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  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is “purely a business decision.” He says the...
  • Kim Jong Un may have ordered missile launch

    07/27/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    NHK World ^ | July 27, 2014 | NA
    North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice. South Korean military officials say the North fired a Scud missile from around Ryongyon county in South Hwanghae Province on the western coast near the military demarcation line on Saturday night. North Korean media on Sunday suggested the country's leader Kim Jong Un himself ordered the missile to be fired. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim directed a firing drill after checking on the deployment of US forces in...
  • The Need to Eliminate FIRPTA

    06/23/2014 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 3 replies
    GlobeSt..com ^ | June 4, 2014 | James Nelson
    In my last two blog posts, I have been critical of the government on New York City property taxes and the proposed reduction of the 1031 exchange. For a change, I wanted to voice my support for a potential tax revision regarding the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). This tax would greatly boost foreign investment in US properties, and lead to job creation, stimulation of the economy and further increase property values. On March 29th, President Obama released major proposals to encourage private investment in US infrastructure as part of a proposed Rebuild America Partnership. For international...
  • Vietnamese boat capsizes after collision with Chinese vessel in South China Sea

    05/27/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 2 replies
    Ship-technology.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | NA
    A Vietnamese boat has capsized in the disputed waters of South China Sea after colliding with a Chinese vessel amid on-going maritime territorial disputes between the two Asian countries. The incident took place 17nm from a $1bn Chinese oil rig off the Paracel islands. Vietnam coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Chinese boat rammed and sank the Vietnamese fishing vessel; however, nearby Vietnamese ships rescued the ten fishermen on-board. "A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by...
  • Chinese Fighter Jet in Near Miss With Japanese Recon Planes

    05/27/2014 2:24:39 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 27 replies
    World Affairs ^ | May 27, 2014 | Gordon G. Chang
    On Monday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that his government had lodged a protest with Beijing for Chinese jets closing within meters of Japanese reconnaissance planes over the East China Sea. Tokyo has every right to be upset. Beijing, from all indications, looks like it was trying to create incidents by flying too close for safety. On Saturday, Chinese Su-27 jets flew within 50 meters of a Japanese OP-3C and within 30 meters of a Japanese YS-11EB, both propeller-driven reconnaissance craft. “This is a close encounter that is outright over the top,” said Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori...
  • Why Is the Pentagon Honoring a Chinese General?

    05/16/2014 10:46:57 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 18 replies
    World Affairs ^ | May 15, 2014 | Gordon S. Chang
    General Fang Fenghui, China’s chief of general staff, is now in the US on a five-day tour of American military facilities, including the naval air station in San Diego, where he inspected the USS Ronald Reagan, one of America’s 10 active aircraft carriers. Most notably, he will receive a “full-military-honors arrival ceremony” at the Pentagon on Thursday. The visit comes as a fleet of about 80 Chinese vessels, both military and civilian, are protecting a drilling rig that China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, positioned just off Vietnam’s coast at the beginning of this month. China’s ships...
  • N.Korea Fires Multiple Launch Rockets

    03/04/2014 12:09:03 PM PST · by Parmenio · 40 replies
    NHK World ^ | March 4, 2014 | NA
    North Korea fired several rockets into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday. The South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday said a total of 7 rocket-propelled projectiles were fired at 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM local time from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, North Korea. The ministry said the 4 rockets fired in the afternoon are believed to be a new model of multiple-launch rocket. It also said those rockets landed in the Sea of Japan after traveling about 150 kilometers. A spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry strongly denounced the launches, calling them a threat against the...
  • Global Consequences of the Venezuelan Revolt

    02/24/2014 12:07:41 PM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    Curacao Chronicle ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jacob Gelt Dekker
    The bloodbath in Venezuela directly effects a large part of West-Indie but most of all, the 17 members of Caricom, and the Petrocaribe-oil alliance. The population of Venezuela is revolting because the socialist State of Venezuela is out of money, rather out of dollars, and since most consumptions is imported ( 80%) and not locally produced, out of food and everything else. The Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez spent more money than its economy produced and the shortfall could only temporarily be bridged by international loans, mostly from China, and the money press. The latter caused dramatic inflation ( 58%),...
  • Russia's Online-Comment Propaganda Army

