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uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other
possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are
viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
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New! August 20, 2002 - Thanks to the Bush Regime, Saudis withdraw billions of dollars from US - Disgruntled Saudis have pulled tens of billions of dollars out of the US, signalling a deep alienation from America. - An analyst from the Rand Corporation said at a Pentagon briefing this month that Saudi Arabia was the "kernel of evil", exacerbating concerns among the country's elite that they have become demonised in the US and their money is no longer safe there - The Saudi money shifts may have contributed to the recent downward pressure on the dollar. "People no longer have any confidence in the US economy or in US foreign policy," said Bishr Bakheet, a financial consultant in Riyadh.
Gordon Thomas - US Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld Linked to "Murder of CIA Scientist" - Secret documents have revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are "linked to the murder" of a former senior CIA scientist. In 1953 Frank Olson, who was a key member of the CIAs secret brainwashing programme MK-ULTRA, was sent plunging from a New York hotel window. He had threatened to reveal the CIA involvement in "terminal experiments" in post-war Germany and in Korea during the Korean War. For almost half a century his son, Eric, a psychologist, has insisted his father was murdered "on orders from the highest level". - Now a California history professor, Kathryn Olmstead, revealed she had discovered at the Gerald Ford library documents written by Cheney and Rumsfeld at the time of Frank Olson's death. - In a memo, Cheney acknowledges that "the Olson lawyers will seek to explore all the circumstances of Dr Olson's employment, as well as those concerning his death. In any trial, it may become apparent that we are concealing evidence for national security reasons and any settlement or judgement reached thereafter could be perceived as money paid to cover up the activities of the CIA". - Professor Olmstead's revelations will almost certainly bring further embarrassment to Rumsfeld and Cheney as the persistent fallout from the FBIs investigation into the anthrax mailings last year, which lead to five deaths in America, continues to escalate. Both the offices of Rumsfeld and Cheney have declined comment on their role in the murder of Frank Olson. See also: Something Wicked This Way Comes
India calls in X-Files agents to unmask face-scratching alien - A MYSTERIOUS flying object said to attack sleeping villagers has sparked mass hysteria and rioting across the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Police shot dead one man and injured 12 others when a mob of hundreds stormed the police station in Barabanki, demanding protection against what they believe is an alien assailant terrorising villages. - The Times of India reported that the national intelligence bureau was sufficiently concerned to send its own agents, like Mulder and Scully from television’s X-Files, to investigate the “alien” invasion. - After listening to villagers’ descriptions of the muhnochwa , the agents constructed their own replica from the base of a mixer-grinder, fitted with coloured lights, and hoisted it onto a pole in an attempt to entice the extraterrestrial. Then they waited. At 1.05am they were rewarded with a flash of light “like a photocopier”, which repeated three times. A videotape was said to show a flash of light passing across the screen. The agents concluded that the villagers were right and that they were indeed experiencing an extra-terrestrial invasion.
Giant lake flood threatens millions - China's second biggest lake, the Dongting, is threatening to burst its banks placing around 10 million people at severe risk. - The situation compounds worsening flooding across Asia that has already claimed an estimated 1,800 lives this season.
Disease threat from flooding in Europe - Germany and the Czech Republic are both preparing for the threat of disease and illness as Europe's worst floods in living memory begin to recede. - Along with Germany and the Czech Republic, flooding has hit communities in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and Romania. Fast-moving water killed at least 58 people in Russia's Black Sea region. Wonder how long it will be before either quarantines are mandated or before epidemics spread to the US, handily blamed on Europe?
A previously unknown Iraqi opposition group has taken up to 10 hostages at the Iraqi embassy in Berlin including the ambassador, police say. - The group issued a statement in German saying it was launching a "peaceful and temporary" action to press its demands for an end to Saddam's rule. - The possibility of U.S. airstrikes aimed at ousting Saddam has been an issue in the German election campaign. Opinion polls in German have revealed that between 80 and 90 percent of the population would not back U.S. action. The action seems to us to be US Intelligence backed spin doctoring designed to raise the profile of anti-Iraq sentiment prior to the German elections on September 22.
