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Nato has only seven months to take Kandahar from the Taleban

Nato has only seven months to take Kandahar from the Taleban 11 May 2010 The campaign to drive the Taleban out of Kandahar province has until the end of the year to succeed if it is to capitalise on maximum troop numbers and political unity, Nato commanders and Western diplomats told The Times. "Our mission is to show irreversible momentum by the end of 2010 -- that's the clock I'm using," Brigadier-General Frederick Hodges, the US Director of Operations in southern Afghanistan, said. "We'll never have more capacity than we have by late summer 2010. We'll never have it any better."

Oil spill swells to 4M gallons with fixes days off

Oil spill swells to 4M gallons with fixes days off --Oil is rushing up from seabed at a pace of about 210,000 gallons per day 10 May 2010 Black Hawk helicopters peppered Louisiana's barrier islands with 1-ton sacks of sand Monday to bolster the state's crucial wetlands against the epic Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- 4 million gallons and growing. At the site of the ruptured well a mile underwater, a remote-controlled submarine shot chemicals into the maw of the massive leak to dilute the flow, further evidence that BP expects the gusher to keep erupting into the Gulf for weeks or more. 

Man who called for murder of PM pleads guilty to terror charge

Man who called for murder of PM pleads guilty to terror charge --Ishaq Kanmi styled himself al-Qa'ida's 'emir' in the UK 11 May 2010 A man who pretended to be al-Qa'ida's "emir" in Britain by publicly calling for the murder of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair pleaded guilty to a string of terrorism offences yesterday. Ishaq Kanmi, 23, from Blackburn, posed as an al-Qa'ida leader on an online forum used by militants. He was arrested while boarding a plane to Finland with three storage devices and a mobile phone containing terror-related information [?] that he intended to distribute overseas.

General 'tried to cover up truth about death of Rachel Corrie'

General 'tried to cover up truth about death of Rachel Corrie' --Israeli war hero accused of suppressing testimony that could reveal what really happened to Gaza activist  07 May 2010 Seven years after the American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, evidence has emerged which appears to implicate Israel's Gaza commander at the time, in an attempt to obstruct the official investigation into her death. The alleged intervention of Major-General Doron Almog, then head of Israel's southern command, is documented in testimony taken by Israeli military police a day after Ms Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003. The hand written affidavit, seen by The Independent, was submitted as evidence during a civil law suit being pursued by the Corrie family against the state of Israel.

'Toronto 18' ringleader pleads guilty

'Toronto 18' ringleader pleads guilty 10 May 2010 A kingpin of the so-called Toronto 18 terror cell which plotted to attack Parliament and downtown landmarks has pleaded guilty to his role in the group, in a surprising move. Fahim Ahmad, 25, led a cell that plotted to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper and explode truck bombs near the CN Tower, Toronto Stock Exchange and Pickering nuclear plant. The decision was announced on Monday at Brampton court, where Ahmad was midway through a trial with co-accuseds Steven Chand and Asad Ansari on terrorism charges.

Citi to Pay Board Member Joss $350,000 for Possible Three Weeks of Consulting

Citi to Pay Board Member Joss $350,000 for Possible Three Weeks of Consulting 10 May 2010 Citigroup Inc. will pay director Robert Joss $350,000 for as little as three weeks of work amid criticism by shareholder-advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co. that he lacks the independence needed to serve on the board. Joss, a former Wells Fargo & Co. executive and Stanford University business-school dean who joined the board in July, will advise on projects "from time to time," Vice Chairman Lewis Kaden wrote in an agreement dated April 5, according to a filing on May 7. The annual consulting fee is for "a minimum of approximately three weeks," the filing said.

Kagan in '97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions

Kagan in '97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions 10 May 2010 As a White House adviser in 1997, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions, a political compromise that put the administration at odds with abortion rights groups. Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk.

Explosion in RCMP detachment injures mountie

Explosion in RCMP detachment injures mountie 10 May 2010 Police are investigating how an explosive device went off inside an RCMP detachment in eastern Alberta. It happened just before two this afternoon in Kitscoty, which is just west of Lloydminster. RCMP spokesperson Patrick Webb says an officer was handling the device at the time, and had to be taken to hospital in Lloydminster.

Pakistani tries to smuggle bomb detonating equipment onto plane

Pakistani tries to smuggle bomb detonating equipment onto plane 09 May 2010 Pakistani police officers arrested a man at Karachi airport on Sunday after he was found to be carrying batteries and a circuit board in his shoe. The man, who had planned to travel to Muscat on a Thai Airways flight, told police he was from the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Taliban and Islamist militants are known to have a large presence. Faiz Mohammad, a civil engineer, was arrested when an airport scanner sounded an alarm due to the foreign objects in his shoes.