    10/13/2013 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 9, 2013 | Olga Khazan
    Whenever I write about homophobia in Russia, several readers invariably leave comments defending the country's approach to gay rights... Elsewhere, like when my articles about opposition figures are translated and posted on Russian news sites, the comments get downright personal and anti-Semitic... It's of course impossible to tell whose vitriol is genuine and whose is being bankrolled, but at least some anti-Western comments appear to come from staffers the Russian government pays to sit in a room, surf the Internet, and leave sometimes hundreds of postings a day that criticize the country's opposition and promote Kremlin-backed policymakers....
  • China May Not Overtake America This Century After All

    05/08/2013 12:45:14 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 71 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 8, 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Doubts are growing about whether China can pass the US to become the world's biggest economy this century amid warnings that the country’s 30-year miracle is nearing exhaustion.
  • Chilean Film “No” Perpetuates Soviet Propaganda

    03/16/2013 8:58:15 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 16 replies
    Insight Sur ^ | March 4, 2013 | Insight Sur
    Chilean film “No” recently vaulted into international consciousness after winning the Art Cinema Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, for its depiction of a plebiscite in 1988, in which General Augusto Pinochet peacefully relinquished his power after 7 years and 6 months as President. The film generated a wave of international coverage, and brought the spotlight back to the administration of Pinochet, who passed away in 2006. Much of the focus of attention has placed more emphasis on his administration than the film itself. In 1976, the KGB approved “Operation TOUCAN,” as a propaganda initiative to capitalize on Pinochet’s...
  • Julian Assange: celebrities could lose thousands from WikiLeaks founder's bail breach

    06/20/2012 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 20, 2012 | NA
    Film directors, authors, journalists and socialites who raised £200,000 to secure Julian Assange bail face losing thousands after the WikiLeaks founder breached his bail.
  • Abandoned in Moscow

    06/07/2012 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 4 replies
    Standpoint ^ | June 7, 2012 | Juila Pettengill
    What will it take for the Obama administration to realise that their treasured "Reset" is the foreign policy equivalent of Monty's Python's dead parrot? The insults and harassment heaped upon Michel McFaul, the American Ambassador to Russia, apparently aren't enough. Ever since his appointment in December, Michael McFaul has been subjected to a steady stream of overall hostility from Kremlin-sponsored front groups and the media. Now, the Foreign Ministry itself has joined in. Their latest salvo has taken the form of a twitter war. Russian officials have issued a barrage of tweets berating McFaul for remarks he made to an...
  • Hennepin County takes down U.N. flag

    04/05/2012 5:58:25 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 17 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 2, 2012 | Keven Duchschere
    The United Nations flag came down outside the Hennepin County Government Center last week after commissioners unanimously voted to fly only the U.S., Minnesota and county flags over the red-brick plaza facing Minneapolis City Hall.
  • The Empire Is Still Evil

    04/04/2012 4:23:36 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 19 replies
    Standpoint ^ | April 2012 | Daniel Johnson
    Twenty-first century Russia has three famous faces: Anna Chapman, the failed spy, who came in from the cold to become a red hot sex symbol back home; Alexander Litvinenko, the spy-turned-dissident, who was poisoned by a radioactive polonium isotope in London; and Vladimir Putin, the KGB colonel-turned-president, who had himself re-elected for a six-year term last month. It is no accident that all three of these faces belong to former intelligence officers. The point of Deception is to explain how and why Putin's Russia has succeeded in fooling us all, both about its own sinister nexus of espionage, politics and...
  • Senate GOP makes a power play on Right-to-Work Amendment

    03/09/2012 7:50:44 AM PST · by Parmenio · 4 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tom Scheck
    Republicans in the Minnesota Senate took an unusual step today by moving a bill from one committee to another before the first committee voted on the measure. The bill in question is a proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide whether workers could voluntarily avoid paying union dues. Sen. Dave Thompson, R- Lakeville, requested that the so-called "right-to-work" bill be moved from the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's a simple procedural move, but it upends the typical Senate process that allows policy committees to debate and vote on bills that fall within...
  • Columbia Heights Man Caught With Stolen 19-Inch TV in Pants

    02/25/2012 8:02:08 AM PST · by Parmenio · 27 replies · 2+ views
    KSTP ^ | February 24, 2012 | Jennie Olson
    A Columbia Heights man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 19-inch television – by shoving it down his pants. Twenty-one-year-old Eric Lee King was walking out of an Eagan business on Dec. 5, 2011, when he dropped a box of candy in the parking lot. An Eagan police officer was in the area and let King know, but King kept walking as if he didn’t hear the officer, according to the complaint. The police officer said King was walking “straight-legged, shuffling his feet, and not bending his knees.” The officer also noticed that King’s pants were falling down and he...
  • “Nature Fakery”

