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Arab League Raps Pro-Israel Britain

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David Cameron (R), outgoing Israeli ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor (C), and William Hague.
The Arab League has strongly condemned the British government for arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, calling for his immediate and unconditional release, a statement said.

The league said in its statement that news of Sheikh Salah's arrest was received "with considerable shock and surprise", calling for him to be treated in a manner befitting an internationally-renowned man of faith.

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, was arrested by British authorities in London, irrespective of the fact that there were no legal or legitimate reasons for him to be pursued.

His programme of activities in Britain was publicised well in advance; the plan was to speak about the realities of the Palestine-Israel conflict to British politicians, academics and members of the public. The intention was to provide an opportunity for those in Britain to hear the Palestinian narrative for a change.

The Arab League said Sheikh Salah is well known for his prominent role in the non-violent struggle to defend the Palestinian people and their rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the inhabitants of Jerusalem al-Quds who suffer under Israeli regime's policy of systematic racial discrimination.

His arrest came as the UK government is giving Zionist war criminals a safe haven immune from arrest.


UK: Murdochs to be grilled by phone-hack committee

Rupert Murdoch
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Rupert Murdoch
As Scotland Yard arrests Murdoch man who worked for cops

News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch have confirmed they will talk to MPs about the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed the media empire.

A spokeswoman at News Corp told The Register that the company was "in the process of writing to the committee now".

As we reported earlier today, the two men had rejected an initial request from Tory MP and chairman of the culture, media and sport committee John Whittingdale to attend the public inquiry on 19 July.

The Murdochs were later summonsed to attend the grilling by Whittingdale.


Hotmail adds "my friend's been hacked" reporting feature

The crowd-sourcing feature, which can be found in the "Mark as" menu, lets users report compromised accounts directly to Hotmail.

Faced with the sobering reality that about 30 percent of all Hotmail spam comes from compromised e-mail accounts, Microsoft has added a nifty "My friend's been hacked!" reporting feature.

The crowd-sourcing feature, which can be found in the "Mark as" menu, lets users report compromised accounts directly to Hotmail.

"When you report that your friend's account has been compromised, Hotmail takes that report and combines it with the other information from the compromise detection engine to determine if the account in question has in fact been hijacked. It turns out that the report that comes from you can be one of the strongest "signals" to the detection engine, since you may be the first to notice the compromise," according to Microsoft's Dick Craddock.


NASA hacker refuses to pay compensation to US government

A former Romanian hacker, after graduating in law in his home country, is reported to have refused to pay $240,000 compensation to the US government for hacking the servers of NASA, the US Navy and the Department of Energy back in 2005/2006.

The unusual legal case started when the US government realised it could not extradite Victor Faur, now aged 27, from his home country of Romania, despite the fact a Los Angeles court had indicted him on multiple counts.

This led the US government to prosecute Faur in his home country of Romania.

According to the Softpedia newswire, the US government claimed his actions caused $1.5 million in damages, but Faur argued that he only hacked into computers to warn owners about security problems.

"Faur, who used the hacker handle of SirVic, left taunting messages for system administrators on computers he compromised, making fun of their skills and instructing them on how to patch the machines", says the East European newswire.


US military admits to biggest ever data breach after March hacking attack

In a single attack carried out in March foreign hackers stole over 24,000 data files from a compromised computer network, the US Department of Defense (DOD) has admitted.

The attack was part of a larger campaign by hackers against the DOD systems, and hackers are also trying to exploit its communications and satellite systems, according to William Lynn, the deputy secretary of defense. The most skilled hacking attempts are coming from nation states, rather than hacking groups, he warned.


South Africa: National Union of Mineworkers Cries 'Police State' as Protesters are Shot At

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Frans-Baleni, NUM General Secretary
The National Union of Mineworkers said on Wednesday that it condemned the attitude and behaviour of the police in shooting at "peaceful protesters" at Chemstof mine in Brits.

The union called on the authorities to reign in the criminal elements within the police force.

