Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/6/2014

This news feed was generated while GoV was down on March 6. I’m not sure when it will be posted.

The big story concerns the phone conversation about Ukraine between Catherine Ashton, the foreign minister of the EU, and Urmas Paet, the Estonian foreign minister, about the snipers in Kiev during the demonstrations. According to Mr. Paet, the snipers — who shot both police and demonstrators — were hired by the organizers of those same demonstrations. The conversation was surreptitiously recorded a week or so ago, but has just now hit the news.

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Thanks to Fjordman, Insubria, JD, JP, KP, MC, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» ECB Sees ‘No Reason to Act’ On Inflation and Growth
» The U.S. Economy’s Big Baby Problem
 
USA
» 16 Examples That Show the United States Has Become a Seriously Messed Up Country
» After 2-Year Court Battle, Baker’s Pigs Now Legal
» Bachmann Says US Jews Are Selling Out Israel
» Diner Attacked After Refusing Seattle Man’s Demand for a Bite of His Burrito
» Enigmatic Bitcoin Creator Nakamoto Found: Newsweek
» EPA Wants to Snuff Out Wood and Pellet Stoves
» Facebook to Place Guns in Same Category as Porn
» Man Arrested for Talking About Guns on Oregon Bus
» Muslims Educate Arizona Students on Islam
» New York Resident Charged With Manslaughter After Fatally Shooting Armed Intruder (Video)
» Only Americans Fear Obama
» Pacific Ocean Eats Smog
» Propaganda Rules the News
» Reddit [Users] Passionately Wants to Discuss Censorship, But Moderators Keep Censoring Such a Discussion
» Remembering the Alamo
» Second Case of US Baby ‘HIV-Free’ After Early Treatment
» Second Amendment Activist Warned: Cops & Politicians “Want You Dead”
» Tolerant Academics Trying to Block Condoleezza Rice From Speaking at Rutgers
» UCLA: The Meltdown of Danielle Dimacali
 
Canada
» Canadian Mounties Override Civilian Rule to Arbitrarily Ban, Confiscate Firearms
» Man Who Wore ‘Burka’ Sentenced in Estranged Wife’s Murder
 
Europe and the EU
» Denmark: Iron Age Scandinavian Settlement Uncovered
» Former French President Sarkozy and Wife Suing Over Secret Audio Recordings
» France: Privacy Lawsuit Filed by Hollande’s ‘Mistress’ Goes to Court
» French Cyber-Jihadist Jailed for Glorifying Terrorism
» German President Gauck Dismisses Greek Reparation Demands for Nazi Crimes
» Greece: Chinese Confirm Interest in Athens Airport
» If the Giant Tusks Don’t Get You, The Bad Breath Will
» Ireland: Health Authorities Admit ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ Is Real
» Italian Bond Spread Drops Below 180 Points
» Italy: Alitalia-Etihad Talks Wrapped Up by End of March — Lupi
» Italy: Renzi Lashes Out at Grillo for Mussolini Comparison
» Italy: New Operations in Probe Into Scandal-Hit MPS
» Italy: Novartis and Roche Fined Over 180 Mn Euros by Anti-Trust
» Italy: Grillo Expels Five More M5S Senators
» Italy: Indictment Sought for Puglia Governor Over ILVA Steelworks
» Italy: Senators Rise to Applaud Berlusconi Upon Visit
» Nationalism and Unchecked Violence in Bulgaria
» Pope Supports ‘Unjustly Accused’ Priests
» UK: End Religious Slaughter of Animals Without Stunning First, Urges Top Vet
» UK: Government, Police Fund Radar Crowd Scanner to Detect 3D Printed Weapons
» UK: Legoland Closes After Receiving Threats From Right-Wing Extremists
» UK: Mosque Driving Safety Campaign is ‘Learning Curve’ For Bolton’s Asian Communities
» UK: Muslim Families Won’t Get a ‘Fun Day’ At Legoland Because of Right-Wing Threats
 
Balkans
» Fule: Albania’s Future With the EU
 
North Africa
» Egypt: Al-Azhar Rejects Screening of ‘Noah’ Or Any Prophet-Embodying Films
» Egypt Facing Stagnation Instead of Change
» Niger Extradite Gadhafi’s Son Saadi, Libya Says
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Gaza Terrorists Fire Rocket at Sderot
 
Middle East
» Gulf Anger at Qatar Fuelled by Its Regional Ambitions
» Hezbollah Leaves Lebanon in Political Limbo
» Iraq: 10 Killed, 54 Wounded in Attacks in Iraq
» Leapin’ Lizards! Medieval Arabs Ate the Scaly Creatures
» ‘Noah’ Banned in Several Middle Eastern Countries
» ‘Qatar Could Face Sanctions Including Closing Borders’
» Qatar ‘Will Not Bow to Pressure to Alter Foreign Policy’
» Scheller: Torture Videos as Strategy in the Syrian War
» Was Russia Behind Chechen Murders in Turkey?
» Yemeni Al-Qaida Branch Executes U.S. Collaborator: Official
 
Russia
» British EU Chief Hears Ukraine Shooting Claim in Bugged Call
» Crimea Votes to Join Russia, Accelerating Ukraine Crisis
» Garry Kasparov: Time to Call Putin’s Bluff
» Kharkiv Torn Between Europe and Russia
» Leaked Phone Call: Kiev Snipers Hired by US-Backed Opposition
» Major Air Defense Exercises Begin in Russia’s Western Military District
» Order Out of Chaos: Gladio Snipers Behind Killings in Kyiv
» Poland’s Fear of ‘The Russian Bear’
» Ratcheting Up the New Cold War: US Sends F-15s to Poland
» Russia Sinks Own Ship to Block Ukrainian Vessels, Official Says
» U.S. Imposes New Sanctions in Response to Ukraine Crisis
» Ukraine’s Interim President Says Government Working to Block Crimea Referendum
 
South Asia
» Corruption Fears Loom Over Indonesian Elections
» Doubts Over Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Efforts
» Italian Troops in Afghanistan Face ‘Significant’ Threat
» Pakistan’s Fragile Ceasefire With the Taliban
» TB Drug Resistance is on the Rise in India
» Thai Crisis ‘Enters a New Phase’
 
Far East
» Cambodia’s Opposition Leader Plays Racist Card
» China’s Uighur Minority Targeted After Deadly Knife Attack
» Is North Korea the Most Evil Nation on the Entire Planet?
» Japan: Stir Over Vandalized Copies of Anne Frank’s Diary
» Japan Prepares to Mark Three Years Since Devastating Quake
» Kirby: ‘Unimaginable Suffering in North Korea’
» Kunming Knife Gang ‘Tried to Leave China’ Before Attack
» People’s Congress a Test for China’s New Leadership
» When Cities Run Out of Air
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Urged to Address Its Languishing Defence Budget, Says Government Adviser
» Australia Needs a Dose of Thatcherism, Says Gina Rinehart
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Kenya: Police, Matatu Operators in Running Battles
» Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 10, Burn 100 Houses in Plateau
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s Atlantic Forest Hides a Deadly Secret
 
Immigration
» France: Algerian Illegal Immigrant, 42, Sexually Assaulted Eight-Year-Old Girl in Madame Tussauds Gift Shop… Then Claimed Asylum After He Was Arrested in Bid to Avoid Deportation
» Half of Sweden’s Cleaners and Doctors Now Foreign
» Migrants Try to Storm Spain’s Melilla Enclave in Car
» Obama Unveils Budget Pushing Amnesty at Bilingual Elementary School
» Phyllis Schlafly: Republicans Are ‘Fools’ To Back ‘Any Kind of Amnesty’
» Remembering the Refugees of Lampedusa
 
Culture Wars
» ‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Photos Tell Black Students’ Stories
» Show Me Where the Constitution Says Gay Marriage is a Right
» Spreading Perversion — on Your Dime
» Transgender Student Recants Story; Made Up Assault
» Warren Buffett Gives Millions to Pay for Abortions
 
General
» Big Mars Impact Gave Earth Most of Its Martian Meteorites
 

ECB Sees ‘No Reason to Act’ On Inflation and Growth

The European Central Bank (ECB) has dampened hopes for a further cut in interest rates, considering the economic situation in the euro currency area as weak but stable. The ECB also brushed aside fears of deflation.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

The U.S. Economy’s Big Baby Problem

Last September, the U.S. government announced that our birthrate fell to “another record low” in 2012, following a long, steady slide since the Baby Boom after World War II.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

16 Examples That Show the United States Has Become a Seriously Messed Up Country

[WARNING: Disturbing Content]

In recent years, it has been quite common to hear our politicians and top media personalities talk about the need for America to use military force to impose “our values” on the rest of the world. But what “values” could they possibly be talking about?

