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Netanyahu ‘will coax Obama into Iran war’

PRESS TV – The Israeli prime ministerial frontrunner will win a US blessing to enter war with Iran, says a source familiar with US Mideast policies. Aaron David Miller, the US State Department’s top analyst in the 1980s, said Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to convince President Barack Obama that a military attack is the only solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. Read Article

An ocean of garbage, quite literally

Canada.Com – Bits of plastic turn parts of the ocean into a deadly “soup”. Scientists are growing alarmed about massive floating dumps that are believed to be building up in the calm centres of the gyres in the middle of nearly all of the world’s oceans. Read Article

The Historian – For the next week add up all the times you hear the media talk about  what you exhale, CO2, and compare to the amount of times you hear about this or deforestation. Then ask yourself why?

Deforestation Ticks Up Again in Brazil

Discovery Channel – News out of the Brazilian Amazon has been up and down in recent years. After a steep rise in deforestation followed by a sharp drop in recent years, the rate of forest loss was back up slightly last year, according to new figures. Read Article

Spin doctor behind Davis’s campaign promotes ID cards

The Independent – A spin doctor behind David Davis and his much-vaunted “freedom” campaign against creeping state surveillance is an influential figure in the worldwide promotion of identity cards, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. Kevin Bell is vice-president of Fleishman-Hillard, a global public relations firm representing security companies that have introduced ID cards in the United States and Spain. Opposition to the Government’s move to introduce a British ID card is a major plank of the David Davis for Freedom campaign website, which Fleishman-Hillard also set up. Read Article

IMF Says Advanced Economies Already in Depression

Bloomberg – Advanced economies are already in a “depression” and the financial crisis may deepen unless the banking system is fixed, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said. “The worst cannot be ruled out,” Strauss-Kahn said in Kuala Lumpur, where he was attending a gathering of central bankers from Southeast Asia. “There’s a lot of downside risk.” Read Article

No prosecution for CIA interrogators

AP “” The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line into torture, CIA Director-nominee Leon Panetta said Friday.Asked by The Associated Press if that was official policy, Panetta said, “That is the case.” Read Article

Mystery Briton is key witness in “˜Merchant of Death’ arms sting

The Times – A BRITISH businessman who became a close associate of Viktor Bout, the notorious Russian arms trader arrested last year in Bangkok, is emerging as a key witness who may give evidence against his former business partner if American officials succeed in extraditing Bout from Thailand. Read Article

U.S. Jobless Rate Soared in January and Payrolls Kept Plunging

Bloomberg – Millions more U.S. workers are likely to lose their jobs after the economy’s freefall sent unemployment in January to the highest level since 1992 and payrolls tumbled, reinforcing the need for an economic stimulus plan.  Read Article

The nightmare of Netanyahu returns

The Independent – Israel is about to make a misjudgement as disastrous ““ and deadly ““ as the attack on Gaza. In a few days, it looks as if it could elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister once again.  This is a man calling for the violent re-occupation of Gaza to “liquidate” its elected government. This is a man who says he will “naturally grow” the West Bank settlements. This is a man who says he will “never” negotiate over Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights, or control of the West Bank water supply. Read Article

1709: The year that Europe froze

New Scientist – People across Europe awoke on 6 January 1709 to find the temperature had plummeted. A three-week freeze was followed by a brief thaw – and then the mercury plunged again and stayed there. From Scandinavia in the north to Italy in the south, and from Czechoslovakia in the east to the west coast of France, everything turned to ice. The sea froze. Lakes and rivers froze, and the soil froze to a depth of a metre or more. Livestock died from cold in their barns, chicken’s combs froze and fell off, trees exploded and travellers froze to death on the roads. It was the coldest winter in 500 years. Read Article

The Historian – Wait a second! So if the climate has been different in the past then….. just perhaps… any climatic changes in the last 200 hundred years might just be perfectly normal and caused by the sun, and what I exhale, CO2, isn’t the root of all evil afterall.  

Nigerian Pfizer trial to be heard in US

New Scientist – NIGERIAN families who are claiming that the drugs giant Pfizer used their children in an illegal clinical trial will get their case heard in a US court. On 30 January, an appeals court in New York overturned a previous ruling that two lawsuits brought by the families would have to be heard in Nigeria. The lawsuits relate to a trial of the antibiotic Trovan conducted on some 200 children during a 1996 epidemic of bacterial meningitis in Kano, northern Nigeria. Eleven of the treated children died, while some of the others developed brain damage or arthritis. Read Article

Obama to revamp National Security Council

Reuters – President Barack Obama plans to expand the membership of the National Security Council and increase its authority to set strategy on a wide range of domestic and international issues, The Washington Post reported on Saturday, quoting his national security adviser. The council, which was established after World War Two to advise U.S. presidents on military and diplomatic matters, would become “dramatically different” after the overhaul, national security adviser James Jones told the paper in an interview. Read Article

U.S. commanders favor slower Iraq pullout

Reuters – U.S. military planners have drawn up three options to allow President Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq, with senior commanders favoring the slowest of the three, officials said on Saturday. Read Article

Troubled RBS wants to pay staff £1bn bonus after taxpayers’ £20bn bail-out

Daily Mail – A bank being propped up with £20billion of public money wants to pay its staff almost £1billion in bonuses, it has emerged. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is already in talks over the massive package with the body set up to manage the taxpayers’ stake in bailed-out banks. Read Article