A top UN panel is to probe claims that British scientists sought to suppress data backing climate change sceptics' views, its head said ahead of the the landmark Copenhagen summit.
I wonder how many people have shelled out $1200 to shake Al’s hand? Maybe not enough and he couldn’t cover the expenses for his private jet? Former U.S. vice president has canceled his event, more than 3,000 Danes have purchased a ticket. Looks like they will get a refund though. Might be worth more as a collectors item in ten years though.
Wow, just wow. What an editorial. The CBC’s Rex Murphy on Climategate.
“Veiled Voices” is a documentary into the lives of three women - one Lebanese, one Syrian, one Egyptian - and as with “Beirut Diaries” it lets these women speak for themselves.
U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful. In the midst of two wars abroad and a sour economy at home, there has been a sharp rise in isolationist sentiment among the public. For the first time in more than 40 years of polling, a plurality (49%) says the United States should "mind its own business internationally" and let other countries get along the best they can on their own. AntiWar: Poll: Americans Turn Sharply Against Interventionism.
What is going to happen to all those Afghanistan soldiers being trained and armed by the US? The endless catastrophes of idiot imperialism. A video from Freedomain Radio.
Israel Army Unit Waging Internet Battle After Gaza Criticism. Israel first began seriously using the Internet as a public-relations tool during a three-week military initiative in the Gaza Strip that began on Dec. 27 to stop rocket attacks on its southern towns and cities. The army launched a YouTube channel that month and broadcast footage of air force attacks on Gaza targets, including one of a missile aborted once officers realized civilians were in the area.
One of the saddest days in Canadian history - "The Senate Committee studying C-15, a bill that would bring mandatory minimum prison sentences for marijuana to Canada, has given its approval with minor amendments."
[PHOTO: A mother and her two children, killed by the US.] Senior US government and military officials have appeared before the Senate armed services committee to try to sell President Barack Obama's new military strategy for Afghanistan to Congress. Jim Hightower: Obama's War: Wait, wait, wait — hold it right there. Cut the music, slow the rush, and let's all ponder what Barack Obama, Roberts Gates, Stanley McChrystal and Co. are getting us into ... and whether we really want to go there. After all, just because the White House and the Pentagon brass are waving the flag and insisting that a major escalation of America's military mission in Afghanistan is a "necessity" doesn't mean it is ... or that We the People must accept it. Dandelion Salad: This Is Absolutely Insane! Michael Moore Responds To President Obama’s Afghanistan Speech -Video. AntiWar: UN welcomes US plan for Afghanistan buildup. Another World Is Possible / AntiWar: Obama’s War Speech: An Unconvincing Flop. Online Journal: Obama’s reignites “war on terrorism” with massive Afghanistan surge: Clear-eyed observers warned, since his ascension to power years ago, that Obama has been a lifelong corporate “centrist” and accommodationist who will change nothing except for the style with which destruction is delivered. In fact, the manipulative Obama and his unsavory administration (of unsavory elites) has deepened every crisis, from the world war to the rape of the world economy. Christopher Bollyn: Why Afghanistan? Obama's December 1 speech at West Point about the war in Afghanistan presented a "false reading of history" about 9-11. The president's speech on Afghanistan featured a repetition of the fundamental lies about who is really responsible for the terror attacks of 9-11. The 2009 scientific paper on the discovery of super-thermite in the dust of the World Trade Center by Dr. Steven E. Jones has exposed these claims to be fabrications and revealed to the world that the Twin Towers were pulverized using an extremely sophisticated and powerful nano-composite explosive. It should be noted that President Obama and his senior staff are fully aware that the U.S. rationale for the invasion of Afghanistan is based on a pack of lies. History will not judge them lightly for such deceit. Malalai Joya: A TROOP SURGE CAN ONLY MAGNIFY THE CRIME AGAINST AFGHANISTAN [November 30, 2009].
As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.
War criminal Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance will send at least 5,000 more troops to fight "militancy" in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels that the NATO member states were ready to throw their support behind US President Barack Obama's new Afghan "strategy".