CNN's exclusive videotaped look at Al Qaeda activities came at a price. Executives at the cable news organization acknowledged Monday that a five-figure sum was paid to sources in Afghanistan for access to a hidden archive of 250 hours worth of video documenting Al Qaeda's terror training and its testing of chemical weapons of mass destruction. A reader comments: US tapes appear to show al-Qa'ida in poison gas tests... Kind of starts to get comical/boring/sickening at this point. Next there will be US tapes showing Al-Qa'ida training recruits on how to make burgers out of semtex. And the response from Don Rumsfeld will be "yes we are very worried.."
In Battle Over 9-11 Detentions, Feds May Be Hiding More Than Identities - Americans maddened by the covert maneuverings and because-we-said-so bravado of John Ashcroft's Justice Department are reveling in the bracing dose of sanity that is the August 2 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. She gave the government 15 days to release the names of the more than 1000 people it admitted to arresting and secretly detaining in its ongoing September 11 investigation.
U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner said Monday he'll play hardball with Attorney General John Ashcroft over a congressional demand for detailed information about the Patriot Act, the post-Sept. 11 law giving the government broad powers to investigate terrorism. - The issue has roused the passions of civil libertarians and lawmakers of both parties, although the general public and his own constituents haven't expressed much interest, Sensenbrenner said. Note the last remark that the general public haven't expressed much interest! Folks, that's not a good thing! If we don't speak up now, it will soon be too late. Go HERE to email YOUR representatives! It only takes a couple of minutes, and a minimum of effort. Remember: '...predictions for the future have the form: IF this, THEN this; IF NOT, then that. If the situation, as it is, is not known, no one will take any action and the predictions for the "future" will be "set." However, if we know what the situation is and we DO take action, there is a change, perhaps even so small a change as just what we are doing here in sharing this information, it can change everything in a nonlinear way.'
Gordon Thomas - ARIEL SHARON'S SECRET PLAN TO REMOVE PALESTINIANS FROM ISRAEL - Israel's hard-line prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has ordered his defence forces to prepare to drive "hundreds of thousands" of Palestinians on the West Bank over the border into Jordan. Jordanian intelligence chiefs say the operation will commence on the day the forthcoming United States conflict starts against Iraq. - Sharon believes that will give him "a just excuse" to remove the Palestinians - as they would then pose what he has called "a totally unacceptable threat to the safety of Israel". Details of his plan have been leaked by Jordanian intelligence to Western intelligence services, including MI6. - Sharon's new plan to drive out the Palestinians comes in the wake of his fury that UK's Sunday Express had obtained details of his earlier plan to snatch Yasser Arafat and dump him in Lebanon.
FIRST SHOT FIRED IN WAR AGAINST IRAQ - says Yvonne Ridley, distinguished foreign correspondent who writes for the Sunday Express and the UK Sunday broadsheet, The Observer. She is a regular guest on BBC and European TV and Radio talks shows. - The war against Iraq has started with RAF fighter jets coming under enemy fire as 5,000 commandos invaded the north of the country seizing an air base. The news will come as a shock to Britain's MPs who are demanding a full Parliamentary debate on the threat of a British-backed invasion of Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein. As details of the invasion emerged, politicians accused Britain and America of starting a war "through the back door".
Ex-General Says Wargames Were Rigged - A retired general who commanded "enemy" forces in a recently concluded $250 million U.S. war game says the exercise was rigged so that it appeared to validate new war-fighting concepts it was supposed to test. - Van Riper, who participated as a TRW contract employee, said he was concerned that the military would implement new war-fighting concepts on the basis of what he considers to be false conclusions from the three-week exercise. What is Millennium Challenge 2002?
Texas pastor charged in wife's brutal slaying - Just two months after the family left the Navy and moved to Texas, Marla Tabb was found savagely beaten to death in the parsonage bedroom, still wearing her pajamas. Hmmm... the military connection is interesting...
Woman loses stoning death appeal - An Islamic court in northern Nigeria ruled on Monday that a young woman must face death by stoning according to Muslim law for having a child outside marriage. - The decision, upholding a verdict by a lower court, looks set to re-ignite international outrage against Nigeria and could stoke sectarian tensions in the country's largely Muslim north. "If one can be sentenced to death for fornication then it makes nonsense of our democracy," said Innocent Chukwuma of the Centre for Law Enforcement Education, a Lagos-based legal rights pressure group. It strikes us that the Nigerians are playing right into the hands of the anti-Islam spin doctors. They could sure do a lot for their cause by reversing this decision and ditching the Church-State thing.
