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Syria Government Resigns

In News, Syria, World Revolution on March 30, 2011 at 4:33 AM

The Syrian government resigned Tuesday amid an unusual wave of unrest that has roiled the nation, State TV reported.

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignations Tuesday, the same day that tens of thousands of Syrians poured onto the streets of Damascus to demonstrate in favor of the government.

A new government should be named within hours, said Reem Haddad, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Information Ministry.

Meanwhile, the President is expected to address the nation in a speech before the People’s Assembly at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. EST) Wednesday, State TV said.

Australian Government Hacked

In News on March 30, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Reports are arising that the Australian Parilmentary e-mail accounts have been hacked.

Early suspicion has fallen on a group of Chinese hackers.

With Australia prior history of supporting Pro-Democracy Chinese it is perhaps no surprise.

In 2009 the Chinese Film festival websites were maliciously attacked by malware originating from Chinese Government agencies.

The Fifth President

In NWO on March 30, 2011 at 3:27 AM

26 Years of U.S Presidents

Reagan, Bush Snr, Clinton, Bush Jnr and now the same rhetoric from Obama.

Enforcement of Foreign Bribery Offences a “Black Eye” to Canada

In News, NWO, Other Leaks on March 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

28/03/2011 – Although Canada has recently made progress in investigating the bribery of foreign public officials by Canadian businesses, Canada has only completed one prosecution since it enacted its foreign bribery law in 1999. A new report by the OECD states that Canada’s regime for enforcement of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) remains problematic in important areas.

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has just completed a report on Canada’s enforcement of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Enforcement has recently increased, with one company convicted in 2005 for violating the CFPOA, one ongoing prosecution and over 20 active investigations, the report notes. Credit for these cases is largely attributed to the RCMP International Anti-Corruption Unit, established in 2008. The RCMP Unit has two teams – one in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and another in Calgary, Canada’s hub for the extractive industries. The Unit is also commended for its substantial public outreach and awareness-raising efforts.

But the report warns that Canada’s ability to successfully prosecute these investigations will be in jeopardy

unless the Public Prosecution Service of Canada is given the resources it needs to prosecute the large volume of cases that may soon follow the investigations.

Other main recommendations of the Group are as follows:

  • Amend the CFPOA so that it is clear that it applies to bribery related to the conduct of all international business, not just business ‘for profit’;
  • Ensure that sanctions applied in practice for CFPOA violations are effective, proportionate and dissuasive;
  • Take such measures as may be necessary to prosecute Canadian nationals for bribery of foreign public officials committed abroad; and
  • Clarify that police and prosecutors may not consider factors such as the national economic interest and relations with a foreign State, when deciding whether to investigate or prosecute allegations of foreign bribery.

The Working Group commended Canada for codifying corporate liability in the Criminal Code for CFPOA and other offences, as well as important initiatives for increasing reporting of foreign bribery in the public and private sectors, including enacting a Criminal Code offence of threatening or retaliating against employees who report misconduct.

The report, available at www.oecd.org/daf/nocorruption, lists all of the recommendations to Canada adopted by the Working Group on Bribery – which includes the 34 OECD Member countries plus Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria and South Africa – and includes an overview of enforcement efforts and specific legal and policy features in Canada for combating the bribery of foreign public officials. Due to the significance of the issues raised in this report, the Working Group recommends that Canada report back to it on progress in October 2011. Following the usual process, Canada will also make an oral report within one year and a further written report within two years, which will be made publicly available.

Rolling Stone Releases More U.S. Army “Kill Team” Photos & Videos From Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Archive, Military, USA on March 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Der Spiegel was the first to release a few of the “kill team” photos last week. Now Rolling Stone has released more of the photos, uncensored, as well as  clips from videos shared by members of the “kill team.”

Here’s a few of the photos released by Rolling Stone:

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Here are the 2 videos released by Rolling Stone:

The clip presented here is excerpted from ‘Death Zone,’ a chilling video collected and shared by members of the “kill team” of U.S. soldiers who murdered civilians in Afghanistan and mutilated the corpses. Shot through thermal imaging, the grainy footage shows two Afghans suspected of planting an IED being blown up by an airstrike. While the deaths may have resulted from a legitimate combat engagement, the video itself represents a clear violation of Army standards. Scenes of the attack have been edited into a 15-minute music video, complete with a rock soundtrack and a title card. This clip from the video picks up shortly before the airstrike begins, accompanied by the song “En Vie” by Apocalyptica, a cello rock band from Helsinki. The video ends with grisly still images of the casualties, followed by closing credits. It was passed from soldier to soldier on thumb drives and hard drives.


The clip presented here is excerpted from ‘Motorcycle Kill,’ a video collected and shared by members of the “kill team” of U.S. soldiers who murdered civilians in Afghanistan and mutilated the corpses. The jumpy, 30-minute video – shot by soldiers believed to be with another battalion in the 5th Stryker Brigade – shows American troops gunning down two Afghans on a motorcycle who may have been armed. Even if the killings were part of a legitimate combat engagement, however, it is a clear violation of Army standards to share such footage. The video was taken on patrol with a helmet-mounted camera; at one point, the soldier shooting the images can be heard boasting, “I got it all on camera.”


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