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Now drivers face ban on smoking at the wheel

Britain's senior road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on smoking while driving, in an attempt to cut the number of crashes.

The Department of Health said last night that it would seriously consider a ban, which is also being looked at in Germany, Australia and America. The move was backed by anti-smoking campaigners but drew criticism from others as an attack on personal freedom. From 1 July, England will join the rest of the UK by introducing a ban on smoking in enclosed public places and at work.

Chess

Putin likens U.S. foreign policy to that of Third Reich

President Vladimir Putin of Russia obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, in an apparent escalation of anti-American rhetoric within the Russian government.

Putin did not specifically name the United States or NATO but used phrasing similar to that which he has used previously to criticize American foreign policy while making an analogy to Nazi Germany.

The comments marked the latest in a series of sharply worded Russian criticisms of the foreign policy of the Untied States - on Iraq, missile defense, NATO expansion and, broadly, the accusation that the United States has striven to single-handedly dominate world affairs.

Some political analysts see the new tone as a return to Cold War-style rhetoric by a country emboldened by petroleum wealth. But Russians say the sharper edge is a reflection of frustration that Russia's views, particularly its opposition to NATO expansion, have been ignored in the West.

Putin's analogy came as a small part of a larger speech in which he unambiguously congratulated Russian veterans of World War II, known here as the Great Patriotic War.


Rocket

Bush-Blair 'lets bomb al-Jazeerah HQ' memo leak: Pair found guilty of possession of conscience

A civil servant and an MP's researcher have been found guilty of leaking a secret memo about talks between George Bush and Tony Blair.

Comment: That should read 'talks between George Bush and Tony Blair' that detailed their plan to bomb al-Jazeerah offices in Qatar. For further comment on the case see: Psychopathic Morals And The Fantasmagorical War On Terror

Bomb

US washes it's bloody hands, blames Afghan civilian victims for their own deaths in bombing raid

The White House said Thursday that it shared Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concerns over Afghan civilian deaths in US-led operations but blamed the Taliban militia for putting them "in harm's way."

UFO 2

Laura Knight-Jadczyk interview with Michaeal Herzog (Full Transcript)


Take 2

Selling the Mea Culpa - Bill Moyers Journal "Buying the War"

In the week leading up to its PBS broadcast on April 25, 2007, Bill Moyers Journal - "Buying the War" was billed as a hard-hitting documentary exposing the weaknesses of the american press and how they "got it so wrong" in the run up to the invasion of Iraq.

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Bill Moyers

Gear

US seeks to bar released right-wing terrorist from speaking of CIA ties

The US government is seeking to bar former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for the downing of an airliner, from talking about his links with the agency when he goes on trial in May.

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Psychopathic Morals And The Fantasmagorical War On Terror

There's been a trial ongoing in the UK since late 2005 concerning a leaked memo that detailed Bush and Blair's plan to bomb al-Jazeerah offices in Qatar. Civil servant David Keogh and MP's researcher Leo O'Connor are accused of breaching the official secrets act, a concept that one would think has no place in any bone fide democracy.

Question

Obama Blames the Victim

Palestinians suffer because of their leadership, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said.

In the first debate Thursday night of the Democratic candidates for president, Obama was asked whether he stood by his remark earlier this year that nobody suffers more than the Palestinians.

Comment: No, Mr. Obama. The Palestinians have suffered because the Israelis have made them suffer. It is that simple.


Black Cat

Psychopath goes uncharged: Berlusconi Cleared In Corruption Case

A court in Milan ruled to uphold an earlier acquittal, with the presiding judge saying: "The crime does not exist and he did not commit the crime."

Italy's richest man, he was first acquitted in 2004.

A law introduced by his government meant he could not be retried, but it was ruled unconstitutional, giving prosecutors a green light to appeal.