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  • wingover 12:49 pm on March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Malaysia’s ruling party under corruption spotlight 

    Malaysia’s ruling party under corruption spotlight – Yahoo!7 News.

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A top member of Malaysia’s ruling party has been charged with corruption while another has been investigated in the past week as the party heads for a critical annual meeting.

    The new allegations put the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) under the spotlight but analysts said the moves only touched the surface and suggested corruption ran deeper in the party that has ruled for half a century.

    On Friday, Norza Zakaria, a member of UMNO’s supreme council — its highest decision-making body — was charged in central Pahang state with two charges of giving bribes worth 3,400 ringgit (918 dollars) to party members in January.

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  • wingover 10:24 am on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Mynamar: Government blocked hurricane aid 

    Reuters AlertNet – Mynamar junta blocked cyclone aid – report.

    Myanmar’s junta blocked aid to the delta after last year’s killer cyclone and used forced labour, including children, for reconstruction projects, according to a report by health care activists.

    They said the junta’s conduct could amount to crimes against humanity and called on the U.N. Security Council to refer the regime to the International Criminal Court for investigation into rights abuses.

    The researchers say their report is the first independent study of the aid operation following Cyclone Nargis, which killed around 140,000 people and severely affected another 2.4 million when it slammed into Myanmar in May.

    “The charge of crimes against humanity is a very grave and serious one,” said Dr Chris Beyrer, director of the U.S.-based Center for Public Health and Human Rights, which co-authored the report.

     
  • wingover 11:24 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    HAARP Home Page 

    HAARP Home Page.

    HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.

    The HAARP program is committed to developing a world class ionospheric research facility consisting of:

    * The Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency (HF) range. The IRI will be used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.
    * A sophisticated suite of scientific (or diagnostic) instruments that will be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region.

    Observation of the processes resulting from the use of the IRI in a controlled manner will allow scientists to better understand processes that occur continuously under the natural stimulation of the sun.

    Scientific instruments installed at the HAARP Observatory will be useful for a variety of continuing research efforts which do not involve the use of the IRI but are strictly passive. Among these studies include ionospheric characterization using satellite beacons, telescopic observation of the fine structure in the aurora, and documentation of long-term variations in the ozone layer.

     
  • wingover 11:38 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Congress Just Gave Itself a $93,000 Raise 

     
  • wingover 1:38 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Governments across Europe tremble as angry people to take to the streets 

    Governments across Europe tremble as effects of global recession prompt angry people to take to the streets | Business | The Guardian.

    France paralysed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battlefield. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment figure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New figures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.

    It’s a snapshot of a single day – yesterday – in a Europe sinking into the bleakest of times. But while the outlook may be dark in the big wealthy democracies of western Europe, it is in the young, poor, vulnerable states of central and eastern Europe that the trauma of crash, slump and meltdown looks graver.

     
  • wingover 11:16 am on January 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Government hanging people 

    Japan executes four people: officials – Yahoo! News.

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Thursday hanged four convicted murderers, officials said, carrying out the country’s first executions of the year despite international criticism.

    Japan is the only major industrial nation other than the United States to apply the death penalty. It last carried out executions in October when it hanged two inmates.

    In a sign of Japan’s commitment to the death penalty, three of the inmates were executed within three years of finalisation of their sentences. Japan often waits 10 years or more before hanging death-row inmates.

     
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