    02/22/2012 11:22:41 AM PST · by Parmenio · 18 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bruce Thornton
    At the turn of the twentieth century, President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in a public controversy over how some writers and naturalists described the natural world in overly anthropomorphic and sentimental terms. In a 1907 article attacking Jack London, among other writers, Roosevelt popularized the moniker “nature fakers,” those writers whom Roosevelt called “an object of derision to every scientist worthy of the name, to every real lover of the wilderness, to every faunal naturalist, to every true hunter or nature lover. But it is evident that [the nature faker] completely deceives many good people who are wholly ignorant of...
  • Unions turn town hall meeting into a confrontation

    02/20/2012 7:42:41 AM PST · by Parmenio · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Minneapolis Conservative Examiner ^ | February 20, 2012 | Gary Gross
    When John Pederson, Steve Gottwalt and King Banaian scheduled Friday night's town hall meeting at St. Cloud's Public Library, they had no way of knowing that public employee unions were planning on disrupting it. Things didn't get ugly immediately but it didn't take long before things got out of control. The first question of the night was directed at Dr. Banaian, the economist, not Rep. Banaian, the Minnesota House member. Here's the statement and question: "Study after study has shown that right-to-work lowers wages for all workers. Is this true?" Banaian said that there are many studies on the subject...
  • Republicans, League of Women Voters go at it over Voter ID (MN)

    02/17/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | February 16, 2012 | Cindy Brucato
    The author of a proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID when voting is offering an olive branch to the bill’s most vocal opponent. “When this passes… I would expect the League of Women Voters to work with us,” said state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, Republican from Big Lake. The League is not accepting. “If it passes the Legislature, we will continue to educate voters. If it passes [in November], we will have to take a look at both options -- try to make it work or go to court,” says Laura Wang, executive director of the League of Women...
  • Voter ID constitutional amendment introduced in Senate (MN)

    01/27/2012 6:32:18 AM PST · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jake Grovum
    A host of Republican Senators, including Judiciary Chairman Warren Limmer, member of leadership Ted Lillie and Environment Chairman Bill Ingebrigtsen, have introduced a bill to implement a Voter ID requirement by way of constitutional amendment. A total of 10 senators have signed on to two versions of the bill, SF 1577 and SF 1578, that would bypass Gov. Mark Dayton’s threatened veto and instead put the controversial elections reform measure before voters this fall. The bills will be formally introduced Thursday in the Senate. The Senate bill’s chief author, Sen. Scott Newman, said Thursday that his bill would simply amend...
  • Why Newt Could Win

    01/23/2012 11:53:43 AM PST · by Parmenio · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 23, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    Yes, I know: it’s amazing to even think about it, when you look back just a few months to the wreck of the SS Squarepants (as some idiot dubbed it). But when even Jonathan Alter is explaining to his MSNBC hostess why it’s time to start taking Mr. Newt seriously, you know the ground has shifted and, unlike the Costa Concordia, the ship is starting to right itself. So let me second Mark’s notion that the man who has resurrected Newt is the same guy who put him in the ground in Iowa, Mitt Romney. In fact, all the anti-Romneys,...
  • Gingrich: Bolton for Secretary of State

    12/07/2011 11:50:36 AM PST · by Parmenio · 91 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 7, 2011 | Katrina Trinko
    In his speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition, Newt Gingrich just pledged that, if elected, he would ask John Bolton to be his secretary of state.
  • Cloture Defeated on Halligan Nomination

    12/06/2011 10:57:30 AM PST · by Parmenio · 5 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 6, 2011 | Ed Whelan
    The Senate has just defeated the cloture petition on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit. Sixty votes were needed for cloture. The petition received only 54 votes in support and 45 votes against. (I believe that Senator Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to support cloture, but I’ll confirm that when I see the roll-call vote.) [Update: Here’s the roll-call vote. Murkowski was the only Republican yes vote. (Senator Hatch voted present, which is the functional equivalent of a no vote.)] By their unprecedented resort to the filibuster against President Bush’s judicial nominees beginning in 2003 and by...
  • Greek military leadership changes spark opposition outcry

    11/01/2011 3:33:32 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 1, 2011 | Paul Anast
    In a surprise development, Panos Beglitis, Defence Minister, a close confidante of Mr Papandreou, summoned the chiefs of the army, navy and air-force and announced that they were being replaced by other senior officers. ...snip... The left wing SYRIZA party said that the government’s decision “gives the impression that it wants to create a highly politicized armed forces that it can control at a time of political crisis”. It called on the President of the Republic not to proceed with the formal ratification of the defence minister’s decree and to wait until new general elections take place. Similar statements were...
  • President Barack Obama attacks European leaders over debt crisis

