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Bushehr fuel to be loaded Sep 16

Bushehr fuel to be loaded Sep 16 16 Aug 2010 A senior Iranian lawmaker says nuclear fuel will be loaded into the long-delayed Bushehr power plant on September 16 to make the nuclear reactor operational. "Nuclear fuel will be injected to the Bushehr nuclear power plant on September 16," IRNA quoted Spokesman for Energy Commission of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Emad Hosseini on Sunday. Earlier on Saturday, the Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi had said that the needed fuel would be transferred to the nuclear facility's building next week.

Republicans Seek to Make Ground Zero Mosque an Issue in November Elections

Republicans Seek to Make Ground Zero Mosque an Issue in November Elections 16 Aug 2010 Republicans will likely use President Barack Obama’s support for the right of a Muslim group to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site to force Democrats to defend an unpopular position in the November election campaign. With opinion polls showing public opposition to the proposal, Obama’s remarks will not gain any new voters and may alienate others, said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Dr Kelly: Just one in five believes it was suicide as official cause of death is branded 'impossible'

Dr Kelly: Just one in five believes it was suicide as official cause of death is branded 'impossible' 15 Aug 2010 The official verdict that Dr David Kelly committed suicide has been overwhelmingly rejected by the public. According to an exclusive Mail opinion poll, only one in five people accepts the Hutton Inquiry’s finding that the government weapons inspector took his own life. The survey also reveals that eight out of ten people want a full inquest. With senior MPs making the same demand, the Coalition is under strong pressure to act. It comes as a medical report says it was 'impossible' that Dr Kelly bled to death in the way described by the inquiry.

Court tosses out Taser-maker's appeal of Dziekanski inquiry

Court tosses out Taser-maker's appeal of Dziekanski inquiry 10 Aug 2010 The company that makes Tasers has lost its legal bid to quash a high-profile report that found the weapons can kill. The British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge by Taser International to overturn results of the inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski.The company was trying to quash retired justice Thomas Braidwood’s findings that the weapons increase the risk of fatal heart failure. Dziekanski, 40, died on Oct. 14, 2007, at Vancouver International Airport after being Tasered five times by four RCMP officers responding to a 911 call.

Petraeus denounces 'reprehensible' Wikileaks

Petraeus denounces 'reprehensible' Wikileaks 15 Aug 2010 The top US military commander in Afghanistan on Sunday blasted as "reprehensible" the release of Afghan war documents, saying that US partners named in them have been put at risk. General David Petraeus's comments came in response to a threat by the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to make public another batch of secret documents in a "couple of weeks" despite mounting Pentagon protests.

WikiLeaks to shift base to friendly Sweden

WikiLeaks to shift base to friendly Sweden 15 Aug 2010 The founder of WikiLeaks says he will seek a publishing license for his controversial operation in Sweden where whistleblower protections are strong. Julian Assange said he would apply for a Swedish publishing license this week in order to maximize legal protections for the sources who provide WikiLeaks with documents that some governments don't want released to the public. "We're dealing with organizations that don't obey the law," Assange told the Swedish news agency TT. "We're dealing with intelligence agencies."

N.Korea warns of 'severest punishment' over war games

N.Korea warns of 'severest punishment' over war games 15 Aug 2010 North Korea's military threatened Sunday to launch the "severest punishment" against South Korea for staging massive joint war games with the United States this week. The North's army and people will "deal a merciless counterblow" to the allies "as it had already resolved and declared at home and abroad", a spokesman for the country's army General Staff said in a statement published by state media. "The military counteraction of (North Korea) will be the severest punishment no one has ever met in the world," he said. The warning came a day before US and South Korean troops begin the 10-day war games called "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" [*puke*].

US Navy says 4 ships robbed off Iraqi coast

US Navy says 4 ships robbed off Iraqi coast 15 Aug 2010 Gunmen robbed four commercial ships anchored near the southern oil hub of Basra in a rare attack off the Iraqi coast, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. Two men armed with AK-47 rifles boarded the American ship Sagamore in the vicinity of an Iraqi oil terminal in the northern Persian Gulf at 4 a.m. on Aug. 8, taking computers, cell phones and money from crew members before fleeing the vessel after about 40 minutes on board, according to Lt. John Fage, a spokesman for the Navy's Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. He said three other ships were also robbed under similar circumstances during a two-hour period starting about 2 a.m. the same day. On July 28, a Japanese oil tanker elsewhere in the Gulf was damaged and one crew member was injured in what the United Arab Emirates said was a suicide bombing.

Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings

Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings --No reason for sale was mentioned in report to SEC 15 Aug 2010 In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned. The Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University's endowment.

Outgoing Ala. AG files oil spill suits over GOP governor's objections

Outgoing Ala. AG files oil spill suits over GOP governor's objections 13 Aug 2010  Alabama Attorney General Troy King filed two lawsuits Thursday, suing oil giant BP and others over the Gulf oil spill. King, who says the oil company has broken too many promises about accepting responsibility for the disaster, filed the suits in federal court in Montgomery on behalf of the state. The lawsuits -- one against BP and the other against Transocean, Halliburton and other companies associated with the spill -- seek economic and punitive damages. King sued against the wishes of Gov. Bob Riley (R-BP wh*re), who hopes to reach an out-of-court settlement [for 84 cents?] with the companies.

Jarhead: The little bear that beat the odds

Jarhead: The little bear that beat the odds 13 Aug 2010 It took 10 days for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists to catch a black bear cub in Marion County that was days away from death. They were ultimately successful, but it took extraordinary efforts from both FWC employees and local residents working together. The 6-month-old cub, its two siblings and mother were regular visitors to unsecured trash containers in a small community near Weirsdale, in the Ocala National Forest. One day in late July, FWC dispatch got a call from one of the residents concerned about a cub running around with a clear, industrial-size plastic jar stuck on its head.

Petraeus to talk Obama out of pullout

Petraeus to talk Obama out of pullout 15 Aug 2010 The commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan says he reserves the right to advise US President Barack Obama against a troop pull-out from the country in 2011. General David Petraeus [Betrayus] said Obama had assured that him he would seek the commander's advice before making any decision on withdraw from Afghanistan. "The president has been clear...this is the date when the process begins which is conditions-based," Gen Petraeus said in comments broadcast by NBC on Sunday.

NATO vehicle kills five Afghan civilians

NATO vehicle kills five Afghan civilians 15 Aug 2010 At least five Afghan civilians, including a woman and her three children, have been killed after a NATO supply vehicle hit their motorcycle in southern Afghanistan. According to Afghan officials, the accident took place on a road in Helmand province, a Press TV correspondent reported Sunday. Sources say the vehicle's driver was also injured in the incident.

11 people killed, 29 wounded in Iraq's violence

11 people killed, 29 wounded in Iraq's violence 15 Aug 2010 Up to 11 Iraqis were killed and 29 others were wounded in gunfire and a series of bomb attacks across the country on late Saturday and Sunday, the police said. Abid Khalaf, an Awakening Council [US death squad] group leader, was killed by a sticky bomb planted in his car in Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Two of Khalaf's bodyguards were wounded by the attack, the source said.

Scissors, Glue, Pencils? Check. Cleaning Spray?

Scissors, Glue, Pencils? Check. Cleaning Spray? 16 Aug 2010 Schools across the country are beginning the new school year with shrinking budgets and outsize demands for basic supplies. And while many parents are wincing at picking up the bill, retailers are rushing to cash in by expanding the back-to-school category like never before. Now some back-to-school aisles are almost becoming janitorial-supply destinations as multipacks of paper towels, cleaning spray and hand sanitizer are crammed alongside pens, notepads and backpacks. ...And at Pauoa Elementary School in Honolulu, every student must show up with a four-pack of toilet paper. [Why do students have to bring their own toilet paper to school? See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price.]

U.S.-Saudi Arms Plan Grows to Record Size

U.S.-Saudi Arms Plan Grows to Record Size --Addition of Apaches, Black Hawks Swells Deal to $60 Billion 14 Aug 2010 The Obama administration plans to include attack helicopters in an expanded arms package for Saudi Arabia, swelling the size of the proposed deal to as much as $60 billion over 10 years, according to officials familiar with the matter. The deal would be the largest overseas U.S. arms sale, the officials said, though the size could change as the package is finalized, one official said. Negotiated largely in secret because of the sensitivities in the region, the sale is part of a strategy spearheaded by the George W. Bush administration and expanded by President Barack Obama to beef up the militaries of Arab allies as a counterweight to Iran.

