In my links of the day I try to find the links under the wire, articles all the top blogs miss. I'm not afraid to go to Al Jazeera, Kurd Media or to the Pakistan student movement page to bring the real daily news to you.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Links of the Day 3/28/2008 More Video's and Democratic Governor Siegelman to be SET FREE!

I had a friend look at myspace blog settings last night and he saw no reason for the blog to be cut off at the bottom.

His conclusion Myspace is limiting my amount of space for my blog

So once again you must go to to read the whole thing.

Fighting for freedom is never cheap, it always comes over the spilling of blood. China thinks it can continue to rule Tibet with an iron fist but like Russia it will have to move into the 21st century or face the wrath of it’s people and us.

Tibetan Monks are no exception. I believe those Monks who interrupted China’s media tour are already in prison or dead.

Tibetan monks embarrass China - 27 Mar 08

What was supposed to be a carefully organised tour to show the Chinese view on Tibet, has instead turned into an embarrassment.

Buddhist monks disrupted an official news briefing for foreign journalists on Wednesday, accusing Chinese authorities of lying about the situation in Tibet.

And now, Beijing says it is willing to negotiate with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, but with conditions.

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Monks disrupt China's media tour


Tensions Rise in Tibet

ABC News

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Tibetans protest at UN facility in Nepal

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 40 minutes ago

KATMANDU, Nepal - A group of about 20 protesting Tibetan exiles scaled the walls of the United Nations compound in Katmandu on Friday, while about 100 others protested outside.

Police arrested 60 of the protesters outside the compound, dragging them away to waiting vehicles. The others dispersed.

Nepal has been under criticism for not allowing the Tibetans to peacefully protest a crackdown on Tibetans in neighboring China. Nepal's border with China in the Himalayas is a key route for Tibetans fleeing Chinese rule in the region.

The protesters who made it inside the U.N. compound were not immediately detained. They were waiting in a conference room inside the building, said a U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters.

Police at the scene also refused to comment.

Reporters and photographers were not allowed inside the compound, but saw the protesters waving flags and banners while being taken to the conference room by U.N. officials.

Nepalese police surrounded the compound. One police official went inside and asked for the protesters to be handed over, but U.N. officials refused.

Thousands of Tibetan refugees live with relatives in Nepal or in camps funded by aid groups. Most of the refugees eventually move to India, where Tibet's government-in-exile and its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are based.;_ylt=AooHkAKWrlkpnbq5ZvGVP139xg8F

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America

Ambassador: Mr. Zhou Wenzhong
Address: 2300 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Washington D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
Tel: +001-202-3282500, 3282501, 3282502
Fax: +001-202-3282582

Consul General: Mr. Zhang Yun
Address: 443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Tel: +001-213-8078088
Fax: +001-213-8078091
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Chinese Consulate Consular Districts

San Francisco Alaska, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, Washington

Houston Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

New York Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Chicago Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Los Angeles Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Southern California




Only a few days left have you called the UN today and asked for the Human Rights Committee office?

(212) 963-1234.

The Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

Membership of Committee

The States parties to the Covenant elect the Committee’s 18 expert members who serve in their individual capacity for four-year terms. Article 28 of the Covenant requires that “they shall be persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights”.

They are:

Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia);

Yuji Iwasawa (Japan);

Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati (India);

Jose Luis Sanchez Cerro (Peru),

Christine Chanet (France);

Maurice Glèlè-Ahanhanzo (Benin);

Edwin Johnson Lopez (Ecuador);

Walter Kälin (Switzerland);

Ahmed Tawfik Khalil (Egypt);

Rajsoomer Lallah (Mauritius);

Michael O’Flaherty (Ireland);

Elisabeth Palm (Sweden);

Rafael Rivas Posada (Colombia);

Sir Nigel Rodley (United Kingdom);

Ivan Shearer (Australia);

Zonke Zanele Majodina (South Africa);

Ruth Wedgwood (United States);

Iulia Antoanella Motoc (Romania).

United Nations
Telephone Directory Services

To obtain telephone numbers for staff members of the UN Secretariat in New York or of specific offices, please call: (212) 963-1234.

I think the whole world has gone mad. I just do not understand why one group of people must oppress and kill and maim another group of people.

I’m stuck with dial up where I live and went to a friends house that has satellite internet to watch this. This is a must see video.

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone

'A World of Conflict'

The documentary is being shown exclusively online in its entirety, one chapter each week.

