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Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul

Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul 25 Jun 2010 More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad. The cash--packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes--is declared and legal to move. Officials believe some of the cash, if not most, is siphoned from Western aid projects and U.S., European and NATO contracts to provide security, supplies and reconstruction work for coalition forces in Afghanistan. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

Jerusalem master plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city

Jerusalem master plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city --The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve a master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. 28 Jun 2010 The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve an unprecedented master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, a move largely based on construction on privately owned Arab property. The committee's proposal would codify the municipality's planning policy for the entire city. In essence, Jerusalem would uniformly apply its zoning and construction procedures to both halves of the city.

U.S. Troops Face New Threat: Afghanistan's Toxic Sand

U.S. Troops Face New Threat: Afghanistan's Toxic Sand By Spencer Ackerman 28 Jun 2010 The pulverized turf [in Afghanistan], it turns out, contains high levels of manganese, silicon, iron, magnesium, aluminum, chromium and other metals that act as neurotoxic agents when ingested. Combine the country’s frequent sandstorms and the kicked-up dust that results from helicopter travel with troops' nostrils, mouths and pores, and you’ve got an unexpected example of how inhospitable the terrain is for the soon-to-be 98,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines fighting the war.

G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM

G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM --World leaders meet in Ontario for two days of talks, urge Iran to 'respect rule of law' and 'hold transparent dialogue' over its nuclear program. 27 Jun 2010 World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday. "Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively," Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto.

Report: Turkey closes airspace to Israel military following Gaza flotilla raid

Report: Turkey closes airspace to Israel military following Gaza flotilla raid --Turkey withdrew its ambassador and canceled joint military drills with Israel in response to the deadly raid May 31 that left nine dead. 28 Jun 2010 Turkey has closed its airspace to Israeli military flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the Turkish prime minister and officials said Monday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Toronto that Turkey imposed the ban after the May 31 raid on a Turkish ship that was part of a six-vessel international aid flotilla, according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.

Israel 'Plots Tehran Raid'

Israel 'Plots Tehran Raid' 26 Jun 2010 Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday. Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources. Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, they said.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Chicago gun law in key gun rights case

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Chicago gun law in key gun rights case 28 Jun 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court today found that the constitutional right to bear arms applies to local and state efforts to regulate guns, a ruling that could place limits on some gun control laws across the country. The 5-4 ruling could be particularly important in California, which has some of the strictest gun laws of any state. Legal experts have predicted that a ruling applying the Second Amendment to the states could open the door to a rash of legal challenges to California gun regulations, including the longstanding assault weapons ban.

BP oil spill costs hit $100 million/day

BP oil spill costs hit $100 million/day 28 Jun 2010 BP said it had spent $300 million on its Gulf of Mexico oil spill response effort in the past three days, hitting the $100 million/day spend rate for the first time and bringing its total bill to $2.65 billion so far. The figures, which BP released in a statement on Monday, include the cost of trying to cap the well, clean up the environmental damage caused by the leaking crude and pay compensation to those affected by the spill.

Afghan detainees must be safeguarded against abuse, says high court

Afghan detainees must be safeguarded against abuse, says high court --Judges acknowledge risk of torture for suspects transferred to facilities run by Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security 25 Jun 2010 The high court today imposed strict conditions on the transfer by British forces of suspected insurgents to Afghan detention centres, after hearing evidence of detainees' "horrible abuse" in breach of international law. A moratorium already agreed by Britain on transfers to the National Directorate of Security (NDS) facility in Kabul had to remain in place, since there was a real risk detainees prisoners held there would be "subjected to torture or serious mistreatment", Lord Justice Richards and Mr Justice Cranston ruled.

Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time

Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time --Oil hits two tourist beaches, more expected 27 Jun 2010 Large patches of thick oil washed ashore in Mississippi on Sunday, the first time crude from the BP Plc spill in the Gulf of Mexico has hit the state's coast. Oil hit two tourist beaches at Ocean Springs, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) east of Biloxi, and a beach used by fisherman that is close to an inland marsh. Wildlife officials picked up one pelican covered in oil.

Airline food preparation: Live roaches and dead roach carcasses 'too numerous to count'

Airline food preparation: Live roaches and dead roach carcasses 'too numerous to count' --Inspectors find safety flaws where airline food is prepared 27 Jun 2010 Six months ago, Food and Drug Administration inspectors say, they found live roaches and dead roach carcasses "too numerous to count" inside the Denver facility of the world's largest airline caterer, LSG Sky Chefs. They also reported finding ants, flies and debris, and employees handling food with bare hands. Samples from a kitchen floor tested positive for Listeria, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections...

