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  • WH pressing UN to Rescind Taliban Sanctions

    06/02/2011 5:28:37 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 4 replies
    First, the spin, compliments of the Obama administration: The Office of Foreign Assets Control plans to withdraw the Taliban Sanctions Regulations issued under former President Bill Clinton, which banned all financial transactions with members of Taliban and placed an embargo on trade with areas of Afghanistan they controlled.... The agency says it is withdrawing the regulations because they were made redundant by the fall of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and subsequent executive orders which more narrowly targeted individual members of the Taliban... Nice, benign spin, but here's the real deal: The 2012 Presidential campaign has already started, which...
  • White House: Government could lift deep water drilling moratorium 'very soon'

    10/12/2010 9:00:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/12/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday the government will lift a moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico "very soon" — likely this week. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government is close to having the plans in place to lift the ban that was imposed after the massive Gulf oil spill. When asked if he was saying the ban will be lifted this week, Gibbs said: "I do."
  • Netanyahu offers soldier free lift to Canada

    05/12/2010 10:01:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 666+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/12/10 | HERB KEINON
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu assumed the role of Santa Claus on Tuesday, giving a free trip to Canada on his airplane at the end of the month to a lone soldier he met while watching an army maneuver in the North. At the end of the live-fire training exercise, which simulated fighting in a Hizbullah village in southern Lebanon, two soldiers with camouflage paint on their faces and fishnet on their helmets who were cast in the role of Hizbullah fighters, emerged from the boulders and were taken to meet the prime minister.
  • Dems to lift debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion, fear 2010 backlash

    12/10/2009 10:49:19 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 10 replies · 673+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/09/09 | David Rogers
    In a bold but risky year-end strategy, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year’s rather than have to face the issue again prior to the 2010 elections. “We’ve incurred this debt. We have to pay our bills,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told POLITICO Wednesday. And the Maryland Democrat confirmed that the anticipated increase could be as high as $1.8 trillion — nearly twice what had been assumed in last spring’s budget resolution for the 2010 fiscal year. The leadership is betting that it’s better for the party to...
  • Obama preparing to lift sanctions against Syria

    02/10/2009 10:04:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies · 1,431+ views
    world tribune ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | staff
    They said Hof would be authorized to facilitate an expansion of U.S. relations with Syria, which deteriorated under President George Bush. In 2005, the United States withdrew its ambassador to Damascus in wake of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Syria was blamed for the car bombing in Beirut in which Hariri and many of his bodyguards were killed. The sources said Obama sent emissaries to Syria in September 2008 and pledged that if elected he would reconcile with the regime of President Bashar Assad. After his election victory, they said, Obama sent another message that promised...
  • Muslims forced to lift veil at airports

    12/23/2006 4:41:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 196 replies · 7,613+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 12/24/06 | Brian Brady
    VEILED women will be forced to reveal their identities at UK airports under a government plan to tighten security, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. Home Office insiders last night confirmed that immigration officials will be ordered to impose their legal right to lift the veils of passengers after it emerged a suspected police killer may have escaped the UK dressed as a Muslim woman. But the plan has been attacked by unions, which claim it would impose intolerable demands on their members, particularly female officers who would be the only ones allowed to look under veils. Ministers have been forced...
  • 'Spirit of McChord' gives Canadians a lift

    10/10/2006 6:35:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
    10/10/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Normally they move people, humanitarian supplies, troop rations and equipment, but Airmen with the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron's Detachment 1 here were tasked Oct. 7 to move different equipment -- several 30-foot, 100,000 pound Canadian tanks. The C-17 Globemaster III "Spirit of McChord" and its crew made two trips to Kandahar AB, Afghanistan, in one day to transport the equipment for Canadian ground forces supporting the NATO mission. Col. Michael McLean, Canadian Defense Attaché, said the Leopard tanks will support Canadian troops by providing greater mobility on the ground and more flexible...
  • Greek divers lift WWII bomber wreckage - German Junkers-87 Stuka dive-bomber

