Daily Archives: July 24, 2006

Backlash from bloggers as Indian censors shut websites

Indian censors have blocked a number of popular blogging sites on the grounds of national security, angering thousands of bloggers. The directive from the department of telecommunications came days after the Mumbai blasts, and was aimed at shutting 17 blogs which carried material from religious and political extremists. But service providers were forced to cut all major sites, including the popular Geocities, Typepad and Google’s Blogspot. Cyberspace has since been filled with angry emails from bloggers in India attacking the government’s “ham-handed, delinquent” move. The Mumbai blasts helped raise the profile of blogs after many were used to update users on what was happening on the ground.

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Tears and prayers for the Khmer Rouge “Butcher”

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Ta Mok, Pol Pot’s henchman notorious for his brutality, dies with his secrets.

To most Cambodians, he was “The Butcher,” one of Pol Pot’s most ruthless henchmen and a man whose hands were stained perhaps more than any other with the blood of the Khmer Rouge’s 1.7 million victims. But in its final redoubt of Anlong Veng, the ultra-Maoist movement’s former military chief, Ta Mok, who died on Friday, was revered as little short of an idol.

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Former top members of Cambodia’s notorious Khmer Rouge: former prime minister Khieu Samphan(top-L), former deputy Nuon Chea(top-R), former army chief of staff Ta Mok(bottom-L) and former foreign minister Ieng Sary(bottom-R). Ta Mok, known as “The Butcher” for his extreme brutality, died before he could be put on trial for the genocide of up to two million Cambodians.(AFP/File)

Fresh fears for Khmer Rouge trials 

The death of Ta Mok, one of the main leaders of Cambodia’s brutal former Khmer Rouge regime, has confirmed the fears of long-time proponents of the country’s genocide trials. All along they have warned that delays in setting up the process would result in key defendants dying before they reached court.

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Polish labourers kept in Italian ‘prison camp’

· Poles beaten and fed on bread and water by gang
· 24 held after raids but seven mobsters at large
Polish farmworkers who travelled to southern Italy were kept in a “concentration camp” where they were fed on little more than bread and water, expected to labour in the fields for up to 15 hours a day, and beaten by guards who called themselves kapos, it was revealed yesterday. Police across Europe were hunting seven mobsters who escaped when Italian Carabinieri raided the camp at dawn on Tuesday. Sixteen others – 15 Poles and an Italian – were jailed in Italy and a further nine people were arrested in Poland as part of an extensive cross-border operation.

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NZ policewoman works as call girl

A New Zealand policewoman has been allowed to keep her job, despite moonlighting as a prostitute.
The Auckland officer, whose name and rank have not been revealed, apparently took up the part-time work due to financial difficulties. A police spokesman said although secondary employment was allowed, prostitution was “inappropriate and incompatible with policing”.

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U.S. Gas Prices Hit All-Time High

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U.S. Gas Prices Hit All-Time High
Hovering Just Above $3 Per Gallon, Price Exceeds Post-Katrina Spike

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Big oil profits up 32% from ’05
Economic growth, political turmoil have pushed prices up, along with earnings 
Five of the world’s largest energy companies are expected to report combined second-quarter profits next week of more than $30 billion, a bounty fueled by worldwide economic growth and political instability that helped keep oil above $70 a barrel.
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Combined oil profits likely above $30 billion

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Oil industry rakes in profits
Energy giants expected to list 32% surge in earnings
Whatever the political fallout, the industry has done right by Wall Street’s standards.

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Energy companies are expected to report another windfall quarter

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Oil giants to report barrels of profits
Could face less criticism than usual given the attention focused on Middle East violence

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