The truth is that we don’t have any “values” worth sharing with anyone at this point. America has become a festering cesspool of garbage and filth, and it is getting worse with each passing day. As a nation, we need to humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked deeds and rediscover the values that once made this country great. But instead, we seem to have developed a thirst for evil that can never be satisfied. The entire nation seems to be slowly going insane, and not that many people are even alarmed by this. I hope that you will share this article with others, because the American people desperately need a giant wake up call.

The following are 16 examples that show that the United States has become a seriously messed up country:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

After 2-Year Court Battle, Baker’s Pigs Now Legal

Two years after suing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources over the legality of its swine Invasive Species Order (ISO), Mark Baker is now free to raise and sell his hybrid heritage breed pigs. In a February 26, 2014 hearing, less than two weeks before a scheduled March 11, 2014 trial date, DNR backed off its prior position that Baker’s pigs were illegal, in order to avoid the trial.

During the hearing Assistant Attorney General Harold Martin stated to Judge William Fagerman that Baker’s Russian Boar hybrids do not violate the ISO. With the pigs’ legality no longer in dispute, the judge granted the department’s motion to dismiss Baker’s lawsuit. Even though Baker’s pigs are now legal, he lost the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of the ISO for more than 2000 other Michigan heritage breed hog farmers. The judge dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the DNR cannot take any future action against Baker for the pigs he is now raising on his farm…

“DNR changed its position because it did not want a trial focusing on the merits of the Declaratory Ruling,” says Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. “For two years, DNR has said the Bakers’ pigs are illegal, then two weeks before trial, they say the pigs are okay. Why didn’t the state take this position two years ago? The state should compensate the Bakers for the losses it has caused the farm.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bachmann Says US Jews Are Selling Out Israel

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says Jewish organizations prefer Obama’s future over Israel’s.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann Bachmann has accused American Jews of having “sold out Israel” by voting for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

“The Jewish community gave him their votes, their support, their financial support,” Bachmann told Tony Perkins on the Family Research Center’s radio channel, “and as recently as last week, 48 Jewish donors who are big contributors to the president wrote a letter…to the Democrat [sic] senators in the U.S. Senate to tell them to not advance sanctions against Iran.”

“This is clearly against Israel’s best interest,” Bachmann continued, “and what has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the political ambitions of the president over the best interests of Israel.”

“They sold out Israel,” she concluded.

Slate.com says that Bachmann also described to Perkins her conviction that End Times, as predicted in the Bible, were coming. As proof, she pointed to Obama’s “threatening” of the Jewish state:

“The nations of the world will come against Israel and the scripture very specifically says all nations,” Bachmann said. “[F]or the United States, we don’t have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel.”

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Diner Attacked After Refusing Seattle Man’s Demand for a Bite of His Burrito

“Give me a bite of your burrito,” Mahamed Abdi, 24, allegedly demanded of a stranger noshing Saturday afternoon outside a Seattle restaurant.

When the burrito owner declined Abdi’s request (and remarked “That is rude”), Abdi pushed him and again demanded a bite of the Mexican food favorite. As the diner then arose from his seat, Abdi allegedly punched him in the forehead and fled on foot, according to a Seattle Police Department report.

Witnesses described the attacker as a black male in his 20s wearing “a gray ‘beanie’ and white fur coat.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Enigmatic Bitcoin Creator Nakamoto Found: Newsweek

Newsweek said Thursday it had found the enigmatic creator of the online currency bitcoin, a reclusive Japanese-American physicist and model train fan whose name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto.

After years of speculation that the name was a pseudonym for another person or a collective, a Newsweek reporter said 64-year-old Dorian S. Nakamoto, who lives in a modest two-story home in suburban Los Angeles, is the creator of the crypto-currency that has rocked the banking world.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

EPA Wants to Snuff Out Wood and Pellet Stoves

It took more than six weeks before the new EPA rules on wood and pellet stoves percolated into the media, which then generated pushback ranging from anger to outrage.

The new rules impose a maximum of fine airborne particulate emissions from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 12. As Larry Bell, writing at Forbes, put it:

To put this amount in context … secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed-car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.

That will virtually end the burning of wood for heat or cooking in the United States, according to Reg Kelly, the owner and operator of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, Missouri: “There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knell of any wood burning.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook to Place Guns in Same Category as Porn

Through sweeping policy changes, Facebook is now treating gun-related content as pornography on its social media site, including restrictions on users under 18 from seeing firearm-related content and the forced indoctrination of gun control propaganda targeted at users interested in firearms.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Man Arrested for Talking About Guns on Oregon Bus

Unarmed man jailed and charged for worrying bus driver

An Oregon man riding a public bus was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail Tuesday for allegedly mentioning firearms during a conversation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Muslims Educate Arizona Students on Islam

CAIRO — Dispelling misconceptions surrounding their faith, Muslim students in the University of Arizona have organized a series of interactive events during Islamic Awareness Week, testing students’ information about Islam and giving them a chance to get a better understanding of the faith…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

New York Resident Charged With Manslaughter After Fatally Shooting Armed Intruder (Video)

A man living in Huntington Station, New York, appeared in court Monday to face manslaughter charges stemming from an attempted burglary back in August in which he opened fire on an armed intruder breaking into his home.

Authorities say that five men worked together in an effort to break into Youssef Abdel-Gawad’s home, which he shares with his brother and parents. Four of the men hid outside behind a metal shed while one man, armed with a gun, went to the back sliding glass door to get inside.

The break-in was caught on the family’s video surveillance system, which was shared with local media.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Only Americans Fear Obama

By William L. Gensert

Excerpt: To paraphrase Lincoln, it is better to shut up and be thought weak than to open your mouth and prove it. Someone should tell Barry. Every time his mouth writes a check his butt won’t cash, he weakens America and makes the world a much more dangerous place for everyone. Does anyone really think that if the Chinese attack Japan over the Senkaku Islands, Obama, even though treaty-bound, will come to their aid? If the Iranians declare they have a nuclear weapon, will Obama do one damn thing?

           — Hat tip: KP [Return to headlines]
 

Pacific Ocean Eats Smog

By Elisha Krause

Scientists have discovered that a molecule in the Pacific Ocean has the capabilities to absorb smog from the LA area

Excerpt: So, nitrogen oxides (aka pollution) can be eaten up by the ocean. Awesome. No word on whether or not the molecule in the Pacific that can absorb smog can be duplicated for use in other parts of the world that do not have a massive body of water to help them fight pollution.

           — Hat tip: KP [Return to headlines]
 

Propaganda Rules the News

Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites…

My criticism of Greenwald and Martin has nothing to do with their integrity or their character. I doubt the claims that Abby Martin grandstanded on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” in order to boost her chances of moving into the more lucrative “mainstream media.” My point is quite different. Even Abby Martin and Greenwald, both of whom bring us much light, cannot fully escape Western propaganda.

For example, Martin’s denunciation of Russia for “invading” Ukraine is based on Western propaganda that Russia sent 16,000 troops to occupy Crimea. The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.

Apparently, neither Abby Martin nor Glenn Greenwald, two intelligent and aware people, knew this fact. Washington’s propaganda is so pervasive that two of our best reporters were victimized by it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Reddit [Users] Passionately Wants to Discuss Censorship, But Moderators Keep Censoring Such a Discussion

The giant r/Worldnews and r/News Reddits (5 million and 2 million subscribed readers, respectively) still haven’t allowed links to Glenn Greenwald’s report on government control, infiltration, manipulation and warping of online discourse.