Bush has been paying an awful lot of attention to Florida. - Democrats say the president is doing whatever he can to give his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, material to boast about while he seeks re-election this November. If Jeb Bush wins, that could help George W. Bush's chances of remaining in the White House past 2004. - "It would be nice if it wasn't so blatantly politically motivated," said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Ryan Banfill. "My mother, who's a taxpayer in Kansas, is paying for this stuff. This should alarm voters across the country."
Accused mailbox bomber to use insanity defense - Jane Kelly, the lawyer for Luke Helder, filed a notice of such a defense with the court on Friday and notified the judge of her intent to use expert witnesses to testify to Helder's mental condition.
The Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether shooting at pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden is an expression of free speech or a dangerous drill that could lead to the killing of real people.
Pluto may be undergoing global warming - "Change is inevitable as Pluto moves away from the sun, but what we're seeing is more complex than expected," said Buie, who with James Elliot of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported the findings last week.
A 75-year-old Missouri woman has died of mosquito-borne West Nile virus and another four residents are infected, city authorities said Monday. See also: Houston woman's death may be Texas' first West Nile fatality - first confirmed case in Kentucky - The victim was described only as an 84-year-old man with "multiple health problems" and who had been hospitalized for several days. It strikes us here at Cassiopaea that this West Nile Virus business is mostly spin doctoring.
UK mobile phone driving ban - More than 100,000 people a year are expected to be fined under proposals being issued on Tuesday to ban drivers using hand-held mobile phones, which could also land their employers in court.
New! August 19, 2002 - Planes of 911 Exceeded Their Software Limits - I am a National Security Agency trained Electronic Warfare specialist, and am qualified to say this. - Terrorists in fact did not fly those planes, it is totally and completely impossible for those planes to have been flown in such a manner from the cockpit. [etc etc] A member of our research team - (thank you Richard S.) - comments:
See also: Bubble of Protection
New Zealand does not favour United States-led military action against Iraq and will not be part of it, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.
Israel agrees troop withdrawal - Palestinian officials said the two sides had agreed that Israel would withdraw its forces from Gaza and Bethlehem within 48 hours. - But the deal was thrown into doubt almost as soon as it was made, with Palestinian militant groups saying they would not halt their attacks on Israel. [This last is probably spin doctoring.]
An Islamic appeal court has upheld a sentence of death by stoning for adultery against a Nigerian woman. - Amina Lawal, 30, was found guilty by a court in Katsina state in March after bearing a child outside marriage. - The court's ruling can only serve to heighten tensions between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. - Monday's ruling has come as a surprise and human rights groups have promised to take the case to a higher court. They have 30 days to lodge an appeal. - Supporters of Sharia say they will not be deflected from upholding laws they see as the will of God.
Tapes shed new light on bin Laden's network - More Brainwashing "spin doctoring." Too bad we can't see tapes of 1. The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male (the official title of the Tuskegee Experiment) 2. Experiments performed by Nazi doctors on victims in concentration camps - the same doctors hired by the CIA after the war. 3. Experiments conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission on civilians and military personnel in the USA. 4. Experiments in which unwitting subjects were given LSD by the CIA or U. S. Army (a part of the project sometimes called MKULTRA) 5. Experiments on children and pregnant women 6. The Milgram experiment, which tested the willingness of subjects to participate in an experiment which seemed to harm other subjects. This is not a "conspiracy rant," but rather a compendium of factual information assembled by Dr. Steven Hale, Humanities Division, DeKalb College. Nonconsensual Human Experimentation
Brainwashing America - The puppet Bush regime is using new, aggressive forms of brainwashing to change the very way Americans think and feel. - We are living under the beginning stages of a military dictatorship in precisely the same way that 1930s Germans suffered under the Nazi regime. - Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and the others continually commit OUTRAGES but don't excuse them, explain them, or invite reflection on these affronts to morality and sanity. In fact, when some timid media voice criticizes the Bush junta, the person is demonized as questioning behavior which is beyond reproach. - Americans are being brainwashed to ask only the questions the Bushites allow and they are programmed to see everything the Bush junta does as unquestionably correct.