Now I’m not saying what I did helped Don Siegelman but all the Senators and Reps aides I talked to on both the House and Senate Judiciary Committee 3 weeks ago did not know a news crew had recorded the trial.

I called every single Democrat on those 2 committee telling them they needed to do something that political prisoners in America was a blow to Democracy.

But it could have, who needs a transcript of the trial when you have video. Transcripts of trials can be changed but a uncut video cannot.

Gook Luck Governor. I know you will be vindicated.

Siegelman released from jail, pending appeal

Published: Thursday March 27, 2008

UPDATE: Judge releases ex-Alabama Gov. on bond pending appeal

A federal appeals court approved the release of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on bond Thursday while he appeals his convictions in a corruption case.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the former governor had raised "substantial questions of fact and law" in challenging his conviction.

The once-popular Democrat began serving a sentence of more than seven years in June on his conviction on six bribery-related counts and one obstruction count. He has been serving the sentence at a federal prison in Oakdale, La.

The full Associated Press story is available here.

Earlier: House Judiciary Committee wants Siegelman to testify

The House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department Thursday to temporarily release former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from prison in early May to testify before Congress about possible political influence over his prosecution.

A spokeswoman for the committee said Siegelman, a Democrat serving more than seven years in a Louisiana prison, would travel to Washington under guard of the U.S. Marshals Service. She said Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, wants to hear directly from Siegelman because lawmakers are having trouble getting information elsewhere, particularly from the Justice Department.

"The chairman has determined it would be appropriate to hear from Mr. Siegelman himself and believes he would have a lot to add to the committee's investigation into selective prosecution," spokeswoman Melanie Roussell said.

Democrats last year began reviewing Siegelman's 2006 corruption conviction as part of a broader investigation into allegations of political meddling at the Justice Department by the Bush administration.

Justice and the federal prosecutors who handled the prosecution have denied any political influence, emphasizing that Siegelman was convicted by a jury. But critics, including about 50 former state attorneys general, have called for a review and said the case raises a number of questions.

The effort gained momentum after a Republican lawyer who had volunteered for Siegelman's re-election opponent — current Republican Gov. Bob Riley — said she overheard conversations suggesting that former White House adviser Karl Rove was talking with Justice officials about Siegelman's prosecution.

Last month, CBS's "60 Minutes" reported that a key witness against Siegelman said that prosecutors met with him some 70 times and had him repeatedly write out his testimony because they were frustrated with his recollection of events.

Siegelman was elected governor in 1998 and served one term. He was convicted in 2006 on six bribery-related and one obstruction of justice charge.

RAW STORY's Larisa Alexandrova has reported extensively on the case of Don Siegelman, a Democrat whom many people believe to have been selectively targeted for prosecution by the Bush administration and unjustly convicted. Alexandrovna's reporting on the Siegelman case can be found at these links:

How a coterie of Republican heavyweights sent a governor to jail

Daughter of jailed governor sees White House hand in her father's fall

Running elections from the White House

NPR News: National Pentagon Radio?

NPR News: National Pentagon Radio?

By Norman Solomon

While the Iraqi government continued its large-scale military assault in
Basra, the NPR reporter’s voice from Iraq was unequivocal on the morning of
March 27: "There is no doubt that this operation needed to happen."

Such flat-out statements, uttered with journalistic tones and without
attribution, are routine for the U.S. media establishment. In the "War Made
Easy" documentary film, I put it this way: "If you’re pro-war, you’re
objective. But if you’re anti-war, you’re biased. And often, a news anchor
will get no flak at all for making statements that are supportive of a war
and wouldn’t dream of making a statement that’s against a war."

So it goes at NPR News, where -- on "Morning Edition" as well as the evening
program "All Things Considered" -- the sense and sensibilities tend to be
neatly aligned with the outlooks of official Washington. The critical
aspects of reporting largely amount to complaints about policy shortcomings
that are tactical; the underlying and shared assumptions are imperial.
Washington’s prerogatives are evident when the media window on the world is
tinted red-white-and-blue.

Earlier in the week -- a few days into the sixth year of the Iraq war --
"All Things Considered" aired a discussion with a familiar guest.

"To talk about the state of the war and how the U.S. military changes
tactics to deal with it," said longtime anchor Robert Siegel, "we turn now
to retired Gen. Robert Scales, who’s talked with us many times over the
course of the conflict."

This is the sort of introduction that elevates a guest to truly expert
status -- conveying to the listeners that expertise and wisdom, not just
opinions, are being sought.

