Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daily Digest June 15, 2012



Employees linked to cousin's company each gave $1,000 to Del Mastro campaign
The prime minister's embattled parliamentary secretary, Dean Del Mastro, received a series of $1,000 contributions
to his 2008 election campaign from donors with ties to a small Mississauga electrical company owned by his cousin.
Liberal problems run deeper than who will be the next leader
Why Harper dispensed with Reform idealism

Merger talk mostly media-driven
Justin Trudeau is smart, talented and nowhere near ready to redeem the Liberals

Tom's take: Power, principles and people
Federal budget 2012: Scenes from a sleepover

Budget bill theatre may seem silly, but the opposition has our attention
No real refuge in Canada for some refugees

War of 1812 bicentennial glamourizes warfare
If Clark had followed her instincts, the polls might tell a different story

Bullet ban bid shot full of holes
Jean Charest's hand has once again been weakened

No Nazi salute in House of Commons, says Easter
Chrétien weighs in on Liberal leadership questions

Plenty of room for a tell-it-like-it-is third party. Sadly, the Liberals aren't that
If Justin runs, will Canadians follow another Trudeau

Waiting for Trudeau: Liberal leadership drama revolves around his indecision
Former Harper staffer lobbied while under prohibition: commissioner's report

Ottawa airport wired with microphones as Border Services prepares to record travellers' conversations
The Commons: What just happened here?

Stephen Harper and the tyranny of majority government
Peter Kent says budget bill to eliminate thousands of environmental assessments

Analysis: Both sides win in Great Budget Battle of 2012
Ontario budget: Dalton McGuinty warns NDP to curtail budget demands or face an election

McGuinty won't 'rule anything out' in Ontario budget standoff
Tories fear voting showdown may exhaust more than just their MPs

Tories thwart opposition bid to alter budget bill after 22-hour marathon
23 hours, 159 votes, and 1 bill unchanged; MPs take stock of what it was for

Harper announces $1-billion bridge linking Windsor, Ont., and Detroit
There are reasons to be wary of bridge gift

Iron, steel for new Windsor bridge must come from Canada or U.S.
Research on oil-sands impact cost centre its funding, scientists say
hear as they promote development of the Alberta oil sands.

Liberals up against a new reality in Quebec
Supreme Court to interrupt summer break to hear tossed election case

Explaining the 2011 Federal Election I: Who Switched to Whom, and When
U.S. government spending watchdog raises more red flags about F-35's soaring costs, delays and major failures

Canada will include all costs
Dexter: No worries about shipbuilding contract

Parks Canada staff banned from criticizing Feds
War of 1812 celebrations shine light on history

Levant and Duffy fight broadcast censors
Layton biopic is catnip for the anti-CBC lions

Riding associations not looking for united candidate
Dalton McGuinty threatens an election after budget bill 'gutted'

McGuinty warns of snap election if opposition continues to 'gut'budget bill
Dix is top choice for B.C. premier: poll

More Delays For Canadian Forces Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Project
Judge tears up military investigator's appeal for confidentiality

Ottawa loses legal battle over immigration backlog
DFO, Enbridge disagreed over fish protection along pipeline route: documents

Museum of Civilization acquires ceremonial CPR 'last spike'
Protesters target Harper's refugee health cuts

Quebec students make their protest permanent by getting red square tattoos
Foundation Laid for North America Security Perimeter
Great Bear Rainforest agreement under Rio summit microscope: scientists
A pipeline puppet show from Haida Gwaii
Immigration and Refugee Services Suddenly Shut Down
Great Bear Forest to Be Massive Carbon Offset Project


Air Travel and Global Warming: The EU Is Leadin,
Also: The Business of Climate Change

Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names by Alex Webb
Dateline Singapore: Market Economies and Social Inclusion

From the Washington Consensus to a Singapore Consensus?
Markets and Governments: A Historical Perspective

Ronald Reagan's Raw Deal for America
Global Rebalancing: The U.S.-China Dimension

Extremely High Radiation Detected on Floor Above Crippled Fukushima Reactor 15 Jun 2012 Extremely high level of radiation has been detected on a floor just above the No.2 reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the plant operator said on Thursday. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said a reading of 880 millisieverts per hour of radiation was detected on the fifth floor, which is 4.5 meters above the reactor containment vessel. The reading was taken by a robot which the company deployed in the reactor building on Wednesday. Tepco suspects that radioactive substances leaked from the No.2 reactor moved through the location.

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors 14 Jun 2012 Japan moved closer Thursday to restarting nuclear reactors for the first time since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown after a mayor gave his support to a plan to bring two of them back online. All 50 of Japan's workable reactors are offline because of safety concerns or for maintenance since the March 11 disaster touched off a crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Public opposition to nuclear power remains high, even though the government has been pressing for the restart of reactors because it says nuclear energy is crucial to Japan's economy.

Pakistanis blame CIA for fresh polio cases 15 Jun 2012 Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison on May 23 on charges of treason, is said to have helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States track down bin Laden by collecting DNA samples from selected residents in the cantonment town of Abbottabad. Afridi's role appears to have exacerbated suspicions among people in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that polio vaccinations are part of a US conspiracy to render their children infertile. "This is a program by the US to cut the population of the Muslims and weaken them to a point that they become incapacitated to defend Islam," Qari Mohammad Akram, a resident of FATA's Bajaur agency, told IPS over telephone. "Last week, parents refused to allow vaccination in South Waziristan agency, saying they would prefer to have electricity, paved roads and clean drinking water first," Dr Muhammad Khalid of the expanded program on immunization (EPI) in the FATA, told IPS.

