Friday, March 6, 2009

Salvadoran troops sent to Lebanon

The last of 200 Salvadoran troops returned to El Salvador from Iraq last month -but additional troops have been sent to Lebanon. The United Nations asked that El Salvador increase its force there, some are worried about their government's attempts to get involved in international issues.

more would have gone but they all live in the u.s.

Mexico Unconquered

Mexico has been in the US news a lot this week: the U.S. sent its top military officer there to pledge support to quell escalating violence near the border; Mexican military troops stormed a maximum security prison in Juarez to deal with a massive riot; and U.S. college students have been warned from traveling to certain places in Mexico for Spring Break, due to possible local violence. But recent news hasn't highlighted continuing struggles for liberation across Mexico - and one author says that although we're taught that the conquest of Mexico is something that's buried in the past, there is an ongoing story between a violent and powerful elite and everyday people who rebel. John Gibler's new book is called Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt...

Unemployment hits 25 year high

Unemployment numbers jumped to their highest levels in a quarter century. Lawmakers begged for a silver lining to the bad news - but there doesn't seem to be one.

thanks for the taxes on your people and not on the imports.

Washington State's Assisted Suicide Law Goes Into Effect

Washington States doctor assisted suicide law has gone into effect. 60 percent of Voters approved the measure last November; which allows doctors to prescribe lethal medications to patients with less than 6 months to live, who have made repeated documented requests. Oregon is the only other state to allow terminally ill patients to choose to end their lives; about 400 people have done so since Oregon voters approved a similar law in 1997.

[Repo! The Genetic Opera]

Kenyan Human Rights Activists Killed

2 Kenyan human rights activists have been assassinated, and a student was killed during a protest against police violence. The activists had been working to document what they say is a pattern of extrajudicial killings by Kenyan police, and helped organize the demonstration. The UN has called for a probe into the killings; a UN report released earlier this week that said Kenyan police kill with impunity.

UN Asks US not to Deport Haitians

The United Nations is asking the US government to delay the deportation of 30,000 thousand Haitians. The Bush administration put a hold on deportation of Haitians last September, after several storms heavily damaged the already poverty-stricken island. The deportations resumed in December, but the UN's Michel Forst says that Temporary Protection Status, or TPS, should be granted to those currently in the US who wont have ample resources if they are sent back to Haiti. "It would be a huge crisis for Haiti. If you consider other countries like Honduras or El Salvador, or even Nicaragua that in the past has been struck by the same earthquakes and hurricanes and has been granted TPS, there is no reason why the U.S.A. would not grant Haiti the same status." The Haitian government is stalling their participation in the deportations while the department of Homeland Security is considering the issue.

the roma nuv lends shoulder, ear, and left wing

Outlands Prime Minister in Car Accident/ Judge Arrested/C.I.C. Extends Sanctions

Outland's Prime Minister has been injured in a car crash, and his wife has been (killed?). The opposition leader was sworn in last month, as part of a new unity government, early reports are that he is not in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the case of the lawmaker who is in custody after being accused of illegal weapons possession has taken a new twist. A judge who ordered a suspect to be released in keeping with a higher court ruling has been arrested himself. Informatical.

A provincial magistrate in the darkman's outland eastern city of (x), was arrested on Thursday night. Earlier on Wednesday, the judge had ordered that the key witness be released after the High Court had granted his request for bail. He now sits to become a deputy minister in Outland's new power sharing government. He was arrested on February 13 on weapons charges, which die Prime Minister Morgan says are politically motivated.

On Friday a lawyer representing him said the judge had been arrested for ordering the witnesses release in keeping with the High Court ruling. He is now being held at the downtown and faces a charge of criminal abuse of authority.

Media reports say the arrest of the magistrate had sparked outrage in thier land, with fellow magistrates going on strike in solidarity. Meanwhile, America Co. President announced this week that his administration would maintain crippling sanctions on their country for another year, citing lack of proof of change to warrant their removal. The C.I.C. spoke a few days after their Prime Minister implored the west to lift the sanctions. Western donors - seen as key in rebuilding the old worlds battered economy - have adopted a wait and see attitude.