Siegel asked about the progression of assaults on U.S. troops over the
years: "How have the attacks and the countermeasures to them evolved?"

Naturally, Gen. Scales responded with the language of a military man. "The
enemy has built ever-larger explosives," he said. "They’ve found clever ways
to hide their IEDs, their roadside bombs, and even more diabolical means for
detonating these devices."

We’d expect a retired American general to speak in such categorical terms --
referring to "the enemy" and declaring in a matter-of-fact tone that attacks
on U.S. troops became even more "diabolical." But what about an American

Well, if the American journalist is careful to function with independence
instead of deference to the Pentagon, then the journalist’s assumptions will
sound different than the outlooks of a high-ranking U.S. military officer.

In this case, an independent reporter might even be willing to ask a pointed
question along these lines: You just used the word "diabolical" to describe
attacks on the U.S. military by Iraqis, but would that ever be an
appropriate adjective to use to describe attacks on Iraqis by the U.S.

In sharp contrast, what happened during the "All Things Considered"
discussion on March 24 was a conversation of shared sensibilities. The
retired U.S. Army general discussed the war effort in terms notably similar
to those of the ostensibly independent journalist -- who, along the way,
made the phrase "the enemy" his own in a followup question.

It wouldn’t be fair to judge an entire news program on the basis of a couple
of segments. But I’m a frequent listener to "All Things Considered" and
"Morning Edition." Such cozy proximity of world views, blanketing the war
maker and the war reporter, is symptomatic of what ails NPR’s war
coverage -- especially from Washington.

Of course there are exceptions. Occasional news reports stray from the
narrow baseline. But the essence of the propaganda function is repetition,
and the exceptional does not undermine that function.

To add insult to injury, NPR calls itself public radio. It’s supposed to be
willing to go where commercial networks fear to tread. But overall, when it
comes to politics and war, the range of perspectives on National Public
Radio isn’t any wider than what we encounter on the avowedly commercial

Well well well Nancy Pelosi finally found some intestinal fortitude and stood up to the big corporate donors. Just because you donate money to a candidate does not mean you can make demands on who other people support for the democratic nominee.

While some pundints are saying let the Superdelegates decide I say NO let it go to a War on the Floor of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Let the regular delegates decide, they were sent to Denver by WE THE PEOPLE.

But the DNC must set ground rules so the media cannot spin it as chaos. There should be no booing or other uncouth displays at the 2 nominees.

And for you Obama and Clinton rabid supporters who say if my choice doesn’t get the nomination I’m not voting in November, let me remind you if a Democrat doesn’t take the White House we will stay in Iraq and more Americans will die, we will lose the Supreme Court for decades to come, the judiciary will be controlled by partisan politics, the environment will continue to be under attack by the corporations who wish to destroy if for the purpose of making money and damn us to anti Global Warming policies.

So not voting because your choice didn’t win is really really stupid.

I’m glad Nancy finally stood up but I support Cindy Sheehan

Pelosi firm on not allowing superdelegates to tip race

By Mike Soraghan Posted: 03/27/08 11:30 AM [ET]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has reaffirmed her position that superdelegates should not “overturn the will of the voters” in the face of criticism from top donors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

“The Speaker believes it would do great harm to the Democratic Party if superdelegates are perceived to overturn the will of the voters,” Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said in a statement late Wednesday.

“This has been her position throughout this primary season, regardless of who was ahead at any particular point in delegates or votes.”

In a letter first reported Wednesday on, 20 top Hillary fundraisers and donors blasted Pelosi for saying that when the presidential nominating contest nears its conclusion, superdelegates should support whoever leads in pledged delegates.

They cited remarks she made to ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on March 16.

“We respect those voters and believe that they, like the voters in the states that have already participated, have a right to be heard. None of us should make declarative statements that diminish the importance of their voices and their votes,” the letter said.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) leads Clinton in pledged delegates.

The letter says that its signers “have been strong supporters of the DCCC,” or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is in charge of electing Democratic House members.

It concludes by saying they “hope you will be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.”

The Obama campaign called that a threat against the campaign to keep and expand the Democratic majority in the House.

“This letter is inappropriate and we hope the Clinton campaign will reject the insinuation contained in it. Regardless of the outcome of the nomination fight, Sen. Obama will continue to urge his supporters to assist Speaker Pelosi in her efforts to maintain and build a working majority in the House of Representatives,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

MoveOn hits Clinton donors over Pelosi letter

By Sam Youngman Posted: 03/27/08 05:05 PM [ET]

In further evidence that the Democratic primary is straining the party, liberal activist organization is circulating a petition that attacks a group of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) donors, who had “threatened” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her stance on superdelegates.

