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Palestine - Mahmoud Abbas United Nations Speech: Full Text Transcript

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses United Nations General Assembly after submitting application for recognition as independent Palestinian state to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon.

The full text of the speech follows, courtesy of the United Nations:


Idaho soldier sentenced to only 7 years in prison for Afghan thrill killing; 1 of 5 charged

Andrew Holmes,dead boy
© freedetainees.orgHe was writing about the “kill team,” a group of rogue US Army soldiers who apparently killed innocent people in Afghanistan for the fun of it.
This image shows the body of Gul Mudin, the son of a farmer, who was killed on Jan. 15, 2010. Private First Class Andrew Holmes, at 19 the
youngest on the team, is shown posing behind him.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington - After tearfully asking for mercy, a 21-year-old Idaho soldier among five charged in the thrill killings of Afghan civilians last year was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison, an Army spokesman said.

Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes sentence comes one day after he changed his plea to guilty in a deal with Army prosecutors. The soldier from Boise, Idaho confessed in court that he fired a heavy machine gun at a startled, unarmed man from 15 feet away after a co-defendant tossed a grenade at him.

Army spokesman Joe Kubistek said that Holmes will receive a dishonorable discharge after serving his sentence. He'll also forfeit his Army pay.


Farmer's Deer Executed By Government Thugs

Game wardens arrived a few days ago and executed, with shot-guns, farmer Wayne Kilney's seven fallow deer and two white tailed deer. The government agents' excuse was that the deer had to be tested for 'chronic wasting disease' which can only be tested for on dead deer, and has never been found in North Carolina where Kinley lives.

Alarm Clock

US: Too Little, Too Late: Commissioner Kelly Tells New York Police Department to End Stop-and-Frisks That Led to Thousands of Bogus Marijuana Arrests

© Rickard Blommengren
After a decade of unjust marijuana arrests, Raymond Kelly has finally issued a memo to New York City police, ordering them to end the illegal stop-and-frisk procedures that resulted in the arrests of so many young black and Latino youths.

The memo said:
"Questions have been raised about the processing of certain marihuana arrests. At issue is whether the circumstances under which uniformed members of the service recover small amounts of marihuana ... from subjects in a public place support the charge of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree."

2 + 2 = 4

Food Emergency: How the World Bank and IMF Have Made African Famine Inevitable

Lending policies pushed by the World Bank and IMF transformed a self-sufficient, food-producing Africa into a continent vulnerable to food emergencies and famine.
"Why, in a world that produces more than enough food to feed everybody, do so many - one in seven of us - go hungry?" - Oxfam
© Agency france Presse
Famine is spreading like wildfire throughout the horn of Africa. As 12 million people battle hunger, the UN warns that 750,000 people in Somalia face imminent death from starvation over the next four months, in the absence of outside intervention. Over the course of just 90 days, an estimated 29,000 children under the age of five died in Southern Somalia, with another 640,000 children suffering from acute malnourishment.


US: Only Non-Smokers Need Apply At Baylor in Texas

Dallas - Currently there are some 14 million jobless Americans. And if you're one of the thousands of North Texans looking for work, the competition is tough.

Now, a new hiring limitation by one employer could make the job search even harder.


Pakistan: Two-Faced Baby Born in HFH

Two Faced baby
© Associated Press of Pakistan

Rawalpindi: A baby having two faces was born in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) here on Friday.

According to details, Shahida Perven was brought to HFH from Palandri, a district of Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) some days ago. Shahida had already two children who were normal. Sardar Khalil Ahmed, her husband, was a labourer.

According to Dr Asma, the duty doctor at Labor Room II, the condition of Shahida Perven was stable; nevertheless, she was worried about the future of the baby.

It is an exceptional case the baby is two-faced with two noses, two pairs of lips and two pair of eyes, the doctor added. (APP)

Bad Guys

Austria: Mysterious Sniper Has Vienna Residents Running Scared

© Picture Alliance /APA/picturedesk.comSo far the sniper has injured 14 people with an air rifle.

Vienna police say a sniper has shot 17 people with an air rifle. No one has been seriously injured, but the random attacks have the residents of the Austrian capital worried.

It was meant to be a nice night out with the family. Stefan Lanzel and his mother decided to take his four-year-old daughter out to dinner in a southern district of Vienna. But as they headed home something frightening happened.

"We drove out of the parking garage. I had to stop as I waited to merge into traffic. And suddenly my head was knocked back," Lanzel said. "'There was a shot, there was a shot,' my mother said. And we immediately drove to the hospital."

There the surgeons pulled a pellet from his temple. Just a few minutes after Lanzel was shot, the next victim was shot.

"All of a sudden I felt a pain in my hand," said Roman Pfeiffer, who was walking along a main thoroughfare when he was shot. "At the exact moment I heard a bang. That means he must have driven up right next to me and shot me."

Light Saber

UK: Dale Farm Repels Eviction

It was an honour to be with the residents and activists who repelled the eviction of over 80 families from Dale Farm. The planned eviction of the Dale Farm residents is a human rights issue that everyone who cares about justice should be aware of.

Come to Dale Farm and increase the power of the people to compel justice.


Emily Post on Manners in the Digital Age

Emily Post
© Emily Post Institute

Good etiquette in the brave new digital world isn't rocket science. It all comes down to common sense, consideration and communications, etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning told BusinessNewsDaily.

"Ninety-nine percent of rude behavior can be avoided by thinking before you act," Senning said. "The fundamental principles of etiquette are honesty, respect and consideration."

He should know - etiquette runs in his family. Senning is the great-great grandson of Emily Post, the doyenne of all that mattered in manners in the first half of the 20th century. He manages Web development and online content at The Emily Post Institute in Vermont, including the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Next month, the 18th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette, the definitive arbiter of good behavior online and off, will be published (William Morrow, 2011). Senning is a co-author, charged with updating his great-great grandmother's venerable volume for the age of digital communications, mobile devices and social networking.

The particulars of what constitutes good etiquette vary with time and location, but the underlying principles are immutable, Senning said.