COVERS JUNE 19, 2008 – USA

Two spray painters caught defacing a downtown building early yesterday morning are believed to be among the city’s most prolific vandals, police said.

Justin Frost, 19, of Manchester, and Derek Gagnon, 20, of Goffstown, were arrested yesterday after a Verizon Wireless Arena security guard spotted them on a security camera, according to Capt. Richard Valenti. Police officers tracked the men to Central Street, where they were allegedly found with wet paint on their hands and aerosol paint cans in their possession.

Police believe Gagnon and Frost are two of the most active graffiti “artists” in Manchester, Valenti said. Their tags, according to police, include the phrases “DKRANE” and “Hostyle Fam,” both of which can be found throughout the city.

Yesterday, Gagnon bragged to police as he and Frost were placed in a transport wagon, according to police prosecutor Stephen Reardon. “You guys just arrested legends!” he reportedly said.

Both men were charged with felony criminal mischief and violations of prowling and possession of graffiti tools. They were arraigned yesterday in Manchester District Court, where each pleaded innocent to the violations. The court did not accept pleas for the felonies.

Probable cause hearings were set for July 2.

Anti-crime activists celebrated the arrests yesterday. Tracy Degges, a member of the mayor’s anti-graffiti task force, called the bust a “big one.”

“I mean, these guys’ tags are all over our city,” she said.

Yesterday, police found fresh “tags” on six businesses: Athens restaurant, TJ’s Sports Bar, The Elm Street Shop, La Cage Boutique, The Beauty Salon and Greg’s Place. The tags included “DKRANE,” “DK” and variations on “Hostyle Fam.” Police said the words “Hostyle Fam” were scrawled on the screen of Frost’s cell phone. An arrest affidavit says Gagnon’s tag is known to be “DK.”

Gagnon, 260 Goffstown Back Road, appeared before a district court judge for an altogether different reason earlier yesterday, when he pleaded no contest to unrelated charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended. Frost, of 480 Auburn St., also faces unrelated charges. Authorities allege he failed to appear in Merrimack District Court on June 30 to face a charge of driving after suspension. He is also accused of failing to appear in Manchester District Court on charges of speeding and conduct in public, as well as an outstanding stop sign violation. The Manchester charges will be addressed July 2.

Police were alerted to the vandalism when a Verizon Wireless Arena security guard called at 3:05 a.m., saying he saw the men on security surveillance of the area. When officers arrived they spotted two men dressed in black in the footpath between TJ’s Sports Bar and the Athens Restaurant. The men fled but were found on Central Street. The criminal mischief charges are felonies because the damage exceeded $1,000. The penalty is a sentence of 3 1/2 to seven years and a fine of up to $4,000. Bail for both men was set at $10,000 cash/surety, with a no-contact condition and overnight curfews. Frost’s curfew is 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., but the start time for Gagnon was changed to 8:30 p.m. because he said he does litigation review for a Salem law firm until 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Frost is unemployed.

Dozens of readers who left comments on UnionLeader.com yesterday applauded the Manchester Police for making the arrests.”People make mistakes, but these kids should be punished in the hope that they will grow up to be men some day,” said one reader, identified online as Bob Kratz, of Manchester.

 

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COVERS – MAY 19, 2008 – USA

He is back again. Last time a guy with a mullet named Richard Marx ruled the charts, George W. Bush was ruining the Texas Rangers and the only place to see Lindsay Lohan naked was on the diaper-changing table. Now, 19 years later, the adventurer rode off into the sunset in the last frame of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” finally arrives Thursday. But the movie is very real, and today audiences at the Cannes Film Festival are getting a first look. Can it possibly live up to the expectations?. Writer-producer George Lucas doesn’t think so. “I know the critics are going to hate it. They already hate it. So there’s nothing we can do about that”. The reason it’s taken so long to get Indy back on-screen is that three Hollywood heavyweights – Lucas, Ford and director Steven Spielberg – have had a devil of a time agreeing on a story and script, despite stabs by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The action begins in 1957 and has Indy, former flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and young sidekick Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) racing to beat Russian agents to a mystical artifact. Sounds promising. But, what about Indy style?. Jones’ costume, was originally designed by comic-book artist Jim Steranko.  HAT: was made by Adventurebilt Hat Company, a small shop in Columbus, Miss., run by Steve Delk. For the production, Delk crafted 48 beaver-felt hats, at a cost of $350 each. JACKET: In the original films, coat was made of goat or lambskin by Wested Leather, a UK shop that still sells replicas for 145 pounds. Current jacket is patterned after those originals. BAG: is based on a British Mark VII gas-mask bag used during WWII. WHIP: After a 19-year layoff, Ford had to spend six weeks in whip training. SHIRT & KHAKIS: Costumer Bernie Pollack had 60 pairs of khaki pants and 72 shirts made.

