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Spaniards protest wage cut plans

Spaniards protest wage cut plans 17 May 2010 Thousands of people in Spain have protested against the government's new austerity measures aimed at rescuing the country's fragile economy. Over 15,000 Spaniards took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday, demanding a national strike against Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's deficit-reduction plan.

Afghan prison detainee mentally ill

Afghan prison detainee mentally ill 17 May 2010 A young man believed to have been detained in the US-run Bagram prison in Afghanistan since 2004 now appears to have become mentally disturbed. Younis Ramahtullah, or "Salah" as his family calls him, disappeared in 2004 while living with his uncle in Pakistan to finish his studies... According to the Ministry of Defence, two men believed to be members of the terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and who the legal rights NGO Reprieve group maintains are Salah and a man named Amanatullah Ali, were handed over to the Americans in Iraq and placed in the Bagram Theatre Internment Facility in Afghanistan.

USAID breaks Washington's pledge

USAID breaks Washington's pledge 17 May 2010 A US government aid agency has broken its pledge and is funding the construction of an Israeli planned road network in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian researchers revealed on Sunday that the USAID has funded Israel in building 114 kms of roads, despite Washington's pledge six years ago that it would not assist in implementing what has been widely described as Israel's "apartheid road" plan.

We're roller bears

We're roller bears 11 May 2010 These roly polar-y bears chill out on the Arctic ice, waving their paws as they lie on their backs. The cub and his mum made the most of the frozen sea off Alaska, US. The playful pair plunged in and out of water holes and rolled on the surface. They were caught on camera near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by snapper Steven Kazlowski.

NORAD scrambles 2 F16s in southern Arizona

NORAD scrambles 2 F16s in southern Arizona 16 May 2010 (Peterson Air Force Base, CO) The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to southern Arizona at 6:10 a.m. Sunday to intercept an ultralight aircraft that entered Arizona from Mexico. The aircraft was flying from Mexico and crossed into Arizona. At the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, two F-16 fighters were launched to intercept the aircraft, said a news released from NORAD issued Sunday morning.

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan 16 May 2010 A NATO soldier fighting in Afghanistan to quell a Taliban-led insurgency was killed in clashes with insurgents in the south of the country Sunday, the military announced. The soldier was killed in an "insurgent attack," NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement without elaborating. It did not give the soldier's nationality, in keeping with ISAF policy.

Oil trails in Gulf of Mexico are up to 10 miles long as BP continues its fight to stem flow from broken rig

Oil trails in Gulf of Mexico are up to 10 miles long as BP continues its fight to stem flow from broken rig 16 May 2010 Energy giant BP's latest desperate attempt to siphon gushing oil from a broken pipe in the Gulf of Mexico has failed as the toxic slick grows to 10 miles long. As BP struggled to contain the environmental disaster, scientists have found enormous oil plumes lurking beneath the surface of the water, including one as large as 10 miles long, three miles wide and 300ft thick. The discovery suggests that the leak could be 'substantially worse' than estimates given previously by BP and the government.

Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing

Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing --Kabul prosecutor seeks 'outlaw militia' for killings 16 May 2010 An Afghan prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia. Brigadier General Ghulam Ranjbar, the chief military prosecutor in Kabul, has accused the US of creating an outlaw militia which allegedly shot dead Matiullah Qateh, the chief of police in the city of Kandahar. The militia, which Ranjbar claimed is armed and trained by US special forces, also allegedly killed Kandahar's head of criminal investigations and two other officers, when they attempted to free one of their members from a courthouse.

Israeli soldiers attack wall protesters

Israeli soldiers attack wall protesters 17 May 2010 Israeli soldiers injure three civilians and arrest eight for protesting against construction of a wall and attempting to stop military bulldozers from destroying Palestinian orchards. Israeli soldiers attacked the anti-wall protesters with rifle butts and batons, injuring three international supporters and arresting eight others in the town of Beit Jala near Beth Lahm (Bethlehem), in southern West Bank.

Oil rig owner brings in lobbyists

Oil rig owner brings in lobbyists 13 May 2010 Transocean, the Swiss-based company which is appearing before US Senate and House of Representatives oversight committees, has hired a new lobbyist. The company which is answering for the leaking BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has hired the new lobby firm to represent its interests on environmental, natural resources and energy issues. The Capitol Hill Consulting Group, chaired by former Representative Bill Brewster of Oklahoma, is advising the company on how to handle the oil spill disaster, which has already involved BP and Halliburton.