Iran arrests elements behind assassination of nuclear scientists: Intelligence ministry 14 Jun 2012 Iran's intelligence ministry has announced the capture of main elements behind the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists. "The key perpetrators of the assassinations of Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan (two of the slain nuclear scientists) and Reza Qashqaei (the driver) were identified and, in a series of rapid and authoritative operations, were arrested and transferred to detention facilities," the ministry announced in a Thursday statement.

House wants airline pilots to pack guns 15 Jun 2012 Congress refuses to gut the one program the Transportation Security Administration has offered to minimize: pilots who pack guns. The House passed an amendment in its Homeland Security appropriations bill that would boost funding for armed-pilot training by $10 million. That throws a sharp rebuke at both the TSA and the Obama administration, which proposed chopping financing in half.

U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants 16 Jun 2012 Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration. President Obama, speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden on Friday afternoon, said the changes would make the immigration system "more efficient, more fair and more just." The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years.

Wisconsin: None dare call it vote rigging By Bob Fitrakis 14 Jun 2012 If vote-rigging prospers, none may call it vote-rigging. It simply becomes the new norm. Once again, the universal laws of statistics apply only outside U.S. borders. The recall vote in Wisconsin produced another significant 7% discrepancy between the unadjusted exit poll and the so-called "recorded vote." In actual social science, this level of discrepancy, with the results being so far outside the expected margin of error would not be accepted... Here's where U.S. elections become laughable. A couple of private companies count our votes with secret proprietary hardware and software, the most notable being ES&S. Every standard of election transparency is routinely violated in the U.S. electronic version of faith-based voting. How the corporate-dominated media deals with the issue is by "adjusting the exit polls."

Fukushima residents call for criminal charges against nuclear officials 11 Jun 2012 The executives of the Japanese utility that owns the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and a number of the country's government officials should go to jail, according to a complaint filed by more than 1,000 local residents on Monday. A total of 1,324 people lodged the unusual criminal complaint with the Fukushima prosecutor's office, naming Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and 32 others. The complaint argues that the 33 TEPCO executives and government officials are responsible for causing the nuclear disaster that followed the events on March 11, 2011, and for exposing the people of Fukushima to radiation.

Osaka Bay looking yellow 13 Jun 2012 At this moment, people in Osaka and Kobe are tweeting the color of Osaka bay looks strange. From the picture, it looks pale yellow.

BP Owes $192 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster, Not $15 Billion Settlement It's Seeking 11 Jun 2012 On Friday, the Financial Times reported that BP is hoping to reach an agreement with U.S. authorities which would require it to pay under $15 billion to settle all criminal and civil penalties arising from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The Department of Justice is reportedly seeking $20 to $25 billion. Negotiations between the DOJ and BP are accelerating and "an agreement could be reached before the Democratic party's convention in September," the FT reported... A straightforward application of just the most pertinent U.S. laws yields a fine of $192 billion.

Holy false flag as psychic vision, Batman! US predicts another Houla-style massacre in Syria 12 Jun 2012 The United States has predicted that [readied] another Houla-style massacre will occur in Syria and has even mentioned exact locations. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday that the Syrian government "may be organizing another massacre, this time in the village of al-Haffa, in Latakia province, as well as in the towns Deir el-Zour, in Daraa, in Homs, in Hama, and in suburbs of Damascus." [Gee, how does the US *know* this?] A Syrian government-appointed fact-finding mission has said armed groups carried out the Houla massacre to frame the government and foment sectarian strife.
Syria accuses US of supporting terrorists, meddling ['Accuses?' Try 'defines.'] 12 Jun 2012 Syria has accused the United States of encouraging more massacres in the country and of meddling in its internal affairs, saying Washington supports armed terrorist groups operating in Syria. The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the US is covering up terrorist crimes and distorting the facts about what is happening in Syria. "The US administration is pushing forth with its flagrant interference in Syria's internal affairs and its backing of armed terrorist groups," read the statement. It added, "US statements distort the truth and what is happening on the ground while encouraging armed terrorist groups to carry out more massacres... not only in al-Haffeh but throughout the country."

Syrian rebels blow up another gas pipeline in Deir Ezzor 11 Jun 2012 Armed groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have blown up another gas pipeline in the crisis-hit eastern province of Deir Ezzor. According to the Syria's official news agency SANA, the blast, which hit a pipeline between al-Zebari and Sa'alo villages in Deir Ezzor countryside, caused 400,000 cubic meters of gas to leak. Pumping operations at al-Omar field were also halted following the explosion. [US-backed] Terrorist groups have blown up several fuel pipelines across Syria since the beginning of unrest in the country last year.

Flame Malware Code Traced to Stuxnet --Researchers find a link between the two different pieces of malware, suggesting that the U.S. government may be behind both 11 Jun 2012 Did the U.S. government commission the recently discovered Flame malware? According to new research, the developers of the Stuxnet and Flame malware families crossed paths--swapping source code at least once--which suggests that the U.S. government didn't just commission Stuxnet, but Flame as well. "In 2009, part of the code from the Flame platform was used in Stuxnet," said Alex Gostev, the chief malware researcher at Kaspersky Lab, Monday in a blog post. "We believe that source code was used, rather than complete binary modules," he said, which suggests some degree of collaboration or crossover.

