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  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer

    06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT · by John Faust · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2014 | Cameron Bird
    ... Across a series of blogs and far-right message boards, someone going by the moniker of “the Real Luigi Warren” (a.k.a. “Luigi ‘Anthrax’ Warren”) had operated a lurid rumor mill about Hatfill for more than a decade—promoting, in particular, hearsay about the years he lived and worked in southern Africa during the throes of apartheid. In 2010, after the aggressor surfaced in the comments section of theatlantic.com, Hatfill’s lawyers made their move. They sent a six-page letter to the man they assumed to be the real Luigi Warren, a stem-cell researcher at Harvard Medical School named, not incidentally, Luigi Warren....
  • Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?

    12/17/2014 8:42:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 30 April 2014 | Oliver Wainwright
    Sitting on a salvaged sofa in the centre of her small tin shack, Nomfusi Panyaza looks increasingly worried, as heavy clouds gather in the sky outside. “When it rains, the public toilets overflow into my living room,” she says. “Water comes in through the ceiling and the electricity stops working.” Outside her makeshift home in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, on the eastern edge of Cape Town, barefoot children play on the banks of an open sewer, while cows roam next to an overflowing rubbish heap. Panyaza shares this tiny cabin with her two daughters and four grandchildren, a family...
  • Warnings Grow Over Communism and Genocide in South Africa

    12/23/2014 7:16:53 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/11/2014 | Alex Newman
    ( Nelson Mandela (right) and F.W. de Klerk) As South Africa descends into what its radical rulers refer to as the “Second Phase” of their communist revolution, warnings about an approaching genocide and full-blown communist tyranny are growing progressively louder. In a statement released last week, the organization Genocide Watch again sounded the alarm surrounding the ongoing, regime-linked preparations to exterminate minority Afrikaner farmers. South Africa’s credit rating, meanwhile, was downgraded again last month to barely above “junk” status. Parliament recently descended into a brawl after a politician called the president a "criminal and a thief." As the warning signs...
  • Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Arrested by Terror Police

    02/26/2014 4:09:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 25 February 2014 Last updated at 12:48 ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is among four people who have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, police have said. Mr Begg, 45, who was held by the US authorities for almost three years, was arrested earlier with two other men and a woman in the West Midlands. He was detained on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas." SNIPPET: "Mr Begg was arrested in Hall Green in Birmingham. The other people arrested - a 36-year-old man from Shirley, a 44-year-old woman and her son, 20, both from Sparkhill - are being...
  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1955.aspx Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • Nelson Mandela “proven” to be a member of the Communist Party after decades of denial

    12/09/2012 12:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM GMT 08 Dec 2012 | Colin Freeman and Jane Flanagan
    For decades, it was one of the enduring disputes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the white-only government of the time alleged? Or, as he claimed during the infamous 1963 trial that saw him jailed for life, was it simply a smear to discredit him in a world riven by Cold War tensions? Now, nearly half a century after the court case that made him the world’s best-known prisoner of conscience, a new book claims that whatever the wider injustice perpetrated, the apartheid-era prosecutors were indeed...
  • Says ANC Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime Over Dalai Lama Visa Flap [Cukoo Tutu, again...]

    10/11/2011 8:46:51 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies
    ibtimes ^ | October 5, 2011
    Desmond Tutu Says ANC Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime Over Dalai Lama Visa Flap - International Business TimesOctober 5, 2011 10:04 AM EDT Archbishop Desmond Tutu is outraged by the government of South Africa's refusal to stand up to China by failing to provide a visa for his friend, Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.   Speaking to reporters in Cape Town, Tutu said the African National Congress-party dominated government of President Jacob Zuma is worse than the regimes under apartheid and that he prayed for the collapse of the ANC.   The Dalai Lama had been invited to Tutu's 80th...
  • Nobel Winner Desmond Tutu Calls For G. W. Bush & Tony Blair To Be Tried At The Hague For Iraq War

    09/02/2012 3:18:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 2, 2012
    Groan.Via BBC: Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.Writing in the UK’s Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable “than any other conflict in history”, he said.Mr Blair responded by saying “this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say”.Earlier this week, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of...
  • Petronas unit Engen suspends Iran oil imports (S. African importer)