Bombing near Afghan border wounds 3

Bombing near Afghan border wounds 3 16 May 2010 At least three have been wounded after a bomber with explosives strapped into his body blew himself up near an Afghan police post in Kandahar province. The attack occurred near the gate of an Afghan border police residence in the northern part of Kandahar city, widely deemed as the main battleground of Taliban in Afghanistan, AP reported, quoting Kandahar Police Chief Sher Mohammad Zazai as saying.

Greece blames US for snowballing debts

Greece blames US for snowballing debts 16 May 2010 Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he is considering taking legal action against US investment banks for their alleged role in the snowballing Greek debt crisis. Papandreou said Sunday that an investigation will be launched to examine whether the financial sector engaged in "fraud", leading to the spiraling of Greece's debt, the Associated Press reported.

Terror airline escorted into Canada

Terror airline escorted into Canada 16 May 2010 Canadian fighter jets have escorted a Cathay Pacific airliner into Vancouver airport, after threats of a bomb on board. An alert of a bomb threat was received by Canadian officials while the plane was still in flight from Hong Kong. The Vancouver-bound flight landed safely and was towed to a secure part of the airport, where it was scanned for explosives.

Greece to probe U.S. banks' role in crisis: PM

Greece to probe U.S. banks' role in crisis: PM 16 May 2010 Greece may investigate U.S. investment banks and their role in the run-up to the Greek debt crisis which has shaken faith in euro zone economies, Prime Minister George Papandreou said in comments broadcast on Sunday. Wall Street and major banks around the world are attracting scrutiny from regulators who are looking at transactions that occurred in the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown and financial crisis. U.S. prosecutors are already conducting a broad criminal investigation of six major Wall Street banks to determine if they misled investors.

Thailand toughens stand against spiraling protests

Thailand toughens stand against spiraling protests 16 May 2010 Thailand took a tough stand against anti-government protesters on Sunday, rejecting demands for U.N.-supervised talks and calling on their leaders to surrender on the fourth day of deadly clashes with troops. The government doused hopes of a compromise [?] to end fighting that has killed at least 31 people, all civilians, and wounded 230, transforming one of Asia's most dynamic cities into a battleground and raising the risk of a broader conflict.

10 killed in Iraq stadium bombing

10 killed in Iraq stadium bombing 15 May 2010 A suicide bomb attack at a football stadium in Iraq has killed 10 people and injured a further 120, according to police officials. Thousands of spectators were sitting in the stadium to watch the football match in the northern town of Tal Afar, a predominantly Shia Turkmen town to the west of Mosul. A militant group called Islamic State of Iraq [aka terrorist mercenary group called Blackwater] had earlier issued a warning to Shias in Iraq of coming "dark days soaked with blood".

Latest suspect in Dubai hit identified

Latest suspect in Dubai hit identified 16 May 2010 Dubai police say a man of Scottish nationality is the latest to be identified as a suspect behind the assassination of a senior Hamas leader in the emirate. The police said the 62-year-old Scotsman is currently in hiding in Western Europe, the Israeli newspaper Haa'retz reported citing Army Radio. Authorities in Dubai have so far identified 32 suspects in the January killing of former Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in a Dubai hotel, which was caught on CCTV cameras.

Japanese form human chain at US base

Japanese form human chain at US base 16 May 2010 Thousands of people have formed a human chain around the Futenma airbase on the island of Okinawa to protest the US military presence in Japan. Some 17,000 protesters called on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Sunday to move the controversial facility out of Okinawa, Kyodo news agency reported. The rally comes just days ahead of a visit to Japan by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie

'Currently, the oil gusher in the Gulf produces an Exxon Valdez disaster about every four days.' Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie By J. Speer-Williams 14 May 2010 Spill? The corporate media continues to call the volcano of continuous gushing oil, in the Gulf, a spill. How insulting. A volcano that shoots out a million gallons of crude oil a week is hardly a spill. The common definition of a spill is the liquid that fell out of a container, a one time occurrence, not a massive flow that has no known end. An oil tanker can spill oil; but not Mother Earth... The definition of "gush" is to flow forth suddenly and violently. What we are faced with in the Gulf of Mexico is a continuous and monster gusher of crude oil that has no known termination point. 

