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Docudharma Times Friday December 24

Friday’s Headlines:

Expect more extreme winters thanks to global warming, say scientists


EPA sets schedule to limit pollution from power plants, oil refineries

Navy Considers Medal, 65 Years After a Heroic Act


Hungary backtracks on media law after censure

Nokia Looks to Recover the ‘Magic Dust’

Middle East

In Bethlehem tourism is reborn, but only for a few

Iran’s Ahmadinejad urges West to choose ‘path of cooperation’


North Korea threatens South with ‘holy war’

As drone strikes have increased, so have assassinations, Pakistanis say


UN hears of Côte d’Ivoire atrocities

Oil could bring peace to Sudan: NGO

Latin America

Dictator jailed in final judgment on Argentinian junta’s dirty war

U.S. OKs business with terror-supporting nations

Loopholes let companies get lucrative deals with Iran, Cuba, North Korea


NEW YORK – Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has granted special licenses allowing American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.

At the behest of a host of companies – from Kraft Food and Pepsi to some of the nation’s largest banks – a little-known office of the Treasury Department has made nearly 10,000 exceptions to American sanctions rules, approving deals involving countries that have been cast into economic purgatory, beyond the reach of American business.

Docudharma Times Thursday December 23

Thursday’s Headlines:

Does Santa Claus really exist? Yes, in Indiana


Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning

Stormy but highly productive 111th Congress adjourns


Albania calls in war crimes team over organ theft claim

After a year of despair, Haiti orphans get a fresh start in France

Middle East

Iran recruiting nuclear scientists for weapons programme

Iraq gets an unwieldy coalition government


Indonesian army linked to drugs

S Korea stages major military drill


Civil war looms as foreigners are warned to leave Ivory Coast

Zimbabwe pressed on vote reforms

Swiss close to charging three in nuclear smuggling plot

U.S. tried to derail case against associates of Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan

By Michael Isikoff

National investigative correspondent

A Swiss judge is recommending that smuggling charges be brought against three alleged members of the world’s most notorious nuclear trafficking ring, reviving a politically sensitive case that U.S. officials have repeatedly tried to squelch because it might expose sensitive CIA secrets, NBC News has learned.

After more than two years of investigation, Swiss magistrate Andreas Mueller said he plans to announce Thursday that he is recommending that his country’s attorney general criminally charge Swiss engineer Friedrich Tinner and his two sons, Marco and Urs, as middlemen in the nuclear smuggling network of rogue Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan.

Docudharma Times Tuesday December 21

Tuesday’s Headlines:

3 billion-year-old genetic ‘fossil’ traced


Auditors question TSA’s use of and spending on technology

Toyota to pay record fines for disclosure delay


Europe’s ‘last dictator’ tightens grip with crackdown on rivals

Europe Turns against Germany

Middle East

Israel accused of discrimination in occupied areas

Iran earthquake kills at least five people


Refugee debate turns toxic after boat tragedy

Japan watches nervously as China flexes its economic muscles


UN urges recognition of Ouattara as Ivory Coast leader

‘Already Flying the Flag of an Independent State’

U.S. seeks to expand ground raids in Pakistan

Military commanders see intelligence windfall in expanding campaign across border


WASHINGTON – Senior Americanmilitary commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there.

The proposal, described by American officials in Washington and Afghanistan, would escalate military activities inside Pakistan, where the movement of American forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash. Story: Investigator: Billions in U.S. aid wasted in Afghanistan

The plan has not yet been approved, but military and political leaders say a renewed sense of urgency has taken hold, as the deadline approaches for the Obama administration to begin withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan.

Docudharma Times Monday December 20

Monday’s Headlines:

Sofia Coppola’s showbiz story that’s intimate, not personal


Assange is a ‘hi-tech terrorist’, says Biden

Obama reaches out to liberal groups to shore up Democratic base after tax deal


Clashes in Belarus after thousands turn out in protest at alleged vote-rigging

White Christmas snow brings Britain to a standstill

Middle East

Secret plan to help Iraqi germ warfare expert

HRW urges US to link aid to Israeli settlements


South Korea to begin exercises near border with North

‘Good neighbours better than distant kin’


The tragedy of Algeria’s ‘disappeared’

If you pay peanuts, you get Zimbabwe’s shell of a health system

Latin America

Panic, anger as Cuba plans to lay off 1 of every 10 workers

S. Korea conducts live-fire exercise despite warnings from North

In possible breakthrough, U.S. troubleshooter says he wins nuclear concessions from Pyongyang

msnbc.com news services  

YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea – South Korea fired artillery in a 90-minute drill from a front-line island Monday and launched fighter jets to deter attacks after North Korea warned of catastrophic retaliation for the maneuvers.

But amid the tension there was also a report of a potential diplomatic breakthrough, with U.S. troubleshooter Bill Richardson winning concessions from the North on the return of nuclear inspectors, according to CNN.

There was no sign of any North Korean military response during the drill, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.

