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  • Pride funding in peril as 'Queers Against Israeli Apartheid' plans to march

    05/21/2012 7:38:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kelly Grant
    Toronto’s Pride Week is at risk of losing its city funding now that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has confirmed its intention to return to the parade this year. Council is slated to vote next month on providing a $123,807 grant to Pride Toronto, a decision that would have been routine if not for QuAIA’s plan to apply for a spot in the parade before the June 1 deadline. ... On top of the grant, the city provides about $300,000 worth of police, clean-up and other services for Pride Week, which runs from June 22 to July 1 and has a...
  • Two are arrested in school bomb attack (Brindisi Italy)

    05/21/2012 5:07:50 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 7 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | May 21, 2012
    Italian police have arrested two suspects over the bombing of a school that killed a 16-year-old girl and seriously injured five more teenagers, media reports said yesterday. The men were identified from security cameras at the vocational school in the southern city of Brindisi, where the bomb ripped through a group of students as they waited to begin classes early Saturday. One of the suspects is an ex-soldier with knowledge of electronics, the daily Corriere della Sera reported, citing local news website Brindisireport. Melissa Bassi died from her injuries in hospital, an only child from a working-class family who was...
  • Obama Cites Kenyan Family Members’ Pledge ‘Economic Growth Can’t Just Be for the Lucky Few’

    05/21/2012 5:04:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 18, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama invoked his poor family members in Kenya as a reason why “economic growth can’t just be for the lucky few at the top, it’s got to be broad-based, for everybody.” Obama delivered remarks Friday at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington where he talked about plans for the United States and developed countries from the Group of Eight (G8) nations to assist African countries in agriculture. “I’ve spoken before about relatives I have in Kenya, who live in villages where hunger is sometimes a reality --...
  • India's proposal for government control of Internet to be discussed in Geneva

    05/21/2012 3:00:14 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | May 15, 2012 | Shalini Singh
    Move to form body with 50 governments to oversee internet governance The raging controversy over possible excessive state regulation of the internet based on the IT Rules 2011 is now likely to be dwarfed by discussions in Geneva later this week over India's proposal to the United Nations General Assembly, for government control of the Internet. Led by the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the Geneva meet is a multi-stakeholder discussion platform on Internet governance structures. In its proposal submitted to the General Assembly in New York on October 26, 2011, India has argued for a radical shift...
  • South African Ambassador 'Hiding' from Foreign Ministry

    05/21/2012 2:43:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Monday that efforts will continue to summon South Africa's ambassador for censure over his country's announcement on Saturday that products made in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) will be marked as being from "Occupied Palestinian Territory". The South African ambassador disconnected his telephone on Sunday, however, apparently to avoid the summons, sources in the Foreign Ministry said. Arutz Sheva's attempts to reach the South African embassy for a reaction were not successful. Rabbi Natan Alexander, a Bnei Akiva emissary in Johanesburg, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that he was not surprised by the...
  • Lone Bomber, Not Mafia, Sought for Italy School Attack

    05/21/2012 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sun May 20, 2012 3:31pm EDT | By James Mackenzie
    SNIPPET: "Dinapoli said police already had a facial composite picture of the suspect they believe was behind the attack which killed 16-year-old Melissa Bassi." SNIPPET: "He said investigators had acquired "significant" video evidence that suggested one man had set off the device which exploded as pupils were getting off a bus for the start of lessons on Saturday morning. The footage showed a man of about 50-55 years of age activating a remote control to detonate a rudimentary bomb made of three gas canisters hidden in a container outside the school gates, he said."
  • Chinese company to buy US movie theater chain AMC

    05/20/2012 8:07:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2012
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese conglomerate has announced it will buy U.S. cinema chain AMC Entertainment Holdings for $2.6 billion to create the world's biggest movie theater operator. Dalian Wanda Group Co. said Monday it is willing to invest an additional $500 million to fund AMC's strategic and operating initiatives.
  • Red China: Beijing Sets its Sights on Central Europe

    05/21/2012 12:04:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Spiegelonline ^ | 5/18/2012 | Caille Millner
    In recent months, China has begun to invest more heavily in Central and Eastern Europe. The new initiative reflects both Beijing's desire to develop beyond the production of cheap goods and its goal of establishing a presence in the European market for those products. With much of Western Europe distracted by the euro crisis, China has begun in recent months to intensify its role as an investor in Central and Eastern Europe -- both through loans and the acquisitions of firms. Beijing has estimated foreign currency reserves of $3.2 trillion (€2.52 trillion), and some say the investment spree could be...
  • EU: Cracks are appearing in Europe's state-backed lenders

    05/20/2012 11:36:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/20/2012 | Harry Wilson and Philip Aldrick
    European taxpayers face having to bankroll a new wave of bailouts amid growing funding problems at state-backed borrowers across the region, according to senior bankers. Financiers are becoming increasingly concerned that many taxpayer-backed borrowers are losing their ability to access private funding markets. The development raises the prospect of already heavily indebted eurozone national governments being forced to take on hundreds of billions of euros of additional debts. “Cracks are appearing in the funding markets for these institutions. If you don’t like the sovereign risk, why would you take the risk of buying the debt of the institutions they support,”...
  • As presidential election nears, Egypt's Christians worry

    05/20/2012 10:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 20, 2012 7:22 PM | Elizabeth Palmer
    Egyptians vote this week in their first free presidential election in six decades. Thirteen candidates, from all over the political spectrum, are running. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports Egypt's largest minority fears their situation may go from bad to worse. Mass at St. Mary's in Cairo starts early, at 7:30 a.m. Even so, the church is nearly full. The Coptic Christian ritual is ancient and familiar, but outside the door Egypt now feels unwelcoming and unsafe. Last May, a Coptic church was set on fire. Locals blamed Muslims in the neighborhood. Then in October, Christians protesting the destruction of...
  • Iran committed to ‘full annihilation of Israel,’ says top Iranian military commander

