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Kony 2012: US state department – we have no intention of leaving Uganda

Guardian – Angelo Izama, an award-winning Ugandan journalist who specializes in security issues in central Africa, said the US is running a “multi-country intervention with a small number of troops” with a mission that isn’t entirely humanitarian in nature. Izama argues that there’s a key natural resource component to the Uganda story that the Kony 2012 campaign has failed to address: in 2009, significant oil deposits were discovered near Uganda’s border with DR Congo. Read article

Sixteen Afghan civilians killed in rogue U.S. attack

Reuters – Sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children, were shot dead in what witnesses described as a nighttime massacre on Sunday near a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan, and one U.S. soldier was in custody. While U.S. officials rushed to draw a line between the rogue shooting and the ongoing efforts of a U.S. force of around 90,000, the incident is sure to further inflame Afghan anger triggered when U.S. soldiers burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base. Read Article

No post-Greece relief for euro zone bond market

Reuters – Rising demand for German debt showed no sign of easing on Monday in the aftermath of Greece’s huge debt restructuring while bonds issued by peripheral states faced fresh pressure as the focus turned to a weak economic outlook. Bund futures hit a contract high of 138.95, up 47 ticks on the day, as investor attention turned to whether fragile growth could derail debt-laden Portugal’s progress and reignite latent concerns about Spain and Italy. Read Article

Syria laying landmines along border: Human Rights Watch

BBC – Syria is laying landmines near its borders with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees to escape the violence, Human Rights Watch reports. The New-York based group said it had multiple accounts from witnesses and deminers, amid reported casualties. UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is to meet the Syrian opposition in Turkey on the latest leg of his peace mission. Read Article

Australia: Victorian police to carry controversial stun guns

ABC – Victorian police officers will soon be allowed to carry tasers, in a move that brings Victoria into line with New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. But unlike other states, Victorian officers will use a new type of taser which can fire a second electric shock. Civil liberties groups are alarmed, saying the new weapons should have been trialed first. Read Article

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

FDA – Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, says Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments, adds Coody. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states. Read article

Violent clashes erupt in Bahrain

Reuters – Bahraini security forces fire tear gas into the funeral procession of a protester who died from injuries received in earlier clashes. Read article

Pakistan unrest: Bomber kills 14 at funeral near Peshawar

BBC – A suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people and wounded 30 in an attack on a funeral in the outskirts of the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar. Police say they believe the bomber was targeting local anti-Taliban politician Khushdil Khan, who was attending the funeral. He escaped unhurt. Peshawar lies near Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt – a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants. Read Article

Ugandans say Kony film is ‘misleading’, ‘too late’

Herald Sun – A DOCUMENTARY and social media campaign to publicize the atrocities of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been labelled “highly inappropriate” by members of the East African nation. In the town of Gulu, where Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was once focused, community health director Beatrice Mpora told the(London) Daily Telegraph Kony no longer reigned in the region. “There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.” Kony’s army fled Uganda six years ago and the strongman and his fighters are now spread throughout many neighbouring countries, it was reported. Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire agreed with Mpora, saying, “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible.” Read Article

China reports large trade deficit as imports surge

BBC – China posted its largest trade deficit in at least a decade in February, after imports of commodities jumped as companies built up supplies. The deficit was $31.5bn (£20bn) after imports rose 39.6% from a year earlier and exports rose 18.4%, the customs bureau said. Analysts said the widening trade gap may signal deeper economic issues that China will need to address. Read Article

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Climate Fact of The Day – February 2012 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomaly

12-year-old US girl suing school over Facebook comments row

Telegraph – A 12-year-old girl is suing her school in Minnesota after being forced to hand over her Facebook password and punished for posts she made on the social networking site. The case has been brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and comes amid growing concern in the United States about individuals’ ability to keep their email and other online accounts secret from their school, employer and government authorities. Read Article

Diabetics should lift weights before cardio: study

Reuters – People with diabetes may have better blood sugar control during workouts if they lift weights before doing cardio exercise, according to a new study by Canadian researchers. It’s important to define the best way for people with type 1 diabetes to exercise so that blood sugar doesn’t drop too low, yet they can still reap all the benefits of aerobic exercise, Dr. Ronald Sigal, an endocrinologist at the University of Calgary in Canada and lead author of the study told Reuters Health. Read article

Sarkozy threatens to withdraw from Schengen accord

BBC – Speaking at a Paris campaign rally, the president said that reform was the only way to avoid the “implosion” of Europe. He said that unless there is progress in the next 12 months, then France would suspend participation in the Schengen agreement. Read article

Amateur video shows Homs shelling

Reuters – Amateur video purports to show renewed shelling in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, while protesters rally in Deraa. Travis Brecher reports.

