L'Autre Monde 15 avril 2010: La vérité émerge à propos des armes nucléaires israéliennes, du H1N1 et du réchauffement climatique!
L'Autre Monde 15 avril 2010: La vérité émerge à propos des armes nucléaires israéliennes, du H1N1 et du réchauffement climatique!
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L'Autre Monde 15 avril 2010
90 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM
| Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h |
Nous discutons tout d'abord des armes nucléaires d'Israël et de la nouvelle politique des É-U. Ensuite, nous explorons les nouvelles de l'actualité qui nous mènent vers le Kirghizstan, la neutralité du net en danger, de la censure et du filtrage de l'Internet, du génocide au Rwanda qui a été financé par les grands créditeurs internationaux, le scandale de pédophilie des prêtres catholiques.
Nous terminons l'émission sur un commentaire à propos du H1N1 qui a disparu mystérieusement et sur l'écroulement du culte du réchauffement climatique causé par le CO2.
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Petit rappel : le traité sur la non-prolifération des armes nucléaires (TNP), conclu en 1968, a été signé par la plupart des pays du monde. Sauf par l’Inde, le Pakistan et Israël.
The Israeli Prime Minister has decided not to partake in the forthcoming Nuclear Security Summit in
Netanyahu acts like a man with something to hide. Mainly a nuclear arsenal. And the US Government stands exposed as an accessory to the robbery of the entire American people for every penny looted from the taxpayers and sent to
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said
Bravo to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for having had the courage to make this statement.
The Turkish premier says the international community should take action to disarm
Since 1976, every single penny of that money has been illegal; a crime committed by the US Government against the American people. all that money the
The Glenn Amendment (Section 670) was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 102 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).
Both the 1976 Symington Amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act forbid the US Government from giving financial aid to any nation with nuclear weapons technology that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and allowed IAEA inspections, as
Every single penny of your tax dollars collected by the US Government and sent to
Isreal's prime minister has ducked out of a nuclear summit hosted by Barack Obama in fear that Muslim powers will push for his country to disarm.
Benjamin Netanyahu plans to send a deputy to the American President's Nuclear Security Summit in
Netanyahu decided to cancel 'after learning that some countries including
By staying outside the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),
NUCLEAR STOCKPILES AROUND THE WORLD
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu abruptly announced that he has decided not attend President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in his place. The Washington Post reported this was due to concern over “Arab criticism of
Analysts for a reputable military journal have rated
Citing comments by British security experts, the British Jane's Defense Weekly has revealed that Tel Aviv is currently in possession of between 100 and 300 nuclear warheads.
The firepower was more or less equal to that of the
However, even as the agreement was sealed,
The treaty will see both sides reduce their nuclear warheads to 1,550 within seven years.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the
Both Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in joint television interviews that
"We leave ourselves a lot of room for contingencies,"
"If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off,"
Prouver comment? Comme ils ont prouvé que Bin Laden était derrière le 9/11?
Ah bon? Et Israël, elle?
Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer – Sun Apr 11
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in
In this instance, Khamenei is absolutely correct, unfortunately.
The war drums are beating more loudly and vigorously for a US attack against Iran, with Israel as its cheerleader, eager and anxious for American kids to fight, get maimed and die to protect Israel from its alleged "existential threats" in the Middle East- which means all of its neighbors!
The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to impose strict Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission and could even hamper the government's plans to expand broadband access in the
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Supporters of network neutrality, including the FCC chairman, have argued that the policy is necessary to prevent broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against certain Web sites and online services, such as Internet phone programs or software that runs in a Web browser. Advocates contend there is precedent: Nondiscrimination rules have traditionally applied to so-called "common carrier" networks that serve the public, from roads and highways to electrical grids and telephone lines.
During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday attended by about a dozen industry representatives, CNET has learned, Rockefeller's staff pitched a revised version of his controversial cybersecurity legislation.
It says that after the president chooses to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," he can activate a "response and restoration plan" involving networks owned and operated by the private sector. In an attempt to limit criticism, instead of spelling out the plan's details, the latest draft simply says that it must be developed by the White House in advance.
Folks, when the US Government does shut down the alternative media, then it really will be time to start (as Claire Wolfe put it) shooting the bastards!
To the list of the enemies threatening the security of the United States, the Pentagon has added WikiLeaks.org, a tiny online source of information and documents that governments and corporations around the world would prefer to keep secret.
The moment when the words "truth" and "threat" become interchangeable is a dangerous time in the life of any republic, and we are at that point right now in the US.
The Department of Internal Affairs' (DIA) internet filter is now operational and is being used by internet providers (ISPs) Maxnet and Watchdog.
Thomas Beagle, spokesperson for online freedom lobby Tech Liberty says he's "very disappointed that the filter is now running, it's a sad day for the New Zealand internet".