U.S. West Nile virus matches Israeli strain CDC scientist: Outbreak has Mideast roots, but feds don't know how bug jumped Atlantic - The strain of West Nile virus spreading rapidly across the country is a genetic match to one found in Israel, indicating the U.S. bug came from the Middle East, says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist.
Israeli Mossad Links To World Trade Center Attack - A US military intelligence source revealed details of an internal intelligence memo that points to the Israeli Mossad intelligence service having links to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The intelligence source, who requested his name be withheld, confirmed the internal US intelligence memo circulated four weeks ago described information that pointed to the threat of a covert Israeli operation on US soil to turn mass public opinion against Palestinian Arabs via an apparent terrorist attack on US interests that would give Israel the green light to implement a large scale military onslaught against the Palestinian Arab population. - If verified, the news of Israel’s involvement in the US attack will come as no surprise to intelligence experts. The state of Israel has a long history of covert operations against Western targets. - A US-based Web site, williamcopper.com, carried a front page statement saying, "So who benefits? Everyone in the oil business, especially the Bush family and their business partners. Everyone in the defence industrial complex. The state of Israel will benefit big time." See also: Mossad involved in attacks on Pentagon, WTC : US Military Intelligence
Former Top German Spy Says U.S. Wrong About September 11 - A top German spook refutes the official version of what happened on Sept. 11, questioning why hasn’t Congress called for a special inquiry to investigate what really occurred on that terrible day. “The planning of the attacks was technically and organizationally a master achievement—to hijack four huge airplanes within a few minutes and within one hour, to drive them into their targets, with complicated flight maneuvers,” said von Bülow in the Tagesspiegel interview.
“This is unthinkable, without years of support from state intelligence services.” - This led the interviewer to call von Bülow “a conspiracy theorist.” “Yeah, yeah. That’s the ridicule from those who prefer to follow the official, politically correct line,” von Bülow responded. “Even investigative journalists are fed propaganda and disinformation. Anyone who doubts the official line is called crazy.”-
Since Sept. 11, “public opinion is being forced into a direction that I consider wrong,” von Bülow said. “I wonder why so many questions have not been asked. Normally, with such a terrible event, various leads and trails appear and are discussed by the investigators, the media and the government: ‘Is there something here or not? Are the explanations plausible?’ In this case, that is not happening at all.” -
Before a government goes to war, it must first establish who the enemy is, von Bülow said. “It has a duty to provide evidence. -
Von Bülow, who controlled the budgets of German intelligence from 1969 to 1994, cannot understand why Congress has not opened a formal investigation into the attacks and the failure of American intelligence agencies to prevent them. - “And what about the obscure stock transactions? In the week prior to the attacks, the amount of transactions in stocks in American Airlines, United Airlines, and insurance companies, increased 1,200 percent. It was for a value of $15 billion. Some people must have known something. Who?” -
Although von Bülow told AFP in December that he believes that the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the Sept. 11 attacks, such political discussion is beyond the pale in German journalism. - “Don’t believe the Arabs—they are foes,” is the message behind the “brainwashing” being done by the U.S. government and the unquestioning mass media, said von Bülow. “With the help of the horrifying attacks, the Western mass democracies are being subjected to brainwashing. The enemy image of anti-communism doesn’t work anymore; it is to be replaced by peoples of Islamic belief. They are accused of having given birth to suicidal terrorism.”
Von Bülow, who told AFP that “95 percent of the work of intelligence agencies around the world is deception and disinformation,” pointed to the false leads that were apparently planted to incriminate Arab terrorists in the attacks. These leads, he said, were like tracks left behind by “a herd of stampeding elephants.”
The abundance of such obvious clues, such as Mohammed Atta’s passport, which mysteriously survived the crash and explosion that allegedly destroyed the shock- and fire-proof cockpit recorders, were like the Ger man childrens’ game Schnitzeljagd, or Schnitzel Hunt, in which small bits of paper are left behind as clues for the children, von Bülow said.
Atta’s passport, which he had reported as having been stolen long before Sept. 11, amazingly reappeared unburned and intact on top of a pile of rubble near the World Trade Center, according to Attorney General John Ashcroft. - “They made payments with credit cards with their own names; they reported to their flight instructors with their own names. They left behind a rented car with flight manuals in Arabic for jumbo jets. They took with them, on their suicide trip, wills and farewell letters, which fell into the hands of the FBI, because they were stored in the wrong place and wrongly addressed. Clues were left behind, like in Schnitzeljagd, which “were meant to be followed,” he said.
