Monday, January 29, 2007

Another Angle 29 - January - 2007

News others won't tell you

Rwanda's Secret War:U.S-Backed Destabilization of Central Africa
It didn't just start with the recent bombings is Somaliland. Check out this article from 2004.


America ‘Poised to Strike at Iran’s Nuclear Sites’ from Bases in Bulgaria and Romania
Sofia's news of advanced war preparations along the Black Sea is backed up by some chilling details. One is the setting up of new refuelling places for US Stealth bombers, which would spearhead an attack on Iran. "The USAF's positioning of vital refuelling facilities for its B-2 bombers in unusual places, including Bulgaria, falls within the perspective of such an attack."

Obama Confident He'll Appeal to Blacks
The remarks came as some detractors have been quietly asking whether Obama, a biracial Harvard-educated lawyer, will prove "black enough" for black voters in a national election. The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama represented a mostly black district in the Illinois state Senate and won with a healthy portion of the African-American vote when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Secrets of Obama family unlocked

Bail Denied in 1964 Race Killings
A federal magistrate denied bail Monday to a 71-year-old reputed Ku Klux Klansman charged in the 1964 slayings of two black men. James Ford Seale has been jailed since his arrest on kidnapping charges last week.

Escaped convict visits his dying mother
Gay, 33, was thwarted just 50 metres from his target by police surrounding his mother's trailer, and he disappeared into nearby woods. "What he done was wrong, but he knows his momma don't have long," said Ms Shull, 56. "He's got a heart as big as his head is."


Shell defies US pressure and signs £5bn Iranian gas deal
The Anglo-Dutch group, which is struggling to bring more momentum to its business after being forced to hand over vital Russian reserves at Sakhalin island to the Kremlin, confirmed it had finally reached agreement on various aspects of its "Persian LNG" - liquefied natural gas - project centred on the South Pars gas field.

Somalia: a clear case of ‘blood oil’ in Africa
The United States government encouraged, aided and supplied the government of Ethiopia, in its move to rid Somalia of the Islamic court, who had taken control of the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. The world was made to believe that there was a humanitarian concern, as well as a threat of the terrorist base, in Somalia, but according to a recent report on or the Center for Research on Globalization, oil is at the root of the tragedy unfolding in Somalia at this moment.

Jury still out on China’s new relationship with Africa
African governments need to ensure that investing in Chinese enterprises adhere to best practices, respect labour laws and ensure that locals benefit from their investment in terms of employment, competitive wages and availability of infrastructure that would pave way for further socio-economic development in their areas of operation. While they might not be a magic formula, most of the participants believe that they would help to reduce poverty in host communities while also ensuring a peaceful atmosphere for business.

Turkey mulls 'invading' Iraq
Turkey's parliament went into secret session this week to debate sending troops to invade and occupy northern Iraq for security purposes. More than 30,000 people have been killed in the confrontation between the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish army


An Impartial Interrogation of George W. Bush
Mr. President, I ask have you kept your oath of office to uphold the Constitution when you use what you call the war on terrorism to undermine the Bill of Rights? On what constitutional theory do you seize and imprison suspects without charge, sometimes torturing them in foreign jails? On what constitutional or legal basis have you tapped the phones of Americans without approval of the courts as required by law? Are you above the Constitution, above the law, and above the Geneva accords? If we are fighting for freedom in Iraq as you say, why are you so indifferent to protecting liberty here in America?


IMF gold trading rule changes set to boost the gold price ...
What has been happening is that central bankers have been swapping and loaning gold in the gold market to keep the price down to produce another false indication that inflation is under control.

Abdullah Says Malaysia Has Shifted Reserves Away From Dollar
Malaysia's central bank abandoned a peg to the dollar in July 2005 and manages it against an undisclosed basket of currencies. The ringgit has advanced 0.7 percent against the dollar this year, climbing to a nine-year high this month and trailing only the Icelandic krona as the world's best performing currency.

US sitting on credit 'volcano'
LEADING US commentators have warned that America is facing grave threats from a "crash" resulting from the country's huge entitlements bill while the rising level of consumer debt supporting the economy is a volcano "waiting to explode".

OP-ED: Latest News » Africa without African Americans
Why is this relevant? Well, as so-called “African Americans,” why aren’t we heavily involved in African affairs? What do Asian leaders know about Africa that Black leaders don’t know? These questions resonate being that Africa is nowhere incorporated within the Covenant with Black America blueprint. Yes, being besieged with poverty and destabilization, on the surface Africa certainly seems more like a calamity than a remedy. But such thinking overlooks Africa’s strategic importance to Western expansion and the fact that we are native to the most resource-rich continent on earth, of which all industrialized nations are partially dependant.

Cementing Israeli Apartheid: The Role of World Bank
The industrial zones and Bantustans are not new ideas; they are reminiscent of the economic models of racial capital promoted by apartheid South Africa in Bantustans like the Ciskei and Bophuthatswana. They reflect the World Bank’s conscious choice to support the needs and vision of the Occupation which entails the destruction of the Palestinian nation.


Digital Journal - Chlorine in Bathwater Linked to Cancer
A study has discovered that water mains containing chlorine also contained chemical by-products called THMs that are absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the bladder. The risk is greatly increased in swimming pools because of higher chlorination levels. Governments have considered removing the chemical in the past but always decided against the move. Water firms use the less expensive chlorine while healthier alternatives like ozone gas or ultraviolet light are available.


Why Did African Slaves Adopt the Bible?
When African slaves first arrived in America, they found hope in an unlikely place. Allen Dwight Callahan, author of The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible, talks about why slaves crossed the religious divide to find hope and inspiration in Christianity and the Bible.

A Captive Audience for Subway Hip-Hop
Hip-hop musicians and fellow artists have organized twice-monthly takeovers of New York City subway cars to perform. The audience members are not exactly volunteers. How do they react?