He told Computerworld the filter went live on February 1 but DIA has delayed announcing that until it held a meeting with its Independent Reference Group. He says he's disappointed the launch was conducted in such a "stealthy mode".
The manager of the Department of Internal Affairs' Censorship Compliance Unit, Steve O'Brien, denies any subterfuge in the launch, saying the trial has been going on for two years and that has been communicated to media for "quite some time".
"The Independent Reference Group has met and the filter system processes were demonstrated as set out in the code of practice, that is that the website filtering system prevents access to known websites containing images of child sexual abuse," says O'Brien.
Beagle says the DIA refuses to say which other ISPs will be joining the filter, claiming the right to negotiate in secret.
Greater federal involvement in privately operated networks may spark privacy or surveillance concerns, not least because of the NSA's central involvement in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping scandal. Earlier reports have said that Einstein 3 has the ability to read the content of emails and other messages, and that AT&T has been asked to test the system. (The Obama administration says the "contents" of communications are not shared with the NSA.)
And of course Obama keeps all his promises!
Late Thursday night the U.K. Parliament passed the controversial Digital Economy Bill, which grants the U.K. government sweeping new powers to control access to the Internet.
From The New Zealand Herald
.... “Operation Titstorm”, part of an assault targeting a range of government servers.... launched by hackers aligned with an internet protest group known as Anonymous.... Although the Australian government knew about the planned assault last Friday, it was powerless to prevent it.... The federal government plans to introduce a mandatory filtering system by early 2011 that would block a list of banned websites... some pornographic films are being rejected by censors because they feature women with small breasts who could be confused with under-age girls. Anonymous said in an email: “No government should have the right to refuse its citizens access to information solely because they perceive it to be ‘unwanted’.”
Polls have found that the Australian public strongly supports the planned restrictions.
The flyer through which Anonymous published the event states "emails/faxes should focus on small-breasted porn, cartoon porn, and female ejaculation, the 3 types banned so far" - even if you buy the implied assumption that 'small breasted porn's women's only attraction lies in their resemblence to children,' this does not explain why female ejaculation is on the list....
The poll, which collated the answers from more than 27,000 people across 26 countries and was conducted on behalf of the BBC World Service, found that 87 per cent of intent users felt that web access should be a basic right. More than 70 per cent of non-users felt they should have access to the net.
In Japan, Mexico and Russia, nearly 75 per cent of respondents said they could not cope without their internet connection. Ninety per cent of those polled in Turkey believed web access was a fundamental human right, making it the strongest supporter of the widely held sentiment.
An editorial in the Wall Street Journal of
«Une des données du dernier recensement qui a surpris plusieurs personnes est celle selon laquelle la population blanche non hispanique décline de façon constante, de sorte qu'on prévoit que les Blancs perdront leur majorité vers 2043», dit la professeure Morning.
Les États-Unis en chiffres
Estimation de la population américaine le vendredi 9 avril 2010 à 16h27 GMT:
309 033 553
Pourcentage de Blancs non hispaniques en 2008:
Pourcentage d'hispaniques ou de Latinos en 2008:
Pourcentage de Noirs en 2008:
Pourcentage d'Asiatiques en 2008:
Le revenu médian des foyers américains en 2008:
Pourcentages d'Américains vivant sous le seuil de la pauvreté en 2008:
Source: Bureau du recensement des États-Unis
A day in the life at Guantanamo: The eerie images of leg irons and 'life lessons' at America's darkest prison
They are scenes of tediousness rather than of terror or torture.
But the shackles and barbed wire imply the threat behind the boredom, as these never-before-seen images of life inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay show.
The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved "enhanced interrogation techniques."
For the first time, the government officially admitted that Zubaydah did not have "any direct role in or advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," and was neither a "member" of al-Qaeda nor "formally" identified with the terrorist organization.
So let me get this straight: we tortured this man... for absolutely no damned good reason.
Abu Zubaydah was the first "high-value" detainee who was tortured, as the U.S. claimed he was a top Al Qaeda terrorist who knew a lot about 9/11.
He was waterboarded at least 83 times in August 2002 alone.
In fact, Abu Zubaydah was one of the main sources of information for the 9/11 report.
Never mind that he was literally crazy.
So, the US Government grabs a schizophrenic and tortures him into confessions that form the core of the official report on 9-11.
And then the US Government wonders why 100 million Americans don't trust the official story!
For the last almost three years, Syed Fahad Hashmi has been kept in total pre-trial isolation inside in a small cell under 24 hour video and audio surveillance. He is forced to use the bathroom and shower in full view of the video. He has not seen the sun in years. He takes his meals alone in his cell. He cannot see any other detainees and he is not allowed to communicate in any way with any prisoners. He cannot write letters to friends and he cannot make calls to anyone but his lawyer. He is prohibited from participating in group prayer. He gets newspapers that are 30 days old with sections cut out by the government. One hour a day he is taken into another confined room where he is also kept in total isolation.
