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Police State: Report Exonerates RCMP for Actions During Violence-Marred G20 Summit

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The RCMP abandoned its policy of allowing protesters to peacefully disperse when it assisted the municipal Toronto police force in three "kettling" incidents during the G20 summit in June 2010, a watchdog report says. RCMP officers on the ground during the summit expressed concerns about using the "kettling" tactic - forcibly boxing in protesters - but relented because they were officially under the command of other police forces.

Other than that criticism, however, the report from the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP nearly completely exonerates the force's actions during the summit, for which more than two dozen complaints were filed. The national force acted in a "reasonable and appropriate" manner during the violence-marred summit, the report said.

Jake Edmiston and Josh Visser take a look at the report and the reaction.

War Whore

NATO Strikes Last Year Killed at Least 72 Libyan Civilians, Report Says

© Agence France-Presse/Imed LamloumHuman Rights Watch wants NATO to probe alleged civilian deaths during last year's bombing campaign
At least 72 Libyan civilians were killed last year by NATO air attacks, a third of them children and teenagers, according to a report by Human Rights Watch released Monday.

The report raises questions about whether the Western alliance bombed Libyan villages that were not legitimate military targets, despite NATO's insistence that its own review shows that all bombing sites were valid targets.

NATO said it used "unprecedented care and precision" to spare civilians during the air assaults, meant to protect the Libyan people against military attacks carried out under strongman Moammar Kadafi. The air attacks were part of a campaign in Libya authorized by the United Nations Security Council in March 2011 that helped oust Kadafi, who was captured and killed in October.

"Not one of the targets struck was approved for attack, or was in fact attacked, if NATO had any evidence or other reason to believe that civilians would be injured or killed in a strike," the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a February letter to a United Nations commission investigating human rights violations in Libya.


Ukraine Warns of Football Boycott 'Humiliation'

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Ukrainian Presdient Viktor Yanukovich has warned the West that he will not allow his country to be humiliated, as European Union leaders consider boycotting next month's Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine.

European Union commissioners have said they will not attend games in Ukraine, and several EU leaders are considering similar action in protest at Kiev's treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been sentenced to jail for seven years and says she is in poor health.

The former prime minister was convicted last October of abuse of office, in a case that the EU and United States describe as politically motivated. Several of Ms Tymoshenko's allies have also been prosecuted since her long-time foe Mr Yanukovich came to power in early 2010.

Ms Tymoshenko (51) is now being treated in a Ukrainian hospital by a German doctor for a back problem and the effects of a 19-day hunger strike, which she started in response to alleged mistreatment by prison guards. Ukraine denies that she has been in any way abused.


Fabricating Lies to Wage War on Iran

Turning Iran into a reliable pro-Western puppet state is a long-sought US goal. All options are considered, including war.

Tactics include calling Iran a threat to world peace, falsely accusing Tehran of terrorist attacks, and fabricating lies about an alleged nuclear weapons program despite no corroborating evidence whatever.

Focusing largely on defense and security issues, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) advances US interests "to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world." It's closely connected to high level administration, congressional, and Pentagon officials.

Its trustees include top corporate and former high level political ones. They include Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, Richard Armitage, Harold Brown, William S. Cohen, and William E. Brock.


Palestinian Prisoners Agree to End Hunger Strike

© Voice of AmericaPalestinian women hold photos of relatives held in Israeli jails
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have agreed to end a weeks-long hunger strike in exchange for promises of better conditions, averting fears of widespread unrest if any of the inmates had died.

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman confirmed late Monday that a deal had been reached. Egypt and Jordan played key roles in mediating between the Israelis and prison leaders representing all Palestinian factions.

The Palestinians won key concessions, including more family visits and limits to a controversial Israeli policy that can imprison people for years without charge.

The agreement also saw roughly 20 prisoners released from solitary confinement back into the general prison population. These include Hamas member Abdullah al-Barghouthi, serving 67 life sentences for helping to plan a series of suicide bombings that killed scores of civilians.