    10/06/2006 6:42:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 5,263+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/06 | Nicholas Paphitiis - ap
    ATHENS, Greece - Greek military divers Friday successfully raised the wreckage of a German World War II Stuka bomber from the sea off the eastern island of Rhodes, the air force said. The Junkers-87 dive-bomber was shot down in 1943 and will be conserved and displayed at the air force museum at an airport near Athens, air force spokesman Col. Ioannis Papageorgiou said. Papageorgiou said there was no trace of the two airmen's bodies. "The plane was raised a couple of hours ago, and I don't know yet whether there are any remains inside," he told The Associated Press. He...
  • Coalition Forces visit orphanage to lift spirits

    07/28/2006 10:32:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 328+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. L.C. Campbell
    Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2nd battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited several Iraqi schools and an Iraqi orphanage on July 8. These Soldiers adopted one of the schools to help renovate and re-supply with educational goods. The Soldiers dropped off soccer balls and other goodies at the orphanage. Department of Defense photo by Spc. L.C. Campbell. Story by Spc. L.C. Campbell 138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOSUL – Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited an orphanage in Mosul, Iraq July 10, bringing...
  • Mega Millions not the ticket to lift lottery

    06/17/2006 4:34:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 832+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/18/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - One year after California joined the multistate Mega Millions lottery game, sales have fallen short of expectations and the new game has cannibalized some sales of the existing Super Lotto program. Combined sales of Super Lotto Plus and Mega Millions tickets are likely to reach about $1.2 billion this year, short of the $1.4 billion projected when California joined the 11-state game in June 2005, said California Lottery acting director Joan Borucki. "I think it's (because of) that initial start-up period that you have with a new product and getting your customers to feel comfortable with it and...
  • New Heavy Lift Helicopter Starts Development

    01/09/2006 4:48:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 684+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | U.S. Marine Corps Press Release
    NAVAIR PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 9, 2006 – A new heavy lift helicopter is now officially in the pipeline for the Marine Corps following a Dec. 22, 2005 decision by the Honorable. Kenneth R. Krieg, under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to authorize the Heavy Lift Replacement program here to begin a $4.4 billion development program for the aircraft. A "Cost Plus Award Fee" contract for the System Development and Demonstration phase, estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion, is expected to be signed with Sikorsky in March 2006. An Initial System Development and Demonstration contract worth $8.8...
  • France To Lift State Of Emergency

    01/02/2006 3:44:15 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 508+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-2-2006
    France to lift state of emergency At the height of the violence, 1,400 cars were torched in one night President Jacques Chirac says France will lift a state of emergency imposed in November during the worst unrest in the country in nearly 40 years. Emergency powers are expected to be lifted on Wednesday, more than six weeks earlier than originally planned. The laws allowed local authorities to impose curfews, conduct house-to-house searches and ban public gatherings. Almost 9,000 cars were torched and 3,000 people arrested in three weeks of violence. President Chirac took the decision following a meeting with Prime...
  • Stennis Sailors Help Community, Remove Refrigerators, Lift Spirits

    10/18/2005 5:03:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gabriel Owens
    ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), assisted a grateful community in Pearlington, Miss., in October by removing old refrigerators from the area, which had become a health hazard after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast coastline. Stennis, homeported in Bremerton, Wash., sent 50 volunteers to the hurricane-ravaged area of southern Mississippi. The aircraft carrier is named for Senator John C. Stennis of Miss., and considers the state its adopted home. "These smaller communities receive little attention after [Hurricane] Katrina," said Rick Hines, a FEMA volunteer from the West Indianapolis, Ind., fire...
  • CA: Hertzberg Gets a Lift From Gov.