“This is pretty outrageous: a group of Clinton-supporting big Democratic donors are threatening to stop supporting Democrats in Congress because Nancy Pelosi said that the people, not the superdelegates, should decide the presidential nomination,” said MoveOn, which is backing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in an e-mail to supporters.

A group of deep-pocketed donors had, in a letter to Pelosi, criticized the Speaker’s position on the role of superdelegates, while also pointing out that they were “strong supporters” of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

MoveOn said the letter was a threat.

“It's the worst kind of insider politics — billionaires bullying our elected leaders into ignoring the will of the voters,” the group stated. “But when we all pool our resources, together we're stronger than the fat cats. So let's tell Nancy Pelosi that if she keeps standing up for regular Americans, thousands of us will have her back. And we can more than match whatever the CEOs and billionaires refuse to contribute.”

MoveOn is encouraging its members to electronically sign the petition, which states: "The Democratic nomination should be decided by the voters — not by superdelegates or party high-rollers. We've given money — and time — to progressive candidates and causes, and we'll support Speaker Pelosi and others who stand up for democracy in the Democratic Party."

Representatives of the Clinton campaign said on a conference call Thursday that they were given a “heads-up” by the donors before the letter was delivered, but they said they were unaware of its content.

I have signed the petition have you?

Email received from

Dear MoveOn member,

This is pretty outrageous: a group of Clinton-supporting big Democratic donors are threatening to stop supporting Democrats in Congress because Nancy Pelosi said that the people, not the superdelegates, should decide the Presidential nomination.1

It's the worst kind of insider politics—billionaires bullying our elected leaders into ignoring the will of the voters.

But when we all pool our resources, together we're stronger than the fat cats. So let's tell Nancy Pelosi that if she keeps standing up for regular Americans, thousands of us will have her back. And we can more than match whatever the CEOs and billionaires refuse to contribute. Clicking here will add your name to our statement:

The statement reads: "The Democratic nomination should be decided by the voters—not by superdelegates or party high-rollers. We've given money—and time—to progressive candidates and causes, and we'll support Speaker Pelosi and others who stand up for Democracy in the Democratic Party."

We're launching it today with our friends at the blog Our goal is to deliver tens of thousands of signatures to Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders later this week.

A few weeks ago, Speaker Pelosi told ABC News, "If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic Party."2

She's right, but Clinton's top fundraisers want her to back off. According to the New York Times, their letter "carries an ominous tone, which stops just short of delivering a threat. The donors remind Ms. Pelosi that they are 'strong supporters' of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."3

Their language was careful, but their implied threat was universally understood. (Roll Call carried this headline: "Clinton donors threaten Pelosi and DCCC."4)

They're the old guard, and this is how the Democratic Party used to function—the big donors called the shots. But the small donor revolution has changed that. The 20 people who signed this letter have given Democrats an average of $2.4 million per year over the last 10 years.5

Small donations now dwarf that: In February alone, Obama and Clinton raised $47 million in small donations.6

Still, old habits die hard. We need to send a strong signal that we, the small donors, will back Democratic leaders who have the courage to stand up and do the right thing. Please sign our statement today.

Stand up for Democracy in the Democratic Party

Thanks for all you do,

–Noah, Justin, Ilyse, Wes, and the Political Action Team
Thursday, March 27th, 2008


1. "Clinton Donors Warn on Superdelegate Fight," New York Times, March 27, 2008.

3. "Clinton donors ask Pelosi to Back Off," New York Times Caucus Blog, March 26, 2008.

4. "Clinton Donors Threaten Pelosi and DCCC," Roll Call, March 26, 2008.

5. "Pelosi's hecklers gave $24 million," Politico, March 27, 2008.

6. "February Fundraising Frenzy for Presidential Candidates," Campaign Finance Institute, March 21, 2008.

"We can't take it anymore!"

Anti-war protest snarls traffic

March 28th, 2008 3:51 am


By Christine Sparta / Gannett

NEW BRUNSWICK — Hundreds of demonstrators on Thursday afternoon briefly blocked George Street, marched up Route 18 and rallied at Rutgers University's Voorhees Mall on College Avenue during student-led protests against the war in Iraq.

At its peak, the Walk Out Against the War afternoon rally may have drawn as many as 350 people.

