Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Price of cocaine set to plunge

• May, 2009

Price of cocaine set to plunge, UN warns 18 Feb 2009 The price of cocaine is set to plunge further because Europe is being flooded with the drug through new smuggling routes, the United Nations drugs chief Hamid Ghodse has warned. Traffickers are exploiting networks in West Africa and Eastern Europe to bring the drug in from South America. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said cocaine prices would continue to fall unless action was taken to block the new supply routes. It comes less

Pirate Bay’s fileshare four get year in jail

• May, 2009

Pirate Bay’s fileshare four get year in jail Veronica Ek STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Four men behind The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s biggest free file-sharing websites, were each sentenced to a year in jail on Friday for breaching copyright, and ordered to pay $3.6 million in compensation. Analysts said the guilty verdict in the closely-watched test case could help music and film companies recoup millions of dollars in lost revenues, though they doubted it would stem the tide of illegal downloading.

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

• April, 2009

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists Exclusive by Mark Hughes Crime correspondent Saturday, 28 March 2009 Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation. The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain’s most senior officer

Councils dumping more than 200,000 tonnes of recycling every year

• April, 2009

Councils dumping more than 200,000 tonnes of recycling every year By Simon Neville and Christopher Hope Last Updated: 3:40PM GMT 22 Dec 2008 Household rubbish put out for recycling is being dumped in landfill sites or sent to incinerators by three out of four councils, a Daily Telegraph investigation has discovered. Up to 200,000 tonnes of recyclable waste was dumped last year with some councils failing to recycle over 10 per cent of glass, paper, plastic and other materials left out by conscientious homeowners. The

The criminalization of everyday life

• April, 2009

The criminalization of everyday life Robert Neuwirth I spent 24 hours in the slammer the other day. My crime? Well, the police couldn’t tell me when they locked me up. The prosecutor and judge couldn’t either, when I was arraigned the following day. I found out for myself when I researched the matter a few days after being released: I had been cited for walking my dog off the leash – once, six years ago. Welcome to the ugly underside of the zero-tolerance era, where

Now ‘Big Brother’ targets Facebook

• April, 2009

Now ‘Big Brother’ targets Facebook Wednesday, 25 March 2009 Minister wants government database to monitor social networking sites Millions of Britons who use social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a “Big Brother” database. Ministers faced a civil liberties outcry last night over the plans, with accusations of excessive snooping on the private lives of law-abiding citizens. The idea to police MySpace, Bebo and Facebook comes on top of plans to store information

Israeli Army T-Shirts Mock Gaza Killings

• April, 2009

Israeli Army T-Shirts Mock Gaza Killings Friday, March 20 04:45 pm The Israeli army is at the centre of a second controversy over the moral conduct of its soldiers in as many days. The revelations centre on t-shirt designs made for soldiers that make light of shooting pregnant Palestinian mothers and children and include images of dead babies and destroyed mosques. The t-shirts were printed for Israeli soldiers at the end of periods of deployment or training courses and were discovered by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans

• April, 2009

Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans 19 Mar 2009 Israeli soldiers have confessed to wanton killing of Palestinian civilians and behaving immorally during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The soldiers who fought in the Gaza war told a post-operation conference that they had killed Palestinian civilians and intentionally destroyed their property under permissive rules of engagement. “When we entered a house, we were supposed to bust down the door and start shooting inside and just go up story by story… I call that murder. Each

US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes

• April, 2009

US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes March 18, 2009 The Army has let slip one of the worst-kept secrets in the world — that Israel has the bomb. Officially, the United States has a policy of “ambiguity” regarding Israel’s nuclear capability. Essentially, it has played a game by which it neither acknowledges nor denies that Israel is a nuclear power. But a Defense Department study completed last year offers what may be the first time in a unclassified report that Israel is a nuclear power. On