    02/26/2005 10:15:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 224+ views
    LA Daliy News ^ | 2/26/05 | Matea Gold and Patrick McGreevy
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared with Bob Hertzberg on Friday to endorse the Los Angeles mayoral candidate's plan for education reform, giving Hertzberg a televised boost as he struggles to keep pace with two better-funded rivals in the campaign's final stretch. In a hastily arranged event at Schwarzenegger's Santa Monica office, the governor — who already had expressed generalized support for Hertzberg's proposal to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District — held a private, 20-minute meeting with the former state Assembly speaker. At a news conference afterward, the governor did not endorse Hertzberg, a longtime friend; instead, he reiterated...
  • Asian Kids' IQ Lift: Reading System May Boost Chinese Scores

    02/16/2005 8:54:56 PM PST · by blam · 388 replies · 4,126+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 2-12/19-2005 | Bruce Bower
    Week of Feb. 12, 2005; Vol. 167, No. 7 , p. 99 Asian Kids' IQ Lift: Reading system may boost Chinese scores Bruce Bower Learning to read 2,500 pictorial symbols, as Chinese students do in grade school, yields a 5-point advantage on IQ tests, compared with the scores of Westerners whose languages are based on alphabets, according to a new analysis of mental capabilities of Greek and Chinese children. The international team of analysts, led by psychologist Andreas Demetriou of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, attributes the scoring disparity to a superiority in visual and spatial tasks that comes...
  • NASA 2006 Budget Presented: Hubble, Nuclear Initiative Suffer

    02/08/2005 8:40:53 AM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 675+ views
    Space News ^ | 07 February 2005 | By Brian Berger
    NASA 2006 Budget Presented: Hubble, Nuclear Initiative Suffer While NASA fared better than many federal agencies in U.S. President George W. Bush's 2006 budget request, the White House is not seeking as much money for the U.S. space agency as previously planned. The White House is seeking $16.45 billion for NASA in the 2006 budget. That's an increase of 2.4 percent over what the U.S. space agency has in its 2005 budget, but still about $500 million less than what the agency had been expecting. When Bush gave NASA a new space exploration vision last year, he also pledged to...
  • EU to Lift U.S. Sanctions Jan. 1

    12/16/2004 11:31:04 AM PST · by crushelits · 3 replies · 285+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | Thu Dec 16, 2004 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission (news - web sites) is sticking with its plan to lift sanctions on $4 billion worth of U.S. goods on Jan. 1 following Washington's repeal of illegal export tax subsidies in October, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. "There is not a new policy ... our goal is to lift the sanctions on January 1 in recognition of the fact that the United States has made a step forward by amending its legislation," Claude Veron-Reville said. She was denying a report in the Financial Times that the 25-member European Union (news - web sites) was...
  • GOP Jamboree Could Briefly Lift Stocks(market hates a tight race)

    08/28/2004 11:53:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 273+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/26/04 | Kenneth Barry
    GOP Jamboree Could Briefly Lift Stocks By Kenneth Barry Workers test audio levels in New York's Madison Square Garden, August 27, 2004 as work continues for the Republican National Convention which starts Augusts 30. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters) NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fasten your seatbelts. The Republicans are coming to town. If things go smoothly at the Republican National Convention, the stock market could get a brief boost next week, experts say. If not, watch out. Uncertainty about the outcome of the Nov. 2 vote is only one of several big worries facing investors, said Robert Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman...
  • Mimicking humpback whale flippers may improve airplane wing design

    05/12/2004 7:56:37 PM PDT · by FlyVet · 25 replies · 1,701+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 5/11/04 | Deborah Hill
    Mimicking humpback whale flippers may improve airplane wing design DURHAM, N.C. -- Wind tunnel tests of scale-model humpback whale flippers have revealed that the scalloped, bumpy flipper is a more efficient wing design than is currently used by the aeronautics industry on airplanes. The tests show that bump-ridged flippers do not stall as quickly and produce more lift and less drag than comparably sized sleek flippers. The tests were reported by biomechanicist Frank Fish of West Chester University, Penn., fluid dynamics engineer Laurens Howle of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and David Miklosovic and Mark Murray at...
  • America Gets A Lift, And A Tattoo

