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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Higher Food Prices Loom in 2011

VOAvideo | December 29, 2010 - 2010 ends with food prices on the rise in many parts of the world and reserve supplies tight. That has some experts nervous that another shock could return food prices to levels that triggered violence in 2008.

Thats what VoA says, what about the reasons of commodity futures trading?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Global migrants is 214 million today :

france24english | December 17, 2010 :: USA - MIGRATION: The sunny beaches of Miami, Florida, are a dream-like destination for many of the 42 million migrants including Indians that flock to America every year... Despite the uncertainty surrounding migration policies worldwide, the number of global migrants is expected to nearly double from 214 million today, to 405 million in 2050.

Whistleblowers: Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeakers Bradley Manning

ForaTv | December 14, 2010 - "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg weighs in on the case of U.S. Army P.F.C. Bradley Manning, who currently stands accused of leaking over 260,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks. "I recognized someone who was in the same spirit as I was forty years ago," says Ellsberg. "He's a hero of mine."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WikiLeaker & WikiLeaks whereabouts :

As WikiLeaks’ Assange Freed on Bail, Alleged Military Leaker Bradley Manning Imprisoned under Inhumane Conditions.

A high court in London has upheld a decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But what about U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning? The Army intelligence analyst has been held for the last seven months on suspicion of leaking the massive trove of government documents to WikiLeaks. blogger Glenn Greenwald says Manning is being held under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment—and even torture.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The WikiLeaker - in prison & tortured?

The US Army's Treatment Of Alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning Is A Disgrace

According to Glenn Greenwald at Salon, the US Army has kept alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning in solitary confinement at Quantico for the past 7 months and refused to allow him basic necessities like exercise, a pillow, and sheets.

If this is true, it's a disgrace. It's also conduct unbecoming of the US military.

Now, before you go howling that whatever treatment Manning is getting is actually way too good for him because he's a traitor who should just be taken out and shot, let me be clear:
It may well be that Manning should be taken out and shot.

He just shouldn't be subjected to these petty and demeaning punishments in the meantime.

Business Insider - 15 Deceber 2010 |  Read more:

Is WikiLeaker Bradley Manning Being Tortured?

Salon's Glenn Greenwald thinks it could be called that.
In sum, [Pfc. Bradley] Manning has been subjected for many months without pause to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation similar to those perfected at America's Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

Manning, 22, has been in custody since his arrest five months ago for allegedly leaking thousands of classified documents to Julian Assange. He has yet to be charged with anything.

Greenwald spoke to a number of people "directly familiar" with Manning's conditions including Lt. Brian Villiard, a Quantico brig official.

Here's a fuller description:

Business Insider - 15 December 2010 |  Read more:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kuwait shuts down Al Jazeera office.

AlJazeeraEnglish | December 13, 2010 - Kuwaiti authorities have closed down the office of the Al Jazeera news channel in Kuwait City.

In a statement, Kuwait's ministry on Information described Al Jazeera's coverage as "intervention in a Kuwaiti domestic issue". It follows a police crackdown on Wednesday in which four Kuwaiti MPs and at least a dozen others were injured.

Al jazeera's Shiulie Ghosh reports

WikiLeaks turning reporters into "computer screen journalists"

AlJazeeraEnglish | December 12, 2010 - Inside Story : WikiLeaks and the craft of journalism

As Wikileaks continues to feed media outlets with thousands of classified US diplomatic cables, how serious is the threat by WikiLeaks to other media outlets? And how is WikiLeaks shaping the media industry? Is it the beginning of a new media form?

Monday, December 13, 2010

VoA starting a character assassination on Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks' Assange Is Hero to Some, Villain to Others

VOAvideo | December 13, 2010 - WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. government cables has angered politicians, emboldened free speech supporters and unleashed hackers onto websites of companies and individuals they believe oppose the site's founder Julian Assange.

The Guardian Interview : Julian Assange answers your questions.

I'll start the ball rolling with a question. You're an Australian passport holder - would you want return to your own country or is this now out of the question due to potentially being arrested on arrival for releasing cables relating to Australian diplomats and polices?

