Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Rochdale gang found guilty of sexually exploiting girls Police watchdog supervises inquiry into case after chance was missed to investigate two abusers four years ago
Helen Carter
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 May 2012 21.55 BST
Nine men have been found guilty of being part of a child sexual exploitation gang that targeted vulnerable girls, plying them with fast food, alcohol, drugs and gifts so they could pass them around a group of men for sex.

During the course of the complex inquiry into the "grooming" case police identified and interviewed 47 young girls who were potential victims of the gang, which was active in the Heywood area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2008 and 2009.

Eurozone crisis: EU moves to loosen grip of austerityEuropean executive calls for shift towards growth as leftist leader Alexis Tsipras steps up Greece's eurozone rebellion
Ian Traynor in Brussels and Nick Fletcher
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 May 2012 21.17 BST

The European executive has responded to the electoral earthquakes in France and Greece by calling for a shift towards growth across the EU as the new firebrand leftist leader in Athens stepped up his country's rebellion against austerity.

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a group of radical Greek leftists that has been charged with trying to form a government, tore into the terms agreed by Athens for a €130bn bailout, threatening to nationalise the Greek banks and warning that Greece would walk away from its rescue deal with the eurozone.


'Underwear bomber' was working for the CIABomber involved in plot to attack US-bound jet was working as an informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged
Paul Harris and Ed Pilkington in New York
The Guardian, Wednesday 9 May 2012
A would-be "underwear bomber" involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged.

The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device hidden in the clothing of an attacker.

¿Quién era Osama?¿Quién es Obama?

por Michel Chossudovsky
Mientras que el Presidente y Comandante en Jefe de Estados Unidos Barack Obama «celebra» el primer aniversario de la supuesta muerte de Osama ben Laden, se sigue sin aclarar la cuestión fundamental de quién era Osama ben Laden. Por medio de mentiras e invenciones, para favorecer su campaña electoral, el cuidadosamente preparado discurso del Presidente Obama mantiene un mundo completamente fantasioso en el que «los malos» acechan y «traman actos terroristas». Al mismo tiempo, se afirma que los «yijadistas» islámicos amenazan a la civilización occidental.

Red Voltaire | 7 de mayo de 2012  

Creadores de la
economía criminal en México


UN PAIS EN QUIEBRA TECNICA, como México en 1982, no podía subsistir sin dinero. ¿Quién lo puso? El narco. Desde Estados Unidos se organizaban los contras de Nicaragua y tanto Israel como Irán tienen parte de la culpa de la actual situación de México, de la operación Irán-contra que iniciaba en Mena, Arkansas, con William Clinton y Wal Mart; se pasaba a San Antonio, se introducía a Tampico, se iba a Campeche y de ahí a Honduras. En México, Rafael Caro Quintero gritaba... si me dejan operar....puedo pagar la deuda externa de México.

Estrategia PRI/PAN:
arrinconar a AMLO
 Lunes, 30 de Abril de 2012 18:35 |  Author: Pedro Echeverría V |  
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Quadri, candidato... (01 Marzo 2012)
Estrategia PRI/PAN:
arrinconar a AMLO


1. ESTO DE ANDAR EN CAMPAÑAS debe ser muy fastidioso, repetitivo, cansado y parece no cambiar las cosas. Seis años de López Obrador recorriendo municipio tras municipio, ciudad tras ciudad,  pueblo tras pueblo, siendo reconocido nacionalmente como el político más honesto, parecen no haber cambiado nada en beneficio de su candidatura. Ni el candidato del PRI, ni la candidata panista, habían recorrido nunca el país, ni haber hecho nunca nada por él; sin embargo todas la encuestas y los medios de información colocan a estos últimos en primero y segundo lugar; AMLO que fue candidato presidencial en 2006 y fue despojado de la Presidencia, desde que aparecieron las encuestas fue arrinconado en tercer lugar. ¿Son tramposas las encuesta?, sí, son tramposas porque sirven de propaganda; pero lo más importante es el silenciamiento y la campaña de calumnias que ha sufrido en seis años López Obrador y esto parece valer mucho más para la derecha.

NATO Admits Killing Afghan Mother, 5 Children in Air Strike

NATO has admitted it mistakenly killed an Afghan mother and five of her children in an air strike last week. The air strike occurred in Helmand province. The Pentagon claimed responsibility after the killings were revealed by the governor of Helmand. Meanwhile, there are reports that as many as 14 civilians were killed in another incident in northwestern Badghis province. A spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over the air strikes, saying they are unacceptable to the Afghan government. In related news, three U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan Monday.
Leftist Greek Parties Attempt to Form Anti-Austerity Government

Greece remains in a state of political turmoil after the winner of Sunday’s election, the right-wing New Democracy Party, failed to secure enough backing to form a coalition government. Now the party known as the Syriza, or the Coalition of the Radical Left, will attempt to form the first leftist government in Greece’s modern history. The party campaigned against the austerity measures and structural reforms demanded of Greece in exchange for the international bailout. Thirty-seven-year-old Alexis Tsipras heads the Coalition of the Radical Left.