In return, Israel extracted pledges by militant groups "to prevent terror activities," and averted the potentially explosive scenario of prisoners dying in a hunger strike.

Bad Guys

Prison Poison: Thousands Jailed, Tortured by Libyan 'Rebels'

Thousands of supporters of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi are still being held in Libyan prisons, with many of them tortured - according to a UN report. Many jails are secret and under the control of armed rebels who refuse to comply with the country's new government.

Black Cat

Queen's Cousin Received £320,000 from Russian Ex-politician Convicted of Economic Crimes

British Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent
The cousin of the British Queen, Prince Michael of Kent, has received £320,000 ($514,000) from a Russian ex-politician who fled to London in 2000.

The Moscow Times reported that Prince Michael received £320,000 from Boris Berezovsky, the Russian ex-politician who has been convicted of economic crimes in abstentia, during the six-year period between 2002 and 2008.

"A fund controlled by Berezovsky funneled 56 payments of between £5,000 and £15,000 to offshore companies into a family business owned by the prince's secretary," said the newspaper.


Saudi Plan to Unify Six Persian Gulf Arab States Backed by Bahrain

© File photo(From R to L) the UAE premier, Bahrain’s King Hamad, Saudi King Abdullah, Omani deputy premier, the Qatari ruler and the Kuwaiti king
Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has declared Manama's support for a Saudi plan to unify the six Arab states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, a report says.

According to a report published by the Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh on Sunday, the Bahraini premier said the "option of a union has become urgent."

Riyadh is reportedly seeking to initially merge with Manama in line with a proposal to unify the six Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.


Muslim Police Officers Lose Jobs Due to MI5 Fearmongering

MI5 says some Metropolitan Police officers have links with terrorist groups.
British intelligence agency MI5 has warned the British Police that some police officers were suspected of attending terrorist training camps.

The Telegraph revealed that some police officers have lost their jobs after Scotland Yard was warned by the MI5. The newspaper also disclosed the identity of one of the officers who resigned over the allegations that he had attended a terrorist camp in 2001.

Abdul Rahman, who had been a constable for almost three years, resigned from Scotland Yard when MI5 warned the force that he was suspected of being at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2001.

The Telegraph also reported that one or two other officers had lost their jobs as a result of MI5's suspicion that they might have links with terrorist groups.


Kodak Had a Nuclear Reactor in NY for Nearly 30 Years

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Over the last few months, most headlines regarding Kodak have focused on the company's financial struggles. Early this year, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, and, not too long after, announced plans to step away from the digital camera market and move more towards home photo printers and high-speed commercial inkjet presses. Today brings something totally different: News that, up until 2006, Eastman Kodak had its very own nuclear reactor in New York.

According to a recent report in Democrat and Chronicle, Kodak kept a small nuclear reactor underground at Kodak Park, the company's Rochester, NY headquarters. The reactor was apparently for research purposes and was contained insider a bunker with two-foot-thick concrete walls. Albert Filo, a former Kodak research scientists, is quoted as saying the reactor was used to check the purity of materials as well as for tests related to neutron radiography. According to D&C, "only key personnel" could go into the chamber where it was stored, and never while it was running.

Now, the fact that Kodak had a nuclear reactor, no matter how small, is surprising, but the fact that it was there for nearly 30 years and so few people knew about it is that much more surprising. Apparently Kodak never made a public announcement regarding the facility and a spokesperson for the company told the Democrat and Chronicle that he wasn't sure whether police, fire, or hazardous-material officials were ever notified. Word of the reactor only got out a few months back, when a former employer mentioned it to a reporter.

When the reactor was dismantled in 2006, federal regulators ensured Kodak provided detailed plans of how it planned to remove the reported 3.5 pounds of highly enriched uranium it had been keeping in the basement for nearly 30 years.

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