Julian Assange small
I am an Australian citizen and I miss my country a great deal. However, during the last weeks the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, and the attorney general, Robert McClelland, have made it clear that not only is my return is impossible but that they are actively working to assist the United States government in its attacks on myself and our people. This brings into question what does it mean to be an Australian citizen - does that mean anything at all? Or are we all to be treated like David Hicks at the first possible opportunity merely so that Australian politicians and diplomats can be invited to the best US embassy cocktail parties.

How do you think you have changed world affairs?
And if you call all the attention you've been given-credit ... shouldn't the mole or source receive a word of praise from you?

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Julian Assange:
For the past four years one of our goals has been to lionise the source who take the real risks in nearly every journalistic disclosure and without whose efforts, journalists would be nothing. If indeed it is the case, as alleged by the Pentagon, that the young soldier - Bradley Manning - is behind some of our recent disclosures, then he is without doubt an unparalleled hero.

guardian uk | Fri 3 Dec 2010 - read full report :

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cancun Summit Ends Without Solving Emissions Puzzle.

Cancun Summit Ends Without Solving Emissions Puzzle
Protesters outside the Cancun Climate Summit, December 5th, 2010. (Photo:EvolveLove)
Cancun, Mexico (Tierramérica) - "We are the coldest country in the world... so global warming is good for us. The warmer it is, the bigger the harvests... They talk about stopping deforestation of the tropical jungles to fight climate change, but we don't have tropical jungles."
The frankness of Russian lawmaker Viktor Shudegov revealed an "inconvenient" truth, the ongoing lack of awareness about global warming, in a parallel meeting to the climate change summit hosted by Mexico in the resort city of Cancún, Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.
Shudegov synthesised how difficult it is for public opinion in a country like Russia to take up the challenge of climate change, despite being the most serious global problem -- according to scientists -- that humanity will face this century.
Truthour 11 Dec 2010 - read full post .

Damaging Planet Earth :: Urgent need to address

Nature's sting: The real cost of damaging Planet Earth

A bee pollinating a flowerThe global cost of replacing insect pollination is around $190bn every year
You don't have to be an environmentalist to care about protecting the Earth's wildlife.

Just ask a Chinese fruit farmer who now has to pay people to pollinate apple trees because there are no longer enough bees to do the job for free.

And it's not just the number of bees that is dwindling rapidly - as a direct result of human activity, species are becoming extinct at a rate 1,000 times greater than the natural average.

The Earth's natural environment is also suffering.

In the past few decades alone, 20% of the oceans' coral reefs have been destroyed, with a further 20% badly degraded or under serious threat of collapse, while tropical forests equivalent in size to the UK are cut down every two years.

11 October 2010 : BBC News  ::

Climate Conference in Mexico Puts Off Major Decisions for Future Conferences:

VOAvideo | December 11, 2010 - The latest United Nations Climate Change Conference drew to a close in Cancun, Mexico, Saturday with agreements on a number of issues, including the creation of a world fund to help poor nations deal with global warming. Participants said the meeting was a success, in that it kept the process going with hopes of achieving a comprehensive, legally binding treaty at a future conference. But, as VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Cancun, there are still some political roadblocks ahead

Friday, December 10, 2010

Charles and Camilla attackers were protesters against tax dodgers

A coalition of violence: yesterday, a new and sinister British political movement was born

Windows in the Topshop store on Oxford Circus were smashed (Photo: Getty)
Windows in the Topshop store on Oxford Circus were smashed (Photo: Getty)
When Charles and Camilla were – in the words of David Cameron – “nearly attacked” by a violent student mob, they were being slowly driven down Regent Street in a Rolls-Royce. But as this Google map – a digital tool used by the rioters – shows, the epicentre of the protests was Parliament Square and Victoria. So perhaps that’s why the future king and his protection officers were caught out. What on earth were the rioters doing on Regent Street?
The answer, I think, is in the picture above, which shows the windows of the Topshop store on Oxford Circus smashed, with prepared notices declaring: “Tax dodgers – pay your tax!”. As the Daily Mirror reports, the shop was targeted at about 7pm:

read full report : telegraph 10 Dec 2010 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

December 7, 2010 - Dr. Mark Ellis, exec. director, International Bar Association, discusses the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London :: Swiss bank freezes his legal defense fund.

The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

The 39-year-old Australian denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.

Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT.

