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  • The George Zimmerman trial is the worst fear of every black family

    07/07/2013 5:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 7, 2013 | David Dennis
    The Trayvon Martin case has been nothing short of heartbreak from the very beginning. Regardless of what anyone believes about Trayvon's past, his innocence or George Zimmerman's, the fact remains that a teenager is dead. I honestly didn't think I would get emotionally broken up more than I was over the story that Rachel Jeantel's friendship with Martin stemmed from the fact he was one of the only people who never picked on her. The story painted such a tragic picture of friendship and two people whose lives will never be the same. Then came this week's testimonies and reactions...
  • UK’s EU referendum moves a step closer

    07/07/2013 5:30:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06.07.13 @ 07:07 (July 6) | Benjamin Fox
    Britain took another step towards an in/out referendum on its membership of the EU on Friday (5 July) after MPs unanimously backed a bill guaranteeing a vote by the end of 2017. … In a boisterous debate dominated by Conservative euroskeptics, Foreign Secretary William Hague endorsed the bill which was, he said, “about giving people the power to decide one of the greatest questions facing Britain.” …
  • (UK education secretary) Gove declares war on the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult

    07/07/2013 12:41:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:49 EST, 5 July 2013 | Sarah Harris
    Education Secretary Michael Gove yesterday declared war on the “utterly outrageous and medieval” use of the word “gay” as an insult. He will study current laws to ensure they are “properly policed” and could even “sharpen” them in a bid to stamp out offensive homophobic language. Mr. Gove told a conference held by pressure group Stonewall that the Coalition was determined to protect gay pupils from being subjected to homophobic bullying at school. He said that it was unacceptable to use the word “gay” as abuse and named and shamed former Radio One Breakfast Show DJ Chris Moyles. Mr. Moyles...
  • AP IMPACT: MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

    07/07/2013 8:19:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via Independent Mail ^ | July 7, 2013 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials. Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied. The report paints a picture of...
  • UK deports radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan

    07/07/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 7, 2013
    Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada was deported early Sunday from Britain to Jordan to face terror charges, ending over a decade-long battle to remove a man described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe.
  • Divers find remains of six 'lost temples'

    04/10/2002 5:54:43 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 94 replies · 2,850+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/11/2002 | David Derbyshire
    A MYSTERIOUS settlement that sank beneath the waves at least 1,200 years ago has been discovered by divers off the south-east coast of India.Granite blocks and walls that lie 20ft below the surface may be the remains of six "lost temples" that form part of local mythology.The ruins came to light after the controversial amateur archaeologist and best-selling author Graham Hancock interviewed fisherman for a recent television series.After hearing accounts of the myth of a submerged city, he and two dozen divers searched the sea bed last week.India's National Institute of Oceanography, which was involved in the discovery, believes the...
  • Happy Birthday To Great Britain's Increasingly Scandalous National Health Service

    07/07/2013 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 5, 2013 | Scott W. Atlas, MD
    Britain's National Health Service (NHS) turns 65 years old this week. Despite its much heralded presence in Britain’s health care, the problems of the NHS are severe, notorious, and increasingly scandalous in the most fundamental attributes of any health care system: access and quality. Waits for care are shocking in the NHS, frequently exposed by British media reports, and long proven by facts, yet they go virtually unreported in the U.S. For instance, in 2010, about one-third of England’s NHS patients deemed ill enough by their GP waited more than one additional month for a specialist appointment. In 2008-2009, the...
  • The comfy prison cell awaiting Abu Qatada in Jordan

    07/06/2013 6:10:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 6, 2013 | Ruth Sherlock, Suha Ma'ayeh in Amman
    Were it not for the high walls and watchtowers, it could easily be mistaken for a recreational centre or private boarding school. With its volleyball and basketball courts, and visitors' garden complete with bubbling fountain, Muwaqqer prison, in Jordan, is a world away from the harsh regimes associated with Arab jails. The comfortable, airy cells of this newly-built facility will be where Abu Qatada, 53, be held after he touches down in Jordan on Sunday after his long-delayed deportation from Britain. Last week, Britain and Jordan signed an extradition treaty that paved the way for the cleric's departure by guaranteeing...
  • Tony Blair: Democracy doesn't on its own mean effective government..(ME stability our job/expensive)

    07/06/2013 5:55:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 6, 2013 | Tony Blair
    The events that led to the Egyptian army's removal of President Mohamed Morsi confronted the military with a simple choice: intervention or chaos. Seventeen million people on the street is not the same as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of people power. The equivalent turnout in Britain would be around 13 million people. Just think about it for a moment. The army wouldn't intervene here, it is true. But the government wouldn't survive either. The Muslim Brotherhood was unable to shift from being an opposition movement to being a government. Of course governments govern badly or well...
  • APNewsBreak: Police charge 8 in Dublin ‘New IRA’

    07/06/2013 9:39:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 4:00 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Irish police charged eight men with Irish Republican Army membership Friday after police raided a suspected meeting of the outlaws’ Dublin leadership, inflicting what a senior policeman called a major blow to the “New IRA” splinter group. All eight men were being arraigned Friday night at Ireland’s anti-terrorist Special Criminal Court, which handles IRA-related cases with three judges and no jury. A senior police officer, speaking on condition he not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the raid, told The Associated Press that officers from the Special Detective Unit have kept Dublin-based activists of the New IRA faction...
  • Church of England to act against anti-gay bullying