    Alexis Tsipras: "We fully understand the difficulties the country is facing, but at the same time this decision, taken by the people, creates possibilities for a radically different course."

If no party has enough support to form a coalition government, another round of elections could be held next month.
Greek Neo-Nazi Party Wins Support on Anti-Immigrant Platform

Human rights and immigrant groups are expressing alarm over the success of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Sunday’s Greek election. The party received 7 percent of the vote and won as many as 21 seats in the Greek Parliament. In the previous election, Golden Dawn received less than 0.3 percent of the vote. The party, whose flag resembles a swastika, campaigned largely on an anti-immigrant platform. Thanasis Kourkoulas works with the Greek organization Expel Racism.

    Thanasis Kourkoulas: "If they enter the parliament, and there is a short period of a parliament with them inside, this means that we will have more attacks to immigrants, but also more attacks to all the pro-immigrant organizations and left organizations and labor unions in Greece."

German Chancellor Rejects Call to Remake Euro Austerity Pact

In other European news, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected calls by newly elected French President François Hollande to renegotiate the European fiscal pact that has led to widespread austerity measures across the continent. Merkel spoke at a news conference on Monday.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel: "We in Germany are of the opinion, and so am I personally, that the fiscal pact is not negotiable. It has been negotiated and has been signed by 25 countries. It has been ratified by Greece and Portugal. In Ireland, there will be a referendum on May 31. And I think that the fiscal pact is right. And it is a basic approach in Europe that we do not change everything we have decided upon already after elections, whether in big or small countries. If that was the case, then we could not work in Europe."

Interpol Seeks Arrest of Iraqi Vice President

In breaking news from Iraq, the global police body Interpol has issued a red notice arrest alert for Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on suspicion of planning and funding attacks in Iraq. Hashemi, a leading Sunni Muslim politician, fled Baghdad in December when Iraq’s Shia-led government accused him of running death squads. Hashemi has denied the charges, saying they are politically motivated. He is believed to be in Turkey.
CIA Thwarts Alleged Underwear Bomb Plot by Al-Qaeda in Yemen

U.S. authorities announced Monday the CIA had thwarted an alleged al-Qaeda plot to place a suicide bomber on a U.S.-bound airliner wearing a new type of "underwear bomb" designed to pass through airport security. Officials said the plot was developed by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber was seized outside of Yemen about a week ago with the bomb. It is unclear what has happened to the individual. Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said counterterrorism officials had said of the bomber: "We don’t have to worry about him anymore." This is Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

    Leon Panetta: "The United States engages in a number of operations to go after al-Qaeda and their militant allies, their terrorist allies, who would try to attack the United States. What this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country. And we will do everything necessary to keep America safe."

Red Cross: Some Syrian Violence Qualifies as Civil War

The International Committee of the Red Cross said today fighting has been so intense in parts of Syria that at times the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has qualified as a civil war. ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said he remained very worried about the situation in Syria, where U.N. observers are monitoring a shaky ceasefire between government forces and rebels. On Monday U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the conflict in Syria has become the most serious and gravest concern of the international community.

    Ban Ki-moon: "More than 9,000 people have been killed during the last 14 months. This is a totally unacceptable and intolerable situation. The situation has reached to that. Our priority at this time is, by deploying this supervision mission as soon as possible, the cessation of — violence must stop by all of the parties, either government military forces or operation forces. This should be stopped."

Russia: Hundreds of Protesters Arrested as Putin Resumes Presidency

Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s new president Monday, returning to the office he held from 2000 to 2008. Putin is swapping offices with Dmitry Medvedev who is expected to be confirmed as the new prime minister today. On Monday, Russian police detained more than 300 protesters who opposed Putin’s return to the presidency.
House Budget Committee OKs Massive Social Cuts to Preserve Military Funds

In news from Washington, the Republican-led House Budget Committee approved a plan Monday to cut at least $260 billion in social spending over the next decade in order to protect military spending. The cuts would target food stamps, child tax credits and Medicaid healthcare for the poor. The Republican bill also abolishes the Social Services Block Grant that provided $1.7 billion last year for programs such as Meals on Wheels. The full House is expected to approve the measure later this week, but it is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
North Carolina Voters Consider Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage

