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1  The War Room / Iran / Britain Downgrades Diplomatic Ties With Iran on: November 30, 2011, 03:30:39 pm

Britain Downgrades Diplomatic Ties With Iran
Reuters

By ALAN COWELL, ROBERT F. WORTH and RICK GLADSTONE
Published: November 30, 2011

LONDON — Britain deepened Iran’s isolation on Wednesday by closing the vandalized British embassy in Tehran, withdrawing all its diplomats and ordering the Iranians to do the same at their London diplomatic mission within 48 hours, escalating the most serious rupture of relations in decades. At least four other European countries also moved to reduce diplomatic contacts with Iran.

Dozens of Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, according to officials in London. More Photos »

The British measures were announced by Foreign Secretary William Hague a day after Iranian protesters shouting “Death to England” stormed the British Embassy compound and a diplomatic residence in Tehran, tearing down the Union Jack, smashing windows, defacing walls. setting a vehicle afire and briefly detaining six staff members. The attack appeared to be a state-sponsored protest against Britain’s tough new economic sanctions against Iran because of its suspect nuclear energy program.

more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/world/middleeast/british-embassy-iran-diplomats-evacuated.html?hp
2  General / The New World Order / Re: Ken Clarke Defends 'lesser rapes' BBC runs Khan 'alleged, attempted ****' Story. on: May 19, 2011, 02:20:44 pm

I have heard it argued that even murder had degrees. First degree murder, second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter.

Considering **** is a crime that has punishments ranging from no imprisonment to Life imprisonment a degree scale might be a consideration.

3  The Economy / Stimulus Plans & Bailouts / Re: Was IMF Head Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested over SDR Bonds? on: May 19, 2011, 01:59:30 pm

FEBRUARY 19, 2011, 2:15 P.M. ET

UPDATE: IMF's Strauss-Kahn Wants The Yuan In SDR

  By Nicolas Winning and William Horobin
  Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
 
PARIS (Dow Jones)--The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said Saturday he wants China's yuan to be included in the basket of currencies that make up the fund's alternative reserve currency--but it would have to be at least partly convertible first.

Finance officials from the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging countries agreed Saturday to look at whether the role of the Special Drawing Rights, or SDR, in the global monetary system should be expanded.

"I will be personally very in favor of having the renminbi in the SDR as soon as possible, but in one way or other it means that the renminbi has to be, if not totally freely convertible, at least partly convertible for the part which will be in the SDR," he told reporters after the G20 meeting.

The French--who hold the rotating presidency of the G20--have been using the inclusion of the yuan in the SDR as a way of approaching the thorny issue of China's currency.

U.S. and other developed markets want China to let the yuan--also known as the renminbi--appreciate faster because they feel its relative weakness crimps the export power of their economies. But China says too quick an appreciation of the yuan could damage the Chinese economy.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said Monday the yuan would be included in that expansion as soon as China has fulfilled the required conditions on the convertibility of its currency

Strauss-Kahn said the yuan is clearly a big enough currency to satisfy the size criteria to be included in the SDR, which includes the dollar, the yen, the euro and the U.K. pound.

"The problem is there's another one [criteria], which is that it has to be a currency that is freely valued by the market and it's not," he said.

The IMF head said he has had many opportunities to talk with Chinese government and central bank officials and those discussions have been "very open."

"I think that would be good for China because it would lead to a more open economy and clearly that is what China aims to do," he said.

Strauss-Kahn said the SDR has a number of advantages, notably that it less volatile than other currencies. It can also be used to price commodities and issue bonds, he added.

Strauss-Kahn said it was also urgent for Europe to pursue further economic coordination. Some countries needed to carry out aggressive fiscal adjustment while others could pursue a more medium-term adjustment, he said without naming any specific countries.

"Europe can't function with deficits that bring debt to around 100% [of gross domestic product]. Simply, they will no longer be able to borrow as lenders won't lend anymore."

"European growth can strengthen quicker...if necessary economic policies are implemented," Strauss-Kahn said.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110219-702023.html
4  The Economy / Stimulus Plans & Bailouts / Re: Was IMF Head Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested over SDR Bonds? on: May 19, 2011, 01:55:33 pm

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Calls for Strengthening the International Monetary System

Press Release No. 11/36
February 10, 2011

Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned today that lack of action to reform the international monetary system could sow the seeds of the next crisis, and he called for renewed international cooperation for a better and stronger global recovery.