Later, police estimated 250 people weaved through rush-hour traffic as the protest moved to Route 18.

Protesters joined together with chants such as "Hey, Bush, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?" Signs ran the gamut from "4,000," a reference to the U.S. military's death toll in Iraq, to "Go to Class Sheep," a jab at the fact that this was a walkout encouraging students to skip class to support the cause.

The rally began at Voorhees Mall at 1:23 p.m. with a number of speakers, including a mother who lost a son in Iraq.

Sue Niederer, mother of Seth J. Dvorin of East Brunswick, an Army lieutenant who was killed in 2004, spoke at the rally.

"We do support the troops. We want them not treated like Vietnam. We want them (treated) with dignity," she said.

Dvorin had celebrated his 24th birthday a few weeks before he was killed in action in Iraq.

At two points during the march, the protesters sat down in the middle of George Street for brief sit-ins. One was timed to last five minutes, representing one minute for each of the five years the Iraq war has gone on.

When the marchers were on the corner of Somerset and George streets, student activist Tiffany Cheng, who is involved with Rutgers Against the War, urged the university to end its involvement with military contractors like Halliburton.

Rutgers chemistry professor Larry Romsted took to the microphone to show his support and recounted his college years at Indiana University during the Vietnam War.

"I would like to see this one end a lot sooner and simpler than that," he said.

A group of about 30 students and others staged a counter-protest.

They carried signs including one that said "I (heart) Bush."

The protest ended at about 5 p.m. back at Voorhees Mall after participants had marched through New Brunswick and briefly marched in the northbound lanes of Route 18.

There was a visible law enforcement presence throughout the event, including police cars that blocked off points along the marchers' route, a State Police helicopter overhead, and plainclothes police snapping photos of the crowd.

"Our government lied to us. They said they were going to free the Iraqi people, but all they're doing is occupying a country," said Cavan Bailey, a junior at Rutgers, who arrived at the rally bellowing chants from a bullhorn.

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Thanks kids for taking a stand.

Minnesota Students Shut Down Military Recruitment Stations

Macalester and University of Minnesota Students for a Democratic Society plaster their arms inside tubes and lock themselves together in front of military recruitment center.

Some students lock their heads to door handles with bicycle locks.

Don't do anything we wouldn't do at


Wow I was the first to view it. Mike must have just put it up.

Some Macalester students were there, too and some of them locked their heads to door handles.

Locking student's heads to every door handle at

University of Minnesota Students Take to the Streets

Cool I saw this live when it happened and found it today by accident.

Protestors shut down the Senate.

I love the comment about the video

Come out, come out, wherever you are. Spook them wherever they go.

Help stop the war at

'Ghosts of the Iraq War' Haunt Congress in Senate Chamber

Canada continues to club seals to death. SIGH

Hey activists why don’t you people go out a week or two before the hunt and SHAVE the baby seals in several places all over their pelts and ruin them for the hunters. Shave just enough to ruin the pelts but yet still allow the baby to stay warm???

If the pelts are shaved they will be useless.

Canada's controversial sea hunt -28 March 08

Canada's annual seal hunt begins later on Friday with animal rights groups concerned they will not be allowed to watch the first few hours of the hunt. The Canadian government is under pressure to stop the hunt because of how the animals are killed. Animal rights groups say the practice is cruel and want it stopped. Al Jazeera's Zeina Awad reports.



I'm no theologian, I don't know who or what god is exactly.

But I know that he created human beings, and that human beings are capable of some very wonderful and beautiful things, but also some very nasty, vile, unforgivable and horrible things.

One of those things is the annual Canadian baby harp seal slaughter.

The Canadian government with the most selfish and stubbornness of pride likes to call it their 'Canadian Seal hunt' but there is absolutely no pride in walking up to a completely defenseless newborn baby animal and bashing in it's eggshell thin skull all for a Versace fur coat.

"if we wipe out this species what's next?"

Look a that baby harp seal with it's mother, look at it being comforted and reassured by it's mum, who it loves it, look at the peace the innocence and the love.

What god given right do we have to take that away? what gives us the right to come along and completely destroy these absolutely incredible animals and make their mothers cry for them in a completely unnecessary, unjust, horrific, cruel slaughter (not hunt) that it's absolutely not necessary for anybody and only exists simply out of greed tradition and politics?

East coast Canadian fisherman AKA (baby seal killers) complain that the world calls them barbarians. But I think we have every right to after what they have done and continue to do to the harp seals amazing home and all their friends.

