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  • A disturbing diagnosis-Where's outrage when sick Palestinians are used as fodder by terrorists?

    05/01/2008 5:09:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 53+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-1-08 | DANIEL FINK
    Amidst the clangor of NGO criticisms that target Israel for its behavior it is difficult to know which ones to take seriously. Whether they allege "collective punishment" based on a simplistic calculus divorced from context, or claim that Israel is obligated to provide Gaza with the entirety of its fuel and foodstuffs, which has no basis in international law, various human rights NGOs discredit themselves with relative ease. Despite the "halo affect" these NGOs enjoy and the credibility they are afforded in international forums, many Israelis are beginning to take these claims less seriously. But there is still one community...
  • Indonesia left deep imprint on Obama family

    03/23/2008 1:38:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    al Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | March 22, 2008 | Ed Davies
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - A small group of Indonesians in their late 40s who attended the same elementary school in central Jakarta recently gathered for a reunion and to pledge their support for an absent former classmate -- Barack Obama. Obama's late mother came to Indonesia with her young son in the late 1960s to join her second husband knowing next to nothing about the huge, developing Southeast Asian nation. While her son left after four years to study in Hawaii, for the Kansas-born mother of the Democratic Party presidential hopeful the relationship with Indonesia was to grow into a lifetime...
  • More democracy please--public quicker than the "professional" elites to abandon failed ideologies.

    02/12/2008 4:33:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-12-08 | CAROLINE GLICK
    I'm an elitist. Eighty percent of the critical decisions affecting Israel are shaped by maybe 100 or 200 people, 300. These are my clients. Thus spaketh Prof. Yehezkel Dror, the resident blabbermouth in the Winograd Commission, which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed in the wake of the 2006 war with Hizbullah. Dror made this statement in his interview with the Jerusalem Post last week. In a separate op-ed in Haaretz, Dror expanded on his theme. He explained that of these 300 decision makers who make life and death decisions in Israel, "less than thirty" are elected officials. So as Dror...
  • How Environmentalists Intend to Rule the World

    12/09/2007 4:51:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 978+ views
    Sovereignty ^ | Fall 2007 | Ron Arnold
    Critics have long believed environmentalists were planning global domination. The problem with making a credible case against such an ambitious plan was simple: no environmental leader had published one. Yet conflicts over global warming, world trade, multinational corporations, population control, sustainable futures, and transnational government left little doubt that environmentalists in fact shared the unspoken aim of wielding supreme power over a green future. But there was no proof. For years, critics, lacking hard evidence, were reduced to piecing together a jigsaw puzzle of suspicious environmentalist actions - funding from huge charitable trusts, ties to the broader "progressive" community, and...

    11/07/2007 9:14:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 256+ views
    Justice for Immigrants ^ | November 2007 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The USCCB Committee on Migration sent a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border region to study the plight of unaccompanied minors and human trafficking victims. The ever-growing problems with these populations are some of the gravest and many times most overlooked symptoms of the broken and out-dated immigration system currently employed by the United States. The delegation met with a broad cross-section of agencies and individuals involved with or knowledgeable of these populations to gain critical insights and to understand their needs. The delegation also met with Church officials, government officials, community-based organization, and other with important perspectives. Programs established to...
  • Mob attacks ambulance rescuing snakes at Kalwa[India] [Rescuing cobras from snake charmers]

    10/29/2007 3:47:01 PM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 76+ views
    Express India ^ | 27 Oct 2007 | Nitya Kaushik
    A snake-rescue drive conducted by NGO Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) for the past two weeks has cost them dearly, as a mob attacked their on-duty animal ambulance on Friday and beat up the driver and volunteers. According to Sunish Subramanian, member secretary of PAWS, their office received a tip-off that a snake basket had been left abandoned near a hutment in Kalwa (E) on Friday at around 8.30 pm. Following the call, he along with a team of two volunteers and the driver left in their rescue ambulance. After rescuing the snake, the group was on their way...
  • UNICEF Among Sponsors of New Campaign Promoting Abortion

    10/07/2007 6:35:39 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 267+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | Samantha Singson
    UNICEF Among Sponsors of New Campaign Promoting Abortion US, Canadian government development agencies among participants in campaign By Samantha Singson NEW YORK, October 4, 2007 ( - A new global initiative was launched by various UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New York last week that includes a call for legal abortion. Among the sponsors of the initiative called "Deliver Now for Women and Children" is the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), a UN agency that persistently denies they support abortion in any way, shape, or form.  Marketed as a campaign to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)...
  • PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTION - How Bill Clinton's Aide Facilitated a Messy Deal

