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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saudi's :: succession gossip

Saudi king’s trip to US for medical treatment heightens kingdom succession gossip

His majesty, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, aka Khadim al-Haramayn (Servant of the Two Holy Places but his sycophants insist on calling him “Custodian”) is not well. In fact, so unwell that he had to be taken in wheelchair to a fully equipped luxury-fitted 747 Jumbo Jet before being flown to the US on November 22 (seeyoutube below). His majesty is fond of horses but unlike his mercurial colonel cousin of North Africa, who takes a bevy of lady bodyguards, tents and a few camels whose milk he cherishes because it fortifies him better than cow’s milk, did not take any horses onboard. At least we were not informed.

The government-owned and controlled Saudi media reported that he went for treatment for “back ailment” and a blood clot. The latter is serious and could lead to stroke or heart attack. It must have been so serious that his majesty could not be treated in the kingdom that never fails to boast about its health services or medical facilities but even at 87, his majesty does not trust Saudi doctors. Why risk your life in the hands of Saudi doctors that cannot even administer a flu vaccine without rupturing a person’s veins, especially when your time is so close to the end. The king is truly wise!

Crescent International | read full report :

The Saudi succession will affect a broad circle of countries
By Theodore Karasik |  Saturday, December 18, 2010
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Making fun of WikiLeaks:

thejuicemedia | December 17, 2010 : Rap News 6 - Wikileaks' Cablegate: the truth is out there.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wikileaks founder Assange bailed, but release delayed

Julian Assange in his prison van en route to court (pic: Dec 14)Julian Assange was photographed inside a prison van on his way to court

The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been granted bail in London on conditions including cash guarantees of £240,000.
But he will remain in prison pending an appeal against the bail decision lodged by Swedish prosecutors.
Mr Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexually assaulting two women earlier this year.
He denies the charges, which he says are politically motivated and designed to discredit him.

BBC News | 14 December 2010 - read full post :

The BBC news stated comments that hail the British legal systems such as :

1. Following the bail decision, human rights activist Bianca Jagger said: "I was very pleased with what happened and I am glad that due process has taken place. I trust the British legal system and I hope justice will be done."

2 - Author Yvonne Ridley said: "It is a victory for common sense. If he had been refused bail, it would have meant the court had become a political arena."

What should also be noted too is the punch line, cited below which is like a close or conclusion to the whole news,  which reads :-

The latest release, published by the Guardian newspaper, shows that the US had concerns after the 7 July bombings that the UK was not doing enough to tackle home-grown extremists. 
:: See my short comments in ::

United States is the largest criminal in the world and he didn't want to be a part of it.

RTAmerica | August 04, 2010 - As the economy has not rebounded and jobs continue to be scarce around the country, many US citizens are renouncing their citizenship and moving abroad. Mike Golguski says that the United States is the largest criminal in the world and he didn't want to be a part of it. He also says that he is not anti-American but is anti-US government.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The history of US leaks :

Richard Nixon resigningPerhaps the US's most famous leak led to Nixon's demise

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The publication of a slew of documents relating to the war in Afghanistan represents one of the largest ever leaks, but what role has illicit information played in US politics?
Perhaps the most famous political scandal in US history also represents the most notorious leak.
The supply of information that "Deep Throat" - later revealed to be FBI deputy director Mark Felt - provided led reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal.
Without the illicit information it is hard to imagine the full extent of the cover-up over the burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices would have come to light, or that President Richard Nixon would have been forced to resign.
The Pentagon Papers was another leak that had a major impact.
A study of the US military's role in Vietnam (formerly Indochina) from 1945 to 1967, they were supplied to a New York Times journalist in 1971.
The publication, which the Nixon administration tried to stop, revealed details about the way the war had been escalated which seemed to contradict what the public had been told by the previous administration of President Lyndon Johnson.
Indeed, many leaks originate in the world of the military or intelligence, where whistleblowers justify the release of sensitive documents by arguing that their classified status would mean wrongdoing might not be revealed.

BBC News | 26 July 2010 - read full report :

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cancun climate summit.

AlJazeeraEnglish | December 11, 2010 - World leaders make another effort to tackle climate change - but with competing interests, can they reach a deal?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Empty Words: US human rights

62 years ago, the United Nations adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, making today, International Human Rights Day. America's first lady at the time, Eleanor Roosevelt helped inspire the 1948 agreement. A global pledge critics say the US is failing to follow.

RussiaToday | December 11, 2010 - Events across America to mark Human Rights Day were designed to underline the country's perception of itself, as a leading light on protecting freedom. But some of the country's activists are not convinced. And recent UN criticism is leaving Washington battling to restore its reputation on rights. Marina Portnaya reports.

Christmas toy market faces China crisis.

China Toys and Uighurs.

It's November, and by mid-afternoon London's streets are already shrouded in autumnal twilight. There's a bitter chill in the air.

Yet the city's shopping districts are brightly lit, colourfully decorated and thronging with people. Christmas may be more than a month away, but in the slightly surreal world of seasonal retailing, it's here already.

But this year, the risk of a toy shortage is higher than ever. And this time, the reason lies in China, where a large proportion of the toys sold in Europe and North America are made.

Most of China's toy factories are based in the south of the country, in southern coastal areas such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

In the past, these factories have relied on a steady, and cheap, supply of migrant labour from poorer parts of the country where work has been less readily available.

Now, though, the supply is drying up. The government in Beijing has been investing huge sums recently to promote development in inland regions.

Plus some other reasons - read full reports | BBC news 17 November 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wikileaks defended by Anonymous hacktivists .

Internet hacktivists have fired the latest salvo in the Wikileaks infowar.

A group called Anonymous has hit sites that have refused to do business with the controversial whistle-blowing site with a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks.

It mirrors similar attacks aimed at the Wikileaks site.

Targets include the Swiss bank that froze founder Julian Assange's (pic) assets and PayPal which has stopped processing donations to Wikileaks.

Anonymous is a loose-knit group of hacktivists, with links to the notorious message board 4chan.

"We feel that Wikileaks has become more than just about leaking of documents, it has become a war ground, the people vs. the government,"

BBC News :: 7 Dec2010 - read full post

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Education?? international education market is worth 45 billion Dollars

worldbusiness | November 29, 2010 - World Business: The market for international education is worth 45 billion Dollars a year and marketers have China firmly in their sights. But not all are focused on attracting "nouveau-riche" Chinese students to campuses abroad. Some of the most respected English private schools are expanding in the People's Republic itself.

Reporter: Nick Mackie

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cancun Change Climate summit begins

in Mexico | VOAvideo | November 30, 2010 - The United Nations Climate Change Conference got underway in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun Monday with calls for decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions worldwide as part of an effort to curb global warming. But, as VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Cancun, participants are looking for advances on a handful of issues rather than an overall agreement that would legally bind nations to reduce emissions.