He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Mr Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of rape, one of unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation, alleged to have been committed in August 2010.

Police contacted his lawyer, Mark Stephens, on Monday night after receiving an European arrest warrant from the Swedish authorities.

BBC News 7 Dec 2010 :: read full report.

Swiss bank freezes his legal defense fund.

AlJazeeraEnglish | December 06, 2010 The lawyer for Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has said he and his client are arranging a meeting with British police. 
British authorities had earlier received an international arrest warrant for Assange from Sweden.

Meanwhile, a Swiss bank account held by Assange for donations to the whistleblower website and his legal defence has been frozen.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

ConDem coalition Govt. smashes British Education System:

Student Protest: Clare Solomon debates Tory MP Roger Gale.

adycousins | November 11, 2010 - University of London Union president Clare Solomon debates with Tory MP Roger Gale on the Jeremy Vine show : How do we view the student demonstrations? Were they a reawakening of political activism or just mindless violence.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in trouble :

on Interpol wanted list :

Ecuador offers residency

Ecuador has offered Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, residency in the country.

Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas said his country's government wanted to invite Mr Assange to Ecuador to give him the opportunity to speak publicly.

He said Ecuador was concerned about some of the alleged American activities revealed by Wikileaks.

Earlier this year Sweden refused an application from Mr Assange, who is Australian, for residency there.

"We are open to giving him residency in Ecuador, without any problem and without any conditions," Mr Lucas said.

BBC News : 30 Nov 2010

legal action on Wikileaks.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 29, 2010 - The White House says it may take legal action after the Wikileaks website published hundreds of secret memos sent by US embassies.

The messages reveal growing concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions, with Saudi Arabia pushing the US to act.

There are also unflattering remarks about the leaders of America's European allies, and apparent suspicion of the UN.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports Washington.

US mulls legal options against WikiLeaks.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 30, 2010 |  - What legal repercussions will Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, face? Assange is neither a US citizen nor a resident, so the extent of the reach of US law is in question.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports on what legal recourse the US government has in dealing with Assange in the wake of the embarrassing leak of the diplomatic cables.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Silence of the Press: America's double standard.

US media turns blind eye to RT crew arrest:

RussiaToday | November 28, 2010 - An RT crew was locked up in a U.S. jail for 32 hours after filming a protest against a controversial military training facility in Georgia dubbed the School of Assassins. Reporter Kaelyn Forde described her treatment as 'brutal' and international organizations condemned the use of police violence against members of the media. But despite all the outrage, American mainstream media has remained silent. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mass demonstration in Dublin, Ireland.

itnnews | November 27, 2010 - An estimated 50,000 demonstrators have gathered in Dublin to protest against plans for an IMF bailout of the Irish economy.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Islamophobia ? :: Suburban Chicago Muslim Center Denied Permit.

VOAvideo | November 25, 2010 - The debate surrounding a proposed Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan shed light on what could be growing religious intolerance in the United States. But despite the public outcry over the so-called Ground Zero mosque, the proposed Islamic Center has not been denied permits. That's not the case in suburban Chicago. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports that members of the Irshad Learning Center, a Shi'ite congregation in Naperville, Illinois are trying to use an existing building on their property for worship and an education center. But some residents of the neighborhood have opposed their plans and the county has refused to issue a permit.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

NATO :: the talk after the recent Talk (Summit)

So, Who is/are  the enemy/ies now, after GW Bush?
Iran, Israel, North Korea ...which one of the 30 states?

Russia 'to work with Nato on missile defence shield'.

Russia has agreed to co-operate on Nato's programme to defend against ballistic missile attacks, Nato's chief has said.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a Nato summit in Lisbon that the two sides had agreed in writing that they no longer posed a threat to one another.

'Real importance'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of the summit: "A period of very difficult, tense relations has been overcome."

Mr Rasmussen said: "The Nato nations and Russia have today agreed in writing that while we face many security challenges, we pose no threat to each other."

More videos below :

Monday, November 22, 2010

NATO : : The talk before the recent Talk (Submit)

Iran is the Plan? 'Happy NATO summit unlikely' :

RussiaToday | November 19, 2010 - RT discusses NATO summit with German based political observer Christoph Hoerstel.

