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July 14, 2003
Google - How good is it?
It appears that Google has quietly removed the Cassiopaea site from its search engine. Searching for "Cassiopaea" fails to bring up even one link to the main Cassiopaea.org site or any of the pages therein. The only matches displayed are other sites that happen to have linked to the Cassiopaea site.
We can only speculate as to the reason for this and to who is behind it, given that we do have our obsessed detractors
We are highlighting this turn of events, not in an attempt to have the Cassiopaea site reinstated on Google, but simply to ask you the reader the following question:
Given that Google has quietly and without notification or reason removed the Cassiopaea site, how many other sites might also have been "censored" by Google in this way, and in this case can Google really claim to be the best search engine on the web??
We recommend All the Web for a censorship free search engine.
More than this, we recommend Laura's new article: Ross Institute: COINTELPRO or Agent of MOSSAD. We think that the connections will begin to get clear...
Andrew Sparrow, Political Correspondent
Tony Blair came under growing pressure yesterday to reach an agreement with Washington about the two Britons facing trial at Guantanamo Bay before his meeting with President George W Bush on Thursday.
But his position was undermined when it emerged that Cabinet ministers are split over whether Britain should insist on the repatriation of the two terrorist suspects. [...]
In an interview on Radio 4's The World This Weekend, Major John Smith, a spokesman for the US military, said the tribunals would be fair. "There's going to be a lot of the same principles you see in courts every single day," he said.
"For example you're going to see the presumption of innocence, proof beyond a reasonable doubt. You're going to see the burden [of proof] on the government." [...]
Comment: Presumed innocence? Yeah right. More lies. Arresting someone, sending them to prison and holding them for 18 months without any sort of due process of law or acccess to an attorney reeks of fascism. They're defenseless and being treated as though they're guilty. This is completely opposite to American law (which the Bush Reich cares nothing about).
After 18 months, if the men could have convinced the US military on their own that they had nothing to do with terrorism they'd have been set free already. So the "tribunal" is going to serve little purpose other than to put on a show behind closed doors away from public scrutiny before the men are sentenced to death.
And of course, psychopath Bush who mocked a female Texas death-row inmate as she pleaded to him for her life, couldn't care less.
A Cambridge University student has told how he was shot by American soldiers as he visited Iraq.
Raeid Jewad, who is in his twenties, has been living in exile in Britain and had not been back to his home country for 23 years.
The PhD student, who is a British citizen, was with his cousin and filming with a camcorder when the bullets were fired, which he said just missed his spine.
He told Channel 4 News: "As soon as Saddam was toppled I couldn't believe I could actually return home.
"We were driving around Baghdad centre and passed by the Baghdad Museum, which was guarded by US soldiers.
"I was filming everything. My cousin told me to be careful because there were US tanks on the right.
"I started to lower the camera to stop filming and I guess I was too slow. As soon as I passed the Americans and my back was to them I heard a loud bang.
"I got shot. I think it was two bullets and a shrapnel wound to the back."
He said there had been no warning shots. I didn't hear anything. When I got shot it was a dream. Everything went quiet for a second. I put my hand on my back and looked at it and saw blood. I really couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe the Americans shot me. I thought it was someone coming to steal my camera."
The student in Cambridge University's Department of Material Sciences and Metallurgy said the soldiers then patched up his wounds and took his camcorder.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Sunday that attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq may worsen this summer but he insisted that occupation forces there are making progress.
"I'm afraid we're going to have to expect this to go on and there's even speculation that during the month of July, which is an anniversary for a lot of Baathists events, we could see an increase in the number of attacks," Rumsfeld said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Even though major fighting has ended, Rumsfeld cautioned "we're still in a war." He also said American forces — now totaling about 150,000 — will likely remain in Iraq for the "foreseeable future."
"There's still a lot people from the Baathist and Fedayeen Saddam regime types who are there, who are disadvantaged by the fact that their regime has been thrown out and would like to get back, but they're not going to succeed," he said.
As for whether the resistance is organized throughout the country, Rumsfeld said there's still a lot of debate in the intelligence community about that. However, "it's very clear that it's coordinated in regions and areas, cities in the north particularly," he said. [...]
Rumsfeld said estimates he provided Congress last week that the occupation was costing $3.9 billion to $4 billion a month are based on current costs and cannot be projected into the future. He also rejected suggestions that the Iraqi occupation has evolved into a guerrilla conflict.
