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Report: US $19bn Afghan aid inefficient

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Report: US $19bn Afghan aid inefficient 09 Jun 2011 A US Senate report indicates that American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could trigger a financial crisis in the war-torn country despite the $19 billion the US has already spent there since 2001. The report by the Democratic majority in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee came as US President Barack Obama was due to announce the pace of the US troop withdrawal, AFP reported... "Evidence that stabilization programs promote stability in Afghanistan is limited. Some research suggest the opposite," the report stated. Over the past ten years, the war-ravaged country has US corpora-terrorists/mercenaries have been the top recipient of US aid.

Two explosions rattle Libyan capital

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Two explosions rattle Libyan capital 08 Jun 2011 Two heavy explosions have shaken central Tripoli near the residence of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi following a NATO pledge to continue the airstrikes. The first blast took place in central Tripoli at 2 a.m. on Thursday (2000 GMT), followed by another explosion near a hotel housing foreign journalists, AFP reported. Most of the buildings in the Bab al-Aziziya district, where Gaddafi's compound is located, have been destroyed in the attacks.

US drone strike kills 23 in Pakistan

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

US drone strike kills 23 in Pakistan 08 Jun 2011 The US has conducted another unauthorized drone airstrike in Pakistan's troubled northwest, leaving at least 23 people dead and several others wounded. Officials say the US drones have fired five missiles into North Waziristan close to the Afghan border. Meanwhile, Pakistani medics reported that the missiles fired by US drones have contaminated the environment with unknown chemicals. They say most of those wounded by US drone airstrikes in North Waziristan are hospitalized for various skin, eye and respiratory diseases caused by chemicals.

Another US soldier dies in Iraq

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Another US soldier dies in Iraq 08 Jun 2011 A US soldiers has been killed during an operation in southern Iraq, two days after a deadly attack on a US military base which left five soldiers dead. The US military said in a statement that "a US service member was killed on Wednesday while conducting operations in southern Iraq." An Iraqi police source had earlier reported a bomb attack against a US military patrol in the southern city of Najaf.

LulzSec hacks Canada's Conservative Party

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

LulzSec hacks Canada's Conservative Party --'Authorities are no closer to finding and punishing LulzSec for their Internet crimes and the pranks look like they are going to continue.' [<g>] 07 Jun 2011 There seems to be no security too tough for LulzSec to hack, eh? Add Canada's Conservative Party website to the list of victims of "the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense". LulzSec hacked onto The Conservative Party of Canada's website to post a fictional press release declaring, "Prime Minister Rushed to Hospital after Breakfast Incident." The post went on to say that Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was rushed to the hospital after choking on a hash brown.

Infamous Real-Life Mercenaries to Star in 'Blackwater,' the Video Game

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Infamous Real-Life Mercenaries to Star in 'Blackwater,' the Video Game 07 Jun 2011 Blackwater Worldwide, the real-life mercenary team linked to the killing of civilians and noncombatants in Iraq during U.S. operations there, will be the subject of a Kinect-supported video game coming to the Xbox 360 later this year. Published by 505 Games and titled, simply, Blackwater, the game is being produced in consultation with the private security contractor's founder, the former Navy SEAL [terrorist] Erik Prince. A news release called it "an intense, cinematic shooter experience," set in a fictional North African town, in which players, as Blackwater operatives, protect the city as they battle two warlords' factions.

Meet Your New Pot Dealer: Big Pharma

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Meet Your New Pot Dealer: Big Pharma 03 Jun 2011 (CA) Despite the US government's staunch opposition to medical cannabis farms in Oakland and elsewhere, the feds have begun licensing a whole lot of large legal pot grows throughout the country. But this weed is not for cannabis dispensaries and their patients; it's for Big Pharma. The Drug Enforcement Administration told Legalization Nation in an e-mail last week that 55 unnamed companies now hold licenses to grow cannabis in the United States, a fact that contradicts the widespread belief that there is only one legal pot farm in America, operated under the DEA for research purposes.

U.S. official chastises PG&E over San Bruno blast probe

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. official chastises PG&E over San Bruno blast probe 09 Jun 2011 The head of the federal agency investigating a deadly pipeline explosion scolded Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Wednesday for taking nearly nine months to report that there had been a gas leak near the disaster site years earlier. Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said she was "disappointed" and "frustrated" that the information came so late in the ongoing investigation of the September blast, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 houses in San Bruno, a suburb south of San Francisco.

High levels of toxic cadmium dumped into Tampa Bay

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

High levels of toxic cadmium dumped into Tampa Bay 08 Jun 2011 The water gushing from a former phosphate plant into the Gulf of Mexico in North Manatee County contains high levels of two toxic metals and nutrients that could harm a precious Southwest Florida fishery. About 45 million gallons of contaminated water has already flown from the former Piney Point phosphate plant through pipes that lead into nearby Bishop Harbor, a Gulf bay that is a sensitive habitat for fish and wildlife. The contamination could trigger algal blooms that would damage seagrass and the marine life habitats they host, and could eventually lead to a fish kill in Bishop Harbor, experts said.

