow 'cons moved from left-wing to extreme right-wing solely because they needed an extreme right-wing United States to build Anti-Assimilation Land. I'd like to think that the news that Obama decided not to restart the Cold War killed the bastard.
He Pingping, the world's shortest man, tells the BBC he prefers running a restaurant to craving fame. The 22-year-old, who lives with his sisters in China's Inner Mongolia, is just 73cm tall - making him officially the shortest man who is able to walk.
You'll be better prepared to what is going to happen in the following weeks. Israel needs a new 9/11 to start his third phase, a global war, and Germany will follow London and Madrid, as Afghanistan war is already lost and Germany will withdraw their troops if the Zionist agent Merkel is not re-elected. According to German intelligence secret reports, Merkel will loose the elections unless she steals them, like her master Netanyahu did in January 2009 !
The dossier demonstrates that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) sent Megrahi's case back to the court of appeal in 2007, after deciding that the judges who convicted him had made a series of errors about the evidence of a Maltese shopkeeper, Tony Gauci – the only witness to link the Libyan to the alleged plot. According to the commission, those mistakes were significant enough to raise substantial doubts about the safety of Megrahi's conviction of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing on 21 December 1988.
Academic stumbles upon previously unseen section of Codex Sinaiticus dating back to 4th century. A British-based academic has uncovered a fragment of the world's oldest Bible hiding underneath the binding of an 18th-century book. Nikolas Sarris spotted a previously unseen section of the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from about AD350, as he was trawling through photographs of manuscripts in the library of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.
Former CIA directors, including some of the architects of the Bush administration's interrogation policies, today sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to reverse Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to investigate whether crimes were committed in connection with the interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody overseas.
Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama on Friday to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. The CIA directors, who served both Democratic and Republican presidents and include three who worked under President George W. Bush, made their request in a letter Friday to the White House.
Citizen Investigation Team offers this compilation of independent verifiable evidence exposing the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon as a psychological black operation of deception. Consider this a non-violent call to action as everyone is encouraged to copy and distribute this conclusive evidence to media, political, and authority figures while first requesting, and then demanding a response. Inaction by authorities and media to this information amounts to a crime of obstruction of justice so it's time they are held accountable. This is particularly the case as more innocents are slaughtered and additional billions of dollars are spent on a fraudulent "war on terror" perpetuated under any other name. Please visit CitizenInvestigationTeam.com for full resources and a step-by-step strategy as to how you can take action on this critical life or death information.
'Protecting' Jewish girls from Arabs. The group of some 35 volunteers is looking to prevent such interaction and to stop what neighborhood residents have overwhelmingly complained is a growing problem in Pisgat Ze'ev - Arab men going out with Jewish girls. What was once a rare occurrence, residents say, has become the norm in this north Jerusalem suburb, which shares a side of the security barrier with the Palestinian village of Anata and the scattered dwellings on the edge of Shuafat refugee camp.
75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S. The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in observance of Constitution Day on Thursday. Brandon Dutcher is with the conservative think tank and said the group wanted to find out how much civic knowledge Oklahoma high school students know. The Oklahoma City-based think tank enlisted national research firm, Strategic Vision, to access students' basic civic knowledge. "They're questions taken from the actual exam that you have to take to become a U.S. citizen," Dutcher said.
I remember thinking, as I kneeled at gunpoint with my hands bound on my living room floor, that there had been a terrible, terrible mistake.
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