Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 2011 crop circles -- Are they authentic? What could they mean? Weigh in.

John DeHart to America: Stand up for your rights, fight for your freedom, and take back your country -- join the July 4th, 2011 protest in your state!



The Coming Crisis fully supports John DeHart's protest, and the retaking of America from the self-proclaimed elite, who excel above the rest of Americans only in their violence, meanness and greed.

If you have footage of your protests, send it to us.

If you have a protest announcement to make, share it with us.

The Coming Crisis forum is available for the organization for any and all protests. In the name of freedom and truth, don't speak, don't shout, but yell from the top of your lungs that the hour has arrived for those who have attempted to enslave us all.

God willing, they will meet with shocking defeat. Or should they attain victory, let it be so Pyrrhic that they ascend to become nothing more than Kings of ashes.

-- Matt

Risking it all: Pakistani truckers' perilous journey through the Lowari Pass, the world's most dangerous road (Must-watch film: 25 min))



The Lowari Pass begins in the Pakistani town of Dir and winds its way through the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Hell's Road, as it is known among locals, is 240km long and forms the only supply route to the small villages in the Chitral valley in northwestern Pakistan.

And, it is a road where even the slightest error can be fatal.

The 20,000 inhabitants in Dir make their living off the road, with tonnes of goods loaded and unloaded from trucks each day. Trucks are the only means of transport in the mountainous region.

The trucker's quarter provides most of the jobs here – drivers, mechanics and assistants of all ages working daily amid the dust and pollution.

Kamara, 23, is a successful businessman who owns two trucks, one of it laden with two tonnes of sugar meant for the village in the Chitral valley. The truck is driven by one of Kamara's best drivers, Dawoud.

"[Dawoud is] getting paid $60 a month and he works with his younger brother. They're a very good team, very brave," Kamara said, as he introduces Dawoud's brother Khalid as his assistant for the journey.

The sum of $60 is the average Pakistani salary. Since few drivers would accept the risks of the Lowari Pass for that money, Kamara offers a $90 bonus each way, incentive younger drivers find irresistible.

Hell's Road snakes through mountains and breathtaking corniches for hundreds of kilometres, and very few drivers manage to make it to their destinations within a day.

Dawoud, who has been a driver for 10 years, plans to make as many trips as possible despite the danger to take advantage of the bonuses. So he drives non-stop for hours on end.

"I have a very close relationship with my truck. It's like my home. I eat here and sleep here. I spend more time here than I do at home," he says. (read more)

Xiaolu Guo says China views America as threat

Acclaimed Chinese author Xiaolu Guo told the Hay Festival that China sees America as its enemy.

Leading Chinese author Xiaolu Guo has revealed that China still views America as its biggest enemy and competitor.

Speaking on a panel simply entitled, ‘China’, at the Hay Festival, the author of ‘A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary’, said: “For the last 20 years China thinks America as a model but is also the enemy.”

Talking about her experience of education in Beijing, Chinese-born Guo who now lives in London, revealed that anti-Americanism was still very strong and people were told to intensively study American work and texts, such as J.D Salinger’s Catcher in Rye, in order to know everything about the “enemy”.

“The mentality is if you want to be number one in the world, you need to become them [your enemy] first …you need to have the same capacity as the enemy.”

However, Guo was at pains to stress that the Chinese Government was extremely different to the country’s people. (read more)

They can try to ‘delay and pray’ but the euro is running out of time

As a doomsayer from the start, who has written several times on the subject, I have recently been reluctant to burden my readers with more jeremiads about the euro.

But fasten your seatbelts. Here I go again. My excuse is that this crisis keeps surprising the unwary. There is so much to say that I will have to have several bites.

Before we can find solutions, which I will discuss at a later date, first the causes. Why is the euro in crisis? Because it was fundamentally flawed at its inception. Only good luck, strong economic growth and enlightened economic management could keep it together. In fact, the eurozone has had to suffer the opposite of all three.

Giving up sovereign currencies is a serious challenge. Exchange rates act as a safety valve. When you remove them, the pressure either has to be reduced or it will find some other way out. In a fixed exchange rate system, such as the ERM, currency speculation could and did break the system. Advocates of the euro project drew comfort from the fact that, by contrast, a full monetary union is immune from such attacks.