In the last 30 years, U.S. foreign policy has directly killed at least 288,000 Muslims. And that figure is calculated if one deems the number of Iraqis killed by the U.S. war and occupation to be no more than 100,000. The figure is probably higher than that as calculated by many reputable sources. So the 288,000 figure is probably an underestimate as reported by Harvard professor Stephen Walt: I have deliberately selected "low-end" estimates for Muslim fatalities, so these figures present the "best case" for the United States. Even so, the United States has killed nearly 30 Muslims for every American lost. The real ratio is probably much higher, and a reasonable upper bound for Muslim fatalities (based mostly on higher estimates of "excess deaths" in Iraq due to the sanctions regime and the post-2003 occupation) is well over one million, equivalent to over 100 Muslim fatalities for every American lost.
In Face of Settler Outrage, Barak Approves More Housing. One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was defending the settlement freeze, a promise to not approve any new housing construction permits in the West Bank, Israel is approving new housing construction permits in the West Bank. The new approvals, in direct contravention of their own unilateral settlement freeze, came following a meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the outraged mayors of several settlements. Palestine Telegraph: Expulsion of Palestinians at record high. International Solidarity Movement: Israeli police demolish the only shelter of evicted Palestinian family for the fourth time -Video.
In 2008, Israel revoked the residency of 4,577 East Jerusalem Arabs - 21 times the average of the previous 40 years. Last year set an all-time record for the number of Arab residents of East Jerusalem who were stripped of residency rights by the Interior Ministry. Altogether, the ministry revoked the residency of 4,577 East Jerusalemites in 2008 - 21 times the average of the previous 40 years.
[Photo:Israeli settlers take over a house belonging to Rifqa al-Kurd in Sheikh Jarrah area in Jerusalem on 01 December 2009] Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip. ►6 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. ►An Israeli settler used his car to run over the body of a wounded Palestinian in Hebron. ►Israeli forces conducted 14 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and one into the Gaza Strip. ►Israeli forces arrested 20 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children. ►Israeli naval troops have continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. ►Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. ►Israeli troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child. ►Israeli troops positioned at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing arrested a Palestinian civilian who was on his way to Jerusalem to receive medical treatment. ►Israel has continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. ►The Israeli government approved the construction of 131 housing units. ►Israeli forces issued military orders to demolish more houses in the West Bank. ►Israeli settlers took over 70 donums of land in Yanoun village, east of Nablus. ►Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians in Bourin village near Nablus.
The founder of Blackwater Worldwide acknowledged in an interview published Wednesday that he had helped the CIA with secret programs targeting top al-Qaeda leaders, a role he says was intended to give the agency "unattributable capability" in sensitive missions.
Records obtained late last month by the American Civil Liberties Union reveal new information about the CIA's destruction of videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation of prisoners at CIA black sites, including the precise date the tapes were destroyed and evidence that the White House was involved in early discussions about the proposed destruction.
Hundreds of residents of the Indian city of Bhopal have held a vigil to mark 25 years since a deadly chemical leak in the city caused the world's worst industrial disaster. Survivors and local residents joined activists late on Wednesday to remember the thousands of victims of the leak from a pesticide plant owned by US chemical company Union Carbide on December 3, 1984. The Guardian: Bhopal water still toxic 25 years after deadly gas leak, study finds.
Cecil Johnson, 53, was executed early Wednesday for "killing three people while robbing a Nashville convenience store". The victims included the market owner's 12-year-old son, Bobby Bell Jr., and two men sitting in a cab outside, Charles House, 35, and driver James Moore, 41. The boy's father witnessed the killing and was wounded. When the blinds to the execution room were lifted, Johnson lay strapped to a gurney with medical tubes strapped to his skin. He mouthed "I love you" to his wife, two brothers and daughter, and was asked whether he had any final words. "You all stay strong, and keep trusting in the Lord," he said. Exonerated Death Row Inmate Speaks Out: Just hours after Cecil Johnson Jr. was put to death, another former death row inmate spoke out against capital punishment. Ray Krone sat on Arizona's death row for five years until DNA evidence proved he was not a killer. Now, he says the justice system can make mistakes, and that we're better off without executions. Another World Is Possible / Guardian Weekly: Life After Death Row.
