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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.

  • wingover 12:26 pm on March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Associated Press demonizes Pakistani civilians as anti-government 

    Violence mars Pakistani anti-government protest.

    LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest Sunday to lead an anti-government convoy toward the barricaded capital and a showdown with its pro-Western president.

    Earlier, Sharif’s supporters fought running battles with riot police in the eastern city of Lahore, a taste of what could come if authorities make good on pledges not to allow him and other anti-government protesters to enter Islamabad.

    The power struggle between President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Sharif threatens to paralyze the one-year-old government and, alarmingly for the U.S., distract the nuclear-armed country from its fight against Taliban and al-Qaida militants operating along the Afghan border.

    “People have responded very overwhelmingly to the call of the hour, and I am thankful to the nation,” Sharif told Geo television by phone from his car. “This is a prelude to a revolution.”

    A prolonged crisis could lead to early elections or force Zardari to resign, particularly if the powerful military decides to intervene. Sharif and Islamist parties would be well-placed to profit from any early elections given popular discontent with Zardari’s party.

    Zardari’s spokesman said late Sunday the president had no intention of resigning, while the information minister repeated earlier offers of negotiations to end the standoff.

    “We want to get the nation rid of this situation at the earliest, this state of instability and uncertainty,” Information Minister Qamar Zaman said.

    Earlier Sunday, hundreds of police surrounded Sharif’s residence in Lahore, carrying an order for his house arrest, party spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed said. But Sharif, who denounced the order as illegal, later left the house in a convoy of vehicles and headed into town.

  • wingover 11:40 am on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    VIDEO: The Liger is an obvious man-made experiment? 

    VIDEO: Liger! Lion and Tiger Mix. 900lbs!!.

  • wingover 11:06 am on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights 

    Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights – Los Angeles Times.

    Reporting from Washington — The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below.

    “It is absolutely revolutionary,” Werner J.A. Dahm, chief scientist for the Air Force, said of the proposed unmanned airship — describing it as a cross between a satellite and a spy plane.

    The 450-foot-long craft would give the U.S. military a better understanding of an adversary’s movements, habits and tactics, officials said. And the ability to constantly monitor small movements in a wide area — the Afghanistan- Pakistan border, for example — would dramatically improve military intelligence.

    “It is constant surveillance, uninterrupted,” Dahm said. “When you only have a short-time view — whether it is a few hours or a few days — that is not enough to put the picture together.”

    The project reflects a shift in Pentagon planning and spending priorities under Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has urged the military services to improve intelligence and surveillance operations while cutting high-tech weaponry costs.

    If successful, the dirigible — the brainchild of the Air Force and the Pentagon’s research arm — could pave the way for a fleet of spy airships, military officials said.

  • wingover 10:17 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    Some Accuse Mexican Army Of Abuse In Juarez 

    Some Accuse Mexican Army Of Abuse In Juarez : NPR.

    “Abu Ghraib would be a kindergarten compared to the military camp here in Ciudad Juarez.”

    Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, ombudsman for the Chihuahua State Human Rights Commission

    All Things Considered, March 13, 2009 · In the Mexican border city of Juarez, thousands of army troops have taken over control of the local police force in an effort to win back the city’s streets from violent drug cartels.

    Local officials say the surge over the last two weeks has dramatically reduced the number of drug-related executions. But human rights groups say the military has been abusing detainees suspected of having ties to organized crime.

    • Carmen Nava 7:10 pm on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Every country seems to be fulfilling their roles so that the sovereignity of nations will cease to exist.

  • wingover 8:27 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Video: Walmart – High Cost of Low Prices 

    Walmart – High Cost of Low Prices.

  • wingover 7:56 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Australian oil spill bigger than first thought 

    Australian oil spill bigger than first thought.

    Oil from a damaged ship has washed up on 60 kilometres of beaches on Australia’s east coast in what officials declared an environmental disaster.

    Oil gushed from the Hong Kong-owned Pacific Adventurer Wednesday when it was lashed by a storm in international waters near Brisbane.

    The 180-metre vessel also lost 31 containers overboard that contained the fertilizer ingredient ammonium nitrate.

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the spill was much bigger than the captain reported and the damage much greater than anticipated.

    ‘We know that the ship was capable of carrying 100 tonnes (of oil) so it could be anywhere between 30 and 100, but it is certainly significantly more than the 30 (tonnes initially reported),’ Bligh said.

    Beaches are closed to tourists until the mess has been cleaned up.

    ‘At this stage my priority is to have teams of people out there cleaning this mess up, to protect wildlife in what may well be the worst environmental disaster that Queensland, or the south-east of our state, has faced,’ Bligh said.

  • wingover 7:52 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Angola floods displaces 25,000 people 

    BBC NEWS | Africa | Angola floods displace thousands.

    About 25,000 people have lost their homes in southern Angolain flooding caused by three weeks of non-stop heavy rain, the Red Cross says.

    It estimates about 125,000 people have been affected across Cunene province by the floods, which are now threatening to spread south into Namibia.

    The BBC’s Louise Redvers says more rain fell in December than during the five months of the previous rainy season.