Top court rejects appeals by Guantanamo prisoners 11 Jun 2012 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to reconsider challenges by Guantanamo Bay prisoners against their years-long detention at the U.S. military base in Cuba, an issue that prompted a landmark ruling four years ago. The high court sided with the Obama administration and rejected appeals by seven detainees who lost their bid for freedom in cases before U.S. federal judges in Washington, D.C.. The court issued no statement with its order and no justice publicly dissented.

Doctor failed to spot 93 separate injuries on Iraqi beaten to death 11 Jun 2012 An Army doctor has been accused of a cover-up following the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa at the hands of British soldiers. Mr Mousa suffered 93 separate injuries - including fractured ribs and a broken nose. Dr Derek Keilloh said he only spotted dried blood around the nose of Mr Mousa. Dr Derek Keilloh, appearing before the General Medical Council (GMC) today, claimed he only saw dried blood around the nose of the hotel receptionist, who was arrested by soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) in a swoop against insurgents during the Iraq conflict in 2003. Mr Mousa, 26, was hooded, handcuffed and beaten before he died 36 hours after first being arrested and held at the Army detention centre in the southern Iraq city of Basra.

Al Shabab offers 10 camels for helping capture Obama [Some would do it for 5. (Just kidding, CIAciopaths. Please don't drone me!)] 11 Jun 2012 Somali militant group Al Shabaab has offered 10 camels for the information leading to the capture of President Barack Obama and 10 chickens for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mocking US bounties on the commanders of the Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] affiliated terrorist outfit. Fuad Muhammad Khalaf of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement posted an audio statement on jihadist websites countering Obama's gesture with a camel offer for US officials.

Libya: US Consulate Comes Under Attack 06 Jun 2012 Assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. consulate Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan militia commander said. It came two weeks before the country is due to hold its first post-Gadhafi national elections. The transitional leadership based in the capital of Tripoli has failed to impose its authority on much of the oil-rich North African nation nearly eight months after Gadhafi was killed while in rebel custody.

US puts supply route talks with Pakistan on hold 11 Jun 2012 The US has temporarily pulled out of talks with Pakistan over re-opening vital supply routes to the Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. "The decision was reached to bring the team home for a short period of time," Pentagon spokesman George Little said. Pakistan said the talks had not broken down - they were "still on". Islamabad shut a Nato supply route in November after a Nato air strike near the Afghan-Pakistani border which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

US assassination drone strike kills at least four in Pakistan 13 Jun 2012 At least four people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone in the North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan. The Wednesday attack was carried out in the town of Miranshah, the administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Despite the Pakistani government's repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks on civilians, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.

3 die in US drone attack in NW Pakistan 14 Jun 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed three people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. The attack took place early on Thursday when the drone fired two missiles on a building in Miranshah, the main town in the area, AFP reported. At least four people had been killed in another US drone attack on the same town on Wednesday. Last Saturday, US President Barack Obama ordered a sharp increase in the assassination strikes in the tribal areas.

2 Army officers killed in Afghanistan helo crash 09 Jun 2012 Two Army officers based at Fort Bragg, N.C., died June 6 after their helicopter crashed in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif., and 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash., were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, according to a Pentagon news release.

US-led trooper killed in S Afghanistan 14 Jun 2012 A Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan has killed a US-led trooper with the International Security Assistance Force, Press TV reports. Earlier in the day, another US-led trooper died of wounds received in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, which had occurred in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, two separate roadside bombs killed two foreign forces in southern Afghanistan.

Navy drone crashes in Maryland 11 Jun 2012 A U.S. Navy drone crashed Monday in a marsh near Salisbury, Maryland. The RQ-4A Global Hawk drone crashed during a routine training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, according to Jamie Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Program at the base. Video from CNN affiliate WBOC showed smoke rising from brush fires in the unpopulated area. [Will Marylander's take the Navy drone apart and learn its secrets? --CLGer Doug Mackenzie]

Websites Will Be Forced to Identify Trolls 12 Jun 2012 (UK) Websites will be legally obliged to provide victims with the identity of people who post abusive and defamatory online messages about them under plans by the Government. Major 'reforms' of the libel laws will also see internet service providers (ISPs) given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify so-called trolls. The Defamation Bill will be debated in the House of Commons later today.

Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers 11 Jun 2012 Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March. The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The court had ruled that there was "no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers."

Australia to create world's largest marine reserves 13 Jun 2012 The Australian government says it will create the world's largest network of marine reserves, which will cover more than 1.1 million square miles of ocean. Environment Minister Tony Burke made the announcement Thursday morning, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. says. The ABC published leaked details of the proposal Monday. The plan, which consists of five main regions surrounding every state and territory, limits commercial fishing, restricts oil and gas exploration off Western Australia and extends reef protection in the Coral Sea.

Radiation exposure from medical imaging drastically increasing, study finds 13 Jun 2012 Concern about medical imaging tests' (CT scans, MRIs, and more) reliance on radiation has been raised over the years as more and more studies have revealed excessive radiation exposure to be linked with an increased risk of various adverse health effects. New research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has found that imaging rates have increased drastically - about 10 percent per year - since 2004. Not only are the rates higher than ever, but the study found that patients are receiving relatively high doses of radiation due to repeat scanning.

