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Syria: Assad’s torture camps
expose Ban Ki-moon’s naivety

Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/21/2014 12:52:02 PM

What a way to run a peace conference. One minute the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Iranians to attend; the next he is forced into the humiliating position of withdrawing his invitation to Tehran, with all the implications that is likely to have for the success of this week´s scheduled talks in Montreux. [Snip] For anyone who has followed closely Syria´s brutal descent into full-scale civil war, Iran´s fundamental objective has been to ensure at all costs the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s regime, its most important regional ally. Thus the UN´s requirement that Tehran accept the protocols

      


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Syria: Assad’s torture camps
expose Ban Ki-moon’s naivety
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 12:52:02 PM     Post Reply
What a way to run a peace conference. One minute the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Iranians to attend; the next he is forced into the humiliating position of withdrawing his invitation to Tehran, with all the implications that is likely to have for the success of this week´s scheduled talks in Montreux. [Snip] For anyone who has followed closely Syria´s brutal descent into full-scale civil war, Iran´s fundamental objective has been to ensure at all costs the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s regime, its most important regional ally. Thus the UN´s requirement that Tehran accept the protocols

   

 

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Telegraph [UK], by Jamie Bartlett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 12:41:30 PM     Post Reply
Throughout the 1980s the US government was increasingly worried about a new, ungovernable public space. Although still tiny, this “cyberspace” was becoming a nuisance to the law: untraceable paedophile networks were sharing images, anonymous hackers were stealing intellectual property. In 1990 the FBI launched Operation Sun Devil, a nationwide, over-the-top crackdown on hackers and upped their monitoring of the online world. [Snip] But here’s Act Two of the drama. Philip Zimmerman was so incensed by the government trying to stop people from using cryptography that he decided to develop powerful cryptographic software and make freely available to everyone. His “PGP” remains

One-time ´World´s fastest man´ Carl Lewis
says Chris Christie torpedoed his political
career in New Jersey because he wanted
to run against the governor´s friend
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 6:20:33 AM     Post Reply
Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medal winner in track and field who once set world records for sprinting, said Monday that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie tripped him up in 2011 he tried a run of a different kind – for political office. Current Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno, then the state´s attorney general, ruled that Lewis hadn´t lived in the Garden State long enough to run for a seat in the state senate. He was preparing to run as a Democrat against Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego, a Christie friend and ally. The story of Lewis´ frustrating political

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has given confused insurance seekers the
toll-free number of a Seattle POTTERY
shop by mistake – for months!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 6:12:42 AM     Post Reply
Maryland´s Obamacare insurance marketplace is enduring the latest of a series of public embarrassments as its website has been referring hundreds of confused shoppers to a pottery store in Seattle, more than 2,300 miles away. That has put the temperature of the latest fiery debate over the Affordable Care Act at about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of a kiln. [Snip] Sue Lunz, the store´s owner, told The Baltimore Sun she has been getting dozens of calls per day, and it´s been a problem since the open-enrollment period began in October. Lilke the federal government´s Obamacare website, Maryland Health Connection

The Queen and Prince of Wales´s
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The concept of retirement is unknown to the British monarchy. In 1947, at her coming of age, the Queen declared in South Africa that she would serve her country and the Commonwealth for the whole of her life. At the time of the Silver Jubilee, she declared that, although she had made that promise during her “salad days”, she did not regret it and intended to keep it. For this reason, there can be no question of the Queen following the example of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who recently abdicated in favour of her son. Indeed, the notion of

The smoking ban killed the British pub.
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 5:51:56 AM     Post Reply
Some people believe Labour’s defining legacy is Iraq. Others think it is the hunting ban. But the issue which has affected most people and which has damaged the fabric and appearance of British community more than anything else is the loss of the local pub. The British pub is internationally famous. It is entirely bound with the nation´s history. Yet 26 are closing per week--more than 1,000 a year--changing the look of the nation. Town and countryside are littered with pub corpses, boarded up and often awaiting permission for conversion to flats or houses. And it is not as if

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 5:34:59 AM     Post Reply
Women who work in the City and have children are worth less than men, Nigel Farage has said. Brave man. Here are his exact words, as addressed to a City of London conference on the European Union: In many cases women make different choices in life to the ones men make, simply for biological reasons. [Snip] I don´t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyds of London and everyone else in the City*, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all. I think young, able women that are prepared to sacrifice the family life and

Christie says he´s ´readier´ to be
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which made him feel ´like I got hit
across the forehead with a 2x4´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 2:22:37 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he´s ´readier´ to be president than he was a few years ago and has hit back at claims he knew about Bridgegate as ´ridiculous´ and ´arrogant.´ He claimed in a softball interview conducted by Yahoo! News on Friday that learning learning about incriminating emails sent by his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, was ´completely disorienting, like I got hit across the forehead with a 2x4.´ Pressure on Christie has intensified in the last week as his political and campaign offices and 18 aides and political appointees received subpoenas for documents related to the George Washington

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 2:11:56 PM     Post Reply
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Patients can make choices about which hospital they use based on many factors, including advertisements on billboards and signs on the back of city buses. While annual hospital rankings published in magazines like U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Reports offer conflicting advice on the best places to seek treatment, plain-and-simple geography can also matter. So do health insurance networks and recommendations from friends or physicians. “How does the consumer know which to believe?” said Dr. Todd Shuman, vice president and chief quality officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Should they believe this, or should they believe this? Or

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At least 13 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, say police and medics. At least 40 people were wounded in the explosions. The deadliest single attack, in which at least six people died, struck the south of the city. In an extended surge of violence, at least 759 people died in December alone. More than 650 have died so far in January, said AFP news agency.

   

 

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