    09/26/2007 4:44:13 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 72 replies · 1,965+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 26, 2007 | JOHN R. EMSHWILLER and GABRIEL KAHN
    For the past six years, the road to Bill Clinton has often run through Douglas Band, a 34-year-old former White House intern who has helped manage Mr. Clinton's time, accompanied him around the world and even fielded some of his calls. Two years ago, Mr. Band befriended a handsome and charming Italian businessman named Raffaello Follieri. The young Italian, now 29 years old, had moved to New York in 2003 to launch a business buying and redeveloping Roman Catholic Church properties. He claimed close ties with Vatican officials that would smooth the way for deals, according to business associates and...
  • National Endowment for Democracy

    09/13/2007 4:54:02 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 291+ views
    The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in the early 1980's under the influence of Ronald Reagan for "supporting democracy abroad". So we've had that going on for years. The NED basically does overtly what the CIA used to do covertly. It funds civil society groups and organizations that fit within U.S. strategic interests in various countries.
  • Report: Human rights worsen in Zimbabwe

    08/22/2007 9:18:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 283+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/22/07 | Angus Shaw - ap
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - An alliance of Zimbabwean human rights groups said Wednesday that 2007 is on course to be the worst year for rights violations since the country's economic downfall started seven years ago. Legal and medical experts documented that cases of state-orchestrated torture on individuals rose to about four per day in the early part of the year, the Human Rights Forum said. Cases of gross violations — including abductions, arrests, unlawful detentions and abuses of political rights and basic freedoms — doubled in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2006, the...

    08/21/2007 6:58:25 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 161 replies · 5,319+ views
    Nealz Nuze/WSB Radio ^ | August 21, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THIS Kirsten Powers was a guest on the O'Reilly Factor last night. The subject was the Mexican woman, Elvira Arellano, who was deported back to her homeland yesterday after twice sneaking into this country illegally and the using a false Social Security card to obtain employment cleaning airplanes at O'Hare airport in Chicago. What Kirsten Powers said was so incredibly inane, so ponderously stupid, that I just had to go online and try to find out a little about her. She's a columnist for the New York Post, a regular contributor on Fox News, and a former...
  • The Principles of Freedom vs. Public/Private Partnerships-CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

    08/19/2007 9:05:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 186 replies · 1,536+ views ^ | August 15, 2007 | Tom DeWeese,
    Property Rights activist and ranger, Wayne Hage said, "Either you have the right to own property or you are property." The backbone of the plan was a call for "public/private partnerships." Sustainable Development is not freedom. Not one of the three principles apply.
  • Battle for Arctic oil hinges on UN panel

    08/10/2007 9:19:16 PM PDT · by JohnA · 21 replies · 534+ views ^ | August 10 2007 18:44 | By Michael Peel and Daniel Dombey in London
    The international battle for Arctic territory may look like a Wild West brawl but the real fight for supremacy is more likely to revolve around legal arguments and seismic data than showdowns between ice-breakers or submarines.
  • Video Game Criticizes Immigration System: In 'ICED! Players Run From Immigration Officials!

    07/13/2007 12:45:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 2,701+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 12, 2007 | Lee Ferran
    Whether it's storming the beach at Normandy, slugging a heavyweight champ or stealing cars in San Andreas, video game developers have made billions by letting players' imaginations run wild in increasingly sophisticated virtual worlds. Now a New York human rights group called Breakthrough is taking advantage of the same strategy -- but not for its entertainment value. The group's controversial new game "ICED! I Can End Deportation" in which players can step into the role of an illegal immigrant attempting to avoid deportation has a political agenda. "It's really important in today's world to create a dialogue about social issues,"...
  • Iraq situation 'ever worsening'-Int'l Red Cross ( was better under Saddam?)