Mega barf alert! Oh-but-another reason to avoid Wal-Mart like the plague that it is: Wal-Mart involved in China pork scandal again 12 Jun 2012 Wal-Mart has been caught selling diseased pork ribs, reported National Business Daily on Tuesday. Regulators of the animal husbandry sector in Dazhou, Sichuan province, found in a routine inspection this January that some pork ribs in Wal-Mart's cold storage warehouse were from diseased pigs, local media reported. This incident took place not long after the company's Chongqing "green pork" scandal last year, where Wal-Mart was fined for labeling ordinary pork as "green pork" in a number of its outlets in Chongqing. An officer of the Dazhou Animal and Health Inspiration Station confirmed the incident to National Business Daily.

DOJ Sues Florida Over Purge of Voter Rolls 13 Jun 2012 The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit challenging Florida's program to systematically remove names from the list of registered voters that the state believes are ineligible to vote because of lack of citizenship. The DOJ claims that the National Voter Registration Act prohibits Florida's program, or any program like it, within 90 days of an election for a federal office.

Mich. House approves bills to tighten voting laws 12 Jun 2012 The Republican-led Michigan House [of sociopaths] passed several measures Tuesday aimed at tightening state election laws that backers say would protect against voter fraud and critics counter would create obstacles to voting. Michigan's Republican secretary of state introduced the proposals, which now go to the GOP-led Senate to be considered with other proposals in that chamber. The eight-bill House package includes requiring voters to present photo identification when applying for an absentee ballot in their first election or sign an affidavit... The efforts have been pushed largely by Republicans and opposed by Democrats, along with nonpartisan groups such as the League of Women Voters and Project Vote.

Michigan lawmakers approve key parts of hardline anti-abortion law package 13 Jun 2012 Michigan lawmakers have voted in favour of key parts of anti-abortion laws that pro-choice campaigners claim could shut down most abortion clinics in the state. The state's House of Representatives voted by 70 to 39 in favour of the main new piece of proposed legislation on Wednesday, with two more bills still awaiting votes. The law is set to move to the state's Senate in September and is likely to put Michigan are the forefront of America's battle over abortion rights. The move has been described as one of the most hardline recent attempts at passing anti-abortion legislation in America and its backers have been accused of rushing the process forward without adequate public hearings.

George Zimmerman's wife charged with perjury 12 Jun 2012 Authorities say the wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter is being accused of lying to a judge about their finances during his bond hearing and faces one count of perjury. An order issued Tuesday by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman for knowingly making false statements during the April hearing.

3,000 U.S. soldiers to serve in Africa next year 08 Jun 2012 A brigade will deploy to Africa next year in a pilot program that assigns brigades on a rotational basis to regions around the globe, the Army announced in May. Roughly 3,000 soldiers - and likely more - are expected to serve tours across the continent in 2013, training foreign militaries and aiding locals. Tours could last a few weeks or months and include multiple missions at different locations, said Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, head of U.S. Army Africa. [See: US as 'Facehugger' By Lori Price 19 Jan 2010.]

Channel 4 journalist Alex Thomson says Syria rebels led me into death trap 09 Jun 2012 A senior British journalist has claimed Syrian rebels terrorists tried to lead him and his team into a death trap so they would be killed by gunfire from government forces in a bid to discredit the Assad command. Alex Thomson, chief correspondent for Channel 4 News said the incident happened on Monday in the Syrian town of Qusair, about half an hour's drive from the battered city of Homs. Thomson said he, his driver, a translator, and two other journalists were trying to return to government lines when their rebel escort led them down what he described as a dead-end in the middle of a "free-fire zone"... Thomson claimed that they were not led into no-man's-land by mistake. "I'm quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian army," he wrote in a blog post on Channel 4's website.

Anti-Assad Forces Responsible for Houla Massacre - Report 09 Jun 2012 According to a new report in Germany's leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Houla massacre was in fact committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants, and the bulk of the victims were member of the Alawi and Shia minorities, which have been largely supportive of Assad... According to monastery sources cited by the Dutch Middle East expert Martin Janssen, armed rebels murdered "entire Alawi families" in the village of Taldo in the Houla region. Already at the beginning of April, Mother Agnès-Mariam de la Croix of the St. James Monastery warned of rebel atrocities' being repackaged in both Arab and Western media accounts as government atrocities. She cited the case of a massacre in the Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs. According to an account published in French on the monastery's website, rebels gathered Christian and Alawi hostages in a building in Khalidiya and blew up the building with dynamite. They then attributed the crime to the regular Syrian army. [Right, just like in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan when Blackwater and CIAciopaths were blowing up everything in sight and blaming 'insurgents.' --LRP]

'Appalling' Scene at Site of Latest Syria Massacre, Despite Lack of Bodies 08 Jun 2012 A journalist traveling with a group of U.N. monitors today described to ABC News in chilling and graphic detail what he'd witnessed in the aftermath of Wednesday's massacre in Mazraat al-Qubair that activists said left nearly 80 dead, including women and children. Paul Danahar, the Middle East bureau chief for the BBC, said residents in nearby villages said that a group of 'Alawite militia' fatally shot and stabbed everyone and everything, including livestock. "What's slightly confusing about the scenario is that terrorists don't normally collect the bodies of the people they've killed and take them away," Danahar said today. "Somebody's cleaned this place up to try to hide the evidence, and it's going to be very difficult to piece it together." [Obviously, foreign terrorists went on another killing spree and removed the bodies to conceal evidence. Only US-backed sociopaths would *stab livestock.*]

Cyber attack on Iran Oil Ministry traced to US: Official 09 Jun 2012 The head of Iran's cyber police says the perpetrators behind the recent cyber attack on the Iranian Oil Ministry have been traced to the US. Kamal Hadianfar told reporters on Saturday that two suspicious American IP addresses were identified in the cyber attack. He said that the issue has been pursued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Interpol, adding that the US needs to disclose the identity of the hackers to Iran.