Indefinite Detention Power

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case Challenging Presidents Indefinite Detention Power

The US Supreme Court will not be hearing a case which would have challenged the ability of the President to order the detention of Al Qaeda supporter and US resident Ali Al-Marri without charges. Last week, federal prosecutors filed charges against accused Al-Marri , who had been held in detention for the past 5 and a half years.

The transfer of him, after being sentenced in a military tribunal, from military to civilian custody alleviated the need for his legal appeal to be heard , although lawyers still had hoped the Supreme Court would do so, for the possibility that they would declare indefinite detentions without charge illegal.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prison Riot Breaks Out in a Juarez Under Martial Law

A riot at the state prison near Ciudad Juarez (city wares), Mexico is tarnishing a week of positive media coverage for the military takeover of policing duties in the border city.

The fact that Juarez had gone 2 days without one drug related murder has been a cause to celebrate in Mexico. Credit for the drop in the city's raging homicide rates is credited to the "surge" in soldiers sent to the city as part of a major military operation to stamp out cartel violence.

Thirty-two hundred soldiers arrived in Juarez over the weekend to take over policing duties. Another 1,800 soldiers are due to arrive within a week. Federal police and soldiers were favorites to take over guard duties at the state's maximum-security prison. A major battle broke out there this morning in what police described as a fight for control between rival gangs. Approximately 200 riot police advanced, on the ground, while soldiers repelled down from low-flying helicopters to take back the prison.

The spokesperson for the Chihuahua State Police Intelligence Corps gave a preliminary death toll of 19 prisoners, although that number could increase as on any day in prison in Mexico. The Chihuahua State Prison is in total confinement by federal and state police, as well as trained members of the military. All visits are to denied until further notice.

Heyday : L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa has been re-elected for a second term. The city's first Latino mayor since the 1870's received 56 percent of the vote, more than the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff later this year. Villaraigosa is a probable candidate for governor of California in the 2010 election. Will she be the one to stop illegal alien immigration?

New president, Old tricks

The speaker of the Guinean parliament sworn in as the new President filled the role left open after the assassination of President João Bernardo Vieira earlier this week.

Guinea's constitution mandates a new Presidential election must be called for within 60 days. The leaders of the African Union have ruled that the assassination of Vieira was not a coup d’état. If the killing of the country's President, on Monday by a group of soldiers, was ruled a coup, Guinea would have been automatically suspended from the African Union. It would not be able to rejoin the A.U. until a proper regime can assume the role of government for the nation.

redleaf against bean

Three Ecuadorian Villagers have filed a lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange for listing a company, which hired violent private security forced as part of efforts to start a mining operation.

The lawsuit names the Toronto Stock Exchange, Copper Mesa Mining Corporation, and two company directors. It alleges that funds raised in Canada paid for atrocities against Ecuadorian villagers in the valley of Intag in northwestern Ecuador, who have been opposing the construction of an open pit copper mine for more than twelve years. Residents received threats and some injured when heavily armed private security agents attained were to reach the company's mineral concessions.

The Toronto Stock Exchange had warning that violence could arise before the company made their name into the stock listings. It boasts of being the world's biggest source of financing for junior mining companies like Copper Mesa. The Plaintiffs hope that suit will lead to stronger laws in Canada by which communities around the world can hold companies and their funders accountable. Lawyer Murray Klippenstein says companies can use legal maneuvers to evade lawsuits and argues that the stock exchange itself is liable. The stock exchange says the case has no merit.

The Copper Mesa Mining Corporation has reported that it is considering its options, including selling the company.