    04/11/2007 9:42:37 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 7 replies · 542+ views
    Al ^ | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007 12:03 MECCA TIME, 9:03 GMT | Al Jazeera
    The situation for civilians in Iraq is "ever worsening", the International Committee of the Red Cross says. Although it is difficult to determine the numbers of people killed in shootings, bombings and military operations, it is clear that the overall situation in the country has been steadily deteriorating, an official said on Wednesday.
  • NGOs: No-Good Oligarchies

    04/05/2007 1:28:18 PM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 2 replies · 301+ views ^ | April 5, 2007 | Dan Sargis
    NGOs: No-Good OligarchiesApril 5, 2007 If there is a group of organizations that hates Western Civilization more than the MSM (Mainstream Media) or even Liberals, it must be the NGOs (non-governmental organizations)... and the recent kidnapping of British military personnel by the ISLAMIC Republic of Iran seals the deal. Although the MSM insists on referring to the March 23rd  kidnapping of 15 British sailors and marines by the Iranians as a “capture” was a kidnapping. And, although this kidnapping, and its subsequent serial violations of International Law, has screamed out to many NGOs for a condemnation of the ISLAMIC Republic of Iran...there is...
  • The Great "Save Darfur" Scam (Bill Richardson's Big Adventure)

    02/11/2007 1:11:59 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 245+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 02/11/07 | vanity
    In January,2007-NM Governor Bill Richardson flew to Khartoum on a whirlwind "peace mission" - returning just in time to announce his candidacy for President. Be still my heart !
  • Russian Court Backs Closing Of Chechen Rights Group

    01/24/2007 7:35:44 AM PST · by A. Pole · 2 replies · 233+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Peter Finn
    MOSCOW, Jan. 23 -- The Russian Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that shut down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, a Western-funded grass-roots organization that had challenged the Kremlin's interpretation of events in the continuing conflict in Chechnya. [...] Oksana Chelysheva, one of the group's leaders, promised to fight the ruling. "We are going to take our case to the European Court of Human Rights and, possibly, our Constitutional Court." [...] The law on nongovernmental organizations, signed by President Vladimir Putin in January 2006, makes it illegal for grass-roots groups to have people convicted of extremism as leaders...
  • Suspended NGOs Resume Work in Russia

    10/24/2006 7:51:17 PM PDT · by vargan · 6 replies · 227+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10.24.06, 5:58 PM ET | Maria Danilova
    Russia has allowed dozens of foreign non-governmental organizations to resume operations and was speeding up the registration process for others barred from working last week, officials said Tuesday. The suspensions had provoked an international outcry. Anatoly Panchenko, a Justice Ministry official, said about 40 of the roughly 100 nonprofit groups suspended Thursday after failing to meet a tough new law for re-registration had since been added to the list of officially sanctioned groups. He expressed optimism that the rest would also return to work soon. [...] Among the groups allowed to return to work were two U.S.-based pro-democracy organizations -...
  • NGOs that take sides-How groups that claim to defend human rights serve opposite objectives.

    07/30/2006 9:17:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-30-06 | GERALD STEINBERG
    The war with Hizbullah, like all Israel's confrontations with terror groups in the past decade, includes a political front that is as important and complex as the military front. The words and images used by journalists, politicians, diplomats and officials of powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) set the framework in which the military actions are judged. Where the Israeli response to Iranian and Syrian-supported terror is viewed as justified, which is largely the case in the United States, support for Israel is high, allowing for the dispatch of weapons necessary to defeat Hizbullah. But in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, the dominant...
  • MYTH: More Foreign Aid Will End Global Poverty

    07/13/2006 3:38:34 AM PDT · by Scutter · 26 replies · 850+ views
    MYTH: More Foreign Aid Will End Global Poverty Food and Financial Aid Often Reaches Only Corrupt Officials, Not the Poor By JOHN STOSSEL AND PATRICK McMENAMIN May 12, 2006 — - This myth may really rattle your brain. Lots of well-meaning people believe foreign aid will cure poverty. U2's lead singer, Bono, stops almost every concert to tell his fans that Western governments can end poverty. "We have the resources, we have the know-how to end extreme poverty," he said last year in Chicago. Angelina Jolie visited a model village in Africa to promote what she believes would be possible...
  • When 'The Law' Means 'Corruption'

    07/05/2006 7:26:52 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 15 replies · 487+ views
    TCS ^ | 7/5/6 | Peter F. Schaefer
    In December, 1989 the Armed Forces of the Philippines seriously threatened President Corazon Aquino in a coup, claiming she was corrupt and needed to be removed. The saintly housewife, affectionately called "Cory," led the movement that drove the corrupt dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, from office after the assassination of her politician husband Ninoy. The US, then still deeply concerned about keeping strategic bases in the Philippines, dispatched a couple of F-4 fighters to fly over Manila as a warning to the rebel soldiers, thus helping save Cory's presidency. At the time I was an advisor to the Administrator of USAID. Although...
  • Blog-Explosion Turns Leftist Activist?