Defining NATO: Lisbon Pill for Identity Crisis:

RussiaToday | November 19, 2010 - Defining NATO's relevance today and in the future, what to do in Afghanistan, and engaging Russia. The key issues to be discussed at a crucial summit for the alliance in Portugal. The meeting comes at a hard time for the group of nations which is facing an identity crisis - sixty years after being created to oppose the Soviet Union. RT's Lauren Lyster reports.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mutineers defeated in Madagascar coup bid.

The Australian November 22, 2010 -

AN attempted coup in Madagascar has been defused without bloodshed, the Prime Minister said yesterday.

Camille Vital said 16 officers surrendered, ending an impasse that began last Wednesday when a faction of officers declared they were taking over from President Andry Rajoelina.

Hundreds of soldiers loyal to Mr Rajoelina had converged on a base near Antananarivo's airport, where the mutineers were holed up (pic above).

Officials had said talks were planned but shots could be heard inside the base. Colonel Julien Ravelomihary, a high-ranking member of the High Transitional Authority's military, said mutinous officers were ready to hand themselves over but some junior officers initially resisted.

Despite the sound of shooting, Mr Vital said, "this crisis ended with the surrender of the mutineers, without bloodshed or threat to human life".

He said those who surrendered would face trial. AP

Watch videos earlier : 
Madagascan forces storm mutineers' base
Madagascar military meets with coup leaders.

Interview : NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

france24english | November 19, 2010 - THE INTERVIEW - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to FRANCE 24 ahead of a crucial NATO summit in Lisbon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Coup proclaimed in Madagascar:

ReutersVideo | November 17, 2010 - A group of senior military officers declared a takeover of power in Madagascar on Wednesday as the island voted on a new draft constitution.

Military leaders claim to have dissolved the government of Madagascar while citizens vote in a referendum on a draft constitution that would allow the current president to stay in power until next year.

From wiki extract:

Most archaeologists believe Madagascar was first inhabited sometime 300 BC–500 AD, by Austronesian peoples arriving on outrigger canoes from Borneo and Sulawesi in the Indonesian archipelago. Soon afterwards, Bantu migrants crossed the Mozambique Channel and the population of the island began to mix. Later Arab and East African migrants were added to the mix. Madagascar was ruled by the local Merina kingdom in the 19th century and was part of the French colonial empire from 1890 to 1960, when the current Republic of Madagascar became independent.

The main religions are (Approximately 50% practice) Malagasy mythology and Christianity (today about 45% of the Malagasy are Christian, divided almost evenly between Catholics and Protestants)but there also minorities of other religions, most significantly Islam (constitutes 10 to 15 percent of the population).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

India's telecom minister quits over allegations of irregularities.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 15, 2010 - India's parliament has been adjourned after angry scenes over the sale of 2G mobile phone licences.

The telecoms minister stepped down on Sunday over allegations of irregularities. The opposition wants a full investigation into his involvement and the possible loss of billions of dollars.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

G20 Summit in Seoul - protests and related issues are discussed.

PressTVGlobalNews | November 12, 2010 - As the leaders of the G20 gathered for talks in Seoul, thousands of people went to the cities to protest the summit.The protesters accused the world's biggest economies of threatening social welfare programs by cutting public spending.

In this episode of News Analysis, G20 Summit in Seoul and the related and the plight of protests are discussed.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Myanmar rebel armies join forces.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 11, 2010 - Al Jazeera has confirmed that two of Myanmar's rebel armies have joined forces, ahead of a feared crackdown by the military government.

The move comes after thousands of civilians fled into Thailand earlier this week, after renewed fighting near the border with Thailand.

Al Jazeera's Aela Callan reports.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Burma Fighting Cools Down.

VOAvideo | November 09, 2010 - Fighting between Burma's military and an ethnic militia has cooled down and Thai authorities have begun sending home more than 10,000 people who fled the violence. But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mae Sot, Thailand, many who fled are worried about further clashes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Burma Border Fighting

Thousands Flee :

VOAvideo | November 08, 2010 - Thousands of people have fled into Thailand to escape escalating fighting between an ethnic militia and the Burmese military, a day after the country's first election in 20 years. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mae Sot, Thailand, on the border with Burma.