Our write-up on the story — as well as TechDirt’s and Examiner.com’s — were allowed. We are sincerely grateful — as are TechDirt and Examiner.com — for the traffic.

However, we’re all upset that the moderators of the biggest Reddits are censoring Greenwald’s original story:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Remembering the Alamo

Today, March 6, marks the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo outside of San Antonio, Texas, back in 1836. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna’s seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.

It is difficult to recall that stouthearted men such as Davy Crockett (a nationally-known frontiersman and former congressman), Will Travis (only 26 years old with a little baby at home), and Jim Bowie (a wealthy landowner with properties on both sides of the Rio Grande) really existed. These were real men with real dreams and real desires. Real blood flowed through their veins. They loved their families and enjoyed life as much as any of us do. However, there was something different about them. They possessed a commitment to liberty that transcended personal safety and comfort.

Liberty is an easy word to say, but it is a hard word to live up to. Freedom involves much more than financial gain or personal pleasure. Accompanying Freedom is her constant and unattractive companion, Responsibility. Neither is she an only child. Patriotism and Morality are her sisters. They are inseparable: destroy one and all will die…

Please try to remember the heroes of the Alamo as you watch our gutless political, corporate, and religious leaders surrender to globalism, corporatism, socialism, and political correctness. Try to recall the time in this country when ordinary men and women had the courage of their convictions and were willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom and independence.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Second Case of US Baby ‘HIV-Free’ After Early Treatment

A US baby treated for HIV within hours of birth has now been declared free of the virus nearly a year later, doctors say. The child is the second successful case and has raised hopes about early treatment.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Second Amendment Activist Warned: Cops & Politicians “Want You Dead”

A second amendment activist who wrote a 16,000 word letter [url] to officials in Connecticut warning them that any attempt to initiate mass gun confiscation would result in a tragic bloodbath was warned by a source within the state police, “there’s cops and politicians up here who want you dead.”

Last month, Mike Vanderboegh sent a letter to Connecticut State Police and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection warning that violence would inevitably ensue if police attempted to forcibly confiscate the firearms of thousands of residents who have refused to register assault rifles and high capacity magazines in defiance of a new law that took effect on January 1.

“Let’s assume that there are 100,000 non-compliant owners of military pattern semi-automatic rifles in your state,” Vanderboegh wrote. “I think it is a larger number but 100,000 has a nice round ring to it. Let us then apply the rule of three percent to that number — not to the entire population of your state, not even to the number of firearm owners, but just to that much smaller demonstrated number of resistors. That leaves you with at least 3,000 men and women who will shoot you if you try to enforce this intolerable act upon them.”

After Vanderboegh returned from a trip, he was met with several messages making it clear that he had rattled numerous lawmakers who voted for the law and were now seeking personal protective details as a response to his letter. “They also want you in jail,” Vanderboegh was told.

[Comment: Follow the link on the website to read the full text of the letter.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tolerant Academics Trying to Block Condoleezza Rice From Speaking at Rutgers

By Katie Pavlich

Excerpt: Liberal tolerance has struck again in academia, this time at Rutgers University. Former Secretary of State and Stanford University Professor Condoleezza Rice was invited to speak at the 2014 Rutgers commencement ceremony. Now, a faculty board at the university is demanding the invitation be revoked. Tolerant liberal students are demanding the same.

           — Hat tip: KP [Return to headlines]
 

UCLA: The Meltdown of Danielle Dimacali

By Jamie Glasnov

Excerpt: In the comments section afterwards at the Daily Bruin, Dimacali accused her critics of “obvious blatant racist microaggression.” Her behavior reflected well the meltdowns of many other BDS [boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel] supporters, who were foaming at the mouth about their failure to contribute to the world’s racist assault on the Jewish State. Upon watching the video of Danielle Dimacali’s response to the momentary defeat of her movement’s mission, I couldn’t keep from wondering a few things: I wondered how many tears Dimacali had shed for Ilan Halimi, the young French Jewish man in Paris who was kidnapped in 2006 by a group called the “Gang of Barbarians” and tortured horrifically over a period of three weeks, which finally ended in his tragic death. The gang members cut his fingers, ears, bits of his flesh; they burned him with acid and poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire. Four-fifths of his body was mutilated by torture.

           — Hat tip: KP [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Mounties Override Civilian Rule to Arbitrarily Ban, Confiscate Firearms

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are acting on their own authority to arbitrarily re-classify, ban and ultimately confiscate certain rifles, contemptible actions for which Canadian citizens seemingly have no recourse.

Last Wednesday, the RCMP made good on its past threats and turned tens of thousands of Canadians into criminals overnight when they re-classified the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine, a Swiss-made rifle featuring military-style characteristics, declaring it “prohibited” even though the model has been sold in Canada since 2000. Until Monday, the Canadian feds hadn’t even offered an amnesty period for gun owners to turn in their newly illegal weapons.

Although the high quality rifles cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000, the Canadian government has made no indication it intends to compensate, purchase or otherwise reimburse gun owners, or gun shops, for their surrendered firearms.

On Friday, after the country’s Public Safety Minister had publicly stated he would “take action” against the assault on law-abiding citizens’ rights, the Mounties again banned another gun, a Canadian version of the CZ 858, which had been specifically modified to meet domestic laws.

Troubling to many Canadians is the RCMP banned these guns without the authority of elected officials. “The elected government of the day had already made it clear it did not want to go this route. The Mounties did it anyway,” Sun News’s Brian Lilley reported.

“It is a dark day when police, not the people’s elected representatives, can suddenly transform thousands of ordinary, law-abiding Canadians into criminals with the stroke of a bureaucratic pen,” writes the Winnipeg Sun’s Lorne Gunter.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Man Who Wore ‘Burka’ Sentenced in Estranged Wife’s Murder

TORONTO — A Muslim man who wore a burka and women’s shoes before he strangled his estranged wife was sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 17 years.

Justice John McMahon passed the sentence for second-degree murder against Abdul Malik Rustam, who admitted he donned the headdress — which disguised his face — and wedge shoes when he killed his 21-year-old wife, Shaher Bano Shahdady, after she asked for a divorce…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark: Iron Age Scandinavian Settlement Uncovered

As is common practice in most European countries, an archaeological evaluation and investigation is made on any land that is to be developed or built on. Such was the case with a 58 Hectare site in the Aalborg region of Northern Denmark. The area had been earmarked for a new hospital. During the archaeological investigations the remains of a large Iron Age settlement were found.

Normally in a find of this nature only post holes remain to mark out the buildings within the settlement. This find, however, had been well preserved as it had been covered by a thick layer of soil, allowing elements such as the chalk floors to remain undisturbed. So far evidence has been found of an ongoing settlement with buildings being repaired, extended and added over a long period.

One particularly exciting find was that of the remains of a domestic cat, making it one of the earliest examples of its kind in Denmark, dating to when the Romans had brought cats to the area during the Iron Age. The remains of several horses have also been found, raising the wealth and status of the settlement.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Former French President Sarkozy and Wife Suing Over Secret Audio Recordings

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have launched a legal complaint over secret audio recordings made of them by an adviser. The bid is aimed at preventing further publication of the tapes.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

France: Privacy Lawsuit Filed by Hollande’s ‘Mistress’ Goes to Court

An invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought by French actress Julie Gayet against a gossip magazine that reported she was having an affair with President François Hollande went to court on Thursday.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

French Cyber-Jihadist Jailed for Glorifying Terrorism

A young jihadist who ran a French website where he published al Qaeda propaganda was sentenced to a year in prison on Tuesday on charges of glorifying and inciting terrorism.