Iran approves law to reveal cases of US, UK human rights violation 09 Jun 2012 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has notified relevant Iranian authorities of a law that tasks them with bringing to light cases of human rights violation by the United States and Britain. The legislation, which was earlier passed by the Majlis (parliament) and approved by Iran's Guardian Council (GC), aims to inform the global community about the gross violation of human rights by the United States and Britain. To this end, Iran has allocated an annual amount of USD 20 million and designated a working group, superintended by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, to monitor the related procedures.

Syria: West rebuffs proposal to work with Iran to solve crisis 08 Jun 2012 Efforts to forge a united international response to the [NATO-engendered] Syria crisis have been dealt a double blow as the West rebuffed a proposal to work with Iran and Russia rejected a new US peace initiative. With violence escalating in the wake of this week's massacre of 78 Sunni villagers near the city of Hama, Kofi Annan, the international envoy to Syria met Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to try to salvage his disintegrating ceasefire plan. At least 20 people were killed on Friday as rebels foreign terrorists stepped up a week-long offensive to avenge the killings in Qubair, the fourth incident of mass bloodletting directed at members of Syria's Sunni majority in a fortnight.

After Gaddafi, Libya splits into disparate militia zones 09 Jun 2012 It's not independence but democracy that the people want, says Hanna El Gallal, a human rights activist. "We got rid of Gaddafi, but not the regime," she tells me. She points to the secrecy of the [US-installed] National Transitional Council, which, despite promising democracy, keeps its meetings secret and refuses even to disclose its full membership. "We didn't do a revolution and our people did not die to bring a new dictatorship." When the NTC does issue decrees, Libyans are aghast; last month it issued law number 37, making it a criminal offence to criticise the "17 February revolution".

US unleashes CIA to resume 'aggressive' drone attacks 08 Jun 2012 A frustrated US government has accorded sanction to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to resume "aggressive" drone strikes in Pakistan, a move that may have been disapproved in the past fearing Islamabad's anger, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times in a Kabul datelined story quoted an unnamed "senior US official" as saying the US attitude now is like "what do we have to lose" if drone strikes to target [alleged] militants hiding in Pakistan are increased. The CIA has launched eight drone attacks since May 21 when Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to attend the NATO summit in Chicago.

US drone attacks in Pakistan: UN backs probe into civilian casualties 07 Jun 2012 The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a UN investigation into US drone strikes in Pakistan, questioning their legality and saying they kill innocent civilians. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay made the remarks at the end of a four-day visit to the country, where US drone strikes have on average targeted [alleged] militants once every four days under US President Barack Obama. Islamabad has become increasingly energetic in its public opposition as relations with Washington have nosedived.

NATO Bypasses Pakistan With New Transport Deals 04 Jun 2012 NATO has concluded agreements with Central Asian nations allowing it to evacuate vehicles and other military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan, which once provided the main supply route for coalition forces. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan had agreed to allow the reverse transport of alliance equipment. Pakistan shut down the southern supply routes six months ago after U.S. airstrikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two border posts, forcing NATO to switch almost completely to the so-called Northern Distribution Network.

US troops raid Afghan journalist house in Khost province 06 Jun 2012 US forces in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost have launched an overnight attack on the residence of an Afghan journalist, Press TV reports. Zarwali Khoshnood, working for the Khost branch of the public radio and TV channel, RTA, said the US troops tied and kept him blindfolded in a room during the four-hour raid. The troops then took away his computer and camera as well as his money, about 200,000 Afghanis, during Wednesday's pre-dawn operation.

2 Army officers killed in Afghanistan helo crash 09 Jun 2012 Two Army officers based at Fort Bragg, N.C., died June 6 after their helicopter crashed in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif., and 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash., were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, according to a Pentagon news release.

Four French soldiers killed in Afghan east 09 Jun 2012 Insurgents in Afghanistan killed four French soldiers and wounded another five on Saturday, one of the deadliest attacks on the French contingent in months, as violence escalates across the country. The raid occurred in mountainous Kapisa province in the east which is mainly patrolled by a French force under NATO command. A statement from President Francois Hollande's office said that among the five wounded, three were in a serious condition, and Hollande had dispatched defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Afghanistan after the attack.

Military court denies dismissal of WikiLeaks charges 08 Jun 2012 A military judge refused on Friday to dismiss any of the 22 counts against an Army private charged in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history. Col. Denise Lind also indicated she will postpone Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial, currently set to start Sept. 21, to November or January because of procedural delays. On Friday, the third day of a pretrial hearing, Lind rejected a defense argument that the government used unconstitutionally vague language in charging Manning with eight counts of unauthorized possession and disclosure of classified information.

