BBC | Dec 20, 2006
Yes, they are right. Communism was as evil and wrong as Nazism. All forms of totalitarianism are evil as is self-evident, but to say Communism is bad and then turn around and say the EU is acceptable is pure delusion! It is this same cabal of illuminists creating yet another totalitarian regime to enslave the masses, only this time it will be truly global in scope. Is this what Romanians want? Hopefully not.
As many as two million people were killed or persecuted by the former communist authorities in Romania, an official report says.
The report was presented to parliament by Romanian President Traian Basescu. It was the first such official inquiry into Romania’s communist-era crimes.
Mr Basescu said the 1945-1989 communist regime was “illegitimate and criminal”.
He proposed a national memorial day and museum for the victims of communism, along with a new history textbook.
Mr Basescu was booed by the leader of the ultra-nationalist Greater Romania Party, Corneliu Vadim Tudor, and his MPs. Mr Tudor is named in the report as a “poet of the communist regime”.
Daily Mail | Dec 21, 2006
The US military has charged four Marines with murder and four others with related charges in the November 2005 deaths of 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq.
The killing of the men, women and children is one of the most serious allegations of misconduct against civilians by U.S. troops in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called the Haditha killings a ‘terrible crime.’
In announcing the charges of unpremeditated murder, Marine Col. Stewart Navarre said a press release issued the day after the killings wrongly reported that 15 Iraqi civilians were killed by a roadside bomb and that Marines and Iraqi army soldiers killed eight insurgents in a subsequent firefight.
“We now know with certainty… that none of the civilians were killed by the IED (improvised explosive device) explosion,” Navarre said.
Iraqi witnesses say the Marines shot civilians in their homes to retaliate for the death of their comrade, Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas, who was ripped in half by the bomb that exploded under a convoy rolling through Haditha, some 60 miles north of Baghdad.
Along with the widely publicized abuses of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, the killings have damaged US prestige and led to international condemnation.
Free Internet Press | Dec 15, 2006
Two years after an earlier lawsuit temporarily halted mandatory anthrax vaccinations for all 2.4 million service members and some military contractors, another group of military service members and Pentagon civilian contractors are going to federal court to block the controversial vaccine’s forced use once again.
Six complainants, remaining unidentified to protect them from retaliatory military discipline, filed suit against federal military and health officials Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They are asking a judge to once again declare the controversial vaccine an unapproved drug and unlawful for use without informed consent.
Each of the plaintiffs faces either termination from employment or criminal prosecution if they refuse inoculation. The lawsuit is part of a class action on behalf of all military service members and civilians facing inoculation, supposedly to protect them from aerosolized anthrax spores weaponized by terrorists or enemies of the United States.
CNN | Dec 21, 2006
Slightly fewer adolescents abused illegal drugs and alcohol in 2006, but fairly high numbers of them continued to abuse prescription narcotics, according to a new study.
Researchers found reasons to be encouraged, but also concerned. The government-funded study, conducted by the University of Michigan, found that a high number of teens are taking over-the-counter cold medicine to get high. Measured for the first time, teenagers’ abuse of such medicine is widespread, the survey said.
But officials characterized the overall survey results as generally positive, saying they reflect a slow decade-long decline in the percentage of teenagers who have experimented with illegal drugs.
Forbes | Dec 21, 2006
A flu virus as deadly as the one that caused the 1918 Spanish flu could kill as many as 81 million worldwide if it struck today, a new study estimates. By applying historical death rates to modern population data, the researchers calculated a death toll of 51 million to 81 million, with a median estimate of 62 million.
That’s surprisingly high, said lead researcher Chris Murray of Harvard University. He did the analysis, in part, because he thought prior claims of 50 million deaths were wildly inflated.
“We expected to end up with a number between 15 and 20 million,” Murray said. “It turns out we were wrong.”
The new work is published in Saturday’s issue of the journal The Lancet.