South Koreans protest against G20 policies

It good to see the issues raised from this protest. It does give us some insight of reality.

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 07, 2010 - US President Barack Obama and other world leaders are due to arrive in the South Korean capital on Thursday for the opening of the G20 summit.

But in Seoul, union workers and civic groups have already begun one of the largest rallies ahead of the meeting.

Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Seoul.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sudan Referendum

November 03, 2010 - U.S. diplomats pressed for a breakthrough on stalled plans for a referendum on southern Sudanese independence in January. VOA's Carolyn Turner reports.

BBC News,8 November 2010; US offers to remove Sudan early from state terror list:

The United States has told Sudan it will remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, if January's referendum on southern independence is conducted transparently and on time.

The offer, delivered by Senator John Kerry (picture), was part of a proposal to help resolve disputes over the referendum.

Southern Sudanese politicians have insisted that the vote must go ahead.

A vote is also supposed to be held on whether the oil-rich region of Abyei should join the north or the south.

The two referendums are the result of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the 21-year civil war between north and south, which left an estimated 2 million people dead.

Read full report :

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

VOAvideo | November 05, 2010 - Honeybee colony collapse disorder has been reported by beekeepers around the world. There are several theories as to why worker bees suddenly leave the hive and their queen. But a U.S. military research facility near Washington may have identified at least part of the answer.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dispatch: The Significance of the Caucasus

Wholly STRATFOR opinion :

STRATFORvideo | August 17, 2010 - The Caucasus region is one where great powers have historically converged. Today, Russia, Iran, Turkey and the United States vie for influence in the area. Analyst Marko Papic examines the players and the issues at stake.

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Alleged" Parcel-bomb mastermind revealed

In original video from AlJazeera the title did not carry the word "alleged", however words uttered in the vid clearly stated the it is still in the "alleged" stage. Unfortunately AlJazeera as a main stream media is also guilty of advocating Islamophobia! This is another case of trial by the media, the heading appears to be guilty as charged....before any official charge and trial...the reports appears to be like mere sensationalized stories. Watch & listen to the Vid:

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 01, 2010 - US and Yemeni authorities have named the man they believe to be the mastermind of the parcel bombs plot. They have issued photographs of Saudi Arabian born Ibrahim al-Asiri. He is thought to be al-Qaeda's top explosives expert in Yemen.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Sanaa in Yemen.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



MrGlasgowtruther | October 23, 2010 - Google Chairman & CEO Eric Schmidt explains what his company knows and doesn't know about people like Kathleen Parker.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Greek Orthodox Christians in Gaza under Hezbollah rule & Israeli Occupation..

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 24, 2010 - Following a meeting in the Vatican, Roman Catholic Bishops have urged Israel to stop displacing Palestinians, saying that religion is not a basis for settlement building.

The bishops were attending a summit on the plight of Christians in the Middle East and the statement will strike a chord in Gaza, which has one of the oldest Christian communities.

The Greek Orthodox Church conmmunity in the territory is just one of several Christian communities in the Gaza Strip that are less obvious than their counterparts in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nato Official states Osama Bin Laden is in North Pakistan.

October 23, 2010 :

On the Edge with Max Keiser-US Stock Markets.

PressTVGlobalNews | October 23, 2010 - This program is about the bursting of the predictions that bubble in the stock markets. The guest, Rick Ackerman, says that the market is very fragile and it is inherited from the past economic mistakes. The US government is blamed for creating such mammoth bubble by helping the creditors after the 2007 financial crisis. If debtors and foreclosure-hit house owners were aided, today the economy would be back on its feet.

The US housing market and fraud allegation is also a hot-button issue in this program. The guest says the dollar would finally collapse and such a collapse would be sudden, without any advance warning. He is, however, upbeat about the future of resource-based countries like Canada and Australia.

Friday, October 22, 2010

France Fried:

:The Europeans including France are redefining their struggle.
:It's not about Nations against Nations anymore...
:It's about the manipulations, the abuses and the oppression of the weakest within a nation

'Sarkozy betrayer, France fights for dignity'

RussiaToday | October 22, 2010 - There's more protest pain ahead for France - as strikers commit to yet more stoppages to vent their anger over plans to make them work longer. Tear gas and water cannon have been used against demonstrators, while President Sarkozy tries to hurry the Senate vote on raising the retirement age to 62. There is more to it! RT talks to Pierre Concialdi - economist from Economic and Social Research institute.