Romain L., a 27-year-old Muslim convert who used the pseudonym Abu Siyad Al-Normandy on the Internet, was arrested on September 17 in Calvados, where he lives. His arrest was the first under a law passed in December 2012 following a series of shootings in the south of France by Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah, which made incitement to terrorism an offence punishable by five years in prison and a fine of up to 45,000 euros.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

German President Gauck Dismisses Greek Reparation Demands for Nazi Crimes

President Joachim Gauck acknowledged Germany’s “moral debt” for the killings of Greek civilians by Nazi soldiers during World War Two. But he reiterated Berlin’s refusal to discuss fresh reparation payments.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Greece: Chinese Confirm Interest in Athens Airport

The Chinese consortium comprising Friedmann Pacific Asset Management (FPAM) and Shenzhen Airport on Thursday announced it intends to acquire the majority stake in and management of Athens International Airport, adding that AIA can become a source of considerable investment and growth for Greece.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

If the Giant Tusks Don’t Get You, The Bad Breath Will

BEFORE J. R. R. Tolkien was dreaming up hobbits and constructing languages for elves to speak, he worked at the Oxford English Dictionary, where he was assigned words beginning with W. “Walrus”, Tolkien proposed, came from the Old Norse hrossvalr, meaning “horse-whale”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Ireland: Health Authorities Admit ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ Is Real

(NaturalNews) An Irish health official has warned that people who live near massive wind turbines of the sort used to generate electricity run the risk of having their physical and psychological health compromised.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner newspaper, the official — Dr. Colette Bonner — says further that people who are at risk of the controversial wind turbine syndrome need to be treated “appropriately and sensitively as these symptoms can be debilitating.”

As the paper reported:

Following a review of international research on the health effects of wind turbine noise, the Department of Health’s deputy chief medical officer concluded that wind turbines are not a threat to public health, but “there is a consistent cluster of symptoms related to wind turbine syndrome which occurs in a number of people in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines”.

What is wind turbine syndrome?

It is supposedly a condition suffered by people living within earshot of the noise made by wind turbine blades as they spin round. The blades are known to make infrasounds, vibrations that we cannot consciously “hear” but still have an effect on the inner ear, Breitbart News reported. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headache, difficulty concentrating and insomnia.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italian Bond Spread Drops Below 180 Points

Returns to level of November 2010

(ANSA) — Rome, March 5 — The spread between the Italian 10-year-old BTP bond and the German bund returned to the level of November 2010 on Wednesday when it dropped below the 180-basis-points mark to 176.4 with a yield of 3.385%.

The bond spread is an important measure of investor confidence in Italy and of the country’s borrowing costs.

Italy risked a Greek-style financial meltdown late in 2011 when the spread went over 500 points with yields above 7%. The country’s borrowing costs have come down since Premier Matteo Renzi’s new government was sworn in last month.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Alitalia-Etihad Talks Wrapped Up by End of March — Lupi

Airlines will then have to present industrial plan

(ANSA) — Rome, March 5 — Negotiations on a deal for Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad to take a stake in struggling Italian airline Alitalia will be wrapped up by the end of the month, Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi told parliament Wednesday. He said the “dialogue” should be concluded by March 31 after which the parties will have to present an industrial plan.

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Italy: Renzi Lashes Out at Grillo for Mussolini Comparison

M5S leader ‘nervous’ about premier’s schools initiative

(ANSA) — Rome, March 5 — Premier Matteo Renzi lashed out at Beppe Grillo, the head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, on Wednesday after the comic-turned-politician likened the premier’s campaign to visit schools to Fascist-era initiatives by Benito Mussolini. “Beppe Grillo is nervous. He doesn’t want me going into schools. He’d like me locked up in the palace. But I’m with the students, the teachers, the families and the mayors. While his people are outside yelling with (neo-Fascist group) Forza Nuova.

Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are!” posted Renzi on his Facebook page. Grillo, the head of Italy’s second-largest single party, compared Renzi to Mussolini, who also made visits to schools, on his blog, the fulcrum of his Internet-based movement. On Wednesday Renzi was greeted by children at a school in Siracusa, Sicily, who sang him a song, which Grillo mocked by posting the lyrics to his blog.

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Italy: New Operations in Probe Into Scandal-Hit MPS

Shares in troubled Siena bank jump more than 20% in trading

(ANSA) — Milan, March 5 — Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) jumped dramatically in trading Wednesday, closing more than 20% higher amid unusually high volumes.

Analysts suggested interest in MPS stock was heightened by reports the foundation that owns about one third of its shares has sold a stake to a foreign investment fund, Bloomberg reported.

Trading was frozen at one point during the day due to volatility in the stock, which closed at 0.22 euro cents.

Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena wants to sell some shares to raise funds and is said to be in advanced talks with foreign investors.

Meanwhile, during the day finance police expanded their investigation into what is now believed to be a 90-million-euro fraud at MPS, including new searches in several cities including Siena, Rome, and Milan, authorities said. The latest searches are part of a broader probe targeting alleged members of the so-called “5% gang” — a name given to ex-bank managers suspected of taking 5% payoffs on banking operations under a previous management.

Investigators believe the fraud occurred between January and October 2013.

Prosecutors say they hope to eventually bring charges of aggravated criminal conspiracy aimed at defrauding the Sienese bank. The case involves funds transferred to offshore accounts, trusts and companies, and investigators are reaching out as far as San Marino, Switzerland, Great Britain and Singapore as they search for suspicious international transactions.

The Siena prosecutor’s office has placed 11 former MPS managers and financial brokers under investigation in the case, including Gianluca Baldassarri, former chief of finance for MPS.

They are also probing Baldassarri’s former deputy, Alessandro Toccafondi, the former head of the MPS London office Matteo Pontone, and former MPS manager Antonio Pantalena.

Italy’s third-largest bank was thrown into crisis in January 2013 when it emerged that a shady series of derivative and structured-finance deals produced losses of 720 million euros.

Meanwhile, the investigating judge of the court of Siena announced the file has been closed into the suicide of David Rossi, the bank’s communication manager who threw himself from a window in March 2013.

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Italy: Novartis and Roche Fined Over 180 Mn Euros by Anti-Trust

Companies ‘colluded to favour use of more expensive drug’

(ANSA) — Rome, March 5 — Italy’s Antitrust authority said Wednesday that it had fined Swiss pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Roche a total of over 180 million euros for alleged collusion to manipulate the market in Italy.

“The two companies made an illegal agreement to hamper the spread of the use of a very cheap pharmaceutical, (Roche’s) Avastin, in the treatment of the most widespread eye pathology among the elderly and other serious eye diseases, to favour a much more expensive product, (Novartis’s) Lucentis, artificially differentiating the two products,” read an Antitrust statement. It added that this had cost the Italian national health service over 45 million euros in 2012 alone and that the additional costs in the future could potentially reach 600 million euros a year.

Novartis, which was fined 92 million euros, and Roche, which was handed a 90.5-million-euro penalty, have both said the accusations are groundless and will appeal to the administrative courts.

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Italy: Grillo Expels Five More M5S Senators

Others considering leaving party caucus, sources say

(ANSA) — Rome, March 6 — Comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo expelled five more Senators from his anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) on Thursday after they tendered their resignation as parliamentarians in solidarity with four former party members who had been similarly ejected. “You are isolated and cannot continue to be the official representatives in the institutions. Alessandra Bencini, Laura Bignami, Monica Casaletto, Mary Mussini and Maurizio Romani are out of M5S,” thundered Grillo from his blog. Last Wednesday Senators Luis Alberto Orellana, Francesco Campanella, Fabrizio Bocchino and Lorenzo Battista were expelled from M5S following an on-line vote for daring to criticise their leader’s tirade against Premier Matteo Renzi during his government-formation.

The incident brought tensions within Italy’s second-biggest political force to a head amid accusations of hypocrisy on Grillo’s part.

The latest expulsions were greeted by sarcasm from across the political spectrum.

“Last one out, close the door. In the end only he (Grillo) and (M5S co-fonder) Casaleggio will be left,” wrote Democratic Party (PD) Senator Mario Morgoni in a tweet. “Beppe Grillo in North Korean sauce. By expelling five M5S Senators perhaps he is aiming to run as successor to Kim Jong-un,” echoed party colleague Francesco Scalia. Elvira Savino of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s opposition party Forza Italia criticised Grillo for playing into the hands of the PD.

“He continues to expel parliamentarians who will inexorably end up in the arms of Renzi and (Giuseppe) Civati,”, leader of a dissident group within the PD, she said. Meanwhile five more M5S Senators were considering leaving the party caucus following the latest ouster according to media reports.

