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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Entire construct of the European Union is broken!

'4 Bln Euros vanish from EU budget annually'

RussiaToday | November 28, 2010 - Gripped by protests and crisis, EU nations are being forced to fend for themselves. It is time to go back to the drawing board, before it is too late, believes Nirj Deva, MEP, UK Conservative Party. He says the entire construct of the European Union is becoming unmanageable."The construct is incapable of meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. It was constructed after the war - Churchill's 'Empires of the Mind' in a single European space. It was constructed to prevent a major war in the Continental Europe by locking Germany, France and all the other countries into single space with settled values - democratic, pluralistic - diverse, but accountable values," Deva told RT. "Now it needs a new construct to be able to work in cooperation with Russia, with primary energy producers and suppliers, to work as a good neighbor in areas such as Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and so on. We need therefore a much more flexible construct," he added.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Discussing American madness :: The Anti-American Manifesto.

'Re-distributed bailout would mean $350,000 per American'

"The Anti-American manifesto is addressing the fact that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are able or willing to address the biggest problems facing the US today, which are the economy, the environment, healthcare and the wars," Rall told RT. "And now you have to ask yourself as an American do you want to tolerate the system that is unresponsive and not going to go anywhere or do you want to change it. The Anti-American Manifesto is not anti-American, it is anti the American government, or more specifically, this American government. We can do better and that's what I want to do."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pakistan: after the flood comes anger.

france24english | November 19, 2010 - In August, more than a quarter of Pakistan was submerged under water. The floods, sparked by heavy monsoon rains, were the worst Pakistan has ever seen. Around 2,000 people were killed and 20 million Pakistanis lost everything: their homes, their possessions, their crops. The catastrophe brought Pakistan to its knees.

How some 'muslims' ill-treated their fellow muslims maids :

:: Indonesians urge protection for workers abroad ::

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 26, 2010 - Indonesia is planning to tighten regulations regarding its nationals working abroad.The move comes after an upsurge in the number of people reporting abuse at the hands of their foreign employers.

Many of these are Indonesian maids working in the Gulf countries.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta in Indonesia.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Is he the culprit or a victim? Seoul defense chief quits.

:: towing the official American line ::

- why are they war mongering, in the corner of the globe?
- listen what others said

:: Joint US, S. Korea military exercise - NOT provocative!?

:: Seoul appoints new defence chief.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 26, 2010 - South Korea has named its former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff as the new defence minister amid growing criticism of the government's response to a deadly attack by North Korea.

General Kim Kwan-jin, a 61-year-old career soldier, is replacing Kim Tae-young who resigned on Thursday two days after the attack on the small South Korean island of Yeonpyeong left four people, including two marines, dead.

"[We] think nominee Kim, well-respected for professionalism and conviction, is the right person for the post in order to restore trust from people and boost morale in the entire military," Hong Sang-pyo, the presidential secretary, told a news briefing on Friday.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Seoul.

U.S. Intelligence Spending At Record $80.1 Billion

theGlobalReport | November 05, 2010 - The U.S. government has announced that it has spent $80.1 billion on intelligence activities over the past 12 months, disclosing for the first time not only the amount spent by civilian intelligence agencies but also by the military. The so-called National Intelligence Program, run by the CIA and other agencies that report to the Director of National Intelligence, cost $53.1 billion in fiscal 2010, which ended Sept. 30, while the Military Intelligence Program cost an additional $27 billion.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

NATO Summit :: It wasn't just talk politics, was it?

RussiaToday | November 24, 2010 - Georgia's parliamentary opposition is demanding an investigation into allegations of a racy scandal involving the country's delegation to the recent NATO summit in Lisbon. According to Portuguese "Correio da Manha" newspaper, the Georgians hired 80 prostitutes to attend a huge party at a posh hotel in Lisbon. According to the newspaper, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was staying in the same hotel, was outraged by the noise so the party had to stop. Georgian media are citing a source in Moscow as saying that the publication in "Correio da Manha" was paid for by Russia. However, they do not dispute the fact that the controversial party indeed took place.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Koreas clash :: South vs North

Korea's Clash 23/11/10 :

ComplexHoshi | November 24, 2010 - Footage of the artillery strike on the Yeonpyeong Island and the surrounding waters near the tense Yellow Sea border, with some 90 shells landing on the island

The attack resulted in the deaths of two marines and two civilians. Fifteen marines and at least three civilians were wounded.