    07/01/2006 3:12:10 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 7/1/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    Blog-Explosion is one of those web-sites that tries to help its members enlarge the traffic that patronizes their blog. Upon joining the service, they try to steer visitors to your site and they add your site to their directory of sites organized by subject, etc. As a long time member of the service, I recently received an interesting e-mail plea from Blog-Explosion asking that member bloggers blog about a new idea called "your" to gain credits in the Blog-Explosion system. Apparently, the idea is that you (Joe-citizen of the world) should send your questions about what you want to...
  • Investing Billions

    06/26/2006 2:14:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 507+ views
    Money & Investing ^ | 06.26.06, 4:30 PM ET | William P. Barrett,
    Were The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation a public company, it would rank among the entire world's 400 largest by asset size--before getting a single dime of Warren Buffett's promised money. But the $35 billion of assets listed on the foundation's latest financial statement, as of Dec. 31, is only one measure of its gargantuan magnitude. An active, aggressive player in financial markets, the foundation turns over the equivalent of its entire asset base on average about every two months. During 2005, the cash-flow statement shows, it purchased a staggering $250.7 billion of investments while selling $251.2 billion. Turnover at...
  • "Unbiased" Advice

    06/15/2006 11:24:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 387+ views
    Human Rights Watch and Saeb Erekat lack objectivity The Israeli Defense Forces recently concluded a report on the tragic deaths of seven Palestinians on a Gaza Beach. As detailed yesterday in HR's special report "Gaza Beach Libel", the IDF has carefully analyzed all evidence and proven that it was not responsible for this tragedy. In the past 24 hours, our report has generated over 500 letters to the media. While some news organizations have reported the IDF findings, it certainly does not compensate for the highly emotive front page initial accusations.At the same time, many in the media have been...
  • Spreading Hate, Destruction & Terrorism

    06/12/2006 12:34:57 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 203+ views
    National Review ^ | June 12 2006 | Anne Bayefsky
    On Sunday, June 11, a boycott of Israeli academics, which had been adopted a few weeks earlier by the U.K. University and College Lecturers’ Union (NATFHE), was lifted after the move threatened to derail a merger plan with the larger U.K. Association of University Teachers. The development comes as the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) passed a resolution at the end of May to “support the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions” against Israel. These actions, gaining steam on multiple continents, did not develop out of thin air. Lurking behind them, and many similar...
  • US gay-rights groups claim victory after US switches vote in UN

    06/03/2006 2:56:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 101 replies · 1,621+ views
    A coalition of radical homosexual groups put heavy pressure on the Bush administration to change its vote to allow accreditation of homosexual groups seeking UN recognition, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) notes in its latest "Friday Fax.". Although they were unsuccessful in gaining accreditation for the groups, the gay-rights groups are claiming credit on their web sites for getting the US to change what was a No vote to a Yes. Claiming credit for the change in US policy are Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the International Gay and...
  • FDA: Restaurants on front lines in obesity fight

    06/02/2006 2:15:16 PM PDT · by xrp · 74 replies · 986+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 6/2/2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those heaping portions at restaurants -- and doggie bags for the leftovers -- may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way. The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation's eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes.
  • United States Backs UN NGO Status for Homosexual Activist Groups Once Associated with Pedophiles

    05/19/2006 2:02:45 PM PDT · by topher · 28 replies · 953+ views
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
      Home | Previous Page | Source URL: Friday May 19, 2006 United States Backs UN NGO Status for Homosexual Activist Groups Once Associated with Pedophiles By John-Henry WestenNEW YORK, May 19, 2006 ( - In a move that has pro-family groups shaking their heads, the United States has backed the application of homosexual activist groups to acquire special status at the United Nations.  A coalition of largely Asian and African countries sought to dismiss the applications for NGO status of two homosexual activist groups which they felt had not yet sufficiently distanced themselves from pedophilia, and...
  • Christian NGO shows Vagina Monologues in Taiwan

