Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Who is to blame for Israeli-Hamas attacks?

Palestinian society either must revolt against Hamas or demand that the elected Palestinian government of Hamas end the war against the Jews of Israel -- or else Israel will.

Palestinians initiated this war and are committed to the annihilation of the Jewish state. The hundreds of Palestinian deaths and all future casualties are their responsibility...

Read more Who is to blame for attacks?

Source: miami herald

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Frontline medics go underground

The largest hospital on Israel's southern coast has gone underground. Wary of a rocket strike against it from the nearby Gaza Strip, Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital has moved its most essential departments into an underground bomb shelter...

Read more medics go underground

Source: New Zealand Herald

Israel vow to continue until Hamas is crushed

ISRAEL has vowed to continue its bombardment of the Gaza Strip until it has demolished the military capacity of the governing Hamas regime.

Israeli jets and navy vessels kept up the attacks on targets in Gaza yesterday morning as the death toll reached 310 with more than 900 wounded.

Read more Israel to continue until Hamas is crushed

Source: canberra times

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Israel Attacks Gaza. 100 Areas Bombed

Israel's foreign minister brushed off a call for restraint from Egypt's president, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a direct appeal to Gaza's people to pressure their leaders to stop the barrages.

But the attacks showed no signs of ending. By nightfall, three rockets and 15 mortar shells had exploded in Israel…

Read more Israel closer to Gaza invasion

Source: ap

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pope urges solidarity in difficult economic times

Pope Benedict XVI warned in his Christmas message that the world was headed toward ruin if selfishness prevails over solidarity during tough economic times for rich and poor nations.

“In each of these places may the light of Christmas shine forth and encourage all people to do their part in a spirit of authentic solidarity,” he said.

Read more Pope urges solidarity

Source: boston herald

Economy slows population growth in U.S.

Most southern and western states aren't growing nearly as fast as they were at the start of the decade, pausing a long-term trend fueled by the desire for open spaces and warmer climates, according to population estimates released Monday by the Census Bureau…

Read more 304 million people in U.S.

Source: ap

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bush aide pleads guilty to theft

Felipe Sixto pleaded guilty to theft from a federally aided program in front of U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. He said little during the plea hearing except "Yes, sir" and "Guilty, sir" when asked by the judge about the charge…

Read more Bush aide pleads guilty

Source: ap

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unemployment increases in UK

"Unemployment is normally a lagging indicator so to see so many job losses this early in the cycle is extremely worrying."..

Read more Unemployment increases

Source: bbc news

Monday, December 22, 2008

The secret of Google's juice?

To pick one example: YouTube isn't a content portal but part of a strategy to "monitor key content and audience hubs". Organise information, give access to information and then monetise that through various audience tools…..

Read more Google's secret juice

Source: pda the digital content blog

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Emanuel talked directly to gov: source

A source with the Obama camp strongly denied Emanuel spoke with the governor directly about the seat, saying Emanuel only spoke with Blagojevich once recently to say he was taking the chief of staff post.

Read more Emanuel + Blagojevich=trouble

Source: Chicago sun times

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Pentagon and the torture report

Most Americans have long known that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were not the work of a few low-ranking sociopaths.

All but President George W. Bush's most unquestioning supporters recognized the chain of unprincipled decisions that led to the abuse, torture and death in prisons run by the American military and intelligence services…

Read more the torture report

Source: international herald tribune

Friday, December 19, 2008

Barack Obama fails the test on global warming priorities

Powered by In one of his first public policy statements as America's president-elect, Barack Obama focused on climate change, and clearly stated both his priorities and the facts on which these priorities rest. Unfortunately, both are weak, or even wrong….

Read more Obama fails the test

Source: world news

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Illinois court rejects attempt to remove governor

The state's attorney general asked the court last week to impose a restraining order stripping Rod Blagojevich of the bulk of his powers while considering her request to have him temporarily replaced by the state's lieutenant governor....

Read more court rejects attempt to remove governor

Source: brietbart

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Paulson: Big Financial Firms Are Stable

Paulson also said he has no current plans to ask Congress to make the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue fund available before the Bush administration leaves office on Jan. 20. But he added that the administration was prepared to move quickly, if necessary, to tap the extra resources.....