    04/04/2012 6:53:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    The Star/Reuters ^ | Apr. 5, 2012
    Johannesburg: Petroliam Nasional Bhd's (Petronas) Engen unit, the biggest South African importer of Iranian crude, said it has suspended imports of oil from the Middle Eastern nation amid economic sanctions by the United States and the European Union. The company had contingency supplies in place, Engen spokeswoman Tania Landsberg said in an emailed response to questions. Engen, which operates the country's second biggest refinery based in Durban and with a capacity of 135,000 barrels a day, normally buys about 80% of its supplies from Iran. Engen was “under heavy pressure” to halt Iranian imports because of sanctions, Petronas chief executive...
  • 'Iran globally recruiting scientists for nuclear program'

    12/23/2010 6:29:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Jersusalem Post ^ | 12/23/2010
    Iran is running a global recruiting network for scientists, in efforts to bring them to the country to work on its nuclear program, officials told the UK newspaper The Telegraph. The officials claim the country relies particularly on North Korean scientists, but also looks for people with nuclear expertise from African countries to focus on developing missiles and other nuclear production activities, according to The Telegraph. The arrangement involves North Korea sending technology and scientists to Iran, in exchange for Iranian money and testing facilities, the officials said. The Telegraph quoted Mohamed Reza Heydari, a former Iranian consul in Oslo,...
  • UN mulls internet regulation options

    12/19/2010 6:19:42 AM PST · by TheRevolution1776 · 9 replies
    itNews for Australian Business ^ | Dec 17, 2010 9:51 AM | John Hilvert
    The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonize global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil. At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks. The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for a "takeover" of the internet. India,...
  • FBI Press Conference: 17 of 18 suspects arrested in Sting Operation for Illegal Weapons

    03/15/2005 8:46:10 AM PST · by CitizenM · 58 replies · 3,052+ views
    FOX news | March 15, 2005 | Jamie Fox
    Sting operation by FBI- Press Conference just on FOX: 17 of 18 defendents arrested for attempting to purchase weapons from an undercover FBI agent. One wanted to buy uranium to make a nuclear device in a subway system. FBI spokesperson emphatically stated that did not come to fruition, but the suspect did ask the question. FBI was not involving itself in the end user, the sting operation was focusing on the people who were attempting to purchase the weapons for further sale/distribution. FBI taped over 15,000 phone calls made by the men trying to purchase. Very Dangerous weaponry including: grenade...
  • Medal of Honor for a terrorist

    07/26/2003 10:25:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 11 replies · 164+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, July 27, 2003 | Dateline D.C.
    <p>Many of us believe that President George W. Bush is not only a courageous leader, but also a man who works hard at his job. Most who toil in Washington know that working in the White House requires almost superhuman skills to avoid unnecessarily offending one or more voting groups.</p>
  • 4 ARRESTED IN SOUTH AFRICA TRYING TO SELL NUCLEAR DEVICE

    07/11/2010 3:18:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    VOA NEWS.com ^ | VOA News 10 July 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "South African police say they have arrested four men in the capital, Pretoria, for attempting to sell what they describe as an industrial nuclear device to undercover officers. The men - all South Africans - were arrested Friday at a Pretoria gas station, where they attempted to sell the device for about $6 million. Police say Interpol was also involved in the operation."
  • Once-barred Muslim scholar arrives in NY for forum ( Tariq Ramadan )

    04/07/2010 7:40:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 501+ views
    trib ^ | April 7, 2010 | LARRY NEUMEISTER ,
    A prominent Muslim scholar banned from the United States for six years returned Wednesday for visits to four cities... "In the name of your fear or mistrust of Muslim-majority countries, you may end up betraying your own values," Tariq Ramadan ... Ramadan said he was happy to be in the U.S. ...to speak on a panel Thursday at The Cooper Union college. "My name has been cleared," he said. The 47-year-old professor at Oxford University in England was permitted to return to the United States after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in January signed orders enabling re-entry for him...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis

    03/03/2010 9:47:40 PM PST · by Velveeta · 532 replies · 5,882+ views
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  • Qaeda Group Threatens to Attack World Cup

