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World economy could be destoryed if IMF does not 'help' Greece. Is that a threat?

UK Treasury ministers have confirmed that the coalition government is dealing with potential plans for a Greek bankruptcy after warnings by Jack Straw that the euro could not last.

Straw, the former Labour foreign secretary, warned that the euro "is going to collapse," and said, "Is it not better that this happens quickly rather than a slow death?"

Straw's message came after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the world economy would be destroyed if IMF members did not aid the Greeks.

Speaking at the parliament, Straw said, "What the Government should do instead of sheltering behind the complacent language, weasel words that 'it is not appropriate, we should not speculate' is recognize that this eurozone cannot last.

"And it is the responsibility of the British Government to be open with the British people now about the alternative prospects."


France proposes industrial-scale content filtering

Today a French government committee is expected to pronounce an opinion on a new proposal to filter and block web content.

The French media are suggesting that it represents industrial-scale filtering. Indeed, the proposal is the most far-reaching one we've seen to date. It is certainly over-broad and puts at risk both freedom of expression and free trade.

The French government proposes to give various ministries the power to order ISPs and web hosts to block content. Blocking orders could apply to commercial and non-commercial content, and potentially also to advertising and search engines.

It is all set out in a Decree which amends the existing law on electronic commerce. The Decree has been sent to the Conseil

Nationale du Numérique for an opinion, which is due today .


Malaysia Government Sites Under Attack From Anonymous

The big news in Asia this week is that Anonymous has found a new target - the Malaysian government. Recently the Internet regulator in Malaysia (SKMM) issued a notice to all the ISPs in the South-East Asian country to block 10 domains associated with copyright infringement.

The 10 sites are:


Evil Rays

Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane

© Scott Ableman / Flicker
Think you could avoid the TSA's body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again. Even your daily commute isn't safe from TSA screenings. And because the TSA is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol, you may have your immigration status examined along with your "junk".

As part of the TSA's request for FY 2012 funding, TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress last week that the TSA conducts 8,000 unannounced security screenings every year. These screenings, conducted with local law enforcement agencies as well as immigration, can be as simple as checking out cargo at a busy seaport. But more and more, they seem to involve giving airport-style pat-downs and screenings of unsuspecting passengers at bus terminals, ferries, and even subways.

These surprise visits are part of the TSA's VIPR program: Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response. The VIPR program first started doing searches in 2007, and has grown since then. Currently, the TSA only has 25 VIPR teams doing these impromptu searches: in 2012, it wants to get 12 more.


US: Recall Elections Surge in Local and State Governments

© Dinesh Remde, Associated Press
Voters are organizing recall elections against state officials at a record pace. That's especially true in Wisconsin, where turmoil continues over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law undercutting unions.
Angry voters, helped by social media and 'tea party'-like fervor, are organizing recall votes at a record pace against politicians they don't like.

The new president of Arizona's state Senate, Russell Pearce, had only 21 days to enjoy that position before opponents began circulating petitions in January to recall the freshly reelected conservative.

That's more time than Jim Suttle had. The night the Democrat was elected mayor of Omaha in 2009, backers of his rivals began to talk online about trying to remove him from office. Suttle barely survived a recall election in January.

Once a political rarity, recall elections are surging in local and state governments.


Agents Provocateurs: Once discovered, Spanish undercover police are escorted away by their colleagues

As we've seen happen so often, peaceful Spanish protestors recently wised up to a group of 'protestors' who consistently broke ranks by trying to provoke their colleagues into attacking the crowd.


9/11 and The Orwellian Redefinition of "Conspiracy Theory"

conspiracy theory
© Global Research
While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.

A "conspiracy theory" no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government's explanation and that of its media pimps.

For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.

In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.

Bad Guys

Delivering democracy from 40,000 feet: Another 15 innocent Libyans killed in NATO airstrike

In Libya, another deadly NATO bombing has reportedly killed at least 15 civilians in the capital Tripoli. NATO insists it hit a command center, but Libyan officials say three children are among the dead.

­It comes just a day after the alliance admitted killing up to nine civilians in another airstrike, which it blamed on a technical failure.

A large private compound to the west of the capital has been reduced to rubble in the latest apparent airstrike. Rescuers have discovered the remains of 15 people, accordion to Libyan officials.

The house destroyed belonged to General Khoweildi al-Hamidi, one of the people closest to Colonel Gaddafi. He was among those who took part in the military coup to bring the Libyan leader to power 41 years ago. The general escaped injury, but most of his family died in the attack.


"Ofergate", a Hush-Hush Scandal: Ofer Brothers Ships Transported Mossad Agents to Iran, 'High Ranking Security Official' Shut Down Israeli Knesset Probe

© Haaretz
Sammy and Yuli Ofer, Israel's richest men, violated Iran embargo
I haven't covered or even followed in any great detail the Ofer Brothers scandal involving illegal trade between Israel and Iran. But developments today really perked up my ears. First a bit of background: Ofer Brothers are Israel's wealthiest family, owning shipping and other interests. They were recently named to a Treasury Department blacklist for engaging in illegal trade with Iran, which included their ships docking at Iranian ports numerous times and sale of one of their tankers to an Iranian shipping company.

This news has erupted into a medium-sized scandal in Israel with the company claiming it had the government's approval to engage in such trade. This of course would mean that the government colluded with commercial interests against international sanctions. Those of you with an interest in intelligence activities and cloak and dagger mystery can imagine why this might be the case. The government, of course, denies the claims. The company also claims the government is attempting to get it removed from the blacklist with the foreign ministry denying it is doing so. All very strange.


Arizona Wild Fires: John McCain Blames Illegal Immigrants

John McCain
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John McCain
Sen. John McCain and other Republican politicians have claimed that there was "substantial evidence" that illegal immigrants were partly responsible for wildfires blazing across the state.

Fire officials said three major blazes in Arizona were started by humans, but they don't know any more details.

Activists swiftly jumped on Mr McCain's statement as "scapegoating," saying that state leaders were merely deflecting attention away from wildfire response.

The debated raged as people returned to homes that had been evacuated near the US-Mexico border. One day earlier the so-called Monument fire swept off a mountain into the outskirts of Sierra Vista, forcing about 3,000 residents of 1,700 homes to flee.

The evacuations brought the total to about 10,000 people from 4,300 homes forced out by the blaze. The fire has burned more than 40 square miles since it started about a week ago and had destroyed 44 homes.

Meanwhile, in the central part of the state along the New Mexico border, the largest blaze in state history has charred an area five times that size.