U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

USociopaths open *another* war front for oil: U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes 09 Jun 2011 The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, striking militants [and civilians] with armed drones and fighter jets, according to U.S. officials. The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power... On Friday, U.S. jets killed several militant suspects in a strike in southern Yemen. According to witnesses, four civilians were also killed in the airstrike.

Lightning hits Miss. military base; 77 to hospital

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Lightning hits Miss. military base; 77 to hospital 08 Jun 2011 Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said. Air Force Reserve cadets from around the country were at the Joint Forces Training Center for two weeks of work, said Army National Guard Maj. Deidre Musgrave. All were responsive and stable after the lightning hit about 2 p.m., she said.

Post-Anthony Weiner names circulate

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Post-Anthony Weiner names circulate 08 Jun 2011 With Democrats [and the corporate-pwned media] stepping up their calls for scandal-plagued Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down, talk about his possible successor is already well under way back in New York. Among the Democratic names circulating are City Councilman Mark Weprin, former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz and former City Councilman Eric Gioia. Possible GOP candidates include City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Bob Turner, an investor who ran against Weiner last year.

WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election 08 Jun 2011 The United States, the European Union and the United Nations decided to support Haiti's recent presidential and parliamentary elections despite believing that the country's electoral body, "almost certainly in conjunction with President Preval," had "emasculated the opposition" by unwisely and unjustly excluding the country's largest party, according to a secret US Embassy cable. The cable was obtained by WikilLeaks and made available to the Haitian newspaper Haïti Liberté, which is collaborating with The Nation on a series of reports on US and UN policy toward the country.

SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans --Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order to send in the SWAT team came from the U.S. Department of Education 08 Jun 2011 A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife - to collect her unpaid student loans. A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children. He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife - who no longer lives at the house.

Fukushima escalates to worse-case possibility

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima escalates to worse-case possibility --Japan has suggested the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant has gone beyond a meltdown into a worst-case melt-through. 08 Jun 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) For the first time Japan has suggested the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant has gone beyond a meltdown. Japan says that nuclear fuel in three reactors has possibly melted through the pressure vessels and accumulated in the outer containment vessels. Japanese media report this melt-through is far worse than a core meltdown and the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.

Ex-Blackwater/Xe workers file $60M class action lawsuit

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Ex-Blackwater/Xe workers file $60M class action lawsuit 08 Jun 2011 Xe Services, the security and training company formerly known as Blackwater, faces a $60 million class-action lawsuit for allegedly depriving its workers of employee benefits to which they are entitled. The lawsuit was filed this week in federal court in Washington on behalf of more than 3,000 people who have done security work for Blackwater/Xe in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere since 2001. It alleges that the Moyock, N.C.-based company improperly classified the workers as independent contractors rather than employees, failing to pay Social Security taxes, contribute to state unemployment funds or provide health, disability or pension plans.

Tepco Plans Radioactive Water Release from Second Plant

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Tepco Plans Radioactive Water Release from Second Plant --NISA: Total amount of radioactive materials contained in the 3,000 tons of water is estimated at three billion becquerels --Radioactive release would follow 'far more' toxic discharge from Daiichi plant in April 08 Jun 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. is planning to release 3,000 tons of lightly radioactive water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daini nuclear complex, the sister plant of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi complex, officials said Wednesday. According to Tepco, the water is currently sitting in reactor and turbine buildings, and other facilities, raising concerns that it might corrode piping, causing the leakage of radioactive material.

Dutch nuclear train sparks protests

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Dutch nuclear train sparks protests 07 Jun 2011 A train carrying nuclear waste to France was able to depart on Tuesday despite efforts by Dutch and Belgian anti-nuclear activists -- some who were trying to block it by chaining themselves to the tracks. The train was able to leave Borssele in The Netherlands' Zeeland province at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT) -- three hours behind schedule -- and after noon head across the Belgian border, said local police spokeswoman Esther Booth. She said 33 Dutch activists belonging to Greenpeace were arrested and charged following the protest, which saw them chaining themselves to the tracks from 7:00 am onwards.

Olympics 2012: FIFA bans headscarves for Iranian women's soccer team

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Olympics 2012: FIFA bans headscarves for Iranian women's soccer team 06 Jun 2011 Not participating in the 2012 London Olympics is a nightmare for every serious athlete, but for the Iranian women’s soccer team the defeat was extra bitter after they were disqualified right before a crucial qualifying match because they wore Islamic headscarves. Ready to play a crucial Olympic qualifying match with Jordan in Amman on Friday, the Iranian team was dismissed by officials of the international football association, FIFA. The officials decided just before the kickoff that the tight headscarves the Iranian players were wearing to cover their hair broke the association's dress code, FIFA said on Monday.

Evacuation of hot spots mulled due to crisis at Fukushima No. 1

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Evacuation of hot spots mulled due to crisis at Fukushima No. 1 08 Jun 2011 The government is considering expanding the evacuation area in Fukushima Prefecture to include other locations with high levels of radiation as a result of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, officials said. The government will be discussing the matter with the municipal governments of these hot spots, which are showing radiation exposure that would exceed 20 millisieverts in the course of a year.

