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NATO waging undeclared war on Russia: Moscow

Press TV – Moscow says the United States and NATO’s inaction in fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan, translates into an “undeclared war” against Russia. Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin slammed the alliance for its loose surveillance on drug trafficking out of Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Afghanistan produces some 90 percent of the world’s opium. The Afghan drugs enter Russia and Central Asia before reaching Western Europe. Read article

European Union could ban ‘Mosquito’ devices because they infringe children’s human rights

Telegraph – “˜Mosquito’ devices which emit high-pitched whine to help disperse teenagers from street corners could be banned by the European Union on the grounds that they infringe children’s human rights.A committee of MEPs voted unanimously for a Europe-wide ban on the marketing, sale and use of the Mosquito acoustic youth dispersal devices in all public places. They said the devices treat young people “as if they were unwanted birds or pests” and that their use was tantamount to degrading treatment prohibited by the European Convention on Human Rights. The “Mosquito” device is currently marketed and used in the United Kingdom, where 3,500 devices are deployed, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. . Read Article

Tuna, tuskers, tigers headline wildlife trade meet

(AFP) ““ Atlantic bluefin tuna is in crisis and meets the criteria for a total ban on international trade, the head of the UN wildlife trade organisation said on Saturday in opening a 13-day meeting. The 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), convening for the first time in the Middle East, is the only UN body with the power to outlaw commerce in endangered wild animals and plants. Besides the sharply disputed proposal on bluefin, the Convention will debate the status of African elephants, polar bears and tigers. Delegates from the nearly 150 nations in attendance will also vote on less stringent protection for several types of shark and their lookalikes. Up to 73 million of the open-water predators are killed every year for their fins, a prestige food eaten mainly in China and Chinese communities around the world – Read Article

Tumors May Respond to Extreme and Moderate Heat

ScienceDaily “” Aided by ultrasound guidance, treating tumors with extreme heat or moderate heat may provide a possible therapeutic option, according to early research presented at the second AACR Dead Sea International Conference on Advances in Cancer Research: From the Laboratory to the Clinic, held March 7-10, 2010. Read Article

Shell No Longer Selling Gasoline to Iran

Industry Week – Shell said on March 10 it had stopped selling petrol to Iran, becoming the latest major oil company to stop trading with the Islamic Republic. “Shell is not currently selling gasoline to Iran,” a Shell spokesman said. The company declined to say if the decision was linked to sanctions on Iran imposed over its nuclear ambitions. Read article

Civil rights fears over Cornwall schools terror watch

BBC- Civil rights group Liberty has questioned the value of an anti-terrorism plan in Cornwall schools. The county council is holding a £3,500 conference to train secondary schools teachers how to spot children who might grow up to become suicide bombers. It follows a presentation from police to the council’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. The council’s religious education advisor said curbing violent extremism should be “core to education”. Read Article

OYENews Editor interviewed on Australian radio

Saturday 13 March 2010: The editor of Open Your Eyes News, James Fairbairn, made a guest appearance on 720 ABC Radio in Perth, Western Australia to discuss with host, James Lush, some of the key news events of recent days. An introduction of Open Your Eyes News was followed by reports on the campaign to stop the Australian Internet Filter and recent comments by the the Shadow Treasurer: Hockey slams “unworkable” internet filter. Also discussed was new billboard technology equipped with face recognition software and a “conspiracy theory” revealed to be actually true after all: Japan confirms secret pact on US nuclear transit

Listen to, or download (2.33Mb), the MP3 audio file of The Historian on 720ABC Radio.

Chile puts quake damage at $30bn

BBC – Chile’s new President, Sebastian Pinera, has said it will cost at least $30bn (£20bn) to rebuild the country after January’s earthquake. Speaking on his first full day in office, he said loans and budgetary savings would be used to rebuild infrastructure, homes and industry. Other nations would be asked to help, Mr Pinera told reporters in Santiago. Read article

Scavenging Energy Waste to Turn Water Into Hydrogen Fuel

ScienceDaily “” Materials scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have designed a way to harvest small amounts of waste energy and harness them to turn water into usable hydrogen fuel. The process is simple, efficient and recycles otherwise-wasted energy into a useable form. “This study provides a simple and cost-effective technology for direct water splitting that may generate hydrogen fuels by scavenging energy wastes such as noise or stray vibrations from the environment,” the authors write in a new paper, published March 2 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. “This new discovery may have potential implications in solving the challenging energy and environmental issues that we are facing today and in the future.” Read Article