"We've been there less than 10 weeks, is that bogged down? How long were we in Germany? How long were we in Japan?" he said. "The president has said we are going to use as many forces as are necessary for as long as it takes."
Comment: Other American military experts disagree, having already pointed out that the conflict in Iraq clearly IS guerilla warfare. The Iraq confrontation was supposed to a be a "simple" operation: invade, take out Hussein, establish order, and bring the troops home. But it's obvious the Bush Reich had no intention of doing that.
So far none of that has happened except the invasion part. Now Rumsfeld is comparing the ousting of a minor petty tyrant to World War II. A Freudian slip perhaps? Given that the Bush Reich intends to take over the entire planet, apparently in a somewhat slow systematic fashion, akin to boiling frogs in water -- they don't realize they're being boiled until it's too late.
LONDON, JULY 13, 2003. (from RIA Novosti's Alexander Smotrov) -
Prime Minister Tony Blair's claims that the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could deliver weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes were "a fundamental mistake," Hans Blix, former head of the UN weapons inspectors team in Iraq, has said in an interview with the British newspaper Independent on Sunday.
Speaking of the controversial Iraq-related dossier released by British special services last September, Blix said he still could not figure out how this time span had been established. He admitted that there may have existed a theoretical possibility of Iraq moving from the production of vaccines to the manufacture of biological weapons, but said it was highly unlikely that the country had means of delivery of biological or chemical weapons at 45 minutes' notice.
Mr. Blair has always come across as a man sincerely convinced about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the former UN chief weapons inspector said. However, in his view, British officials have "overinterpreted the intelligence they had."
Comment: A diplomatic way of saying "they lied".
A GROUP claiming to be an Iraqi branch of the al-Qaeda terror network said it - and not Saddam Hussein - is behind the armed resistance against United States forces in post-war Iraq, according to a tape aired on an Arab TV station yesterday.
The Dubai-based al-Arabiya satellite station aired a four-minute video tape showing a black-and-white still photograph of a man dressed like an Islamic cleric with a message read over the top by a distorted male voice.
The identity of the man in the photograph was not immediately clear. An executive from the station said he had no details on the man.
The voice on the tape, delivered to the station’s Baghdad office, described himself as a member of the "Islamic Armed Group of al-Qaeda, Fallujah branch".
The voice on the tape denied that Saddam has had anything to do with continuing resistance against US-led forces in Iraq, saying his group was behind the series of fatal attacks.
"We warn the American forces to leave Iraq’s territories and to live up to their promises," the voice said.
"I call on the Iraqi people not to believe what the toppled leader said," the voice added, while urging Iraqis not to follow their "emotions".
"By God, not one of [Saddam’s] followers carried out any of the jihadi [holy war] operations like he claims. It was a success granted by God because of our mujahideen brothers."
Fallujah and the nearby city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, have been the scene of a series of fatal attacks on US forces by suspected Saddam loyalists.
The US military announced on Saturday it was turning over policing of Fallujah to Iraqi police.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Saddam, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in Iraq, is paying those who launch attacks against coalition forces.
The decision comes days after the US network, NBC fired Arnett for giving an interview to Iraqi state television in which he said the US's war plan was flawed and had failed.
“Clearly, the American war plans misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces,” Arnett said in the interview, which was broadcast by Iraq’s satellite television station and monitored by the AP in Egypt.
“Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States,” he said. “It helps those who oppose the war, when you challenge the policy, to develop their arguments.”
“IT was wrong for Mr. Arnett to grant an interview to state-controlled Iraqi TV — especially at a time of war — and it was wrong for him to discuss his personal observations and opinions in that interview,” NBC News President Neal Shapiro said in a statement issued a day after a network spokeswoman initially defended the correspondent. “Therefore, Peter Arnett will no longer be reporting for NBC News and MSNBC.”
Arnett will be reporting alongside Al Arabiya's three-man team in Baghdad. After being fired by NBC on March 31, British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror hired Arnett.
"I am still in shock and awe at being fired," Arnett wrote for the Daily Mirror, which is opposed to the war. "I report the truth of what is happening here in Baghdad and will not apologize for it."
Arnett received a Pulitzer in 1966 for his work as an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam. In June 1998, the 24-hour news cable network, CNN that Arnett had worked at for 18 years, aired a documentary by him entitled "Valley of Death."
In the documentary, Arnett said US commandos had used deadly sarin gas in an operation to kill American soldiers who had defected into Laos from Vietnam. The allegations evoked a public outcry, with the US military coming down hard on CNN to retract the documentary and reprimand Arnett or effectively be ostracized and quarantined.