CIA Declines Lawmakers' Request for Information on Leaks 08 Jun 2012 The CIA won't respond to a U.S. House Intelligence Committee request for information about leaks of classified data, said Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), the panel's chairman. The committee had asked about last month's disclosure of information on an intelligence operation that thwarted plans by al-Qaeda's [al-CIAduh's] Yemen affiliate to smuggle a potentially undetectable bomb onto a U.S.-bound airliner, according to a congressional aide who is not authorized to speak to the media. The CIA told the committee the information wouldn't be provided because the matter is under investigation by the FBI, the aide said.

Holder appoints U.S. attorneys to head criminal probes into leaks 08 Jun 2012 Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. appointed two top federal prosecutors late Friday [LOL! Of course.] to "lead criminal investigations" into the recent leak of U.S. classified intelligence information, acting on a pledge from President Obama that his administration will not permit the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive materials. The prosecutors - U.S. Attys. Ronald C. Machen Jr. in the District of Columbia and Rod J. Rosenstein of Maryland - were tasked to open criminal probes into several recent disclosures after the New York Times printed detailed accounts of cyber warfare, the slaying of 'Osama bin Laden' and alleged "kill lists" maintained for targeting 'foreign terrorists.'

SDSU Student Back Home After Detour Over 'No-Fly' List Status 08 Jun 2012 A Southern California-born Muslim man was back home on Friday after he discovered he was on the U.S. government's "no-fly" list and had to walk back over the border on foot. KNX 1070 reports Kevin Iraniha had just received his masters' degree from a college in Costa Rica. San Diego State University graduate Iraniha, 27, was preparing to return to his home in Point Loma when TSA officials informed him of his "no-fly" status.

French Socialists poised to take control of parliament 11 Jun 2012 French President Francois Hollande's Socialists and allies came out on top in first-round parliamentary elections, poised to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms. The election also saw a surge in support for Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front, which wants to ditch the euro and battle against what she calls the "Islamisation" of France. The Socialists, Greens and allies won around 46 percent of the vote, ahead of the 34 percent for ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party and its allies, the final results released by the interior ministry showed.

Montreal police clash with protesters at Grand Prix event 08 Jun 2012 Montreal riot police have clashed with thousands of anti-tuition hikes students protesting close to the site of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Thursday in a bid to stop the protesters from approaching the auto race event, as the protesters sought to draw international attention to their thee-month movement against Quebec Province's proposed tuition fee hikes and a controversial bill 78. At least 40 people were arrested after the officers rounded up the protesters, Montreal police said.

Gun appears in e-mail in race for Giffords seat 07 Jun 2012 A PAC supporting Jesse Kelly in the race to replace Gabrielle Giffords in Congress has sent an e-mail using an image of the Republican candidate holding an assault rifle. Giffords resigned in January, about a year after she was shot in the head in a Tucson rampage that left six people dead. The Arizona Democrat's district director, Ron Barber, was also wounded and is running against Kelly in Tuesday's special election. National Public Radio reports Move America Freedom PAC sent an e-mail that includes an image of Kelly, from his 2010 campaign against Giffords, with the rifle in his hands.

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant Operators Find Coolant Leak 07 Jun 2012 A FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary said Thursday that they discovered and contained a pinhole-size [Yeah, right!] leak spraying radioactive coolant at their Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. Workers discovered the leak Wednesday as they were getting ready to restart the nuclear plant, located near Toledo, after a monthlong maintenance shut down. A spokeswoman for the plant said they don't know how much coolant spilled, but it was contained by its collection system. The plant was last shut down in the fall while its reactor head was replaced. Crews found cracks in an outer concrete wall but the plant was allowed to restart.

Markets Rally After £81bn Spain Bank Bailout 11 Jun 2012 Asian stocks and the euro rose sharply after Spain sought a lifeline for its ailing banks, easing fears that Europe's debt crisis was about to spin out of control. The markets rallied after Spain asked finance ministers from the 17 euro-using countries to rescue its banks, which have been crushed by bad real estate loans. They responded by offering up to $100 billion euros (£81bn) in credit that the Spanish government could funnel to banks.

Congress Pushes for War with Iran
A huge bipartisan majority of Congress has essentially told the president that nothing short of war or the threat of war is an acceptable policy.

Syria: NATO Plans New Sykes-Picot, Middle East Chaos
On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Paris and London approved a secret agreement to dismember the Ottoman Empire and divide the Middle East between themselves.

Let's Admit It: The US Is at War in Yemen, Too
The latest drone attack happened early Wednesday in the Yemeni town of Azzan, killing nine people. It's the 23rd strike in Yemen so far this year, according to the Long War Journal. In Pakistan, there have been only 22.

"Indirect Rule"
The Imperial Agenda Of The US's 'Africa Command' Marches On
With mission accomplished in Libya, Africom now has few obstacles to its military ambitions on the continent.

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War
Special Ops, Drones, Spy Games, Civilian Soldiers, Proxy Fighters, and Cyber Warfare.

In Case You Missed it
Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony
Some people have compared it to Hitler's publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over.

A Third Intifada
The Warnings We Should Be Hearing
The eyes of a non-Mideast expert can see at least five structural occupation-induced ills, which separately and together could lead to a popular uprising.