It was recognised that economic and financial pressure might still find an outlet as countries which diverged from the core had to face higher bond yields. But this would be a good thing. The prospect of it should serve to restrain them. It wasn’t imagined, though, that strain in the bond markets could threaten the stability of the euro itself.

Four things went wrong. The first two were private sector failures. First, far from reacting to their newly shackled state, Spain and Ireland went on a private sector spending spree. (Meanwhile, in Greece the government led the bonanza.) Second, in all these cases, the bond markets were hopeless at foreseeing possible difficulties and imposed bond yields only marginally higher than on Germany. Accordingly, they provided no restraint at all. (read more)

Albemarle Road church fined $100... for "excessively pruning" their *own* tree... per branch! This is a real story!

Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.

But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.

"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.

The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.

"I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property, and this is the first time we have been fined."

The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees, said Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division. (read more)

A Frightening Satellite Tour Of America's Foreclosure Wastelands

Enter next phase of the housing crisis.

First quarter sales data released yesterday by RealtyTrac showed that foreclosure accounted for 28 percent of all sales -- the highest amount in a year.

The slow return of millions of REO homes to the market will keep home prices from recovering. RealtyTrac's James J. Saccio warns: "At the first quarter foreclosure sales pace, it would take exactly three years to clear the current inventory of 1.9 million properties already on the banks’ books, or in foreclosure."

If millions more distressed mortgages, aka the shadow inventory, enter foreclosure, then things could get even worse.

Nevertheless the number of properties in foreclosure declined in the first quarter. Foreclosure filings were reported on 681,153 properties, a 15 percent decline from the previous quarter and a 27 percent decline year-over-year.

Nevada fared the worst with one of every 35 homes in foreclosure. Arizona, California and Utah weren't much better.

To visualize the foreclosure crisis, we used a real estate filter on Google Maps. Each red dot represents a home that was in foreclosure at the beginning of the quarter. (Click here to see the worst cities)

Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill Passes Senate Committee (PROTECT-IP Act)

The controversial PROTECT IP Act unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. When the PROTECT IP Act becomes law U.S. authorities and copyright holders will have the power to seize domains, block websites and censor search engines to prevent copyright infringements. Introduced just two weeks ago, the bill now heads over to the Senate for further consideration and another vote.

The U.S. Government continues to back legislation that opens the door to unprecedented Internet censorship.

Two weeks ago a group of U.S. senators proposed legislation to make it easier to crack down on so-called rogue websites, and today the Senate’s Judicial Committee unanimously approved the bill.

When the PROTECT IP Act becomes law the authorities can legitimately seize any domain name they deem to be facilitating copyright infringement. All that’s required to do so is a preliminary order from the court. But that’s just the start, the bill in fact provides a broad range of censorship tools.

In case a domain is not registered or controlled by a U.S. company, the authorities can also order search engines to remove the website from its search results, order ISPs to block the website, and order ad-networks and payment processors to stop providing services to the website in question.

Backers of the bill argue that the PROTECT IP Act is needed as an extension of the already controversial domain seizures. As reported previously, it is now relatively easy for a seized website to continue operating under a new non-US based domain name.

Not everyone agrees with this stance. Yesterday several Internet giants including Google, Yahoo, eBay and American Express asked the Senate Committee not to adopt the bill, warning it would “undoubtedly inhibit innovation and economic growth.” (read more)

Jim Sinclair: QE3 and Hyperinflation are imminent and inevitable

Long speculated upon in our community, the rock and the hard place has finally become a reality. An economy not accelerating at an accelerating rate is declining at an accelerating rate. The mirage of a recovery is getting harder and harder to MOPE about. It simply is not there. We are entering a declining phase that will not end in any kind of a soft landing.

Stimulation monetarily, QE, and fiscal are like controlled substances in that the real high is on the first injection. After that, each additional stimulation of an economy must be multiples of the first stimulation in ever increasing size just in order to hold the line. QE3 is guaranteed unless the powers that be want to see a depression that will make the Great Depression look like kindergarten in the pain department.

This week we saw a European Bank forced to sell their US mortgage derivatives and the loss was a shocker. These pieces of crap are not worth the digital bits they are written on. Smart money has not let this event pass their view, and know now how broke the US financial system really is. This event broke the camouflage of FASB’s selling their souls out to politics by allowing the banks to value their mortgage derivatives at any price the bank wanted on the bank’s cartoon balance sheets. The western balance sheets of their financial institutions are raging misstatements. The system is broke. This is why there is no recovery of merit but rather a statistical aberration, which was until recently only holding the line.