Docudharma Times Sunday December 19

Sunday’s Headlines:

The evolution of the perfect American Christmas tree


Rupert Cornwell: After 150 years, the Civil War still divides the United States

Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities


Moscow riots expose racism at the heart of Russian football

Vatican Bank hit by financial scandal… again

Middle East

Politics in Iraq Casts Doubt on a U.S. Presence After 2011


Koreas up the ante over artillery drill

Foreign troop death toll hits 700 in Afghanistan


Mugabe ‘confident’ of winning 2011 elections

Shady group blocking official diamond sales

Latin America

Mexican drug cartels find youths to be easy prey

Gains outweigh setbacks in a landmark year for gay rights

Repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy may be the movement’s biggest victory yet, activists say.

By Robin Abcarian and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times

December 19, 2010

Today the military, tomorrow the marriage altar?

In an era when gay Americans have seen stunning progress and many setbacks in the quest for equality under the law, many believe 2010 will go down in history as a watershed that will lead inexorably to more legal rights.

Saturday’s vote in the Senate to allow the repeal of the federal law banning gays from openly serving in the military is “one of the greatest, if not the greatest, victory in the history of the movement for gay and lesbian equality,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a UC Santa Barbara think tank that studies the issue of gays in the military.

Docudharma Times Saturday December 18

Saturday’s Headlines:

Assange begins mansion arrest, but his ‘source’ feels the heat


Soros vs Murdoch: The battle for the soul of America

Early Tests for Alzheimer’s Pose Diagnosis Dilemma


Europe’s big three form EU budget freeze pact

In hills outside Paris, tapping vast oil reserve presents risk but promises profit

Middle East

Baghdad Christians forced to flee homes

In Israel, a rabbi who argues that anti-Arab measures are un-Jewish


US envoy Bill Richardson warns of Korea tinderbox


Ki-moon: Gbagbo presidency a ‘mockery of democracy’

Mugabe vows retaliation against West

Latin America

Venezuela parliament gives Hugo Chavez more powers

Top CIA spy in Pakistan pulled amid threats after public accusation over attack

By Greg Miller and Karin Brulliard

Washington Post Staff Writers

Saturday, December 18, 2010; 1:20 AM  

U.S. officials said Friday they are increasingly convinced that Pakistan’s intelligence service deliberately exposed the identity of the CIA’s top spy in Pakistan, triggering death threats and forcing the agency to pull him from his post.

The allegation marks a new low in the relationship between the CIA and its Pakistani counterpart at a time when both intelligence services are under pressure to root out militant groups and the CIA is waging a vastly accelerated campaign of drone strikes.

The CIA officer was rushed out of the agency’s massive station in Islamabad on the same day that President Obama issued a new warning to Pakistan’s leaders that “terrorist safe havens within their borders must be dealt with.”

Docudharma Times Friday December 17

Friday’s Headlines:

Is Twitter really worth $3.7bn?


Congress passes extension of Bush-era tax cuts

Wealth gap becomes chasm at Christmas


Tuberculosis thriving in ‘Victorian’ London, says expert

Ireland’s abortion law ‘violated woman’s rights’

Middle East

Tehran downplays Arab Wiki-dness


WikiLeaks cables: India accused of systematic use of torture in Kashmir

Australian asylum debate intensifies as Gillard feels pressure


Let there be justice, says Kenyan press

Troops kill Ouattara loyalists

Latin America

Haiti cholera death toll starts to rise again

Japan defence review warns of China’s military might

Japan has unveiled sweeping changes to its national defence polices, boosting its southern forces in response to neighbouring China’s military rise.

The BBC 17 December 2010  

Japan, which shares a maritime border with China, said Beijing’s military build-up was of global concern.

Japan will also strengthen its missile defences against the threat from a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The policy document has been approved by the cabinet and will shape Japan’s defence policy for the next 10 years.

Japan is changing its defence policy in response to the shifting balance of power in Asia, analysts say.

Docudharma Times Thursday December 16

Thursday’s Headlines:

Arctic’s vanishing sea ice presents polar bear with a new danger – grizzlies


U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks

Administration’s next big Afghan battle: How many troops to withdraw


EU strategy in defence of euro risky for markets

Bulgarian row over diplomats with Soviet past

Middle East

Qatar Has High Hopes for 2022 World Cup

Middle East peace process: Dead but not buried


The tragedy that shames Australia

US double talk on Myanmar nukes


Call for calm as senior politicians accused of crimes against humanity

Human rights council: ‘Scars of apartheid remain’

Latin America

Chavez foes, US condemn plan for decree powers

U.S. rethinks strategy for an unthinkable attack

Administration’s problem: How to spread advice without causing alarm?


Suppose the unthinkable happened, and terrorists struck New York or another big city with an atom bomb. What should people there do? The government has a surprising new message: Do not flee. Get inside any stable building and don’t come out till officials say it’s safe.

The advice is based on recent scientific analyses indicating that a nuclear attack is much more survivable if you immediately shield yourself from the lethal radiation that follows a blast, a simple tactic seen as saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Even staying in a car, the studies show, would reduce casualties by more than 50 percent; hunkering down in a basement would be better by far.

