25 November 2007
US is ‘worst’ imperialist: archbishop 25 Nov 2007 The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday. Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.
Flight logs reveal secret rendition 25 Nov 2007 The secret flight plans of American military planes have revealed for the first time how European countries helped send prisoners, including British citizens, to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Despite widespread criticism of alleged human rights abuses and torture at the US base in Cuba, a Sunday Times investigation has shown that at least five European countries gave the United States permission to fly nearly 700 terrorist suspects across their territory.
Iran’s navy to carry out military maneuvers in Feb. 25 Nov 2007 Iran’s navy commander said on Saturday that his forces will launch military maneuvers in Hormuz Strait and Gulf of Oman in February to exercise their naval capabilities, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters that the military exercises, code named, “Ettehad 86,” or “Unity 86,” will continue for a week.
Iran completes enrichment process 24 Nov 2007 The director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization says Tehran has completed the enrichment process and can produce its own nuclear fuel. Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said the pellets applicable in the 40-megawatt Arak heavy water research reactor have been produced based on existing standards.
Iraq blast blamed on Iran-backed militants —U.S. military pins bombing of Baghdad pet market on Shiite extremists [Blackwater Worldwide and DynCorp are blowing up everything in sight so that they can ‘justify’ their illegal occupation of Iraq.] 24 Nov 2007 The U.S. military on Saturday blamed the deadly bombing of a pet market in Baghdad on Iranian-backed Shiite militants, raising concerns that Shiite extremist activity could escalate and jeopardize waning violence in Iraq.
Cholera spreading through Baghdad 24 Nov 2007 The Iraq Health Ministry says reported cases of cholera have risen in the capital Baghdad over the past weeks to more than 80. A ministry official said Friday most instances of the disease were reported in impoverished areas that lack water and other necessary services. [I am thinking that at this stage of the game, 99.9 per cent of Iraq’s population (all but Bush bin Laden’s corpora-terrorist trolls) is dying for the days of Saddam Hussein – when people had food, water and electricity. —LRP]
U.S. Scales Back Political Goals for Iraqi Unity 25 Nov 2007 The Bush regime has lowered its expectation of quickly achieving major steps toward unifying the country, including passage of a long-stymied plan to share [Yeah, right!] oil revenues and holding regional elections. [Well, we knew *that* was never going to happen – there’s no elections in the US, either!] The short-term American targets include… passing legislation to allow thousands of Baath Party members from Saddam Hussein’s era to rejoin the government.
Iraq nullifies Kurdish oil deals 24 Nov 2007 Iraq’s oil ministry has declared all crude contracts signed by the Kurdish regional authorities with foreign companies null and void, a government official said on Saturday. “The ministry has nullified all contracts signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government,” the official told AFP, asking not to be named. “They will not be recognised.”
Soldiers jailed for selling smuggled Iraq weapons 24 Nov 2007 Two soldiers who smuggled stolen guns out of Iraq to sell as souvenirs were jailed at a court martial yesterday. The lance corporals from the Yorkshire Regiment drew up a homemade catalogue of the black market weapons which are thought to have been smuggled out of Iraq in the fuel tanks of trucks and armoured cars.
Two Iraqis killed in south of Baghdad 24 Nov 2007 Two people were killed and three others injured in south of Baghdad, while two policemen were wounded in a bomb attack, police said on Saturday. Unknown [US] armed men opened fire on worshippers while leaving a mosque late on Friday in the city of Hilla, some 100 km south of the capital, killing two of them and injuring three others, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
5000 US troops to withdraw from Iraq [Part of normal troop rotation?] 24 Nov 2007 About 5000 US troops will head home later this month as part of a withdrawal plan announced by President [sic] George W. Bush.
Strategic Goals Unmet in Afghanistan, White House Concludes 25 Nov 2007 A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush regime set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters, according to U.S. officials. [I call bullsh*t on ’significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters.’ See: More than half of Afghanistan ‘under Taliban’ 22 Nov 2007.]
Suicide bomb kills 9 Afghans, Italian soldier 25 Nov 2007 A suicide bomb on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday killed nine civilians, four of them children, and an Italian soldier, the Italian army said.
Suicide attack targets U.S.-led forces in E Afghanistan 24 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle exploded himself near a patrol of the U.S.-led Occupation forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province Khost on Saturday, causing no casualties to the troops, police said. …Other sources said the civilian was not injured by the blast but by the Coalition forces’ firing which followed the explosion.
Two Suicide Attacks Heighten Tension in Pakistan —Musharraf Rival Preparing to Return From Exile Today 25 Nov 2007 Fears of renewed terrorist violence in this tense country, now ending its third week under emergency rule martial law, were heightened by nearly simultaneous suicide bombings near two military compounds Saturday morning that killed at least 15 people.
AG: Musharraf to take oath as Pakistan’s president on Nov. 28 24 Nov 2007 Incumbent Pakistani President Musharraf will likely take oath as president for another five-year term on Nov. 28, Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Muhammad Qayyum said Friday.
Howard’s reign in Australia ends 24 Nov 2007 Prime minister John Howard today admitted defeat in Australia’s general election, and looks set to lose his parliamentary seat. Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd swept to power, ending an 11-year conservative era and promising major changes to policies on global warming and his country’s role in the Iraq war.
Bush Ally Defeated in Australia 24 Nov 2007 Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, one of President [sic] Bush’s staunchest allies in Asia, suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the electorate on Saturday, as his Liberal Party-led coalition lost its majority in Parliament.