    Our reporter says more heavy downpours are forecast in the coming days.

    Homes and livestock have been swept away and many people have been cut off as flood water covers roads and fields.

    The region is inundated every year during the December to April rainy season but the Red Cross says the situation is “drastic” this year.

    Amid fears of cholera and malaria epidemics, the agency has been distributing mosquito nets, water purification tablets and rehydration sachets.

    The World Health Organization has delivered five tonnes of health care kits and supplies of drinking water.

    • ADOLPH GRIMES 9:21 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply


  • wingover 7:39 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Here comes a single world currency 

    Nobel-prize winner backs world currency | The Australian.

    KAZAKH President Nursultan Nazarbayev has won backing for his plan for a single world currency from an intellectual architect of the euro currency, Nobel-prize winner Professor Robert Mundell.

    Nazarbayev, speaking at an economic forum in the glitzy new capital he has built on the Kazakh steppe, defended his proposal for the “acmetal” world currency saying it might “look kind of funny” but was not.

    And he received intellectual support from the Canadian economist Prof Mundell, who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for Europe’s single currency.

    “I must say that I agree with President Nazarbayev on his statement and many of the things he said in his plan, the project he made for the world currency, and I believe I’m right on track with what he’s saying,” Prof Mundell said, adding the idea held “great promise”.

    Mr Nazarbayev and Prof Mundell urged the Group of 20 leading developed and developing economies to form a working group on the proposal at their summit on the global economic crisis in London on April 2.

    “We should deliver our thoughts and the thoughts of this conference to the leaders of those countries,” Mr Nazarbayev said, referring to the G8 and G20 nations.

    Mr Nazarbayev, who has held his post since Soviet times and has seen his oil-rich state hit badly by the crisis, unveiled his proposal last month and said yesterday the UN should oversee the currency’s introduction.

    Though a boost for what might seem an other-worldly plan, Prof Mundell has previously suggested single currencies are only appropriate for countries with similar economies.

    Mr Nazarbayev’s coining of “acmetal” combines the Greek word “acme,” meaning peak or best, and “capital.”

  • wingover 4:27 pm on March 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Why is Forbes Magazine putting a Mexican drug lord on its billionaire list?? 

    BBC NEWS | Americas | Mexican ‘drug lord’ on rich list.

    Forbes magazine’s latest list of the world’s billionaires includes Mexico’s most wanted man – Joaquin Guzman.

    The 54-year-old, who is said to be the head of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, is 701st on the list with an estimated fortune of $1bn (£722m).

    Mr Guzman, who escaped from a Mexican prison on 2001, is understood to be at large in Mexico or Central America.

    Mexican officials blame much of the recent violence in the north of the country on Mr Guzman.

    • damian 11:14 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      because Forbes is a lying magazine, this is ridiculous. No one can count a drug dealer’s fortune. If you can, then you know him and you are also involved in crime

    • Intrigued 12:21 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The sad part is that Joaquin Guzman is probably more honest and ruins fewer lives than many of his “respectable” peers on that list. Corporate greed and profiteering ruins as many or more lives than the Mexican drug cartels. Not that I in any way support or approve of drug runners, but they are at least honest about being criminals.

    • Pam Bloom 12:46 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is extremely distasteful to include such a person in “billionaires” – Forbes just placed itself with the likes of gutter magazines such as STAR or National Inquire. No wonder our country is having such problems. People in leadership roles are making some really stupid decisions. The people in charge Forbes are now among the bad decision makers.

    • Thaddeus 1:17 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Forbes is a joke…It just shows that Forbes can’t distinguish between corruption and honesty…anyone with that much money can be on their list regardless of how they made it. So if you’ve made billions from human trafficking you can make Forbes and be applauded for it….sad day for business media in the US.

    • Vicente Loyola MD 1:50 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What does Forbes expect? To have more kids recruited into the drug trade?
      Way to go America!

    • J. Herrera 2:10 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Is the crisis now affecting brains?
      Few questions:

      How did the reporter/chief editor found out about “El Chapo” alleged fortune?

      Did they guessed? Did they actually researched? Made contact with him and asked?

      By including Guzmán in the list they were at least irresponsible and made me doubt about their professionalism

      What if other “Lords” want to be in the list? Would they submit their assets list?

      Where are there mobsters from other places like Russia or U.S.?

      Also, a fortune of that size would require a big, big laundry operation, meaning corruption both sides of the border and Banks involved (most of the banks operating in Mexico are branches of foreign banks)

      Fortune: What was your point?

    • gabriela 2:50 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why we never talk about who places the drug orders here in the states, and blame the suppliers? This is an old law: supply will exist according to the demand.

    • Logic 3:00 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So you seriously think that everybody else on that list made it “honestly”?

    • Tony 3:33 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If Americans didnt buy the drugs then people like Joaquin Guzman wouldnt sell them.

    • Plummer Joe 3:58 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Either he’s a billionaire or not. If he is, he belongs on the list. Quit trying to censor the billionaire list. It’s not a list of rich moral people…

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