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More than 100 graves robbed in Benin for voodoo rituals

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Cotonou - Tomb raiders have dug up more than 100 graves at a cemetery in Benin since Saturday for what authorities suspect is a black-market trade in human organs and skulls for voodoo ritual fetishes.

The incident is the most serious case of grave-robbing in the West African state, the world capital of voodoo where most of the country's 9 million residents practice a benign form of the official religion.

Authorities in Dangbo, a village 10 km (6 miles) from the capital Porto-Novo, began an investigation after a mason working at the cemetery said he spotted several masked men digging up the graves, from which organs and skulls were removed.


Sudbury's mystery 'Do not eat the flowers' signs

DO Not Eat Flowers Sign
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The town council said it had planted the pansies, but not the signs.
Mystery surrounds "Please do not eat the flowers" signs which have been placed in floral displays in a Suffolk town centre.

The two printed signs have appeared in the Market Hill area in Sudbury.

The town council, which owns the displays, said it has not added the signs and does not know why anyone else would.

Jacqui Howells, deputy council clerk, said: "It's a mystery and we have no idea where the signs have come from."

The council has about 40 floral troughs in the area around the town hall and St Peter's church.

It said the troughs are too high for dogs to eat from, so the signs are not needed to warn owners.

The council said the winter pansies were not poisonous, so there was no health risk.

Ms Howells said: "It's not a publicity stunt by us, although it is good publicity for Sudbury before Christmas.

"I don't know what to make of the signs - people do some weird things."


Welcome to Western Democrapitalism: Ukraine signs $1bn gas deal with Spanish conman!

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Ukraine's prime minister, Mykola Azarov (back left), watches Jordi Sardà Bonvehí (front left), a man they thought was a representative of Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa, as he signs a deal to build a gas plant!
Unauthorised man acting for Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa signed agreement for new liquid gas plant

It was the deal of the century, a $1bn contract for a brand new gas plant that would rescue Ukraine from its dependence on energy supplied by Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Prime minister Mykola Azarov oversaw the signing ceremony as a video feed appeared to show welders already at work on the liquid gas plant and the representative of the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa, Jordi Sardà Bonvehí, put his name to the agreement.

Not until several days after the event on Monday did it emerge that no one at Gas Natural had heard of Bonvehí. "This person does not represent the company," a spokesman for the firm said.

"Gas Natural Fenosa has not signed any contract to invest in a LNG plant project in Ukraine," the company added. "Nor does it have representatives working in Ukraine on this issue."


Why so many people have to die: Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

6,000 person-years humanity will never get back

Op op op op oppan, sexy lady - Gangnam Style!

Yes, if you're still upset by the four minutes of your life you'll never get back from watching internet sensation PSY bust some horsey moves on YouTube, then fear not - more than 820 million people made the same mistake.

This means that pop2.0 prince Justin Bieber has been knocked off the top spot with his video for Baby, which had previously been the most viewed vid ever on Google's service.

At the last count, Psy's elasticated jockey-popping on an invisble horse had racked up 824,665,713 views on YouTube compared with Bieber's 2010 hit, which has now been watched by 805,345,307 on the video-sharing site.

Comment: One more sign of the utter inanity that is modern Western civilization under the American Empire. Yes indeed, the 'end' must really be near when so many people are fascinated by such moronic tripe.


Derailment sends chemical tank cars into New Jersey creek

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The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed to Action News that the hazardous chemical vinyl chloride is leaking from derailed train in Paulsboro, New Jersey.
People in three southern New Jersey towns were told Friday to stay inside after a freight train derailed and several tanker cars carrying hazardous materials toppled from a bridge and into a creek.

Emergency management officials issued the advisory to residents of Paulsboro, West Deptford and East Greenwich Township as a precaution.

At least one tanker car may contain vinyl chloride, Gloucester County Emergency Management director J. Thomas Butts told WPVI-TV.

TV helicopter footage showed at least two tankers in Mantua Creek and one hanging over a trestle, part of which is seemingly collapsed. The creek empties into the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia International Airport.

The Environmental Protection Agency said short-term exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

A spokesman for the state Environmental Protection Department says officials are trying to determine what the cars were carrying.

The Gloucester County Times says 18 people are reported to be having difficulty breathing.

It's not clear what caused the derailment.

Calls to Conrail have not been returned.

Dollar Gold

Iran, Turkey to discuss further economic cooperation

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Iranian and Turkish flags.

Iranian and Turkish officials in a series of meetings in Istanbul are due to explore avenues for further increase in economic cooperation between the two countries.

An Iranian trade delegation from the Northern Semnan province's Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mine departed on Wednesday for Istanbul to expand the province's economic cooperation and trade with Turkey.

Members of the team will hold talks with their counterparts and partners to promote economic cooperation and trade during the one week visit to Turkey.

They will visit Polytan company in Istanbul as the largest Polymer company and hold talks with the Board of Directors of Etishkan Company which produces plasters for construction projects.