Imposing a President
Mexico's 30-day Lesson in Democracy
Peña Nieto is a candidate invented by Mexico's media duopoly (Televisa and TV Azteca), along with other media outlets, to win the presidential elections this July 1.

World Bank President Says President Hugo Chavez's "Days Are Numbered"
Without a trace of irony he talked of how the US could make Latin America "a place of democracy, development and dignity" rather than one of "coups, caudillos and cocaine."

In The Land Of No Opportunity
This Next Generation Will Be Left Behind
The United States has some of the lowest rates of entrepreneurship in the world. Even at the top of the boom in 2005-2007, only two countries (Belgium and Norway) had lower levels of new business formation than the United States.

New York to Repeat Chicago's Parking Privatization Catastrophe
Chicago is leasing 75 years of its parking meter revenue to a coterie of private investors, some of them from the Middle East.

Tony Blair Avoids Attempted Citizen's Arrest in Hong Kong
British activist interrupts former prime minister's speech with accusations of war crimes.

72 killed in wave of Iraq bombings: - A wave of apparently coordinated bombings and shootings rocked Iraq during a major Shia commemoration on Wednesday, killing at least 72 people and wounding more than 250, many of them pilgrims.

At least 16 killed in Yemen's Al-Qaeda clashes: A military official said six civilians, "three women, two children and one man, were killed in a Yemeni air raid on the town of Shuqra," one of the last remaining Al-Qaeda bastions in Abyan.

Fourteen killed in Libya militia clashes:
Rival Libyan militias armed with heavy weapons clashed for the third straight day on Wednesday in fighting that has killed 14 people, underscoring the country's volatility months after Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow.

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa: At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles.

Egypt court orders to dissolve parliament, requiring new election: Egypt's highest court says recent election was unconstitutional; court also allows Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafik to run for presidency.

US attack kills 4 in Pakistan: : At least four people were killed Thursday in a US drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, media reports said.

How Drones Help Al Qaeda: When a U.S. drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with Al Qaeda," a Yemeni lawyer warned on Twitter last month. President Obama should keep this message in mind before ordering more drone strikes like Wednesday's, which local officials say killed 27 people, or the May 15 strike that killed at least eight Yemeni civilians.

Lawmakers want legal justification for drone strikes: A group of more than two dozen anti-war lawmakers wants the White House to explain the legal justification for "signature" drone strikes, in which drone attacks can be launched when the identity of those killed is not known.

British occupation force soldier killed in grenade blast in Afghanistan; The soldier, who has not yet been named, was on a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province when he was caught in the blast from an enemy grenade yesterday.

Are U.S. military leaders lying about Afghanistan?: Senior military officials are lying to the American public about conditions on the ground in Afghanistan.

Car bomb damages major Shiite shrine in Syria: A suicide bomber detonated his van packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb on Thursday, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, according to Syria's state-run news agency and witnesses.

Syrian "Rebels" Now Using EFPs in Bombs, Bane of US in Iraq: "Rebels" in central Syria are constructing bigger and more effective bombs, and a steady flow of money from the militants' leadership in Turkey has allowed them to purchase sufficient amounts of small arms.

How the U.S. Is Using Technology to Aid Syria's Rebels: Syria's regime may have overwhelming firepower, but the rebels are winning in another arena- with U.S. help

Israel may use military force 'to secure' Syria's alleged chemical arsenal: Israeli Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, the country's deputy military chief, warned that Syria could pose a threat to Israel with its chemical weapons. He declared Syria has "the largest chemical warfare stockpiles in the world,"

A closer look at Russian arms sales to Syria: Some Russian military analysts said the helicopters mentioned by Clinton could be some of the older Soviet-supplied ones that are being sent back to Syria after maintenance in Russia.

Iran arrests suspects over nuclear scientists' assassination: Iran intelligence ministry claims detained suspects are linked to assassinations of nuclear scientists and have ties with Israel

Japan to pass bill to insure Iran oil imports -report: Japan's lower house is set to pass a special bill on Friday to allow it to provide insurance for continuing Iranian crude imports, making it the first country to attempt to initiate sovereign cover once EU sanctions on Iran are expected to start in July, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Thursday.

Gaza water too contaminated to drink, say charities: The charities Save the Children and Medical Aid for Palestinians say the number of children being treated for diarrhoea has doubled in five years. They say Israel's five-year blockade of the territory is preventing crucial sanitation equipment from getting in.

Obama honors Israeli criminal with Medal of Freedom: US President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres, the man who has overseen the killing of Palestinian women and children by Israeli forces in the occupied territories for decades.

Israel's Dublin embassy planned to smear Palestine activists as sexual deviants and Mossad agents: Israel's deputy ambassador in Dublin proposed to her superiors a plan to personally smear Palestine solidarity activists - especially Israelis - to "humiliate and shame them" as suffering from psychological and sexual problems and imply that they work for Israel's spy agency Mossad.

Chavez says Venezuela has started making drones, assembling Kalashnikov rifles: Venezuela has spent billions of dollars for Russian arms and military aircraft since 2005, including 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles."We are a free and independent country," Chavez said.

World's Richest Man Calls For Increasing Retirement Age To 70: Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim, who is the world's richest manwith a fortune of $65 billion, believes that struggling countries need to raise their retirement age to 70 in order to help fix their finances:

Greeks pull money from banks ahead of poll: People stocking up on non-perishable food amid fears Sunday's election result will see Greece ultimately exit the euro.