 

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COVERS APRIL 21, 2008 – USA

University of Mary Washington students who lived on $2 a day last week wondered whether they were competing with homeless people for food.

After a macroeconomics class, some went Dumpster-diving for bagels at the Park & Shop retail center on the U.S. 1 Bypass. Others retrieved donuts behind a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts. And a professor begged for coffee on a daily basis.

But unlike the chronic homeless, these campus crusaders knew their situation was temporary. The project, in which 35 students lived on $10 last week, ended Friday at 4 p.m.

One student’s friend called her a “fobo,” meaning fake hobo.

“This year, I’ve been more reflective about whether this is a legitimate project,” said economics professor Shawn Humphrey. “This is an imperfect tool, but it may be the best tool I have” to give students a feel for what it’s like to be poor.

Humphrey started the project last year to raise money for business loans for poor entrepreneurs in developing countries. This year, students solicited donations with the goal of issuing $50 to $200 business loans to people in the impoverished Honduran town of Siete de Abril. As of last week, they had raised $2,200 with a goal of $5,000.

Next semester, Humphrey hopes to work with a class to form a nonprofit microfinance institution in conjunction with Students Helping Honduras–a philanthropic group founded at UMW.

In a makeshift shanty town near the main walkway of the Fredericksburg campus, members of UMW’s chapter of Students Helping Honduras built a hut last week in a matter of hours. The walls were made of plywood, orange plastic bags and flattened beer cases.

Turns out, Humphrey said, the shelter made for suitable office space. He sat on a red car seat, which a student found behind a shopping center, and sold T-shirts for a minimum of $10. Several passersby, including one prospective student’s parents, bought the “$2 a day challenge” shirts.

“Once you explain the cause and what we’re trying to accomplish, people are just really enthusiastic,” said senior Samantha Oliver, who wore jeans, pink sandals and a UMW sweatshirt on a recent cool night. She’s the president of UMW’s economic development club.

Humphrey and some students slept outside under a blue tarp surrounded by salvaged cardboard boxes. Participants weren’t allowed to take showers, and could only wear up to two outfits all week. Those were among several restrictions to make the challenge more realistic.

Some combined their money to buy food such as rice, black beans, macaroni and peanut butter, in bulk.

Senior Katie Mauro went the hygiene route, spending half of her $10 allotment on travel-size shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush.

For the most part, participants said, they weren’t affected by increases in food prices. That could be because of their university environment.

Last week, some students took advantage of an on-campus event that had free hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, cotton candy and snow cones. “That’s one of the things about the challenge that resonates with my students,” Humphrey said. “This experience is conducted within the confines of a wealthy society.”

Still, junior Steve Bailey said he didn’t always get enough food and sleep, making it tough to concentrate in class. “The fact that you’re a little hungry, and you don’t know when your next meal’s going to come–that’s what scares the heck out of me,” he said.

 

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COVERS APRIL 11, 2008 – GERMANY

Rudi Dutschke (March 7, 1940 – December 24, 1979) was the most prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement of the 1960s. He famously split from those who went on to form the violent Red Army Faction and advocated instead ‘a long march through the institutions’ of power to create radical change from within government and society by becoming an integral part of the machinery. Dutschke was born in Schönefeld, Germany. He attended school in Luckenwalde and graduated, but because he refused to join the army of the German Democratic Republic and convinced many of his fellow students to refuse as well, he was prevented from attending university. He fled to West Berlin in August 1961, one day before the Berlin Wall was built. He studied sociology at the Free University of Berlin where he became acquainted with alternative views of Marxism. Dutschke joined the German SDS Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund in 1965 and from that time on the SDS became the center of the student movement, growing very rapidly and organizing demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. On April 11, 1968 was shot in the head by Josef Bachmann. After the attempted assassination, Dutschke and his family went to the UK in the hope that he could recuperate. He was accepted at Cambridge University to finish his degree but in 1971 the government under Edward Heath expelled him and his family as an “undesirable alien” who had engaged in “subversive activity”. They then moved to Aarhus, Denmark. He also began working with dissidents opposing the Communist governments in Eastern Europe and because of massive brain damage from the assassination attempt, Rudi continued to suffer health problems. He died on 24 December 1979 in Aarhus, Denmark. He had an epileptic seizure while in the bathtub and drowned.