Engdahl on France: Cutting pensions instead of military spendings?

RussiaToday | October 22, 2010 - French police have broken the blockade of a refinery crucial for the capital's fuel supplies. A workers union that captured the depot said at least three people were injured in the clashes. A special operation ended the blockade that had lasted for more than a week, causing significant fuel shortages. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to approve president Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to raise the retirement age to 62 - the reason behind the protests. Frederick William Engdahl, an American writer and journalist based in Germany, questions the reform saying it could be aimed at protecting tiny elite in France.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Fundamental change?

Riz Khan - AlJazeeraEnglish | October 20, 2010 : King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is pushing forward with political and social reforms in his country, but do those changes go far enough?

China's prospects for political reform

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 19, 2010 - Calls for reform have been mounting since Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese political activist, won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8. Will China follow through on promises to reform its political system, and what are the prospects for true social change there?

Germany : Multicultural society has failed, says Chancellor Merkel

france24english | October 18, 2010 - Germany's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, urging immigrants to do more to integrate, including learning to speak German.

Russia updates international warrant for militants’ envoy.

Published 19 October, 2010 - Russia  Today

Russia has re-issued an international arrest warrant for Ahmed Zakaev (pic), a prominent figure among Chechen militants of the past. The man lives in Britain, where he was provided political asylum.

Zakaev is charged with a number of crimes in Russia, including the organization of gangs, attempted murder and attempted overturning of constitutional order. In 2001 he was put on the international wanted list. However, due to changes in legislation and new evidence of his crimes, the request had to be updated, a spokesperson for the Russian General Prosecutor’s Offices said on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Egypt government imposes SMS rules.

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 13, 2010 - Independent media outlets told they must obtain a licence from authorities before sending news alerts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hostage Death

VOAvideo | October 11, 2010 - US and British officials will investigate how a British aid worker was killed during a rescue attempt in eastern Afghanistan. British Prime Minister David Cameron says new evidence has emerged that the worker may have been killed by her rescuers, not her captors as initially reported. As Jennifer Glasse reports, the news comes as the Afghan war becomes increasingly unpopular in the US and Britain and the Afghan government says he has been negotiating with the Taliban.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Harry Belafonte: Iraq & Afghanistan Wars Are "Immoral, Unconscionable and Unwinnable"

"The President’s decision to escalate the war in that region alone costs the nation $33 billion," the legendary musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte said at Saturday’s "One Nation Working Together" in Washington. "That sum of money could not only create 600,000 jobs here in America, but would even leave us a few billion to start rebuilding our schools, our roads, our hospitals and affordable housing. It could also help to rebuild the lives of the thousands of our returning wounded veterans." 

Oxfordshire town sees human waste used to heat homes.

The sewage is cleaned before it 
is turned into useful biomethane

The Didcot plant

Householders in Didcot have become the first in the UK to use gas made from their own human waste and supplied via the national grid to heat their homes.
Up to 200 Oxfordshire homes will be using biomethane made from sewage they had flushed away three weeks earlier.
British Gas, Thames Water and Scotia Gas Networks now hope to roll out the process across the UK.
According to an EU directive, by 2020 the UK must ensure 15% of the energy it produces comes from renewable sources.
Martin Orrill, head of energy, technology and innovation at British Gas told the BBC News website supplying this type of gas through the national grid was a logical step in the UK's bid to meet these targets.
He added that customers had no need to feel squeamish but should be proud of taking part in the unusual recycling effort.
Full Report BBC News | 5 Oct 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

European Differs from US - asking for different Actions & Solutions

RussiaToday | October 05, 2010 - Protests have raged across Europe over government austerity measures, with populations angered that they're having to pay for other's mistakes. Meanwhile, Americans facing similar struggles have shown very little passion, compared to the fury displayed overseas. Priya Sridhar takes a look at why Europeans are doing better at trying to protect their pockets.

TheRealNews | October 04, 2010 - No "too big to fail" bailouts & the workers in Europe are demanding that the rich pay for crisis.
While workers in the US talk about "One Nation" more like a movie than a movement!