Khadr's attorney airlifted from Guantanamo, trial delayed one month

Khadr's attorney airlifted from Guantanamo, trial delayed one month 14 Aug 2010 The military was evacuating Omar Khadr's lone defense attorney from this remote Navy base for medical treatment on U.S. soil Friday, delaying for at least a month the first full war crimes trial of the Obama administration. Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, 39, collapsed in the tribunal chamber hours after opening statements Thursday. The Pentagon-appointed defender was questioning a retired Special Forces soldier who testified that he shot Khadr, then 15, twice in the back while raiding a suspected al Qaeda compound on July 27, 2002.

'US govt. lawyers okayed torture'

'US govt. lawyers okayed torture' 14 Aug 2010 Senior US government lawyers of the Bush administration schemed to circumvent the Geneva Conventions in order to torture the Guantanamo detainees more aggressively, a certified Queen's Counsel says. In an interview with Press TV, Philip Sands, the author of Torture Team, blamed lawyers close to former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for marginalizing international laws to sanction the torture of detainees at US-run prisons. Sands cited a memo that Rumsfeld signed on December 2, 2002 as proof of the US officials' crime. The memo sought to help the US government coerce imprisoned suspected terrorists into revealing intelligence.

Michael Howard leads MPs' call for full inquest into death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly

Michael Howard leads MPs' call for full inquest into death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly 15 Aug 2010 Former Tory leader Michael Howard tonight put himself at the head of a powerful all-party campaign to force a full inquest into the death of Min­istry of Defence weapons expert Dr David Kelly. Mr Howard, Conservative leader when the Hutton Report found Dr Kelly took his own life, said: 'In view of the growing number of relevant questions that have arisen and cast doubt on the conclusions reached by Lord Hutton, I believe it would now be entirely appropriate for a full inquest to be held.'

Obama Says Backing of Right to Build Mosque Not an Endorsement

Obama Says Backing of Right to Build Mosque Not an Endorsement 14 Aug 2010 President Barack Obama said today his support for the right of a Muslim group to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site doesn’t mean he necessarily endorses the project. "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there," Obama said in Panama City, Florida, during a trip with his family to the Gulf of Mexico. "I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding. That is what our country is about."

Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents --'While the stealth war began in the Bush administration, it has expanded under President Obama.' 15 Aug 2010 In roughly a dozen countries, the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase [alleged] terrorists... The administration’s demands have accelerated a transformation of the C.I.A. into a paramilitary organization as much as a spying agency, which some critics worry could lower the threshold for future quasi-military operations. For its part, the Pentagon is becoming more like the C.I.A.

US drone strike kills 13 in Pakistan

US drone strike kills 13 in Pakistan 14 Aug 2010 A US drone attack has left at least thirteen people dead and five injured in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid growing discontent over the increasing number of civilian casualties. According to local security officials, the attack took place in east of Miranshah in North Waziristan on Saturday. US drones have targeted the region several times over the past two days. [Pakistan's plagues: Cholera, flooding, and the US. Eventually, nations can rid themselves of the former -- but they'll never be able to rid themselves of the latter. --LRP]

Cholera hits Pakistan amid floods

Cholera hits Pakistan amid floods 14 Aug 2010 The United Nations has confirmed the first death from cholera following two-weeks of floods in Pakistan that have devastated millions in the South Asian country. The international body said on Saturday that the victim died in the main town of Mingora in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley. "There has been at least one cholera confirmed case in Mingora," AFP quoted spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs Maurizio Giuliano as saying.

Mystery Still Lingers Over Flight That Killed Ted Stevens

Mystery Still Lingers Over Flight That Killed Ted Stevens 14 Aug 2010 The plane that crashed into an Alaskan mountainside and killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others was outfitted with an alert system that warned pilots of dangerous terrain. But National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman said that it's not known if the system was working just before the plane crashed Monday. The plane was also equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, Hersman said at a news conference in Anchorage Friday... She added that it was also unclear why that signal didn't activate. Hersman told reporters that one of the survivors described Monday afternoon's crash by saying: "They were flying along, and they just stopped flying." The same survivor said he didn't notice any changes in the plane's pitch or hear any unusual engine sounds right before the plane went down about 20 miles north of Dillingham in southwest Alaska.

