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US bases in Colombia anger neighbours

ABC – Brazil, Chile and Spain have condemned a United States decision to open three new military bases in Colombia.
The move comes after Russia secured three weapons deals with neighbouring Venezuela and as it renews its once-close ties with Cuba.
Venezuela withdrew its ambassador to Colombia and said the Colombian Government was seriously destabilising the region. Read article

Hillary Clinton made security help ‘threat’ to Foreign Secretary over Binyam Mohamed case

Daily Telegraph - Hillary Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, warned David Miliband that America would consider cutting security co-operation with the UK if a British court releases information about a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, two judges have been told.Mrs Clinton personally told the Foreign Secretary that the US government would consider the dramatic step if a short summary of the treatment of Binyam Mohamed is placed in the public domain, the High Court was told.A hearing was told that the move could cause “serious harm” to Britain’s national security and potentially put the lives of British citizens at risk. Karen Steyn, representing Mr Miliband, told two senior judges that members of the Obama administration, including Mrs Clinton, had made clear that intelligence sharing between the two countries “would” be reconsidered if the court went ahead with plans to publish the information. Read Article

Air Force: More unmanned aircraft than manned in 2009

Network World – How important have unmanned aircraft become to the US military? Well how’s this: the Air Force says next year it will acquire more unmanned aircraft than manned.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip this week said the service is “all in” when it comes to developing unmanned systems and aircraft.
“Next year, the Air Force will procure more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft,” the general said. “I think that makes a very pointed statement about our commitment to the future of [unmanned aircraft] and what it brings to the fight in meeting the requirements of combatant commanders.”
Seip said the Air Force currently has 85% of its unmanned air force deployed in Southwest Asia operations and 15% stateside to train pilots and for operational test and development. The Air Force is doing all it can to speed up the UAS pilot training process, he added. Read article

Islamist sect leader shot dead after 600 killed in Nigeria siege

Times Online – Nigerian security forces claimed to have defeated a well-armed Islamist sect after four days of bloody fighting that left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee their homes in the northern town of Maiduguri.
Army soldiers captured Mohamed Yusuf, the leader of the sect, and took him to a barracks. He was later transferred to the police and shot dead in their custody. A spokesman said Mr Yusuf had tried to escape. Read article

‘No rhyme or reason’ for bank bonuses

BBC - Wall Street banks that were bailed out by the government gave executives bonuses regardless of performance, it has been suggested in a report. The report by New York Attorney Andrew Cuomo’s office said there was “no clear rhyme of reason” for pay and it had been disconnected from performance. Controversially, Congress is seeking to give government a direct say in what bank bosses are compensated.Top US banks paid out huge bonuses despite gaining taxpayer bail-outs. Read Article

Iran police break up memorial for protest victims

Reuters – Baton-wielding Iranian police fired tear gas on Thursday and arrested protesters mourning the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran’s hardline leaders.
The renewed protests show the opposition refuses to be quelled or accept the June 12 hardline election victory despite a security crackdown, the arrest of hundreds of demonstrators and repeated calls from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Read article

Aung San Suu Kyi trial verdict delayed

Guardian – Burmese pro-democracy leader begins to prepare for prison life as she awaits trial verdict now delayed until 11 August
As she reconciles herself to the prospect of up to five years in a prison cell, there is a certain poignancy to plans by Aung San Suu Kyi ““ a woman cruelly denied her chance to lead ““ to draw strength from the life of one of the 20th century’s great statesmen.
The verdict in her widely condemned trial had been expected today, but was later adjourned until 11 August, as the Burmese pro-democracy leader prepared for the possibility of prison life by stocking up on books, including a biography of Winston Churchill. Read article

Pfizer pays $US75m over ‘Constant Gardener’ drug trials

ABC (Australia) NEWS – US drug-maker Pfizer has reached a $US75 million ($90 million) final settlement with a Nigerian state over 1996 drug trials that led to the deaths of 11 children.

The northern state of Kano filed civil and criminal suits against Pfizer demanding $US2.75 billion in compensation and the prosecution of staff for what it said was an illegal test of the meningitis drug Trovan on 200 children. [Read article]

Japan jobless at six-year record

BBC – Japan saw unemployment levels reach a six-year high last month, with job availability at a new low, official figures have shown.The jobless number increased by 830,000 in June, or 31.3% from a year before, to 3.48 million. The unemployment rate was 5.5% up from May’s figure of 5.2%. Read Article

Israeli tanks, bulldozers roll into Gaza

Press TV – The Israeli army has launched another cross border attack on the Gaza Strip, opening fire on villagers’ homes south of the impoverished sliver.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers rolled hundreds of meters deep into the strip on Wednesday and flattened cultivated fields in Al Qararra town in southern Gaza. Read article

Russia to drill for oil off Cuba

BBC – Russia is to begin oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, after signing a deal with Cuba, says Cuban state media.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin signed four contracts securing exploration rights in Cuba’s economic zone in the Gulf.
Havana says there may be some 20bn barrels of oil of its coast but the US puts that estimate at five billion. Read article

Children treated with Tamiflu suffer nightmares and nausea

MAIL ONLINE – More than half of children who take Tamiflu suffer side effects such as nausea and nightmares.