- par Éric Toussaint - 2010-04-07
Les politiques mises en œuvre par les institutions financières multilatérales
Il est fondamental de s’interroger sur le rôle des bailleurs de fonds internationaux. Ma thèse, c’est que les politiques imposées par les institutions financières internationales, principaux bailleurs de fonds du régime dictatorial du général Juvénal Habyarimana, ont accéléré le processus conduisant au génocide.
Utilisation des prêts internationaux pour préparer le génocide
Quelques semaines avant le déclenchement de l’offensive du Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR) en octobre 1990, les autorités rwandaises signent avec le FMI et
Ce PAS est mis en application en novembre 1990 : le franc rwandais est dévalué de 67%. En contrepartie, le FMI octroie des crédits en devises à décaissement rapide pour permettre au pays de maintenir le flux des importations. Les sommes ainsi prêtées permettent d’équilibrer la balance des paiements. Le prix des biens importés augmente de manière vertigineuse : le prix de l’essence grimpe de 79%. Le produit de la vente sur le marché national des biens importés permettait à l’Etat de payer les soldes des militaires dont les effectifs montent en flèche. Le PAS prévoyait une diminution des dépenses publiques : il y a bien eu gel des salaires et licenciements dans la fonction publique mais avec transfert d’une partie des dépenses au profit de l’armée.
Alors que les prix des biens importés grimpent, le prix d’achat du café aux producteurs est gelé, c’est le FMI qui l’exige. Conséquence : la ruine pour des centaines de milliers de petits producteurs de café (Maton, 1994). Ceux-ci et les couches les plus appauvries des villes ont dès lors constitué un réservoir permanent de recrues pour les milices Interahamwe et pour l’armée.
Pour justifier l’utilisation des prêts du couple Bm/FMI, le Rwanda est autorisé par
Les créanciers du génocide
Les principaux fournisseurs d’armes au Rwanda entre 1990 et 1994 sont
En 1994, la dette extérieure totale du Rwanda s’élevait à près d’un milliard de dollars. Cette dette avait été entièrement contractée par le régime Habyarimana. Cinq ans plus tard, cette dette avait augmenté d’environ 30% et le Rwanda remboursait 31 millions de dollars (chiffre de l’année 1999).
La dette contractée avant 1994 rentre pleinement dans la définition de « dette odieuse », en conséquence le nouveau régime aurait dû en être totalement exonéré. Les créanciers multilatéraux et bilatéraux savaient parfaitement à qui ils avaient affaire quand ils prêtaient au régime d’Habyarimana. Après le changement de régime, ils n’avaient pas le droit de reporter leurs exigences sur le nouveau Rwanda. Et pourtant, ils l’ont fait sans vergogne. C’est absolument scandaleux.
Les autorités rwandaises qui ont pris le pouvoir en 1994 ont tenté de convaincre
- by Michel Chossudovsky - 2010-04-07
From the outset of the Rwandan civil war in 1990, Washington's hidden agenda consisted in establishing an American sphere of influence in a region historically dominated by France and Belgium. America's design was to displace France by supporting the Rwandan Patriotic Front and by arming and equipping its military arm, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA)
From the mid-1980s, the Kampala government under President Yoweri Musaveni had become Washington's African showpiece of "democracy". Uganda had also become a launchpad for US sponsored guerilla movements into the Sudan, Rwanda and the Congo. Major General Paul Kagame had been head of military intelligence in the Ugandan Armed Forces; he had been trained at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College (CGSC) in Leavenworth, Kansas which focuses on warfighting and military strategy. Kagame returned from Leavenworth to lead the RPA, shortly after the 1990 invasion.
The civil war in Rwanda was a brutal struggle for political power between the Hutu-led Habyarimana government supported by France and the Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) backed financially and militarily by Washington. Ethnic rivalries were used deliberately in the pursuit of geopolitical objectives. Both the CIA and French intelligence were involved.
In the words of former Cooperation Minister Bernard Debré in the government of Prime Minister Henri Balladur:
"What one forgets to say is that, if France was on one side, the Americans were on the other, arming the Tutsis who armed the Ugandans. I don't want to portray a showdown between the French and the Anglo-Saxons, but the truth must be told." 43
In addition to military aid to the warring factions, the influx of development loans played an important role in "financing the conflict." In other words, both the Ugandan and Rwanda external debts were diverted into supporting the military and paramilitary. Uganda's external debt increased by more than 2 billion dollars, --i.e. at a significantly faster pace than that of Rwanda (an increase of approximately 250 million dollars from 1990 to 1994). In retrospect, the RPA -- financed by US military aid and Uganda's external debt-- was much better equipped and trained than the Forces Armées du Rwanda (FAR) loyal to President Habyarimana. From the outset, the RPA had a definite military advantage over the FAR.
