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  • City In Tizzy Over Soldier With Crude Fake Gun

    12/15/2015 6:20:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How the mighty have fallen. A soldier, in uniform, with a pack and a clearly fake gun causes an entire section of Australian civilization to go into the "vapors".Throughout most of the rest of the world, there would hardly be a comment. Seeing soldiers on exercises is common and only slightly noteworthy.Notice that this soldier did nothing that was even remotely threatening, except exist. He did not fire blanks. He never pointed the crude, welded metal sections, vaguely resembling a rifle, at anyone. We (in the United States) would be in the same place if it were not for...
  • Obama becomes first US leader to address African Union

    07/28/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/28/15
    ....Obama is addressing the African Union (AU) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, on the last day of his trip to East Africa. He is the first US leader to deliver a speech at the 54-member body, with security and action against terrorism likely to dominate the agenda.
  • Jim Jefferies Wants to keep Women from having guns

    07/03/2015 5:52:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Comedian Jim Jefferies has been making a bit of a splash in the United States by putting together a misleading rant against the right to bear arms in the U.S.  Jefferies does not want women to have guns.  He says that he does not want anyone to have guns, but then he is much bigger and stronger than most women, so perhaps he does not mind being disarmed, as long as women are disarmed as well.  A general prohibition on guns always favors those who are bigger, stronger and younger. Jefferies does not just rant about guns, he rants...
  • An Australian comic on what U.S. gun laws look like to the rest of the world

    06/21/2015 9:08:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ana Swanson
    "I'm going to talk about something now that sort of splits the crowd a little bit," Australian comedian Jim Jeffries says. "Gun control." "Don't get excited," he continues, "because the other people have guns!" "Shhhhh." In this hilarious act, Jeffries says he believes in the right of Americans to have gun, but seems skeptical of the argument -- often made by gun rights activists often claim -- that Americans need guns for their own security. "In Australia we had guns, right up until 1996. In 1996 Australia had the biggest massacre on earth. Still hasn't been beaten," Jeffries says. "Now...
  • Former Sydney Deputy Mayor: Lift Gun Ban so Australians Can Defend Themselves

    12/17/2014 8:52:38 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 12/17/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    In the wake of the December 15 hostage situation in which an armed man held unarmed Australians at gunpoint for hours, former Sydney Deputy Mayor Nick Adams is calling for a gun ban to be lifted so Australians can defend themselves. Adams said he believes if there was ever a time Australians wanted to have a gun, it was December 15.
  • Illegal Guns Down Under, a Chilling Lesson for the U.S.A.

    11/29/2013 7:38:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Results of an intrusive national registration scheme These guns and air rifles are being haled as a find of a massive cache of private guns in Moonford, Australia, a tiny farming community with virtually no crime.  That is, there was no crime there before the National Australian government created it with the intrusive "gun control" law they passed, taking advantage of the act of a madman and the emotional response pushed by their national media.  All guns must be registered.  All guns must be locked up.  All guns are subject to inspection at virtually any time.  When I considered...
  • Ancient Technology for Metal Coatings 2,000 Years Ago Can't Be Matched Even Today

    07/27/2013 8:41:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 24, 2013 | American Chemical Society
    Artists and craftsmen more than 2,000 years ago developed thin-film coating technology unrivaled even by today's standards for producing DVDs, solar cells, electronic devices and other products. Understanding these sophisticated metal-plating techniques from ancient times, described in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research, could help preserve priceless artistic and other treasures from the past. Share This: Gabriel Maria Ingo and colleagues point out that scientists have made good progress in understanding the chemistry of many ancient artistic and other artifacts -- crucial to preserve them for future generations. Big gaps in knowledge remained, however, about how gilders in the...
  • Militants: Somali-American bombed AU base (Mogadishu)

    10/29/2011 4:17:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/29/11 | Abdi Guled and Katharine Houreld - AP
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A team of suicide bombers and gunmen disguised as soldiers assaulted an African Union base in the Somali capital on Saturday, sparking a two-hour gunfight that left at least 10 people dead, security officials said. The al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group that claimed the attack said one of the bombers was Somali-American. The attack underscored the militants' ability to carry out complex and deadly operations even after AU troops forced them from most of Mogadishu and a famine in their strongholds weakened their forces. Earlier this month, Kenya sent troops into Somalia following a string of cross-border...
  • Somali militia claims slaughter of African Union soldiers