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 8, 1998 "Military officials continue to press the network to dismiss Mr. Arnett." The paper quoted Retired Major General Perry Smith, a former CNN consultant who resigned in protest over the Tailwind report.
"Gen. Smith said he told Mr. Johnson [Tom Johnson, chairman of the CNN News Group] that US military leaders felt that dismissing Mr. Arnett was the only way the network could regain its credibility in light of the nerve gas report. Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon has criticized the CNN report, and the network said 'hundreds' of former military officials, including former Gen. Colin Powell, have come forward to complain.
"I basically told Tom you have no choice if you ever hope to have a relationship with the US military, Gen. Smith said."
CNN employees were fired and Arnett was reprimanded over the
report, which the station retracted. Arnett later left the
ROME, Italy (AP) --
Italian intelligence services did not give the United States and Britain documents indicating that Iraq sought uranium in Africa to make nuclear weapons, the government said Sunday, denying media reports that it had a role in passing on the disputed claims.
The denial came after Italy's leading Corriere della Sera newspaper said Sunday that Italy's SISMI military intelligence agency had handed America and Britain documents indicating Saddam Hussein's regime wanted to buy uranium from Niger.
[...] "The news reported by various information organizations, national and foreign, concerning Italy's claimed transmission to other intelligence organizations of documents of Niger or Iraqi origin, conveying evidence relative to uranium transactions between Niger and Iraq are without any foundation," Premier Silvio Berlusconi's office said in a statement. [...]
Paratrooper Andrew Kelly's letter to his father was written in high spirits, relaying exuberant details of a "mega war" of "storming bridges", of taking "AK fire". His excitement was also in his signoff: "When I get back, let's have a pint, maybe 10".
His father Rob Kelly, who served with the Navy for 24 years, recalled yesterday: "I read it and went out to get some blueys - airmail letters - to send from the family, and then I got a call from my ex-wife. My feelings at that point are indescribable, your worst nightmare. While I was reading his letter, my son was already dead." This morning, Mr Kelly will send his own, carefully constructed letter to Tony Blair. In it, he blames the Prime Minister for his son's death in an "unjustified" war, and will call on Mr Blair to resign. [...]
Mr Kelly, 54, now a restaurateur, tells Mr Blair: "I hold you personally responsible for my son's death as well as those of the other servicemen killed as a result of your decision to go to war with Iraq. Unless you can justify the war with Iraq, I say you should take responsibility for your decision and stand down from your position as Prime Minister of our great country to enable a person with integrity, who has the interests of our country at heart, to lead with sincerity and dignity." [...]
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has ordered four ministers to investigate the death of a Canadian freelance photographer while in custody.
Zahra Kazemi, 54, was pronounced brain dead after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran on 23 June.
Her relatives say she was beaten into a coma by her interrogators, but the Iranian authorities say she died of a stroke after falling ill during her first police interview. [...]
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
An editor of a financial daily has been detained for publishing a photo showing a smiling leader of Iran's armed opposition group, his wife said Monday.
Iraj Jamshidi, editor of the Asia daily, was detained Sunday evening on charges of propagating against the ruling Islamic establishment, Saqi Bagherinia said.
Bagherinia, who is also manager of the daily, said her husband was detained after the judiciary summoned them to explain the photo's use.
The front-page photo, published Saturday, shows a smiling Maryam Rajavi being greeted by joyful supporters after her release from a French jail.
Other Iranian papers have repeatedly published photos of Rajavi and other members of her group while police escorted them into custody. But none showed Rajavi smiling. [...]
13 Jul 2003 10:45:05 GMT
TEHRAN, July 13 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline judiciary has arrested two reformist journalists and two student leaders in what analysts said was the latest measure in a campaign of intimidation following pro-democracy demonstrations.
"Two members of Yas-e No newspaper's editorial board were arrested by the judiciary," Aftab-e Yazd daily said on Sunday. It said the journalists were summoned to court and were placed under arrest.
Two members of Iran's main student organisation, the Office to Consolidate Unity, were also arrested on Thursday.
"We do not know about their whereabouts and now we fear about our own safety," said a student leader on condition of anonymity. The ISNA student news agency said the judiciary had ordered the arrests, but there was no word on what the charges were. [...]
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
WASHINGTON — A North Korean defector now living in Japan came to Washington this week with an urgent message.