'Koreas clash could turn into Gulf War III':

RussiaToday | November 23, 2010 - South Korea has admitted it fired artillery shells that triggered an early morning clash with North Korea. However it says it was part of a military drill and denied it was directed at the North. Earlier Seoul blamed the North for what it called an unprovoked shelling of its island. Pyongyang claimed the South had violated its maritime border during the military drills. Seoul has since threatened its neighbour with what it called 'enormous retaliation'. For more insight, RT talks to Glyn Ford, former MEP and author of 'North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival'.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Koreas in border artillery clash.

The BBC's John Sudworth explains how the cross-border clash developed

South Korea says it has returned fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines.
The South's military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong island.
Pyongyang accused the South of firing first. The Southern military said it had conducted exercises but shelling was directed away from the North.
This is one of the worst clashes since the Korean War ended, analysts say.
There have been occasional cross-border incidents since the conflict ended without a peace treaty in 1953, but the latest comes at a time of rising regional tension.

Continue reading the main story ::

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'll never sign Tariq Aziz death sentence - Iraq prez.

RussiaToday | November 17, 2010 - The President of Iraq Jalal Talabani says he will never sign the death penalty order of Saddam Hussein's former aide. 74-year-old former foreign minister Tariq Aziz, who's thought to be seriously ill, was condemned to death last month. He was sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity and persecuting Shia political groups.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sticks and stones: the blogs of Oleg Kashin.

Oleg Kashin, a journalist for Kommersant newspaper, was brutally beaten in Moscow last weekend. Unknown assailants broke his jaw, legs and bent his fingers. He remains critically ill. Here we publish a selection of Kashin’s blog entries.
About the author
Mumin Shakirov is Liberty Radio journalist, writer and film director
"An end to impunity for crimes against journalists" — Kashin's friends and colleagues have for several days been picketing the Moscow  Department of Internal Affairs. Photo: Hegtor
As a generalist, Oleg Kashin covered almost any topic: the singer Zemfira, the director Nikita Mikhalkov, the Kremlin mores of the era of Stalin and Putin, the defenders of the Khimki forest, and politicians, from Gaidar to Chernomyrdin. His articles were published in Kommersant, both in the newspaper and separate blog. Kashin had a column in the Russian version of Forbes, and a full list of his articles and commentaries can be read on his two blogs on LiveJournal.com. His diverse and omnivorous activity complicates the work of investigators, who cannot understand for sure where the blow to Oleg Kashin came from.
Open Democracy 13 Nov 2010 :  Read full post

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

US charges 17 over '$42m theft' of Holocaust funds.

Seventeen people have been charged in the US with the theft of $42m of Holocaust compensation funds provided by the German government.

Prosecutors alleged the 17 fooled a non-profit-making group that distributes the funds into making 5,500 false payments.

Six of those charged work for the group - the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The chairman of the group said it was "outraged" at the alleged thefts.

It had detected the matter itself and contacted the FBI.

BBC News9 Nov 2010 : read full report

Naked Capitalism and QE(quantitative easing)2

TheRealNews | November 09, 2010 - Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith: Banks to Cash In on QE2 "Carry Trade" - Fed's 600 B quantitative easing may well make more profits for bankers.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Silvio Berlusconi's Cultural Revolution in Europe:

The Naked Prime Minister - Italy :

journeymanpictures | November 08, 2010 - Can Berlusconi's government survive the sex, hashish and prostitute allegations?

Following weeks of allegations, we bring you two reports filmed over the last year, which delve deep into the murky private life of Silvio Berlusconi. Has it been one sex scandal too many for the beloved 'cavalier'?

"In my life I have never had to give money for sexual services as someone who enjoys conquering, the greatest joy and satisfaction is the conquest." Berlusconi's charm found him a place in the hearts of the Italian people. Yet as the Prime Minister's penchant for the fairer sex begins to be a national security threat; and the sex stories get more and more sordid, has the future of Italy been sealed by a sordid kiss?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fine Print-Omar Khadr in Press!

PressTVGlobalNews | November 04, 2010 - A fifteen year-old teenager; Omar Khadr was captured by the US forces in Afghanistan eight years ago.

He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to kill American troop and was detained in Guantanamo Bay for several years.

The truth behind Khadr's story is reviewed through the eyes of the Press in this edition of Fine Print.