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Libya 'rebels' to receive huge cash infusion

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Libya 'rebels' to receive huge cash infusion 09 Jun 2011 Western and Middle Eastern countries began opening the aid spigots Thursday for Libya's beleaguered rebels [Western-backed mercenaries, fighting for Exxon Mobil], approving measures that will immediately send at least $1 billion to the opposition and promising much larger sums in the weeks ahead. The cash infusion came as the Obama administration took a step toward officially recognizing Libya’s main rebel group, with the State Department declaring the Transitional National Council (TNC) "the legitimate interlocutor" for the Libyan people, even as Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi clung to power.

Greek public servants strike over privatisation measures

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Greek public servants strike over privatisation measures 09 Jun 2011 Workers in Greek state-owned industries demonstrated on Thursday over the government's austerity plan. Public transport staff, post office, bank and port workers walked out on their jobs in protest at money saving plans that will impact on their jobs. They expressed their disquiet at privatisation plans, especially those involving state-owned firms.

Capitalism behind environment damage says Iranian president

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Capitalism behind environment damage says Iranian president 11 Jun 2011 The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has blamed "excessive consumerism" for all of the damage inflicted on the environment. Ahmadinejad, during a Thursday meeting with environment officials from Economic Cooperation Organization member states, said "avaricious capitalists" were at the root of destruction of the world environment. He said capitalism had taken the world beyond the emission of green house gases and had created the droughts, drastic temperature oscillations, lashing rains and floods which had affected other regions. [*Exactly.*]

Arizona lawmakers to let jobless benefits expire

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Arizona lawmakers to let jobless benefits expire 10 Jun 2011 Gov. Jan Brewer said there was a "total meltdown" at the Legislature as Senate leaders reneged on an agreement she had with them to extend unemployment benefits. As a result, the Legislature will let unemployment benefits for 15,000 Arizonans expire Saturday, after failing to agree on the governor's proposal to extend them for an additional 20 weeks. Brewer said she had no plan on how to marshal support for the extension when the Legislature returns to work Monday.

Anti-nuke protests in Japan, 3 months after quake

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Anti-nuke protests in Japan, 3 months after quake 11 Jun 2011 Protesters in Tokyo are preparing to hold mass demonstrations against the use of nuclear power. The Saturday protests will take place on the three-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands and caused one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. The March 11 earthquake triggered a large tsunami along Japan's northeast coast that damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. The damaged reactors have spewed large amounts of radiation into the environment near the plant.

Shooting video delivers blow to Pakistani forces

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Shooting video delivers blow to Pakistani forces --'Our law enforcement agencies have truly become trigger happy,' activist says 10 Jun 2011 The killing of an apparently unarmed man by paramilitary troops is likely to erode what little public confidence remains in Pakistan's security forces... The incident, caught on video and broadcast on local television stations, triggered fresh criticism of Pakistan's human rights record and an unpopular government many say has failed to rein in the police and army, and who seem to act with impunity. "It shows that our law enforcement agencies have truly become trigger happy and the brutalization of society that has come about as a consequence," Zohra Yusuf, head of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told Reuters.

U.S. Sending Counterintelligence Agents to Afghanistan to Stem Infiltration of Local Forces

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. Sending Counterintelligence Agents to Afghanistan to Stem Infiltration of Local Forces 11 Jun 2011 Concerned over the growing pattern of Afghan soldiers and police officers attacking their coalition counterparts, the U.S. military is sending 80 counterintelligence agents to Afghanistan to help stem the threat of Taliban infiltration in the Afghan National Security Forces, military officials said Friday. Some of the agents have already arrived, and the rest are expected soon, said Lt. Col. David C. Simons, a spokesman for the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.

Lethal fungus adds to tornado woes in Joplin, Mo.

June 11, 2011 by legitgov

Lethal fungus adds to tornado woes in Joplin, Mo. 10 Jun 2011 Some survivors of last month's massive tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., are facing another indignity: an outbreak of a rare but frequently lethal fungal infection. Eight people have been confirmed to have the infection, known as murcomycosis, and at least three of them have died, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Health authorities fear other tornado victims may also be infected without realizing it.

Anti-government protest blocked in Iraq

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Anti-government protest blocked in Iraq [I'm so glad Operation Iraqi Freedom has worked so well!] 10 Jun 2011 An anti-government protest scheduled for Friday in Iraq's capital was quashed after several participants reported being beaten with sticks and clubs to make way for a counter-demonstration. Several hundred anti-government demonstrators attempted to hold their protest in a different part of Tahrir Square. But within minutes, they said, groups of men [US-backed thugs] carrying sticks and clubs demanded that they leave.