The drug being used to fight swine flu can also produce stomach pain. [Read More]

The Biochemist -Yes, my daughter recently suffered glandular fever, and had the viral hepatitis often associated with the disease. She could barely swallow water. The doctor agreed with me that swine flu would’ve been FAR less serious.

Imperiled Fisheries Make A Comeback, Study Shows

NPR News – There’s no question that the world’s fish are in trouble. Fishermen are pulling fish out of the seas far faster than these populations can grow back. Some fisheries are heading toward collapse or even extinction. But a major new analysis of this grim picture shows that fisheries aren’t doomed. In fact, some are on the mend.  This new study grew out of a raging controversy. Three years ago, Boris Worm and his colleagues at Dalhousie University in Canada sent shock waves through the world of fishing and fisheries science. They published a paper in Science magazine showing that if current trends continued, the oceans would be essentially fished out by the middle of this century.  Read Article

MS woman wins right-to-die fight

BBC NEWS – A woman with multiple sclerosis has made legal history by winning her battle to have the law on assisted suicide clarified.

Debbie Purdy wanted to know if her husband would be prosecuted if he helped her end her life in Switzerland. [Read article]

Home Secretary shows off new ID card – minus the flag

The Independent – The Union Flag will not appear on the identity cards issued to British residents after Home Office officials feared it would offend Irish nationals living in Northern Ireland. The final design for the card was unveiled by the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, yesterday. While both the EU and Union flags have been left off the final design, a shamrock, a thistle, a rose and a daffodil do appear to represent the UK’s four countries, along with the Royal crest. The holder’s name, picture, date of birth, sex and their signature all appear on the front of the card. A chip in the back contains another digital image of the card holder, along with two fingerprints.  Read Article

MIT’s ‘bokode’ chip said to outperform bar codes

EE Times – A new kind of identification tag that combines the security of a bar code with the capacity of an RFID tag will debut next week at the Siggraph 2009 conference.  The new tag, which can be read by consumers with a cellphone camera, looks like a 1-mm-high raised bump. Called a “bokode,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invention consists of an illuminated microdot behind a plastic lens. It will use flat, reflective holograms in future versions.  Read Article

The Histiorian – And do you know what is the best thing about RFID chips? Big Brother knows where they are,  anywhere in the world, at all times

Gardasil Causes 400 Percent More Deaths than Other Common Vaccine

NOTE: Article correction here

NaturalNews – A federal report has concluded that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has a 400 percent higher rate of adverse effects than another comparable vaccine, the Menactra anti-meningitis shot.

“It is unusual for there to be such a big discrepancy between two vaccines used in similar populations involving serious and relatively rare life threatening adverse events and autoimmune disorders,” the researchers from the federal Vaccine Events Reporting System wrote. [Read Article]

The Biochemist – I can’t say I’m surprised since Merck have organised many groups of the population to have it which the maker of the vaccine, has said is not correct or safe. My original link comes c/o- curezone forum, and doesn’t work anymore. The link involved www.kpcnews.com and I here is one of two listings off it. march 15th, 2007 – hpv researcher blasts hpv marketing
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Here are some excerpts from it:
“This vaccine should not be mandated for 11-year-old girls,” she reiterated. “It’s not been tested in little girls for efficacy. At 11, these girls don’t get cervical cancer – they won’t know for 25 years if they will get cervical cancer.

For months, Harper said, she’s been trying to convince major television and print media to listen to her and tell the facts about the usefulness and effectiveness of this vaccine.

“But no one will print it,” she said.
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Merck knows this, Harper said. “To mandate now is simply to Merck’s benefit, and only to Merck’s benefit,” she said.

Merck was required to put together a database on the efficacy in children before Gardasil was approved, Harper said. But instead, the company put together four study sites that “are not necessarily representative, and may not even have enough numbers to determine what they need to know.”

China performs 13 million abortions each year

The Daily Telegraph – The China Daily newspaper said the real number of abortions is believed to be even higher since the 13 million accounts for procedures in hospitals but many more are known to be carried out in unregistered rural clinics. Also, about 10 million abortion pills are sold every year in China, the paper said.

It quoted Wu Shangchun, a government official with the National Population and Family Planning Commission, as saying that nearly half of the women seeking abortions in China had used no form of contraception. [Read Article]