Docudharma Times Monday December 13

Monday’s Headlines:

Cancún seen as interim step toward global treaty


Risky Borrowers Find Credit Available Again, at a Price

As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border


Kosovo PM Thaçi claims election is in his grasp

Berlusconi’s fate could hang by a single vote

Middle East

Intelligence chiefs fear nuclear war between Israel and Tehran

Israel rejects Jerusalem split plan


Crime, politics and terrorism together a combustible mix

America’s Unsavory Friends in Central Asia


Gbagbo accuses foreign powers of wooing army

Latin America

Detroit’s Monsters Thrive on a Diet of Cheap Gas

$52bn of American aid and still Afghans are dying of starvation

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kabul on the rampant corruption that has left the country on its knees

Monday, 13 December 2010  

The most extraordinary failure of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan is that the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars has had so little impact on the misery in which 30 million Afghans live. As President Barack Obama prepares this week to present a review of America’s strategy in Afghanistan which is likely to focus on military progress, US officials, Afghan administrators, businessmen and aid workers insist that corruption is the greatest threat to the country’s future.  

In a series of interviews, they paint a picture of a country where $52bn (£33bn) in US aid since 2001 has made almost no impression on devastating poverty made worse by spreading violence and an economy dislocated by war.

Docudharma Times Sunday December 12

Sunday’s Headlines:

Syria’s underground poetry scene


A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

Financial arms race underway in Washington



Retail industry

Britain’s high street chains are named by sweatshop probe

Kosovo holds historic election as division persists

Middle East

‘Our lives became something we’d never dreamt’: The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses

Deadly act scripted for state TV


Mothers – the hidden addicts of Afghanistan

Big fat red faces for Singapore leaders


Central Africa: four-nation ‘sting’ operation busts wildlife smuggling ring

South Sudan ruling party supports independence

WikiLeaks’ advocates are wreaking ‘hacktivism’

By Ian Shapira and Joby Warrick

Washington Post Staff Writers

In England, a 26-year-old advertising agency employee caters to multinational clients but on the side has been communicating with a secretive band of strangers devoted to supporting WikiLeaks.

Halfway around the world, a 24-year-old in Montana has used a publicly available – and, according to security experts, suddenly popular software program called Low Orbit Ion Cannon with the goal of shutting down Web sites of WikiLeaks’ perceived enemies.

Docudharma Times Saturday December 11

Saturday’s Headlines:

Doctors shocked by spread of swine flu – and its severity


Bill Clinton takes the White House stage, again

U.S. still warning employees: Don’t read or discuss the WikiLeaks documents


Winter chill promises a snow business bonanza for Continental Europe

Sex, spies and ‘swallows’

Middle East

Hopes dashed for release of woman who faced stoning

US ‘regrets’ Middle East impasse


PM’s dictate drives Kazakhs iPad crazy

Floodwaters still washing away lives in Pakistan


Isolated Gbagbo courts defiant Côte d’Ivoire rivals

Gbagbo hints at Cote d’Ivoire talks

Latin America

Bolivia lowers retirement age

How I met Julian Assange and secured the American embassy cables

Philip Dorling

December 11, 2010

GETTING to WikiLeaks’s secret headquarters took quite some time and was not without complications.

This year a careful reading of statements by the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, led me to conclude his small organisation had landed what could be the biggest leak of classified information – a vast trove of US documents that, among other things, would provide deep insight into the realities of Australia’s relationship with our most important ally, the US.

Docudharma Times Friday December 10

Friday’s Headlines:

An empty chair, but Nobel jury makes its point


Obama Weighs Tax Overhaul in Bid to Address Debt

Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right


Commission dismisses petition on GM foods ban

Anger at ‘slave trader’ Assange: WikiLeaks loyalists decide to break away

Middle East

Iranian woman threatened with being stoned to death ‘is freed’

Turkey and Israel continuing talks on Gaza boat deal


Broadside fired at al-Qaeda leaders

Shanghai test scores have everyone asking: How did students do it


Kenya old guard ‘continues to resist fundamental change’

Mugabe elite ‘enriched by illicit diamond trade’

Latin America

Haiti to ‘review’ election results

Goldman has an unexpected ally in court: federal prosecutors

The banking giant, which has been under relentless scrutiny for its role in the financial crisis, relies on the U.S. government to protect its trade secrets in a trial of a former worker accused of stealing valuable computer code.

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from New York – Goldman Sachs, the most powerful firm on Wall Street, makes an unlikely victim.

That, however, is the role that the bank has played over the last two weeks in a Manhattan courtroom, where prosecutors have argued that Sergei Aleynikov, a skinny, bespectacled former computer programmer at Goldman, stole valuable computer code from the bank before moving to a start-up firm that was trying to build its own trading operations.

Although the code in question was a mere 32 megabytes – less than a 10th of what fits on a data CD – Goldman executives have said it was a central cog in their high-frequency trading operations, a lucrative division at one of the most profitable companies in the world.

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