Texas County Sheriff's Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Texas County Sheriff's Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning --Law Enforcement Agency Concerned Radical Anti-Government Groups May Be Moving Into Area 09 Jun 2011 The Bandera County Sheriff's Office issued a warning Thursday to citizens about an anti-government movement known for acts of domestic terrorism. The law enforcement agency said followers of The Sovereign Citizens Movement have been known to carry out violent acts, including killing law enforcement officers and other public servants. The sheriff's office told KSAT-12 News the warning was prompted by the recent shooting death of Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Kenneth Vann. "We have domestic terrorism right at our doorstep," said Capt. Charlie Hicks of the Bandera County Sheriff's Office.

Libya state TV says NATO helicopter shot down

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Libya state TV says NATO helicopter shot down 10 Jun 2011 Libyan forces shot down a NATO helicopter in the sea off the coast of the town of Zlitan on Friday, Libyan state television said. It quoted a military spokesman as saying it was the third aircraft to be shot down by Libyan forces since NATO began air strikes on Libya in March.

Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Afghan Police Officers

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Afghan Police Officers 11 Jun 2011 Four Afghan police officers were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber tried to force his way into a memorial service being held for a popular police commander in northern Afghanistan who was killed in an earlier Taliban attack. The memorial service for Gen. Daoud Daoud, held at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, was crowded with police and government officials when a suicide bomber tried to enter but was stopped by police officers outside the building, where he detonated his explosives. The blast wounded 14 additional police officers, said Sayid Sarwar Hussain, the spokesman for the Kunduz police chief.

Poll: Weiner constituents say stay

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Poll: Weiner constituents say stay 10 Jun 2011 Even as colleagues and commentators continue to call on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign, a majority of voters in his district want him to stay put, although support for his re-election was weak, according to a new poll. A NY1-Marist poll conducted Wednesday in Weiner's district, representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, found 56 percent of registered voters there saying that the embattled congressman should not quit. Weiner has cited support shown in earlier polls of all New York City residents as a reason why he won't step down.

25,000 Palin emails set for release

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

25,000 Palin emails set for release 10 Jun 2011 The state of Alaska will release roughly 25,000 pages of Sarah Palin's government e-mails on Friday, nearly three years after the initial public records requests were made. At 9 a.m. Alaska time (1 p.m. Eastern), 17 media organizations and individuals will each get five 50-pound boxes of printed out and partially redacted copies of emails spanning from the beginning of Palin’s term as governor through September 2008, capturing most of the presidential campaign.

'Toxic chemicals in US drone strikes'

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

'Toxic chemicals in US drone strikes' 10 Jun 2011 Pakistani physicians and experts say the US uses chemical munitions in its non-UN-sanctioned drone strikes on Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. Experts revealed that those Pakistani civilians who have come under the unauthorized drone airstrike in Pakistan's troubled northwest have been afflicted with complicated skin, eye and respiratory diseases due to the deadly chemical materials used in the missiles, the Press TV correspondent in Peshawar reported on Thursday.

Espionage charges dropped against ex-NSA manager

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Espionage charges dropped against ex-NSA manager 10 Jun 2011 A former National Security Agency manager accepted a plea deal Thursday that cleared him of espionage charges stemming from the alleged leak of classified information to a Baltimore Sun reporter. Thomas Drake had been charged with 10 felonies but will plead guilty to a misdemeanor: exceeding the authorized use of a computer. Drake, a former Air Force officer, had been charged under the Espionage Act even though he allegedly leaked information to a newspaper, not an enemy power... The case is one of five that the Obama administration has been pursuing against those accused of leaking government secrets, a trend that alarmed advocates of greater transparency in government.

Swine Flu Variation Emerges With Power to Resist Drugs, Researchers Say

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Swine Flu Variation Emerges With Power to Resist Drugs, Researchers Say 09 Jun 2011 A novel form of the swine flu virus that swept the globe in 2009 has emerged [was created] in Australia and Singapore, carrying a genetic twist that helps it resist Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Relenza, researchers said. More than 10 percent of the infections in Singapore and 30 percent of those in northern Australia tested in early 2011 had mildly reduced sensitivity to the two drugs that are the mainstay of influenza treatment, according to a report today from the World Health Organization's influenza research group in North Melbourne, Australia.

High command quits Gingrich campaign

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

High command quits Gingrich campaign 09 Jun 2011 Less than a month after one of the most calamitous political launches in recent memory, former House speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination imploded Thursday, when its top officials quit en masse. At least 16 of the former lawmaker’s advisers, including all of his senior campaign aides, departed the fledgling operation in a major and potentially devastating shake-up. Those who left included Gingrich's campaign manager, his spokesman, top political strategists and key operatives from crucial GOP primary states.