Newspaper publishers will now be able to set a limit on the number of free news articles people can read through Google, the company has announced. The concession follows claims from some media companies that the search engine is profiting from online...
As the treaty took legal effect yesterday, former Belgian premier Herman van Rompuy became the first permanent president of the European Council and former EU trade commissioner Catherine Ashton took office as EU foreign policy chief. Designed to make the EU more efficient following its expansion in 2004 and more
democratic , the treaty has been in gestation for eight years. It largely replaced a draft EU constitution rejected in 2005 by voters in France and the Netherlands.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the CIA, the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and three other government agencies on Tuesday for allegedly refusing to release information about how they are using social networks in surveillance and investigations.
What is the essence of human nature? Flawed, say many theologians. Vicious and addicted to warfare, wrote Hobbes. Selfish and in need of considerable improvement, think many parents. But biologists are beginning to form a generally sunnier view of humankind. Their conclusions are derived in part from testing very young children, and partly from comparing human children with those of chimpanzees, hoping that the differences will point to what is distinctively human. A Division by 0: Oh look, once again science confirms Anarchism: Who would have thunk it eh? Once again, actual empirical research points out that humans are primarily co-operative rather than competitive and the hard primitivism assumptions of Hobbes (and favourite excuse of Clergy and Statists for their authority) get even less realistic. Ah, if only we had a society that was organized with such knowledge in mind rather than the harmful assumption that humans need to be protected from each other. If only…
The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself &, if you dont have the tools to do that, then youre going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept. The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries. Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives. Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home. Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.
Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War: “We’re Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire”. As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich. “The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt,” says Kucinich. “We have money for Wall Street and money for war but we don’t have money for work…for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, ‘Why is it that war is a priority but the basic needs of people in this country are not?’”
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.
The number of deaths caused by traffic crashes in the United States and other developed countries is nearly 400 times greater than the toll taken by international terrorism, notes a study published in the latest issue of Injury Prevention. In 2001, the number of people who died every 26 days on U.S. roads equaled the number of victims in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, approximately 3,000 individuals, the study said.
James Hansen, the director of Nasa’s Goddard Insitute for Space Studies, told The Times that he planned to boycott the UN conference because it was seeking a counter-productive agreement to limit emissions through a “cap and trade” system.
“Not one subject had a pathological sexuality,” he said. “In fact, all of their sexual practices were quite conventional. “Pornography hasn't changed their perception of women or their relationship, which they all want to be as harmonious and fulfilling as possible.”
Aisha, a 13 year old girl in Somalia, reported being raped to the Shabab Milita (sometimes called the "Somali Taliban") who control her town. Instead of receiving their sympathy and support, the girl was convicted of having sex outside of marriage, and sentenced to death by stoning.
The US is to deploy an extra 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan, Barack Obama has said unveiling his plans for turning around the eight-year long war in the country and pave the way for a US pull-out. In a speech to the US military academy in West Point on Tuesday, the US president set out what he said was a new strategy to bring the war to a "successful conclusion" and reverse the momentum of Taliban gains. The deployment, he said, was in the "vital national interest" of the US, and would create a situation allowing the US to start withdrawing its troops in mid-2011. PressTV: US to increase troops in Afghanistan by 40%. Marco Villa: Obama's Outreach to Muslims While Dropping Bombs. AntiWar: Obama Sells Escalation With Vague Pullout Promise.
I'm almost embarrassed to admit listening to the Rush Limbaugh show because the propagandistic nature of it is so obvious to me. Rush is a divider helping maintain the Demopublican vs. Republicrat paradigm that is keeping the American public frustratingly paralyzed- but some sick curiosity within me made me listen to his drivel anyway. Today - on an AM station here in Charlottesville, Virginia at 13:29 Rush said he believes bin Laden is dead - killed at Tora Bora. ...so what is the mission in Afghanistan? I've stated in the past that Osama bin Laden has been dead since 2001. Not too long ago people like myself were laughed at for making such assertions based on the research done by David Ray Griffin in his book Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive? So - what is the mission in AFPAKistan? If bin Laden is indeed dead - we have a 'disconnect' - a disconnect with reality. Unless the mission has more to do with Opium and a purported pipeline. Once one takes into consideration more covert motives, the exercise in futility, the butcher shop that is Afghanistan, begins to take shape. And it doesn't seem to have anything to do with capturing a dead guy. The People's Voice: Osama Bin Laden Believed Dead By Pak Intel.