WikiLeaks US military logs reveal US 'Death Squad' in Afghanistan: Task Force 373

WikiLeaks US military logs reveal US 'Death Squad' in Afghanistan: Task Force 373 30 Jul 2010 Among many classified/secret military data brought in to light by the organization WikiLeaks, other than the civilian killings which amount to war crimes, is the revelation of a ‘death squad’ called the Task Force 373 operating in the Afghanistan war theater which is going about killings with impunity. A 'black' Special Forces squad led by the U.S. targets Taliban and Al-Qaeda figures in Afghanistan.The team, T ask Force 373, hunts for suspects on a 2,000 strong list to kill or capture, known as Jpel. The secret-classified military log allegedly reveals the unit has killed innocent men, women and children and Afghan police officers who got in their way.

61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India

61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India 13 Aug 2010 Some 61 trucks loaded with over 300 tons of explosives have gone missing in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a senior police official said Friday. "The trucks were sent from a state-owned factory, Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited, in Dholpur to a private company called Ganesh Explosives in the state's Sagar district. But it never reached there," the official said. A massive search is on to track down the trucks as fear is mounting that if the explosives, including detonators and gelatin sticks, reach the wrong hands it could be devastating, he added. [300 tons. Let's see... who could cart all that away? Hmm...]

Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest

Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest --Dr Spertzel said he and Dr Kelly were told that they were 'numbers three and four' on the list during an inspection trip in Iraq. 14 Aug 2010 A leading UN weapons inspector last night added his voice to the growing clamour for a full inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Dr Richard Spertzel claimed Dr Kelly was on a 'hitlist' in the final years of his life. The former head of the UN Biological Section, who worked closely with Dr Kelly in Iraq in the 1990s, has written to Attorney General Dominic Grieve about the 'mysterious circumstances' surrounding the death. The weapons inspector's body was found after he was unmasked as the source of a damaging BBC news report questioning the grounds for the Iraq war.

The UNprofessional Left: Keith Olbermann Bashes Marx

The UNprofessional Left: Keith Olbermann Bashes Marx --LRP 14 Aug 2010 On Friday's 'Countdown, Keith Olbermann made the following remark. 'By the way, for the Marxists -- Marx is dead, and he was a lousy thinker.' 13 Aug 2010 'Countdown,' at 4:33 into video. Countdown with Keith Olbermann [Keith Olbermann is judging MARX as a thinker? That's like a snail judging the locomotive abilities of a cougar. Olbermann wouldn't know a thinker if one bit him in the a$$. Only a complete moron could say that Marx was a "lousy thinker." Marx was a genius of the very highest order. But then, Olbermann wouldn't know that. He's likely never read a single paragraph of Marx. I do find it interesting that the bourgeois left finds it necessary, apropos of nothing, to slander Marx. They must know what's in store. --Michael Rectenwald]

Ill.-based bank is 110th U.S. failure of the year

Ill.-based bank is 110th U.S. failure of the year --FDIC: Bank's failure will cost the deposit-insurance fund $72 million 13 Aug 2010 Palos Heights, Ill.-based Palos Bank and Trust Company was closed by regulators Friday, marking the 110th U.S. bank failure of 2010. Palos Bank and Trust Company had $493.4 million in assets and $467.8 million in deposits as of June 30, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a statement.

Obama Signs Border Bill to Increase Surveillance

Obama Signs Border Bill to Increase Surveillance 14 Aug 2010 President Obama signed into law a $600 million bill on Friday to pay for 1,500 new border agents, additional unmanned surveillance drones and new Border Patrol stations along the southwest border. The measure sailed through Congress in little more than a week with broad bipartisan support, demonstrating the pressure on politicians to look strong on border enforcement. Mr. Obama requested the funds in June, after he announced he would send 1,200 National Guard troops to support agents along the border.

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