    07/06/2013 9:20:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
    The archbishop of Canterbury has announced a campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in Church of England schools, acknowledging that attitudes toward sexuality have changed. Archbishop Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglican Communion, stressed that the Church of England wasn’t changing its teaching on gay relationships, but that it would be “absurd and impossible” to ignore shifting cultural attitudes. …
  • Abu Qatada To Finally Be Deported To Jordan

    07/06/2013 8:29:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6th July 2013 | Mark White
    'Abu Qatada will be moved to RAF Northolt in west London and deported to Jordan in the early hours of Sunday morning. It marks the end of a near decade-long legal battle to remove the preacher, who the Government has described as a "truly dangerous individual" and a "key player" in al Qaeda-related terrorism. Sky News understands the 51-year-old will be driven from Belmarsh prison in southeast London to RAF Northolt around midnight tonight. A military aircraft will be waiting to take off around 2am on Sunday, heading for an isolated airstrip near the Jordanian capital Amman. The cleric will...
  • British 'terror suspect' arrested by police in Tanzania

    07/06/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    A British man suspected of terror offences in the UK has been arrested in Tanzania, police in the east African country have said. Police said Assan Ali Iqbal was held after he was found to be holding two passports - a crime in Tanzania. Tanzanian authorities said they had verified that a British passport Mr Iqbal was carrying was genuine. The Foreign Office confirmed the arrest of a British national and said it was offering consular assistance. It subsequently confirmed his name, but did not release further details. Police said Mr Iqbal was arrested in the Mbeya region for possession...
  • American Evangelist Arrested [Then Cleared and Released] in London [When Someone Complained] for Pre

    07/05/2013 5:50:12 PM PDT · by virtuous · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 4, 2013 | Melissa Barnhart
    <p>Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday. Preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Miano spoke about sexual sins for 25 minutes before being cut off by Metropolitan Police officers who said that although preaching in itself is not an offense, the specific part of the Bible he was preaching from was interpreted as homophobic by the woman who called to complain.</p>
  • George Washington: The Crossing

    07/05/2013 3:32:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.4.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    Jack Levin’s Fourth of July reminder of the courage that created America. It was December, 1776. George Washington’s army, encamped on the banks of the frozen Delaware River, was struggling and near death. As Jack E. Levin recounts in his New York Times bestseller, the famous story of George Washington: The Crossing (with a preface by his son Mark Levin) is riveting. A timely reminder on this Fourth of July 2013 — 237 years later — of the sheer, raw courage it took to bring the United States of America to life as more than the ringing words written on...
  • (Former Prez) Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London

    01/22/2013 11:47:59 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 27 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | January 22, 2013 | Peter Allen In Paris
    Suddenly a handshake from David Cameron probably seems an awful lot more inviting. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy could become the next wealthy Frenchman to flee to Britain over his country’s looming tax hikes on the rich. Mr Sarkozy – who famously snubbed the Prime Minister’s attempt to shake his hand after Mr Cameron vetoed changes to the EU treaty in 2011 – is reportedly planning to move to London to set up a £800million investment fund. The 57-year-old, who was ousted from office last June, has amassed a fortune from £150,000-an-hour public speaking engagements and is now said to be...
  • Rival gangs gearing up for battle after Egypt's military coup.....

    07/05/2013 4:14:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 3 July 2013 | David Williams et al
    Supporters of Mohamed Morsi expected to pour on to the streets after Friday prayers today Mohammed Badie detained in Mediterranean coastal city near Libyan border over killings outside Cairo HQ Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi being held at Presidential Guard facility just a year after coming to power Judge in Egypt's supreme court, Adly Mansour, sworn in as interim president in Cairo just hours after coup BBC reporter tweeted that people were chanting 'no more beards' apparently aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood Arrest warrants have been issued for 300 members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party as round-up begins Military suspends Islamist-drafted...
  • International reactions to Morsi's removal

    07/05/2013 7:28:42 AM PDT · by bert · 29 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 07/05/13 | staff
    World leaders weigh in after Egypt's army commander announces that president had been removed The Egyptian army's suspension of the constitution and removal of President Mohamed Morsi has drawn mixed responses from world leaders: European Union The EU has called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and...
  • Why Britons should celebrate the American Declaration of Independence

    07/04/2013 9:19:04 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    Daniel Hannan Blog/UK Telegraph ^ | 7-4-13 | Daniel Hannan
    We all know the story of American independence, don't we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying 'The British are coming'. The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse of Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to be structurally complete this year

    07/04/2013 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 24 replies
    The UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has come one step closer to completion after the aft island was lowered into place. The 750-tonne section was the final section of the ship to arrive at Rosyth Dockyard and was moved into place last week. Programme director Ian Booth said: "HMS Queen Elizabeth now has a completely unique and distinctive profile and, thanks to the dedication of thousands of workers, just a few sections remain to be assembled. She will be structurally complete by the end of this year." Rear Admiral Steve Brunton added: "HMS Queen Elizabeth will be at...