Iraq’s election race tight, results slow to come

Reuters – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had a narrow lead over rival Shi’ites, partial results in Iraq’s tight election race showed on Friday, but a secularist challenger remained far ahead in minority Sunni areas. The race may remain too close to call until initial results are posted for all of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including pivotal areas like Baghdad, the ethnically and religiously diverse capital city, suggesting it may be even harder than expected to form a government if no single bloc emerges as a clear victor. Read article

Rapid Rise in Seed Prices Draws U.S. Scrutiny

New York Times – During the depths of the economic crisis last year, the prices for many goods held steady or even dropped. But on American farms, the picture was far different, as farmers watched the price they paid for seeds skyrocket. Corn seed prices rose 32 percent; soybean seeds were up 24 percent. Such price increases for seeds “” the most important purchase a farmer makes each year “” are part of an unprecedented climb that began more than a decade ago, stemming from the advent of genetically engineered crops and the rapid concentration in the seed industry that accompanied it – Read Article

US report: Afghan, Iraq human rights abuses up

Associated Press – As the U.S. military prepares to leave Iraq, the State Department is blaming the Iraqi government for arbitrary killings of civilians and other human rights abuses. The department’s annual human rights report, released Thursday, also highlighted abuses in Afghanistan, another country where American troops are battling an insurgency. Civilians suffered the most when violence in Afghanistan spiked last year, the report said. Blaming the insurgents, the report said that almost one-third of Afghanistan was plunged into armed conflict, reducing the government’s ability to protect its citizens and extend its influence. Read Article

World Crude Oil Production May Peak a Decade Earlier Than Some Predict

ScienceDaily “” In a finding that may speed efforts to conserve oil and intensify the search for alternative fuel sources, scientists in Kuwait predict that world conventional crude oil production will peak in 2014 — almost a decade earlier than some other predictions. Their study is in ACS’ Energy & Fuels. Ibrahim Nashawi and colleagues point out that rapid growth in global oil consumption has sparked a growing interest in predicting “peak oil” — the point where oil production reaches a maximum and then declines. Scientists have developed several models to forecast this point, and some put the date at 2020 or later. One of the most famous forecast models, called the Hubbert model, accurately predicted that oil production would peak in the United States in 1970 – Read Article

Lonely death of Juanita Goggins, trailblazer of US civil rights

The Guardian – Neighbours were oblivious that recluse who froze to death in her home was first black woman on South Carolina legislature. The neighbours knew Juanita Goggins only as an elderly recluse with no friends and a family that was rarely seen. Goggins was so private that she instructed a neighbour who delivered groceries to leave them at the door, ring the bell and go away before she emerged. Read Article

Israel orders army to seal off West Bank for 48 hours

AFP ““ Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the army to seal off the West Bank for 48 hours until midnight on Saturday, an army spokesman said. The action was taken “for security reasons” including a risk of attacks, the spokesman said Friday. The area was sealed off at midnight on Thursday. Israeli police have also said they would bar Muslim men under the age of 50 from prayers on Friday at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, one of Islam’s holiest sites, fearing unrest. Read article

Big majority wants Wall Street regulation

Reuters – An overwhelming majority of Americans wants Wall Street subjected to tougher regulation in the aftermath of the bank bailout and the bonus scandals that have rocked the U.S. financial sector, according to a Harris poll released on Thursday. The findings suggest that 82 percent of Americans want the government to clamp down more strongly on Wall Street excesses, with a particular emphasis on bonus schemes that have rewarded employees at loss-making companies such as American International Group. Read Article

Greece hit by third general strike in a month

BBC – Public services and transport in Greece have ground to a halt as workers stage a third general strike in protest at the government’s austerity measures. Flights are grounded, and most schools and hospitals closed in the 24-hour walk-out called by the two main unions. Riot police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters during a large demonstration in the capital, Athens. The government says it sympathises with public anger over tax rises and wage cuts but is refusing to back down. Read Article

Germany debates extending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse

Deutsche Welle – As more and more allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions come to light, German politicians debate whether to extend the statute of limitations for civil and criminal prosecution. A rash of reported cases of sexual abuse and molestation in schools and other institutions run by the Catholic Church in Germany has led to a discussion about whether the country’s time limit on civil and criminal prosecution of abuse cases should be raised. Read Article

Australian sailors exposed to radiation after radar error

Times Online – Sailors on board an Australian warship were exposed to radiation after another naval ship accidentally locked its long-range air warning radar onto the tanker during a refuelling stop. The Australian Department of Defence said radiation levels were not high enough to pose any danger to the crew despite the fact that the radar caused fire alarms on the exposed ship to go off, and shut down communication systems. The incident occurred on March 5 when the Anzac frigate HMAS Warramunga met the tanker HMAS Sirius to perform a fuel resupply while sailing off the southern coast of New South Wales. Read article

Ed – The article states that Australian sailors “were exposed to radiation”, while quoting a spokesperson as saying they “were not exposed to a dangerous level of RF radiation”, “there is no radiation exposure risk” and “there was no danger of radiation exposure”. Bad reporting or bad cover up?

