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Sick! Nigerian children branded as witches in deadly purge

Jeremiah (10) stares blankly at a window, tears rolling down his burn-scarred cheeks as he recounts how his father doused him with petrol and set him ablaze, accusing him of witchcraft.

He is just one of hundreds of children in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region thrown out of their homes, tortured or killed after they are branded witches by a new crop of self-styled religious leaders.

About a dozen phony pastors have been arrested -- one on murder charges -- after he confessed in a documentary film to having killed 110 child witches. He now says he killed only the witches inside the children, not the children themselves.

Nuke

Iran still obstructing UN nuclear inspectors

The United Nations nuclear watchdog says Iran is continuing to obstruct its investigation into allegations of past work on nuclear weapons, but the country's uranium enrichment program is expanding more slowly than expected.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, due to be released today, is likely to sharpen debate within the Obama Administration, which is reviewing its Iran policy.

Comment: Meanwhile there is still the question of Israel's Nuclear Weapons


Green Light

Cyprus: Iran ship can leave without suspect cargo

A Cypriot official says a ship suspected of transporting Iranian arms to Gaza is free to leave the island, as its cargo has been unloaded.

Senior Merchant Shipping Department official Andreas Constantinou said Wednesday it's now up to the owners of the Cyprus-flagged Monchegorsk to decide when and where to go.

Eye 1

SOTT Focus: Big Brother Digest - Steady Creep into an Orwellian Nightmare

Banksy CCTV
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'There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment . . . It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time." - George Orwell's 1984
Under the pretense of the 'War on Terror' the creep towards total control of every aspect of the lives of the World's Citizens continues. No change in America under Obama except greater support for private contractors and further use of wiretapping. The House of Lords speak out against the violation of civil liberties but seem powerless given the EU's role in determining UK legislation. You can't even escape Big Brother UK for a holiday with new travel spying laws. Google latitude causes a stir with it's latest product for stalkers. RFID technology looks poised to facilitate the imposition of a carbon footprint tax despite the flawed global warming science it is based on.

Vader

Psychopath Incest jailer Fritzl seeks to sell story

Austrian incest jailer Josef Fritzl is putting his life story up for sale to the highest bidder and hawking his property empire at bargain-basement prices in a bid to raise cash for his secret family.

Fritzl, 74, says he wants to provide "a secure future" for the incest tribe he fathered in a secret cellar beneath his home where he raped his daughter Elisabeth over a 24-year period.

Just four weeks before he stands trial for the crimes, Fritzl has been declared bankrupt by authorities winding down his $A6.5 million property rental empire.

Key

Cyprus finds no arms on Iranian ship

Iran had been accused of exporting arms to Gaza and Lebanon before it was revealed that no weapons were onboard the Monchegorsk.

Officials in Cyprus say they have found no weapons onboard an Iranian ship that had been the source of arms export allegations.

"There are no weapons on board, but there is material which could be used for the manufacture of ammunitions," Cypriot Defense Minister Costas Papacostas told reporters on Friday.

Newspaper

Iran denies ship held by Cyprus carrying arms

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hassan Qashqavi, today denied that a ship detained by Cypriot authorities last month was carrying Iranian weapons to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

"The report was baseless and until now, nothing has been communicated to us by our embassy in Nicosia or official sources," Qashqavi told reporters, the conservative Fars news agency reports.

A Cypriot source said Saturday that the ship appeared to be carrying weapon-related material from Iran prohibited by United Nations Security Council sanctions, Reuters reports.

Newspaper

Best of the Web: The "rules" for Middle East reporting

"Israel can do no wrong"

Following are the Twelve Golden And Infallible Truths That The Media Is Obligated To Adopt:
1. In the Middle East, the Arabs always attack first and Israel always defends itself. This defense is called "retaliation."

2. Neither Arabs, Palestinians nor Lebanese have the right to kill civilians. This is "terrorism."

3. Israel has the right to kill civilians. This is called "legitimate defense."

4. When Israel massively kills civilians, the Western powers ask it do it with courtesy or politeness. This is called "reaction of the international community."

5. Neither Palestinians nor Lebanese have the right to capture Israeli soldiers inside military installations with sentry and combat positions. This has to be called "kidnapping of defenseless civilians."

Gear

Ship detained in Cyprus is carrying banned weapons, says UN panel

A ship detained by Cyprus on January 29 was carrying banned weapons material from Iran prohibited under United Nations resolutions, a senior diplomatic source confirmed yesterday.

The source told the Sunday Mail that was the advice the government received from a United Nations panel monitoring compliance of sanctions. Nicosia had sought guidance from the body earlier in the week after submitting a list of findings from the vessel, detained by Cyprus.

"There is no doubt that the material on board falls under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The Cyprus-flagged Monchegorsk had been sailing from Iran to Syria when it was called in by Cypriot authorities for checks.

Cult

Korea: Psychopath-Crazy Society

Time to look into ourselves with calm objectivity.

Most modern countries have some people who exhibit chronic immoral and antisocial behavior, but the way these nations treat them are quite different. It is quite disturbing in this regard to see how the various sectors of our society are dealing with the latest case of a psychopathic serial killer.

Kang Ho-soon, the 38-year-old suspect who admitted to kidnapping and killing seven women in areas about 20 miles southwest of Seoul between 2006 and 2008, is now one of the most searched names (or words) on the Internet. High public interests in this handsome-but-hideous confessed murderer are somewhat understandable, but discussions about this heinous criminal are emotional at best and sadly shallow at worst.

The police deserve some praise for their extensive, tenacious chase of the suspect, but the time has long passed for them to cease blowing their own trumpets, and to begin to think of what could have stopped Kang after his first couple of victims, such as a far more astute response to early reports of missing women.