    10/20/2011 7:48:45 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    :A Times ^ | October 20, 2011 | 4:59 pm
    REPORTING FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- A Somali militia linked to Al Qaeda claimed Thursday to have killed dozens of African Union soldiers in fighting in Mogadishu and displayed the bodies on the outskirts of the war-torn capital. If the claim is confirmed, it would represent the largest loss for the 9,000-member AU mission in Somalia since it began in 2007. And it would serve as a blunt warning of the Shabab militia’s capabilities, even as Kenyan soldiers press into its stronghold in famine-ravaged southern Somalia. ... Photographs circulating on the Internet showed the corpses of several dozen men in...
  • The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Elections: Jobs Through Gold?

    09/19/2011 8:06:44 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/12/11 | Ralph Benko
    ...Meanwhile, a credible key to explosive jobs growth begins to come to the fore: a credible monetary policy prescription for a seriously stable dollar. A sure signal of a rising policy vector? The Washington Post sends forth a top gunslinger to attack the gold standard and the GOP candidates for considering it. See Steven Pearlstein's Sept. 10 column, “The magical world of voodoo ‘economists’“: If you came up with a bumper sticker that pulls together the platform of this year’s crop of Republican presidential candidates, it would have to be: Repeal the 20th century. Vote GOP. They reject as thoroughly...
  • Holy Crap! Gold Tops $1770 Overseas.

    08/08/2011 9:54:03 PM PDT · by Atlas Sneezed · 32 replies
    Kitco ^ | 8-8-11 | Kitco
  • Head of African Union: UN blocked mediation efforts in Libya

    03/30/2011 6:04:51 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Pajamas Media Tatler ^ | March 29, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    In an interview with the French-language magazine of African affairs Jeune Afrique, the head of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, has said that an African Union (AU) delegation attempting to mediate between the warring parties in Libya was denied authorization to visit the country by the UN Security Council. The five-member delegation was scheduled to visit the Libyan capital Tripoli on March 20 and Benghazi, the capital of the rebellion, on March 21. The bombing of Libya by coalition forces began on March 19.
  • Divers find antique gold chain worth $250,000

    03/25/2011 8:10:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 47 replies
    The Star ^ | 25 Mar 2011 | Sharon Wiley
    KEY WEST, FLA.—Shipwreck experts are evaluating a centuries-old-101-centimetre gold chain plucked from the sea floor while searching for a 17th-century sunken Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys. The piece is tentatively valued at about $250,000. It is believed to be from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank during a 1622 hurricane. It was found Wednesday by divers from Mel Fisher’s Treasures about 55 kilometres west of Key West. The chain has 55 links, an enameled gold cross and a two-sided engraved religious medallion featuring the Virgin Mary and a chalice.
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • Croc thrown in jail for loitering

    10/04/2009 2:31:14 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 472+ views
    news ^ | October 05, 2009 | Alyssa Betts
    NORTHERN Territory police were forced to arrest a grumpy crocodile and throw it in jail after it was discovered loitering in a town. Gunbalanya police were called out recently after the 2m female saltie turned up at Arrkuluk Camp, in town, the Northern Territory News reports. Police said they found it loitering near a fence, trying to look innocent. Brevet Sergeant Adam Russell said intrigued residents had gathered around to watch the arrest - but any dreams he had of nabbing the gnasher in style were promptly voted down. "I wanted to jump on it Steve Irwin style," he said....
  • AU students protest Barney speech

    04/20/2009 4:12:04 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 10 replies · 627+ views
    POLITICO ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | Glenn Thrush
    AU students protest Barney speech About 130 American University students have signed an online petition of sorts asking the school's administration to withdraw an invitation to Barney Frank, who is slated to deliver a commencement address at AU's School of Public Affairs in a few weeks. The students blame the fiery House Financial Services chairman for the financial meltdown, singling out his longtime support of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as contributing to the severity of the crisis and magnitude of bailouts. "Many of us are having trouble finding a job and are finding our ability to get into grad...
  • Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields - "We'll Islamize America and Arabize Africa"