    04/07/2010 7:08:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 38 replies · 842+ views
    CBS NEWS.com ^ | April 7, 2009, 2:38 pm ET - Updated | Posted by Khaled Wassef
    SNIPPET: "The North African terror group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has threatened to attack this summer's World Cup games in South Africa. "How amazing could the match United States vs. Britain be when broadcasted live on air at a stadium packed with spectators when the sound of an explosion rumbles through the stands, the whole stadium is turned upside down and the number of dead bodies are in their dozens and hundreds, Allah willing," reads a statement the group published in a recent issue of the Jihadi online magazine Mushtaqun Lel Jannah (Longing to Paradise)." SNIPPET: "In addition...
  • S. Africa: ANC urges followers to defy ban on song ["Kill the Boer"]

    03/31/2010 8:02:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 494+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/31/2010 | Aislinn Laing
    South Africa's ruling African National Congress has been accused of inciting the murder of white people after it urged the public to ignore a court ruling that an anti-apartheid song featuring the words “Kill the Boer” was “illegal hate speech”. The struggle song, entitled Ayesaba Amagwala (The Cowards are Scared), was sung at political rallies during the time of racial segregation but was recently resurrected by Julius Malema, the leader of the ANC’s youth league at a student meeting. Julius Malema addressing students in Johannesburg But with the word Boer meaning farmer in Afrikaans, the murder of white farmers in...
  • Lost Jewish tribe 'found in Zimbabwe'

    03/09/2010 10:19:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 24 replies · 1,038+ views
    bbc news ^ | 8 March 2010 | Steve Vickers
    The Lemba people of Zimbabwe and South Africa may look like their compatriots, but they follow a very different set of customs and traditions. They do not eat pork, they practise male circumcision, they ritually slaughter their animals, some of their men wear skull caps and they put the Star of David on their gravestones. Their oral traditions claim that their ancestors were Jews who fled the Holy Land about 2,500 years ago. It may sound like another myth of a lost tribe of Israel, but British scientists have carried out DNA tests which have confirmed their Semitic origin. These...
  • Moderate Muslim head of UK TV channel held on terror claims

    01/27/2010 12:12:51 AM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 803+ views
    (UPI) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | January 26, 2010 | n/a
    "Moderate Muslim head of UK TV channel held on terror claims" "U.K. Islamic TV head held on terror claims," from UPI, January 26 (thanks to Block Ness): SNIPPET: "PRETORIA, South Africa, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The head of Britain's popular Muslim television station was arrested in South Africa and faces deportation to Tunisia on terrorism claims, officials said. Mohamed Ali Harrath, the force behind Britain's Islam Channel, was arrested Sunday in what some said was a security clampdown in South Africa in the months leading up to the 2010 World Cup soccer championship, The Times of London reported Tuesday."
  • Obama Barged Into BASIC Meet to Clinch Climate Deal (Times of India Play-by-Play)

    12/20/2009 9:34:01 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 45 replies · 2,497+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 21 December 2009 | Indrani Bagchi
    "Oh, you are all here. I had some things to discuss with all of you so it’s good that you are together in the same room,” US President Barack Obama said as he strode into the room where the BASIC countries — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — were holding their last, intensive meetings in Copenhagen. “We really need a deal,” he said. “It’s better that we take one step forward rather than two steps back. I’m willing to be flexible.” And he rolled up his sleeves and sat down. Obama had come to meet China’s Wen Jiabao, in...
  • Obama praises a climate flop: Copenhagen talks end with dud of a deal

    12/19/2009 3:15:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 1,846+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 19, 2009 | CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- After a day spent frantically darting around Copenhagen trying to locate world leaders, getting snubbed by China's premier and crashing a meeting where he had initially been kept out, President Obama heralded a last-minute, largely toothless UN global-warming summit deal that drew fast fire from all sides as a sham. Almost no one was happy with the outcome of the two-week confab and even the president, who was slammed by liberals and Republicans alike, along with other world leaders, admitted that the pact doesn't legally commit any of the nations involved -- the point of the summit in...
  • Big developing states reject Copenhagen climate plan (Ruh-ROH!)

