Daily Archives: October 15, 2006

Troops battle 10-foot marijuana plants

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Canadian soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle around fields of corn and marijuana in and around the village of Kolk in Afghanistan’s Panjwaii District in this handout photo taken September 15, 2006 and released October 12, 2006. (Canadian Forces/Sgt Lou Penney/Handout/Reuters)

Yahoo News | Oct 13, 2006

Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy — almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet-high marijuana plants.

General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said on Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

Chinese Communists Endorse ‘Harmonious Society’ Policy

Jackson Hole Star-Tribune | Oct 12, 2006 

In recent months, authorities have responded to social unrest by tightening controls, drafting laws that clamp down on the news media
   
 
China’s Communist Party on Wednesday formally endorsed a political doctrine laid out by President Hu Jintao that calls for the creation of a “harmonious society,” a move that further signaled a shift from the party’s focus on unrestricted economic growth to a focus on solving worsening social tensions.

The endorsement — made at a closed-door plenary session held by the party’s Central Committee — underlined Hu’s increasing power. It effectively enshrined his doctrine in the same pantheon as those of Mao Tse-tung and other predecessors.

China’s leaders have in recent years become concerned about problems tied to the country’s blistering economic growth. Anger over a growing gap between rich and poor and an inadequate social security system is feared to threaten the party’s stability. Retirees increasingly cannot live on their pensions, crime and divorce rates have escalated, and clashes have broken out between security forces and farmers whose fields and villages have been swallowed by development.

For Iraqis, death count higher than ever; Bush says they can “tolerate” it

San Francisco Chronicle | Oct 12, 2006

Yesterday, what was more chilling? The news from the respected British medical journal, the Lancet, which has just published a report with a revised death count of Iraqi civilians indicating that as many as 655,000 have died since George W. Bush’s costly war-boondoggle began, or Bush’s babbling, rambling press-conference performance, in which his handlers let him loose without cue cards to dismiss the significance of the latest death-count data?

Ad-libbing and, at times, stumbling over his words, Bush said of the Iraqi population, in response to a question referring to the Lancet’s report: “I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that [here he gasped and choked] they’re willing to – you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate.”

Putin silent as fiercest critic is murdered

Mail & Guardian | Oct 9, 2006

A crowd of protesters gathered in central Moscow on Sunday to express their anger at the assassination of the crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who at the weekend became the 13th Russian journalist to be killed in a contract-style killing since President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.

Politkovskaya (48) had on Monday been due to publish an article on torture and kidnappings by pro-Moscow forces in the restless southern republic of Chechnya, her colleagues said.

The prosecutor general took personal control of the investigation on Sunday, but Putin made no comment on the killing of one of the country’s best-known public figures and his fiercest critic.

Captive market: The sexual slave traffic in children

Canada Free Press | Oct 8, 2006

Every night, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cheb has maintained its reputation as the child sex capital of Europe. These include what are known as “the specials”: children so small, so vulnerable, so fragile, that they cannot solicit for themselves. They are offered to the drivers of those cars by their “keepers”. This is the shame of Czechoslovakia, a country that now prides itself on having a future in the European Community.

For the equivalent of US $50 a paedophile can take his pick of children often barely out of their diapers.

Brits have ‘worst diets in Europe’

Guardian | Oct 11, 2006

The head of a government watchdog has warned that British people have the worst diets in Europe.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said all parts of society were eating badly and the nation has a “troubled” relationship with food.

In an interview with The Independent, Dame Deirdre spoke of the “crazy” situation in Britain that results in mass obesity in the adult population and sees young girls considering going on diets.

It was revealed that Britain is the fattest nation in Europe, with two-thirds of men and 60 per cent of women overweight or obese.

Legalization for aliens a ‘must,’ Bush announces

WorldNet Daily | October 11, 2006

President keeps status talks going while entrance laws remain unenforced
President Bush says that part of the solution to illegal immigration “must” include a way for those already in the United States but without legal authorization to be given that status.

“We will conduct this debate on immigration in a way that is respectful to our heritage,” he said at a recent White House event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.
“But at the same time, we must remember that in order to secure our borders, in order to make sure we fulfill our heritage, immigration reform must be comprehensive in nature. We must understand that you can’t kick 12 million people out of your country; that we must figure out a way to say to those that if you’re lawful and if you’ve contributed to the United States of America, there is a way for you to eventually earn citizenship.”