BBC – The US says a new supply path to Afghanistan has been agreed with Central Asian states and Russia as an option to the troubled Pakistan route. Read Article
BBC – Millions of people are gathering in the US capital to see Barack Obama sworn in as America’s 44th president – and its first African-American leader Read Article
The Historian – by the end of his 1st term:
- US troops will still be in Iraq (albeit in permanent bases) in 4 years time
- War will have been fought with at least one of the following: Iran, Syria and North Korea
- Tension will be much higher with Russia in a “2nd Cold War” (great for arms sales however)
- The majority of US citizens will still have no access to affordable healthcare
- The top 1% richest people in the US will own an even bigger proportion of national wealth than they do now (just under 40%)
- There will be even less free speech and civil liberties than there is now in the USA
- Guantanamo Bay will be closed but most of its prisoners will have been transfered to other, less conspicuous army bases, all still outside the law
- The US economy and the dollar will have fallen so far that there will be moves afoot to create a currency union with their NAFTA neighbours, Canada & Mexico, the Amero.
All in all the face may have changed, the presentation may be softer focus, but the agenda will keep marching on.
Daily Mail – The cocktail of gender-bending chemicals entering rivers and streams is more potent and harmful than anyone realised, it has been revealed. Scientists have found an entirely new class of chemicals that is changing male fish into females ““ and which could be contributing to the soaring rate of infertility and defects in men. Read Article
The Times – The Government has promised the banks another Â£450 million of taxpayers’ money, taking the cost of the bailout to nearly a trillion pounds Read Article
AP “” Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says the U.S. is engaged in an “economic Pearl Harbor.”In an interview that aired Sunday on Dateline NBC, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway , said the nation’s economic situation is not as bad at World War II or the Great Depression, but it’s still pretty severe. Read Article
Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. commodity analyst Jeffrey Currie said he expects a “swift and violent rebound” in energy prices in the second half of the year.Â Read Article
PRESS TV – Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has disclosed details about a ‘US-backed’ spy ring which had plans to topple the Tehran government. Read Article
MSNBC – Uncle Sam wants you, and in a poor economy, you might want Uncle Sam, too.The Pentagon is hiring, and having less difficulty doing so than in flush economic times. The Army and each of the other branches of the military are meeting or exceeding their goals for signing up recruits, and attracting more qualified people. Read Article
Bulgarian News Network – The provokers at yesterday’s anti-government protest turned into riots were hired and paid 300 leva (EUR150) to start fights with the police and ruin the peaceful march, DeltaNews reports on Thursday, quoting rumors. Read Article
The Historian – Read The Ten Steps To A Closed Society on the left hand side of this page
Daily Telegraph – A “memory pill” that could aid exam revision and help to prevent people forgetting important anniversaries may soon be available over the counter. Read Article
The Historian – Will you remember just how much profit this will generate for pharmaceutical companies? But I’m sure they are doing it for the best of intentions. I wonder in “A Brave New World” will be on the exam revision list?
Daily Telegraph – Roads and buildings should be painted white in order to tackle global warming, according to a scientist. Read Article
The Historian – And how much research funding would you like for this Mr Mad Scientist?
Reuters – North Korea, which analysts suspect is trying harder to grab the attention of incoming U.S. president Barack Obama, on Tuesday accused the South of driving the divided peninsula back into war. Read Article
Reuters – U.S.-led coalition forces killed 22 militants, including two Taliban commanders, during a series of operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. Read Article
BBC – China has called for a stronger military relationship with the US. “In this new period we hope that both China and the US could make joint efforts to create favourable conditions,” a defence spokesman said. Read Article
The Historian – Because otherwise in about 20 years time we are going to have to kick your ass
Radio Netherlands – Arab leaders have promised two billion dollars in aid for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following Israel’s offensive of the last three weeks. Meeting in Kuwait, Arab countries have attempted to agree a common line on the latest fighting in Gaza. Read Article
The Historian – These are the same leaders who have so far only handed over about 10% of the aid they promised Lebanon after their Israeli invasion in 2007
BBC – Rebuilding the Gaza Strip after Israel’s three-week offensive will cost billions of dollars, the UN has warned. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been left homeless and 400,000 people still have no running water, it says. Read Article
The Sun – ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror “” the BLACK DEATH. At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages. The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.Â Read Article
The Historian – What is a tad more likely that there is some low level biological warfare going on…. or alternatively the article is part of a psych-ops campaign to demoralise the enemy & put off new recruits. Plus there is a lot of debate as to whether the Black Death itself actually was Bubonic Plague. Though the symptoms described in the rather vague documentary sources do seem similar the speed of the infections spread globally are far faster than would be attributed to bubonic plague which relies on the infected rats to die first thus forcing the fleas to find a new host.