    12/02/2009 12:18:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,745+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/09 | Krittivas Mukherjee and Gerard Wynn
    NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) – China and other big developing nations rejected core targets for a climate deal such as halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 just five days before talks start in Copenhagen, diplomats said on Wednesday. China, the world's top emitter, together with India, Brazil and South Africa demand that richer nations do more and have drawn "red lines" limiting what they themselves would accept, the diplomats told Reuters. The four rejected key targets proposed by the Danish climate talks hosts in a draft text -- halving global greenhouse gases by 2050, setting a 2020 deadline for a...
  • South African police will have shoot to kill policy at World Cup

    09/12/2009 11:47:10 AM PDT · by Saije · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Daily Mirror ^ | 9/12/2009 | Staff
    South African police will have a shoot to kill policy at next summer’s World Cup in a bid to cut gun crime. The war on weapons is called Operation Wanya Tsotsi, which translates as: “You will soil your pants, criminal.” Deputy minister of police Fikile Mbalula warned armed criminals that officers were entitled to open fire at them. He said: “If you are a criminal and you are gun-toting, our message to law enforcement officers is clear – shoot to kill.” “We say we are going toe to toe, tooth for tooth, nail for nail with the criminals. Street by...
  • S.Africa won't compromise economic growth to cut carbon emissions

    09/15/2009 1:32:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 326+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/09 | AFP
    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa will not sign any deal that would compromise the country's economic development chances at the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen, the environment minister said Tuesday. "All negotiators are there to pursue national interests ... and South Africa is no different in this regard. If a deal is going to compromise our national interest we are not going to support it 100 percent," Buyelwa Sonjica told journalist. In the lead up to the crucial climate summit in December which hopes to thrash out a new climate treaty, Sonjica said it was unrealistic for developing countries...
  • SAfrica urges review of white refugee case

    09/02/2009 5:33:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies · 446+ views
    CAPE TOWN — South Africa will seek a review of a decision granting one of its white citizens asylum in Canada, which the ruling party has said is racist, the deputy foreign minister told parliament Thursday. Sue van der Merwe said the decision to grant refugee status to someone on the basis that he was persecuted by blacks "shows a lack of familiarisation with the facts and reality of South African society." "While we have incredibly good bilateral relations with the Canadian government we will be pursuing this matter and following diplomatic procedure in order to express with the Canadian...
  • Obama's Man Van Jones-Many Roads Lead to Cuba, Communism

    08/27/2009 6:11:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 940+ views
    New Zeal ^ | August 27, 2009 | Trevor Loudon
    Two big questions hang over President Obama's radical "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones. Is he still a communist? Is he a security threat? Many have assumed that Van Jones' committment to communism ended when the organization he helped to lead STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement) dissolved in 2002. Yet a 2004 treatise Reclaiming Revolution: History, Summation, and Lessons from the Work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement written and endorsed by a majority of former STORM members makes it clear that most ex STORMers are still committed to the revolutionary movement; From page 49. When...
  • Dancing Clinton eyes fresh start with S.Africa

    08/08/2009 9:22:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 877+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/09 | Shaun Tandon
    CAPE TOWN (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Saturday for a broad alliance with South Africa as she basked in a warm welcome from everyone from President Jacob Zuma down to street children as she visited Africa's wealthiest nation. A visibly upbeat Clinton shook her hips to the sounds of a street brass choir in the slums of Cape Town, where she was swarmed by women and children at a housing project she had visited more than a decade ago as first lady. Clinton is emphasising public diplomacy during her 11-day, seven-nation tour of Africa, hoping...
  • Obama urges FIFA to deliver U.S. World Cup

    07/28/2009 10:58:02 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 26 replies · 903+ views
    CNN ^ | 7-28-2009 | CNN
    The president spoke with FIFA head Sepp Blatter in a meeting at the White House on Monday and stated his belief that hosting the event may help to promote the profile of soccer in the United States. Blatter said in a press conference that he has a duty to be impartial to all 11 contenders for the 2018 event -- but confirmed that Obama had appealed to him to "make another move toward United States soccer."
  • Jihadis Discuss Plans to Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