Pakistani air passenger caught with electronic circuits concealed in his shoes

Pakistani air passenger caught with electronic circuits concealed in his shoes  --What not to wear boarding a flight... a pair of electronic massage shoes (complete with batteries and an on/off switch) 10 May 2010 A passenger was detained by airport authorities in Pakistan after electrical circuits and batteries were found in the soles of his tennis shoes, an airport security official said today. Officials were investigating what the components could be used for and why they were concealed. Similar materials can be used in the construction of bombs. Faiz Mohammad was arrested at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport last night, said Munir Ahmed, a spokesman for the airport security force.

Homeland Security Tests 360-Degree Video Cam

Homeland Security Tests 360-Degree Video Cam --The surveillance system, which uses multiple cameras to provide high-resolution images in real time, is being pilot tested at Logan International Airport. 10 May 2010 The Department of Homeland Security has developed new surveillance-camera technology that provides a 360-degree, high-resolution view by stitching together multiple images. The technology, developed by Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, is called the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) and works by creating images from multiple cameras and turning them into a single view, according to Homeland Security.

Families of US detainees to visit Iran

Families of US detainees to visit Iran 10 May 2010 The families of the three US citizens detained in western Iran last year will be allowed to visit them, Press TV has learned. The three, Joshua Fattal, 27, Shane Bauer, 27, and Sarah Shourd, 31, were arrested in late July 2009 in the western Iranian city of Marivan for illegal entry into the country. The three US citizens were traveling on Syrian and Iraqi visas and crossed the border illegally, Iranian officials say.

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion By Joe Kishore 10 May 2010 In 2009, the Obama administration intervened to support the reversal of a court order that would have halted offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has long had close ties to the industry, specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward, according to a group involved in the court case. A Washington DC Appeals Court ruled in April 2009 that the Bush administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling (covering 2007 to 2012) was not based on a proper review of the environmental impact of the drilling. Only days before the ruling, the Obama administration had granted BP a "categorical exclusion," exempting it from an environmental impact study for the Deepwater Horizon project.

Save Sea Turtles and Polar Bears from Big Oil’s Double-Barreled Threat

Quick action! Save Sea Turtles and Polar Bears from Big Oil's Double-Barreled Threat (Defenders of Wildlife) 10 May 2010 Even in the wake of the ongoing offshore oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, Big Oil's high-paid lobbyists are pushing for more dirty, dangerous offshore drilling and less action to address climate change and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. If they win, it means big trouble for imperiled polar bears and sea turtles, which are threatened by climate change and dirty offshore drilling. Send a message to senators now and urge them to say "Yes!" to comprehensive legislation to address climate change and "No!" to more dangerous offshore drilling.

Markets rally on EU bail-out

Markets rally on EU bail-out 10 May 2010 The European Central Bank overrode internal misgivings and intervened to buy eurozone government bonds Monday as part of a massive financial support scheme that eased pressure on the area’s most indebted countries. Investors welcomed the move, bidding up Global shares, especially financial stocks, as well as Irish and Portuguese bond prices.

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record 07 May 2010 Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps -- the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update. Food stamps are the primary federal anti-hunger program, helping poor people buy food. Enrollment is highest during times of economic distress. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent, the government said on Friday. The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps during February, an increase of 260,000 from January. USDA updated its figures on Wednesday.

Australia: Flu vaccination ban goes national after fever, convulsions in children

Flu vaccination ban goes national after fever, convulsions in children 23 Apr 2010 Seasonal flu vaccinations across Australia for children under five have been suspended after 23 children in Western Australia were admitted to hospital with convulsions following their injections. One child, aged 1, remains in a coma in a Perth hospital. More than 60 children around the state may have had adverse reactions to the vaccine, including fevers, vomiting and febrile convulsions - a type of fit brought on by a high fever.

In Iraq's bloodiest day of 2010, attacks kill 100

In Iraq's bloodiest day of 2010, attacks kill 100 10 May 2010 A man with explosives strapped to his body blew himself up in a crowd, bombers struck a southern city and gunmen sprayed fire on security checkpoints in attacks Monday that killed at least 100 people in Iraq's deadliest day this year. Officials were quick to blame insurgents linked to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq for the shootings in the capital, saying the militants were redoubling efforts to destabilize the country at a time of political uncertainty over who will control the next government.

Kagan May Mean a More Conservative Court

Kagan May Mean a More Conservative Court By Stuart Taylor Jr. 10 May 2010 One irony of President Obama's nomination today of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is that the effect of a Democratic president filling the seat of Republican-appointed Justice John Paul Stevens will likely be to make the Court more conservative... Kagan's record suggests that she probably falls to the right of Stevens -- arguably the most liberal current justice -- at least on the presidential-power and war-on-terror issues that may be more important than any others that come before the justices in our times.

