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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:32:49 PM EST
Bahrain protester found dead on eve of Grand Prix - BAHRAIN - FRANCE 24

REUTERS - A Bahraini man was found dead on Saturday after clashes with riot police in the village of Shakhoura, the opposition party Wefaq said, a day before Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix race.

Violence has escalated in the run-up to the Grand Prix, a prestigious event cancelled in Bahrain last year due to political turmoil. State officials count on the running of this year's race to signal to the world a return to normalcy in the Gulf Arab state, a stance rejected by opposition protesters.

Wefaq named the dead demonstrator as Salah Abbas Habib, 37, and said his body was found on the roof of a building. Wefaq said Habib was part of a group who were beaten by police during clashes late on Friday night.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:02 PM EST
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Critics blast 'surreal' Bahrain Grand Prix | World | DW.DE | 21.04.2012
"It's surreal that an international Grand Prix is taking place in a country where human rights abuses abound," Richard Sollom, who tracks Bahrain at Washington-based watchdog Physicians for Human Rights, told DW. "The people attending the race will never see it. The government has done a great job walling off the areas where there's tear gas being used."

..."The crackdown has become harsher because of F1, so in part we're blaming them for the injuries and arrests," Maryam al-Khawaja, head of the foreign relations office at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told DW. "We received reports that young boys were arrested and tortured in prison, some as young as 17. So we're definitely putting it on the shoulders of Ecclestone and F1."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:11 PM EST
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the grand prix is an assault on human rights... to breathe clean air.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 05:14:13 PM EST
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Robert Fisk: This is politics not sport. If drivers can't see that, they are the pits - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent
When the Foreign Office urges British motor racing fans to stay away from Bahrain, this ain't no sporting event, folks, it's a political one. The Bahraini authorities prove it by welcoming sports reporters but refusing visas to other correspondents who want to tell the world what's going on in this minority-run, Saudi-dominated kingdom.

But what do our lads tell us from the circuit, 25 miles from the Bahraini capital, Manama? Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are only in it for sport. Bahraini repression of its democratic majority? Nothing to do with us, governor. And Sebastian Vettel? "I think it's a lot of hype." Hype? HYPE? The Arab Awakening came to Bahrain a year ago, a majority Shia people demanding a democratically elected government - with a minority Sunni monarch still at its head, for heaven's sake, as generous an Arab Spring as you could find - and it's met with police gunfire, torture and death. And Master Vettel - is there anything left of the old cliché "moral compass"? - claims "it's a lot of hype". What a disgraceful man.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:20 PM EST
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Racing drivers are notoriously clueless. I remember seeing an interview with Jensen Button where he admitted he'd never heard of the Spice girls. This was at the height of their fame.

They live in a petrol fume filled bubble and all else is exclued.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:23:23 AM EST
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Just one?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 07:05:53 AM EST
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UN authorizes beefed-up mission in Syria | News | DW.DE | 21.04.2012

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to increase the size of its monitoring mission in Syria to 300, demanding an immediate end to the escalating violence.

The UN mission has until now been limited to 30 observers, a number Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said is far too small to do its job of ensuring compliance with a cease-fire between government forces and rebels. Ban now has the authority to decide when to deploy the additional observers, which will be unarmed and will include both military and civilian experts.

"The deployment of the first 10 observers in Syria has not changed the murderous behavior of the regime," French UN ambassador Gerard Araud said, adding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had shown "contempt" toward the UN.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:33 PM EST
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Libya ver.2

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 07:06:35 AM EST
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`Large-scale' Kabul terror plot foiled by Afghan police - AFGHANISTAN - FRANCE 24

REUTERS - Afghan security forces have detained five insurgents in Kabul, with 10,000 kilograms (22,046 lbs) of explosives they intended to use in a massive attack on crowded areas in the capital, an Afghan intelligence spokesman said on Saturday.

"If this amount of explosives had been used, it could have caused large-scale bloodshed," National Directorate of Security spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri told a news conference.

..."Three Pakistani terrorists and two of their Afghan collaborators who placed the explosives under bags of potatoes in truck were caught," said Tahiri.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:46 PM EST
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More Secret Service resignations in Colombia prostitution scandal - USA - FRANCE 24

REUTERS - The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday that three more of its employees have resigned, bringing to six the number that have left the agency in connection with alleged misconduct involving prostitutes in Colombia last week before President Barack Obama's trip there.

The Secret Service also said that a 12th employee had been implicated in the ongoing investigation into a night of partying on April 11-12 that embarrassed the United States and overshadowed Obama's participation in the Summit of the Americas last weekend.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:57 PM EST
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NYT: Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle.

MEXICO CITY -- In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company's largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, he said, the company had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 03:17:09 AM EST
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I'm shocked, shocked I tell you {/Capt Reneault}. I'm sure no other large corporations use such tactics to preserve and entrench market dominance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:25:35 AM EST
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There are many different corporate ways of nobbling the entire production system: nobble the workforce (all), nobble the product suppliers (e.g. Ikea), nobble the customer (Finance industries), nobble the political environment (ditto), nobble resource suppliers ("mission accomplished"), nobble the legal system (megamedia), nobble the planet, etc.

It's all about fixing the bets.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 06:05:45 AM EST
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Guardian - Will Hutton - Argentina's oil grab is timely retort to rampaging capitalism

For too long, companies and the rich worldwide, egged on by American Republicans and British Tories, have shamelessly exploited the proposition that there is only one proper relationship between them and society: they do what they want on their own terms. And society must accept this because it is the sole route to "wealth generation". Capital exists above state and society.

Fernández's actions, however clumsy and unfair in their execution, are part of a growing worldwide reaction to the excesses that this proposition has brought. Repsol does not, and did not, have a God-given right to sell control in YPF to whomever it pleases while Argentina's interests can go hang. It exists in a symbiotic relationship with the society in which it trades. The right to trade and to own are privileges that come with reciprocal obligations as the Ownership Commission, which I chaired, argued earlier this year. They cannot exist in a vacuum because companies' actions have profound effects.

Moreover, companies, especially energy companies, need public agencies to help mitigate the risk of undertaking huge investments in a world where the future is unknowable. Across the globe, business and the rich insist on denying these elementary truths. Now they are reaping the whirlwind as a hostile reaction gathers pace worldwide. Capitalism's self-appointed custodians have become its worst enemies.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:33:32 AM EST
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