According to the figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute, Iran became Turkey's third biggest business partner with a trade exchange of $17.52bln since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started on March 20, 2012).

Turkey imported $8.94 billion in goods from Iran, and exported $8.58 billion in goods to the Islamic Republic during this period.

Trade between Turkey and Iran has risen sharply over the past decade.

Turkey was Iran's fifth-largest oil customer in 2011, buying around 200,000 barrels per day, 30 percent of its total imports and more than 7 percent of Iran's oil exports.

The two countries' officials plan to mutual trade to $30bln by 2015.


Grounds exist for expansion of economic ties between Iran, Afghanistan

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi
A senior Iranian legislator underscored Tehran and Kabul's abundant commonalities in different fields, and said there are good grounds for the further development of economic relations and cooperation between the two countries.

The remarks were made by Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi in a meeting with Leader of the Islamic Unity Party of the People of Afghanistan Mohammad Mohaqiq in Tehran.

Referring to the historical, cultural and religious affinities between the two nations, Boroujerdi said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always backed the Afghan nation in all ups and downs in the past three decades and hosted millions of Afghan refuges.

Given the invaluable experience of Iranian parliament over half a century, he said there exists good ground for expansion of broad-based parliamentary relations and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Mohaqiq, for his part, referred to the longstanding cultural and religious ties between the two countries, and called for benefiting from each others' capabilities to broaden economic cooperation.

Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan which has kept its promises to help with the reconstruction of the war-hit country.

Iran has built some roads, power transmission lines, and border stations, among the other infrastructure projects which would better link the two nations.

Iran has also contributed more than $50 million annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts in the last 8 years.

Heart - Black

Trooper accused of stealing from victim of fatal crash

Trooper Aaron Huntsman
Trooper Aaron Huntsman is accused of stealing money and jewelry from the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident.
A 43-year-old state trooper has been charged with larceny, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22.

Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from the department, according to state police.

John Scalesse, 49, of Orange, president of JAS Masonry, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Police began investigating when the Scalesse's family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing, state police said.

The Connecticut Post is reporting that Huntsman is accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body.

Arrow Up

Palestine statehood bid succeeds at UN general assembly 138 to 9

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Palestine Statehood Bid Succeeds at UN General Assembly 138 to 41
Once again, the United States and Israel found themselves in the wrong end of a lop-sided vote in the United Nations General Assembly, as the international body voted 138 to 9 (with 41 abstentions) in favor of granting Palestine non-memmber observer state status - an upgrade from their current status as UN observer. The vote on the draft resolution came on the 65th anniversary of another UNGA vote, which called for the petition of Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state once the British mandate over the territory expired. In 1948, the state of Israel was created explicitly as a state for Jewish people. However, statehood for the Palestinians has remained elusive.

After the vote, U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice criticized the vote from her seat in the assembly, saying, "Today's grand pronouncement will soon fade and that the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find little has changed except the chance for a durable peace has receded."

Rice went on to ridicule the Palestinian action as "unilateral," a strange use of the term, considering that the Palestinians took their case to an international governing body, and their bid for statehood received 138 out of a possible 188 votes.

Comment: In speeches after the vote win, UK ambassador acknowledged that it abstained because Abbas refused to give up the right to prosecute Israel for war crimes

Star of David

Stevie Wonder not blind after all! Cancels IDF benefit gig

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Stevie Wonder has decided to withdraw from a commitment to headline a Dec. 6 benefit for the Israeli Defense Forces, according to JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The American entertainer's representatives are set to issue a statement, the news wire said late Wednesday, in which they will claim Wonder believes taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clashes with his role as a "Messenger of Peace" for the United Nations. He has held that honorific title since 2009.

JTA based its reporting on "a source who has read email exchanges between Wonder's representatives and organizers of the event."

The Los Angeles event raises millions of dollars every year to support Israel's military. Wonder performed at a gala marking Israel's 50th anniversary in 1998.

Three years earlier, however, he was photographed in Jerusalem receiving a traditional Palestinian kafia headdress from an aide to Yasser Arafat, then the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Wonder was in Israel to perform a concert. AFP, the French Press Agency, reported that he said he was happy "to see the Holy Land in spirit."

An online petition at change.org had reached 4,000 signatures by Wednesday evening after going online Tuesday. It called on Wonder to "remember that apartheid is apartheid, whether it comes from White Afrikaaner settlers of South Africa or from Jewish Israelis in Israel."

Comment: Gilad Atzmon writes:
According to reporting from the Daily Caller, fearing he will look as though he's taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, singing/songwriting legend Stevie Wonder, has withdrawn from his starring role in a Dec. 6 Los Angeles benefit for the murderous IDF.

The truth, really, then, is that Wonder is taking sides. He is clearly against Israeli militarism. He sides with Justice i.e. Palestine

If the report proves accurate, it may as well mean that Jewish Power is falling apart.

It is about time...