According to the testimony of Paul Mugabe, a former member of the RPF High Command Unit, Major General Paul Kagame had personally ordered the shooting down of President Habyarimana's plane with a view to taking control of the country. He was fully aware that the assassination of Habyarimana would unleash "a genocide" against Tutsi civilians. RPA forces had been fully deployed in Kigali at the time the ethnic massacres took place and did not act to prevent it from happening:
The decision of Paul Kagame to shoot Pres. Habyarimana's aircraft was the catalyst of an unprecedented drama in Rwandan history, and Major-General Paul Kagame took that decision with all awareness. Kagame's ambition caused the extermination of all of our families: Tutsis, Hutus and Twas. We all lost. Kagame's take-over took away the lives of a large number of Tutsis and caused the unnecessary exodus of millions of Hutus, many of whom were innocent under the hands of the genocide ringleaders. Some naive Rwandans proclaimed Kagame as their savior, but time has demonstrated that it was he who caused our suffering and misfortunes... Can Kagame explain to the Rwandan people why he sent Claude Dusaidi and Charles Muligande to New York and Washington to stop the UN military intervention which was supposed to be sent and protect the Rwandan people from the genocide? The reason behind avoiding that military intervention was to allow the RPF leadership the takeover of the Kigali Government and to show the world that they - the RPF - were the ones who stopped the genocide. We will all remember that the genocide occurred during three months, even though Kagame has said that he was capable of stopping it the first week after the aircraft crash. Can Major-General Paul Kagame explain why he asked to MINUAR to leave Rwandan soil within hours while the UN was examining the possibility of increasing its troops in Rwanda in order to stop the genocide?44
Paul Mugabe's testimony regarding the shooting down of Habyarimana's plane ordered by Kagame is corroborated by intelligence documents and information presented to the French parliamentary inquiry. Major General Paul Kagame was an instrument of Washington. The loss of African lives did not matter. The civil war in Rwanda and the ethnic massacres were an integral part of US foreign policy, carefully staged in accordance with precise strategic and economic objectives.
Despite the good diplomatic relations between Paris and Washington and the apparent unity of the Western military alliance, it was an undeclared war between France and America. By supporting the build up of Ugandan and Rwandan forces and by directly intervening in the Congolese civil war, Washington also bears a direct responsibility for the ethnic massacres committed in the Eastern Congo including several hundred thousand people who died in refugee camps.
US policy-makers were fully aware that a catastrophe was imminent. In fact four months before the genocide, the CIA had warned the US State Department in a confidential brief that the Arusha Accords would fail and "that if hostilities resumed, then upward of half a million people would die". 45 This information was withheld from the United Nations: "it was not until the genocide was over that information was passed to Maj.-Gen. Dallaire [who was in charge of UN forces in Rwanda]." 46
Washington's objective was to displace France, discredit the French government (which had supported the Habyarimana regime) and install an Anglo-American protectorate in Rwanda under Major General Paul Kagame. Washington deliberately did nothing to prevent the ethnic massacres.
The 1994 Rwandan "genocide" served strictly strategic and geopolitical objectives. The ethnic massacres were a stumbling blow to France's credibility which enabled the US to establish a neocolonial foothold in Central Africa.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Venezuela on Friday to discuss oil, defense and nuclear energy cooperation with Latin America’s main leftist foe of the United States, President Hugo Chavez.
They were to launch a $20 billion venture between Russian firms and Venezuelan state company PDVSA to pump 450,000 barrels a day — almost a fifth of the OPEC member’s current output — from the vast Orinoco heavy oil belt.
A note to the US State Department: Russia and China have been making deals to insure energy stability for their respective countries.
What has the US been doing in that regard? Waging wars, those writ large on the radar screen, like Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the proxy wars in places like Somalia we don't hear all that much about. And don't forget; when it comes to energy, Africa is the new Middle East in terms of untapped resources.
As reported in:
"In its FY 2011 budget request for security assistance programs for Africa, the Obama administration is asking for $38 million for the Foreign Military Financing program to pay for U.S. arms sales to African countries."
Forgive me, but the model of making deals rather than waging wars to secure energy resources makes infinitely more sense to me.
But again, that would be logical.
Geoffrey Robertson, a renowned human rights lawyer and United Nations jurist, wants to see Pope Benedict put on trial for allegedly protecting predator priests.
In a Guardian UK piece making its rounds this week in Catholic circles, Robertson demanded the pope be "put in the dock" so that the church might "feel the full weight of international law" over its thousands of pedophilia scandals.
Not that this will ever actually happen, but it is a good thing that someone of Robertson's judicial stature is at least making the case that it should.
Two leading atheist campaigners are planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain for 'crimes against humanity'.
Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens - who have both written books promoting atheism - have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.