Probe into 'Bin Laden death' leak
Benazir Bhutto Confirms that Osama Bin Laden is Dead (Video)
Bin Laden may be dead, but living on through old sound bites
Israeli intelligence: Bin Laden is dead, heir has been chosen
Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government
If bin Laden was dead, Would the U.S. admit it?
Report: Bin Laden Already Dead
A Swiss newspaper said that a number of UN employees in Geneva have concluded that Israel is eavesdropping on UN court sessions. The Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) added that bugging devices have been found in the organization’s deliberations room in the Swiss capital. The newspaper pointed that during regular maintenance procedures on the electrical network, three years ago, two bugging devices were found in a room set for the UN Disarmament Committee meetings. It added that ‘secret’ meetings were also held in the room over the Second Gulf War and the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri. NZZ revealed that other spying devices have also been found in other parts of the building, including courtrooms.
The Israel Security Agency, Shin Bet, responded to a petition in Israel's High Court on Monday, defending their use of torture against detainees. The petition was filed by the Public Committee Against Torture, a prisoner advocacy group which challenged the Israeli practice of forcing Palestinian detainees to sit on small chairs with their hands cuffed behind the chair during interrogations. But Shin Bet agents insisted that their methods of interrogating Palestinian detainees are 'humane'. In 1999, the Israeli High Court determined that a number of torture techniques used by Shin Bet, including the 'banana' technique pictured above, were illegal.
The number of Arab residents of East Jerusalem Al-Quds stripped of their residency rights by the Israeli Interior Ministry strikes an all-time record. Last year, the ministry revoked the residency of 4,577 Palestinian residents of the illegally annexed neighborhood, the Israeli daily Haaretz said on Wednesday, compared with the 8,558 Arabs stripped of their residency rights between 1967 and 2007. The Israeli paper said the 2008 number is 21 times the average of the previous 40 years, and that it accounts for about 35 percent of all the Arabs who have lost their residency rights since the occupation of the Palestinian territory in 1967.
Listen, American Zionists, you can calm down. This aired on CNN International so American Zionist sensibilities will not be offended - we know how sensitive they are. CNN USA vs. CNN International is worlds apart. One network (the former) specializes in infotainment and the new American media obsession with making the anchor a star instead of letting the stores be the star. While CNN International is not without faults (it occasionally shares a feed with CNN USA) is a serious, substantive news channel that usually stays clear of fluff news unlike is domestic counterpart which thinks Britney Spears is a top news item.
Lawyers for the first detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face prosecution in the U.S. asked a federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss the criminal charges against him, saying his lengthy detention overseas and the use of interrogation techniques "amounting to torture" violated his constitutional rights. In a motion Tuesday, lawyers for Ahmed Ghailani said the U.S. government made a "conscious and deliberate" decision to house him for two years at secret Central Intelligence Agency "black sites" and subject him to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" in an effort to make him an intelligence asset, rather than bring him to the U.S. in a timely manner to face trial.
Australia's Parliament defeated legislation to set up a greenhouse gas emissions trading system on Wednesday, throwing a central plank of the government's plans to combat global warming into disarray. The Senate, where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government does not hold a majority, rejected his administration's proposal for Australia to become one of the first countries to install a so-called cap-and-trade system to slash the amount of heat-trapping pollution that industries pump into the air. The 41-33 vote followed a tumultuous debate in which the conservative main opposition party at first agreed to support a version of the government's bill, then dramatically dumped its leader and switched sides after bitter divisions erupted within the party.
Penn State University is home to the largest meteorology program in the nation. It's something they are proud of. They are also home to Professor Michael Mann, who was exposed for 'tricking data' in CRU documents recently released in what is now known as Climategate. Mann is responsible for developing the famous hockey stick diagram of historical global temperatures used in Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth.
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