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COVERS MARCH 11,2008 – AUSTRALIA

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TWO Sydney pubs named hotel of the year over the past 3 years have also topped a police list of the 100 most violent pubs and clubs in the state. The Mean Fiddler Hotel at Rouse Hill and The Coogee Bay Hotel are ranked one and two on a list of assaults on licensed premises for 2007 – the same year the NSW branch of the Australian Hotels Association awarded The Mean Fiddler its top award for the second year in a row, after it shared that award with the Coogee Bay in 2006. The Herald has obtained the figures after a year-long freedom-of-information battle to obtain more comprehensive data held by police. They rank the Mean Fiddler with 51 assaults, followed by the Coogee Bay, 41, the Commercial Hotel in Dubbo, 38, the Steyne Hotel in Manly, 36, with three premises all on 28 – the Campbelltown Catholic Club, Fanny’s of Newcastle and the Standard Hotel in Orange. At the same time the Election Funding Authority reveals the Coogee Bay Hotel donated $70,000 to the Labor Party in the two years before the last NSW election. A search reveals interests associated with the hotel and its owner, Christopher Cheung, used six different companies to make the donations. NSW Police and the Australian Hotels Association are fighting to stop the release under freedom-of-information laws of data. Police say it would cause “an unreasonable adverse effect” on the hotels to release the data and would undermine the program that is designed to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents by discussing the data with the licensees. Spokeswomen from the Mean Fiddler and the Coogee Bay hotels declined to comment on why their hotels were at the top of the list.

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COVERS MARCH 12,2008 – PAKISTAN

 

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Two suicide blasts rocked the city of Lahore (Pakistan) Tuesday morning, killing 24 persons and injuries over 150 others at the FIA Office and in Model Town. It was suspected that the blast at FIA office was caused by a suicide bomber who came on a car loaded with explosives and blew himself up. Meanwhile, a TV channel footage showed that a truck drove into the FIA building entrance, crushing one of the two guards on duty, before the explosive vehicle was blown up. The 114 injured including women and 45 school children were shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Meanwhile, President Pervez Musharraf condemned the bomb blasts.

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COVERS MARCH 11, 2008 – PERU

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Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Thou shll not consume drugs. Thou shall not be rich. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of  them.

Last weekend Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti spoke of modern evils, asked by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.

In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.

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COVERS FEBBRUARY 29, 2008 – UK

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Britain’s Ministry of Defense says Prince Harry is being withdrawn from Afghanistan after a media blackout on his secret deployment was broken. Defence officials have decided to pull the third in line to the throne out of Helmand Province within the next 72 hours. Harry has spent the past 10 weeks fighting, but details of his mission have been made public after a media blackout deal broke down following reports on the US website the Drudge Report, which picked up the story from an online Australian women’s magazine, which had carried the revelation on January 15.

Sky’s David Bowden, who is with British forces in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, said: “Most people who knew Harry was here are angry that the news has leaked. But, of course, a lot of people here had no idea he was fighting alongside them. And those that have found out by watching Sky News on the British forces service, say good on him.”

Chief of the General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt, head of the British Army, said: “I am very disappointed that foreign websites have decided to run this story without consulting us. This is in stark contrast to the highly responsible attitude that the whole of the UK print and broadcast media.”

The blackout was arranged after Harry’s planned tour to Iraq last year had to be cancelled because of a security risk sparked by publicity about his trip.

http://www.thesun.co.uk

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COVERS FEBRUARY 28, 2008 – USA

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Big Brother socialist style.  North Korea is a self-described Juche (self-reliance) state.  The government is a family style dictatorship with a cult of personality organized around Kim Il-sung (the founder of North Korea and the country’s first and only president) and his son and heir, Kim Jong-il. Following Kim Il-sung’s death in 1994 he was not replaced but instead received the designation of “Eternal President” and was entombed in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in central Pyongyang.

North Korea is a single-party state with a Stalinist, totalitarian regime.  

International human rights organizations accuse North Korea of having one of the worst human rights records of any nation.  North Koreans are “some of the world’s most brutalized people” defectors have testified the existence of prison and detention camps with an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 inmates, and have reported torture, starvation, rape, murder, medical experimentation, forced labour, and forced abortions.