In a meeting with White House officials, he called for a pre-emptive strike on "selected targets" in North Korea before the Kim Jong-il regime succeeds in arming its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads.
"As we have witnessed in recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the only effective measure against terrorists is a pre-emptive strike," said Park Gap Dong. Park met early this week with officials of the President's National Security Council and spoke at a luncheon meeting of the American Foreign Policy Council on July 9.
Park meets frequently with senior military officials in Japan and South Korea and said the North Korean nuclear threat is credible. [...]
"What is the quickest way to tyranny and the best way to prevent terrorism? The answer is the same: consolidate law-enforcement agencies." [...]
FRI Jul 11 2003 10:24:09 ET
Secret Service just arrested a stowaway who made it onto the Bush press charter plane in Pretoria, South Africa this morning and flew unmolested to Entebbe, Uganda, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned...
After getting on and off the 747 with absolutely no credentials, he boarded a bus with the rest of the White House press corps and was taken to the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel on the shore of Lake Victoria -- the same hotel where Bush arrived 90 minutes later! [...]
Published on Friday, July 11, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
President Bush is doing a barnstorming tour of Africa to call attention to his administration's commitment to addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent.
One problem: He's simultaneously trying to impose on African countries enhanced patent protections that would undermine their ability to gain access to affordable medicines.
(Actually, there are lots of problems -- denial of debt relief, water privatization, insistence on the failed IMF "structural adjustment model," and much more -- but those are topics for another day.)
The administration has just commenced free trade agreement negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), which consists of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Among the key U.S negotiating aims, announced U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, is to "establish standards that reflect a standard of [patent] protection similar to that found in U.S. law and that build on the foundations established in the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS Agreement)."
Pushing for equivalent patent standards in Africa will severely limit countries' ability to take appropriate measures to address HIV/AIDS and other serious health problems.
It also happens to run contrary to repeated U.S. promises. [...]
Published on Friday, July 11, 2003 by the Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
The Bush administration has never wanted an inquiry into the intelligence and law-enforcement failures that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and it is doing its best to make sure we never get one. Even the tame commission of Washington insiders, led by men of the president's own party, is now complaining that its work is being hampered by foot-dragging from the Pentagon and Justice Department in producing documents and witnesses, in an effort to run the clock out on it before it can complete its work.
The commission's leaders have taken the extraordinary step of accusing the White House of witness "intimidation," insisting that sensitive witnesses testify only in the presence of a "monitor" from their agency. The parallel to Saddam Hussein's refusal to let Iraqi scientists talk to U.N. weapons inspectors without a similar monitor is too glaring to miss and begs the obvious question: What has Mr. Bush got to hide?
The crudeness of his tactics suggests that whatever it is, it must be pretty bad. The Internet is full of wild theories -- that Mr. Bush knew in advance of 9/11 and allowed it to happen so he could exploit it to get his way in domestic and international politics is the most notable -- and while cyberspace is the natural home of the improbable and the far-fetched, the administration's stonewalling only lends credence to those who believe a cover-up of something is going on. [...]
Germany sends more tanks to
suicide attack killed four German soldiers in Afghanistan in June.
Germany has 2,400 troops in Afghanistan. The German Defence
Minister Peter Struck announced he wants to extend the presence of
German troops until at least the end of next year.
Chechnya: 9 Russian soldiers dead
MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters)
Nine Russian soldiers were killed when their truck ran over a landmine and came under fire in an ambush by rebels in separatist Chechnya, news agencies said Sunday.
Five more soldiers were injured in the attack on Saturday afternoon near the village of Borzoy, Itar Tass reported. Separate landmine blasts in Chechnya killed three other Russian soldiers earlier in the day. [...]
The mission: to build a telescope mirror capable of detecting the first light of the universe that burst forth about 11 billion years ago, but is invisible to human eyes.
And, while you're at it, make the mirror capable of soaring more than a million kilometres from the Earth, but sturdy enough that it bends less than the width of a human hair.
Sound like science fiction? In a tucked-away workspace at Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA technicians are testing two prototypes for a mirror designed to do just that.
The $824.8-million James E. Webb Space Telescope isn't scheduled for launch until 2011. But the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is already eight years in the making, as technology needed time to catch up with scientists' vision. [...]
07/13/2003 – 17:00:26
A crowd in West Palm Beach, Florida reacted angrily when a motorist allegedly hit and killed a three-year-old boy.