North Carolina voters are heading to the polls today to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman. A law in North Carolina already bans same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment would deepen the ban, prohibiting state recognition of other types of domestic unions, including those between same-sex couples. On Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan threw his support behind same-sex marriage one day after Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex couples receiving the same rights as heterosexual couples. President Obama has endorsed civil unions but stopped short of supporting same-sex marriage.
Bank of America Protesters Face New Police Powers in North Carolina

In North Carolina, protesters gearing up for actions against Bank of America at the company’s shareholder meeting tomorrow could face a massive crackdown after police in Charlotte were granted new powers allowing them to stop and search anyone carrying a bag close to the protests. A new city ordinance allows police to ban backpacks, messenger bags, coolers and other items near the meeting, as well as near the Democratic National Convention in September.
U.N. Investigator Calls for U.S. to Restore Some Land to Native Americans

A United Nations investigator has said the United States should restore some land to Native American tribes, including South Dakota’s Black Hills, which is home to the famous Mt. Rushmore monument. Special Rapporteur James Anaya concluded a fact-finding mission that determined the United States should return some land stolen from Native American tribes as a step toward addressing systemic discrimination against Native Americans that continues to this day. Anaya said his two-week visit to Native American reservations uncovered widespread stories of dispossession and brutality "all grounded on racial discrimination." Anaya said he found reservations with upwards of 70 percent unemployment plagued by social problems and tough conditions.
Arizona Enacts Ban on Public Funds for Groups That Provide Abortions

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a measure banning the use of public funds by state or local government to contract with any organization that provides abortions as one of its services. Planned Parenthood of Arizona said the ban targets their organization, which provides cancer screenings and well-woman exams in addition to abortions. A similar ban targeting Planned Parenthood in Texas has been blocked by a federal appeals court following a legal tussle last week that saw the rule blocked, then reinstated, in a matter of hours. The law in Arizona comes less than one month after Brewer signed a controversial measure banning abortion after 20 weeks gestation — or 18 weeks post-fertilization — except in medical emergencies.
EPA Whistleblower Who Exposed 9/11 Health Risks Gets Job Back

A government whistleblower who was fired after exposing the dangers of asbestos and dust on workers at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11 has been reinstated to her job following a federal court decision. Cate Jenkins, a chemist who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, was the first EPA official to warn that dust in the air around the World Trade Center could pose a serious health risk. But the head of the EPA at the time claimed there was no reason for concern. Jenkins accused the EPA of intentionally hiding the dangers of air pollution at Ground Zero. She was fired in 2010. A federal court has now ruled Jenkins must be reinstated and given back pay.
Quebec Students Reject Government Bid to End Historic Strike

In an update on the student strike in Quebec, student associations at a number of schools have already rejected a government proposal to end the three-month strike. About 170,000 students have been on strike for the past 13 weeks to protest rising tuition. Students will continue to vote over the next two days on whether to continue the strike, the longest in the province’s history.

Ordeña de gas condensado en la Cuenca de Burgos
Autor: Ana Lilia Pérez    
Sección: Capitales
8 mayo 2012
El robo de gas condensado en la Cuenca de Burgos comenzó en los sexenios panistas. Desde inicios de su gobierno, la Presidencia fue informada del modus operandi, también la Secretaría de la Función Pública, que declaró “incompetencia para investigar”. La omisión habría alentado los hurtos: a medida que avanzó el sexenio, el yacimiento se consolidó como una veta de negocios para la mafia con una industria paralela a Pemex que abastece a petroleras trasnacionales


Mi mayor diferencia ideológica es con AMLO: Quadri

El abanderado de Nueva Alianza afirma que se encuentra en un polo
diametralmente opuesto al de López Obrador, pues afirma 'no soy de

El candidato presidencial del Partido Nueva Alianza, *Gabriel Quadri de
la Torre*, afirmó que sus mayores diferencia ideológicas están con el
abanderado del Movimiento Progresista, *Andrés Manuel López Obrador*,
por eso no debe sorprender a nadie que sus mayores contrastes los haga
con su proyecto.

Al participar en la Convención de Aseguradores de México, Quadri de la
Torre subrayó que está mucho más lejos del pensamiento de López Obrador
que de el priísta, Enrique Peña Nieto, o la panista Josefina Vázquez Mota.

Terence Blacker: The 10 keys to being happy and highly ineffective

Here is a thought which does not require diarising: I don't want to live like over-wound celebrity automatons.


The Eleven Orders of Putin: Earmarks for Russia’s development in the next six years

President Vladimir Putin has announced 11 Executive Orders within hours of his inauguration. These orders set Russia’s strategic aims in foreign, domestic, social and military policy.


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