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface --Researchers report three or four large plumes of sub-surface spilled oil, at least one of which is 10 miles long and a mile wide 16 May 2010 Scientists have found huge plumes of oil beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, as BP hit a problem in its latest effort to slow down the leak from a broken undersea pipe. At least 790,000 litres of oil has gushed into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on 20 April and sank two days later. Eleven people were killed in the blast.

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram By Marc Ambinder 14 May 2010 The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject to tougher interrogation methods than those used elsewhere. Both the New York Times and the BBC reported that prisoners who passed through the facility reported abuse, like beatings and sexual humiliation, to the Red Cross, which is not allowed access.

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks --One of Canada's most senior military figures has been accused of being a sexual predator responsible for up to ten murders. 14 May 2010 In a case that has shocked and transfixed the nation, British-born Colonel Russell Williams has been charged with two killings but police think they may be more. Detectives are re-examining up to eight unsolved murders and dozens of sex crimes across Canada stretching back three decades. Col Williams, 47, was the commander in charge of Canadian Forces Base Trenton, near Toronto, which is the country's largest military airbase and provides support for its operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. [Hopefully, he'll be sentenced before the Pentagon snaps him up to head US forces in Afghanistan or lead Monsanto's toxic food distribution in Haiti. --LRP]

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground'

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground' --Louisiana officials have accused BP of turning the Gulf of Mexico into a toxic testing-ground after winning permission for experimental chemical methods of fighting the oil slick. 15 May 2010 State officials are angry that federal regulators gave the company permission to try out new chemical techniques to break up and hold back the growing tide of oil. Despite registering concerns about the potential implications for the environment, marine life and human health, Governor Bobby Jindal's administration was cut out of deliberations over the use of dispersants that break up the oil, as the Environmental Protection Agency granted BP permission to release large quantities underwater.

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak 14 May 2010 The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the "catastrophic" flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation. The five-man team -- which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s -- is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama's Energy Secretary. He has charged the men with finding solutions to stop the flow of oil.

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners 15 May 2010 As the Afghan occupation continues to prove troublesome for the Obama administration, a report says US-led troops torture and execute prisoners in the country. Seymour Hersh, an investigative journalist with the New Yorker, made the revelation during the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva. "I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan," Hersh said.

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan --One company employs a CIA operative made famous for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal 15 May 2010 Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who operate deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. The American military is largely prohibited from operating inside Pakistan. And under Pentagon rules, the army is not allowed to hire contractors for spying. The web of private businesses working under the Lockheed Martin contract include Strategic Influence Alternatives, American International Security Corporation and International Media Ventures, a communications company based in St. Petersburg, Fla., with Czech ownership. One of the companies employs a network of Americans, Afghans and Pakistanis run by Duane Clarridge, a C.I.A. veteran who became famous for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. [Well, it makes sense for US mercenaries to hire Iran-Contra operatives, since the same dirt-bags are still engaged in supplying terrorists (Blackwater) with arms and running the Afghan opium routes. --LRP]

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan 15 May 2010 Fresh US drone strikes have left at least 13 people dead and several others wounded in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials say. The attack targeted the Tira valley of Khyber tribal district on Saturday. Officials and local residents said two drones fired six missiles into three compounds in the region. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

US oil spill spreads to new coasts

US oil spill spreads to new coasts 15 May 2010 The oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico has reached new locations, as renewed efforts to contain or even slow the giant leak failed to yield results again. The US Coast Guard announced on Saturday that the oil leaking from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico has spread to two new locations -- Whiskey Island, Louisiana, and Long Beach, Mississippi, AFP reported.

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat'

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat' 15 May 2010 Two CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a Canadian military base Saturday to escort a Cathay Pacific Airways flight into Vancouver's airport, according to an official with the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The action was taken in response to a "potential threat" to the flight, Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD told CNN. The plane was escorted to the airport and directed to a restricted area.

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate 14 May 2010 An influenza specialist who previously led the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis, has recommended that developing a prepandemic vaccination to get a grip on foment the next flu endemic, a thought that other experts are welcoming with concern or cynicism. Dr. Klaus Stohr, ex-Director of the WHO's Global Influenza Programme, suggests developing a vaccine including a "cocktail" of flu strains considered apt to cause the next epidemic, together with an adjuvant (immune-system stimulant). [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]

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