07 October 2008

NEWS Daily Headlines & Propaganda 20081007 human beings are free TUESDAY Mid-day Edition, Blood or Land?

Daily Headlines & Propaganda from HumanBeingsAreFree
Tuesday, 7 October 2008 see All News
Mid-day Edition, Blood or Land?

Somalia & The Sudan

What Nobody Wants To Know About Somalia And Why; And What That Means
Full article (2 links): http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m47713&hd=&size=1&l=e
Excerpt(s): A huge war crime — a massive crime against humanity — is going on right now in Somalia, courtesy of (but only indirectly traceable to) the Bush administration and Washington’s bipartisan power elite. But, aside from Chris Floyd and a few other internet madmen, nobody knows — or even wants to know — much about it... Somalia is the invisible third front of the Terror War, an American-backed “regime change” operation launched by the invading army of Ethiopia and local warlords in December 2006. In addition to helping arm, fund and train the army of the Ethiopian dictatorship, the United States has intervened directly into the conflict, carrying out bombing raids on fleeing refugees and nomads, firing missiles into villages, sending in death squads to clean up after covert operations, and … assisting in the “rendition” of refugees, including American citizens, into the hands of Ethiopia’s notorious torturers... Bombing raids on fleeing refugees? Oh, yes. And much more, too. These people look hungry. We’d better kill them! And the longer it goes on, the worse it gets...

Sudan criticizes Palin, Biden over Darfur flight ban

Full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081005/ts_nm/us_sudan_darfur_usa
Excerpt(s): Sudan criticized both U.S. vice-presidential contenders on Sunday for suggesting they might support a no-fly zone over Darfur, saying the plan showed they knew little about the conflict... But Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman Ali al-Sadig on Sunday dismissed the statements of both candidates saying a no-fly zone would be impractical and useless. "They know very little about what is going on here," he said. "Their statements were meant for local consumption. They had nothing to do with Darfur.".. The Darfur conflict has killed 200,000 and driven more than 2.5 million from their homes, say international experts. Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.

Not-so-internal wars over land (Palestine-Israel, Taiwan-China, S. Ossetia-Georgia, Sri Lanka)

Palestine: Tunnels feed besieged Gaza
Full article: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/the-tunnel-people-of-gaza/
Excerpt(s): Hundreds of tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt are keeping many of the Palestinian territory’s 1.5 million impoverished residents supplied with food and fuel... Sources say there are more than 6,000 Palestinians employed in the clandestine industry, which merchants say is heavily controlled by the Hamas authorities. Strict rules are imposed on what can be brought in - weapons, drugs and people-trafficking are prohibited - and tunnel operators are taxed. Ehab Gheissen, a spokesman for the interior ministry in the deposed Hamas-led government, said: “It is the right of the Palestinian people to do whatever they can to break the siege they live under... Sami Abdel Shafi, a Gaza-based business analyst, said: “These days, most of the anecdotal evidence we hear is that the tunnels are being used to bring in very human items, for lack of proper medicine in the Gaza Strip... But no matter how important the tunnels are in keeping the Palestinian economy going, there is a human cost. At least 35 people have died in the tunnels since the beginning of the year, according to the UN.

China cancels, postpones military exchanges with US: Pentagon

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20081007/twl-us-china-military-7e07afd.html
Excerpt(s): China has canceled or postponed several military exchanges with the United States in protest against a proposed 6.5 billion dollar arms sale to Taiwan, a Pentagon spokesman has said. "The Chinese reaction is unfortunate and results in missed opportunities," said [US] Major Stuart Upton... "We sternly warn the United States that there is only one China in the world, and that Taiwan is a part of China," [Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman] Liu said... Taiwan and the mainland have been governed separately since they split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, but Beijing sees the island as part of its territory that is awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Tbilisi provoking military response – Russia
Full article: http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/31457
Excerpt(s): The [Russian] Foreign Ministry says seven Russian peacekeepers were killed and eight more seriously injured in a blast outside the headquarters of the Russian peacekeeping mission in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinval on October 3... The Ministry says “it seems that some political forces in Tbilisi are trying to provoke a military response through a series of terror attacks”. Russia says it is committed to fulfilling an agreement between the Russian and French presidents to withdraw peacekeeping forces from Georgian soil by October 10. “We are counting on the European Union, which guaranteed there would be no use of force by Georgia, to take measures in order to stabilise the situation according to its obligations,” the Foreign Ministry says.

Tiger suicide attack kills 27 in Sri Lanka
Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20081006/twl-srilanka-unrest-blast-4bdc673.html
Excerpt(s): A Tamil Tiger suicide bomber triggered a blast inside offices of the main opposition party in Sri Lanka on Monday, killing at least 27 people, including a retired senior general, officials said. The attack in the northern town of Anuradhapura came as the Sri Lankan military appeared on the verge of capturing the Tigers' key headquarters as part of a major offensive in the drawn-out ethnic conflict... The army said at the weekend that its troops are within two kilometres (1.25 miles) of the northern rebel headquarters in Kilinochchi. Losing control of Kilinochchi would be a major blow to the Tigers, who took up arms in 1972, demanding minority rights. In 1976 they raised the stakes, demanding a separate Tamil state. As the political capital of the LTTE's northern mini-state, Kilinochchi is where the rebels have hosted visiting foreign dignitaries and peace brokers. The Tigers, who are known for their suicide attacks, have put up only intermittent resistance to the military advancing on several fronts in the north of Sri Lanka... Fighting across the northern frontier on Sunday left at least 13 Tigers and two soldiers dead, the defence ministry said Monday. Since the Colombo government formally revoked a moribund truce in January, 7,196 Tigers have been killed, according to the military, which places its own losses at 704 soldiers. The casualty figures cannot be independently verified.