Yemen leader President Saleh suffered 40 per cent burns, say USA

June 8, 2011 by legitgov

Yemen leader President Saleh suffered 40 per cent burns, say USA 07 Jun 2011 The president of Yemen was far more seriously injured in an attack on his palace in the capital, Sana'a, than previously stated and suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body with bleeding inside his skull, according to US officials. The statement, which was accompanied by a call from Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, for "immediate transition", dealt a significant blow to loyalist hopes that Ali Abdullah Saleh would resume office after a period of convalescence in a Saudi Arabian hospital.

30 nuclear countries call for safety audits on reactors following Japan's disaster

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

30 nuclear countries call for safety audits on reactors following Japan's disaster 08 Jun 2011 Thirty nuclear energy-producing states have called for safety audits on all reactors to ensure lessons are learned from the Fukushima accident in Japan. With opposition to nuclear power growing in many countries since the Japanese disaster, government ministers and officials representing some of the world's biggest producers moved to reassure public opinion [!?!] by agreeing common procedures for crisis management and insisting on regular "stress tests" of reactors.

Anti-abortion amendments added to proposed Ohio budget bill

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

Anti-abortion amendments added to proposed Ohio budget bill 07 Jun 2011 Two amendments restricting abortions in public hospitals and clinics were added to the Ohio Senate's proposed budget bidon Tuesday, a day before lawmakers are set to vote on it. The amendments would restrict public hospitals and clinics that receive state funding from performing abortions and prevent anyone who is on a publicly subsidized health care plan from using their insurance coverage to pay for abortions.

'US aims to sabotage Pak N-facilities'

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

'US aims to sabotage Pak N-facilities' 07 Jun 2011 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the United States plans to sabotage the nuclear facilities of Pakistan in a bid to weaken the Pakistani government and nation. "We have accurate information that, in order to gain dominance over Pakistan and weaken the country's government and nation, the Americans want to sabotage Pakistan's nuclear facilities and pave the way for the US's extended presence and the weakening of the national governing of the people through the lever of the [United Nations] Security Council and some international organizations," Ahmadinejad said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Central Park Zoo's beloved Ida, 'the ambassador for all polar bears', dies at 25

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

Central Park Zoo's beloved Ida, 'the ambassador for all polar bears', dies at 25 04 Jun 2011 One of the Central Park Zoo's beloved polar bears has died. Zoo officials in New York say Ida, 25, was put down on Friday after veterinarians determined she had liver disease brought on by cancer. She was born in New York's Buffalo Zoo in 1985 and went to the Central Park Zoo when she was two.

Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans --The final draft is believed to propose to "expand Prevent programmes to health bodies to draw on the expertise of medical professionals". 06 Jun 2011 Doctors and other health professionals will be asked to identify people who are "vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism" as part of the government's redrawn counter-terrorism programme to be detailed on Tuesday. David Cameron has pushed through the change despite opposition from Nick Clegg and Charles Farr, the head of the office of security and counter-terrorism, arguing that such engagement is like "turning to a rightwing fascist party to fight a violent white supremacist movement".

Britain's 6m-pound a week bill for bombing Gaddafi's military machine

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

Britain's £6m a week bill for bombing Gaddafi's military machine 07 Jun 2011 Britain is spending a staggering £6million a week dropping bombs and firing missiles during the war in Libya. UK forces have used around £66million of precision-guided ordnance, including 20 submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles, to decimate Colonel Gaddafi's military machine over the 11 weeks of the conflict. The country is also spending £285,000 a week on accommodation for RAF crews, including at the Gioia del Colle airbase in southern Italy - a total of £3.1million.

3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms 06 Jun 2011 Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday. The nuclear group's new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by events on March 11. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted last month that nuclear fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 probably melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis. [Wow, the truth emerges almost three months to the date! Too bad the corporate-pwned media isn't as interested in nuclear meltdowns as it is with Anthony Weiner's crotch. --LRP]

US drone strikes kill 21 in NW Pakistan

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

US drone strikes kill 21 in NW Pakistan 06 Jun 2011 A barrage of non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes have killed at least 21 people and wounded several others in Pakistan's South Waziristan's tribal region near the Afghan border. In two consecutive assaults, US drones fired four missiles at a religious seminary and a house in Shalam Raghzai and Wacha Dana areas respectively, killing at least 17 people and injuring several others early Monday, local sources told a Press TV correspondent. Shortly after the second attack, two more missiles were fired at a vehicle in Shawal area of south Waziristan region in northwestern Pakistan and left four more people dead, bringing the death toll to 21.

Nancy Pelosi calls for Anthony Weiner ethics inquiry

June 7, 2011 by legitgov

Nancy Pelosi calls for Anthony Weiner ethics inquiry 06 Jun 2011 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have called for an investigation into Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) over the series of sexually explicit conversations and lewd photos he exchanged with a half-dozen women during the last several years. "I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred,"  Pelosi said in a statement released on Monday night.

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