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Italy: Indictment Sought for Puglia Governor Over ILVA Steelworks

Nichi Vendola among 50 facing court in mass pollution probe

(ANSA) — Taranto, March 6 — Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola was named Thursday among 50 people prosecutors were seeking to indict in an investigation into an environmental disaster at the ILVA steelworks. Vendola, the head of the leftist SEL party, is accused of aggravated extorsion. Prosecutors also listed three businesses in their probe. Also under investigation is the Riva family, who owns the ILVA plant in the southern port city of Taranto, as well as the mayor, a police officer, a priest, and various public officials.

Vendola is suspected of trying to oust the managing director of the regional environmental authority ARPA, who allegedly was “disliked” by ILVA management, according to investigation warrants issued last fall.

The ILVA plant has been at the center of a long-running judicial and political drama as courts have moved to force the company to make expensive environmental upgrades after more than a decade of polluting the area and creating health problems for workers and nearby residents.

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Italy: Senators Rise to Applaud Berlusconi Upon Visit

Back for book launch in Upper House, kicked out in November

(ANSA) — Rome, March 6 — Senators rose to applaud ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi as he entered the Upper House for a book presentation on Thursday, three months after they voted to oust him for a binding tax-fraud conviction. The three-time premier and former Senator was at Palazzo Giustiniani to launch a book by Alessandro Sallusti, editor of Il Giornale, the right-leaning daily owned by Berlusconi, who wrote the book’s preface. The media mogul has yet to begin serving one year of house arrest for tax fraud on film rights at his Mediaset empire.

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Nationalism and Unchecked Violence in Bulgaria

A rise in attacks against minorities has alarmed observers in Bulgaria. They say the violence is generated by nationalism, and that this aggression is rooted in the way Bulgaria reads its own history. DW takes a look.

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Pope Supports ‘Unjustly Accused’ Priests

Francis says many people in Church hurt by scandals

(ANSA) — Vatican City, March 6 — Pope Francis told a group of Rome priests Thursday that he “shared the pain” of the whole priesthood at the “unjust wounds” of allegations against some of them during a meeting at the Vatican. “Lots of people have been injured, by material problems, by scandals, including in the Church,” the pope said.

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis defended the Church’s response to a long series of scandals about child sex abuse by clergymen.

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UK: End Religious Slaughter of Animals Without Stunning First, Urges Top Vet

The religious slaughter of animals should be banned if Muslims and Jews do not agree to stun all the animals unconscious first to minimise their suffering, Britain’s top vet said

Religious slaughter of animals to produce halal and kosher meat should be banned if more humane methods are not adopted, the leader of Britain’s vets has said. John Blackwell, who took over as president elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) last year, claimed killing animals by letting them bleed to death after slitting their throats causes unnecessary suffering…

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UK: Government, Police Fund Radar Crowd Scanner to Detect 3D Printed Weapons

“Expect mass adoption by law enforcement agencies”

The British government and the Metropolitan Police have supplied funding for a crowd scanning device that searches for 3D Printed guns.

Boffins at Manchester Metropolitan University with financial aid from the UK’s Home Office and the MET police, recently unveiled the technology, which operates by scanning people with radio waves in crowded public places.

The radar waves are reflected back off any solid objects which are then analysed by a computer using artificial intelligence algorithms, in order to determine what the object likely is.

If a potential concealed weapon, including a 3D printed device, is detected, an alarm sounds, alerting the relevant authorities that they could have a dangerous ‘unmutual’ person on their hands.

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UK: Legoland Closes After Receiving Threats From Right-Wing Extremists

The theme park has closed after threats and abuse about a private event being held for the Muslim Research and Development Foundation

Legoland has been forced to close for the entire weekend after threats from Far-Right extremists over a Muslim fun day which had been booked by a radical cleric. Racial tension was stirred after more than 1,000 Muslim families were due to attend a private event at the resort in Windsor, Berkshire, on Sunday…

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UK: Mosque Driving Safety Campaign is ‘Learning Curve’ For Bolton’s Asian Communities

A CAMPAIGN to tackle dangerous driving in Bolton has been a “learning curve” for the communities involved. Firefighters, police, Bolton Council and Bolton Council of Mosques have teamed up to run the pilot, believed to be the first of its kind, in the run up to summer…

[Reader comment by Jim271 on 6 March 2014.]

Do they not drive by the same rules like the rest of us? Do they not have to pass a driving test? Do they not need insurance etc

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UK: Muslim Families Won’t Get a ‘Fun Day’ At Legoland Because of Right-Wing Threats

For some reason, British ultra-nationalists have a problem with Muslims enjoying Lego…

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Fule: Albania’s Future With the EU

Albania is capable of tackling its EU integration challenges, Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said during a visit to Tirana on March 6 for another round of the High Level Dialogue on the Key Priorities.

“I firmly believe that Albania’s future is within the EU and I remain strongly convinced of Albania’s capacity to tackle its EU integration challenges. The European Commission and I will continue helping Albania to move towards that goal,” Fule said…

[JP note: Any fule kno that.]

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Egypt: Al-Azhar Rejects Screening of ‘Noah’ Or Any Prophet-Embodying Films

Al-Azhar and its Senior Scholars Authority and Islamic Research Academy reiterated their rejection to screen any movies that may embody prophets or the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In a press release, al-Azhar asserted that such works violate the Islamic Sharia and provoke its believers. “Noah” is an upcoming American biblical epic film directed by Darren Aronofsky that is announced to be screened in Cairo’s movie theaters in March.

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Egypt Facing Stagnation Instead of Change

Three years after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is still struggling to cope with the changes. International observers have seen little improvement in the economic, political and press-freedom situation.

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Niger Extradite Gadhafi’s Son Saadi, Libya Says

Niger has extradited the son of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to the Libyan government. Saadi Gadhafi has arrived in Tripoli and been brought to a prison.

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Gaza Terrorists Fire Rocket at Sderot

Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket at the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Wednesday night.

The rocket exploded in an open field, causing no physical injuries or damages.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, Gaza terrorists fired a rocket at southern Israel, but that rocket exploded within Gaza.

On Monday, a Gaza rocket was fired into the Ashkelon coast. It, too, exploded in an open area, and no physical injuries or damages were reported.[…]

[2 in one night, after a year of silence!]

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Gulf Anger at Qatar Fuelled by Its Regional Ambitions

The unprecedented decision by three Gulf states to pull their envoys from Qatar reflects their frustration with Doha’s activist foreign policy and its support for the widely banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Tensions in the Gulf Cooperation Council reached a new high when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain publicly accused Qatar of meddling in their internal affairs, a charge dismissed by Doha, which cited instead differences in regional politics.

But the dispute is rooted in “Qatar’s position towards groups that are considered terrorist by other Gulf countries,” said Saudi analyst Abdulaziz Sager, namely the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. “Gulf countries cannot accept that Qatar maintains its policies,” said Sager, who heads the Gulf Research Centre think-tank.

Doha was a staunch supporter of Morsi, and stood out among Gulf monarchies in criticising his arrest following his overthrow by the military in July. As Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait pledged billions of dollars to Cairo’s military-installed government, Qatar slammed Egypt’s deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Hezbollah Leaves Lebanon in Political Limbo

There are few other countries like Lebanon where domestic affairs are so affected by regional calamities. With Hezbollah still fighting across the border in Syria, Lebanon is struggling with political deadlock.

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Iraq: 10 Killed, 54 Wounded in Attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 6 (Xinhua) — Ten people were killed and 54 wounded in violent attacks, including car bombings, in central Iraq on Thursday, police said.

In central province of Babil, two car bombs exploded in two areas in the provincial capital city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, leaving two people killed and 12 others wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity…

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Leapin’ Lizards! Medieval Arabs Ate the Scaly Creatures

Medieval desert-dwelling Arabs in Saudi Arabia ate lizards after the advent of Islam, which generally prohibits eating reptiles, new research suggests.

Though historical and anthropological texts had mentioned the taste for these scaly desert snacks, the find is the first archaeological evidence confirming the lizard’s presence in the Arabian diet, study co-author Hervé Monchot, a zooarchaeologist at the Université-Paris Sorbonne, wrote in an email to Live Science.

The lizards were probably eaten because they are “an excellent source of protein,” Monchot said.