The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic "hate" campaign targeting the pope for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
"Because only sinners and haters would have any objection to little boys getting molested by priests!"
A retired Italian bishop has sparked a furious row after quotes attributed to him suggested claims of sexual abuse in the Catholic church are a Jewish conspiracy, a British newspaper reported on Monday.
A website quoted Giacomo Babini, emeritus bishop of Grosseto, as saying he believed a "Zionist attack" was behind the criticism, considering how "powerful and refined" the criticism is, the Guardian daily reported.
Babini has denied the comments, which follow a series of statements from Catholic churchmen alleging the existence of plots to weaken the church and Pope Benedict XVI.
Pathetic. Just pathetic.
The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles.
Desperate attempt by Pope Benny the Rat to look "cool!"
In recent years, US policy toward Kyrgyzstan has appeared driven by American security interests, namely the desire to maintain a base at Manas airport, outside the capital Bishkek. The base is seen by US military planners as a vital hub in the Northern Distribution network, a web of rail, road and air links that is being used to ferry supplies to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
If the Kyrgan... the Kygorians... Kyrian ... If they can do it, we can do it!
On a more serious note. The US has a major air base there supporting the Afghan operation. If the new government refuses to allow the US to continue to use the base, the US will probably invade. Russia will be forced to retaliate and we will be one step closer to being mushroomed.
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Galina Skripkina, a senior official in the opposition Social-Democratic Party, said: "We have reached an agreement that the government will resign. That has not been signed on paper yet."
He added that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev had left the capital Bishkek amid growing violence and flown to the southern city of Osh.
Another opposition leader, Temir Sariyev, said the opposition had entered the government building in central Bishkek and Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov had written a resignation statement, according to local reports.
Political unrest over poverty, rising prices and corruption has gripped Kyrgyzstan since early March. About a third of the population live below the poverty line and remittances from workers in Russia have fallen during the global economic crisis.
The opposition said at least 100 people had been killed on Wednesday in clashes that have spread since last month across the ex-Soviet Central Asian country that hosts a US military air base supporting troops in Afghanistan, and a Russian base.
- by Rick Rozoff - 2010-04-08
Which direction the next Kyrgyz government could affect U.S. and NATO plans for the largest military offensive of the Afghan war scheduled to begin in two months in Kandahar province.
The White House's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke paid his first visit in his current position to Kyrgyzstan - and the three other former Soviet Central Asian republics which border it, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - in February and said "35,000 US troops were transiting each month on their way in and out of Afghanistan."  At the rate he mentioned, 420,000 troops annually.
It not only borders China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, but is only separated from Russia by a single nation, Kazakhstan. To gain an appreciation of Russian and Chinese concerns over hundreds of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops passing through Kyrgyzstan, imagine a comparable amount of Chinese and Russian soldiers regularly passing through Mexico and Guatemala, respectively. For almost nine years and at an accelerating rate.
Which direction the next Kyrgyz government takes will have repercussions far beyond the nation's small size and population (slightly over five million).
It could affect U.S. and NATO plans for the largest military offensive of the Afghan war scheduled to begin in two months in Kandahar province.
It could determine the future of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the two major potential barriers to Western military penetration of vast tracts of Eurasia.
The stakes could hardly be higher.
BISHKEK -- Large-scale riots broke out Wednesday in a number of cities and regions in Kyrgyzstan, including the capital of Bishkek.
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in the small central Asian nation took to the streets, storming government buildings, besieging and eventually taking over the Presidential Palace, occupying the Parliament Building, and violently clashing with military and police forces.
Officials said more than 60 people were killed and about 400 others were injured during the riots.
Members of the Kyrgyz opposition said the immediate cause that triggered the large-scale unrest was the government's arrest of Bolotbek Sherniazov, a vice chairman of the opposition Ata-jurt (Fatherland) movement. On Tuesday afternoon, about 1,500 demonstrators besieged and then took over the state government building in Talas, taking the governor hostage and demanded the release of Sherniazov.
KABUL - Flights supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan from a Kyrgyzstan air base have been suspended, but Kyrgyz political unrest has not seriously disrupted Afghan military operations, the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said.
The US military is keeping a wary eye on the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, as it may affect a US military base in the Central Asian nation that supplies troops in Afghanistan, the US daily New York Times reported Thursday.
The newspaper said that US President Barack Obama had long courted now-deposed Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to allow the continued use of the Manas military air base near the capital Bishkek, which houses 1,500 soldiers, DPA reported.
Washington also secured transit agreements with the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan last year to supply its troops in Afghanistan.
Roza Otunbayeva, the new self-proclaimed leader of Kyrgyzstan, has warned the overthrown president Kurmanbek Bakiyev is plotting a comeback from the south of the Central Asian country amid fears of a civil war.
This could get dicey very quickly.