Obama Names New Heads of FEMA and FCC

President Obama has nominated Craig Fugate to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Fugate has been the director of emergency management for the state of Florida since 2001, and has been in charge through several serious hurricanes. In making the announcement, Obama said that he's confident Fugate would "ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated.", in reference to the Federal response after Hurricane Katrina. Obama also nominated Julius Genachowski as the new head of the Federal Communications Commission. A friend of Obama's from law school, Genachowski was technology advisor to Obama during the Presidential campaign. He's also worked as a tech industry executive, and worked in the FCC during the Clinton administration. He's also a supporter of net neutrality, and affordable broadband access.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Afghan Vote set for August, 3 Canadian Soldiers Killed

A Parliamentary commission has rejected the Afghan President's request to have elections held sooner than later. They ruled elections would still take place as planned. The Afghan President’s term ends on May 21, and it is unclear who will take over for him in the 3 months following other than who already knows.

Casualties climb as a bomb outside an US military base in Kabul has wounded several people. Elsewhere three Canadian soldiers died by explosion in southern Afghanistan, bringing the total number of international troops killed in the country higher. If there were any local troops, there might not be a skirmish and international forces would not be there.

US Supreme Court Rules Not to Limit Lawsuits Against Drug Companies

In a blow to the pharmaceutical industry, the US Supreme court ruled today that drug companies are to be accountable by state courts for harm from use of their medicines, even if they already include warning language approved by federal regulators. The case affirms a Vermont court's decisions, ordering the Wyeth Company to pay a woman 7 million dollars, after she received an anti-nausea drug named Phenergan from them. The woman lost her arm as a result; one of the possible risks of the drug was gangrene. In the Supreme Court decision, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that Wyeth could have strengthened its warning. The court rejected arguments that lawsuits against drug companies should be limited, and that Federal regulations supersede state laws.

Now that this is our official statute of law, as many people as possible can hold maleficent drug companies responsible for their actions, if they survive. Of course, what would stop them from within the confines of socialised medicine when the government decides a eugenic policy is strategically opportune?

Renewable energy on Reservations

President Obama met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today to discuss the new energy economy. The Interior Department announced plans to "promote energy security with a focus on clean, renewable sources." A large portion of The President’s economic stimulus package plans toward creating a new energy economy, but how much of that money will apply to Native American tribes.

Some Native Americans who are trying to develop a green energy economy on reservations across the Western plains are questioning whether Obama will bring real change to tribe economies dependent on unsustainable industries. In our latest story from our "Running on Empty" energy series, Blake Wesley files this report.

[It is for them to decide, but a casualty of war can be anyone of such an indecent terror and no one 'race' is a native to America.]

Israeli Apartheid Week

The fifth annual Israeli Apartheid Week, a protest of Israel’s aggression and embargoes on its neighbors, has launched in more than 40 cities around the world this week, and the event brings along with it its fair share of controversy. The activities include speeches about human rights and civil liberties, at campuses in several nations, which Israel has long since banned. Those who oppose Israel’s Zionist activities since the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and land in 1947-1948 support the movement. Moreover, they since have monopolized the nuclear energy market with their neighbors, assaulting any neighbor or outlying country that tries to alter that position.

cuban castrado of castro cohorts

Cuban President Raúl Castro, successor to the fascist dictator and supposed Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, has shaken up that country's cabinet, ousting several of Fidel Castro's closest advisors. Included in that list is Felipe Perez Roque, who some thought might be next in line to become president of the socialist island-nation. It is unclear if the shake-up implies a significant power change or simply a generational change.

Innocent until proven guilty memos

The Justice Department released nine Bush Administration memos that justified broad Presidential powers after September 11. The memos state the President has the power to use the military within the United States against suspected terrorists, that the President has the right to conduct warrant-less surveillance and searches within the Untied States. The memos often referred to the First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of the press as suppressible, which the then C.I.C. took as an initiative to follow under literal translation. More memos are to be released in the days to come.

Innocent until proven guilty.

Auto Sales Figures for February

February sales figures are out for the auto industry - compared to the same month last year, General Motors said sales fell 52.9, Ford reports a 48 percent decline and Volkswagen is down by 18. Toyota, the world's largest carmaker, says they are off 37 percent and are asking the Japanese government backed bank for a 2 billion dollar loan. Subaru, however, posts and increase in sales - they are up 1 percent.

