Archive for February 13, 2011

Egypt’s military dissolves parliament, suspends constitution

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Egypt’s new military leadership dissolves parliament, suspended the constitution and says it will form a panel to amend the country’s constitution before submitting the changes to a popular referendum. Troops, meanwhile scuffle with holdout protesters in Tahrir Square as they move in to dismantle the protest camp and the Egyptian Museum reported the theft of major treasures
Protester shouts as they resist being removed by Egyptian soldiers from Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday. AFP photo
Protester shouts as they resist being removed by Egyptian soldiers from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday. AFP photo

Egypt’s military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to push forward the transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power.

In their latest communique, the military rulers that took over when Mubarak stepped down Friday, said they will run the country for six months, or until presidential and parliament elections can be held.

The military leaders said they were forming a committee to amend the constitution and set the rules for popular referendum to endorse the amendments.

Both the lower and upper houses of parliament are being dissolved. The last parliamentary elections in November and December were Read more…

S. Korea confirms 2 more bird flu outbreaks

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SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) — South Korea on Sunday confirmed two additional bird flu outbreaks in areas near Seoul despite nationwide efforts to stem the spread of the disease.

The farm ministry said the new cases were reported at a medium-sized duck farm and a small poultry farm that raises chickens and ducks, which reported symptoms earlier in the week.

All 8,400 birds on the two farms in Hwaseong south of Seoul and Dongducheon north of the capital have been culled and buried, with other bird farms within a 3-kilometer radius being checked for infections.

The outbreaks are the Read more…

ANOTHER Strange `Horseshoe’ `Sky Trail’ – Daytime – GERMANY – YESTERDAY

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Okay folks, this is getting a bit strange, as these have now been seen in Atlanta and other locations: Indeed, I was following THREE of these types of posts in November.


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China sees U.S. stoking Brazil and India anger over yuan

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By Zhou Xin and Koh Gui Qing

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States has incited Brazil and India to criticize China’s currency policy, but Beijing need not worry too much because it can defuse the tension through talks, a series of Chinese government advisers told Reuters.

Independent analysts warned, however, that a belief that Brazil and India are doing Washington’s bidding and are not truly aggrieved could make Beijing complacent and undermine fledgling ties between the emerging powers.

Increasingly widespread calls for a stronger yuan are awkward for China, which is accustomed to facing U.S. pressure over its tightly controlled exchange rate but has long tried to cast itself as the natural ally of other developing nations.

Brazil and India are unlikely to be any more successful than the United States in persuading Beijing to permit faster appreciation, researchers in Chinese government think tanks said.

“They must realize that the root of problem is not China but Read more…

Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts

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Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.

Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.
Algerian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Algiers Photo: EPA
By Nabila Ramdani 7:25PM GMT 12 Feb 2011

Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone.

There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world.

But it was the government attack on the internet which was of particular significance to those calling for an end to President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s repressive regime.

Protesters mobilising through the internet were largely credited with bringing Read more…

World hunger threat Shown By Arab Protests:Economist

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DAKAR: Uprisings across the Arab world are just a foretaste of the instability facing other poor states unless a global food crisis is tackled, leading development economist Jeffrey Sachs said on Saturday.

Popular anger at rising food prices has been an explosive ingredient in the mix of grievances that triggered the fall of leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, and is now putting the heat on authorities in Algeria and Jordan.

Sachs, a long-time adviser of governments and world agencies on the fight against poverty, said the root causes applied right across an already unstable belt of states stretching from Iraq through the Sahara to the shores of Read more…

Russia- Japan: The Kuril Islands conflict and Russia’s defense arsenal in the Far East

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Alexandr Grashenkov
Global Research

Russia to boost Kuril defense to ward off war Russia’s unresolved conflict with Japan over the Kuril Islands, which has been simmering since WWII, may reach a boiling point now that Russian authorities are set to go ahead with their plan to build up the disputed territory’s defense potential.
The plan, unveiled by President Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as part of a comprehensive development program for Russia’s Pacific Coast, envisages, among other things, the deployment of modern armaments to defend the country’s eastern borders against a hypothetical military attack.
Historical parallels
The Kuril dispute is, in a sense, similar to the one Britain had with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. This latter conflict ended in a brief war, preceded by years of diplomacy and numerous attempts to implement joint economic projects….
It would be wrong to draw any direct parallels between today’s Japan and the Argentina of the 1950-1980s. But in the rapidly changing world, the South Kuril Islands, referred to by the Japanese as the Northern Territories, may well be chosen one day as a Read more…

The Bilderberg group

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Khachik Gezalyan
Clark Magnet High School Chronicle(February 9, 2011) — They plot our wars. They increase our oil prices. They caused the world economic crash. Many people associate these actions with a group known as the Bilderbergs. According to Jonathan Duffy, a writer for BBC news, the Bilderbergs consist of the world’s most powerful elite leaders — from politics, banking, business, military and media.


According to a documentary on the Bilderberg group by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, there is a committee of seven men above the Bilderberg group. These seven men make decisions based on what they want to see happen with each country. Deciding which economies flourish and which economies collapse, these industrialists seek to set up a one-world government regulated exclusively by bloodlines, according to the Ventura documentary.

Many questions come to mind when the world’s most powerful men have been conducting meetings since 1954. People become skeptical about the topics discussed in these meetings. Ventura said that one topic among their conversations includes discussing how they can depopulate the world to 500 million people — an amount they can control.

Although just a conspiracy theory, these rumors still give us a reason to be concerned because Read more…

Analyst: U.S. To Lose In Yemen As In Afghanistan, Iraq

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US focused on non-actual danger in Yemen

Yevgeny Satanovsky, President of the Institute of the Middle East:

The modern idea of US security structures is that it is not Osama bin Laden who is the number one danger but a man from Yemen with his al-Qaeda department. The danger from this man to Saudi Arabia and Bab-el-Mandeb – every ship crossing the Suez Canal sails through Bab-el-Mandeb between Yemen and Somalia – is much bigger than from al-Qaeda groups in Yemen.

The current situation may provide for a division of Yemen into two states – the Shafi south and the Zaidi-style north. Especially now that civil war is about to break out and Saudi Arabian influence in Yemen is minimal.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen is no more than an instrument which President Saleh uses to persuade the US administration that he is their strategic partner in need of financial and military support, especially amid present-day conditions.

In this situation, the US came to realize that old plans, which are absolutely irrelevant today, were focused on a non-actual danger. This means that America will lose here as well, just as it happened in Afghanistan and Iraq.

PHOTOS: $29 Cheez Whiz? High Arctic food costs

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These grocery shelves in the High Arctic community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut, have people talking this week — $38 for cranberry cocktail, $29 for Cheez Whiz, and a whopping $77 for a bag of breaded chicken.

Arctic Bay-based MLA Ron Elliott, who represents three of Canada’s most northern communities, said he is concerned about already high food prices going up even more in the High Arctic.

“It’s sort of the talk of the town,” he told CBC News on Thursday. “You go in and people are pointing [things] out, and it’s obvious to see that this has gone up, and that’s gone up.”

Arctic Bay, NU

While groceries in Canada’s remote northern communities are generally more expensive than elsewhere in the country, due to shipping costs, Elliott said prices in his communities have skyrocketed since the federal government changed its northern food subsidy program in the past year.

Elliott said the new subsidy program, called Nutrition North, does not cover food items that are considered not to be healthy or perishable, although those items used to be covered under the government’s old Food Mail Program.

Elliott said the price hikes are hurting the most vulnerable people in his region, like elders and those on social assistance.

Even some healthy foods that are subsidized are still Read more…