Russia has just stated that it supports the new government, and is about to negotiate financial aid to help get the country back on its feet.
If Kurmanbek Bakiyev decides to attempt some paramilitary countermeasures, we could see Russia literally coming to the defense of the new opposition government militarily.
The White House and State Department had better think very carefully about how they would respond to this scenario, in light of the large US base headquartered here in Manas.
And it was with former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with whom the US signed the deal for that base.
An ability to please Russia may determine whether the new leader of Kyrgyzstan’s interim government becomes the next president.
Ms. Otunbayeva has said that the US can continue using the base at Manas but a senior Russian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, made clear yesterday that the Kremlin expected her to close it. He said that Mr Bakiyev had broken a promise to expel the Americans, adding: “In Kyrgyzstan there should be only one base — Russian.”
If US officials thought, for one second, that there was a possibility of this base being permanent, they were severely deluded.
Of course, the fact that we had supported a tyrant in the form of Bakiyev to get the deal for the base in the first place didn't do anything to support the US's alleged reputation for standing on the side of human rights and human dignity here, and the people of this country understand that completely.
Obama has no excuse for being unaware of what was going on. According to Human Rights Watch, several of Kyrgyzstan's best-known opposition leaders were jailed on politically inspired charges in the past year. Amid intensifying street demonstrations in March, opposition websites and independent radio stations were blocked or jammed, and the publication of three newspapers was suspended. Two prominent journalists were killed last year.
The US has had an historic, and almost pathological, pattern of looking the other way when a dictator (like Batista, the Shah, etc.,) was giving the US precisely what they wanted.
Then when the oppressed countries have had enough, and turn on their dictatorial leadership, the US always feigns shock, and wonders why it happened, and searches for other countries to blame.
Hopefully, if the current leadership here decides that that the Manas base has to shut down, the US is not going to do anything profoundly stupid, as Russia also has a base here in Kyrgyzstan, just 20 miles away from Manas.
The viability of Manas is not worth getting into a shooting war with Russia over; there are surely other alternatives.
Kyrgyzstan's new leaders have said they intend to remove a US military base, which currently serves as the premier air mobility hub for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, from their soil.
The interim government led by ex-foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva, has said it wants the US base, Manas, closed down for security reasons.
The remarks came amid growing uncertainty over whether the new Kyrgyz authorities would allow the US to use the base.
Russia, which itself maintains an air base at Kant, just 20 miles from Manas, has been keen to block US military presence in the region.
Read that last part again. If the US tries to force their airbase on the new government of Kyrgyzstan, it will mean war with Russia.
An opposition coalition proclaimed a new interim government Thursday after a violent uprising in Kyrgyzstan and said it would rule until elections are held in six months. But a respected private news agency said the president had proclaimed in an e-mail that he would not relinquish power.
Kyrgyzstan, which shares a 533-mile (858-kilometer) border with China, is also a gateway to other energy-rich Central Asian countries where China, Russia and the U.S. are competing fiercely for dominance. It is a predominantly Muslim country, but it has remained secular.
In light of the fact that President Bakiyev has not officially stepped down, things could still get very dicey here in a heartbeat.
And that one-year extension on the US base at Manas will be over toward the end of this year. One has to wonder if the new government will simply ask more money from the US, or tell the US to leave.
Kyrgyzstan's interim government warned Sunday it could use force against ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, raising tensions in the Central Asian state vital to US operations in Afghanistan.
"The interim government is prepared to use force in the event that Bakiyev attempts to destabilise the situation," said Omurbek Tekebayev, a deputy head of the interim government said on national radio.
"Bakiyev must resign, and announce his decision to the people," added Tekebayev, a leader of the anti-Bakiyev forces that have seized power in the former Soviet republic, which is home to a US air base.
This situation could morph into a civil war at the speed of light.
The question is, with Russia having recognized the opposition government, what is the US, which has a base headquartered in Manas here, going to do?!?
Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan has thrust the fate of the Manas air base -- which is crucial for fighting the Afghan war -- to the forefront of rivalry between the United States and Russia.
Russia has long dreamed of evicting the United States from Central Asia and a Russian official said on Thursday that Moscow would urge the interim Kyrgyz government to shut the U.S. base.
The US airbase in Kyrgyzstan vital to military operations in Afghanistan has resumed full operations, the US embassy said Monday, after unrest caused the suspension of troop transport flights.
1. This was not "unrest": this was a revolution!
2. One has to wonder just what the US promised both the leadership of Kyrgyzstan and Russia to enable it to keep the base here open.
PARIS — After months of political rancor and legal obstacles, the French government on Tuesday shelved its plan to introduce a tax on carbon emissions that had been a cornerstone of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s environmental policy.
Ministers and members of the governing UMP party said the tax would put French companies at a disadvantage to their European neighbors, most of whom do not pay anything similar.