The Israeli Art Student Files - In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the FBI has stumbled on the largest espionage ring ever discovered inside the United States. - The spy ring enabled criminals to use reverse wiretaps against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement operations.
Zecharia Sitchin's Errors - An Introductory Survey - I do believe that Mr. Sitchin has done some kind of work in the ancient languages (I have never seen academic credentials in the form of degrees or transcripts), but some of the mistakes he makes are at so basic a level of language knowledge that I am uncertain if he in fact knows the languages he says he does. - Sitchin assumes "Nephilim" comes from the Hebrew word "naphal" (as opposed to ARAMAIC - see below) which usually means "to fall." He then forces the meaning "to come down" onto the word, creating his "to come down from above" translation. "Nephilim" - in the form we find it in the Hebrew Bible - COULD come from Hebrew "naphal," but it could ONLY mean be translated one way in light of the spelling - "those who are fallen" (i.e., either "fallen in battle" - which is out of the question given the context of Genesis 6 - or "spiritually fallen" / evil - which fits the context IF the sons of God are evil). That the sons of God in Genesis 6 were evil divine beings and this cohabitation was evil, one needs only to turn to either Jude 6-7 and II Peter 2:4-6, or the Book of Enoch.
New! August 17, 2002 - Indian Scientist Solves Country's 'Flying Monster' - Contrary to belief that the illuminated 'flying monster' was either an insect or a remote-controlled device, Professor Ravindra Arora discovered that it was nothing other than balls of lighting that often fall on earth during dry spells. - He attributed much of the panic to superstitious beliefs that often dominate the minds of the vast rural population in this part of the country. At the same time, he was confident that the menace would end with the onset of monsoon. - [Yeah, right!]
NASA plans to read terrorist's minds at airports - Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have told Northwest Airlines security specialists that the agency is developing brain-monitoring devices in cooperation with a commercial firm, which it did not identify. [...] "to detect passengers who potentially might pose a threat," according to briefing documents obtained by The Washington Times. - Computers would apply statistical algorithms to correlate physiologic patterns with computerized data on travel routines, criminal background and credit information from "hundreds to thousands of data sources," NASA documents say. - Mihir Kshirsagar of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says such technology would only add to airport-security chaos. "A lot of people's fear of flying would send those meters off the chart. Are they going to pull all those people aside?" The organization obtained documents July 31, the product of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration, and offered the documents to this newspaper.
Bizarre Crop Circle - Reader comments: "Something is rotten in Denmark." Ark comments: "I don't think they can do that with boards and rope - but they could do it with laser tech." Cassiopaea thinks that the Consortium is creating its own crop circles for distraction and confusion. The new movie, "Signs," is disinformation... Temporary Temples Site. Also see: Crop Circle Connector and Swirled News For Scientific Research on Crop Circles see: BLT Research
Quantum Teleportation - In 1993 an international group of six scientists, including IBM Fellow Charles H. Bennett, confirmed the intuitions of the majority of science fiction writers by showing that perfect teleportation is indeed possible in principle, but only if the original is destroyed. - Until recently, teleportation was not taken seriously by scientists, because it was thought to violate the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics, which forbids any measuring or scanning process from extracting all the information in an atom or other object. According to the uncertainty principle, the more accurately an object is scanned, the more it is disturbed by the scanning process, until one reaches a point where the object's original state has been completely disrupted, still without having extracted enough information to make a perfect replica. - But the six scientists found a way to make an end-run around this logic, using a celebrated and paradoxical feature of quantum mechanics known as the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect. In brief, they found a way to scan out part of the information from an object A, which one wishes to teleport, while causing the remaining, unscanned, part of the information to pass, via the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect, into another object C which has [figure] never been in contact with A.
Missing NASA probe may have split in two - NASA's comet-hunting Contour spacecraft - Images published by the University of Arizona show what look like two pieces of the spacecraft, which fell silent early Thursday just as it was supposed to escape Earth orbit.
