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Gore Vidal’s United States of fury

The Independent - At 84, the writer and activist may be confined to a wheelchair, but his rage ““ at his country, its leaders and citizens ““ burns as fiercely as ever. Read Article

UN extends controversial US war in Afghanistan

Press TV - Despite widespread discontent over the US’ handling of war in Afghanistan, the UN Security Council has extended the mandate of foreign troops for one more year. A resolution by the 15-member council called for bolstering NATO-led forces in the country to counter growing Taliban insurgency. The resolution also urged more personnel, equipment and other resources for the foreign troops across the war-ravaged country. Read Article

Afghan War Top Troop Request Exceeds 60,000

Washington Post - The request for troops sent to President Barack Obama by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan includes three different options, with the largest alternative including a request for more than 60,000 troops, according to a U.S. official familiar with the document. Although the top option is more than the 40,000 soldiers previously understood to be the top troop total sought by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. officer in Kabul, 40,000 remains the primary choice of senior military brass, including Gen. McChrystal, the official said. Read Article

UK Government Hyping up the Global Warming Scam on Prime Time TV

The Times - Climate change sceptics are to be targeted in a hard-hitting government advertising campaign that will be the first to state unequivocally that Man is causing global warming and endangering life on Earth.The £6 million campaign, which begins tonight in the prime ITV1 slot during Coronation Street, is a direct response to government research showing that more than half the population think that climate change will have no effect on them.Ministers sanctioned the campaign because of concern that scepticism about climate change was making it harder to introduce carbon-reducing policies such as higher energy bills. Read Article

The Historian – Sounds very democratic. A large proportion of the people see the money making scam for what it is, so you use their money to keep telling them they are wrong and to trust the Government that only 25% of them actually voted for. Just look at the Composition of the Earth’s Atmosphere and then ask is that going to be the main driver of the earth’s ever changing climate or is the big shiny thing in the sky? And also ask where is that $2-3 trillion a year that the banks are going to make from all this, coming from?

Russian regional elections ‘rigged by Kremlin’, opposition claims

Daily Telegraph - Russia’s embattled opposition movement has accused the Kremlin of holding Soviet-style “non-elections” as more than a fifth of the population prepares to vote in key regional polls on Sunday. Read Article

US Airports Given H1N1 Quarantine Powers By Federal Government

Airport security staff have been issued new guidelines by the government to watch out for people who “look like they may have the H1N1 virus”. Any passengers singled out may then be asked to have their temperatures taken, walk through screening devices, and provide more detailed information about their state of health. Airports will also have the authority to quarantine entire flights of people if they suspect one person on board has swine flu. Read details.

Silvio Berlusconi: I am inferior to no one in history

The Guardian - As Silvio Berlusconi yesterday tried to shore up his position by declaring himself irreplaceable as Italy’s head of government, a court in Milan was told it had been “amply demonstrated” that he was guilty of bribery. ”I am, and not only in my own opinion, the best prime minister who could be found today,” he told a press conference. “I believe there is no one in history to whom I should feel inferior. Quite the opposite.” Read Article

Computer hacker ‘suicidal’ after losing right to appeal against extradition to US

The Times - The computer hacker Gary McKinnon will make a last plea to Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, against being extradited to the United States after his appeal to go to the Supreme Court was rejected. Lawyers for Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, said that they will submit a fresh psychiatric report showing his “extremely fragile mental state”, after two High Court judges yesterday refused him leave to go to Britain’s highest court. Read Article

New pharmaceutical RECOMMENDATIONS

This article contains the new guidelines for clincial trials of drugs; a draft (?) produced by the trade organisation, PhRMA. [Read article: There are two links at the bottom.] Who are they? This is their take on that question. “The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) link represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.” Now that’s a lovely sentiment, and the guidelines are good. They are however, GUIDELINES, not rules; meaning that compliance is voluntary, not legally required. My Mum used to quote: “The way to Hell is paved with good intentions“.