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‘Noah’ Banned in Several Middle Eastern Countries

Censor boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have informed Paramount they will not release the Biblical epic, which begins its global rollout later this month.

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — inspired by the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark — is starting to come under fire the Middle East for contradicting Islamic law by portraying a prophet…

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‘Qatar Could Face Sanctions Including Closing Borders’

Abu Dhabi: Following the decision on Wednesday by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar, analysts warn that the situation could escalate further.

Dr Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a leading political analyst, said the unprecedented move by the three GCC members was made after their leaders ran out of patience with Qatar’s policies towards supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement and after the breaching of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s policies and positions, particularly towards Egypt.

“Qatar could face sanctions including closing their borders and airspace with Qatar if Doha doesn’t stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood,” Dr Abdullah told Gulf News.

Dr Abdullah did not rule out the freezing of the relationship between the three GCC countries and Qatar.

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Qatar ‘Will Not Bow to Pressure to Alter Foreign Policy’

(Reuters) — Qatar will not bow to demands from three Gulf states to alter its foreign policy, sources close to its government said, suggesting Doha is unlikely to abandon support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Syrian Islamists.

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, saying Doha had failed to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others’ internal affairs.

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Scheller: Torture Videos as Strategy in the Syrian War

In Syria, the regime and Islamists publish videos demonstrably showing their human rights violations. Mid-East expert Bente Scheller of the Heinrich Böll Foundation explains the intentions behind this in a DW interview.

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Was Russia Behind Chechen Murders in Turkey?

Turkish prosecutors suspect that the murders of four Chechen activists in Istanbul between 2009 and 2011 were ordered by the Russian intelligence service.

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Yemeni Al-Qaida Branch Executes U.S. Collaborator: Official

ADEN, Yemen, March 6 (Xinhua) — Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot executed a man they accused of spying for the United States in southeastern province of Hadramout on Thursday, a government official and local residents told Xinhua.

“Apparently, a group of terrorists killed a local resident and crucified him on a public goal post (soccer field) in the Shehr region in Hadramout province,” the local official said on condition of anonymity…

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British EU Chief Hears Ukraine Shooting Claim in Bugged Call

In a leaked phone call, believed to be between EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton and Estonia’s foreign minister, it is claimed Ukraine protesters were shot on the orders of their own leaders.

In the conversation the speakers discuss a suspicion that snipers who shot protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square, at the height of the Maidan protests, had been hired by opposition leaders, not the Ukrainian government of ousted President Yanukovych.

It is reported that Ukraine’s special services, friendly to ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, bugged the conversation between Baroness Ashton and a man believed to be Urmas Paet, the Estonian foreign minister. It is thought the conversation took place around the 26 February, shortly after Yanukovych fled the country.

In the recording, the male voice says he has been told of evidence suggesting that one group was responsible for shooting both riot police and protesters alike, and that there is a “stronger and stronger understanding” that one of the Maidan leaders organised the shootings.

It has previously been reported that government gunmen were responsible for the majority of 88 protester deaths in the uprising.

The man alleged to be Mr Paet describes how he spoke to “Olga” — a person whom the female voice on the tape, believed to be Baroness Ashton, seems to know. He describes Olga as a doctors’ leader in Ukraine. It is understood that Olga refers to Dr Olga Bogomolets.

Mr Paet says that Olga told him that “all evidence shows that the people were killed by snipers from both sides — among policemen and people from the streets — that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.”

He continues: “And it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition [government], they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened, so that there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”

Baroness Ashton apparently responds: “I think they do want to investigate, and I didn’t know… pick that up — gosh.”

Mr Paet says the evidence “discredits from the very beginning” Ukraine’s new leadership.

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Crimea Votes to Join Russia, Accelerating Ukraine Crisis

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) — Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to find ways to pressure Russia to back down.

U.S. President Barack Obama took steps to punish those involved in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, ordering the freezing of their U.S. assets and a ban on travel into the United States.

The U.S. Navy announced a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxton, was heading to the Black Sea in what it said was a long-planned training exercise and not a show of force.

The Crimean parliament voted unanimously “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”.

The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. He said all state property would be “nationalized”, the Russian ruble could be adopted and Ukrainian troops would be treated as occupiers and be forced to surrender or leave.

The announcement, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War.

Russia stocks fell and the ruble weakened further after the news. Moody’s ratings agency said the stand-off was negative for Russia’s sovereign creditworthiness.

Russia said it would make it easier to give passports to native Russian speakers who have lived in Russia or the former Soviet Union. Putin has cited the threat to Russian citizens to justify military action in Georgia in 2008 and now in Ukraine .

Far from seeking a diplomatic way out of the crisis, Putin appears to have chosen to create facts on the ground before the West can agree on more than token action against him.

EU leaders had been set to warn but not sanction Russia over its military intervention after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea, with a population of about 2 million, back to their bases. It was not immediately clear what impact the Crimean moves would have.

French President Francois Hollande told reporters on arrival at the summit: “There will be the strongest possible pressure on Russia to begin lowering the tension and in the pressure there is, of course, eventual recourse to sanctions.”

A Crimean parliament official said voters will be asked two questions: should Crimea be part of the Russian Federation and should Crimea return to an earlier constitution (1992) that gave the region more autonomy?

“If there weren’t constant threats from the current illegal Ukrainian authorities, maybe we would have taken a different path,” deputy parliament speaker Sergei Tsekov told reporters outside the parliament building in Crimea’s main city of Simferopol.

“I think there was an annexation of Crimea by Ukraine, if we are going to call things by their name. Because of this mood and feeling we took the decision to join Russia. I think we will feel much more comfortable there.”

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Garry Kasparov: Time to Call Putin’s Bluff

Given the chance, former world chess champion Garry Kasparov thinks he could put Russian President Vladimir Putin in checkmate. But that’s the problem: When it comes to Ukraine, Kasparov says Putin isn’t playing chess; he’s playing poker. “He has a weak hand, but he knows how to raise the stakes and he knows how to bluff. And it’s time to call his bluff,” Kasparov said.

On Thursday, the Russian former chess grandmaster and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation joined co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Bill Hemmer on “America’s News HQ” to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. When asked about Putin’s endgame, Kasparov predicted that the Russian president will go “as far as he’s allowed to go. That’s very simple. This is the rule for any dictator.”

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Kharkiv Torn Between Europe and Russia

Most people in Kharkiv want nothing but peace. However, the metropolis in Ukraine’s east, close to the Russian border, has recently seen violent protests aimed at the new regional government. Tensions are running high.

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Leaked Phone Call: Kiev Snipers Hired by US-Backed Opposition

Details of a leaked phone call between EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet suggest that the US-backed opposition was responsible for hiring snipers who gunned down protesters in Kiev and not the deposed government of Viktor Yanukovich, as the media widely claimed.

During the phone call, Paet tells Ashton that evidence presented to him by a doctor who treated victims of the sniper attacks clearly indicates both police and protesters were being shot at by the same people.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” said Paet during the phone call, which was hacked by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

“And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides,” the Estonian FM added.

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Major Air Defense Exercises Begin in Russia’s Western Military District

Military exercises of the Air Defense Troops in Russia’s Western Military District have gathered all district ground forces, including air defense formations of the Northern Fleet, at firing range Kapustin Yar outside the southern Russian city of Astrakhan, chief press officer of the Western Military District Colonel Oleg Kochetkov told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“This is the most large-scale military exercise of the Air Defense Troops in the Western Military District,” he noted.

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Order Out of Chaos: Gladio Snipers Behind Killings in Kyiv

In a leaked audio recording of a telephone call between Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign affairs boss Catherine Ashton, Paet told his counterpart leaders of the Euromaidan movement that would ultimately overthrow the government of Viktor Yanukovych were likely behind sniper killing last month.

The revelation was recorded an uploaded to the web by officers of Security Service of Ukraine loyal to Yanukovych who hacked the phone conversation, RT reports today.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Paet said.

“I think we do want to investigate,” Ashton said.

The EU has not announced an investigation and the media in the West is not reporting the story. Paet said the coup government in Kyiv has so far not expressed an interest in investigating the allegation that snipers targeted both protesters and police.