“Global imbalances are back, and issues that worried us before the crisis—large and volatile capital flows, exchange rate pressures, rapidly growing excess reserves—are on the front burner once again,” Mr. Strauss-Kahn said during a panel discussion on the international monetary system held at the IMF in Washington, DC. He said that “reforms to the international monetary system could both bolster the recovery and strengthen the system’s ability to prevent future crises.”

Mr. Strauss-Kahn emphasized three areas of reform in particular:

• Strengthening policy cooperation. Just as cooperation helped pull the global economy out of the crisis, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said further cooperation can now lay the foundations for more stable global growth. He pointed to the G-20’s Mutual Assessment Process (MAP)—as as an important first step toward creating more permanent frameworks for global policy cooperation—and to the IMF’s Financial Sector Assessment Programs and new reports on the spillover effects of countries’ policies on one another, as measures in train to strengthen surveillance.

• Reducing capital flow and exchange rate volatility. Countries’ policy responses to inflows of capital have an impact on other countries, Mr. Strauss-Kahn noted. He said that the Fund is looking at these issues including whether there was a need for globally agreed “rules of the road” for managing capital flows.

• Enhancing liquidity provision in times of extreme volatility. The global financial safety net has been strengthened in the wake of the crisis. Mr. Strauss-Kahn noted, for example, the introduction of the Flexible Credit Line and Precautionary Credit Line by the IMF. Another avenue worth exploring, he said, is how to “strengthen partnerships with regional financing arrangements.

Potential Role of the SDR in strengthening the international monetary system. Over time, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said that there may be a greater role for the IMF’s international reserve asset, called the Special Drawing Right, or SDR, to contribute to a more stable monetary system. Although a number of obstacles remain in the way, increasing the global stock of SDRs could help alleviate global imbalances by reducing the need for an excessive buildup of reserves, he said. He added that issuing SDR-denominated bonds could create a potentially new class of reserve assets, and that use of the SDR to price global trade and denominate financial assets would provide a buffer from exchange rate volatility.

Mr. Strauss Kahn concluded that the reform of the international monetary system is not something academic or abstract—“It is linked to achieving the kind of well-balanced and sustainable recovery that the world needs and it is linked to preventing the next crisis.”

http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2011/pr1136.htm
5  The Economy / Stimulus Plans & Bailouts / Re: Was IMF Head Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested over SDR Bonds? on: May 19, 2011, 01:47:33 pm

Was IMF Head Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested over SDR Bonds?

May 16, 2011

Clearly Dominique Strauss-Kahn is becoming a hot topic as it is shaping up to be the conspiracy theory of the century. Even now on Ebay you’ll find his name listed.

STRAUSSKAHN.NET, STRAUSSKAHN.ORG are all for sale as a package for 950 bucks (current bid, most likely it will go higher.. much higher due to the traffic they are currently getting.

Regardless it appears that people are profiting and it’s spurring a mini-industry on who can type faster. The supporters or detractors of his arrest.

This can honestly be the conspiracy theory of the century. The IMF under Dominique Strauss Kahn has been over the past 3 years been planning it’s own currency of reserve. Calling on a currency called an SDR (special drawing rights) in focus the point that could be the major issue is the SDR bond that allows the IMF to issue bonds that could (and most likely would) compete with US treasuries.

The moment the SDR BOND becomes popular is the exact moment the US dollar loses it’s currency reserve status.

But alas, the guy that was pushing this through finds himself behind bars on what some say are bogus charges.

You could imagine what is at stake. The US dollar itself.

If Dominique Strauss Kahn was able to pull this off and use the IMF to draw SDR Bonds you will see a dramatic drop in the value of the US debt. Countries and investors would be buying SDR bonds rather than US treasuries. It will effectively end the USA’s ability to print off the debt.

Instead however we find the leader of the IMF behind bars. Was he setup? Was this engineered to keep the US Dollar as the currency of reserve?

http://www.tribbleagency.com/?p=8026
6  The Economy / Stimulus Plans & Bailouts / Was IMF Head Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested over SDR Bonds? on: May 19, 2011, 01:45:30 pm

Strauss-Kahn victim of 'dollar lobby'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSV27b_87nQ

The International Monetary Fund chief has resigned while in custody in New York, over accusations of sexual assault that he strongly denies. Before Dominique Strauss-Kahn quit, crowds gathered in Washington to join the growing global calls for him to go. Let's look at what this all means for world banking with Adrian Salbuchi, who's an economics and geopolitics author in Buenos Aires.
7  The Economy / Financial Crisis Forum / US shares tumble on oil, economy worries on: March 01, 2011, 06:13:21 pm