Why fight for the harp seals? because we love them and no matter what anyone says or does, no mater what nasty hurtful or ignorant comment is said, and no matter how badly the Canadian government will defend it's oh so precious slaughter of innocent new life, we'll always be there.

Because we are Sea Shepherd, we are the defenders of what's right, and truth and justice and we are going to shut this thing down FOREVER!!!, and they can all write that one down.

For the real reasons and motivations behind Canada's annual ritual of clubbing and shooting to death completely defenseless innocent baby harp seals, please visit my blog on my profile.

This video was uploaded with permission from

Thank You

MoD admits British troops tortured Iraqis after invasion

By Michael Peel and Alex Barker

Published: March 28 2008 02:00 | Last updated: March 28 2008 02:00

Ministers yesterday made the first-ever admission of torture by British troops overseas as the government caved in to a compensation claim made on behalf of nine Iraqis, including a hotel receptionist who died in custody after sustaining 93 injuries.

The Ministry of Defence admitted that its soldiers unlawfully killed Baha Mousa, who died after he and his fellow detainees were allegedly subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation and ritualised physical abuse.

The case is one of four compensation claims launched over alleged mistreatment of 18 Iraqis by British troops after the 2003 US-led invasion.

Shubhaa Srinivasan, a senior solicitor at Leigh Day, the law firm bringing the cases, said the defence ministry had taken a "significant step forward" but needed to go further.

"We would still call for the government to agree to a public inquiry into not just these cases but into the British detention policy in place at the time," she said.

Defence officials said they had not yet made a decision on whether to launch an inquiry.

The MoD admitted in a statement to parliament to "substantive" breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights prohibition on torture and inhuman or degrading treatment. It further admitted breaching Mousa's right to life.

The nine Iraqis were allegedly subjected to beatings, hooding with sandbags, stress positions such as sitting on an imaginary chair and kickboxing games in which soldiers competed to see who could kick the detainees furthest across the room.

At a court martial in March last year, one soldier pleaded guilty to inhumane treatment, while six others were acquitted.

Bob Ainsworth, armed force minister, said he deeply regretted the "acts of abuse" by a small minority of troops.

The torture admissions emerged because they form part of the government's response to the compensation claims, which has to be filed this month. The two sides now plan talks on damages, although lawyers for the Iraqis are still pressing for the government to admit other failings such as unconstitutional behaviour by the army.

Liberty, the human rights group, called for an independent inquiry into the case

Bonanza is likely as rich get richer

By Jane Croft, Retail Banking Correspondent

Published: March 28 2008 02:11 | Last updated: March 28 2008 02:11

British private banks look set for a surge of asset inflows over the next few years as the riches of the world’s rising number of wealthy individuals, many of them with UK-based wealth managers, look set to climb by 50 per cent.

Very rich individuals across the world will see their total wealth jump by $25,000bn (£12,480bn) to $75,000bn by 2012 despite the economic slowdown, according to a new report.

The study by Oliver Wyman, the management consultants, shows that the recent stock market bull run and the wealth being created by entrepreneurs in emerging Asian economies has driven a 12 per cent year-on- year growth in assets held by wealthy individuals.

However the report acknowledges that annual growth is likely to slow to 9 per cent over the next five years as the global economy slows.

Stefan Jaecklin, partner and head of the wealth and asset management practice at Oliver Wyman, said life was likely to become tougher for private banks.

“The combination of increased competition and more difficult market conditions has marked the beginning of a more challenging era for the global private banking industry,” he said.

“However, the changing environment will provide new opportunities for well-differentiated private banks,” he added.

Oliver Wyman’s analysis shows that an estimated 16 per cent of wealth belonging to rich individuals was held offshore in 2007.

Since international regulatory pressure on tax avoidance will continue to increase, the share of tax-driven offshore banking is set to decline in coming years.

As the market environment gets tougher, Oliver Wyman expects that private banks will review their corporate structures. Many private banks and wealth managers are now part of large investment banks.

The study by Oliver Wyman says that, while private banks can benefit from being part of an investment bank, it believes that synergies are often hard to come by in practice.

In fact it says this structure can expose private banks to significant reputational risk if there is a problem or significant writedowns in the investment bank such as is occurring at the moment.

The Oliver Wyman report also highlights the growing importance of entrepreneurs, as opposed to “old money”.