So, don´t atonish to see people bowing before a statue of Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com

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COVERS FEBRUARY 26, 2008 – N.ZEALAND

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A German tourist who sprayed graffiti on the rocks and ice face at Franz Josef Glacier returned to the natural landmark at the weekend to clean up his scrawls.

German tourist Jan Philip Scharbert was photographed by English tourists tagging rock walls and the glacier on Thursday. They gave the photographs to Department of Conservation (DoC) staff.

Constable Paul Gurney, of the Whataroa police, said that early the next morning DOC staff reported that Scharbert, 28, from Munich, was waiting for a bus out of Franz Josef.

Police nabbed him as he was getting on the bus and he was arrested and ordered to clean up his graffiti, under DOC supervision.

Gurney said it took Scharbert 1 1/2 days to clean up his handiwork, during which he received many reprimands from other visitors.

Guides chipped off the graffiti on the glacier with ice axes.

DOC was satisfied with his repair job, meaning he escaped a wilful damage charge.

http://www.press.co.nz/

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COVERS FEBRUARY 24, 2008 – TURKEY

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The army continues to pursue a ground offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, shelling and bombing the terror group’s bases in the Kandil Mountains and killing dozens of PKK members. The Kandil Mountains, lying about 100 kilometers away from Turkey and close to the Iraq-Iran border, have long been a major command center for the PKK. At least 35 PKK terrorists, as well as two soldiers, died in fighting on Saturday. A total of 7 soldiers and at least 79 terrorists have been killed in Iraq since Turkey launched a ground incursion late Thursday. The military did not say when the operation was planned to end or how many men were taking part, but reports suggest up to 10,000 troops have been involved and that the offensive could last as long as 15 days. The government said that the PKK is the sole target and troops will return as soon as the planned goals have been achieved. President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to their Iraqi counterparts on Thursday about the operation, while Erdoğan also spoke to President George W. Bush about the ground offensive. The European Union said on Friday the offensive was “not the best response” to the PKK threat and urged Ankara to avoid disproportionate measures. Meanwhile the UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Turkey to respect its border with Iraq.

http://www.takvim.com.tr

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COVERS FEBRUARY 18, 2008 – ALBANIA

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Welcome. A new country is born, The Republic of Kosovo. President Fatmir Sejdiu sent letters to 192 countries seeking formal recognition of independence, and suspense gripped its citizens awaited backing from the U.S. and European nations. The proclamation sent thousands of jubilant kosovars into the streets, where they waved red-and-black Albanian flags, fired guns and fireworks into the air and danced. One couple named their newborn daughter Pavarsie (independence). Kosovo had formally remained a part of Serbia even though it has been administered by the U.N. and NATO since 1999, when NATO airstrikes ended Serbia ruling. Ninety percent of Kosovo’s 2 million people are ethnic Albanian — most of them secular Muslims — and they don´t want to stay joined to  Christian Orthodox Serbia. The 192 letters included one to Serbia, but government would never accept Kosovo‘s statehood. Was not enough one bombing to understand that free people can´t be chained, forever?.

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COVERS FEBRUARY 17, 2008 – PORTUGAL

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Free Kosovo!. The people of Kosovo is ready to declare independence from Serbia on Sunday at a special session of parliament. Kosovo will be the sixth state carved from the former Serbian-dominated Yugoslav federation since 1991, after Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Serbs in the north of Kosovo will reject independence, fewer than half of Kosovo’s 120,000 Serbs live in the north, the rest are in scattered enclaves protected by NATO peacekeepers. The United States and most EU members will recognise Kosovo, despite failing to win a U.N. Security Council resolution sanctioning the move. Snow blanketed Kosovo’s capital Pristina after a night of celebration with thousands of people pouring into the streets. Ten years ago, Serbian forces were fighting the kosovar uprising, murdering thousands of unarmed civilians (mostly women and children). The kosovars fought on until the West bombed Serbia into submission in 1999. Serbian forces withdrew from Kosovo and the UN took over. Serbia says the mission is illegitimate and promised reprisals against the new state.

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COVERS FEBRUARY 16, 2008 – USA

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A very expensive protest. The city spent $93,500 U.S. dollars on police overtime, supplies and other costs for Tuesday’s massive, all-day protest and rally that drew 2,000 people to Old City Hall in Berkeley, California (USA). Crowds gather on Monday afternoon, so it was about a 36-hour event. CodePink and World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime and other anti-war groups are planning an all-day protest today at the center, 64 Shattuck Square.  Officers made 4 arrests but spent much of their time doing crowd control. No one was seriously injured.