US shares tumble on oil, economy worries

    * From correspondents in New York
    * From: AFP
    * March 02, 2011 8:52AM

WALL Street dropped sharply today after Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke warned that high oil prices could spark inflation and stall the country's economic recovery.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 168.32 points (1.38 per cent) at 12,058.02. The broader S&P 500 index dropped 20.89 points (1.57 per cent) to 1306.33, and the tech-focused Nasdaq fell 44.86 points (1.61 per cent) to 2737.41.

"Sustained rises in the prices of oil and other commodities would represent a threat both to economic growth and to overall price stability," the US central banker said in testimony to Congress today.

The fresh worries came as fighting in Libya sent oil prices and gold higher, with gold hitting a new record above $1433 an ounce.

Although Bernanke also said that the oil price spike was likely to be temporary, and despite some encouraging data on growth in manufacturing and auto sales, traders seemed to take their cues from his remarks on price rises.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/breaking-news/us-shares-tumble-on-oil-economy-worries/story-e6frfkur-1226014537187#ixzz1FOSP1IJc
8  General / General Discussion / Re: First Mel, Now Charlie... on: October 26, 2010, 04:52:53 pm
Charlie Sheen taken to hospital in New York for psychiatric tests

Actor agrees to undergo evaluation after police find him in apparent state of high intoxication in hotel room

    * Associated Press
    * guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 October 2010 18.32 BST
    * Article history

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller Sheen Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller Sheen: the actor's publicist said Sheen had had an adverse allergic reaction to medication. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/AP

Charlie Sheen has been taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after a woman called police to say he was throwing furniture and yelling in his room at The Plaza hotel in New York, a law enforcement official said.

Police were called to the room at about 2am today and Sheen appeared highly intoxicated. The actor was not arrested and went voluntarily, the official said. It, is not clear who the woman was in the hotel room with him. Sheen was reportedly in New York on a family vacation.

His publicist Stan Rosenfield said the 45-year-old was expected to be released tomorrow. "What we are able to determine is that Charlie had an adverse allergic reaction to some medication and was taken to the hospital," he said.

It was the latest in a series of troubles for Sheen, the star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," who has had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past.

In August, he pleaded guilty in Aspen, Colorado, to misdemeanour third-degree assault after a Christmas Day assault on his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen. Prosecutors dropped more serious charges and he avoided jail and he was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation centre, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.

Mueller Sheen told police that the actor threatened to kill her and brandished a knife after she told him she wanted a divorce. Charlie Sheen said they argued but he denied threatening her, and he told police that he was upset by the divorce threat. Sheen previously went through a bitter divorce and custody battle with actress Denise Richards, the mother of his two children, Sam, 6, and Lola, 5.

In December 1996, he was charged with attacking a girlfriend at his Southern California home. He later pleaded no contest and was placed on two years of probation.

In 1998, his father, actor Martin Sheen, turned him in for violating his parole after a **** overdose. He was ordered to undergo a rehabilitation program.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/oct/26/charlie-sheen-hospital-new-york
9  General / International News / Chinese Twitter user arrested after Tweeting "Congratulations" to Liu Xiaobo on: October 26, 2010, 04:19:29 pm
Chinese Twitter user seized after supporting Liu Xiaobo

Police arrest woman after she tweets her intention to march with a banner praising jailed Nobel peace prize winner

    * Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies
    * guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 October 2010 16.43 BST
    * Article history


Chinese police ouside home of Liu Xia A policeman seals off a road outside the Beijing apartment house where Liu Xia lives after her husband, Liu Xiaobo, won the Nobel prize. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Chinese police seized a woman from her house in the middle of the night after she tweeted her intention to demonstrate with a banner congratulating jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel peace prize, a friend said today.

The news comes amid a crackdown on Liu's friends and supporters that has raised questions about who will collect his award next month.

His wife Liu Xia, who is under house arrest, has invited more than 140 dissidents, activists and celebrities to accept the prize because she fears she will be unable to go.

Zhang Shijie, a blogger in Chongqing, tweeted that officers had taken Mou Yanxi at about 2.30am.

Another Twitter user, @newsinchina, said Mou had returned home but police had kept her mobile phone and computer, adding: "Reminder for those who want to send her DM, emails or text messages – be cautious."