"The NUM is bitterly angry at the increasing lawlessness displayed by the police and warns the authorities that our beautiful country is rapidly turning into a police state after it allowed the police management and leadership under General Bheki Cele to militarise the police service," the NUM said.

The NUM said it was concerned by the increasing use of force and the ease with which the police were used by capital to brutalise and harass peaceful protesters.

"This kind of harassment can only harden the attitude of communities towards the police" said Sello Mfikoe, the NUM's regional organiser, in Rustenburg.


US: Nazi Cop Runs a Police State in Arizona Town

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Some residents in a small Arizona city are saying that the term "police state" is more than just a metaphor for the authoritarian rule they feel that they are being more and more subjected to in tiny town just east of the California border.

A closed-door meeting over the weekend in Quartzsite, AZ allegedly led to the town council declaring a state of emergency and the removal of the mayor.

The decision reportedly comes after a video of a town resident being escorted out of an open meeting by police went viral on the Web and caused local officials to receive numerous death threats.

Jennifer 'Jade' Jones had the floor at a Quartzsite town meeting on June 28 when she became vocal about her disagreement with recent tax increases in the area. The town had recently made the decision to raise water and sewage fees for the first time in a decade, much to the outrage of the residents of the 70 mobile-home parks that help make up the 3,500-person population in Quartzsite. As Jones spoke out against the tax hike, Councilman Joe Winslow demanded she vacate the building or be escorted out by police.

A resulting disagreement between the two parties escalated when Mayor Ed Foster demanded that police continue to let her speak, interjecting, "Officer, that woman has the floor. You're violating my rules of order here. Sergeant, I have control of the meeting."

Despite the mayor's plea, Police Chief Jeff Gilbert ordered Jones removed. She suffered a torn ligament as she was taken into custody and thus admitted to a local hospital.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Genocide Commemorated: Srebrenica Massacre

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The Srebrenica massacre was the July 1995 killing of an estimated 8,100 Bosniak males, ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina by a Serb Army of Republika Srpska under general Ratko Mladic including Serbian state special forces "Scorpions". The same special forces commited war crimes in Kosovo in 1999.

The Srebrenica massacre is considered one of the largest mass murders in Europe since World War II and one of the most horrific and controversial events in recent European history.

Mladic and other Serb army officers have since been indicted for various war crimes, including genocide, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The ICTY's final ruling was that the massacre was indeed an act of genocide.

Comment: The above article is largely NATO propaganda along the lines of "history is written by the victors (or aggressors)". For a more accurate account of what has come to be called the "Bosnian war" see the articles at this link.


US: Monsanto Protecting Its Turf - Files Suit Against Two Farmers Over Seeds

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Agrichemical giant Monsanto Co. today filed a federal lawsuit against two Erie-area farmers, accusing them of planting seed saved from plants grown from the company's genetically engineered products.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, farmers Harold Wiser, of Carlton, and Steve Wiser, of Girard, bought Monsanto's wheat, soybean and corn seeds. The seeds are genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto's pesticides, which "will cause severe injury or death to varieties that do not contain the [pesticide-resistance] technology."

The farmers had signed an agreement in 2003 outlining how the seeds could be used. Not authorized: Saving seeds from plants grown from the Monsanto products, and planting them the next year.

That, though, is what the Wisers did in 2009 and 2010, Monsanto alleged in the lawsuit. That practice infringes on the company's patent, the complaint contended.


US Official Says Choking Off Internet Won't Stop Arab Spring

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A journalist works at his office in
Damascus in 2010
Regimes that choke off citizens' access to the Internet to try to quash pro-democracy movements in the Arab world are running scared and fighting a losing battle, a US diplomat said Wednesday.

"These are the acts of governments that fear their own people," Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner said at a forum that looked at the key role new technologies have played in the drive for democracy in the Arab world.

"In cracking down on the Internet, they expose their own lack of legitimacy," Posner said, using language similar to that used in recent days by the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to describe President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Syrian security forces have cracked down violently on pro-democracy demonstrators, killing more than 1,300 civilians, activists have said on their Facebook page, which is one of the pro-democracy movement's main links to the outside world.