Here we are at that place we have anticipated for the past 45 years knowing that all the games being played had to play out at that point where super stimulation had no effect and it became totally appreciated that even many trillions of printed money will only impact the currency and not business.

The rock and the hard place is a time when the Western World is simply screwed.

The risk of not stimulating is stagflation at a spiritual level. The risk of stimulating is stagflation at a spiritual level. The risk of doing nothing is both an economic and currency collapse of biblical proportions. (read more)

Democrats to install a 62% Top Tax Rate?

Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income over $1 million to raise federal revenues. This would come on top of the higher income tax rates that President Obama has already proposed through the cancellation of the Bush era tax-rate reductions.

If the Democrats' millionaire surtax were to happen—and were added to other tax increases already enacted last year and other leading tax hike ideas on the table this year—this could leave the U.S. with a combined federal and state top tax rate on earnings of 62%. That's more than double the highest federal marginal rate of 28% when President Reagan left office in 1989. Welcome back to the 1970s.

Here's the math behind that depressing calculation. Today's top federal income tax rate is 35%. Almost all Democrats in Washington want to repeal the Bush tax cuts on those who make more than $250,000 and phase out certain deductions, so the effective income tax rate would rise to about 41.5%. The 3% millionaire surtax raises that rate to 44.5%. (read more)

Martin Tiplady facing ruin over claims of improper conduct by woman from equality unit - 28th May 2011

A senior Scotland Yard official is being investigated over career-threatening allegations made by a female member of staff.

Martin Tiplady, the £180,000-a-year director of human resources, faces an uncertain future after the woman, who is more than 20 years his junior, made a formal complaint about his conduct.

The Daily Mail has learned that Mr Tiplady, 57, a married father of two, was close friends with Raphaella Hamilton-Appiah.

But for reasons which were unclear last night, relations between the pair have turned sour and she has made a formal complaint about his conduct.

Her claims are being treated ‘very seriously’ and there are fears that Mr Tiplady may be unable to continue in his job for much longer.

The case is a major personal and professional blow for Mr Tiplady, who last week collected his OBE for services to policing, awarded in June.

Colleagues say he is ‘devastated’ by the accusations. Since taking charge of human resources at the Met in 2002, he has won a series of accolades for his efforts to boost ethnic minority recruitment in the force.

He sits on Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson’s management board, which oversees the running of the force.

However his man-management style is not to everyone’s liking and he is regarded by many officers as a controversial figure at Scotland Yard.

Miss Hamilton-Appiah, who has worked in the Met’s Strategy and Improvement Department, is also regarded as a diversity champion. Read More

Nuclear Event - Unscheduled shutdown at nuclear plant, USA - 29th May 2011

The Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the Limerick Generating Station shut down automatically at 5:02am today. Operators at the plant are still determining the cause of the shutdown, the company said in a statement issued late this morning.

The company said the shutdown occurred "after a turbine tripped following scheduled testing and maintenance on an electrical system in the non-nuclear side of the plant."

"The plant responded as expected, safely and without incident," the company said.

Unit 1 is still operating at full power.

This is the second unscheduled shutdown for Unit 2 this year. A previous shutdown on February 25 was attributed to a fault in the station's stator water cooling system.

Unit 2 received a complete upgrade of its transformers in April. A company spokesperson said Sunday that this morning's shutdown was unrelated to either the February incident or to the recent transformer replacement.

"The problem is not associated with cooling water systems," said April Schlipp, Senior Manager of Communications with Exelon Nuclear.

Schilpp could not say when Unit 2 would return to operation. Source

Niamat Miah a 'Schoolboy' exposed as a 19-year-old illegal immigrant after stabbing two teenagers with a broken bottle - 29th May 2011

A 19-year-old illegal immigrant who tricked a school into believing he was 15 was only exposed after he was arrested for stabbing two youngsters with a broken bottle.

Violent thug Niamat Miah even dated a 15-year-old girl while he attended South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton, Devon, on false identity papers.

Youngster Chloe Wood, now 16, started dating Miah - who pupils and staff knew as Sabbir Ahmed - after he began at the school early last year.