[does patriotism+capitalism equal imperialism? because without patriotism it seems to cause mass immigration to america.

Obama Undoes Another Midnight Rule

President Obama put a hold on another of former President Bush's midnight regulations today. He issued a presidential memo that reinstates full scientific reviews of projects that might harm endangered species - either flora or fauna. In the waning days of his presidency, Bush issued a regulation that made such reviews optional.

High Hopes in the Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court heard spirited arguments today in a case about whether and when judges should recuse themselves. In Caperton v. Massey Energy, the plaintiffs say that Massey Energy's CEO spent 3 million dollars on West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin's campaign for the bench. Benjamin then presided over a matter ruled in Massey's favor - to the tune of 50 million dollars. The Supreme Court also handed down opinions today. In Negusie v. Holder, the Court held that a former prison guard forced to mistreat inmates still qualifies for asylum if he suffered coercion or was under duress. In addition, in Summers v. Earth Island Institute, the High Court said that the US Forest Service does not have to hear public comment on projects that they deem to be small in scope.

gold miners get medical

Survivors of a mudslide at a remote mining camp in Peru received food, blankets and medicine today from a group called Rescue Task Force. Ten people are dead and sixteen still missing. Rescuers were finally able to evacuate seriously wounded miners by helicopter. Some fifty homes at the Winchomayo gold mining camp destroyed after heavy rains. The camp is at least a 15-hour hike from the nearest road.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The New Israeli Right-Wing

Several opinions of the new Israeli administration have been to approve of, a Palestinian state within the confines of Israel. This is a very possible outcome as Israel has kept an embargo on Palestine for many years and throughout has tortured the Palestinian people.

Israel has an ‘intelligence’ network, somewhat comparable to the C.I.A., doing what they do all over the region, which some credit as having overthrown the previous Israeli government.

The current prime minister of Israel was the incumbent in the most recent election, yet for some reason there is no official government and American democrats are crawling all over it, to which one might conclude that their has been some sort of coup. Who can say in a media world of sin and silence in the path of salvation? Why would a two time elected official have no government unless he was an army and not a political party?

Regardless of regime in Israel, their interaction with Palestine has always been a zero-tolerance if not antagonistic one.

With a history that reads like the review of Julius Caesar, Israel has taken a sharp turn to the right. Not yet true enough, with the success of such popular politicians in a shadow government with a functioning system of bureaucracy, signifies not so much a return of Israel to the right as it does the rise of a new right, which prioritizes a racial cleansing of a Jewish Israel over the greater population of Israel.

[All nations should prioritize their purity and go unpunished as Israel has.]

Minority recession shield

Current State position of the financial sector is aimed to target women, ethnic minorities, the elderly and disabled workers to cushion them from unemployment in the recession adamantly the Work and Pensions Secretary, announced to the general public today at a press conference in England.

Their overall attempt will be to launch a major review of the financial condition of the consumer market to prevent "at risk" groups from being "left behind" as Britain sinks deeper into an economic downturn with the majority of consumer markets and industrial sectors slowly slipping into a depression.

The Government will work in tandem with the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to prevent the pattern of entrenched unemployment among these groups as seen in previous recessions.

[This is discrimination at its worst! It shows a complete disregard for equal rights in a time when all are in need. It has become an apparent attempt to make us accept favoritism towards ethnic minorities by relating it with suggestions they are helping women, the elderly and the disabled too. This just continues to split the whites by trying to make us feel that such groups within our ethnicity are in the same category as ethnic minorities and that white bigotry is disadvantaging them.]

Military Mom Shows Up for Duty With Kids

At Fort Benning today, a mother recalled for active Army duty with no one to care for her children is still waiting for options. Honorably discharged four years ago, she reactivated under the military's "individual ready reserve" program. The woman appealed her recall numerous times, but her requests supplanted. She showed up for duty this morning at Fort Benning and met with her commander with her kids in tow. Twenty-Five Thousand individual ready reserve troops have recalled since September 2001, more than Seventy-Five Hundred of them granted deferments or exemptions.

