Daily Archives: December 4, 2006

Everyone must love the EU… says Tony Blair

Daily Mail | Dec 2, 2006

Yes, we must all learn to love our servitude because after all, Big Brother loves us. Right?

A multi-million pound propaganda war to force the British people to love the European Union and Brussels bureaucrats is to be launched by Tony Blair as part of his legacy as Prime Minister, it has been revealed.

The operation to overcome strong opposition to the EU in Britain and soften them up in the event of fresh moves to forge closer links with Brussels was secretly agreed by Mr Blair and his Ministers at last week’s Cabinet meeting.

Details of the plan, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, show how the Prime Minister is so frustrated at his failure to persuade voters that the EU is a good thing, he is to spend a fortune from public funds in a final attempt to brainwash them before he resigns next year.

They include banning Ministers and officials from referring to unpopular EU institutions like the European Commission, places such as Brussels and Strasbourg, the euro currency, terms like ‘Eurocrat’ and ‘EU directive’ and controversial policies such as the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU constitution.

Instead they have been ordered to try to promote the ‘EU brand’ by linking to popular European events and institutions such as the Eurovision song contest, the Cannes Film Festival and the UEFA soccer organisation that runs the Champions League tournament – even though none of them has anything to do with the EU.

Islamic group threatens to throw acid on faces of Muslim women who don’t wear scarves

Raw Story | Nov 30, 2006

 

 

 

 

A woman who did not cover her hair with a scarf had acid thrown in her face

An extremist Islamic group in Gaza calling itself “the Swords of Islam” claimed responsibility Thursday for bombing and firing rocket propelled grenades at internet cafes and shops selling music cassettes. “The shops were attacked, because they occupy the minds of a complete generation of youth, (who) instead of spending their time in Jihad and worship, serve the interests of the Jews and the Crusaders,” a leaflet sent to reporters said.

The leaflet added that the shop owners were notified and warned many times to close down, “but when they did not take the matter seriously, 12 stores were burned and destroyed.”

The group also said a woman who did not cover her hair with a scarf had acid thrown in her face, and said another car was destroyed because its driver played the vehicle’s music system loudly at night.

The leaflet said the group had warned female university students that they are obliged to cover their heads with scarves and stop wearing attractive clothes.

 

 

Radioactive Homeland

Free New Mexican | Dec 3, 2006

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Elsie Begay believes a hogan that stood near this one caused her sons’ deaths. Across the Navajo reservation, many hogans were built with uranium waste, the radioactive residue of thenuclear arms race.

Contamination from decades of uranium mining has left a legacy of death for Navajos

Fifty years ago, cancer rates on the reservation were so low that a medical journal published an article titled Cancer immunity in the Navajo.

Back then, the contamination of the Navajo homeland was just beginning. Mining companies were digging into one of the world’s richest uranium deposits, in a reservation spanning parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were chiseled and blasted from the mountains and plains. The mines provided uranium for the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort to develop an atomic bomb, and for the weapons stockpile built up during the arms race with the Soviet Union.

Private companies operated the mines, but the U.S. government was the sole customer. The boom lasted through the early ’60s. As the Cold War threat gradually diminished over the next two decades, more than 1,000 mines and four processing mills on tribal land shut down.

The companies often left behind radioactive waste piles and open tunnels and pits. Few bothered to fence the properties or post warning signs. Federal inspectors seldom intervened.

Over the decades, Navajos inhaled radioactive dust from the waste piles, borne aloft by fierce desert winds.

They drank contaminated water from abandoned pit mines that filled with rain. They watered their herds there, then butchered the animals and ate the meat.

Their children dug caves in piles of mill tailings and played in the spent mines. And like the Holidays, many lived in homes silently pulsing with radiation.

Today, there is no talk of cancer immunity in the Navajos.

Pope hailed for praying towards Mecca

Daily Mail | Dec 1, 2006

He turned towards Mecca and prayed like Muslims

Pope Benedict ended a sensitive fence-mending visit to Turkey on Friday amid praise for visiting Istanbul’s famed Blue Mosque and praying there facing towards Mecca “like Muslims”.

Much of the four-day visit was aimed at easing Muslim anger over remarks he made in September on violence and the Prophet Muhammad. “I hope this visit contributes to peace and dialogue between faiths,” the pope told Istanbul governor Muammer Guler at Istanbul’s international airport.

His first visit to a mostly Muslim country, held under tight security for fear of protests by nationalists and Islamists, was highlighted by a series of conciliatory gestures culminating in a stop on Thursday afternoon in Istanbul’s famed Blue Mosque.

Istanbul Grand Mufti Mustafa Cagrici, who prayed with him there, said Benedict had faced Mecca and stood like Muslims do when they pray aright. “These were very nice gestures,” he told NTV television.