Blair accused of being a war criminal at church service to remember Iraq war dead

The Guardian - Six-and-a-half years after he sent British forces into battle in Iraq,Tony Blair today came face to face with the uncomfortable consequences of his decision when the father of one of the 178 military personnel who died in the conflict refused to shake his hand, denouncing him as a “war criminal”. Peter Brierley, whose son Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley died in a road accident while on service in Iraq barely a week after the invasion in March 2003, publicly snubbed the former prime minister at a reception that followed a service commemorating those who served in the conflict. As Blair proffered his hand, Brierley told him: “I’m not shaking your hand, you’ve got blood on it.” Read Article

Israel imposes security clampdown on Jerusalem

Daily Telegraph – Israel mounted its most draconian security operation in Jerusalem’s old city for nearly a decade yesterday after senior Palestinian officials appeared to threaten a mass uprising. Read Article

OPINION: Spinning out of orbit on climate

Independent  journalist and historian, Joseph Poprzeczny takes a look at the political spin surrounding the limited political debate in Australia on so called ‘man-made climate change’ , examines the political spin at its very heart, and exposes that clearly not all scientists agree with the supposed “consensus” on the topic. TO READ ARTICLE CLICK HERE.

Obama Peace Prize win has Americans asking “Why?”

Reuters – The award of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama had many puzzled Americans scratching their heads. “It would be wonderful if I could think why he won,” said Claire Sprague, 82, a retired English professor as she walked her dog in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. “They wanted to give him an honor I guess but I can’t think what for.” Read article

The Historian – This the commander in chief of the world’s strongest armed forces which has bases in 63 other countries. During his brief presidency his forces have killed countless (because they aren’t counted as human’s just “collateral damage”) innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as turning a blind eye to new Israeli settlement building which is stoking a 3rd Intifada in the West Bank, whilst also handing over $13 trillion in tax payers money to the banks that finance and profit from all these wars, and is currently gearing up for a war with Iran. As Orwell defined Double-Speak; War is Peace, Hate is Love.

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to ‘cancer virus’

New Scientist – Chronic fatigue syndrome, the debilitating condition once dismissed as “yuppie flu”, has been linked to a virus that is also common in people with a certain type of prostate cancer. It’s still not clear if the virus, called XMRV, causes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or is just more common in people with the disorder. But the discovery is sure to reignite the debate over whether CFS is fundamentally a psychological condition or a physiological one. Read article

Iraq war: timeline of conflict

Daily Telegraph – This is a timeline of key events in Britain’s military involvement in Iraq over the past six years.  Read Timeline

Iraq war: now longer than (British) duration of World War II

Daily Telegraph – The Iraq war sharply divided opinion over whether ousting Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime justified the enormous human and financial cost. Read Article

Congress again attempts to ban release of torture photos

RCFP – Barring the release of photos depicting abuse of detainees in U.S. custody was again the subject of a legislative amendment in the U.S. Senate this week when language that supports President Obama’s intent to keep the photos from public disclosure was attached to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. Read Article

Top Islamic cleric outlaws full-face veil

ABC (Aust) – Egypt’s leading Islamic cleric has barred female students from wearing a full-face veil at Al-Azhar University, the prestigious centre of learning for Sunni Muslims. Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi says girls will be banned from wearing the niqab in classes and dormitories that are only for females. Sheikh Tantawi first pledged to ban the controversial cover a few days ago. Read Article
The Biochemist – Actually, the idea behind the niqab is to protect men from seeing bits of women – the idea is that it makes men lustful. It seems doubtful that women would wear them in the presence of only other women anyway. Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her book Infidel, describes wearing the whole black outfit because she was trying to be spiritually pure.

Iran to “blow up heart” of Israel if attacked: official

Reuters – Iran would “blow up the heart” of Israel if it was attacked by the Jewish state or the United States, a Revolutionary Guards official was quoted Friday as saying. Read Article

Japan threatens to kick out US troops

Daily Telegraph – Japan is threatening to ask US troops based on the island of Okinawa to leave the country amid growing resentment over crime. Around 50,000 American troops are based in Japan, around two-thirds of the total are in Okinawa. Resentment against their presence has grown in recent years due to a series of crimes committed by service personnel.  Read Article

Eating fish has no effect on health of large intestine

Physorg.com – It appears that eating more fish has no effect on the health of the large intestine. …no additional indications that fish consumption can help to lower the risk of developing cancer of the large intestine; whereas previous research did seem to indicate this. Read Article

Roger Beachy: GM crop ‘pioneer’ now US farm science chief

New Scientist - US farm research is getting a shake-up with the creation of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to fund academic agricultural research. Its director is plant scientist Roger Beachy, whose research led to the first genetically modified crop. Just two days into the job, Beachy spoke to New Scientist about his ties to the crop biotech industry and how he plans to cut farming’s contribution to global warming.  Read Article

The Historian – This is especially pertinent in the context of the US Governments Bill HR 875 which is due to become law this December and will effectively outlaw organic farming in the USA.