His ruse was only exposed after an attack outside a nightclub in nearby Torquay, where he slashed two teenagers in the face and neck with a broken bottle.

During their investigations, detectives found out Miah was actually a foreign national living here illegally - and was four years older than claimed on his false Home Office papers.

Chloe told the News Of The World: 'It turns my stomach to think about it - he obviously wanted an education but I wonder if he also did it because he liked younger girls.

'I'm just glad we only kissed and cuddled.' She and Miah split after a month because he was too possessive, she said.

Miah was arrested after an argument turned violent outside the Take 2 bar in Torquay on June 10 last year.

The row turned violent and he lashed out with glass bottle, cutting Chris Prior's left eye and Lawrence Manders's throat, missing his jugular vein 'by inches'.

After his arrest, Miah told officers he was a 15-year-old schoolboy called Sabbir Ahmed when, in fact, he was an illegal immigrant who had been left in the UK by his parents in 2004.

He used false Home Office papers to enroll at two schools over a period of two years.

He first attended Dawlish Community College in Devon posing as a 13-year-old when he was aged 17 and transferred to South Dartmoor Community College as a 15-year-old when he was 19, detectives discovered. Read More

Weekly announcements -- May 29, 2011

Hello everyone. There aren't many announcements this week, so I'll keep it short and simple: many of the stories are pointing to a gradual but steady ebbing away of freedom in the United States, and if you haven't seen this post about the recent insane police brutality at the Jefferson Memorial, you need to.

The Coming Crisis has a forum in addition to this news site. If you're looking to stage a protest or need a means of communicating in groups that's more off the grid than the notoriously spied upon Facebook, feel free to use it to organize -- we don't mind one bit.

Keep fighting the good fight.

-- Matt & Lynsey


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EUROPE PUBLIC WARNING AVOID CUCUMBERS, TOMATOES AND LETTUCE - 10 Dead As 'Killer Cucumber' Outbreak Spreads - 29th May 2011

The world's biggest outbreak of a deadly form of E.coli bacteria has claimed another life as it continues to spread across Europe.

Health officials say the virus, believed to have originated from organic cucumbers imported from Spain, has killed 10 people and infected hundreds more in Germany.

The epicentre of the outbreak has been in the country's north with more than 270 people contracting the disease in recent weeks - four times the normal annual figure of about 60.

Three cases have also been reported in Britain, a further 25 in Sweden and seven in Denmark.

In Austria there have been two cases, while the Netherlands and Switzerland have each had one suspected case.

All of the cases are understood to have been linked with travel to Germany.

Experts said the outbreak of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects the blood, kidneys and, in severe cases, the nervous system, was the largest ever in Germany - and the biggest of its kind worldwide.

An 86-year-old woman was the latest victim of the bug after she died in the University Hospital Luebeck on Saturday.

Her husband is among about 70 patients being treated for the bacteria at the northern Germany hospital, whose doctors say they expect to see 10 new cases a day in the coming weeks.

Health officials have advised people in affected areas in Europe to avoid eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Source

Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China kills 3 people, injures 8 - 29th May 2011

BEIJING — Authorities say a blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has killed three people and injured eight others.

The government of Zibo city in Shandong province said in a statement Sunday that police were investigating the cause of the explosion at a chemical plant owned by Shandong Baoyuan Chemical Co. Ltd.

The statement says the Saturday night blast killed two people at the site while a third person died later at a hospital. Eight other people who suffered slight injuries were being treated at a hospital.

Industrial accidents are common in China due to lax regulations and safety controls. Source

Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan 'unready for typhoon Songda' that's rapidly approaching

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and winds of a typhoon heading towards the country, officials admit.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which runs the plant, said some reactor buildings were uncovered, prompting fears the storm may carry radioactive material into the air and sea.

Typhoon Songda is expected to hit mainland Japan as early as Monday.

Fukushima was heavily damaged by the deadly 11 March quake and tsunami.

'Inappropriate measures'

"We have made utmost efforts, but we have not completed covering the damaged reactor buildings," a Tepco official said on Saturday.

"We apologise for the lack of significant measures against wind and rain," the official added.

Tepco has been pouring anti-scattering agents - such as synthetic resins - around the damaged buildings of reactors one and four.

But some of the buildings still remain uncovered after they were damaged by hydrogen explosions soon after the quake and tsunami struck. (read more)

U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google through it's own "back door surveillance program" it forces Google to install

Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated -- we knew that already -- it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.