Mou's mobile phone was still switched off this evening. An officer at the police station she was reportedly taken to denied knowledge of the case.

Mou, a freelance designer thought to be in her 20s, had tweeted: "If there is really an anti-Japanese demonstration in Chongqing, I will carry a banner saying 'Congratulations, Uncle Xiaobo!' "

Several hundred people demonstrated in the south-western city this afternoon. Although some protesters have used rallies sparked by a maritime dispute with Japan to air unrelated grievances, it is unclear whether Mou was serious. Zhang wrote that she seemed to have been detained because of her tweet, adding: "If such behaviour goes on, it will eventually happen to all of us."

He later wrote that police today warned him not to attend the rally and to be careful what he said on Twitter.

Dissidents and activists have celebrated Liu's award despite the clampdown. In an open letter posted online today, Liu Xia said her husband would want his friends "to attend this historic ceremony and to share the glory".

She invited people including Ding Zilin, whose teenage son was killed in the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square student protests in 1989, film director Chen Kaige and racing driver and blogger Han Han. She said she believed cultural figures could help promote social change.

Liu Xia's friend Yang Jianli, a democracy activist exiled in the US, told Associated Press the letter was authentic and that he was helping her.

We can't forget that our real, real hero, Liu Xiaobo, is still languishing in prison, and his wife is under house arrest," he said.

Yu Jie, a dissident writer and friend of Liu who is under house arrest, told the Guardian: "Under these circumstances, I don't think I will be able to go anywhere. I think for most of the people mentioned in the list, going to Norway is impossible."

Fifteen Nobel peace laureates, including Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama today asked world leaders to press China to release the 54-year-old and end Liu Xia's house arrest. The letter asks them to use next month's G20 summit in Seoul to raise the issue with China's president, Hu Jintao.

In response, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters Liu was "convicted by Chinese judicial authorities for breaking China's laws".

He added: "We oppose any attempt to make an issue of this, and we oppose anyone infringing on China's judicial sovereignty in any way."

Liu is serving 11 years for incitement to subvert state power after co-authoring Charter 08, a call for democratic reforms.

China has accused the west of ideological warfare. One commentary on the People's Daily website today was headlined: "It is an unquestionable fact that Chinese people have freedom of expression and press."

The article, which did not directly refer to Liu, cited China's billions of publications, huge internet population and widespread TV broadcasting but did not mention its censorship of all media. The author, Ren Wen, said people overlooked freedom of expression "because they want to contaminate China's international image, weaken or even abolish the leadership of the Communist party of China and change the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/26/china-nobel-liu-xiaobo-tweet-arrest
10  General / General Discussion / Re: Prison Planet Forum Offline Archive on: August 23, 2010, 02:37:53 am
I checked the torrents...they're all dead.

Perhaps TheHouseMan, MonkeyPox, Viper, ES, Brocke, larsonstdoc, dtk, ImJustAPatsy, Mr Grinch, jofortruth, KiwiClare, pupil, SpeakUpFightBack, Valerius, XR500Final or somebody else has a copy?

And surely some of the mods have backed up the database?!?

Dig put me onto this backup but by then it was too late and off line. Sorry...
11  General / Wikileaks operation and the concept of controlled opposition / Re: Wikileaks Julian Assange accuser is CIA Operative on: August 22, 2010, 05:41:24 pm

Assange told Al Jazeera on Sunday that while he had been forewarned by Australian intelligence on August 11 to expect a campaign against him, it was unclear who was behind it.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/08/2010822135529927326.html

Say what!  Shocked
12  General / International News / Iceland's Fight for Freedom on: August 22, 2010, 05:33:17 am
Iceland Could Have Become German Colony in 1864

20/08/2010 | 19:30

According to secret documents which Queen Margrethe II of Denmark recently gave the author Tom Buk-Swientys access to, King Christian IX of Denmark offered King Wilhelm I of Prussia to make Denmark part of the German Confederation in 1864. If he had accepted the offer, Iceland would have become a German colony.


There is a statue of Christian IX outside the Government Offices of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The Danish King’s offer—which apparently did not sound appealing to the King of Prussia—is considered a desperate attempt to prevent the Danish Kingdom from losing Schleswig and Holstein to Germany after a defeat in 1864, mbl.is reports.

According to Danish newspaper Politiken, King Christian IX did not consult his government before making the offer to the Prussian King and so it borders on treason.