Obama scapegoats Euro for miserable US economy Video - Michael Hudson, economics professor for the University of Missouri, joins us with more.

Robert Reich: Why Taxes Have to Be Raised on the Rich : 2 minute video - Video

Murder cases in Chicago hit record high at 228 murders in 6 months: The number of murders in the city is reportedly twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over the past six months.

21h43 -53e marche nocturne · La manifestation prend des allures de fête
Dès les dernières notes du rappel, une masse de manifestants s'est regroupée et a entamé une manifestation festive dans la ville. Agence QMI
16h05 -Campagne électorale · Les hostilités sont lancées
Les bilans de fin de session parlementaire de l'opposition vendredi avaient des airs de campagne électorale. Agence QMI
15h49 -Bilan de session · «Nous n'avons pas échappé le conflit étudiant»
«Nous n'avons pas échappé le conflit étudiant…il faut être deux pour s'entendre.» Agence QMI
12h35 -Prochaines élections · Khadir rêve de faire élire 5 à 10 députés
Le député Amir Khadir «rêve» de faire élire 5 à 10 députés de Québec solidaire lors du prochain scrutin, confiant de capitaliser sur la crise sociale qui secoue la province depuis plusieurs mois. Agence QMI
12h20 -Campagne électorale · Legault veut une bataille sur l'économie
Selon le chef caquiste, le premier ministre n'est tout simplement plus l'homme de la situation. Agence QMI
03h00 -Votes aux Communes sur C-38 · Les amendements rejetés en bloc
Après un marathon de presque 24 heures, ponctué de débats et de votes entourant le projet de loi omnibus C-38, les 159 amendements réclamés par l'opposition ont été rejetés par le gouvernement conservateur. Agence QMI


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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: What the Harper Government is doing.

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Subject: Voices: The campaign against advocacy and dissent deepens | Voices

From: Robert Ede
Subject: Fwd: Why Gold? ... 2nd half is Armstrong's summary of Roman coinage as


Martin Armstrong sends out articles every couple of weeks

attached pdf is a long read but worth it on Gold recently, now ... & for future "estate planning"

... 2nd half is Armstrong's summary of Roman coinage as "history" of Rome's economic ups & downs -- with parallels drawn to today


06072012-WhyGold.pdf 06072012-WhyGold.pdf

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Manning/Harper cut from the same cloth

I like Nicholls writing but he is dead wrong in this article. Manning/Harper are cut from the same cloth--power trumps everything. Manning did not believe in citizen input--witness how he pulled the rug out from under us to further his own wishes. It was all a sham. Manning's only idealism was to become PM--and he used us to further his own ends. Harper and Manning were NOT Reform minded--they are self importance minded--and nothing else matters. Power at all costs is their mantra.

Why Harper dispensed with Reform idealism
Subject: this is the pot calling the kettle balck??

Manning calls Mulcair's oil sands position 'hypocritical'
This week on The House, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning explains why he feels -- just like NDP leader Tom Mulcair -- that it's crucial to internalize the environmental costs of developing major energy projects. However, Manning says the NDP leader can't solely focus on the oil sands, he also has to apply the same logic to Quebec's hydro projects.
Subject: it was mentioned in QP today that a worker was fired for questioning the cutbacks by the feds re Parks

Parks Canada staff banned from criticizing Feds
Workers told they have 'duty' to support Harper government

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 14, 2012 030

*Good day, Joseph:

Smug Ron here, wondering if the smog in Toronto is caused by the oil sands in Alberta or by the thousands and thousands of polluting (real pollution, not water vapor) cars and industries located in and around....Toronto? Just a thought. Then again, it could be those damn breezes, even the ones that circle our province and hit us more than once with the same system...yet fails to deliver smog back upon us. What bullshit.

Meanwhile, the crap meter does not just tilt to the right on magical smog dust moving west to east, but also includes how we should cater to those who wish to live in areas where water can not be found, food can not be grown, shelter can not be provided, items can not be transported, economic opportunity can not be found to the degree expected in today's modern society. The solution, to some, is to prop up such communities perpetually. More bullshit. Such remote areas can not expect reasonable access to water, food and shelter because to even contemplate such is, well, unreasonable.

Then, under the guise of reasoned argument, I can either support pissing away resources on the unsustainable or, I was asked, "would you like the natives move next door to you." Considering I hold a Metis card and my Facebook is well populated with aboriginal relatives, this pathetic attempt at such an argument must either demonstrates how little some folks actually think of aboriginal people that to have them move next door would be considered an awful thing or someone is simply being a thoughtless jackass.

If you live in a remote area, do not expect telephones (other than maybe satellite), television, radio, corner grocery stores, department stores, decent roads, flushing toilets, or even medical facilities as a RIGHT, whether you live along James Bay or sit in a hut in the Antarctic. You either make do, wait for a time when one might expect development to reach such a remote area, or move to an area less remote that offers the things one might desire and expect to find in a more populated area.

Then again, this has always been the way of things. Always.

Ron (Smug Bastard) Thornton
Edmonton, Ab*

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: WWIII is the dream of the USI

U.S. Exploits Syrian Situation For Showdown With Russia
On June 12 what passes for the U.S.'s top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, further escalated tensions with Russia in an appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Brookings Institution.