Gallup's annual update on Americans' attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence. In response to one key question, 48% of Americans now believe that the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first asked the question.
The Wilsons began by getting rid of their son's heated water bed, turning off power to computers and televisions when not in use, changing to energy-efficient light bulbs, hang-drying their laundry and, finally, investing $58,000 (€42,000 £37,000) in a solar panel system - until they reduced their electricity bill to zero.
Then they signed up on the MyEmissionsExchange. com site to have their energy savings calculated. They found that they had already saved one tonne of carbon, which earned them a carbon credit. The exchange sold the credit for $21.50 to Molten Metal Equipment Innovations of Ohio, taking a 20 per cent commission.
They spent $58,000 to get a credit worth $21.50, and the brokerage tool a 20% commission on that.
Tulip Mania has become Carbon Crazies!
Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is just too much of a pain to bother with. Instead he will have the EPA declare as early as next week that CO2 is a dangerous global warming gas and will start regulating its emissions immediately.
A NSW government rebate will be expanded to more than one million electricity consumers, to allay fears some families will be left in the dark by the state's largest-ever electricity price increases.
Electricity bills in NSW will soar by up to a total of 64 per cent over the next three years, with the federal government's proposed carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) and rising network infrastructure costs largely to blame.
The outcome has sparked fears other states and territories could be similarly affected if the CPRS goes ahead in 20011/12 as planned.
An article carried by the official Greenpeace website written by a Greenpeace member urges climate activists to resort to criminal activity in an effort to reinvigorate momentum for their stalling global warming agenda, while ominously threatening climate skeptics, “we know where you live”.
The article, written by Greenpeace activist “Gene” from India, calls for “mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism”.
“Gene” then has a special message for roughly half of Americans who, in the wake of the climategate scandal, are now skeptical of man-made global warming – “We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”
The above is a violation of the USAPATRIOT act, which declares it an act of terrorism to threaten anyone in order to change their political views.
"Book 'em, Danno!" (shameless plug)
Meanwhile, here is that video of the former head of Greenpeace admitting that they just made up all those claims about Green; and losing its ice sheet in 20 years to scare people into supporting their agenda.
The new policy, first reported by The Washington Post, suggests the Obama administration is ready to play hardball, using aid as well as diplomacy, to bring developing countries into conformity with its efforts to reach an international deal to tackle global warming.
The Post reported today that Bolivia and Ecuador would now be denied aid after both countries opposed the accord. The accord is the short document that emerged from the chaos of the Copenhagen climate change summit and is now supported by 110 of the 192 nations that are members of the UN climate change convention.
As the leaked document further down the page proves, the real agenda is forcing a global government on us all.
Top of the list of objectives is to: "Reinforce the perception that the US is constructively engaged in UN negotiations in an effort to produce a global regime to combat climate change."
Text of the leaked document:
Strategic communications objectives
1) Reinforce the perception that the US is constructively engaged in UN negotiations in an effort to produce a global regime to combat climate change. This includes support for a symmetrical and legally binding treaty.
2) Manage expectations for Cancun – Without owning the message, advance the narrative that while a symmetrical legally binding treaty in Mexico is unlikely, solid progress can be made on the six or so main elements.
3) Create a clear understanding of the CA's standing and the importance of operationalising ALL elements.
4) Build and maintain outside support for the administration's commitment to meeting the climate and clean energy challenge despite an increasingly difficult political environment to pass legislation.
5) Deepen support and understanding from the developing world that advanced developing countries must be part of any meaningful solution to climate change including taking responsibilities under a legally binding treaty.
• Continue to conduct interviews with print, TV and radio outlets driving the climate change story.
• Increase use of off-the-record conversations.
• Strengthen presence in international media markets during trips abroad. Focus efforts on radio and television markets.
• Take greater advantage of new media opportunities such as podcasts to advance US position in the field bypassing traditional media outlets.
• Consider a series of policy speeches/public forums during trips abroad to make our case directly to the developing world.
Key outreach efforts
• Comprehensive and early outreach to policy makers, key stakeholders and validators is critical to broadening support for our positions in the coming year.
• Prior to the 9-11 April meeting in Bonn it would be good for Todd to meet with leading NGOs. This should come in the form of 1:1s and small group sessions.
• Larger group sessions, similar to the one held at CAP prior to Copenhagen, will be useful down the line, but more intimate meetings in the spring are essential to building the foundation of support. Or at the very least, disarming some of the harsher critics.
Moves aims to restore public confidence in science of global warming after mistake over melting rates of glaciers.
Note that the goal of the meeting isn't to find out what is really happening with global warming, but to "restore public confidence in science of global warming", i.e. re-brand, repackage, and re-sell the same snake oil all over again.
And note that the UN and IPCC are trying to put all the focus on the one bogus claim about the Himalayan Glaciers.
