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April 2008

Sexcommunicated

Pope to vote on Max Mosley

SHAMED F1 boss Max Mosley could be excommunicated from the sport following his depraved Nazi orgy…by the Pope.

Incredibly, the Vatican is a member of motor sport’s world governing body—the FIA—which will decide 67-year-old Mosley’s fate.

And Pope Benedict XVI’s representative, Cardinal Renato Martino, will be there to cast his vote.

The News of the World broke the story that Mosley, son of British fascist leader Sir Oswald, was filmed romping with five hookers at a depraved Nazi-style orgy in a torture dungeon.

The FIA’s no-confidence vote in Paris on June 3 could be of some embarrassment to the Pope.

Article here

This is SO weird ! Or is it ?

Mosley does not want the French to have access to the News of the World web site. Why the French ?

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Media manipulation about Tibet ?

On the day of the Lhasa Riots (March 14, 2008), there is evidence of media fabrication by CNN.

The videotape presented by CNN in its News Report on the 14th of March (1.00pm EST) was manipulated.

Read the full article here

How can they stand it ?

What Palestinians have to endure from settlers

Watch these videos

From B’Tselem

In January 2007, B’Tselem launched “Shooting Back”, a video advocacy project focusing on the Occupied Territories.”We provide Palestinians living in high-conflict areas with video cameras, with the goal of bringing the reality of their lives under occupation to the attention of the Israeli and international public, exposing and seeking redress for violations of human rights”.

Market Tumbles on News That Bush Is Still President

White House Appearance ‘A Painful Reminder,’ Experts Say

President George W. Bush used a Rose Garden appearance today to reassure investors that he was at the helm of the U.S. economy, causing stock markets to plummet around the world.

“You don’t have to worry about this economy, because I am in charge of it,” said Mr. Bush, touching off what some observers were calling a global financial panic.

Mr. Bush began his remarks about the economy at 10:30 A.M. eastern time, and by 10:31 markets around the world had already gone into a perilous free-fall.

According to Wall Street insiders, the markets were responding to the news that Mr. Bush was still president.

“Over the last few weeks, the markets have absorbed the news of the subprime crisis, the housing meltdown, and the Bear Stearns failure,” said Logan Teasdale of Citigroup. “But the news that President Bush is still president was too much for the markets to shrug off.”

Over the past few months, Mr. Teasdale said, traders have tried hard to forget that Mr. Bush was still president, but his White House remarks today were “a painful reminder.”

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Another one from GoRemy

Source

From goremy.com

I like this guy; he makes funny videos

this one is a little nostalgic

Is tourism ruining Venice?

Rachel Spence

A local group is protesting against tourism plans in Venice, where the number of Venetians is declining rapidly as residents struggle to afford to stay in the city.

Venice Protest, is tourism ruining Venice
Venice is not a hotel, say local residents

It is mid-morning in Venice and the Piazza San Marco is the usual mixture of strolling tourists and scurrying locals. Then the bells of the basilica strike noon, and some people freeze on the spot; a man grasping the handbag of a passerby; a circle of dancers; a woman reading her newspaper. For two minutes, they remain motionless while tourists take photographs and stare as if the locals were statues in a museum.

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Haitian rioters storm presidential palace

I am a little late with this news from April 8. It had not escaped my attention but I was just too busy.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hungry Haitians stormed the presidential palace Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Rene Preval over soaring food prices and U.N. peacekeepers battled rioters with rubber bullets and tear gas.

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A man walks past burning tires set alight during food price protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday.

Rioters were chased away from the presidential palace but by late afternoon had left trails of destruction across Port-au-Prince. Concrete barricades and burned-out cars blocked streets, while windows were smashed and buildings set on fire from the capital’s center up through its densely populated hills.

Outnumbered U.N. peacekeepers watched as people looted businesses near the presidential palace, not budging from the building’s perimeter. Nearby, but out of sight of authorities, another group swarmed a slow-moving car and tried to drag its female driver out the window.

“We are hungry! He must go!” protesters shouted as they tried to break into the presidential palace by charging its chained gates with a rolling dumpster. Moments later, Brazilian soldiers in blue U.N. helmets arrived on jeeps and assault vehicles, firing rubber bullets and tear gas canisters and forcing protesters away from the gates. Video Watch Haitians protest at the presidential palace »

Food prices, which have risen 40 percent on average since mid-2007, are causing unrest around the world. But nowhere do they pose a greater threat to democracy than in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries where in the best of times most people struggle to fill their bellies.

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Why costs are climbing

As food prices surge, starvation looms for millions. Experts call for emergency action but admit there’s no quick fix

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

ROME — Fatal food riots in Haiti. Violent food-price protests in Egypt and Ivory Coast. Rice so valuable it is transported in armoured convoys. Soldiers guarding fields and warehouses. Export bans to keep local populations from starving.

For the first time in decades, the spectre of widespread hunger for millions looms as food prices explode. Two words not in common currency in recent years — famine and starvation — are now being raised as distinct possibilities in the poorest, food-importing countries.

Unlike past food crises, solved largely by throwing aid at hungry stomachs and boosting agricultural productivity, this one won’t go away quickly, experts say. Prices are soaring and stand every chance of staying high because this crisis is different.

A swelling global population, soaring energy prices, the clamouring for meat from the rising Asian middle class, competition from biofuels and hot money pouring into the commodity markets are all factors that make this crisis unique and potentially calamitous. Even with concerted global action, such as rushing more land into cultivation, it will take years to fix the problem.

The price increases and food shortages have been nothing short of shocking. In February, stockpiles of wheat hit a 60-year low in the United States as prices soared. Almost all other commodities, from rice and soybeans to sugar and corn, have posted triple-digit price increases in the past year or two.

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