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Global – Report finds online censorship more sophisticate

Associated Press – Repressive regimes have stepped up efforts to censor the Internet and jail dissidents, Reporters Without Borders said in a study out Thursday. China, Iran and Tunisia, which are on the group’s “Enemies of the Internet” list, got more sophisticated at censorship and overcoming dissidents’ attempts to communicate online, said Reporters Without Borders’ Washington director, Clothilde Le Coz. Meanwhile, Turkey and Russia found themselves on the group’s “Under Surveillance” list of nations in danger of making the main enemies list. Although Zimbabwe and Yemen dropped from the surveillance list, that was primarily because the Internet isn’t used much in either country, rather than because of changes by the governments, Le Coz said. Australia is among the countries under the group’s surveillance for its efforts to require Internet service providers to block sites that the government deems inappropriate, including child pornography and instructions in crime or drug use. Critics are worried that the list of sites to be blocked and the reasons for doing so would be kept secret, opening the possibility that legitimate sites might be censored. Read Article

Obesity and alcohol act together to increase the risk of liver disease

Physorg.com – Two studies published in the British Medical Journal today show that obesity and alcohol act together to increase the risk of liver disease in both men and women. Together, these findings have important clinical and public health implications.Read Article

Ed. -The liver is the organ that filters toxins out of the blood. So, it is no surprise to find that when it is working very hard to rid the body of alcohol toxins, that the extra stress(es) (to the body overall) that obesity causes, would push the liver even harder.

Clean energy from beneath the earth

DW-World – The Earth is an oven. 99 percent of our planet is hotter than 1000 degrees Celsius. This natural heat can be harnessed for eco-friendly electricity production. What is more, poor countries can profit from it. The ancient Romans knew how to live the good life. They turned hot springs with sulfurous water into thermal baths, creating health spas for the rich and powerful. This knowledge of the Earth’s heat was passed on to their descendants: modern-day Italians who set up the first geothermal power plant Italy in 1913, paving the way for a new form of energy production. Today, geothermal energy is used in numerous countries. It works especially well in places where volcanic activity is high and the crust of the Earth is thin. Drilled tunnels several kilometers long release steam with a temperature of more than 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit), which is then easily turned into electricity at special power plants around the world from New Zealand to the Philippines to the West Coast of the United States – Read Article

Ed – It is so accessible that even the Queen has a geothermal generator at Buckingham Palace as seen in this very early Open Your Eyes News article

New York agrees World Trade Center 9/11 dust payout

BBC – New York City officials have agreed to pay up to $657.5m (£437m) to thousands of rescue and clean-up workers after 9/11. The settlement would compensate more than 10,000 plaintiffs who say they were made sick by dust at the Ground Zero site of the attacks. At least 95% of the plaintiffs must approve the deal for it to take effect. The money would come from a federally financed insurance fund of almost $1bn that the city controls. Read article

U.S. “cap and trade” rebranded “pollution reduction”

(Reuters) – Like a savvy Madison Avenue advertising team, senators pushing climate-control legislation have decided to scrap the name “cap and trade” and rebrand their product as “pollution reduction targets.”
A clunky and difficult term to define for laymen and some politicians, “cap and trade” had become dirty words on Capitol Hill in recent months. Republicans called the plan nothing more than “cap and tax” and one influential senator took great pains last week to declare cap and trade “dead.” Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent trying to draft a bipartisan bill, said, “We don’t use that term anymore.” Instead Lieberman said, laughing: “We will have pollution reduction targets.” Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Australia – Leading opposition politician slam filter as “unworkable”

ITWire – Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday launched an attack on the Federal Government’s internet filtering scheme, in one of the first cases of a senior Opposition figure coming out publicly against the controversial policy. “What we have in the government’s Internet filtering proposals is a scheme that is likely to be unworkable in practice. But more perniciously it is a scheme that will create the infrastructure for government censorship on a broader scale,” said Hockey in a wide-ranging speech on freedom to the Grattan Institute last night. Hockey said that “of course” people wanted to stop unlawful material being viewed on the internet, and that there were appropriate protections that are in place for that. “But I have personal responsibility as a parent,” he added. “If I want to stop my children from viewing other material that I feel is inappropriate then that is my responsibility to do something about it ““ not that of the government.” Read Article