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Netanyahu Says Will Give Up Some Land for Peace

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the annual American Israel Public Affairs
Israel is prepared to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday.

Palestinians swiftly dismissed the Israeli leader's terms for a deal as placing more obstacles in diplomacy's way, casting doubt as to whether frozen peace talks would resume anytime soon.

Netanyahu received frequent standing ovations in addressing the joint meeting of Congress, a bastion of support for Israel. The speech came after a testy exchange last week with President Barack Obama over the contours of a future Palestine and Netanyahu used it to reiterate his expectations ahead of any talks.

They included Palestinian recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and the scrapping of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' unity accord with the Islamist movement Hamas.

"Tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Make peace with the Jewish state," Netanyahu said.

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Feds to require black box event recorders in all new cars

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to issue new regulations next month, that will require a black box style data recorder be fitted in all new cars.

Similar in concept to the familiar black boxes used in commercial aircraft for decades, the boxes are expected to record information about speed, seat belt use and brake application in the final seconds leading up to an accident, the data can be retrieved for later analysis.

Before you start screaming about government overreach, you should know that almost every new car already has a device like this fitted at the factory. For example, GM has fitted one to almost every new car they've built since the early 1990s.

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Court of Appeals Dismisses Monsanto's Appeal of Biotech Beets Case, Preserves Victory for Farmers, Environment

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Litigation Over USDA's Interim Approval of Planting Continues

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order concluding a long-standing lawsuit over the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) "Roundup Ready" sugar beets. As a result, previous court rulings in favor of farmers and conservation advocates will remain, including the order requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare a rigorous review of the impacts of GE sugar beets, engineered to be resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, before deciding whether to again allow their future commercial use.

Center for Food Safety (CFS) attorney George Kimbrell:
"Today's order cements a critical legal benchmark in the battle for meaningful oversight of biotech crops and food. Because of this case, there will be public disclosure and debate on the harmful impacts of these pesticide-promoting crops, as well as legal protections for farmers threatened by contamination."

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New Federal Rules To Require Black Boxes to Record Driver Activity in Every Car

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Crashed car.

Someday your car will give you recommendations on where to eat, suggest more efficient routes between home and work, and even monitor your health. But for now it's just keeping tabs on your driving habits, recording your behavior in case it needs to be reconstructed after an accident.

Federal officials are poised to announce next month that all cars must contain a black box, similar to that installed on airplanes, to give authorities a glimpse of your activities in the event of a car wreck. The devices could help pin down what happened in the moments before a crash, helping authorities determine who is at fault for what, and eliminating uncertainty from human witnesses.

Many cars with airbags and other systems already use electronic data recorders, but there are no clear federal rules about how the data can or should be used, as Wired's Autopia blog points out. Some states allow automobile black box data to be used in court, but others do not. Automakers have different, proprietary data storage systems, and there is no clearly defined method to retrieve it.

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The Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens Has Been Drugged

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Movements for justice have historically been driven by a small percentage of any population. One percent of Americans nonviolently occupying Washington, D.C., could make Cairo and Madison and Madrid look like warm-up acts. It is certainly true that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens is the only thing that ever has changed the world for the better.

So, what happens if a society picks out a significant slice of its population, one including many thoughtful and committed citizens, and drugs them?

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a first-time, one-day, little publicized event last September that allowed people to turn in their extra prescription drugs. The DEA reports collecting 242,000 pounds or 121 tons. A second such day was held in April with 376,593 pounds or 188 tons of pills collected. This is the stuff nobody wants and is willing to hand in to the government. This is not the amount that's out in circulation. That amount is no doubt in proportion to the roaring flood of television ads for the stuff. "More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs," says the DEA, "than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. . . . Individuals that abuse prescription drugs often obtained them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet." And that's just the users said to be abusing.

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Op-Ed: Demonizing China - A perspective on the Bizarre World Order

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A War in China painting.
There's no doubt that since the fall of the Soviet Union, the West's senior morons have been looking for some sort of external threat. China is now the focus of a classic scenario- An external enemy to shift focus from the failures of the society.

For those who remember the situation during the collapse of the USSR, and the "world's only superpower" subsequently falling to bits into its present almost unbelievably obscene delusional state, history has done what it always does- replay the lesson. The USSR went bankrupt. The US is technically bankrupt.

The USSR spent its entire existence focusing on external threats. From the Revolution onwards, Lenin, Stalin and their successors pursued a gigantic lie until it destroyed the nation. The US seems hell-bent on following that path, recycling the redneck rhetoric of previous generations about external threats.

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Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin

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Extended family members of the woman allegedly assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn live in a remote village in Guinea in West Africa.

Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can't reach her in protective custody, The Post has learned.

The woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, well out of reach of the Manhattan DA's Office.

"They already talked with her family," a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. "For sure, it's going to end up on a quiet note."

Prosecutors in Manhattan have done their best to keep the cleaning woman out of the reach of Strauss-Kahn's supporters, but the source was already predicting success for the Parisian pol's pals.

"He'll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won't spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money," said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.

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Propaganda Alert! US: Terrorist-turned-informant says Pakistan ISI worked closely with terror group

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David Coleman Headley, shown in a courtroom sketch, testifies in federal court Monday in Chicago.
A Pakistani intelligence officer worked closely with top operatives of one of that country's leading terrorist groups to select the targets for the deadly November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, a former member of the terror organization testified on Monday.

The testimony of David Coleman Headley, a confessed American-born terrorist who once ran a popular bar in Philadelphia, is likely to further inflame U.S.-Pakistani relations, which are already strained because of the U.S. killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Headley testified as the federal prosecutors' lead-off witness in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of aiding the Mumbai attacks. Headley described a close working relationship between Pakistan's ISI intelligence service and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), the anti-India militant group that is believed to have been behind the assault.

"They coordinated with each other and ISI provided assistance to Lashkar," Headley testified when asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Collins about the relationship between Lashkar and the Pakistani intelligence service.

Comment: The truth of the matter is that David Coleman Headley has already been exposed as CIA agent. So when Headley points the finger at a "Pakistani intelligence officer" who "worked closely with top operatives of one of that country's leading terrorist groups", he is essentially talking about himself and the fact that the CIA were the masterminds behind the Mumbai attacks and have been controlling, through intermediaries, many "terrorist" groups.


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France: Internet Needs Government Role to Avoid 'Anarchy,' Sarkozy Says

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The Internet needs government involvement to reach its full potential of linking people and boosting economic growth, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

"Now that the Internet is an integral part of most people's lives, it would be contradictory to exclude governments," Sarkozy today said at a Paris forum of Internet companies. "Nobody should forget that these governments are the only legitimate representatives of the will of the people in our democracies. To forget this is to risk democratic chaos and hence anarchy."

In his speech to 1,500 delegates at the e-G8 Forum, which is being held before a summit of Group of Eight leaders this week in Deauville, France, Sarkozy said rules were needed to protect copyrights, prevent monopolies and keep harmful material out of the hands of children.

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European Union Will Sanction Iran-Owned Bank

European Union foreign ministers agreed to sanction an Iranian-owned bank based in Hamburg that the U.S. says has been at the center of Tehran's efforts to expand its nuclear program, European officials said.

The decision Monday to freeze banking activity at the European-Iranian Trade Bank came as part of a broader effort by the EU to sharpen its sanctions against Iran.

In addition to imposing strict controls on EIH, as the bank is known under its German acronym, the EU ministers agreed to sanction more than 100 people and entities with suspected ties to Iran's nuclear program, including the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a European Commission spokeswoman. The full list of designated entities and individuals will be published Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

A person who answered the phone at the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, declined to comment. A spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, could not be reached.