Tara's Blog – July 2009 Archive (46)

Study: Leftover bombs killed 10,500 in Vietnam

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:41:05 GMT

Bombs and land mines left over from the Vietnam War have so far killed more than 10,500 people in the south Asian country, a study has found.

The report, released on Friday by Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) and Vietnam's Ministry of Defense, said that 10,529 people have been killed and 12,231 others injured by leftover bombs, shells and mines since the war ended in 1975.

Most of the casualties were men collecting… Continue

Added by Tara on July 31, 2009 at 1:04pm — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: John Walker Lindh’s Parents Discuss Their Son’s Story, from Joining the US-Backed Taliban Army to Surviving a Northern Alliance Massacre, to His Abuse at the Hands of US Forces

In their first extended interview, the parents of John Walker Lindh, Marilyn Walker and Frank Lindh, join us for the hour to tell their son’s story. He was born in Washington, DC in 1981. At the age of sixteen, he converted to Islam. In 1999, Lindh left the United States for Yemen to study Arabic and the Koran. He later traveled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan, before 9/11, where he received military training from the US-backed, Taliban-run Afghan Army to fight against the Northern Alliance… Continue

Added by Tara on July 31, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Family appealing loss of cabin, land

Judge rules DNR owns lakefront site

By Nicholas Penzenstadler of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: July 29, 2009

For 44 years, Gerald Wied and his family have enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and hunting at their log cabin in northeastern Wisconsin. They paid taxes on the land, considered it their own.

But this week, Marinette County Circuit Judge David G. Miron ruled the 4-acre parcel on Lake Noquebay belongs to the Department of Natural… Continue

Added by Tara on July 30, 2009 at 10:42am — No Comments

The local Muslim community in North Carolina is responding to the arrests of seven in that state on terrorism charges

Daniel Patrick Boyd.

Sabrina Boyd, whose husband and two sons are among the seven who have been arrested says in a statement read at this press conference:

The charges have not been substantiated. We are an ordinary family. We have a right to justice, and believe that justice will prevail. We are decent people who care about other human beings. Just because something is said in the media does not make it so. I have raised my sons to be good people, and we are a good… Continue

Added by Tara on July 29, 2009 at 5:24pm — 4 Comments

Iran arrests Western media acolytes

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:33:17 GMT

An underground network providing foreign media outlets with photos and footage of the post-election unrest has been identified and arrested in Iran.

Security forces said Wednesday that the network was comprised of pro-reform extremists who had contributed to the western media campaign against the newly-elected Ahmadinejad government.

At least two members of the group have confessed to providing media sources in the West with visual… Continue

Added by Tara on July 29, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

The White House beer day for Crowley and Gates, who are related

With the recent steady drip-drip of discourse from the White House on police and racial profiling, we hope the Obama clan also keeps some Guinness on tap.

Turns out that Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. may actually be related through Irish ancestry to the police officer who arrested him in his own house earlier this month, according to ABC News. No, really!

President Obama, who initially said the Cambridge, Mass., police department "acted stupidly," then on second… Continue

Added by Tara on July 29, 2009 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Israeli leader calls Obama 'slave'

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:28:53 GMT

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Israel's Shas Party, has called US President Barack Obama "a slave" who seeks to rule the world and control Tel Aviv's affairs.

"American insidiousness tells us to build here and not to build there as though we were slaves working for them," he said. "We live in a time when slaves are governing us and are trying to control us."

The racist remarks were made during Yosef's weekly sermon on… Continue

Added by Tara on July 28, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Fed job approval rating lower than IRS: Gallup poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans think the Federal Reserve is doing a worse job than even the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service.

Only 30 percent of Americans think the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors is doing a good job despite the central bank's unprecedented efforts to battle a crippling recession, according to a Gallup Poll released on Monday.

That makes the Fed the worst reviewed of nine key agencies -- including the tax-collecting IRS -- the Gallup poll of more than… Continue

Added by Tara on July 28, 2009 at 2:19pm — 4 Comments

New Taser stun gun can shock 3 at a time


Associated Press Writer

Updated: July 27, 2009, 1:18 PM

Taser International unveiled its first new stun gun since 2003 Monday, a device that can shock three people without reloading.

Older Taser models, in use by 14,200 law enforcement agencies throughout the country, have to be reloaded after one shot, which can be a problem for an officer who has missed a target or has more than one suspect to subdue.

Scottsdale-based Taser… Continue

Added by Tara on July 27, 2009 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

Gates: Iran is a threat to Israel, US

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:11:27 GMT

Washington says Iran's nuclear program is a threat to both Israel and the United States, reaffirming its 'unbreakable bond' with Tel Aviv.