“The Pope’s dreaded visit was concluded with a wonderful surprise,” wrote daily Aksam on its front page. “In Sultan Ahmet Mosque, he turned towards Mecca and prayed like Muslims,” the popular daily Hurriyet said, using the building’s official name.

His gestures, including support for Ankara’s bid to join the European Union

New 9/11 Pentagon video released, shows explosion and no plane

9/11 Blogger | Dec 3, 2006 

Hotel security video shows 9/11 Pentagon blast, but no plane

A hotel security camera video released by the U.S. government showed the explosion that followed the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, but the low-quality recording did not capture an image of the 757 jetliner.

The video, recorded by a security camera at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, was released to public interest group Judicial Watch and others who filed a lawsuit seeking the tape and other videos from that day.

CNN filed a Freedom of Information request for the video in February 2002, after the manager of the hotel disclosed its existence to CNN Senior Pentagon Correspondent Jamie McIntyre and said it had been confiscated by the FBI. CNN’s FOI request was denied because at the time the tape was considered evidence in the investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, who has since been convicted.

Spy death chip off Soviet bloc

Herald Sun | Dec 03, 2006

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Shady past: President Putin ran Russia’s spy agency.

Other critics have also been permanently silenced.

Thirteen journalists have been murdered in the past six years in seemingly random attacks. They all share two things: all were critical of Mr Putin and his government and not one of their killers has been found.

Buried amid all the cloaked truths and half-whispers that have emerged since Mr Litvinenko’s death, came this from a spokesman at Russia’s “foreign intelligence service”.

Mr Litvinenko could never have been poisoned by Russian authorities, the spokesman scoffed, because he was “not the kind of person for whose sake we would spoil bilateral relations”.

While meant to dismiss Mr Litvinenko’s deathbed claim that he was murdered on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it raised another equally serious question . . . who is the kind of person?

In trying to dismiss talk of Russian Government-sanctioned murder, the intelligence service spokesman has given the best evidence yet that Russian rule is returning to the old Soviet methods. Certainly it has been said before.

“Under President Putin we won’t be able to forge democracy in Russia and will only turn back to the past,” said journalist Anna Politkovskaya two years ago. She was shot dead in Moscow in October.

Mr Putin, elected president in 1999, once ran Russia’s FSB — successor to the KGB — the spy agency that employed Mr Litvinenko. The poison victim claimed to know many of his country’s darkest secrets, many of which were no doubt shared by, and linked to, Mr Putin.

In 1998, Mr Litvinenko blew the whistle on an order he said he had received from FSB bosses to assassinate powerful but unpopular Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

The FSB was so unprepared for Mr Litvinenko’s public claims, its response was clumsy and often comical.

Eventually, Mr Litvinenko was fired, then arrested on unrelated charges of mistreating a detainee.

HE was acquitted, but then re-arrested on similar charges; re-acquitted again, re-arrested again, and finally cleared thanks only to his photographic memory: Mr Litvinenko could prove where he was at any given time.

Soon after, he won political asylum in Britain.

Even in exile he continued his attacks on Russia, claims that Mr Putin dismissed as “delirious nonsense”.

Yet Russian authorities were concerned enough that, when Mr Litvinenko’s book Blowing Up Russia reached Russian docks in 2003, all 4400 copies were seized to “protect state secrets”.

In the case of the Moscow bombings, curiosity kills

The Australian | Dec 4, 2006

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Almost all those seeking the truth about a Russian terror campaign are now dead, writes Mark Franchetti

THE series of bomb attacks on apartment blocks in September 1999 claimed 300 lives and brought terror to the streets of Moscow and two other Russian cities.

Unknown terrorists had rented rooms on the ground floor of the apartment blocks and filled them with explosives that destroyed the buildings. Hundreds of dead and injured were plucked from the rubble as the attacks continued over many days and more than 30,000 Moscow buildings were searched as panic took hold.

The Kremlin pointed the finger at rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya. It used the blasts to justify a new wave of “anti-terrorist” operations and, a few weeks later, troops were sent back into Chechnya for a second time.

But doubts have persisted about the Kremlin’s official version of events. Sceptics have argued that Chechen rebels had nothing to gain from planting the bombs. The Chechens had won the first war in 1996 and had already gained de facto independence.

The new war, however, benefited one man: Vladimir Putin, now Russian President. At the time he had only recently been appointed prime minister and was a little known figure among Russian voters.

In the space of a few months, as he took military action against Chechen separatists, his popularity shot up from 2 per cent to 70 per cent, mainly as a result of the image the war created. He was a man of action determined to go after Chechen terrorists.

As a result, critics of the Kremlin in Russia and the West have for years claimed that the Federal Security Service (FSB), the former KGB, played a role in the bombings.