"Can we shed our moral primitivism before it's too late?"

Evolve or die: Can we shed our moral primitivism before it's too late?

Full article: http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=713
Excerpt(s): Let’s face facts: academics on the whole are a cowardly bunch of self-serving narcissists, spineless sycophants who eschew controversy and pathetically ingratiate themselves with administrators and bureaucrats... These superfluous gasbags and oxygen thieves could possibly redeem themselves if they began each day by studying the spine-shivering words of Dr. Martin Luther King (who didn’t fear losing his life, let alone a job): “Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe? Expediency asks the question: Is it politic? Vanity asks the question: Is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it simply because it is right.”... Every serious liberation movement has had its historians, interpreters, scholars, and public representatives, and it is high time that these people emerge in support of animal and earth liberation movements. This was one of the core reasons that seven years ago I co-founded (with Tony Nocella) the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) (http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/). ICAS is the first and only scholarly center dedicated to philosophical research and dialogue on the principles and practices of animal liberation and how it relates to environmental and social justice struggles. Thus, we prefer to speak of “total” liberation (of humans, animals, and the earth) as it all hangs together.

U.S./U.K.-based Financial Frauds Impacting the Globe

From Iceland: "On monday one of our 3 banks got nationalized"
Full article: https://www.kitcomm.com/showthread.php?t=24585
Excerpt(s): Here are some news from my country, Iceland! On monday one of our 3 banks got nationalized, taken over by the government. That has sent shockwaves throughout our financial system, and as a result, the credit rating of Iceland and many companies got downgraded. In the past 3 days our currency has CRASHED. 4% on monday, 5% yesterday, and another 4% today. Already the currency (the Icelandic krona) had plummeted since the beginning of the year. Today, $1 costs us just over 110 ISK, but 9 months ago $1 cost us only 60 ISK... You think this can't happen to you? If you would have asked me a year ago if this was possible I would have said absolutely "no".

Pope: Meltdown Shows Money Is "Nothing"
Full article: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/06/world/main4504241.shtml
Excerpt(s): Pope Benedict XVI says the global financial crisis shows the futility of money and ambition... "We are now seeing, in the collapse of major banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing," the pope adds.
(I suggest the pope watch Shoes of the Fisherman)

Panic as Russian stock market falls by almost 20%
Full article: http://en.rian.ru/business/20081006/117483204.html
Excerpt(s): Russia's financial system has been affected by a global credit crunch which started in the U.S. and quickly spread to Asia and Europe leading to record losses on Russia's financial markets, rising interest rates and a liquidity shortage... Fears regarding the spread of financial crisis caused all world markets to plunge, which contributed to Russia's market losses. Britain's FTSE 100 experienced its worst day since 1987 as stocks plunged 7.85% and France's Cac 40 index fell 9.04%, and in the U.S. shares fell below the 10,000 point level for the first time in four years as they shed 4.65%.

The U.S. & British Governments Plan For "Emergency Control" of Their Peoples

Rex 84... FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America
Full article: http://www.knowthelies.com/?q=node/2878
Excerpt(s): We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84... The Cheney/Bush administration has a plan which would accommodate the detention of large numbers of American citizens during times of emergency... And there you have it ~ the real purpose of FEMA is to not only protect the government but to be its principal vehicle for martial law.

Britain: Police train for riot scenarios
Full article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10462
Excerpt(s): Police horses, dogs and a helicopter will be used to add realism during the two-day courses at Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College, Gloucestershire. Some officers will take on the role of hostile crowds in real-life scenarios such as raves, demonstrations and disorder at football matches. Missiles and petrol bombs will be thrown as part of the training... Inspector Mac McGarry, of Gloucestershire Constabulary Operational Services, said: "These are very important and impactive sessions because it is essential all officers allocated to the Public Disorder Unit experience the sort of difficulties they will encounter in real-life situations... It also gives us the chance to test the command structure we have in place and the inter-operability with other forces."

Nobody is safe from the long arm of EU law
Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/10/06/do0604.xml
Excerpt(s): Here is something the Government told us would never happen. When Britain signed up to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) six years ago, critics pointed out that an individual could be extradited to another EU state to face prosecution for something that is not a crime in Britain and had not even been committed in the requesting country. Ministers dismissed such concerns as fanciful, but it has come to pass. An Australian teacher is currently in jail in London, following his arrest at Heathrow airport by British police acting on a warrant issued by the German authorities. Gerald Töben, 64, is wanted in Germany for the offence of "Holocaust denial".

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