It says more than half of the growth in the wealthy people market has come from entrepreneurs. This will mean that private banks have to tailor the types of products and services offered.,dwp_uuid=f4ebce78-e821-11db-b2c3-000b5df10621.html

Mmm funny how several Airlines all canceled planes all at once. Could the next article be true?

If you watched Olbermann last night the government also stopped a car with a cat who had just had chemo for cancer and the radioactive treatment made a system alarm go off.

Is the U.S. government looking for a bomb?

Search For ‘Suitcase Nuke’ In US Grounds Hundreds Of Planes

March 27, 2008

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)

FSB reports circulating in the Kremlin today are detailing what is described as a ‘frantic search’ occurring in the United States over what their Military Nuclear experts believes is a ‘loose’ suitcase sized nuclear weapon believed to have been smuggled into the American commercial air transportation system, and which has caused chaos in the US as hundreds of flights have been ‘suddenly’ cancelled leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded.

The concerns of the Americans, these reports continue, is based upon what is called a ‘hot reading’ received from a US Air Force Satellite monitoring nuclear ‘signatures’ over North America and are under the control of the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The nuclear signature picked up by the US Air Force, these reports continue, was located above the US State of Texas at an estimated height of over 20,000 feet, and which, these reports continue, would be consistent with military flights of American ‘deep secret’ aircraft or the planned transferring of nuclear weapons or nuclear weapon material.

Russian Military Analysts are concerned about these latest events occurring in the United States due to the American War Leaders continued waging of subversive warfare against the Chinese, and which has begun in a typical tripartite attack targeting China’s vast hoard of US dollars, the CIA supported uprising in Tibet, and the raising of fears of nuclear weapon components ‘mistakenly’ sent to Taiwan by the US.

By the US and its Western allies deliberate implosion of their Global banking systems these reports estimate that China has lost over $300 billion in value of their, estimated, holding of over $1.5 trillion in US dollars and Treasury Certificates. The staged CIA uprising in Tibet has further damaged China’s image in the West, with many of these Nations now talking of boycotting China’s upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The most serious, and perhaps most dangerous, of these attacks by the Americans against China, however, is if Taiwan did in fact receive, and put into use, US nuclear weapon technology, and which the Chinese military has long vowed would be a basis for invasion of the Taiwanese Island off their coast.

In an effort to defuse the growing crisis between the United States and China, President Putin has invited the United States War Leaders to Moscow, and which Western reports are stating that the American President has accepted, but which many Russian analysts believe will not curtail the United States goal of Total World War.

One must also be concerned should another 9/11 type attack occur in the United States, especially in the light of Italy’s former President Francesco Cossiga having recently stated, “It is in all European American intelligence agencies’ knowledge that the September 11 attacks were planned by the CIA and the Mossad.”

The American people themselves, and as is always the case, continue to ignore the grave dangers they are facing and continue to put their trust in their propaganda media organs…the very same sources of ‘disinformation’ that lied them into war with the Muslim peoples of the World and has collapsed their own economy and future security.

But, new information released this past week about these peoples, perhaps, explains the growing mental stupor they find their lives becoming, and as we can read as reported by the New York Sun News Service, and which says:

"America has reached a point where almost half its population is described as being in some way mentally ill, and nearly a quarter of its citizens - 67.5 million - have taken antidepressants."

One cannot help but wonder how disgusted, and ashamed, of these present day Americans the Great Founders of this once great Nation would feel, especially in the light of the warning sent to these people by Benjamin Franklin, and who warned them,

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

A horrible scene that is, indeed, being played out today in the United States, and all to the ignorance of its own citizens who seem not to care about anything anymore.

Last year was a bad year for my flower and vegetable and flower gardens. I saw almost no honey bees, only the bumble and nearly no butterflies.

I think Monsanto’s messing with Mother Nature just could mean the end of the human race.


Fears Grow Over ‘Catastrophic’ US Biosphere Collapse

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo

March 26, 2008

Scientists from the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (RAAS) are reporting in the Kremlin today of the ‘imminent and catastrophic’ collapse of the United States agriculture sector due to the rampant, and unforeseen, consequences relating to rapidly mutating genetically modified strains of crops inundating their biosphere.

These reports detail that the first casualties of mass biosphere genetic poisoning will always occur first in plant pollinators, and which has been confirmed as occurring in the United States, and as we can read as reported by the BBC News Service:

"A mystery illness that has scientists baffled is wiping out tens of thousands of bats across the north-east of the US."

"The pollination of crops by bees is responsible for a third of the food produced in the US. One in every three mouthfuls has been touched by their tiny feet; but our six-legged friends are in trouble.