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Poland’s Fear of ‘The Russian Bear’

Poland, which borders Russia and Ukraine, played an active role in the deal that ended the violent conflict in Ukraine. But this time, Poland’s shot at successfully mediating between its neighbors is slim, experts say.

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Ratcheting Up the New Cold War: US Sends F-15s to Poland

Following the dust up in Ukraine the United States has announced it will send warplanes to Poland and expand NATO’s air patrols over Baltic countries.

“This morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to support our allies,” Pentagon boss Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said it is “time for all of us to stand with Ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity.”

The U.S. has suspended military cooperation with Russia. All scheduled training exercises and other exchanges have been cancelled.

Currently there are four F-15 fighter jets on patrol. The Pentagon will send an additional six and also one KC-135 aerial refueling tanker.

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Russia Sinks Own Ship to Block Ukrainian Vessels, Official Says

Russia has sunk one of its own ships in a bid to block Ukrainian vessels from heading out into the Black Sea, a Ukrainian official says.

Russian ships early Wednesday pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sunk it in Donuzlav Lake, near the city of Novoozerne on the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa told the Los Angeles Times.

The Soviet-era ship was filled with water at the entrance of the lake, blocking Ukraine’s warships from leaving through a narrow channel, according to the maritime industry news website gCaptain.

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions in Response to Ukraine Crisis

The United States State Department imposed a ban Thursday on visas for officials and individuals who have taken steps to undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the Obama administration announced.

The measure is particularly significant because the ban will apply to Russian as well as Ukrainian citizens who are “responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

The new restrictions are in addition to visa bans that have already been imposed on individuals who are responsible for human rights abuses and political oppression in Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Interim President Says Government Working to Block Crimea Referendum

Ukraine’s interim president says the country’s parliament is starting procedures to dismiss Crimean lawmakers and to block a referendum approved Thursday that would ask the region’s voters whether or not they want to leave Ukraine for Russia.

Crimea’s parliament voted in favor of the split and called for a referendum to be held on March 16, but Oleksander Turchinov said the referendum is a farce and a crime organized by Russia’s military.

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Corruption Fears Loom Over Indonesian Elections

As Indonesia prepares to elect a new parliament and president in the coming months, DW examines how political graft is undermining the Southeast Asian country’s democratic and economic achievements of the past decade.

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Doubts Over Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Efforts

Amid growing pressure on Sri Lanka to address war crimes allegations, Colombo has announced it is considering a reconciliation commission modeled after South Africa’s post-Apartheid body. But experts are skeptical.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly come under fire from critics for failing adequately to investigate war crimes and promote reconciliation with the country’s Tamil minority following a decades-long civil war.

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Italian Troops in Afghanistan Face ‘Significant’ Threat

Danger levels ‘consistently high’ in Herat, Farah, says report

(ANSA) — Rome, March 6 — Italian troops in the Afghanistan provinces of Herat and Farah remain under a “very significant” threat of attack, diplomatic sources said in a report Thursday.

The threat of attack against all ISAF installations and members, as well as non-governmental agencies and diplomatic staff, “has been consistently high,” said the report.

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Pakistan’s Fragile Ceasefire With the Taliban

Violence continues in Pakistan despite the Taliban’s announcement of a month-long truce last week. Meanwhile, the demand for an all-out military offensive against the militants is growing in the Islamic country.

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TB Drug Resistance is on the Rise in India

In India, two patients die every three minutes of tuberculosis. Improper treatment is leading to drug resistance, with 64,000 new cases registered in the South Asian country in 2012.

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Thai Crisis ‘Enters a New Phase’

Tensions have eased in Bangkok after anti-government protesters recently withdrew from key intersections of the capital. But in a DW interview experts say the conflict has only shifted from the streets to the court room.

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Cambodia’s Opposition Leader Plays Racist Card

Cambodia has been ruled for nearly 25 years by Hun Sen. His biggest rival is Sam Rainsy, who, in his struggle for power, has made use of widespread racism toward the Vietnamese.

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China’s Uighur Minority Targeted After Deadly Knife Attack

After Chinese authorities blamed Uighur separatists for a deadly knife attack at a train station in Kunming, capital of the country’s southern Yunnan province, on March 1, many called for calm and reconciliation. Others, however, have taken out their anger against the community as a whole, and China’s ethnic Uighur minority is paying the price.

On March 1, a group of men went on a stabbing rampage at the train station in Kunming, killing 33 and wounding 143 others. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said that, of the eight attackers, four were killed and a fifth was wounded in the attack, while the remaining three were arrested on March 3.

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Is North Korea the Most Evil Nation on the Entire Planet?

[WARNING: Disturbing Content.]

There are a lot of evil nations in the world today, but it is fairly easy to make a case that North Korea is the worst of them all. Some of the things that you are about to read about in this article are absolutely horrifying. In fact, if you have a weak stomach you might not want to read this article at all.

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Japan: Stir Over Vandalized Copies of Anne Frank’s Diary

Damage to hundreds of library books featuring one of the most famous victims of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust has schocked many Japanese, who describe the actions as “shameful.”

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Japan Prepares to Mark Three Years Since Devastating Quake

As the third anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters to strike Japan approaches, around 20,000 people have been confirmed dead or are still missing as repair work in the northeast of the country continues.

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Kirby: ‘Unimaginable Suffering in North Korea’

A UN commission led a months-long inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea. In a DW interview, the chairman of the three-member panel, retired judge Michael Kirby, talks about the disturbing findings.

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Kunming Knife Gang ‘Tried to Leave China’ Before Attack

Attackers had tried to leave the country to join ‘global jihad’ and committed massacre after they were refused

Attackers who launched a brutal mass knifing at a Chinese train station acted in desperation after a failed attempt to leave the country and become jihadists overseas, a Chinese official was Wednesday quoted as saying…

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People’s Congress a Test for China’s New Leadership

This year’s People’s Congress in Beijing is seen as the first test for China’s new strong man, Xi Jinping. His concept: Limited change and reforms through centralization.

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When Cities Run Out of Air

Beijing is shrouded in smog again, three days after the city lifted its orange alert for air pollution. The problem is a common one in Asia and across the world. So what exactly is smog, and how dangerous can it be?

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Australia Urged to Address Its Languishing Defence Budget, Says Government Adviser

China’s sharp military rise underscores the need for Australia to bolster its own defence spending and in particular improve its spying capabilities, an adviser to the government’s next defence blueprint says…

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Australia Needs a Dose of Thatcherism, Says Gina Rinehart

Australia’s richest person, who met the former British PM as a child, said country should be following her lead in cutting spending and cutting waste

Sydney Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, says Australia needs a dose of Thatcherism and praised the former British leader — whom she met as a child — for taking on her party’s “non-courageous wets and self-interested power mongrels”…

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Kenya: Police, Matatu Operators in Running Battles

Nairobi — RUNNING battles ensued in Nairobi between the police and public transport (Matatu) operators who had on Wednesday morning disrupted public transport while demonstrating against increased parking fees…

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Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 10, Burn 100 Houses in Plateau

Jos — Unknown gunmen have again struck in four communities in Riyom local government area of Plateau State killing 10 persons and burning over 100 houses. The attack reportedly stormed Gwon, Torok, Gwawereng and Gwarim all in Rim district of the Local Government Area early yesterday shooting sporadically and setting houses on fire. A survivor who does not want to be named alleged that the attackers were Fulani herdsmen accompanied by some people in uniform…

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Brazil’s Atlantic Forest Hides a Deadly Secret

Brazilian conservationists are risking their lives if they speak out about environmental atrocities occuring in the Atlantic Forest. Critics say the country’s justice system is not doing enough to stop the violence.

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France: Algerian Illegal Immigrant, 42, Sexually Assaulted Eight-Year-Old Girl in Madame Tussauds Gift Shop… Then Claimed Asylum After He Was Arrested in Bid to Avoid Deportation

An Algerian illegal immigrant who sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl while she shopped for her mother’s birthday present at Madame Tussauds has been jailed for five years. Ouldkount Belabbas, 42, kissed and led the child away while she was deciding how to spend her pocket money in the gift shop at the world famous London tourist attraction.