Russia extends helping hand to Saddam - Russia has signed a new $40 billion economic cooperation agreement with Iraq, ignoring U.S. efforts to isolate the Iraqi regime, the Washington Post reported Saturday. - The Post said Russia's apparent refusal to abandon its longtime ally, would hurt Washington's efforts to rally world leaders behind its planned military offensive against Baghdad. Russia maintains close ties with all three countries branded the "axis of evil" by President Bush: Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
Bush to 'consult' Hill on Iraq - President Bush yesterday stood resolute in his plans for a pre-emptive military strike against Saddam Hussein, saying the Iraqi dictator is a threat to world peace.
BUSH’S ECONOMIC FORUM: A STAGE-MANAGED FARCE - The list of invitees guaranteed that there would be no serious debate, let alone criticism of Bush’s economic policies. Excluded were any of the 2 million workers who have been thrown out of work since last year or those who have seen their 401(k) retirement benefits wiped out on the stock market. Nor were any small investors, defrauded by Enron, WorldCom and other companies, present at the event to voice their anger. - The effort to create the image of popular support for Bush was so crass it generated derision in the US and international media. On the eve of the forum, Britain’s Financial Times wrote, “The meeting promises to look a little like those gatherings that the Soviet Communist party used to hold to review progress on the latest Five Year Plan. Achievements will be hailed; problems will be put down to failure of all concerned fully to implement party dogma.” - The farcical character of the economic forum was underscored by the fact that President Bush and Vice President Cheney—whose business dealings at Harken and Halliburton respectively have been subject to scrutiny—were posturing as opponents of corporate corruption. In his address, Bush insisted that his administration would punish those who “lie, steal and cheat.”
BUSH TARGETS 35% OF WORLD’S NATIONS - President Bush’s speech to 1,000 graduates of the West Point military academy on Saturday laid down the guidelines for US foreign policy during the remainder of his term in office. He claimed that the USA may have to take the war against international terrorism to up to 60 countries to keep Weapons of Mass destruction (WMD) out of the hands of terrorist organisations.
Iraq has embarked on a program to "dig in," building more earthen bunkers and revetments to protect aircraft, trucks, armored vehicles, missiles launchers and a wide variety of military equipment, military sources have told CNN. - Iraq's trade minister has said his country will only resume importing Australian wheat once the Australian government drops its support for a U.S. strike on Iraq. - Australia sells about 17 million tonnes of wheat to overseas markets each year, worth $2.35 billion (A$4.33 billion) in 2001. - "There is no support in the Australian community for military action."
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DESCRIBES BULLDOZING OF PALESTINIAN HOMES - On January 22, 2002, there were 56 Palestinian homes bulldozed at 2:30 A.M. , without any notice, with the occupants inside, including woman, children and old people. The crime? No Israeli "building permit" on their own land. - When troops arrive families are often too outraged and terrified to rescue their possessions in the short period given by the soldiers to evacuate their home." "The trauma of dispossession can lead to family bitterness and breakup. Many have no choice but to reside with relatives in overcrowded conditions or to live in tents," the organization added. - "From Oslo to now there has not been a single one of my cases where a permit for building a house in Area C has been granted...." - Area C comprises nearly three-quarters of the land area of the West Bank and includes many of the opportunities for urban and rural development. However, Amnesty International delegates were told, not once but many times by the representatives of theCivil Administration in the Occupied Territories, that the policy of the military government has been, since 1995, "not to grant building permits for new buildings for Palestinians in Area C."
EGYPT: DO NOT ATTACK IRAQ - Ahmed Mahir, Egypt’s Foreign Minister, has warned the US that both Egypt and the rest of the Arab world are against the plan to carry out military action against Iraq.
French Cabinet decries attacks on Jews - ...prompted by a rash of attacks on Jewish property and places of worship, comes amid a debate about the identity and loyalty of France's estimated 600,000 Jews. - The hostility of Arab immigrants toward the Jews has created a situation described as "transferring the Middle Eastern war to France."
Israel gauges Arafat's worth at $1.3 billion - Mr. Arafat, who maintains a frugal lifestyle, has kept tight control over the multimillion-dollar budgets of the Palestine Liberation Organization and later the Palestinian Authority with little accountability. - Gen Zeevi's $1.3 billion figure is based on estimates by military intelligence. Ghassan Khatib, the Palestinian labor minister, said leaking such information to the press was part of an ongoing campaign by Israel to discredit Mr. Arafat and prove that his administration was corrupt. "This is not new. I think everybody should look for evidence before reporting or dealing with this kind of propaganda and lies," he said.