    04/01/2004 6:24:10 AM PST · by jwalburg · 25 replies · 312+ views
    CBSNEWS.com ^ | April 1, 2004 | Dick Meyer
    I've just returned from a fact-finding mission to Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is one of the communities suffering most acutely from a growing, frightening, under-reported environmental disaster. The polluted ecosystem in trouble this time is unusual: the human body. In Southern California, the light is very good; there's lots of sunshine. It's warm, so people of all descriptions are scantily clad. These conditions force upon the observant a great deal of data, much of it unwanted, about the state of the modern American homo sapiens body. And, my fellow Americans, the state of the union's body is an ecological...
  • U.S. Judge Lifts Ban on Pentagon Anthrax Shots

    01/07/2004 3:08:28 PM PST · by jigsaw · 19 replies · 212+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2004 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday lifted his earlier court order and allowed the Pentagon (news - web sites) to resume its policy of compelling U.S. troops to get vaccinated against the deadly germ warfare agent anthrax.   U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, granting a request by the Bush administration, issued a stay of his Dec. 22 order that had prohibited the mandatory anthrax inoculations until a trial could be held on a lawsuit filed by six unidentified troops and Pentagon civilian workers who challenged the policy. Sullivan's ruling came eight days after the Food and Drug Administration...
  • France Hinders British Move To Lift Sanctions On Libya

    08/18/2003 3:55:55 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 128+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 8-19-2003 | Andrew Buncombe
    France hinders British moves to lift sanctions on Libya By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 19 August 2003 Britain sought to draw a line under the Lockerbie affair when it tabled a resolution at the UN yesterday calling for the formal lifting of sanctions against Libya. But France threatened to block the deal unless Libya paid millions of dollars of additional compensation for a separate terror attack. Emyr Jones Parry, Britain's ambassador to the UN, circulated the draft resolution at an afternoon meeting of the Security Council in New York, calling for an immediate lifting of the sanctions. A vote is...
  • Tampa may lift Sunday beer rule

    08/08/2003 9:09:56 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 220+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 08/08/03 | ROB BRANNON and CORY SCHOUTEN
    TAMPA - The wait may be over soon for beer-parched Buccaneers fans and thirsty passengers at Tampa International Airport who have found the tap sealed shut on Sunday mornings. Tampa City Council members Rose Ferlita and Sean Harrison raised the prospect Thursday of revising the city's blue laws, which regulate the sale of alcohol on Sunday. They wanted to discuss letting the taps flow at 11 a.m., not the current 1 p.m. They had the enthusiastic backing of airport officials, who pushed for even more latitude for the sale of alcohol at TIA bars. The airport wants to be able...
  • Bush May Lift Sanctions On His Own, Despite Opposition

    05/05/2003 4:23:57 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 183+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-6-2003 | Rupert Cornwell
    Bush may lift sanctions on his own, despite opposition By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 06 May 2003 The Bush administration is studying whether to lift US sanctions on Iraq unilaterally – a move likely to put it on a new collision course with France, Russia and other members of the UN Security Council. A legal team led by the National Security Council at the White House is examining such a step and its likely ramifications in international law, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The sanctions, in force in one form or another since the first Gulf War in 1991,...
  • Russia in New Push to Lift Iraq UN Sanctions (FLASHBACK 2000)

    04/19/2003 1:08:33 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 3 replies · 341+ views
    Financial Times ^ | sept. 12, 2000 | By Carola Hoyos
    Russia is stepping up the pressure for a lifting of United Nations sanctions on Iraq, arguing that it has lost more than $30bn in business since the embargo was imposed 10 years ago. In a recent letter to Kofi Annan, UN secretary general, Igor Ivanov, Russia's foreign minister, complained that the government was coming under increasing pressure from the "federal assembly, many social and political interests, and business and industrial circles . . .in favour of mitigating the limitations imposed on Russia by the sanctions in the field of its commercial and economic relations with Iraq." The Russian letter underlines...