Google's system isn't unique. Democratic governments around the world -- in Sweden, Canada and the UK, for example -- are rushing to pass laws giving their police new powers of Internet surveillance, in many cases requiring communications system providers to redesign products and services they sell.

Many are also passing data retention laws, forcing companies to retain information on their customers. In the U.S., the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act required phone companies to facilitate FBI eavesdropping, and since 2001, the National Security Agency has built substantial eavesdropping systems with the help of those phone companies.

Systems like these invite misuse: criminal appropriation, government abuse and stretching by everyone possible to apply to situations that are applicable only by the most tortuous logic. The FBI illegally wiretapped the phones of Americans, often falsely invoking terrorism emergencies, 3,500 times between 2002 and 2006 without a warrant. Internet surveillance and control will be no different. (read more)

Zinjibar seized by Yemini fighters as civil war erupts

Armed men are reported to have taken control of a provincial capital in the unsettled south of Yemen.

Government officials and residents said fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were among those who seized Zinjibar, in Abyan province.

But opponents said President Ali Abdullah Saleh had given up the town to stoke fears of a militant takeover.

He is resisting calls to step down, despite months of popular protests and growing opposition from a key tribe.

At least 124 people died in recent days in the capital, Sanaa, in clashes between government forces and fighters loyal to Hashid tribal leader Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar.

A ceasefire was eventually agreed on Saturday and a deal reached to withdraw troops from Sanaa, though the timing remains unclear. (read more)

Syria: Restive towns 'surrounded' by tanks

Syrian troops have attacked two towns north of the capital Damascus, as they continue a crackdown against anti-government protests, reports say.

Witnesses said the troops - backed by tanks and helicopters - surrounded and cut off the towns of Rastan and Talbisa early on Sunday.

Some reports say two people were killed as houses were stormed.

Human rights groups say more than 1,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began in March.

Syria has banned foreign journalists, making it difficult to verify eyewitness accounts. Syrian authorities insist they are pursuing "armed terrorist gangs".

The two towns attacked on Sunday are close to Homs, the site of some of the largest demonstrations in recent weeks.

Tanks encircled Rastan and troops began firing heavy machine-guns in the streets of the town, an eyewitness told Reuters news agency. (read more)

Home foreclosures "astronomically high" in US

Sales of homes in some stage of foreclosure declined in the first three months of the year, but they still accounted for 28 percent of all home sales — a share nearly six times higher than what it would be in a healthy housing market.

Foreclosure sales, which include homes purchased after they received a notice of default or were repossessed by lenders, hit the highest share of overall sales in a year during the first quarter, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

"It's an astronomically high number," said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac. "In a normal market, you're looking at the percentage of homes sold in foreclosure to be below 5 percent." (read more)

Social media creates new teen ailment -- 'Facebook depression'



Doctors say what may seem fun and innocent may actually be leading teens into what's being termed "Facebook Depression."

If you're a teenager you're most likely on a social networking site like "Facebook." For most it's a fun, easy way to keep in touch and find out what's going on with friends. But new research shows a growing number of youngsters who obsess over the on-line sites may be headed down a troubled path.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns of a new problem called "Facebook Depression." It results from being bombarded with friends tallies, status updates, and photos of people happy, having the time of their lives, when you are not.

"If I’m just like sad or something and just kind of chillin’ at home and I see pictures of people having a party I’m like oh that's awesome… like I’m not there... that's kind of depressing,” explained high school student Elizabeth Kisch. But Kisch also says she doesn't take Facebook too seriously.

“It's very easy to compare yourself to others when you just see what they show in their Facebook page which may or may not match reality,” explained Dr. Ken Ensroth, a child and adolescent psychiatrist. (read more)

African swine fever may spread to Europe: FAO

African swine fever (ASF), a viral disease harmless to people but lethal to pigs, is likely to spread beyond Russia and the Caucasus region into Europe, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday.

ASF, for which there is no vaccine, is now established in Georgia, Armenia and southern Russia, with an increasing number of long-distance jump outbreaks in northern areas this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

Long-distance jumps are food-borne, with virus surviving in pig meat products carried by travelers and setting off a new outbreak at the destination where food scraps may be fed to pigs, the FAO said.

"African swine fever is fast becoming a global issue," Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer, said in a statement.