US drone ‘kills eight militants in Pakistan’

AFP – A US drone killed at least eight militants Friday when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan’s tribal badlands near the Afghan border, security officials said. The attack took place in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan, part of the tribal belt that Washington considers a global hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants. “A drone fired two missiles on a vehicle. At least eight militants were killed,” a senior security official told AFP. “It is not immediately clear if some important target was hit in the missile strike.” Another security official based in Peshawar and an intelligence official based in South Waziristan confirmed the attack and death toll. Read Article

The NYPD Tapes Confirmed

Village Voice – The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy. In 2010, The Village Voice produced a five-part series, the “NYPD Tapes,” about a cop who secretly taped his fellow New York Police Department officers.
For more than two years, Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded every roll call at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn and captured his superiors urging police officers to do two things in order to manipulate the “stats” that the department is under pressure to produce: Officers were told to arrest people who were doing little more than standing on the street, but they were also encouraged to disregard actual victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports. Arresting bystanders made it look like the department was efficient, while artificially reducing the amount of serious crime made the commander look good.Read Article

West and Russia split over Syria; massacre in Homs

Reuters – The West clashed with Russia at the United Nations Security Council over Syria, as activists and the Damascus government traded blame for a massacre of civilians in the city of Homs. Read Article

British banks hit by new mis-selling scandal

Telegraph – Britain’s leading banks are facing new allegations of mis-selling complex financial products to hundreds of small businesses despite them having little knowledge of what they were buying, a Sunday Telegraph investigation has revealed. All of the UK’s major banks, including Barclays and HSBC, as well as taxpayer-backed lenders Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, are facing legal action which could lead to billions of pounds of damages for small and medium-sized businesses. Read Article

U.S. Sergeant Is Said to Kill 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

NY Times – Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan early on Sunday, igniting fears of a new wave of anti-American hostility, Afghan and American officials said. Residents of three villages in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province described a terrifying string of attacks in which the soldier, who had walked more than a mile from his base, tried door after door, eventually breaking in to kill within three separate houses. The man gathered 11 bodies, including those of 4 girls younger than 6, and set fire to them, villagers said. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – ACLU warns of expanded spying powers in new GOP cybersecurity legislation

The Hill – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning that a cybersecurity bill from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other Republicans would give spy agencies unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information. McCain’s bill, the Secure IT Act, would encourage companies to share information about cyber threats with government agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Read Article

Surgeon general declares youth smoking an “epidemic”

Reuters – Smoking among America’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, starting them on the path to a lifetime of addiction, the U.S. surgeon general’s office said in its first report on youth smoking since 1994. Among U.S. high school seniors, one in four is a regular cigarette smoker, and because few high school smokers are able to quit, some 80 percent will continue to smoke as adults, according to the report released on Thursday. Read article

Slovakia election: Robert Fico’s Smer wins

BBC – The social democrat opposition in Slovakia has won the general election outright, taking 84 out of 150 seats. Read article

Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos in illegal special ops in Syria

RT – Undercover NATO troops are already in Syria despite denials from their parent governments, according to a leaked brief from a highly-placed analyst. The information comes from a hacked email from leading private US intelligence agency Stratfor, whose correspondence has been released by Wikileaks since February 27. The email appears to be written from the address of Reva Bhalla (bhalla@stratfor.com), the company’s director of analysis, for internal use, and details a confidential Pentagon meeting in December. The consultation is alleged to have been attended by senior analysts from the US Air Force, and representatives from its chief allies, France and the United Kingdom. Read Article