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As Egypt approaches its election set for November 28, protests sparked by constitutional changes giving the military junta more power, continue to spread to other cities across the country.


North Korea Threatens South with "Sea of Fire"

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South Korea Marines run during a military exercise on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Nov. 23, 2011.
North Korea threatened Thursday to turn Seoul's presidential palace office into a "sea of fire," stepping up its rhetoric one day after South Korea conducted large-scale military drills near a front-line island attacked by North Korea last year.

On Wednesday, South Korea mobilized aircraft, rocket launchers, artillery guns and naval boats for the first anniversary of the artillery attack on a military garrison and fishing community on Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. Two marines and two construction workers were killed in the attack, the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War.

A similar "sea of fire" threatens to engulf Seoul's presidential Blue House if South Korean forces fire a single shot into North Korean territory, the North's People's Army warned in a statement from Pyongyang.

Pyongyang accuses Seoul of provoking last year's attack, saying it struck after warning the South not to hold live-fire drills in the disputed waters. South Korea has said it fired shells southward, not toward the North, as part of routine exercises last year.

Heart - Black

Six Children 4-12 Years Killed by NATO Warplane, Plane Fired Despite Civilians "Frequently" Present.

Let's break this down. First one witness outright denies that there were any Taliban present whatsoever.

Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, said that a NATO reconnaissance aircraft spotted five militants planting mines in the village of Siacha, in Zhare District on Wednesday. The plane targeted the insurgents, killing two and wounding a third, and then pursued the other two suspects as they carried their injured comrade away.

"The plane chased them, the insurgents entered a street where children were playing and as a result of its shooting, seven people have been killed, including six children, and two girls also have been injured," Mr. Ayoubi said. The victims were members of two families.

Abdul Samad, an uncle of four of the children who were killed, disputed the government's version of the attack. He said his relatives were working in fields near their village when they were attacked without warning by an aircraft.

His brother-in-law, Mohammad Rahim, 50, had his two sons and three daughters with him. They were between 4 and 12 years old and all were killed, except an 8-year-old daughter, who was badly wounded, Mr. Samad said.

"There were no Taliban in the field, this is a baseless allegation that the Taliban were planting mines," Mr. Samad said. "I have been to the scene and haven't found a single bit of evidence of bombs or any other weapons. The Americans did a serious crime against innocent children, they will never ever be forgiven."

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Mikko Hypponen: It's Not a Question of Privacy vs Security, It's a Question of freedom vs control

Mikko Hypponen is based in Helsinki, Finland. He has been analysing computer viruses for more than 20 years. Mr. Hypponen has assisted law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases. He has written on his research for publications such as Scientific American, New York Times and CNN.com. Mr. Hypponen's recent TED Talk on computer security has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.


Egypt army picks new PM, protesters plan mass rally

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Kamal Ganzouri, left, accepted the post following talks with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
Egyptian former prime minister Kamal Ganzouri accepted a request from the ruling generals to form a new government, state media reported, but protesters brushed away their choice and vowed to hold another mass rally on Friday to demand the army quit power.

Ganzouri confirmed he had agreed in principle to lead a national salvation government after meeting with the head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the website of state newspaper Al Ahram reported, citing sources close to Ganzouri.

In an attempt to defuse protests by thousands of Egyptians frustrated by nine months of military rule, the army council promised parliamentary elections would start on time next week. It earlier said it would speed up the timetable for a handover from military to civilian presidential rule.

Violent clashes with police in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square since Saturday have killed dozens, in scenes reminiscent of the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.

"The people demand the execution of the marshal," crowds chanted, referring to army chief Tantawi who was Mubarak's defense minister for 20 years.


Iran lawmaker says 12 CIA agents arrested

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Tehran - Iran has arrested 12 agents of the American Central Intelligence Agency, the country's official IRNA news agency reported, quoting an influential lawmaker.

Parviz Sorouri, a member of the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national security, said the alleged agents were operating in coordination with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, targeting the country's military and its nuclear program.

"The U.S. and Zionist regime's espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services," Sorouri was quoted as saying Wednesday.

"Fortunately, with swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit," Sorouri said.

The United States and its allies suspect Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon program, a charge Iran denies.

The lawmaker did not give the nationality of the alleged agents nor when or where they were arrested.

The CIA declined to comment on the report.

Comment: "Hezbollah has close ties to Iran."

The above, while it may be true, is never given background so that people can consider the information for themselves. This is a form of managing our perception. How much history and back-up information is given to prove the statement? None. How much history of Hezbollah do we have that is critical and without media-based perception management? None. Is it possible that Iran donates food and clothing to Hezbollah to distribute to displaced, hungry or cold Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians etc..? For all we know, yes.

If one drinks water from a faucet, can it be said that one has close ties with the people at the Department of Water and Energy? No, but if you really stretch the imagination, then it's feasible that there's a connection. And this is how the media and government(s) work. If it seems possible and sounds possible then they'll say it's possible if it serves their agenda. Next thing you know, the country goes to war, based not on facts but on mere assumptions, accusations and false conclusions.

See: Protocols of the Pathocrats: "Knowledge is power. Those who control information can control the masses; it's that simple."


Bush, Blair Found Guilty of War Crimes by Tribunal

A War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia has found former US President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of war crimes for their roles in the Iraq war, Press TV reports.

The five-panel Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal decided that Bush and Blair committed genocide and crimes against humanity by leading the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday.

In 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Arrow Down

US: Federal Reserve 2012 bank stress test simulates conditions reminiscent of a 1st stage economic collapse

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The dark clouds in the Federal Reserve's 2012 annual stress test are keeping bankers up at night, as banks are being asked to imagine their balance sheet situation under some horrible economic scenarios.

Under the Fed's bleakest black sky scenario, financial institutions will have to weather 13.1% unemployment, the Dow at 5,600, and Europe in severe recession.

The test, known as the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, includes 12 other metrics for the U.S. market including GDP and inflation, with another 11 points for global economies.


Medvedev: Russia may target missile defense sites

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at an award ceremony in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.
Moscow - Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.

Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.

Moscow has agreed to consider NATO's proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate. Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected.


Egypt protesters battle on to end army rule

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Protesters chant slogans against the head of the ruling military council Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 22, 2011.
Street clashes rumbled on in Cairo on Wednesday as protesters derided a deal struck between Egypt's ruling generals and mostly Islamist parties for a faster transfer to civilian rule.

The death toll in five days of violence climbed to 37 by a Reuters count after a man was killed in the city of Alexandria. Hardcore protesters battled police through the night in Cairo.

The Health Ministry said 32 people had been killed and 2,000 wounded in disturbances across the country of 80 million.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the military council that has run Egypt since Hosni Mubarak fell on February 11, promised on Tuesday that a civilian president would be elected in June, about six months sooner than the army had planned.

"Leave, leave," responded crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square. "The people want to topple the marshal."