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the comments in a joint news conference with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

“We had a good meeting during which I reaffirmed the strong commitment of the United Sates to the security of Israel. As President (Barack) Obama… Continue

Added by Tara on July 27, 2009 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

Both U.S. political parties offend "Joe the Plumber"

By Nick Carey

HOLLAND, Ohio (Reuters) - "Joe the Plumber," who came to symbolize U.S. taxpayer frustration during last year's election, sounds even angrier now at what he sees as excessive government spending on the economy and healthcare reform.

"The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough?" said Joe Wurzelbacher, 35, in an interview on Friday at his modest suburban Ohio… Continue

Added by Tara on July 26, 2009 at 6:03pm — 2 Comments

India mine row embroils Church of England

By Alastair Lawson

BBC News

The idea that there could be any connection between one of India's most remote and inaccessible areas and the Church of England seems improbable, at first glance.

High in the monsoon mists in eastern India, witch doctors in the Niyamgiri hills still make sacrifices to the gods and tribes believe the hills are sacred.

It is a world away from the quiet corridors of Church House - the headquarters of the Church of England in… Continue

Added by Tara on July 26, 2009 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

US Air Force to have nuclear-capable drones

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 21:42:43 GMT

The US Air Force maps out a plan for relative drone supremacy in the service where the unmanned aircrafts would fit every operation including nuclear assaults.

On Thursday, the air force released a report envisaging the future replacement of human servicemen and military planes by high-tech drones, The New York Times reported.

The drones depicted in the Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Plan range from pilot less aerial vehicles and… Continue

Added by Tara on July 25, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Sixteen die in Aria Air plane crash in Mashhad

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:39:14 GMT

At least 16 people have been killed and 21 others have been injured when an Aria Air plane crash-landed in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

The plane en route to the northeastern city of Mashhad from Tehran crashed as it was attempting to make an emergency landing at the destination at about 18:00 (1430 GMT) Friday, reported Fars news agency.

The aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-62 jet, had 160 passengers and crewmembers onboard. Earlier… Continue

Added by Tara on July 24, 2009 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

N Korea 'tests weapons on children'

By Steve Chao in Seoul, South Korea

When Im Chun-yong made his daring escape from North Korea, with a handful of his special forces men, there were many reasons why the North Korean government was intent on stopping them.

They were, after all, part of Kim Jong-il's elite commandos - privy to a wealth of military secrets and insights into the workings of the reclusive regime

But among the accounts they carried with them is one of the most shocking yet to emerge –… Continue

Added by Tara on July 24, 2009 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

UPDATE 1-Mayors, rabbis arrested in NJ corruption probe

Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:17pm EDT

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Three New Jersey mayors and several rabbis were arrested on Thursday in a sweeping federal investigation into political corruption that also uncovered human kidney sales and money laundering from Brooklyn to Israel, authorities said.

Among the 44 people arrested were Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who took office 23 days ago.

Cammarano, at 31 the city's youngest mayor, was… Continue

Added by Tara on July 23, 2009 at 2:24pm — 6 Comments

The 'genocide' of Burundi's Albinos

By Yvonne Ndege, Al Jazeera's correspondent

In a small town in the East African nation of Burundi, a group of people live in fear of being savagely murdered at any moment. They are always on guard night and day maintaining shifts of who keeps watch.

These people are not criminals on the run but victims of mother nature.

They are among a dwindling number of Albinos who have been in hiding since early 2009 when more than a dozen of them were slaughtered for their… Continue

Added by Tara on July 23, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

Artificial brain '10 years away'

By Jonathan Fildes

Technology reporter, BBC News, Oxford

A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed.

Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already simulated elements of a rat brain.

He told the TED Global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses.

Around two billion people are… Continue

Added by Tara on July 22, 2009 at 11:57pm — 1 Comment

China, Russia launch large-scale war games

22 July, 2009, 17:39

Russian and Chinese military forces are taking part in a five-day joint exercise, one of the biggest of its kind.

The “Peace Mission 2009” drill was officially started on Wednesday in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk by Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolay Makarov and his Chinese counterpart Chen Bingde.

About 3,000 army and air forces personnel, 300 armored vehicles and 45 aircraft will take part in the maneuvers at the Taonan military… Continue

Added by Tara on July 22, 2009 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

Bernanke says Fed can take on supercop role

By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

(07-21) 12:35 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ran into skepticism Tuesday from lawmakers wary of expanding the Fed's duties to police big financial companies. They argued that the Fed failed to spot problems that led to the financial crisis in the first place.

"The Fed has made some big mistakes," said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., ranking member of… Continue

Added by Tara on July 21, 2009 at 4:31pm — 3 Comments

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