They are getting sick and leaving their hives. Without bees, food gets more expensive - some products could disappear altogether. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) emerged last year, and by spring 2007 bees were dying in huge numbers - over the year as a whole the total bee population fell by 30%.

Some beekeepers lost closer to 90%, and the fear is it will get worse. Beekeeper Gilly Sherman says: "It's worse than last year, and last year was worse than the year before, so it's bad, and there are a lot of good big beekeepers that are having a lot of problems.

"I think we're coming in for a big train wreck."

Even more disturbing, these reports continue, is that this genetic poisoning appears to have now hit mammal populations in the US, with their State of Minnesota, one of America’s leading agriculture States, and the third largest planters of genetically modified crops in America, now reporting that the moose population in their northeastern regions are dying in record numbers and nearing extinction, and which is the area of that State most concentrated with these mutant crops.

How critical this situation in the United States has become is stated in a report by US Center for Food Safety, and which says, "It has been estimated that 70-75 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves--from soda to soup, crackers to condiments--contain genetically engineered ingredients."

One could reasonably expect that a Nation facing such a catastrophe as the United States with the destruction of its biosphere would begin to rapidly eliminate such a disaster from devastating their own citizens, except to note that these Western Nations are becoming so vile that this very week, in the United Nations, they actually declared ‘victory’ when a resolution declaring water as a ‘human right’ was defeated.

With food riots breaking out in Egypt and Cameroon this past week, and with the United Nations World Food Programme reporting it has no more funds to feed 73 million people, the events occurring in the United States do, indeed, speak towards the almost complete destruction of this once great Nation and its people.


Damn Monsanto’s greed will starve and kill us all!

Romania set to ban approved GM corn crop

By Andrew Bounds in Brussels and Thomas Escritt in Bucharest

Published: March 28 2008 02:53 | Last updated: March 28 2008 02:53

Romania intends to join six other European Union members in banning the only genetically modified crop approved for use in the bloc, its environment minister said on Thursday, in a fresh blow to the biotechnology industry.

Attila Korodi called for a moratorium on planting MON810, a corn produced by Monsanto, the US company, and said his country’s bio-security committee would start examining the possibility of a ban on April 15.

Romania, a major agricultural producer, was a big grower of GM crops before it joined the EU last year.

Mr Korodi told the Financial Times a ban was likely as the committee would examine studies used by Hungary and France to justify their recent prohibition of MON810 because of its negative impact on the environment.

“If they say they have concerns, then we will ask the European Commission for a temporary ban,” he said. “We simply don’t know what its environmental impact will be.”

Italy, Austria, Greece and Poland have also banned the insect-resistant corn, claiming that the toxin it contains could be harmful to other wildlife. However, the Commission, which regulates the market, has yet to sanction their bans.

Stavros Dimas, the environment commissioner, has asked the European Food Safety Authority for an expert evaluation of MON810 and recommended that two similar products not be allowed on to the market because of environmental concerns.

Polls have shown most Romanians do not want to eat GM food, in tune with public attitudes in most EU countries.

Greenpeace, the environmental group, welcomed the news. “The Romanian people overwhelmingly reject this unsafe, unnecessary and unsustainable technology. It is vital the ban is in place as soon as possible, so natural crops can be safe from GM contamination before the sowing season starts,” said Gabriel Paun of Greenpeace Romania.

Europabio, which represents biotech companies, said the concerns were baseless and the bans would hurt farmers.

“The specific biotech maize has also been the subject of thorough scientific reviews by scientific communities around the world and has received positive approvals by the world’s most robust approval systems, as well as EFSA,” it said in a statement.

TPMMuckraker has several great articles today.

Johnson's Spring Break

By Paul Kiel - March 27, 2008, 5:58PM

So what will EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson be doing for two weeks in April in Australia -- besides not testifying before Congress, that is? EPA Deputy Press Secretary Tim Lyons finally got back to us:

"The Administrator is set to discuss shared environmental goals and challenges with our global partners, while learning about their innovative approaches to carbon sequestration, water treatment and management, methane capture, pesticide risk reduction, and resource sustainability."


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03/28/08 signonsandiego: Amputee going back to battle

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03/27/08 AFP: Canada To Press For More NATO Troops In Afghanistan #"Canada welcomes promises from allies to deploy more troops to Afghanistan but will press for further reinforcements at upcoming NATO talks, the prime minister's spokeswoman said Thursday.

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