"It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans," he said.

ASF was introduced into Georgia from southern Africa in 2006 entering through the Black Sea port of Poti, where garbage from a ship was taken to a dump where pigs came to feed, FAO said.

Currently, ASF is spreading northwards at the rate of roughly 350 km a year. Usually, ASF has distinct seasonal outbreaks in the summer and autumn. But long-distance jumps have also occurred as the ASF wave travels northwards.

The frequency of such jumps is increasing as the originally infected territory enlarges, while the ASF virus strain now spreading is a very aggressive one, the Rome-based FAO said. (read more)

America’s shantytowns -- they're still here, and they're still growing

The Economist recently featured two articles that depict the new extent of American poverty. A lot of us have grown complacent in the face of widespread unemployment and destitution, but as Catholics we cannot become weary of solidarity. As depressing as it is, I’m afraid a little reminder is due.

THE statistics are worthy of Detroit or Newark: almost half the children in the local schools are from families poor enough to be eligible for free or cut-price lunches; a tenth of households qualify for food stamps; one in eight residents gets free meals from soup kitchens or food banks; perhaps one in 12 has suffered a recent spell of homelessness. Yet the spot in question is not a benighted rust-belt city, but Sarasota, Florida—a balmy, palm-studded resort town on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico…

That has left people like Ken struggling to keep body and soul together. He describes how he gave up his cooking job to look after his ailing mother in 2007. When he started to look for work again a few months later, he could find only a part-time job, which soon evaporated. He had no savings, so could no longer afford to rent. He wound up in a tent in a camp for the homeless called Pinellas Hope, which was set up by the Catholic church in the town of Clearwater, 50 miles up the coast from Sarasota.

Before you think this is an isolated incident, please note that these “tent cities” are springing up all over the United States: Seattle, Virginia Beach, Sacramento, etc. (read more)

Military 'Justice' in the NEW EGYPT 'THE NEW MASK OF FREEDOM'- 28th May 2011

'Nato Airstrike Kills 12 Afghan Children' - 29th May 2011

Twelve children and two womLinken have been killed in a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local officials.

The tragedy happened in Nawzad district in southwest Helmand province late on Saturday.

Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said Nato was targeting insurgents but instead struck two homes, killing two women, five girls and seven boys.

Some of the children were under two years old. A further six people were reportedly injured in the bombardment.

Distraught father Noor Agha said: "My house was bombarded in the middle of the night and my children were killed. The Taliban were far away from my home, why was my house bombed?"

The strike apparently followed an attack by militants on a US Marine base in Nawzad earlier on Saturday.

A Nato spokesman, Major Tim James, said he was aware of the reports of civilian casualties in Nawzad.

He said more information will be released later after the site has been inspected by alliance and Afghan troops.

:: Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops killed one woman and detained several suspected insurgents during a raid on a compound in the Musa Khel district of eastern Khost province on Saturday.

The woman was armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher when she was engaged by the Afghan and ISAF troops and killed, the coalition said in a statement. Source

Twitter has handed over the confidential details of British users in a landmark legal case that could help Ryan Giggs

For the first time, the American social networking site has bowed to a court action brought by a British group complaining that they were libelled in messages.

The individuals who brought the legal action were councillors and officials at a local authority, South Tyneside.

They launched the case in an attempt to unmask an anonymous whistle-blower who calls himself Mr Monkey.

The action is believed to have cost council tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The unprecedented ruling has prompted a row over freedom of speech, with experts warning that it may lead to a flood of actions by lawyers in other cases seeking to obtain personal information about people who breach super-injunctions or post libellous messages on Twitter.

It comes as lawyers for Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United footballer, attempt to obtain details of individuals who named him on Twitter as the holder of an injunction to protect details of his personal life.

Until now, Twitter has resisted releasing information about its users, although its privacy policy says it will do so to “comply with a law, regulation or legal request”.

Tony Wang, the company’s head of European operations, warned last week that it would not seek to protect users’ confidential information when legally required to hand it over.

He said the most the company could do was to inform users before it released their details, to give them a chance to challenge the rulings in court.

In their attempt to unmask Mr Monkey, the South Tyneside councillors and officials went to court in California, where Twitter is based.

They obtained a ruling ordering the company to release contact details, location information and computer addresses of the individuals behind four accounts on the website. Read More