Vietnam floods force 22,000 to evacuate - Floods and landslides in Vietnam have killed at least four people this week and forced soldiers to evacuate about 22,000, with waters forecast to rise to dangerous levels, officials said Saturday. - But in China's province of Yunnan, which borders Ha Giang and Lao Cai to the south, casualties are higher, with 28 dead and 39 missing in landslides this week.
Rescuers search after Mexico floods - Intense rains caused by tropical fronts and high levels of humidity have razed hundreds of homes, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, authorities said.
Typhoon Phanfone nears Japan - headed northwest with sustained surface winds of up to 144 kph (90 mph) - The typhoon was expected to reach the island by early Sunday and move on to Japan's capital by Monday, the agency said. The agency warned of heavy rain and strong winds in Tokyo region and central Japan in the next couple of days.
'America did it' - Leftist politicians and environmentalists sought yesterday to link Europe's worst floods in decades to U.S. reluctance to endorse the Continent's approach to fighting global warming. - The target of their efforts was the Bush administration's decision not to support the Kyoto protocol. - Environmentalists across Europe linked the flooding to global warming. - Benedict Southworth, speaking for Greenpeace UK, the British chapter of the global environmental organization, said that temperature records were being broken across Europe and that the frequency of extreme events would increase. - The United States produces a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. It has been the target of European environmentalists after President Bush last year pulled out of the Kyoto agreement on reducing greenhouse gases, saying it would cripple the U.S. economy and give unfair exemptions to developing countries.
Temperatures break records, and region braces for more - With triple-digit temperatures setting records across New England - Boston topped out at 101
The airlines as harbingers - George W. Bush goes on a brief summer tour to persuade his compatriots that the United States economy is recovering, it is less than reassuring to see airlines dropping out of the sky. One, US Airways, announced bankruptcy this week, another, American, made big cuts and unhappy noises, a third, United, warned that it might go bankrupt. So what should we believe, upbeat Bush or downbeat airlines?
Missing UK girls: Two bodies found - The case of the missing best friends has gripped the nation - Police said the bodies were found by a member of the public at around 1300 BST on Saturday near the village of Mildenhall, eastern England, 10 miles from where the girls disappeared. The bodies have not been identified.
Zimbabwe arrests over 80 farmers - Zimbabwe police have arrested more than 80 white farmers and charged some in court for defying government orders to vacate land targeted for redistribution to landless blacks. - Mugabe's government has ordered 2,900 of the country's remaining 4,500 white commercial farmers to quit their land without compensation, but nearly two thirds are refusing to go after ignoring an August 8 deadline. - Nearly half the population is short of food because of disruption on the farms and a drought affecting much of southern Africa.
White House sleepovers include GOP supporters, entertainers - The issue of White House sleepovers first arose in the Clinton administration when it was learned that the Democratic Party was rewarding big donors with overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom.
$116 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 families - The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by more than 600 family members, plus some firefighters and rescue workers. [Note: They're barking up the wrong tree. Too bad they didn't file a suit to demand the current administration reveal who was REALLY behind the World Trade Center attack. But then again, maybe the suit as it is, WILL lead to the "real culprits."] The plaintiffs can get those people indeed, especially the Saudi princes. The sum of their deposits in foreign banks reportedly makes up $600 billion. The majority of princes’ money is in the banks of the USA. If the plaintiffs manage to win the case, then the princes’ financial welfare is likely to get a big shake.
Country has much to lose by bashing Saudi Arabia - The trashing of Saudi Arabia by major news media, some government officials and a major think tank recently makes one wonder where this path is taking us. - a Rand Corp. analyst has advocated to a Pentagon advisory group that the United States treat Saudi Arabia as an enemy. - The idea of the us essentially taking over Saudi Arabia, however, raises the question of who is the real beneficiary of all this, and who is truly influencing American foreign policy in the Middle East. Who is making the policies in this mindless mess? Who will win? Who will lose? - The Saudis have more than $700 billion invested in the United States. In face of this talk of taking a tougher line on Saudi Arabia, I am certain that many of those investments are being transferred out of the country. - It is high time for President Bush and cooler and wiser heads in his administration to step up and take full command of our foreign policy. This "ship" needs a skillful captain to set and maintain a course that reflects the principles of fairness and justice that made this nation great.
IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA SHARE DISLIKE OF ISRAEL - The Iranian newspaper does not mention the word “Israel” itself. Instead, it uses words like “Zionist regime," “Zionist aggressor," etc. It is well-known, Islamic states like to talk about the “struggle against Zionism”. To tell the truth, the same can be said not only of Islamic states.
Judge wants more government information on Hamdi - ordered the U.S. government to produce more information about how it came to classify Yaser Hamdi, an American citizen who fought with the Taliban, as an enemy combatant. Questions: whether the executive branch had the right to make the classification; whether the designation of enemy combatant violated Hamdi's constitutional right of due process; and on what basis Hamdi's continued detention without charges serves the national interest. - Public defender Frank Dunham, who is trying to meet with Hamdi, told CNN he is pleased with the court's order but called it only a "baby step" because "we think he should have the opportunity" to see a lawyer.
Catching crooks with e-mail evidence - computer data is difficult to destroy. Just clicking "delete" won't do it, as Oliver North learned during the 1980s Iran-Contra probe - "The best way to get rid of computer data is to take the hard drive and pound it with a hammer and throw it in a furnace," said John Patzakis, president of Guidance Software, which makes forensic software that helps police find hidden files. - When feasible, investigators usually prefer to use special software to make an exact copy of the contents of a computer's hard drive. This can be done without even turning on the computer.
A geological fault discovered beneath the sea near Japan poses the threat of generating giant waves, a new study reports.
a lawnmower operated via the Internet - It motors out once during the day and then again at night with the computer directing its every move. The device needs physical boundaries to navigate but by the end of the year it will be able to self-navigate and adjust to different grass heights as well as carrying out gardening tasks such as soil testing.
Apes lack gene for speech - A couple of changes in one gene about 200,000 years ago may be the reason apes still pound the ground -- and humans can recite poetry to communicate. - Since 1990, a British family known only as "KE" has been the focus of intense study. Across three generations, about half of family members suffered from severe language and speech difficulties. - Researchers found those KE family members with the drastic impairments did not have two normal copies of FOXP2. The one flawed copy, they believe, led to immobility of the lips, tongue, and mouth, which makes their speech garbled. They also have difficulty understanding language structure and grammar.
Security hole could allow access to private information - Attackers taking advantage of the loophole could trick computer users into thinking they are visiting legitimate Web sites, and could convince them to divulge personal information. - The possible flaw comes as Microsoft has launched a high-profile effort, called its Trustworthy Computing initiative, to resolve security concerns. But problems remain. The company has issued 41 security bulletins with patches so far this year.
An asteroid about a half mile (800 meters) across will pass close enough to Earth this weekend to observe with a small telescope or binoculars, astronomers said. - Another one, NY40, later this month will glide to within 330,000 miles (530,000 km) from Earth, slightly farther than the distance of the moon.
VOYAGERS ARE STILL SEEKING FOR ALIENS IN DEEP BLACK SPACE - August 20 will mark 25 years since the beginning of Voyager’s mission. The mission was originally planned for four years, but it is actually still going on. - The satellites are approaching the borders of the so-called heliopause - the area, in which solar ions come into conflict with the interstellar space.
A Palestinian boy of 5 years of age was killed by an Israeli tank in the refugee camp of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Thursday.
Iraq claims to be a victim of discrimination - Iraq claims to have followed all the UN resolutions to the letter and states that the current climate of demonology against the regime in Baghdad is no more than hysteria and the desire of certain nations to pursue private interests abroad. - The Director-General of the National Monitoring Department, Hussam Mohammed Ameen, has declared that all sites which were cited as having been involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction have been opened to the UN inspection teams and international journalists. “Anyone who wants to see first hand the false allegations uttered by the USA to justify aggression against Iraq can do so”, claims the Iraqi News Agency site, INA.
ISRAEL TO BECOME A MONARCHY? - the monarchists of Israel set forth an initiative to bring back the monarchy in the country after a break of two thousand years. - Baruh Ben-Josef, said, “Monarchy was surely better than what we have now.” As the monarchists think, “a special council of wise men should elect the king, but the king is supposed to come from King David’s klan.
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