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Update: Convictions in China slave trial

One man has been sentenced to death and 28 others jailed for their roles in a slave labour scandal at brick factories in northern China.

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The Litvinenko case - a timeline

Ros Taylor details key events before and after the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

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Israel's Mossad involved in assassination of former Lebanese Minister Eli Hbeika

Admissions of the Israeli spy network members arrested in Lebanon in 2004 unveiled the Israeli Intelligence service Mossad involvement in assassinating former Lebanese Minister Eli Hbeika and three bodyguards in a car bomb explosion, the Lebanon News Agency reported yesterday.

Comment: Mossad is actually involved in many more assassinations and attacks attributed to Muslim groups than the headlines report.

Read the SOTT editorial Two Years Ago Today: Mossad Murders Former Lebanese PM in Carbon Copy of 1979 Assassination for one more example, and insight as to how Mossad operates.


Gear

France warns Israel over possible attempt by Mossad to kidnap Hizbullah members

France has recently warned Israel not to harm Hizbullah members participating in a convention of Lebanese groups being held near Paris these days.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah reported Saturday that the French government told Israel an attempt to harm any of the Hizbullah delegates would hinder relations between the countries.

According to the report, the warning was issued after French intelligence received information saying Mossad was planning to attack Hizbullah and Amal (Lebanese Resistance Detachments) representatives at the conference.

No Entry

Anti-smoking nonsense: Non-smoking candidates only for Malaysia's Islamic party

Malaysia's main Islamic opposition party will only field candidates for the upcoming general elections who do not smoke or are willing to kick the habit, its leader said.

The Pan-Malaysia Islamic (PAS) party's spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said smoking was un-Islamic and people who smoked did not fully understand Islam, state Bernama news agency reported late Thursday.

"Some Muslims consider smoking haram (forbidden)," the elderly religious leader said.

"I prefer to choose candidates who do not smoke. By now they should understand the party's requirements that to contest in the election, they must have the characteristics of a true Islamic leader," he said.

Wolf

Neocon Bill Kristol expects Bush to attack Pakistan

Fox News on Thursday asked Neoconservative Bill Kristol to comment on the interim progress report on Iraq, which is about to be released and is expected to show an even split between benchmarks which show progress and those which do not.

"They're silly benchmarks, a lot of them," said Kristol. "The military situation is better than anyone expected. ... If Bush can just hang on there and beat back the people in Congress who want to snatch defeat out of the jaws of possible success ... I think we're going to win this war."

Comment: Amazing how "al Qaeda's" propaganda always seem to fit in with Neocons' objectives.


Attention

China executes ex-food and drug chief

China executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog on Tuesday for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash, the strongest signal yet from Beijing that it is serious about tackling its product safety crisis.

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Powell tries to wash his hands of the war he helped start

Colin Powell
© AP Photo/ Elise Amendola
The former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.

"I tried to avoid this war," Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. "I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers."

Comment: And then Powell went to the UN and told blatant lies in order to justify the invasion.

Powell has become increasingly outspoken about the level of violence in Iraq, which he believes is in a state of civil war. "The civil war will ultimately be resolved by a test of arms," he said. "It's not going to be pretty to watch, but I don't know any way to avoid it. It is happening now."

He added: "It is not a civil war that can be put down or solved by the armed forces of the United States." All the military could do, Powell suggested, was put "a heavier lid on this pot of boiling sectarian stew".

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A Postcard from Iraq: Tortured beyond recognition

And now I am absolutely convinced that these armed men, so called "Al Qaeda", them along with the cars bombs, with the sectarian militias and their torture centers and their drills...are paid, trained and ordered by an American - Mossad - Iranian consortium to apply Bremer's policy: " Let us bring them down to 5 million."

USA

Patriotic Insanity: Americans fly the flag for July 4, as long as it's not made in China

As if raising and waving millions of Stars and Stripes was not patriotic enough at Independence Day celebrations yesterday, the flags now have to be made in the US.

The state of Minnesota has taken the most draconian action, requiring all US flags sold in the state to be of American manufacture. Violations of the law, which comes into force at the end of the year, will be punished by a $1,000 (£495) fine or 90 days in jail.

From this month, schools and colleges in Arizona are being forced to equip every classroom with a US-made Stars and Stripes - sometimes known as "Old Glory".

Tennessee state law already stipulates that any US flag bought with public money cannot be imported from another country, while similar Bills are being considered by legislators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Comment: "Nothing is more embarrassing to me than a plastic flag made in China. This replica of freedom we so respect should be made in this country . . ."

What a joke. Tom Rukavina embarrassed with a piece of colored fabric, while he should be dead embarrassed by the actions of psychopathic US Administration promoting this "respected freedom".