Labor Party Wins Big in Australia 24 Nov 2007 Conservative Prime Minister John Howard, one of the Bush regime’s staunchest allies, suffered a humiliating election defeat Saturday at the hands of an opposition leader who has vowed to pull troops out of Iraq. Labor leader Kevin Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, has also promised to sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, leaving the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it.
Lebanon postpones presidential election for 5th time, causing fears of political vacuum 24 Nov 2007 Lebanese parliament on Friday postponed its session for electing a new president for the fifth time on Friday, raising fears of a political vacuum in the country.
Local 2 Investigates Police Secrecy Behind Unmanned Aircraft Test —The invitation spelled out, “NO MEDIA ALLOWED.” —Police official: Unmanned aircraft to be used for homeland security, ‘tactical’ efforts and may include covert police actions 21 Nov 2007 Houston police started testing unmanned aircraft and the event was shrouded in secrecy, but it was captured on tape by Local 2 Investigates. Neighbors in rural Waller County said they thought a top-secret military venture was under way among the farmland and ranches, some 70 miles northwest of Houston. KPRC Local 2 Investigates had four hidden cameras aimed at a row of mysterious black trucks. Cameras were rolling as an unmanned aircraft was launched into the sky and operated by remote control. HPD Chief Harold Hurtt attended, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and dozens of officers from various police agencies in the Houston area.
Show all 10 fingers if heading to the US [Too bad we just can’t show one finger – to Bush.] 25 Nov 2007 Measures will be introduced on Thursday requiring all international travellers to provide 10 fingerprint samples as well as a photograph when entering the US. A joint project between the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection, the system will be trialled at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport immediately, with Boston, New York, and San Francisco airports added over the next few months.
Canadian Man Dies After Being Tasered 25 Nov 2007 A Canadian man died Saturday, four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store, police said. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
£100m move to double stockpile of drugs in readiness for flu pandemic 23 Nov 2007 The Scottish Government is to double its stock of antiviral drugs to cover at least half the population in the event of a flu pandemic. Around the world, governments are stockpiling medicine to reduce the severity of flu, known as antivirals, preparing to produce [deadly] vaccines and implementing emergency plans such as banning mass gatherings. [See: DoD to ‘augment civilian law’ during pandemic or bioterror attack —Is Bush is getting ready to play the Bioterror Card?]
WHO fails in giving developing nations access to bird flu virus 24 Nov 2007 Health officials have failed to reach agreement on a new system to ensure developing countries benefit more from sharing bird flu virus samples used to develop vaccines, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Developing states like Indonesia want guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that they will have access to cheap vaccines if they share samples. Sharing samples is deemed vital to see if viruses have mutated [in US Army labs], become drug resistant or grown more transmissible.
FDA: Flu drugs affecting kids’ behavior 24 Nov 2007 Government health regulators recommended adding label precautions about neurological problems seen in children who have taken flu drugs made by Roche and GlaxoSmithKline. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its safety review of Roche’s Tamiflu and Glaxo’s Relenza. FDA began reviewing Tamiflu’s safety in 2005 after receiving reports of children experiencing neurological problems, including hallucinations and convulsions. [See: Rumsfeld’s growing stake in Tamiflu money.cnn.com/2005/10/31/news/newsmakers/fortune_rumsfeld/ — Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005 The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it’s proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza ‘remedy.’ Rumsfeld served as Gilead (Research)’s chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld. In the past six months fears of a [US-engendered www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html ] pandemic and the ensuing scramble for Tamiflu have sent Gilead’s stock from $35 to $47. That’s made the Pentagon chief, already one of the wealthiest members of the Bush cabinet, at least $1 million richer.]
Squaring the circle By Eric Walberg 22 Nov 2007 For those who object to this conspiratorial view of American politics — that elections are a farce and that the real power lies behind the throne, in the hands of organisations such as the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Bilderberg Group and the Council of Foreign Affairs, consider that polls show 54 per cent of Americans want the troops home now, 68 per cent disapprove of Bush’s handling of the situation in Iraq, 64 per cent are against the war, 70 per cent believe Dick Cheney has abused his powers as vice- President [sic], and 43 per cent definitely want him impeached. Yet the only candidates who represent the broad majority are dismissed as unelectable.
Oil at new high in thin trading —Crude closes at $98.18 a barrel, up 89 cents, on tight heating oil supplies and a stock market rally. 24 Nov 2007 Oil futures resumed their march toward $100 a barrel Friday, rising to a new record close in light holiday trading on concerns about tight heating oil supplies while drawing support from a buoyant stock market.
Justice Seeks Delay in Court Challenge to Immigration Plan —Bush Administration Says It Will Modify Crackdown on Employers Who Hire Illegal Workers 25 Nov 2007 The Bush regime said Friday that it will modify its planned crackdown on U.S. companies that employ illegal immigrants, asking a federal judge to delay hearing a lawsuit brought by major American labor, business and farm organizations until the new strategy is completed.
Mega barf alert! It’s the 5,348,756th deadly dead cow recall under Bush bin Laden’s ‘inspection-free’ reign of corpora-terror: Wis. Company Recalls Beef Products 25 Nov 2007 A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by the E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday. The beef products by American Foods Group include coarse and fine ground beef chuck, sirloin and chop beef.
Little chance of love for Knut 22 Nov 2007 Germany’s celebrity polar bear Knut will have to leave home to find love, Berlin Zoo officials said on Wednesday. Though polar bears are loners, Knut will need to be among other bears to mate once he turns three or four years old, spokesperson Ragnar Kuehne said, and his pool of potential mates in Berlin is too old to have an eye for the adolescent Knut.