President of Guinea-Bisseau Assassinated

The streets of Guinea-Bisseau have been empty for several days after President Joao Bernando Vieira was assassinated in the night. The attack came just hours after the Army chief was also murdered. The nation's two privately held radio stations held observation to an entire day of silence, while state run radio said there was no ‘coup/overthrow’ in the works. Reports suggest that only military vehicles are travelling the capital's streets today. Guinea-Bisseau's coast has become a port of indecency for Colombian drug cartels in recent years.

Supreme Court Courts, Intervention

The US Supreme Court met today to hear arguments regarding the rights, or lack thereof, to DNA testing of evidence. The case involves an Alaska man convicted of felony kidnapping and sexual assault.

All but six states provide convicts, access to DNA testing. Alaska is one of the few that do not. At the Court today, justices declined to consider whether American and Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, could sue companies that made the toxic chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War.

CIA Admits Trashing Tapes

The CIA has admitted destroying nearly 100 video tapes documenting interrogations. The acknowledgment came in a letter submitted to a federal court today. The court is considering a lawsuit brought by the ACLU seeking records of the treatment of prisoners held abroad in US custody. According to the ACLU, an institution funded by numerous foreign contributors, the videos showed suspects harshly treated and without judicially litigated accusation during interrogations. The tapes were also withheld from the 9/11 investigation Commission.

[Taped sadistic inquisitions? Why did they have only 100?]

Pakistan - Another Drone Attack and School Bombed

As young women in Pakistan's, Swat valley, prepare to go back to school, a suicide bomber attacked a school in the southern province of Baluchistan.

Four people died today in a suicide attack on a girl's school. This is the first ever attack on girl's school in the Balochistan province which shares a border with both Afghanistan and Iran. Some view this as an expansion of the Taliban's activities into more provinces in Pakistan. This is the same province where an ethnic Baloch separatist group, the Balochistan Liberation United Front (bluff, ha), has been holding a UN worker, John Solecki, hostage since early February.

They announced today that they intend to kill Solecki in four days unless some 1000 prisoners are ‘returned’. The Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhwa province visited the war-scorn Swat valley today where he declared that girls wearing the Islamic headscarf would now be able to go to school. However, teachers say parents are still afraid to send their girls out and there are not many school buildings left. The Taliban destroyed over a hundred schools in the past year to stop the Pakistan army from using them as bases. As a truce between the Taliban and the Pakistani government seems to hold, the United States launched another drone attack in the tribal areas killing 12. Locals say the Taliban took away the dead bodies for burial.

Mass Funeral in Bangladesh

Tens of thousands of people attended a mass funeral service in Bangladesh today for fifty victims of last week's two-day mutiny by some 9,000-border guard troops.

Today, a high-level member of the guards, known as the Bangladesh Rifles, believed to be the leader of the revolt, was arrested. officials say they are seeking and hope to charge some 1000 others in the uprising that was triggered by poor working conditions and pay.

Maine Citizens Take Control

Voters in a small Maine town approved an ordinance that empowers people living in the community to control their natural resources and takes away the rights of an individual from a corporate entity. The issues of democratic power and local citizen input concerning the parceling out of natural resources to corporate enterprise are central to the issue of water extraction in Maine.

Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, now owns the bottled water label, Poland Springs in Maine, currently extracting from 8 wells in the state, with desires for many more sites to contain new wells. Town residents objecting to the sale of their water find themselves, in positions of limited recourse within current regulatory processes.

The discovery that Nestle had been drilling test sites in the local wildlife preserve led to townspeople proposing "a rights based ordinance" requiring town leaders to put the decision to the voting community. The ordinance also denies corporations the rights of personhood. Despite opposition from the selectman, an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns, the ordinance passed this Saturday.

The neighboring town of Newfield will vote on a rights based ordinance on March 7.

[If passed, they will have a proper legislation, which is one that does not afford corporate logic any trespasses.]


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