    09/13/2011 2:45:28 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 13, 2011 | Louise Armitstead and Harry Wilson
    Reflecting the anger of Americans who are blaming Europe for the current economic turmoil, the President called for eurozone leaders to show global markets they are taking responsibility for the crisis.
  • Bachmann Pledges Gas Will Be Less Than $2 a Gallon

    08/17/2011 2:38:14 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 137 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 17, 2011 | Katrina Trinko
    At a town hall meeting in Greenville, S.C., today, Michele Bachmann said if she became president gas prices would fall dramatically. “Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 per gallon again. That will happen,” Bachmann said, according to The Hill. Gas is currently averaging $3.58 a gallon, according to AAA.
  • GOP Blocks Liu

    05/19/2011 11:55:08 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 30 replies
    national Review Online ^ | May 19, 2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered the nomination of Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The final vote on cloture was 52 to 43, with one Senator (Orrin Hatch of Utah) voting “present,” well short of the 60 votes required to end a filibuster. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) voted yes, while Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) voted no. Sens. Bauchus, Hutchison, Moran and Vitter did not vote.
  • You idiot! John Edwards rages at mistress Rielle Hunter for not destroying sex tape

    05/18/2011 10:10:09 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 106 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 18, 2011 | NA
    Furious John Edwards has allegedly vented his anger at mistress Rielle Hunter over the steamy sex video they made during his White House run. In an amazing outburst, the shamed politician reportedly exploded after a judge ruled portions of his testimony under oath would be made public. An insider said: 'John took his anger and frustrations out on Rielle. 'He screamed at Rielle, calling her an idiot for not destroying the tape, and yelling that she made a fool of him for talking him into making it,' a source told the National Enquirer. 'Rielle was in tears, and tried to...
  • Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices

    05/17/2011 9:14:50 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 76 replies · 2+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jonathan Watts
    The flying pips, shattered shells and wet shrapnel still haunt farmer Liu Mingsuo after an effort to chemically boost his fruit crop went spectacularly wrong. Fields of watermelons exploded when he and other agricultural workers in eastern China mistakenly applied forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator....The report said the farmers sprayed the fruit too late in the season and during wet conditions, which caused the melons to explode like "landmines". After losing three hectares (eight acres), Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.
  • Leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a 'possible propaganda media network'

    04/25/2011 3:01:55 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | April 25, 2011 | Christopher Hope
    The files, obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph, disclose that a phone number of someone at the BBC was found in the phone books and phones of a number of extremists seized by US forces. A detainee assessment, dated 21 April 2007, states: "The London, United Kingdom (UK), phone number 0044 207 XXX XXXX was discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals. “The number is associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).” Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests the number is one for Bush House, home of the BBC World...
  • Mario Traverso (obituary for Italian cavalry officer)

    02/19/2011 2:55:47 PM PST · by Parmenio · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | February 18, 2011 | NA
    Mario Traverso, who died on January 4 aged 94, was a leading officer in what is generally considered to be the last successful battlefield cavalry charge, on the Russian front at Isbuschenskij on August 24 1942; after the war he created a highly successful knitwear company.
  • Transgender 'Black Madam' sought by police for death of British bottom implant woman

    02/12/2011 11:54:20 AM PST · by Parmenio · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2011 | Paul Thompson & Daniel Bates
    Police are hunting a transgender hip-hop singer who calls herself 'Black Madam' on suspicion of killing Claudia Aderotimi with a botched bottom implant. The sex swap woman, also known as Padge-Victoria Windslowe, 41,is the prime suspect in the death of the 20 year old student. Detectives searched Windslowe's home in an upmarket suburb of Philadelphia after being given her name by Aderotimi's cousin who acted as fixer in the botched op. Investigators searched her home looking for medical supplies, such as syringes, Krazy Glue or silicone that might link her to the crime, according to a police affidavit.
  • Iran mosque bombing kills dozens

    12/15/2010 9:10:22 AM PST · by Parmenio · 7 replies · 2+ views
    The Guardian ^ | December 15, 2010 | Mark Tran & Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Two bombs near a mosque in south-eastern Iran have killed an estimated 39 people at a Shia mourning ceremony.
  • House Democrats keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader

    11/17/2010 12:12:35 PM PST · by Parmenio · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 17, 2010 | NA
    House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the next Congress.
  • Discharging Ahead

    06/30/2010 9:06:17 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 2 replies
    NRO ^ | June 30, 2010 | Tevi Troy
    Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor are going to be signing disharge petitions on measures by Steve King and Wally Herger that would repeal parts or all of the Democrats’ health-care bill. The petitions are procedural maneuvers that will force votes that have no chance of passing in the Congress, but remain important for two reasons. First, now that the passed law has proven to be no more popular than the proposed legislation, the votes will put Democratic members on the record once again in favor of what is and will likely continue to be an unpopular law. In...
  • Rachel Corrie's family bring civil suit over human shield's death in Gaza

    02/23/2010 12:23:17 PM PST · by Parmenio · 109 replies · 2,526+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 23, 2010 | Rory McCarthy
    The family of the American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago, is to bring a civil suit over her death against the Israeli defence ministry.
  • The Land of the Unfree

    09/02/2009 11:33:14 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 26 replies · 1,070+ views
    Le Monde diplomatique ^ | September 2009 | Andrew Oxford
    One in 35 Americans are caught up in the corrections system and incarceration is on the rise. Why is this when the US crime rate has dropped so remarkably? The United States incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other nation. It has only 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners. If you count everyone ensnared in the corrections system – on probation or parole – millions of Americans (one of every 31) are anything but free in the land of liberty (1). “Incarceration is a rich country’s hobby,” says Scott Henson, a Texan journalist...
  • Overhauling health-care system tops agenda at annual meeting of Canada's doctors

    08/18/2009 11:28:39 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 363+ views
    Canadian Press (Google News) ^ | August 15, 2009 | Jennifer Graham
    The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country's health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it. Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country - who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting - recognize that changes must be made. "We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We know that there must be change,"...
  • 'Barbarians' gang leader gets life in murder case

    07/10/2009 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies · 1,121+ views
    France 24 ^ | July 10, 2009 | NA
    Youssouf Fofana, leader of a kidnap gang who called themselves "The Barbarians", has been sentenced to life in prison for an anti-Semitic murder of shocking brutality. The court ruled he must serve a minimum of 22 yerars before he can be considered for parole. Of 26 other defendants in the case, two were acquitted and the rest received sentences of between six months and 18 years jail. Fofana, 28, masterminded the kidnap, torture and murder of Jewish shop clerk Ilan Halimi in 2006. Halimi went missing on January 20, 2006 while on a date with a girl he had met...
  • Goat jumps ship (Malloch-Brown leaves)

    07/08/2009 8:03:59 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 3 replies · 610+ views
    UK Telegraph blogs ^ | July 8, 2009 | Benedict Brogan
    Bad news for Gordon Brown. Mark Malloch-Brown, the highly regarded Foreign Office minister, will announce he is leaving Government tomorrow. It’s bad news not because it’s a surprise - it isn’t - but because he’s the biggest success among the goats (government of all the talents) who has proved invaluable both at the FCO and in No10. With his bulging contacts book, he has helped Mr Brown navigate the diplomatic circuit, and has played a crucial role brokering not just the PM’s influence at the UN but in Africa and beyond. He’s been contemplating a move back to the private...
  • State Department official who mocked Britain is arrested as Cuban spy

    06/05/2009 2:47:11 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 23 replies · 1,592+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Wow. This story has just taken my breath away. Do you remember the State Department analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (relatively obscure but one of the US government's intelligence agencies) who caused a storm in late 2006 with his disdainful remarks about the US-UK "special relationship? His name was Kendall Myers and I was one of two British journalists who reported his decidedly undiplomatic comments. He retired quietly in 2007. Well, he's just been arrested as a spy for Cuba for nearly 30 years. The Cubans apparently knew him better as their Agent 202. I'm told that...
  • Suicide attack at mosque kills at least 15 (Iran)

    05/28/2009 10:55:49 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 9 replies · 728+ views
    France 24 ^ | May 28, 2009 | NA
    A suicide attack on a mosque in southeastern Iran has killed at least 15 people, according to FRANCE 24's correspondent in the region. State news agency IRNA reported that the bombing, in the southeast Iranian city of Zahedan, wounded more than 50 people. Shortly after the explosion security forces defused a second bomb near the mosque, the semi-official FARS news agency reported. Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, which shares a border with Pakistan and is the scene of frequent clashes between Iranian police and drug dealers and militants. Campaigning is under way in Iran ahead of the June...
  • Obama's first 100 days: pass or fail? (freep The Guardian)