    05/27/2009 12:57:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 26, 2009 | Abdul Hameed Bakier
    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 7 Issue: 14 04:31 PM Age: 11 hrs By: Urged by a senior al-Qaeda ideologue to take over Pakistan, members of jihadi internet forums have begun to examine the possibility of controlling Pakistan’s nuclear weapons (al-faloja1.com, April 24). At the same time, jihadis continue to collect information on nuclear facilities around the globe, especially Israel’s nuclear projects, waiting for an opportunity to perpetrate successful terrorist attacks against these facilities after massive terrorist attacks using conventional weapons failed to give rise to the global supremacy of Islamic law (al-faloja1.com, April 22). On March 14, al-Fajr Media Center...
  • Last Captured SLA Member is Released From Prison

    05/11/2009 12:28:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1,326+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
    James William Kilgore, the last captured member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was released on parole Sunday morning from a Northern California prison. Kilgore, 61, was arrested in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2002 after almost three decades on the run. He was one of five SLA members who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1975 death of Myrna Opsahl, a 42-year-old mother of four who was killed by a shotgun blast after she arrived at a suburban Sacramento bank. Kilgore apologized to Opsahl's family at his sentencing, saying he wished he could live that day over. He served...
  • Obama phones Zuma

    05/08/2009 7:19:31 PM PDT · by Ironfocus · 14 replies · 877+ views
    Washington - US President Barack Obama telephoned Jacob Zuma on Friday to congratulate him on becoming South African president and urged Zuma to take a leadership role on the African continent, the White House said. Obama praised South Africans for their "commitment to democracy" after more than three-quarters of the voting population took part in last month's elections, White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said. The ANC won 65.9% of the vote, and Zuma was elected president on Wednesday by the National Assembly. He will be inaugurated on Saturday. Obama "encouraged president-elect Zuma to show strong regional leadership" and to help...
  • Law And Disorder In Johannesburg

    04/05/2009 4:34:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 1,026+ views
    You Tube ^ | ??? | Louis Theroux
    4 parts about 10 minutes each
  • Freedom under fire (Andrew Bolt)

    05/31/2006 3:07:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31st May 2006 | Andrew Bolt
    MAYBE this past week has taught us to pity. Because look: East Timor is being forgiven like Iraq never is. Its capital can be looted, its soldiers can gun down its police, its gangs can murder children, its people can be made to live on charity, its politicians can squabble over the power they then abuse -- but no fool here says freedom was a mistake. Even as our soldiers guard refugees cowering in church yards, still no commentator sneers that it all shows we were crazy to liberate East Timor in 1999. No one is saying these 900,000 East...
  • Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemency (Eric Holder - Thursday) Hussein & terrorists?

    01/14/2009 9:20:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,091+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | PETE YOST
    Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemencyBy PETE YOST Associated Press Writer Originally published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM WASHINGTON — New York police detective Anthony S. Senft's life changed forever when a bomb set by Puerto Rican separatists exploded, blowing him 15 feet in the air and blinding him in one eye. Now, he's angry that Eric Holder, who played a key role in awarding clemency to the bombers, is in line to be attorney general. Holder, as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, worked closely with the Justice Department's pardon attorney to raise the possibility of...
  • Barack Obama to buy rare Ł20,000 gold ring for his wife

    12/01/2008 8:41:55 PM PST · by SerafinQ · 85 replies · 2,478+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/2/02 | Mail Foreign Service
    Michelle Obama is to receive this Ł20,000 thank you from her husband for her support during the election. The Harmony ring is made of rhodium - the world's most expensive metal --and encrusted with diamonds. It is being hastily made by Italian designer Giovanni Bosco in time for January's inauguration ceremony. Only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, mostly in South Africa, and as a result its price is typically around Ł5,000 an ounce.
  • ANALYSIS-How can Obama manage Africa's euphoria?