    03/29/2009 12:37:35 AM PDT · by Righting · 2 replies · 891+ views
    newera ^ | March 27, 2009 | Bankie F. Bankie
    Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields - by Bankie F. Bankie March 27, 2009 • We Will Islamize America and Arabize Africa – Dr Hassan Abdallah Turabi from Darfur, SudanThe whittling away of the remains of settler colonialism is proceeding with the increased development of Southern Africa. There is no parallel process of decolonisation in the Afro-Arab Borderlands, rather an internationally co-ordinated aggressive action is underway, to coral the Sudan liberation movements in places such as Darfur and in eastern Sudan, into a peace ‘laager’, with the generous dispensation of petro-dollars. Given that the area of ‘ambiguous relations’(i.e. the...
  • Update on Arrest warrant of Arab league backed Al-Bashir for racist genocide

    03/04/2009 10:07:22 AM PST · by Righting · 1 replies · 436+ views
    Compiled from various news sources | March, 2009
    March 2009 Update on the racist Arab Muslim [Arab league backed] dictator Al Bashir's arrest warrant for genocide, crimes against humanity     Ban urges Sudan to ensure safety of UN bodies Reuters - [March, 4, 2009]UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Khartoum to cooperate with all UN entities and ensure their safety after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Sudan's leader.   World court issues arrest warrant for Sudan's Bashir Christian Science Monitor [Mar. 4, 2009]‎   Court issues war crimes warrant for Sudan's Bashir The Associated Press  [Mar. 4, 2009]‎...charges...
  • Ghadafi - African "God" W/ His Message (aggressive spread of Islam through racist Arabism)

    02/19/2009 7:05:14 PM PST · by Masti · 9 replies · 602+ views
    allafrica ^ | 11 February 2009 | Sunny Igboanugo Dan Kanu Austin Oboh And Rafiu Ajakaye
    Africa: Ghadafi - African God With His Message Sunny Igboanugo Dan Kanu Austin Oboh And Rafiu Ajakaye 11 February 2009 opinion Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were reputed to have employed advisers, whose job was to continuously drum it in their ears: "Remember Pharaoh, you are but human." This constant refrain, was meant to restrain them from playing God in administering the affairs of their people. In years thereafter, and even today, this critical practice, appears to be missing in the lives of leaders, especially those who want to rule the world, or at least impact on it in their peculiar...
  • Gaddafi elected as next AU leader

    02/02/2009 10:31:20 AM PST · by Squidpup · 7 replies · 379+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2 February 2009 | BBC
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been elected as chairman of the 53-nation African Union. ... A BBC correspondent at the summit says Col Gaddafi was seen to be the obvious choice, but some delegates are uneasy about his nomination. AU spokeswoman Habiba Mejri-Sheikh said Col Gaddafi was elected "by the heads of state in a closed-door session, for a one-year period". ... On Sunday, the summit debated a Libyan-backed proposal to set up a single government - the United States of Africa. In a compromise, the summit agreed to transform the African Union Commission, which oversees the body, into an...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him (renegade priest to break with Rome)

    01/13/2009 6:50:29 AM PST · by NYer · 228 replies · 2,325+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | January 9, 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church.There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more orthodox Catholic parishes struggle to fill pews. In...
  • The great game of hunting pirates

    11/23/2008 5:41:57 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 38 replies · 1,542+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Nov 22, 2008 | M K Bhadrakumar
    "Sir, you have done India proud." That was how the anchorman of a television channel in Delhi addressed the Indian navy chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, on the victorious sea battle by warship INS Tabar with would-be hijackers as dusk was falling on Tuesday evening in the Gulf of Aden. Those words would have made Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century British navigator and slaver-politician of the Elizabethan era, truly envious. Sir Francis had bigger claims to fame in a life cut short by dysentery while attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1595. Unsurprisingly, the patriotic Indian media dutifully expressed its gratitude...
  • Anjouan: AU troops in the capital, Mutsamudu (Comoros)

    03/24/2008 11:11:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 421+ views
    AFP via translation | March 25, 2008
    MUTSAMUDU (Comoros) - Tanzanian troops mandated by the African Union (AU) entered Tuesday morning in the capital of Comorian island of Anjouan Mutsamudu, as part of the operation to overthrow the president of the island Mohamed Bacar , witnesses reported to the AFP. Tanzanian soldiers were visible in the city centre where they have not encountered any resistance from forces loyal to the authorities of Anjouan deemed illegal by the federal government and the AU. The arrival of soldiers from the AU has been greeted with cries of joy inhabitants of Mutsamudu, the witnesses said. The "Democracy in the...
  • AU troops head to Comoros for invasion of rebel island