FDA report reveals airline food could pose health threat

FDA report reveals airline food could pose health threat 27 Jun 2010 Many meals served to passengers on major airlines are prepared in unsanitary and unsafe conditions that could lead to illness, government documents examined by USA TODAY show. Food and Drug Administration inspectors have cited numerous catering facilities that prepare airline food for suspected health and sanitation violations following inspections of their kitchens this year and last, according to inspection reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Karzai holds secret talks with Taliban

Karzai holds secret talks with Taliban 27 Jun 2010 Afghan president Hamid Karzai has reportedly met with the Taliban's most senior commander Serja-eddin Haggani in Kabul as UK calls for peace with the militants. The report said the meeting was mediated by Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services intelligence (ISI). Haggani has been reported to have close ties with the ISI and al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] group. Haggani's group has carried out most of the sophisticated terrorist operations in Afghanistan. [Right, a terrorist group the US ensures is well-funded, to keep the war going for *years.*]

6-Year-Old Ohio Girl Placed on 'No-Fly' List

6-Year-Old Ohio Girl Placed on 'No-Fly' List 26 Jun 2010 An Ohio family recently learned their 6-year-old daughter was on the Department of Homeland Security’s 'no-fly' list, Fox8.com reported. Alyssa Thomas, 6, was traveling with her parents when a ticket agent notified the family she was on the list of restricted fliers. When the family tried to clear up the issue with Homeland Security, they received a letter notifying them that it could not be changed.

CIA defends Blackwater contract worth $100m

CIA defends Blackwater contract worth $100m 27 Jun 2010 The head of CIA has defended awarding a large contract to the controversial security company terrorist group formerly known as Blackwater. The director of the CIA, Leon Penatta, said the company's bid was US $26m less than its nearest rival. The contract, worth $100m, is to provide security at US consulates in the cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif.

MoH: Israel prevents delivery of oxygen to hospitals

MoH: Israel prevents delivery of oxygen to hospitals 25 Jun 2010 Seven oxygen machines donated to the Palestinian Authority by a Norwegian development agency were seized by Israeli officials en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, the Ramallah-based health ministry said. The machines, the ministry said in a Thursday statement, were confiscated by Israeli officials who claimed that the generators attached "came under the category of possible use for non-medical purposes" if they were delivered to the southern Gaza governorates.

Feds won't charge Blackwater in Sudan sanctions case

Feds won't charge Blackwater in Sudan sanctions case 27 Jun 2010 The security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried for two years to secure lucrative defense business in Southern Sudan while the country was under U.S. economic sanctions, according to current and former U.S. officials and hundreds of pages of documents reviewed by McClatchy. The effort to drum up new business in East Africa by Blackwater owner Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL who had close ties with top officials in the George W. Bush White House and the CIA, became a major element in a continuing four-year federal investigation into allegations of sanctions violations, illegal exports and bribery. The Obama administration, however, has decided for now not to bring criminal charges against Blackwater, according to a U.S. official close to the case.

Stupak: BP Won't Let House Panel Talk to Employees

Stupak: BP Won't Let House Panel Talk to Employees --House investigations panel chairman says BP refusing to let his panel question some employees 25 Jun 2010 The chairman of a House panel investigating the Gulf oil spill said Friday that BP won't let members talk to several employees who may have critical information about what led to the catastrophe. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., told The Associated Press that BP PLC has cited its own investigation as its reason for denying access to the employees. "They have been slow in bringing forth documents and witnesses we want to talk to," Stupak said of BP. [No worries. BP knows the U.S. High Wh*re Court will overturn any lawsuits and fines for destroying the oceans and BP's protector/enabler, Barack Obama, will continue to do remain silent and useless, as he was on the push for the public option. --LRP]

About 500 protesters arrested in Canada

About 500 protesters arrested in Canada 27 Jun 2010 Almost 500 people have been arrested in Toronto, as violent protests have broken out against the G20 summit in the Canadian city. Banks and stores were targeted after several hundred protesters broke away from a larger, peaceful demonstration. Police used teargas to disperse the crowd. The [poilce agents'] violence broke out blocks away from the venue for the G20 summit, which was held on June 26-27.