Read more Big Financial Firms Are Stable

Source: cbs news

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

US accuses Britain over military failings in Afghanistan

Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary who has been asked to remain in his job under Barack Obama, is understood to have expressed strong reservations about counterinsurgency operations in British-controlled Helmand province...

Read more US accuses Britain of military failings

Source: world news

Monday, December 15, 2008

Israel to release Palestinian prisoners

Israel has already released hundreds of prisoners in an effort to boost support for Mr Abbas and isolate the Hamas regime that controls the Gaza Strip...

Read more Israel to release 227Palestinian prisoners

Source: belfast telegraph

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wall Street looks to Fed this week

The market, still hovering at decade lows, has yet to show any sign of a traditional year-end rally. And the next few days it will face a number of tests that could determine if investors are able to get past all the negative economic news to end the year on a bright note....

Read moreWall Street looks to Fed, auto bailout this week

Source: kansas city news

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Europe: "We Have a Muslim Problem"

The growing Muslim presence in Europe has become a central issue for all European countries, east and west...

Read more Muslims In Europe

Source: daily news

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Groping Hillary Clinton

Another casualty of the internet age: Obama's speechwriter is caught in a compromising position with a cardboard Hillary...

Read moreGroping Hillary Clinton


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Was the CIA wrong (again)?

A year has passed since the release of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.

In a stunning departure from all the previous estimates dating back to 1997 under Presidents Clinton and Bush, it declared: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program."

Read more Was the CIA wrong?

Source: international herald tribune

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Governor of Illinois faces 'staggering' charges of corruption

Under Illinois law the governor of Obama's home state can appoint the president-elect's successor but he apparently left the aide in no doubt that his blessing would come at a price. A seat in the Senate, he explained, is "a fucking valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing"...

Read more Governor of Illinois faces 'staggering' charges


Monday, December 8, 2008

Markets soar on Obama spending pledges

Commodities stocks led the rally, trimming back recent sharp declines, on bets that the US president-elect's plan to spend on infrastructure projects would boost demand for oil, steel and other raw materials. In the UK, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Anglo American rallied more than 6 per cent as commodity prices rose. US Steel, Alcoa, and Chevron all rose strongly in the US...

Read more Markets soar

Source: the independent

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Two men questioned in Mumbai attack

The arrests of the two men late Friday are believed to be the first in connection with the attacks, other than the capture of one killer during the 60-hour siege.

The men, identified as Tousif Rahaman and Sheikh Muktar, allegedly “provided (cell phone) SIM cards to the terrorists in the Mumbai attacks,” said police official Javed Shamim...

Read more Two questioned in Mumbai attack

Source: boston herald

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

US stocks slide on economic worry

US stocks dropped sharply Thursday after dismal economic news on both sides of the Atlantic renewed worries about the severity of a global slowdown...

Read more US stocks slide

Source: money magazine

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Europe's big stimulus plans don't quite add up

Behind the headlines, the numbers are wispy, at best. But analysts say that the goal is often just to reassure the public.

Surveying the various European plans, Gilles Mo√ęc, senior economist at Bank of America in London, said the total was far short of what was necessary. "The harvest is not so nice," he said....

Read more Europe's big stimulus plan

Source: international herald tribune

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

United States, Europe differ on engagement with Russia

The NATO alliance should be cautious in welcoming Russia as a sometime partner, and avoid overt military cooperation with fighting forces that invaded a much smaller neighbor last summer, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said...

Read more United States, Europe differ on engagement with Russia months after Georgia war

Source: star

Monday, December 1, 2008

Palin Campaigns for Chambliss

The former vice presidential candidate made her first campaign appearance since the Republican ticket of John McCain and Gov. Palin lost on Nov. 4. Gov. Palin's four stops for Sen. Chambliss underscored not only the stakes for the GOP in the Senate race but Gov. Palin's popularity within the party. She has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012 -- a fact not lost on some Georgia voters...