    03/09/2008 3:15:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 379+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/09/08
    MORONI, Comoros (AFP) — African Union troops will arrive Monday in the Comoros before launching a military offensive against the island of Anjouan and its rebellious leader, the government of the Indian Ocean nation said. Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar is at loggerheads with Comoros' President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi after he held local elections last year against the orders of the government and the AU. "In the next 24 hours, we will see soldiers and military equipment arrive at our airports," government spokesman Abdourahim Said Bakar told AFP. Libya, Senegal, Sudan and Tanzania, which chairs the AU, have offered to supply...
  • Caller To Radio Show: Obama's AU Crowds Were Mostly Students Told By Teachers To Attend Mandatorily

    01/29/2008 9:42:32 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 35 replies · 103+ views
    A caller to "The Chris Core Show" this morning (heard on 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C. from 9:00 - Noon) told Chris that the majority of the students assembled at the Obama - Kennedy event yesterday (Mon., 1/28/08)at American University in Tenleytown, DC were told by their teachers to attend the event and that "roll call" would be taken there. The caller (named "Lee") said that many of the students were there for 3 hours prior to the start of the event and that many of them were non too happy about it. He spoke to a few of them,...
  • US diplomat killed in Sudan shooting

    01/01/2008 5:52:49 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies · 202+ views
    AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | January 1, 2008 | MOHAMED OSMAN
    KHARTOUM, Sudan - An American diplomat and his driver were shot to death Tuesday in the Sudanese capital, the U.S. Embassy said, a day after a joint African Union-United Nations force took over peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region. It was not immediately known if the motive for the attack was political or a random crime. "This afternoon, the American officer succumbed to his injuries and passed away," said Walter Braunohler, the spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Braunohler said the diplomat, whose name was not released, worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry identified...
  • 10 African peacekeepers killed in Darfur attack

    09/30/2007 9:44:17 AM PDT · by Republicain · 9 replies · 138+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/30/2207 | Mohamed Hasni
    KHARTOUM -- At least 10 African Union (AU) troops have been killed and 50 reported missing from their base in Sudan's western Darfur region, in the bloodiest attack on the peacekeeping force, the AU said Sunday. "At least 10 soldiers were killed, seven wounded, and dozens are missing," African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) spokesman Noureddine Mezni said of the attack Saturday night on Haskanita base in southern Darfur. An AU statement said 50 personnel were missing after a "sustained attack by a large-and-organized group of heavily-armed men," who broke into the camp with 30 vehicles, forcing AU troops to...
  • U.N. authorizes Darfur mission

    08/01/2007 7:43:49 AM PDT · by JKrive · 14 replies · 545+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | Betsy Pisik
    NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council yesterday authorized a new peacekeeping mission for Darfur, a complex military effort with 26,000 African and U.N. forces under a single command that will be the largest ever attempted by the world body. The resolution setting up the mission also calls for an immediate cease-fire in the Darfur region of Western Sudan and sets a timetable for the force to be fully deployed by early 2008. No U.S. troops will participate directly in the mission, but they likely will help move troops and materiel. "We call in particular on [Sudanese] President [Omar] Bashir...
  • Blair Threatens Force Over Darfur

    03/27/2007 11:01:37 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 311+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-27-2007 | Julian Borger
    Blair threatens force over Darfur Julian Borger Tuesday March 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited )UK) African Union soldiers on patrol in the town of Muhujariya in south Darfur. Photograph: Khaled el Fiqi/EPA Tony Blair is pushing the United Nations to declare a no-fly zone over Darfur, enforced if necessary by the bombing of Sudanese military airfields used for raids on the province, the Guardian has learned. The controversial initiative comes as a classified new report by a UN panel of experts alleges Sudan has violated UN resolutions by moving arms into Darfur, conducting overflights and disguising its military planes as UN...
  • Auburn trying to avoid more doldrums [Auburn Tigers v. Georgia Bulldogs]