Obama chooses Kagan for high court, stresses her 'restraint'

Obama chooses Kagan for high court, stresses her 'restraint' 10 May 2010 Calling her a "trailblazing lady," President Obama announced his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court in a ceremony Monday morning in the White House. ...Kagan once hosted a celebratory dinner for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia when he marked his 20th anniversary on the high court, and another time she drew a standing ovation from members of the Federalist Society during a national convention on campus. In part because of that track record, some liberal activists had come to consider Kagan one of the more conservative people on Obama's working list of potential nominees.

Brown to quit as Labour leader

Breaking: Brown to quit as Labour leader 10 May 2010 Gordon Brown has sensationally revealed his intention to quit as Labour leader. In a speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, the PM said his party will elect a new leader by the time of its next conference in September. But he will not stand or back any particular candidates. He added Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has approached Labour about entering "formal negotiations" on forming a coalition government.

Full text of Gordon Brown's statement today 10 May 2010

Europe approves massive bailout package

Europe approves massive bailout package 10 May 2010 European Union finance ministers have agreed on a rescue deal worth more than 500 billion euros ($717 billion) to stop the financial crisis in Greece from spreading to other fragile EU economies. In an emergency meeting, EU finance ministers pledged to do "whatever it takes" to underpin the sinking euro currency and to prevent a second phase of the global financial crisis. The enormity of the combined guarantee mechanism is reminiscent of the global emergency leading up to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Obama Picks Kagan, Backer of Indefinite Detention Without Trial, for High Court

President Barack Obama to pick U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as U.S. Supreme Court nominee (CLG compilation) 09 May 2010 You know you're in trouble when Faux News is calling her 'a brilliant woman.'

During her hearings to be confirmed as Solicitor General, the New York Times paraphrases Kagan as saying "that someone suspected of helping finance Al Qaeda should be subject to battlefield law -- indefinite detention without a trial -- even if he were captured in a place like the Philippines rather than a physical battle zone." --Charlie Savage, Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's in Some Areas, The New York Times, 17 Feb 2009. (Wikipedia)

 

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays 09 May 2010 Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, shutting down the majors' hottest team and leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the final out. Braden pitched the A's first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter's gem on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins.

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot'

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot' 09 May 2010 Senior White House officials said today that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the failed Times Square car bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on US soil. While US officials have downplayed the threat - citing the bomb's lack of sophistication - some feared the incident in Times Square and the Christmas Day airline bomb attempt indicated growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh].

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate 07 May 2010 Right wing, left wing, chicken wing. Suddenly Nevada politics is all about chickens -- bad news for the Republican Senate front-runner but a ray of hope for struggling Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Sue Lowden recently suggested bartering with doctors for medical care -- "our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor." The line from the millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen immediately became a late-night joke and YouTube sensation, and upended a GOP race that had been hers to lose.

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens 09 May 2010 In the wake of the Times Square bombing plot, the Obama administration said on Sunday it wants to work with Congress on possible limitations of the constitutional rights afforded terrorism suspects -- even for American citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder said changes may be needed to allow law enforcement more time to question suspected terrorists before they are told about their Miranda rights to a lawyer and to remain silent under interrogation. [See: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against... Note: This essay was written in 2003, under the Bush regime. But since Obama is out-Bushing-Bush, it needs a fresh look. --LRP]

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah 09 May 2010 The conservative grassroots Freedumb Works-backed Tea Party movement claimed its first major scalp in the US political establishment yesterday as the veteran Republican senator Bob Bennett was deselected by delegates in his home state of Utah for being too moderate. Bennett, 76, has been in office since 1992 and is an ally of the Republican senate leader, Mitch McConnell. His defeat at the hands of two political newcomers was partly due to anger over his support for the White House's $700bn bailout of the banking system at the height of the global financial crisis.

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment 09 May 2010 Crews planned Sunday to park the giant oil containment box on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, and offload equipment that could be used in a new attempt to stem the flow of gushing into the sea. The equipment to be offloaded from another vessel would use a tube to shoot mud and concrete directly into the well's blowout preventer, a process that could take two to three weeks. But BP PLC spokesman Mark Proegler told AP that no decisions have been made on what step the company will take next. The company was considering several options, including the technique known as a "top kill," Proegler said. [I think they've already implemented that technique. --LRP]

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill --Transocean has already received a cash payment of $401m with the rest due in the next few weeks. 09 May 2010 The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and causing a giant slick, has made a $270m (£182m) profit from insurance payouts for the disaster. The revelation by Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore driller, will add to the political storm over the disaster. The company was hired by BP to drill the well. The "accounting gain" arose because the $560m insurance policy Transocean took out on its Deepwater Horizon rig was greater than the value of the rig itself. [WHY are the Transocean executive offices still standing? We need the Athens protesters to 'find' them.]

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