Sheriff's officials say a group of men who saw the crash pulled the man from his car and beat him.
The boy darted into traffic last night and was struck by a car driven by 37-year-old Honorio Martinez.
A sheriff's department spokesman says more than a dozen friends of the boy's father saw the crash and stopped the car about a half-block away. The men dragged Martinez out of the driver's seat and punched him several times.
After the beating, Martinez walked back to see how the child was doing, then said he was leaving because he didn't have a driver's license. The men then beat him up again.
Martinez has been charged with felony driving without a license that resulted in a death. No one has been charged in the beating.
"Here in the UK no one gets upset, but over there, where the President is fighting these military campaigns in the name of democracy, the first casualty seems to be freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any democracy." - BUFFALO SOLDIERS Director Gregor Jordan
The WALT DISNEY CO. is set for maximum controversy when it releases a "warts-and-all" portrait of U.S. Army life with the fuss-film BUFFALO SOLDIERS.
As American men and women put their lives on the line in Iraq and other locations throughout the world, DISNEY and its subsidiary MIRAMAX have set a July 25 opening for the story of enlisted man running a profitable drugs and stolen goods business out of an Army base! [...]
13, 2003. 07:20 PM
A five-year-old boy was shot in the face with a BB gun while he was walking home from the Molson Indy with his mother today. An ambulance was nearby and the young victim was rushed to Sick Children's Hospital after apparently being hit in an eye.
One eyewitness said blood was pouring from the boy's face. Two adults were also hit and suffered minor injuries. Police later stopped a vehicle and took three people into custody and seized two pellet pistols. The 5-year-old's condition is not known.
Dome of Montserrat volcano collapses
Explosions rocked Montserrat's volcano on Sunday, spewing thick clouds of ash into the air after heavy rainfall caused part of the volcano's dome to collapse.
Tree branches were snapped off from the weight of the ash and significant damage was done to surrounding vegetation, said Richard Herd, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory on the British Caribbean island.
"There's no one in the area right now but as a precaution we're asking people in surrounding areas to stay indoors. There's still a chance of more explosions and rock fall," said Herd.
Part of the volcano's dome that faces the Tar River Valley collapsed late Saturday, sending a torrent of mud and ash down the valley and pelting distant houses and buildings with a hail of rocks. In October, 300 residents who live near the valley were evacuated after scientists warned the volcano's dome had shifted its growth toward the north.
The Soufriere Hills volcano sprang to life in 1995, chasing away more than half the island's population. An eruption in 1997 buried much of the south, including the capital, Plymouth, and killed 19 people.
Today, the peak still casts a reddish-orange glow at night. Scientists monitor it and report any changes to the island's 4,500 residents, who live in northern areas declared safe.
a bustling island where sheep and cattle roamed the hills and
chartered yachts pulled in weekly on tourist runs, Montserrat's
economy has been hard hit by losses in tourism and farmland in the
south, which is now uninhabitable under mountains of volcanic, gray
Q: Okay. Now, we are onto the subject of
our friendly local volcano down on Montserrat. What is it up
The view will be stupendous.
Track Mars’ growing brightness with SPACE.com's exclusive Mars viewing maps and charts, updated monthly.
Mars in July, 2003: Mars during July looms ever nearer, brighter, and more imposing as it approaches its closest opposition in nearly 60,000 years and rendezvous with Earth in late August.
It rises about three hours after sunset on July 1, but less than two hours after by the 31st (which means toward the end of July, you can catch Mars late at night, after about 11 p.m. in the southeast).
Finding the Red Planet: Mars, the Roman God of War, is now easy to find. It is the unmistakable beacon of the pre-dawn sky and will soon be visible before midnight, too
I was in the Navy, have been on carriers/sub-tenders, I have seen aircraft ... stealth bomber ... etc. But I have never seen anything like this! And the footage shows (I was taping by a tree) you can see the object moving as the leaves in the same frame remain still. Also taped the moon to show I did not mistake the object for 'swamp gas reflecting off a weather balloon causing steam to rise in a dioxide mist.'
me assure you this footage is true.
CRIMINALS could soon be nailed by the SMELL they leave at a crime scene, researchers say.
Scientists reckon odour traces can be as reliable as fingerprints after methods have been perfected by forensic cops in Lyon, France.
Cops will take smell samples from suspects to build up an “odour database”, like the European DNA bank.
Crime scene samples are collected on swabs and protected in air-tight tubes so specialist sniffer dogs can match them up.
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