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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.