    04/30/2009 10:05:29 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 25 replies · 1,584+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 30, 2009 | NA
    Pass 29.1% Fail 70.9%
  • Barack Obama not seeking 'specific commitment' at London summit (The O blows off allies)

    03/12/2009 3:39:00 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 24 replies · 753+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | March 12, 2009 | James Kirkup
    Gordon Brown's hopes of striking a major agreement at his London summit on the world economy have been dealt a major blow when the White House said President Barack Obama will not seek any "specific commitment" at the meeting. The statement from the White House was the latest sign of a growing trans-Atlantic rift which threatens Mr Brown's hopes that leaders at the April 2 summit will agree a "global new deal" of economic and financial reforms. Mr Obama, backed by Mr Brown, has been arguing that world leaders should use the summit to agree more fiscal stimulus measures, borrowing...
  • Cabinet chief lambasts 'incredibly difficult' Obama team over G20 ("There is nobody there.")

    03/10/2009 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 60 replies · 2,241+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | March 10, 2009 | Phillippe Naughton
    Britain's most senior civil servant has complained that Downing Street is finding it “unbelievably difficult” to make arrangements with the United States for the crucial G20 summit. Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, reportedly said that the handover to the Obama Administration was hindering discussions about the meeting in London next month. The Prime Minister hopes that the summit on April 2 will produce a co-ordinated global strategy to tackle the economic downturn. So far, his attempts to get his Washington and European allies to agree to a coherent common platform for the meeting have proved frustrating. ...snip ... Mr...
  • Beware the new axis of evangelicals and Islamists

    03/05/2009 3:33:44 PM PST · by Parmenio · 60 replies · 1,941+ views
    The Spectator ^ | March 4, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    Melanie Phillips says there is a dangerous new alliance between anti-Israel Christians and radical Muslim groups, often plotting in secret against their common enemy Last weekend the Revd Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water appeared at an anti-Israel meeting with an Islamist called Ismail Patel. Patel has not only accused Israel of ‘genocide’ and ‘war crimes’ but considers Disney to be a Jewish plot and supports Hamas, Iran and Syria. Sizer is a virulent opponent of Christian Zionism and of Israel, which he has said he hopes will disappear just as did the apartheid regime in South Africa....
  • Thousands of Russians march in protest over Vladimir Putin and the economy

    01/31/2009 7:50:02 AM PST · by Parmenio · 12 replies · 478+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 31, 2009 | Adrian Blomfield in Vladivostok
    The biggest display of public disaffection with Russia's normally popular prime minister prompted a violent response in Moscow, the capital. Pro Kremlin youths brutally beat some protestors, while others were detained, including Eduard Limonov, a prominent Kremlin critic and leader of the outlawed National Bolshevik Party. But the largest turnout was in Vladivostok, the focal point of anti-government protests over the past six weeks. A protest march led by Communist party officials and civil rights leaders was allowed to go ahead at the last minute in an apparent change of heart by the Kremlin. A rally last month was violently...
  • Freed Guantánamo prisoners taunt US as closure plan falls apart

    01/26/2009 4:22:56 PM PST · by Parmenio · 41 replies · 1,702+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 27, 2009 | Tim Reid & David Charter
    President Obama's plan to close Guantánamo Bay within a year appeared to be unravelling yesterday with the emergence of former inmates on terrorist websites, fierce opposition in the US and a lukewarm response to taking detainees from the European Union. After signing an executive order last week to close the US military prison, Mr Obama has been confronted with myriad obstacles that are making his ambitious pledge look unrealistic. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, ruled out the prospect of Britain taking any more inmates, claiming that it had already made a significant contribution. (snip) Javier Solana, the EU's foreign and...
  • Planned Parenthood makes staff cuts

    01/09/2009 2:12:39 PM PST · by Parmenio · 101 replies · 5,307+ views
    Crain's New York Business ^ | January 9, 2009 | Miriam Kreinin Souccar
    Hit with declines in funding from the economic crisis and the Madoff scandal, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is laying off around 20% of its staff. Roughly 30 people were let go earlier this week, according to a source who works for the nonprofit. Executives at Planned Parenthood confirmed the layoffs, but declined to give more details. “As with many other nonprofit organizations, Planned Parenthood has had to make staff reductions at our headquarters due to the challenging economic times facing our country,” said Maryana Iskander, chief operating officer at the agency. “While taking this action is never easy,...