The King’s arguments were that although Denmark would lose its sovereignty by becoming part of the German Confederation, Schleswig, where he grew up, and Holstein would still be considered part of the Danish Kingdom.

It has earlier been revealed that Denmark was prepared to trade Iceland for Schleswig in agreements with Prussia and Austria in the summer and autumn of 1864.

Christian IX was the King of Denmark and Iceland from 1863 to 1906. During his reign Iceland received its constitution in 1874 and home rule in 1904.

There is a statue of King Christian IX giving Iceland its constitution in front of the Government Offices on Laekjargata.

http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16567&ew_0_a_id=366649
13  General / International News / UN calls for calm after Wyclef Jean rejected as Haiti presidential candidate on: August 22, 2010, 04:57:05 am
UN calls for calm after Wyclef Jean rejected as Haiti presidential candidate

    * By Clarens Renois
    * From: AFP
    * August 22, 2010 3:34AM

UN peacekeepers in Haiti called for calm Saturday after electoral officials rejected international hip-hop star Wyclef Jean's presidential candidacy.

Jean, who has a strong following among Haiti's youth, was the best known of the 15 candidates disqualified from running.

The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) called "on political parties and candidates participating in presidential elections to respect the laws prescribed in the Elections Act".

Haiti's November 28 election is still uncertain in the aftermath of a powerful January 12 earthquake that killed at least 250,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.

The peacekeepers also asked the parties to urge their members to behave with "the greatest serenity and respect for voters" during the electoral process.

Jean issued a statement late on Friday reaffirming his commitment to the rule of law after council spokesman Richard Dumel announced that his candidacy was rejected.

The council did not formally explain its decision, but there have been concerns Jean might not meet residency requirements. Jean also faces questions about US back taxes.

"Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," Jean said.

Jean said he had been inspired to run for president because he believed Haiti become a great country with the right leadership.

"But, ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be," he said.

However in a phone interview broadcast on CNN on Saturday, Jean said that he was surprised by the ruling.

"This has come to our party and to our group as a total shock," he said.

"There's no specific reason" for the rejection, he said, adding that his lawyers "went over all the paperwork, and everything, worked every piece of document".

Fears of angry reaction from Jean's young supporters in Haiti appeared overblown, as the streets of the country's capital were calm Saturday.

Some Haitian politicians were quick to criticise the music star's last-minute bid to enter the race.

Jean "was a threat to the candidate endorsed by the party in power, but more broadly, a threat to the entire political class because his candidacy had attracted a lot of attention," former legislator Emmanuel Wesner said.

Jean was among 34 presidential candidates whose bids were challenged. In the end, electoral officials rejected bids from all of the Haitians living abroad who wanted to run for president, including Raymond Joseph, Haiti's ambassador to the US who is also Wyclef Jean's uncle.

The Grammy Award-winning musician lives in the New York area but spent his first nine years in Haiti. He traveled back to his homeland multiple times before the catastrophic January 12 earthquake, in a bid to help defuse violence in gang-infested slums and help the most disadvantaged Haitians.

In an open letter made public before the ruling, Jean said that whatever his own political fate, the world needed to do more to help Haiti, whose already serious woes were multiplied by the catastrophic earthquake.

But critics say that Jean's track record at helping Haiti has been spotty at best.

US actor Sean Penn, who runs a 55,000-person tent camp for the homeless in Haiti, and others have accused Jean of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars he raised after the earthquake for a charity he ran.

In a report on Tuesday, The New York Times highlighted a history of poor financial management at Jean's Yele Haiti charity, including a 250,000-dollar payment made to a television station that the singer and a cousin had recently acquired.

Jean acknowledged "missteps" at the charity before the earthquake but rejected claims of misappropriated funds.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/un-calls-for-calm-after-wyclef-jean-rejected-as-haiti-presidential-candidate/story-e6frfku0-1225908373404#ixzz0xKLVfPzA
14  General / International News / Computer "glitch" leaves Barclaycard customers unable to use credit cards on: August 22, 2010, 04:33:32 am
Computer glitch leaves Barclaycard customers unable to use credit cards

22/08/2010

A major computer failure left Barclaycard customers unable to use their credit cards yesterday.

Supermarket tills and petrol stations refused the credit cards.

When users tried instead to take cash out of hole-inthe-wall machines they found they were blocked.

Barclaycard technicians had managed to fix the glitch by late afternoon.