But of course, the loss of trust in the global warming cult is not based only on the lie about the glaciers. The AGW cult has been destroyed by numerous and repeated lies, exaggerations and frauds.
In addition to the glaciers, there was the CRU computer code, which showed that the entire "hockey stick" was a fabrication.
There were the Climategate emails which showed a coordinated and deliberate campaign of suppression of any opposing viewpoints.
There was the British Court ruling that found numerous points in Al Gore's "documentary" to be outright lies, such as claiming that increasing CO2 led to increase in temperature which the ice core data shows exactly the opposite; that first the temperature goes up, and then CO2 increases!
There is the video of the former head of Greenpeace admitting that the claims about Greenland losing its ice cover in 20 years were totally made up fantasies to scare people into signing donations checks!
There were the temperature sensors in colder high latitudes being shut down.
There was the temperature sensors found sitting in air conditioning outflows and in one document case next to a trash incinerator.
There was the new paint applied to the boxes holding the temperature sensors that increased the internal temperature by a whole degree!
The list goes on and on and the gaffe over the Himalayan Glaciers is just a tiny part of the whole scandal, but apparently the one the UN and IPCC feel they can refute while ignoring the rest, in order to "restore public confidence in science of global warming", i.e. re-brand, repackage, and re-sell the same snake oil all over again.
They must really think you are stupid!
As the Copenhagen summit comes to a climax on Friday, it was alleged that Siberian weather statistics were selected in a way that masks evidence not showing global warming.
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Monday proposed a plan for the world's governments to pool together to raise money needed to adapt to climate change, a rare step for an organization that normally does not develop environmental policies.
This is not environmental policy. This is a cash grab; the start of the "Carbon Bubble" and the IMF wants in!
Chief Warrant Officer Mark Stauffer says in a statement that a significant amount of ice was flushed out of the St. Clair River during the past week. He says it's the most ice in the river in decades.
"most ice in the river in decades.
Another Viking Line ship, the Isabella, is also stuck in ice nearby.
There are two icebreakers at the scene. A third is on the way, but will not arrive until around 10 pm Finnish time.
On Tuesday this week, Icebreakers had to help the Rosella, which was stuck in the ice.
Gosh darn that global warming!
Much of northern Britain is being battered by blizzards and drifting snow thanks to a blast of severe wintry weather that caused transport chaos and left thousands of homes without power.
While the so-called Snowmageddon and Snowicane tm blizzards that book-ended the month got much of the nation's attention, not a single tornado was reported in the United States during February 2010.
According to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), no tornadoes were reported last month.
"It's a phenomenal feat that we went a month without a tornado," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.
If the statistic stands, it would be the first tornado-free February in at least 60 years.
More trouble looms for the IPCC. The body may need to revise statements made in its Fourth Assessment Report on hurricanes and global warming. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims that global hurricane activity has increased cannot be supported.
The big chill is set to tighten its grip over the weekend as forecasters say we could be on for the coldest February in nearly a quarter of a century.
Temperatures in the first two weeks of the month averaged just
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all had their coldest winter season for more than 30 years, weather experts said.
As more snow fell in parts of the UK, MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the provisional average winter temperature of
There is one week left of the season (December to the end of February) to go.
MeteoGroup said that using the Central England Temperature series, which covers a large area from Lancashire in the north-west to Oxfordshire in the south Midlands, this winter is the third coldest in the last 50 years and 10th coldest in the last 120 years.
The Härjedalen town of Sveg had until Sunday endured sub-zero temperatures from December 13th to March 6th - the longest consecutive period since records began in 1875.
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Some growers are relying on a sense of humor to cope this winter.
"I've been telling people I'm gonna retire and move to Florida," jokes Bob Spencer, of Palmetto's West Coast Tomato.
Says Ralph Garrison of Bradenton's Suncoast Nursery, "I can't remember when I last wore shorts. The only people wearing shorts are tourists."
The winter of 2009-10 will go down in history as the seventh-coldest December, January and February in the history of Manatee and Sarasota counties, said John McMichael, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
A metre of snow fell in the Pyrenees leaving 6,000 travellers stranded and blocking up to 40 roads
MIAMI — The polar snap enveloping much of the United States in record cold has been killing off coral reefs in the normally balmy warm waters off the Florida Keys, experts said Monday.
The unusually chilly weather so far this year has seen sea temperatures plummet in southern Florida — a fatal development for the coral, which dies when exposed for an extended time to temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).
The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.
The University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming.
Amplification of Global Warming by Carbon-Cycle Feedback Significantly Less Than Thought, Study Suggests
A new estimate of the feedback between temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has been derived from a comprehensive comparison of temperature and CO2 records spanning the past millennium.
What this is is a desperate attempt to make Climategate look like math error rather than an intentional conspiracy to defraud the world.