Read more Palin Campaigns

Source: the wall street journal

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mumbai cop, left for dead, rides with gunmen

MUMBAI, India - The militants waited in the shadows for the police van to pass, and when it slowed down in the narrow road, they sprayed it with gunfire. The gunmen opened the doors and dumped five slumped officers’ bodies into the streets, then piled into the van to continue their siege.

What they did not know was that two officers, including constable Arun Jadhav, were in the backseat, alive....

Read more Mumbai cop, left for dead

Source: boston herald

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Indian troops end Mumbai siege

Indian officials said on Saturday that all of the attackers had now been killed or captured, about 59 hours after the attacks began. "All [combat] operations are over," Hasan Gafoor, Mumbai's police chief, said.

Read more Indian troops end Mumbai siege

Source: aljazeera

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mumbai Islamist violence shows sophistigated planning

Militants stormed a series of high-profile targets late Wednesday in India’s financial capital, including the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, a landmark restaurant, the main train station and a charitable hospital for women and children...

Read more Islamist violence: sophisticated planning

Source: manila times

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving a time for reflection for Bush, Obama

Dressed casually in a leather jacket and black scarf on Wednesday, Obama handed out food to the needy at a Chicago church with wife Michelle and their two daughters, shaking hands and jovially telling people "you can call me Barack." ..

Read more Thanksgiving a time for reflection


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

U.S. agency sees robots replacing humans in service jobs by 2025

In a report titled "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World" that was released last week, the National Intelligence Council offered its long-range strategic thinking about the military and economic challenges the U.S. will face from other countries over the next 17 years, as well as the environmental challenges ahead. The report also looks at technologies, and it includes some sweeping ideas about the future...

Read more U.S. agency sees robots replacing humans

Source: dont fear65 .com

Monday, November 24, 2008

Obama Announces Economic Team

In addition to Mr Geithner, Mr Obama said former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers will head his National Economic Council, while economist Christina Romer will lead the Council of Economic Advisors and Melody Barnes will be director of the Domestic Policy Council....

Read more Obama announces economic team, eyes new stimulus plan

Source: the australian news

Saturday, November 22, 2008

White House: Meeting set on North Korean nukes

White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters after President George W. Bush’s meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak that there was an agreement to have the meeting but that announcement of the actual date in early December would be left up to China to make public...

Read more White House: Meeting set on North Korean nukes

Source: boston herald

Friday, November 21, 2008

How Detroit took the wrong road

Over the years, US manufacturers had been losing headway to Japanese rivals as motorists' tastes shifted from pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.....

Read more How Detroit took the wrong road


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Putin tackles economy in key speech

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, has said in a keynote speech that the country's large foreign currency, gold reserves and anti-crisis measures would prevent a sharp fall in the rouble....

Read more Putin tackles economy in key speech


Monday, November 17, 2008

Mark Cuban Charged With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed insider trading charges against Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, for allegedly dumping shares...

Read more Mark Cuban With Insider Trading

Source: rara scannell/wallstreet journal

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Twilight Hysteria Continues To Builds.

The film opens Friday Nov 21.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wild Fires: State of Emergency Called In California

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles, where wildfires are threatening the power supply. Around 10,000 residents have been placed under mandatory evacuation orders...

Read more State of emergency declared in L.A.

Source: l.a. times

Friday, November 14, 2008

U.S. Bailout Shift Raises New Concerns

The government originally planned to restore credit flows by buying mortgage assets compromised by defaults, but Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Wednesday the plan would focus instead on recapitalizing financial institutions and supporting consumer credit....

Read more U.S. shift on financial bailout raises new concerns

Source: reuters

Thursday, November 13, 2008

$1 Million Reward Offered To Nab Extortionist

News Conference Held: Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits management company which recently disclosed an extortionist is demanding money by threatening to expose millions of patient records the company holds, Wednesday said it has decided to offer US$1 million to nab the perpetrator...

Read more $1 million award offered to nab extortionist in data breach

Source: the new york times

More Families Struggling To Make Ends Meet

After three weeks of searching Davis, the former plumber, found work as a meat cutter at a large grocery store. Problem is, the position pays only $7 per hour at first, compared to his previous $25...