A spokesman said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Barclaycard is Britain's biggest credit card with 10 million customers.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/08/22/glitch-hits-10m-credit-115875-22505102/#ixzz0xKG7o0KV
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15  General / International News / Re: Australia's 2010 Election - first hung parliament in 60 years on: August 22, 2010, 03:09:05 am
Yea was worried that the Green Party is the agenda.

In the UK we also had a 'freak' hung parliament ...
They also sneaked in the first Green MP at Brighton...
I suspected voting fraud for the Green to get elected


Hmm, If I was a "Conspiracy Theorist" I might think that a bit suspicious. I mean Australia's election following a similar pattern to the UK's.
16  General / International News / Re: Australia's 2010 Election - first hung parliament in 60 years on: August 21, 2010, 10:47:11 pm

Quote
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be in a position to form a government with the support of Greens

A coalition of Labor and the Greens would mean Carbon Tyranny, Mining Tax Hell and a further push to the left!
17  General / Wikileaks operation and the concept of controlled opposition / Re: Wikileaks Julian Assange accuser is CIA Operative on: August 21, 2010, 10:42:53 pm
Sweden drops arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

By Mia Shanley
STOCKHOLM | Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:34pm EDT

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Saturday on suspicion of ****, but then swiftly withdrew it.

Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne determined there were not enough grounds for the warrant for Assange, whose website last month published secret U.S. military files on Afghanistan, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said on its website.

"... he is no longer suspected of ****. All the charges concerning **** have been lifted," a spokeswoman for the office said. A police investigation continues into another accusation, of molestation.

Assange, who is Australian by birth, told WikiLeaks' Twitter page the charges were "without basis" and that their timing was "deeply disturbing."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67K0ZU20100822


I guess he has learned his lesson and will now tow the NWO line.

LESSON: "work with us or go to prison"
18  General / Wikileaks operation and the concept of controlled opposition / Re: Wikileaks Julian Assange accuser is CIA Operative on: August 21, 2010, 10:41:09 pm

Sweden drops arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

By Mia Shanley
STOCKHOLM | Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:34pm EDT

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Saturday on suspicion of ****, but then swiftly withdrew it.

Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne determined there were not enough grounds for the warrant for Assange, whose website last month published secret U.S. military files on Afghanistan, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said on its website.

"... he is no longer suspected of ****. All the charges concerning **** have been lifted," a spokeswoman for the office said. A police investigation continues into another accusation, of molestation.

Assange, who is Australian by birth, told WikiLeaks' Twitter page the charges were "without basis" and that their timing was "deeply disturbing."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67K0ZU20100822
19  General / International News / Australia's 2010 Election - first hung parliament in 60 years on: August 21, 2010, 10:38:46 pm

Julia Gillard reaches out to independents as hung parliament looms

# By staff writers and AAP
# From: news.com.au
# August 22, 2010



UP to 80,000 uncounted votes in four seats will determine which of the two major parties forms a minority government in what looks like to be Australia's first hung parliament in 60 years.

If the numbers fall Labor's way, Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be in a position to form a government with the support of Greens MP Adam Bandt and one of four independents - Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, Bob Katter and possibly Andrew Wilkie.

There also is a possibility Opposition Leader Tony Abbott could form a minority Coalition government with the support of at least three independents.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/features/federal-election/labor-braces-for-the-backlash/story-e6frfllr-1225908040425#ixzz0xIociDJY
20  Science & Technology / Internet / Internet II / Internet 2 - Planned Total Control of the Web on: August 21, 2010, 10:21:10 pm

Countries want anti-counterfeit trade deal in September

By Doug Palmer

WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:55pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators from the United States, the European Union and nine other countries said on Friday they planned to finish work in September on a proposed pact to crack down on trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

The countries also pledged to publicly release the final text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has raised concerns among Internet and digital rights advocates, "before deciding to sign it."

U.S. movie, music, software and other copyright-based industries calculate that they lose more than $16 billion in sales each year from pirated versions of their products sold around the world. Many of these counterfeit and pirated goods are made in China.

In a joint statement, the participating countries addressed a number of worries that have surfaced about the pact, saying it would not require members of the agreement to take steps that violate "fundamental rights and liberties."

Some digital rights advocates feared that provisions aimed at reducing online piracy of music and films could empower Internet providers to deny service to repeat offenders.

The trade agreement "will not hinder the cross-border transit of legitimate generic medicines," the joint statement also said.

More here
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67J5A220100821?type=politicsNews
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