    04/12/2006 3:08:20 AM PDT · by The Ghost of JG · 7 replies · 360+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | Spero News
    A Taiwanese NGO founded by a Baptist missionary recently re-decorated the door of a theater to resemble a vagina, through which people entered and departed, and the seating area as a uterus, within which they sat. The event was a showing of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." *** A Christian NGO helping disadvanted girls and women advocates safe sex, masturbation and condom use, as well as appearing to contemplate the possibility of abortions.
  • North Korea issues warrants for 4 Japanese(manufacturing their own abduction cases)

    03/28/2006 1:57:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 461+ views
    UPI ^ | 03/28/06
    North Korea issues warrants for 4 Japanese PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 28 (UPI) -- North Korea has issued arrest warrants for four executives of Japanese non-governmental organizations on suspicion of abducting North Korean citizens. The North Korean Ministry of People's Security, which issued the warrants, has notified the Japanese government of the warrants through diplomatic routes, and demanded that the four be handed over, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Tuesday. The four were identified as Hiroshi Kato and Takayuki Noguchi of the Life Funds for North Korean Refugees organization; Fumiaki Yamata of the Society to Help Returnees to North Korea; and...
  • United Nations Plans for America's Future

    03/08/2006 7:46:43 AM PST · by Calpernia · 47 replies · 3,103+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | SEPT. 2000
    At the 55th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 5-9, 2000, called the Millennium Assembly and Summit, far-reaching plans are underway to turn the corner from a world of sovereign, independent nation-states to a world of disparate peoples subordinated to the supreme authority of the United Nations. These plans call for the total restructuring of the mission and powers of the United Nations. To achieve this goal, the UN is scheduled to consider at least two actions, by consensus rather than by formal vote: adoption of the Earth Charter, a document whose...
  • World Council of Churches

    03/06/2006 7:53:22 AM PST · by Griff55 · 116 replies · 779+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3.1.06 | Mark Tooley
    AMERICAN CHURCH OFFICIALS pleaded for forgiveness for the sins of the United States last week--from the Iraq War, to Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Accord, to the racism exposed by Hurricane Katrina, to economic exploitation, and for the more general American sin of idolatry. The clerics were representing 34 Protestant and Orthodox denominations in America at the Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. "Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the...
  • Stem Cell Bill Takes Center Stage Today

    03/06/2006 6:06:46 AM PST · by Calpernia · 25 replies · 531+ views
    NJ101.5 ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006
    Former Governor and current State Senate President Dick Codey sponsors the legislation. He says, "We would be the first in the country to build a building dedicated solely to stem cell research." He adds, "We would be using existing tobacco bond monies so, we're not spending new money." $150 million dollars would be needed leading many critics to ask, "What else could that money be used for?" Codey says, "This is about saving lives in the future." He asks, "If the cure for diabetes or something else came out of this New Jersey facility, wouldn't that be a great legacy…it...
  • Clinton Pushes to Change Nation's Eating Habits

    03/01/2006 4:57:57 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 44 replies · 970+ views
    AP via AOL news ^ | Mar. 1, 2006 | Robert Tanner
    WASHINGTON (Feb. 28) - Former President Clinton, a reformed overeater, urged state governors on Tuesday to embrace a long-term effort to change the nation's culture of too much food and too little exercise. He warned the governors that failure to change the nation's eating habits will weaken the economy and threaten the lives of its children. "We have a huge cultural problem and unless we change it our children may grow up to be the first generation with shorter lifespans than we had," the former Arkansas governor told the National Governors Association at the last day of its annual winter...
  • Pakistani Nurse Raped for Refusing to Perform Abortions

    02/27/2006 5:13:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 76 replies · 1,659+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/27/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    MATTRAI, Pakistan, February 27, 2006 ( – A young woman was raped by three men in retribution for refusing to perform illegal abortions in a rural community in the western Punjab last Wednesday.Rubina Kousar, 26, worked as a nurse in the Mattrai health center. She refused to carry out abortions on two women, reported the Telegraph, despite six months of constant pressure from the women’s families.“In the past our staff have been subjected to this type of victimization for refusing to carry out illegal abortions, but they have not raised their voices for fear of retribution,” said Riaz Hussein,...
  • N.Y. Times Praises Bolton's U.N. Human Rights Stand (IN Other News, The Sky is Falling!)