    11/09/2008 1:16:51 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 24 replies · 229+ views
    Reuters Africa ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | Daniel Wallis
    KOGELO, Kenya, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Within hours of Barack Obama's election victory, Kenya sent workers to bring electricity for the first time to his late father's rural village. Obama may find it hard to bring such fast, tangible benefits to a whole continent that greeted his White House triumph with euphoria and vast expectations. The appointment of a "son of Africa" to the most powerful position in the world has sent hopes for change soaring. But given the global economic meltdown, and myriad other foreign policy priorities -- not least Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and Iran -- the Obama administration's...
  • NEW REPORT on OBAMA's MYSTERY YEARS at COLUMBIA:

    10/30/2008 11:26:16 AM PDT · by NYC_BULLMOOSE · 186 replies · 6,842+ views
    10/30/2008 | vamity/self
    "Recently" I traveled up to the Campus of Columbia University to do some research on BHO's "missing years" as a student at Columbia College. This is my report (fwiw). I looked through every page of every issue of The Columbia Spectator published during bho's time on campus (Aug1981-Jun1983). No smoking guns. Nothing of any great immediate value BUT some interesting leads for further pursuit and some strange stuff to report... First, what I didn't find is almost as interesting as what I did find... * BHO is never mentioned in the paper during the period * No photographs of BHO...
  • Comedian who does the Dead terrorist advert canned

    09/30/2008 4:45:34 AM PDT · by BCW · 49 replies · 1,488+ views
    The Times ^ | Sept 30, 2008 | Sapa
    A television commercial for an "Ahmed the dead terrorist" ringtone mocks Islam and must be withdrawn, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled. Its ruling followed a complaint by a Moegamat Khan against the GloMobile commercial, flighted on SABC and DSTV. The commercial shows American standup comedian Jeff Durham holding a skeleton puppet with a white cloth around its head, which demands that the audience keeps quiet and says: "Silence! I kill you!" The ASA said Khan had complained that this was offensive to the Islamic religion, and created the impression that all Muslims were terrorists who would kill to get...
  • Israelis in West Africa: We live in Hezbollah state

    08/06/2008 1:39:55 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 149+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 05/08/2008 | Ora Coren
    Israeli diamond merchants active in West Africa, responding to the report in Haaretz on Monday that defense officials are worried Hezbollah terrorists will target Israeli communities there, said the Lebanese movement enjoyed the strong support of locals. "The big problem for Israelis in West Africa is that there are countries whose diamond industry is controled by Lebanese locals, a majority of whom openly support Hezbollah," a source in the Israeli diamond business said Monday. "In effect, these are countries which are known as Hezbollah states," he added. Israeli companies that deal in diamonds, agriculture, communications and security operate mainly in...
  • Anti-foreigner violence escalates in South Africa-(South Africans killing Rhodesians)

    05/19/2008 6:54:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 155+ views
    reuteurs ^ | May 19, 200
    The unrest is an embarrassment for South Africa, which has vaunted its tolerance since the end of apartheid and hopes to encourage foreign visitors for the soccer World Cup in 2010. The violence is an indicator of anger among those who complain they have been left out by Mbeki's policies to promote business and investment. Investors are already worried by growing labor influence in the ruling ANC since Mbeki lost the leadership in December to rival Jacob Zuma. ANC Treasurer General Matthews Phosa called at the weekend for an early election, calling for strong leadership. Mbeki has to step down...
  • SAfrica wants to speed land distribution to black farmers

    02/18/2008 3:57:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 123+ views
    AP ^ | February 14, 2008
    South Africa may force more white farmers to sell in order to speed up the transfer of land into nonwhite hands, the agriculture minister said Thursday. Lulu Xingwana also said the government was considering new regulations for foreign land ownership. She said that black South Africans, who make up nearly 80 percent of the population, currently own just 4.7 percent of the land — even though land reform has been a key part of government policy since 1994 to right the wrongs of apartheid. Xingwana and other officials have repeatedly ruled out Zimbabwe-style land grabs, but the public's patience is...
  • Man in British Custody Is Linked to 2001 Attacks

    08/06/2004 9:26:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,656+ views
    The New York times ^ | August 7, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    August 7, 2004THE OVERVIEWBin Laden Sent Suspect to U.S., Officials Say By DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM ASHINGTON, Aug. 6 - American intelligence officials now believe that Issa al-Hindi, the alleged Qaeda operative now in British custody, was dispatched to the United States in early 2001 by the mastermind of the Sept. 11 plot at the direction of Osama bin Laden to case potential targets in New York City, senior government officials said Friday. The officials said that Mr. Hindi was the same person as the figure identified in the Sept. 11 commission report as Issa al-Britani. The...
  • South Africa robbers attack envoy