    11/11/2006 7:17:42 AM PST · by indcons · 8 replies · 306+ views
    The Associated Press Via Houston Chronicle ^ | JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer
    AUBURN, Ala. — The game starts in the lazy morning hours against a seemingly pedestrian team with a freshman quarterback and double rushing threats. No, Auburn is not having nightmarish flashbacks to the Arkansas debacle. The fifth-ranked Tigers instead face that benign-looking scenario for a second time Saturday when Georgia visits for a 11:30 a.m. (CST) kickoff. The first time was disastrous, with Arkansas stunning a still-groggy crowd with a fast start and dominating 27-10 back on Oct. 7. That experience has made the Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) especially wary for this one, even as they insist that a...
  • Sudan accepts Blair's five-point peace plan

    10/06/2004 7:24:33 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 211+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/07/04 | Patrick Wintour
    Sudan accepts Blair's five-point peace plan After two hours of talks and a warning on sanctions, Khartoum agrees to give African Union troops freedom of movement in Darfur Patrick Wintour in Khartoum Thursday October 7, 2004 The Guardian Sudan bowed to a five-point plan tabled by Tony Blair during talks in Khartoum yesterday, which included accepting the free movement of 3,500 African Union troops as ceasefire monitors in Darfur province. Mr Blair also urged Sudan to return its troops to barracks and accept a deadline of December 31 for an agreement on devolution for the south of the country. He...
  • The Darfur genocide continues-"This place belongs to Arab tribes, Blacks must leave"

    03/09/2006 7:29:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 971+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-9-06 | JASON SILBERMAN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    The United Nations has described the situation in Darfur as the world's gravest humanitarian crisis. In 2004, then-secretary of state Colin Powell called it genocide. On Tuesday, a US Congressional delegation that had visited Sudan told UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "The issue of Darfur challenges the conscience of our country." So what is being done about it? Darfur is a province in the southwest of Sudan, an Arab country. The area had a population of about 6 million - about 2 million have fled to neighboring Chad, while about 400,000 were killed by the Sudanese military and the Janjaweed militias...
  • Spectator to genocide: U.S. Marine captain in Darfur ends up mapping crimes in progress

    03/29/2005 4:37:15 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 16 replies · 1,001+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/2/05 | Priya Abraham
    Brian Steidle's only weapons against mass killing were his pen, paper, and camera. The former Marine captain catalogs what they caught in Darfur, Sudan, with quick-fire urgency: toddlers with their faces smashed in, men castrated and left to bleed to death, charred bodies of villagers locked in huts later burned down. Charged only with monitoring ceasefire violations in the war-wracked region, he soon grew weary of playing spectator to genocide. So after six months, the 28-year-old Mr. Steidle returned to the United States a month ago and launched his own offensive to stop the killing. In mid-March he criss-crossed Washington,...
  • Nimbyism at Cronulla

    12/14/2005 5:26:21 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 368+ views
    Crickey ^ | | Christian Kerr
    Could it be that racism isn't the real cause of Cronulla? ___ Cronulla, Cronulla and Cronulla dominates the newspapers this morning – the Falconio verdict and the Hicks judgement came in too late. So let's look at some of the underlying causes of the disturbances on Sydney's southern beaches. First, there are small matters of geography that people outside Sydney probably aren't aware of – what a self-contained area Cronulla itself is and the sense of identity that this engenders. Then there's the whole issue of the Sutherland Shire area – the Shire, always – and the sense of difference...
  • Gold Prices Rise to New 24-Year High

    12/12/2005 11:44:40 AM PST · by DebtAndDelusion · 28 replies · 1,012+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 12, 2005 | AP
    Gold prices rose Monday, hitting fresh 24-year highs as investor interest in the yellow metal booms. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, spot gold was up $7.70 at $527 an ounce in morning trading. In European trading, spot gold rose as high as $541.30 an ounce. Spot gold is trading at levels not seen since 1981. Traders said the contract is testing resistance at $541.80 and $543.20, and that resistance would likely be a short-term top followed by a dip to $523.10 and $531.00. Long-term charts say that if the contract breaks through $543.20, however, it would be going for...
  • Asian lion treated for arthritis with injections of gold

    12/08/2005 1:58:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 753+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 7, 2005
    Veterinarians have treated an elderly lion in Rome's zoo for arthritis by inserting some 50 gold pellets into the animal's muscles, the zoo's chief veterinarian said today. The Asian lion, named Bellamy, had difficulty walking until the procedure two weeks ago in which 24-karat gold pellets each measuring 1 millimeter (0.04 inches) in diameter were inserted, Klaus Gunther Friedrich said. "We implantd gold into his spinal muscles and near the joints," he said, adding that gold helps to relieve muscle contraction around painful areas. "The lion is getting old, if we hadn't intervened the situation would have got worse," crippling...
  • Ghosts of Rwanda: The Failure of the African Union in Darfur