    02/27/2006 7:29:54 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 11 replies · 563+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2./27/06
    The New York Times has never been a big fan of John Bolton, but the Gray Lady has come out in support of his efforts to shake up the ineffectual U.N. Human Rights Commission. "When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission, America’s ambassador, John Bolton, is right,” the Times declares in an editorial. "Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong, and leading international human rights groups have unwisely put their preference for multilateral consensus ahead of their duty to fight for the strongest possible human rights protection.” Some of the world’s worst violators of basic human...
  • Threat of Teachers Unions

    02/27/2006 6:51:13 AM PST · by Small-L · 12 replies · 755+ views
    The Liberty Papers ^ | February 26, 2006 | Brad Warbiany
    Neal Boortz made a bold statement on his show the other day. He said “the teachers unions are a greater long-term threat to freedom and prosperity than Islamic terrorists”. I’m guessing he came under some fire for that one, because the very next day, he was talking about it again. He said he’d given it a lot of thought, really examined the implications of his statement, and stood behind what he said. Now, that’s a pretty strong statement, and one that I agree with. Before you all think I’m crazy, I point out the words “long-term”. In the short term,...
  • A Special Tax on Junk Food Needed in Fight Against Obesity (Canadian Sociologist)

    02/26/2006 11:51:35 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 131 replies · 1,658+ views
    Yahooooooo! ^ | February 21, 2006 | Peter Rakobowchuk
    MONTREAL (CP) - It may take a special tax to help fight what one Canadian sociologist calls the "obesogenic food environment" - the junk food that's prominently displayed in supermarkets and schools. Anthony Winson of the University of Guelph said high-sugar and high-fat products are "aggressively promoted" every week in grocery stores. "You can have maybe 20 special displays in a supermarket that are around every corner promoting types of high-sugar, high-fat products, whether they be candy bars or soft drinks," Winson said in an interview. He said the displays are advantageous for retailers because they bring in extra revenue....
  • Advance warning [Bolton at UN]

    02/27/2006 5:37:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies · 821+ views
    Gulf Today ^ | 2-27-06
    US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is known for his radical views on the world body. The combative diplomat has never taken kindly of its activities. The Group of 77 developing countries are angry over his strong views on reshaping the UN by cutting its budget and tightening its role. His very often contemptuous stand has rattled US allies, such as Britain. Even American senators expressed their displeasure by refusing to confirm his nomination as UN ambassador. President George W. Bush had to resort to circumvention to get him the UN posting. As a fierce UN critic, Bolton...
  • Marriott refuses counter-terror group

    02/21/2006 6:12:31 PM PST · by Calpernia · 80 replies · 1,980+ views
    Marriott refuses counter-terror group, but hosts Muslims Students Association Eastern Zone Conference The Marriott Hotel chain refused to host the upcoming counter terror symposium that is being organized by Jeffrey Epstein and the America’s Truth Forum. According to Epstein, Peter Cantone, General Manager for Marriott Georgetown, turned down the group in November, saying: Your event is too controversial to be held on the property. This decision is based upon business considerations, as the event would call for heightened security since protestors might be attracted from both the student body and off campus. I'm concerned that these protestors might block the...
  • California: Health Care Advocates Begin Statewide Push for Tobacco Tax Initiative

    02/18/2006 5:25:55 AM PST · by SheLion · 106 replies · 768+ views ^ | February 17, 2006
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Hundreds of volunteers throughout the state will hit shopping malls and grocery stores Saturday at 9 a.m. as they kickoff efforts to gather nearly one million signatures needed to place an initiative on the November 2006 ballot that would provide critical funding to reduce smoking, keep emergency rooms open, fund health insurance for children and expand nursing education. "This initiative will save lives, by raising the tobacco tax and funding urgently needed community emergency and related health care services," said Paul Knepprath of the American Heart Association of California. "This is the broadest coalition that's ever come together to...
  • The Hooded Man from Abu Ghraib: The Rest of the Story

    12/27/2005 5:39:10 AM PST · by Calpernia · 41 replies · 3,273+ views
    The Hooded Man from Abu Ghraib: The Rest of the Story by Laura Mansfield Do you remember this image? (See attached PDF file for image) The hooded man is Haj Ali al Qaisi. Haj Ali is known throughout the world because of this photograph showing him with a black hood over his head, standing on a box, with electric cords on his hands. The photo came to represent torture in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq at the hands of the American military. Haj Ali, who now lives in Jordan and heads a group called the "Organization of Victims of US...
  • Police Pull Over Cars During Drivers' Protest (Russia)