The ‘highly predatory’ paedophile is believed to have lived in the country illegally for 13 years prior to the offence but shortly after being arrested claimed asylum in the hope of avoiding deportation.

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Half of Sweden’s Cleaners and Doctors Now Foreign

Almost every other doctor and cleaner in Sweden was foreign-born in 2012, statistics published on Thursday revealed. Many immigrant doctors lived together, while truck drivers often lived together with nurses.

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Migrants Try to Storm Spain’s Melilla Enclave in Car

A car containing 17 people and two children has tried to break through a border post in Spain’s North African territory of Melilla. The would-be migrants were stopped by Moroccan authorities.

The latest attempt to illegally enter the enclave happened the same day Spain’s Interior minister Jorge Fernández Díaz visited the territory.

It follows last month’s storming of Melilla’s security fence when more than 200 North African immigrants managed to breach the territory’s security perimeter. During the minister’s visit sub-Saharan migrants seeking asylum in Europe called on Madrid to allow them to go to mainland Spain.

Inspecting border security and the territory’s reception centre, Fernández Díaz described the situation in Melilla and Spain’s other North African enclave of Ceuta as a ‘State of Emergency’

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Obama Unveils Budget Pushing Amnesty at Bilingual Elementary School

At a bilingual elementary school in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.9 trillion budget that calls for Congress to pass amnesty. The budget, which is already a month late, calls for immigration reform that provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the nation’s illegal immigrants.

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Phyllis Schlafly: Republicans Are ‘Fools’ To Back ‘Any Kind of Amnesty’

Eagle Forum president and conservative author Phyllis Schlafly condemned GOP leadership efforts to compromise with Democrats on immigration, telling her audience that Republicans are “fools” to back any kind of deal that includes citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“Republicans are fools to to support any kind of amnesty, or to import foreigners who will support big government and big spending,” she said during a blunt speech at The National Security Action in Washington, D.C. “Why is anyone surprised that three fourths of Hispanics and Asians voted for Obama during the 2012 election? … Sixty-nine percent of immigrants support Obamacare.”

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Remembering the Refugees of Lampedusa

Lampedusa is regarded by many Africans as a gateway to Europe. Human rights activist Mamadou Ba visited the island recently and his photos cast light on the fate of the refugees who died on their way to Lampedusa.

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‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Photos Tell Black Students’ Stories

Some Harvard students share what it’s like to be black at the Ivy League school in a photo campaign called “I, Too, Am Harvard.”

The photos, posted on a Tumblr blog, feature Harvard students holding signs with phrases others have spoken to them. “You don’t sound black. You sound smart,” one sign reads. Another states, “You’re so lucky to be black … so easy to get into college!”

“I, Too, Am Harvard” is black students’ declaration that they do have a right to be on campus, says Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, a Harvard sophomore whose independent-study project sparked the photo campaign.

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Show Me Where the Constitution Says Gay Marriage is a Right

The Constitution does not condone or forbid homosexuality

A recent survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveals the woeful ignorance of Americans when it comes to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The poll also shows many Americans believe the government has the right to use violence to force business owners to service gays, even if a business owner opposes providing service on religious grounds or, for that matter, any other grounds…

The Constitution does not condone or forbid homosexuality. In fact, it does not discuss issues concerned with morality. Therefore all court rulings on gay rights, gay marriage or any other matter concerning sexuality are unconstitutional and illegal.

“The Bill of Rights was written to address political freedom for the people and to set limits of power for a federal government,” writes C. Howard Diaz. “I cannot stress enough that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are political documents, not a moral ones.”

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Spreading Perversion — on Your Dime

Planned Parenthood gets millions and millions of dollars of your money every year, courtesy of the government. They also run “sex education” programs in a multitude of public schools throughout the land — very likely including your own local school district.

Would you like to see what you’re getting for your money? Would you like to see what kind of instruction your children are getting? Check out this video [url] by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. You won’t believe your eyes and ears.

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Transgender Student Recants Story; Made Up Assault

HERCULES, Calif. — A day after telling police he was viciously attacked in a campus restroom, a transgender high school student recanted his report to police, admitting that he fabricated an incident that fit a troubling pattern of violence on the campus and raised concerns about a groundbreaking California transgender rights law.

The student, who was not identified, told police that three teens had cornered him in a bathroom on the Hercules High School campus, physically and sexually assaulting him. Police said at the time that they were classifying the attack as a hate crime because of “disparaging remarks” the attackers reportedly made.

Before the hoax was revealed Tuesday afternoon, the purported assault at Hercules had reignited the heated debate about AB 1266, the new, first-of-its-kind California law that allows transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity. The Hercules student identifies as male, police said.

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Warren Buffett Gives Millions to Pay for Abortions

Millions of dollars from the fortune of legendary investor Warren Buffett are going to pay for abortions, according to documents from Buffett’s charitable organization and abortion-providing groups.

Buffet, whose preternatural investing success has made him the fourth richest person in the world, is often described as folksy. But the Sage of Omaha is also a longtime population-control buff, and his foundation pours tens of millions of dollars into abortion-funding work every year. In 2011, his foundation gave more than $115 million to pro-choice groups, with a large portion of that going to groups that fund abortions rather than merely doing education or advocacy.

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Big Mars Impact Gave Earth Most of Its Martian Meteorites

A huge meteorite impact on Mars five million years ago blasted toward Earth many of the rocks that scientists scrutinize to learn more about the Red Planet, a new study reveals.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/6/2014

  1. “…the snipers — who shot both police and demonstrators — were hired by the organizers of those same demonstrations.”

    Just a coincidence? Methinks NOT.

    “Soros first involved himself in Ukrainian affairs in 1989, when he established the Ukrainian International Renaissance Foundation, or IRF, two years before Ukraine became an independent nation. Since then, Soros has provided more than $100 million to support Ukrainian groups, mostly through the IRF and the Open Society Institute.”

    “Soros’ IRF, headquartered in Kiev, not only supports numerous non-governmental organizations, it holds regular seminars and training sessions for local groups regarding such topics as “open borders” and the transformation of the region via the European Union.”

    ….

    “Within the purview of its local work, the IRF supported at least one of the main groups now protesting in Ukraine.”

    “The Spilna Sprava activist organization, which has been central in leading some of the protests, took in a $3,000 IRF donation in 2009. Spilna Sprava, or Common Cause, has been in the news repeatedly in recent days for seizing numerous government buildings.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/soros-heavily-invested-in-ukraine-crisis/#7wS0zAB2bPFyVTfG.99

  2. Re: “16 Examples…three parent babies”. This provides the means for couples, one of whom carries a genetic flaw, to avoid passing it on to the children. Provided the science is not abused, what’s the problem?

  3. I cannot believe you fell for that propaganda piece about Sri Lanka.

    It’s yet more drivel from the UK & USA – pushing back against China.

    War crimes? Sure. The minute a new “no fight zone” was declared by the government, the Tigers moved their equipment into it (and next to hospitals, schools etc.) and started firing at the army – which also shelled indiscriminitly.
    There’s a large oil find off the north-west coast in the Mannar basin which India knew about and applied for sea extension to the UN – then, in the early days RAW supported the Tigers to keep the government’s eye off the ball.
    When India sent the IPKF to Sri Lanka, they behaved so atrociously that – for a brief period – actually Tigers & Gov fought together to get them out. That’s why they blew Ghandi up.

    And and and…I could go on for hours…suffice to say, the article you shared is a cheap piece of propaganda á la “Human Rights when it suits us” hyperbole.

    • Innocent China , like our dear comrade Putin, just wishing to survive in a world run by imperialist, capitalist America. The only nation which sets up political proxies, distributes propaganda, falsified truth and spits on human rights. O Lord, when you will free the peace loving nations of China and Russia. When will you free the Ukraine from the cleverly devised incentives, such as the suffocating yoke of Western ‘freedom’, and bring those evil collaborators with the American regime back into the fold of Mother Russia.

      • Can’t you read?

        Where does it mention Russia in my comment?
        Or that China is peace loving?
        All it said is that the article is a one sided propaganda piece.
        Maybe not being able to read or, worse, reading only ones own opinions into a text is the real problem.

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