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COVERS FEBRUARY 5, 2008 – IRAN

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Iran fired a rocket into space to mark the opening of its first space center.  The installation, located in northern Iran, will be used to launch first home-produced satellite “Omid” (Hope) in May or June this year.  The technologies needed to launch a space vehicle are the same kinds that one would employ for long range missiles.  Iran continue the search to perfect enrichment of uranium, which can be used in a nuclear weapon.  Israel can sleep less comfortably.

http://tehranemrooz.ir/v2/default.asp

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COVERS FEBRUARY 4, 2008 – USA

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More Giants than ever. The NY Giants defeated New England Patriots, 17-14, at the University of Phoenix Stadium and won the XLII Super Bowl.  The hero of the night was the quarterback Eli Manning, who found receiver Plaxico Burress alone in the end zone with 35 seconds left to finish the match, and didn´t fail the pass.  The loss ended the Patriots’ bid to complete an unprecedented 19-0 record for the season.

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COVERS OCTOBER 21, 2007 – IRAN

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Ready to War.  Iran is capable of firing 11,000 rockets into enemy bases within the first minute after any attack, said a top Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghi.  The United States has never ruled out attacking Iran to end the controversial Iranian nuclear programme, which alleges is aimed at making nuclear weapons but Iran insists is peaceful.  The U.S. has 40,000 troops on various bases in Persian Gulf countries and 20,000 in Mideast waters. Another 160,000 troops are in neighboring Iraq. 

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COVERS OCTOBER 6, 2007 – IRAN

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Marching for Islam.  Rallies were held across the world on Friday in support of Palestinians.  Hundreds of thousands marched in Tehran, Iran,  the demonstrations for World Qods Day transforms into anti-American protests because of the US support for Israel, they shouted “Death to America, Death to Israel.“  Television reported similar rallies across the country.  Iran does not recognize Israel.  Ayatollah Mahould Hashemi Shahroudi, Iran’s judiciary chief, said these rallies were “a good start for the destruction of the Zionist regime“.  Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has observed the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as World Qods Day, as a way of expressing support to the Palestinians and emphasizing the importance to Muslims of Beit-ul-Moqaddas, which is the third holiest city in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina.  

http://www.iran-daily.com

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 23, 2007 – ITALY

Fighting for freedom.   In Myanmar (southeast Asia), nearly 10,000 Buddhist monks marched through Mandalay, the biggest demonstration since launching a street campaign against the ruling military junta 5 days ago.   The All Burma Monks Alliance urged people to join them “to struggle peacefully against the evil military dictatorship till its complete downfall.”  Until now they have discouraged others from joining the marches, the most sustained protests since 1988 pro-democracy rallies, for fear of reprisals against civilians.   In Yangon the monks chanted prayers as they marched past the home of the National League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest since May 2003.  More than 150 people have been arrested since the protests began.  Monasteries were key players in the 1988 uprising and generals will treat the monks carefully this time. Really?

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 22, 2007 – PERU

 

We have guests to eat.  Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will be in Peru for the first time in 7 years, after being extradited from Chile to face charges of human rights abuse and corruption.  He ruled Peru from 1990-2000.  The 69-year-old’s forced departure from Chile comes two years after he arrived unexpectedly in Santiago from Japan, the country of his parents’ birth.  He had spent 5 years in exile in Japan following the fall of his government and had hoped to launch a bid for the Peruvian presidency in 2006.  But he was arrested on an international warrant and has spent the past 2 years fighting extradition.  That battle ended on Friday when Chile’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peruvian prosecutors,  accepting evidence linking Fujimori to the two massacres — known as Barrios Altos and La Cantuta, where students, a professor and a child were among the 25 killed, which prosecutors blame on death squads run by Fujimori’s government.  For some Peruvians, he is the man who defeated the leftist guerrillas, but for others is corrupt despot who stole state funds for himself and friends during his tenure.

www.peru21.com.pe

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 – USA

 What if?.  “In at The Death” is the last novel of a tetralogy that presents an alternative history ofWW II. It brings to a conclusion the multi-series compilation by author Harry Turtledove which began with a war between the North and South in 1862 and won by the South years later.   After that the North, allied with the German, wins an alternative WW I against the South, Uk and France.  Now, it is time of second part, WW II in 1941: the North – Germany (not nazi) against South – Uk – France – Tzarist Russia and Japan.  Terrorific. 