    02/13/2006 10:12:50 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 10 replies · 283+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | February 13, 2006 | Carl Schreck
    Traffic police stopped hundreds of drivers for document checks and purported traffic violations in western Moscow on Sunday, breaking up a protest of at least 1,000 drivers over the conviction of a fellow driver and the use of flashing blue lights and sirens on bureaucrats' cars. In all, thousands of drivers took to the streets across the country over the weekend to denounce VIP cars and the conviction of Oleg Shcherbinsky in the car crash that killed Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov last year, said the rally's organizer, the Free Choice Motorists' Movement, a nongovernmental organization. Similar grassroots protests have been...
  • The End of the American Way

    02/12/2006 3:54:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 137 replies · 1,504+ views
    various | by Huxwell
    The original American system promised a society in which the benefits of civilization including liberty, property, privacy, security and justice would be available to all of its citizens who were willing to work for them. However, such a society can only be sustained when the majority of the citizens are mature adults who accept the basic principles of self-government, self-reliance, and mutual respect. Those principles require the individual to assume reponsibility for his own actions, to be a producer rather than a parasite, to exercise his liberty with consideration for others, and to support and defend the system. It doesn't...
  • National Protests Set for Sunday (Russia)

    02/10/2006 11:23:32 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 216+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | February 10, 2006 | Francesca Mereu
    Thousands of drivers intend to honk their horns and jam streets on Sunday, while scores of other people plan to gather in protest on Pushkin Square and at other locations across the country. In a possible sign of things to come, the protests are being organized not by any political party but by grassroots organizations that are frustrated with the authorities and no longer feel they can count on the parties for help. The drivers aim to express their indignation over the recent conviction of a driver in the car crash that killed Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov, while the others...
  • Mexican immigration official arrested

    01/30/2006 5:46:58 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 47 replies · 961+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Posted on Mon, Jan. 30, 2006 | IOAN GRILLO
    MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Border Patrol arrested a Mexican immigration official who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the United States, the Mexican government said Sunday. Immigration agent Francisco Javier Gutierrez was arrested at a checkpoint near Alamogordo, N.M., about 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the Mexican Interior Department said in a news release. Gutierrez had been fired on corruption allegations last year but returned to his job after winning a court case in which he claimed he had been unfairly dismissed, according to the National Immigration Institute.
  • Mexico Uses New Database to Identify Dead, Missing Migrants

    01/30/2006 3:49:10 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 303+ views
    KGBT 4 ^ | Jan. 30, 2006
    MONTERREY, MEXICO Families of undocumented Mexican migrants who disappear while sneaking into the United States have had nowhere to turn for information on the loved ones' fates. Now, a new Mexican government program to help with their inquiries. It's a computer database designed to help identify migrants who die crossing the border -- as well as find the living who lose touch with family once they are in the United States. The new program links Mexico's Foreign Relations Department's 35 offices in Mexico and 45 consulates in the United States to an Internet database. In the last decade, more than...
  • Mayor Judith Rawson Declares March National Caffeine Awareness Month (Health Nazis)

    01/21/2006 4:01:11 PM PST · by JTN · 32 replies · 448+ views
    I-Newswire ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Press release
    Following a health trend that appears to be brewing up all over the nation, Mayor Judith Rawson has signed a proclamation for the City of Shaker Heights that addresses the issues regarding caffeine intoxication and dependency. In the proclamation the Mayor is "calling upon all Shaker Heights citizens, public and private institutions, business and schools to increase awareness and understanding of the consequences of caffeine consumption." The proclamation also spells out many dangers of caffeine abuse such as heart disease, pancreas and bladder cancer, hypoglycemia, and central nervous system disorders. By getting the word out about the serious dangers of...
  • Asthmatics Beware: The Government May Ban Your Inhaler

    01/27/2006 3:07:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies · 2,204+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | January 26, 2006 | CFIF
    Eco-terrorists have struck again. Not in the dead of night, to be pursued by diligent agents of the FBI, but right out in the open, in a public meeting, under the auspices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On January 24, one of those ubiquitous FDA panels of "outside experts" voted, by an 11 to seven margin, to recommend that FDA ban non-prescription, over-the-counter asthma inhalers, used routinely by millions of asthma-sufferers to control the symptoms of their debilitating condition. As frequently noted in the press, while such recommendations are not binding, they are most often adopted. The...