    01/06/2008 5:46:49 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 145+ views
    BBC ^ | 29 December 2007 | Staff
    The Tanzanian high commissioner to South Africa was beaten unconscious by armed robbers at his own farewell dinner in Pretoria, police say. The envoy, Emmanuel Mwambulukutu, is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Six other people were also taken to hospital after the attack, including the ambassador's wife. One person has been arrested. South Africa has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world. A South African government official at the dinner told the South African Press Association that armed men broke into the diplomatic compound at around 2200 local time. Rape...
  • CONTROL THE ENVIRONMENT TO CONTROL HUMANITY

    01/13/2003 5:02:09 AM PST · by madfly · 19 replies · 402+ views
    NewsWithViews ^ | Jan. 12, 2003 | Erica Carle
    Additional Titles CONTROL THE ENVIRONMENT TO CONTROL HUMANITY Erica CarleJanuary 12, 2002NewsWithViews.comThere is nothing new about the idea of controlling the environment to control behavior. Pavlov used it on dogs. B. F. Skinner used it on birds. We use it on pets. Parents use it on children. Law enforcers use it on criminals. And we all establish suitable environments to fit the needs of our various activities. But one of the most chilling uses of environmental control is its use by dictators to keep their subjects in line, and in recent years by world shapers and managers to force...
  • Secret aid for al-Qa'ida in Somalia

    02/18/2007 10:02:38 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 15 replies · 533+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | February 19, 2007 | Jon Swain
    MIDDLE Eastern countries secretly armed and supported suspected al-Qa'ida recruits in the failed state of Somalia in a direct challenge to Western interests in east Africa, a UN report has revealed. Hundreds of Islamist fighters were flown, with Eritrean assistance, from Somalia to Syria and Libya for military training. Others were taken to Lebanon to fight with Hezbollah, the report to the UN security council says. UN investigators detail the military aid given to the Islamists by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Arab states purportedly friendly to the West. Iran supplied 125 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, 80 of which arrived by sea...
  • Report: Swiss Had Role In S. African Nukes

    10/27/2005 9:16:37 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005
    Report: Swiss Had Role in S. African Nukes Friday October 28, 2005 4:01 AM GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland played a key role in building the nuclear weapons of the former apartheid regime of South Africa, a government-sponsored report said Thursday. More than a decade ago, then-South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that his country had dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Peter Hug, the author of a report in the Swiss National Science Foundation's six-year investigation into Swiss-South African relations, said Switzerland and other countries provided technical support for South Africa's uranium enrichment efforts. Hug, a history professor at the...
  • Al-Qaeda link to SA 'ludicrous' (Laugh 'til you cry)

    08/03/2004 11:58:20 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 4 replies · 572+ views
    News24 (SA) ^ | 8/3/04 | Edited by Iaine Harper
    Johannesbnurg - The government was urged on Tuesday to help two South Africans being detained in Pakistan on suspicion of being recruits of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. A Pakistani official said Abu Bakar and Zubair Ismail had told interrogators they had planned to attack tourist sites in Johannesburg. Last week, the foreign affairs ministry named the two men as Feroze Ganchi, a medical doctor from Fordsburg, Johannesburg, and 20-year-old student Zubair Ismail, from Laudium, Pretoria. The Media Review Network, an advocacy group which aims to dispel myths and stereotypes about Islam, urged the government and human rights organisations to...
  • London Airline Plot - ‘Son-in-law of Zawahiri was mastermind’

    08/19/2006 1:29:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 971+ views
    DAWN.com (Pakistan) ^ | August 19, 2006 | Ismail Khan
    PESHAWAR, Aug 18: A son-in-law of Al Qaeda No 2 Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to be the mastermind of the plot to blow up transatlantic flights and he met one or some of the plotters at a place close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, credible sources told Dawn. “The mastermind in the planes bombing plot is Zawahiri’s son-in-law,” said the sources who did not want to be named. “He is the guy being looked for,” they added. Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant is known to have several sons-in-law. One of them was reported to have been killed in a...