Pentagon sees Libya military costs soar

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Pentagon sees Libya military costs soar --US burning $2m a day to steal Libyan oil 09 Jun 2011 US military operations in Libya are on course to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than the Pentagon estimated, according to figures obtained by the Financial Times... According to a Pentagon memo which includes a detailed update on the progress and pace of operations, by mid-May US operations in Libya had cost $664m, a figure confirmed by the Department of Defence. The document, entitled the "United States Contribution to Operation Unified Protector", adds that US costs are running at a rate of about $2m a day or $60m a month.

WikiLeaks Grand Jury investigation widens

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

WikiLeaks Grand Jury investigation widens 09 Jun 2011 Last month, the FBI had served a Cambridge resident with a subpoena compelling his testimony in the active Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, and that the subpoena revealed a very broad scope to the criminal investigation. A similar subpoena has been served on David House -- one of the founders of the Bradley Manning Support Network who helped publicize the oppressive conditions of Manning's detention and who then had his laptop seized by the government without a warrant  -- compelling his testimony before the Grand Jury next Wednesday. The subpoena and accompanying documents received by House can be viewed here and here.

Goldman Sachs' dealings with Libya under scrutiny

June 10, 2011 by legitgov

Goldman Sachs' dealings with Libya under scrutiny 09 Jun 2011 Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and several other firms are being examined by U.S. regulators to see if they violated bribery laws when dealing with Libya's sovereign-wealth fund, according a published report Thursday. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the firms' relationships with the Libyan Investment Authority, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The fund, controlled by Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, attracted banks and securities firms when it launched in 2007 with $40 billion, the Journal reported.

US-led soldier killed in Afghan war

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

US-led soldier killed in Afghan war 09 Jun 2011 A US-led soldier with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. "An ISAF service member died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan today," said a brief Thursday statement by the military contingent, quoted by Xinhua news agency.

Barack Obama worst president for whistleblowers, says film-maker

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Barack Obama worst president for whistleblowers, says film-maker --Film-maker criticises indictment of Bradley Manning over WikiLeaks 09 Jun 2011 Barack Obama has been accused of having the worst record of any US president on dealing with whistleblowers by the Oscar-nominated director of a documentary about the man behind the Vietnam war Pentagon Papers leak. Judith Ehrlich, whose 2009 film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers explored the 1970s leak of US government documents relating to the Vietnam war, said that Obama has indicted five whistleblowers since taking office in January 2009, which already made him the "worst president in terms of his record on whistleblowing".

Germany's superbug is weaponized with Bubonic Plague DNA

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Germany's superbug is weaponized with Bubonic Plague DNA 09 Jun 2011 "On Tuesday [May 31], the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that [leading German E. coli researcher Helge] Karch had discovered that the O104:H4 bacteria responsible for the current outbreak is a so-called chimera that contains genetic materia from various E. coli bacteria. It also contains DNA sequences from plague bacteria, which makes it particularly pathogenic." ...Helge Karch, the director of the Robert Koch Institute (Germany's CDC) who heads a consulting laboratory at the Münster University Hospital in Germany, says that he has discovered that the super killer contains DNA from E. coli, which is what he expected. It also contains DNA from the organism that causes plague, responsible for wiping out a quarter of Europe's population during the Black Death (1348-1351). Bubonic plague is caused by Yersinia pestis and is one of the most feared of all disorders.

Dem study sounds Afghanistan alarm

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

Dem study sounds Afghanistan alarm --U.S. has spent $18.8 billion on aid to Afghanistan since Bush invasion --State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are spending $320 million a month with a 'strategy' to redevelop areas 08 Jun 2011 Costly nation-building efforts in Afghanistan have had only limited success and might not survive the withdrawal of U.S. forces planned for 2014, according a two-year congressional study. With the Obama administration preparing to begin its drawdown of troops in July, it must also re-examine its humanitarian assistance programs, concludes the report, prepared by the Democratic staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and released late Tuesday.

US wants 'joint bases' in Afghanistan, Gates says

June 9, 2011 by legitgov

US wants 'joint bases' in Afghanistan, Gates says --Unspecified number of U.S. troops expected to remain 08 Jun 2011 The United States should maintain a long-term military presence in Afghanistan as a "tenant" on bases jointly occupied with Afghan forces, rather than on permanent U.S. bases, after its combat mission ends, according to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. As President Obama determines how many U.S. troops will come home in initial withdrawals next month, the administration is negotiating a "strategic partnership" agreement with the Kabul government for the longer term.

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.

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