    11/22/2005 6:23:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 406+ views
    Sudan Tribune ^ | 11-22-05
    Ghosts of Rwanda: The Failure of the African Union in Darfur; An international abandonment of the "Responsibility to Protect" (Part 1 of 2) By Eric Reeves Nov 13, 2005 — The ghosts of Rwanda are stirring ever more ominously in Darfur. Differences in geography, history, and genocidal means do less and less to obscure the ghastly similarities between international failure in 1994 and the world’s current willingness to allow ethnically-targeted human destruction to proceed essentially unchecked. To be sure, the Hutu genocidaires in Rwanda accomplished their frenzied destruction of perhaps 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in approximately 100 days; the...
  • On patrol with AU troops in Darfur--NATO agrees to airlift African troops

    06/09/2005 5:25:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-9-05
    EL FASHER, NORTH DARFUR, 8 June (IRIN) - As he peers down the barrel of his ancient, Russian-made machine gun, Emanuel Ndagijimana epitomises the constraints and expectations faced by the African Union's (AU) first-ever peacekeeping force. At 22, the Rwandan soldier is one of 2,370 AU peacekeepers helping to maintain a shaky ceasefire in Darfur, western Sudan, the scene of what the UN has called "one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters". Around him are peacekeepers from Chad, Senegal, Kenya and South Africa. The AU force is an army that has begged and borrowed its way into existence. But the...
  • AU Plans to deploy troops in Sudan

    06/05/2005 3:47:32 PM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 185+ views
    CAIRO [MENL] -- The African Union plans to deploy an additional 5,000 troops to Sudan to stabilize the war-torn province of Darfour. The United States and other NATO allies intend to help airlift the AU troops to Darfour over the next few months. U.S. officials said the air transports would be ready by July 2005. "I hope some can start to come in this month and [the rest] be brought in over the summer," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said. "But ultimately it's an African Union decision."
  • Boca Islamic Group Under Scrutiny for Neo-Nazi Ties (TROP™ and homegrown fascists)

    04/16/2005 11:27:04 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 797+ views
    The Boca Raton [FL] News ^ | April 16, 2005 | Sean Salai
    A new Islamic advocacy group in Boca Raton is under scrutiny for its ties to William W. Baker, a former chairman of the neo-Nazi political party of presidential candidate David Duke who was run out of town last year when he attempted to speak at Florida Atlantic University. Local Jewish and civic leaders said Friday they were alarmed that the Assadiq Islamic Education Foundation, whose headquarters are listed at 831 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca, had invited Baker back to Boca as featured speaker at an April 30 banquet at the Boca Marriott. Invited by Muslim students to speak...
  • Meat on the menu for Republicans

    04/14/2005 4:11:35 AM PDT · by Semper Paratus · 55 replies · 1,171+ views
    The Eagle Online ^ | April 14, 2005 | Mary Specht
    The College Republicans promoted the "Carnivore Initiative," an effort to get students to eat more meat, on the Quad Wednesday with wings, ribs and a pledge-singing campaign. "I will celebrate the fact that I am on top of the food chain," read part of the pledge, which 82 people signed, according to CR President Mike Inganamort. "We had a really successful year this year, and this gives us a chance to give back - in meat," he said. Secretary Jackie Puente said the initiative is a response to vegetarian and vegan movements on campus that she said have deprived students...
  • AU's Campus Republicans Fence Michelle Malkin Out

    09/13/2004 7:29:29 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 27 replies · 1,213+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 09/12/04 | Richard Leiby
    AU's Campus Republicans Fence Michelle Malkin Out By Richard Leiby Sunday, September 12, 2004; Page D03 Flame-throwing syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, whose latest book supports the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, was all set to appear at American University tomorrow as the year's kickoff speaker for the College Republicans. But her topic proved too hot for them to handle. Abruptly canceling her speech last week, Mike Inganamort, president of the campus Republicans, told Malkin in an e-mail: "Our first priority for the next two months is ensuring President Bush be re-elected. Staff members for the Bush campaign...
  • Green Revolution to Feed Africa

    07/05/2004 2:59:23 PM PDT · by Max Combined · 4 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 05, 2004 | Andrew Quinn
    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) on Monday called for a "Green Revolution" to feed Africa's hungry, saying the world's poorest continent must kick-start food output if it is to achieve long-term peace. Annan told a food conference ahead of this week's African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Africa was unlikely to reach its target of halving hunger by 2015, leaving millions doomed to chronic poverty and vulnerable to everything from natural disasters to the global AIDS (news - web sites) epidemic. "Let us generate a uniquely African Green Revolution - a...
  • DANIEL PIPES: Did the ACLU Disrupt My Talk at American University?