    05/20/2012 8:39:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/20/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is dedicated to annihilating Israel, the Islamic regime’s military chief of staff declared Sunday. “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran. His remarks came on the day International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran to negotiate for inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. They were reported by the Fars News Agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. While many within the Islamic regime, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have often stated that...
  • Obama presses EU leaders on growth

    05/20/2012 10:25:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.05.12 @ 21:28 (May 20) | Valentina Pop
    A weekend summit of G8 leaders hosted by US President Barack Obama stressed the need for the eurozone to focus on keeping Greece inside the euro—although plans are reportedly being drafted to deal with its potential exit. "Our imperative is to promote growth and jobs.The global economic recovery shows signs of promise, but significant headwinds persist," leaders from the US, Japan, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Russia, as well as the heads of the EU commission and the European Council, said in their final statement on Saturday (19 May). The informal meeting at Obama's retreat in Maryland was...
  • European Commission should be EU government, says Germany

    05/20/2012 10:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.05.12 @ 09:01 (May 17) | Honor Mahony
    The European Union needs to become more integrated with a common finance policy and a central government, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday (16 May). "I would be for the further development of the European Commission into a government. I am for the election of a European president, he said at an event in Aachen, reports Reuters. "I am in favor of being more courageous on Europe," said Schäuble, who is one of the German government's most pro-European ministers. He said this is a long-term response to the current eurozone crisis, which many have said has been exacerbated by...
  • Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets

    05/20/2012 7:51:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2012 | 10:32 PM EDT | ZARAR KHAN
    Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials. The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication's Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous. The government restored access to Twitter before midnight Sunday, about eight hours after it initially blocked access. Twitter spokesman Gabriel Stricker said the company had not taken down any tweets or made any other changes...
  • Obama: Slaughter of Christians a misunderstanding

    05/20/2012 4:50:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 47 replies
    WND ^ | May 19, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The violence in northern Nigeria is mistakenly viewed as a religious conflict rather than simply a tribal dispute over land, according to the Obama administration. Despite the ongoing Muslim destruction of churches and the slaughter of Christians – including many murdered during worship services – the U.S. Agency for International Development claims that the misunderstandings make it difficult to administer aid programs. USAID, therefore, has launched a program titled Project PEACE – an acronym for Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism.
  • Return to Normalcy: The False Argument of "Austerity" vs. Growth

    05/20/2012 4:11:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Institutional Risk Analyst ^ | May 21, 2012 | Chris Whalen
    "I do not think it an exaggeration to say that it is wholly impossible for a central bank subject to political control, or even exposed to serious political pressure, to regulate the quantity of money in a way conducive to a smoothly functioning market order. A good money, like good law, must operate without regard to the effects that decisions of the issuer will have on known groups or individuals. A benevolent dictator might conceivably disregard these effects; no democratic government dependent on a number of special interests can possibly do so."F.A. Hayek, 1978 In this issue of The Institutional...
  • The Rottweiler bears her teeth: Awkward Michelle and French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler....

    05/20/2012 2:32:45 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 85 replies
    The Rottweiler bears her teeth: Awkward Michelle and French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler grin and bear it for the cameras By Laura Cox and Associated Press Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:35 EST, 20 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:58 EST, 20 May 2012 The U.S. and French First Ladies couldn't hide their awkwardness as they posed for photos ahead of a youth centre visit in Chicago. Michelle Obama wrapped with one arm around the waist of Valerie Trierweiler and with the other she gripped the French First Lady's hand tightly. Towering above Miss Trierweiler, Mrs Obama was very much in control. She didn't...
  • Former PA Mufti Sheik Ikrima Sabri: Jerusalem Is Not Holy for the Jews

    05/20/2012 1:40:55 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5-11-12 | Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with former PA Mufti Sheik Ikrima Sabri, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on May 11, 2012: Interviewer: Do you agree that in Jerusalem, there are places that are holy to the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians? Ikrima Sabri: No, not to the Jews. I didn't say to the Jews. Omar Ibn Al-Khattab didn't find any synagogues of the Jews. There weren't any. Interviewer: So in your opinion, today there are no places whatsoever in Jerusalem that are holy to the Jews? Ikrima Sabri: No, none. They build new synagogues, but there are no...
  • Serbian nationalists claim victory in presidential run-off vote

    Tomislav Nikolic, nationalist challenger to incumbent and pro-European Serbian President Boris Tadic, has won the presidential run-off vote, according to initial estimates. His party has claimed victory already. Nationalist presidential hopeful Tomislav Nikolic is leading the residential run-off vote in Serbia with a two-percent lead over pro-European incumbent Boris Tadic, initial estimates by independent election monitor CESID showed. Nikolic led with 49.4 percent in 70 percent of the polling stations surveyed while Tadic obtained 47.4 percent. "Serbia has got a new president tonight: Tomislav Nikolic," Aleksandar Vucic of Nikolic's Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) claimed. Nikolic twice lost a run-off to...
  • Angela Merkel Stands Firm On Greece At G8 Talks [Another Obama Flop Om World Stage!]

    05/20/2012 1:01:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | May 20, 2012 | Patrick Wintour
    Angela Merkel Stands Firm On Greece At G8 Talks After inconclusive discussions, leaders issue communique saying 'the right measures are not the same for each of us' Patrick Wintour 20 May 2012 Angela Merkel has declined to shift position on fresh measures to stimulate demand in the euro area, including the idea of eurobonds, leaving other EU countries hoping she will adopt a more conciliatory mood when the EU heads of government meet on Wednesday for the next round of discussions. Barack Obama left the German chancellor in no doubt that he would like to see her adopt a less...