http://blufftontoday.com/

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 20, 2007 – USA

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 Go to hell!.  That was the anwser to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad- president of Iran – after he request an official tour of Ground Zero. The NYPD  rejected the idea, but that may not stop Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from visiting the place. Little can be done to keep Ahmadinejad, who is arriving Sunday to address the United Nations’ General Assembly, from visiting Ground Zero like any other tourist. The attack site is about 5 miles from the UN. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican presidential candidate, and Senator Hillary Clinton were among the U.S. leaders who condemned the proposed visit. The president of Iran is an accused terrorist, Holocaust denier,  proud member of the Axis of Evil, a hard-liner who has denied claims by several Americans that he was among the extremists who took them hostage during the 1979 Islamic revolution. He also has stated recently that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, carried out with the help of intelligence agents.  He has said that Israel should be “wiped off the map” and called the Holocaust a “myth”. He reportedly wants to go to Ground Zero at 10 a.m. Monday.  We must wait to see.

www.nydailynews.com

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 18, 2007 – USA

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Like Cuba.  Venezuela’s Chavez warns private schools, the president threatened to close or take over any private school that refuses to submit to the oversight of his socialist government as it develops a new curriculum and textbooks. The president’s opponents accuse him of aiming to indoctrinate young Venezuelans with socialist ideology. 

www.elnuevoherald.com 

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 16, 2007 – ISRAEL

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It was the bomb.  The target of an Israel Air Force raid 10 days ago in Syria was a nuclear installation that was constructed in the northeaster, with North Korean assistance, according to The Washington Post, that published an article saying the strike was aimed at a shipment that had arrived in Syria aboard a North Korean vessel three days earlier, and may have included equipment and materials related to nuclear technology.  Armagedon is coming.

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 14, 2007 – ITALY

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The verdict is: Guilty!. Formula One leaders McLaren have been stripped of all their 2007 constructors’ points and fined $100 million in a spying controversy involving Ferrari information.  However, the governing FIA ruled that the team’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso could keep their points in the drivers’ contest.  The drivers were not punished because they had been offered immunity in return for providing evidence.  McLaren boss Ron Dennis has refused to accept the FIA’s decision “we have got the best drivers and the best car and we intend to win the world championship.” McLaren have not yet decided if they will appeal Thursday’s decision.

 www.gazzetta.it

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 5, 2007 – PANAMA

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The pain of poverty.  In Castellon, Spain, a romanian citizen burns himself in plain street before his family, tired, because goverment doesn´t help him to return home.  They arrived just only a couple of weeks ago, with the promise of job, but was a lie.  Withouth money to return they barely survive.   He asked 400 Euros for the tickets to Romania.  Now, he is at the hospital, in critical condition.

www.epasa.com

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COVERS SEPTEMBER 4, 2007 – URUGUAY

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The war on drugs.  In Bolivia, South America, peasants producers of coca fight against sellers, for the control of markets.  The minorists had the monopoly until goverment let producers be sellers too. The sell is regulated, because with coca is produced the dangerous drug, cocaine.  But the bolivians on foot insist that it is only for personal consume, an old tradition in the community, not for drug deal, like goverment says.  Things are heat up in Bolivia.

www.ladiaria.com.uy

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COVERS AUGUST 29, 2007 – SPAIN

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Sad day.  The spanish soccer player, Antonio Jose Puerta, has died.  The young, 22 years old, got ill during the match of his team, Sevilla, but could walk off and was taken to hospital.  He had a heart attack in the locker room and at least one more in the emergency room of a Seville hospital.  But three days later was the end, the heart couldn´t resist it.   He died of multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest and subsequent coronary problems.  Spaniards asks now, why?

www.marca.es

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COVERS AUGUST 28, 2007 – RUSSIA

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They got them.  The murderers of Anna Politkovskaya have been charged.  At least 4 of the 10 suspects detained.  They are 3 chechen brothers and a security officer.  The journalist wrote hundred of articles against Russia official foreign policiy in Chechnya. She was killed last year, now the question is: was the goverment or not?

www.izvestia.ru

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COVERS AUGUST 26, 2007 – USA

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Operation Soccer Chopper, throw a ball there!.  An american flier in Afghanistan, Princeton Soh, with the help of his buddies, family and friends back home, helps afghan childs to get some fun, playing soccer and volleyball.  Until now more than 1.000 balls were delivered.

www.dailynews.com

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