    03/15/2004 9:35:03 AM PST · by tgslTakoma · 34 replies · 135+ views ^ | March 15, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Weblog Did the ACLU Disrupt My Talk at American University? March 15, 2004 Did the ACLU Disrupt My Talk at American University? When I spoke at American University in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2004, a number of those in the audience engaged in a variety of antics, as described by the school newspaper, the Eagle: As Pipes took the podium at approximately 8:15 p.m., almost a third of the crowd of 150 took out black pieces of cloth and, in unison, wrapped the cloth around their mouths as a sort of "gag." This was apparently meant as a form...
  • Daniel Pipes to speak at American University (DC) - Tuesday, 01/20/04 - 8:15-9:15pm

    01/19/2004 1:17:22 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 22 replies · 136+ views
    Dr. Daniel Pipes Tuesday, January 20, 2003 at 8:15 PM McDowell Formal Lounge Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum, a member of the presidentially appointed board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a prize winning columnist for the New York Sun and the Jerusalem Post. MSNBC describes him as one of the best known "Mideast policy luminaries." He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College. He has served in various capacities at the Departments of State and Defense. Please join us as we kick off KPU's spring...
  • Union of despots

    07/14/2003 7:42:21 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 14, 2003 | (leader page)
    The appointment of Robert Mugabe to a senior post in the African Union may look like a snub to President Bush; in reality, though, it is a snub to the wretched people of Zimbabwe. The AU seems set to go the way of its predecessor, the Organisation for African Unity, in becoming a haven for crooks and tyrants. This is partly because, in common with other international bureaucracies, it is not answerable to anyone, leaving its members free to arrange things in their own interest. Which is precisely the problem with many of its member states. Governments that do not...
  • Area educators call solution pragmatic

    06/23/2003 10:17:31 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 183+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2003 | By George Archibald
    <p>Area college leaders applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's twin decisions yesterday regarding the University of Michigan's use of race in its admissions policies, saying the rulings offer a pragmatic way to achieve student diversity and a 25-year time limit to revisit affirmative action.</p>
  • Africa Plans Continental Peacekeeping Force to Deal With Future Crises

    05/28/2003 7:17:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 270+ views ^ | May 27, 2003 | Stephen Mbogo
    An initiative aimed at bolstering homegrown African peacekeeping efforts has been welcomed in a continent that has traditionally relied on outside help when its many conflicts have gotten out of hand. Military commanders from numerous African countries agreed recently to establish a standby peacekeeping force within the next few years, designed to intervene in conflicts like those currently underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Liberia and Burundi. Jan Kamenju, a retired army lieutenant-colonel now based at the Security Research and Information Center in Nairobi said it was certainly possible to establish the envisaged force, although the process would...
  • 'Pro-War' Movement Springs Into Action

    03/01/2003 5:39:51 AM PST · by Republican_Strategist · 8 replies · 345+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2003 | Liza Porteus
    <p>NEW YORK — As time runs out for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to disarm or face a military thrashing from the United States and its allies, "pro-war" — or "anti-anti-war" — Americans are saying they have had enough of the recent protests in various cities at home and abroad.</p>
  • Playing Politics with Hunger in Zimbabwe

    08/13/2002 2:01:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies · 205+ views
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung, ^ | August 12, 2002 | editorial - Switzerland
    The drama of hunger in southern Africa is proceeding along its inexorable course. In Zimbabwe alone, five million people face food shortages. And this is despite the fact that Zimbabwe, leaving aside oil-rich Libya, is probably the richest country in Africa. The excellent infrastructure inherited by Robert Mugabe when he took over Zimbabwe in 1980 would have been adequate to overcome the current shortages. But at this point the policies he is pursuing can only be described as paranoid, while holding on to power seems to be his sole concern. His regime has now issued an ultimatum ordering all white...