Read more More families struggling to make ends meet

Source: msnbc

Look For A Recession Proof State? Try Alaska

If you can stomach living in Alaska for 12 months, you’ll be eligible to get a check from the Alaska Permanent Fund. Every year this fund, which gets its money by taking a cut of Alaska’s oil revenues, pays out upwards of $1,000 to every citizen of Alaska....

Read more A Recession Proof Place To Live? How About "Socialist" Alaska?

Source: cnbc

Recessions To Get Worse

Its here: The recession is spreading as the credit crisis winds blow the radioactive waste further and further throughout the world. November and December should have the worst economic numbers associated with the six weeks of zero credit between mid-September and the end of October...

Read more Busch: Recessions Will Deepen

Source: cnbc

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Obama and Bush Hold Private Meeting at White House

Few details were revealed as to their content but Iraq, the financial crisis and the issue of a smooth transition had all been expected to come up....

Read more Bush and Obama Meet at White House

Source: bbc

Monday, November 10, 2008

Russia: Missile Deployment Depends On US Moves

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, in remarks carried by the Interfax news agency, said if Washington halts its plans to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and accompanying radar in the Czech Republic, Russia won't need to place short-range Iskander missiles in its western Kaliningrad region.

Read more Russia: Missile deployment depends on US moves

Source: gdh news

Farrakhan: Obama draws a 'oneness of spirit'

Farrakhan added that Obama will be able to make positive changes only with help from "God and people of goodwill," and he urged followers of the Chicago-based black nationalist movement to do their part...

Read more Farrakhan says Obama draws a 'oneness of spirit'

Source: seattle pi

Sunday, November 9, 2008

THE BAD NEWS: Obama Win Triggers Run On Guns

"The day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles," said David Greenberg, the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, who sold out of AR-15 rifles in recent days.

Read more Obama win triggers run on guns in many stores

Source: reuters

Friday, November 7, 2008

Only Saudi King Can Prevent Canadian's Beheading

Mohamed Kohail, 23, faces beheading after being found guilty of a slaying he denies committing, and the Canadian government's only hope for sparing his life appears to be a plea directly to the Saudi King....

Read more Canadian's Beheading

Source: omar el akkad and sonia verma /

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Jesse Jackson Breaks Down In Tears After Obama Win

Rev. Jesse Jackson reacts after projections show that Barack Obama won the US presidential election.

Americans emphatically elected Obama as their first black president, in a historic election which will reshape US politics and the US role on the world stage.

Source: breitbart tv

OBAMA WINS - First African American In Highest U.S. Office


Barack Obama, the son of a father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, was elected the nation's 44th president Tuesday, breaking the ultimate racial barrier to become the first African American to claim the country's highest office...

Read more Obama Wins Presidential Race

Source: la times / mark z. barabak

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

US Troops In Iraq Follow American Presidential Voting

U.S. soldiers in Mosul, where war still rages, caught a glimpse of the election battle back home as they ate breakfast Tuesday, awaiting the outcome of a contest that could decide the future of the mission in Iraq....

Read more US troops in Iraq follow American presidential voting on just another day in the war

Source: star tribune

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Global Warming - Is The End Near?

As the rest of the world awakens to the reality that slumping economies can only be devastated by bowing to global warming alarmists’ demands, the question for California is whether the powers that be will wake up before they devastate us with Draconian regulations and taxes that others are rejecting...

Read more Global warming - is the end near?

Source: oc register / mark landsbaum

Friday, October 31, 2008

Why The Choice Between Obama and McCain Seems Clear

John McCain has shown throughout his career a penchant for risk-taking; in his memoirs, he proudly calls himself a gambler. His selection of Sarah Palin, a charismatic but spectacularly unqualified candidate, as his running mate, is just the most glaring of many examples of the real McCain.

Barack Obama is tough, too, but in a different way. No one should underestimate how difficult it was to travel his road, against incredible odds, to the cusp of the presidency. But where McCain is impulsive and emotional, Obama is low-key and unemotional. He makes his judgments in a calm and methodical manner; McCain's impulsiveness is anathema to Obama, and rightly so - one cannot play craps with history.

Read more Why the choice between Obama and McCain seems clear

Source: daily lebanon