Top New Orleans chef sues BP over seafood losses

Top New Orleans chef sues BP over seafood losses 27 Jun 2010 Susan Spicer, one of New Orleans' most prominent and highly regarded chefs, has sued BP Plc for damages to restaurants that have lost normal seafood supplies because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Spicer, who runs the restaurant Bayona in New Orleans' French Quarter, is seeking class-action status on behalf of restaurants and others in the seafood industry that have suffered damage since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Jindal vetoes bill to open oil spill records

Jindal vetoes bill to open oil spill records 25 Jun 2010 Gov. Bobby Jindal [R-Dirtbag] rejected a bill Friday that would have required him to make public and to preserve all his office's documents involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "This governor has opposed transparency for the three years he's been in office, so that's not a surprise. What is sad about all this is it's just another black eye on Louisiana internationally now," said Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton. Adley slipped the language requiring the governor's oil spill records to be open for public viewing and preserved for at least 10 years into a measure by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco. Smith accepted the addition to his bill, and both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly for passage of the public records requirement.

G20 demonstrations turn violent

G20 demonstrations turn violent 26 Jun 2010 Demonstrations have turned violent at the G20 summit in Toronto, where world leaders are convening to discuss ways to end the global financial crisis. A number of demonstrators clashed with police while chanting 'resist, resist, raise up your fists.' At least eight protesters have been arrested on the streets of Toronto, and city residents have been advised not to venture into the downtown area. [Well, unless they want to join the protesters.]

Report: Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA

Report: Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA 26 Jun 2010 Israel confiscated seven oxygen machines en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza based on the claim that there was a chance the generators attached to the machines would not be used for medical purposes [?!?], Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Saturday. According to Ma'an, the Ramallah-based health ministry said that the generators, which were donated to the Palestinian Authority by a Norwegian development agency, were seized by Israeli officials despite the fact that only one machine was bound for Gaza.

Iraq's Ancient Ruins Face New Looting

Iraq's Ancient Ruins Face New Looting 26 Jun 2010 The looting of Iraq’s ancient ruins is thriving again. This time it is not a result of the “stuff happens” chaos that followed the American invasion in 2003, but rather the bureaucratic indifference of Iraq’s newly sovereign government US-installed oil puppets. Thousands of archaeological sites -- containing some of the oldest treasures of civilization -- have been left unprotected, allowing what officials of Iraq’s antiquities board say is a resumption of brazenly illegal excavations, especially here in southern Iraq.

Hurricane season triggers planning to evacuate oil spill site

Hurricane season triggers planning to evacuate oil spill site 27 Jun 2010 Meteorologists say Tropical Storm Alex, which is brewing in the western Caribbean, is not on pace to hit the oil well, but it has prompted the team overseeing the spill site to heighten emergency planning. If a storm with gale-force winds comes within five days of reaching the gushing oil well, crews would begin packing up to return to shore, said Coast Guard Adm. [BP troll] Thad W. Allen, who is overseeing the crisis for the government. A full evacuation could stop containment activities for two weeks.

Obama Internet 'kill switch' plan approved by US Senate committee

Obama Internet 'kill switch' plan approved by US Senate committee --President could get power to turn off Internet 25 Jun 10 A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack [or during the next US false flag]. The committee unanimously approved an amended version of the legislation by voice vote Thursday, a committee spokeswoman said. The bill next moves to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.

Ontario premier refuses to discuss new police powers

Ontario premier refuses to discuss new police powers 26 Jun 2010 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty refused to comment Saturday on a controversial amendment to the Public Works Protection Act, which gives police new powers to question and search people who get close to the G20 security perimeter. The new regulation temporarily alters the Act to designate the entire security perimeter surrounding the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as a "public works" site during the summit. Under the extension, police are allowed to ask anyone within five metres of the perimeter to identify him- or herself or be searched.

Gulf oil disaster: Pensacola Beach

Gulf oil disaster: Pensacola Beach By the St. Petersburg Times staff 24 Jun 2010 The tide came in Tuesday night, under a moon almost full, and when the sun came up and the water retreated there it was: a broken band of oil about 5 feet wide and 8 miles long. It looked like tobacco spit and smelled foreign, and it pooled in yesterday's footprints as far as you could see. State officials called it the worst show of crude on shore from the gusher 120 miles away. (22 Photos)

NATO says three foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan

NATO says three foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan 26 Jun 2010 Three foreign soldiers were killed in Taliban-style bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO said. The deaths push the number of foreign troops killed so far this month to 87, by far the deadliest monthly toll since the war began in late 2001. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) did not give the nationalities of the dead, following its usual policy.

Riot police turn back largest G20 protest yet

Riot police turn back largest G20 protest yet 26 Jun 2010 Police temporarily shut the gates to the G20 security perimeter early Friday evening, as they attempted to head off the largest in a string of demonstrations to protest the international meeting. Anti-poverty demonstrators had attempted to march south towards the security zone where the G20 summit will take place. But they were turned back when police with shields blockaded University Avenue.

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