Global News (03/15/09)

Militants torch NATO trucks in Pakistan: police (AFP):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan torched eight trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan in a pre-dawn attack on Sunday, police said. A dozen more trucks and trailers were damaged when the militants, armed with automatic weapons and rockets, attacked a terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar city.

Pakistan ex-PM ignores ‘arrest’ (BBC News):
Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has defied an apparent bid to put him under house arrest in Lahore ahead of a “march” on the capital Islamabad. Thousands of supporters joined him after he broke through a police barricade of his home to reach a rally. Police fired tear gas as protesters hurled stones.

Pakistan clamps down on protests amid fresh fears of a military coup (Independent):
The government is trying to stop a march by lawyers from reaching Islamabad

Hawaii Soldier Charged With Stealing $400K In Afghanistan (MSNBC):
HONOLULU – A former dispersing officer for Schofield Barracks units in Afghanistan pleaded not guilty to stealing $400,000 from the government while on deployment in a finance battalion.

Staggering Deficits In A Depressionary Economy (International Forecaster)

As travel declines, aircraft ‘boneyard’ in Victorville fills up (Los Angeles Times):
Industry experts say this year is likely to set a record for planes sitting on the ground rather than flying. Storing them is a growing business.

Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits (New York Times):
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits,…. (Yes, we can!)

Job centre crisis as ten bid for each vacancy (Guardian):
Startling new figures have revealed that on average there are 10 jobseekers for every vacancy advertised in the UK. In one area of the south-east, 60 workers are available for each job.

The price of a sterling crisis (Guardian):
‘A weak currency arises from a weak economy, which in turn is the result of a weak government.”
That was Gordon Brown, speaking in the wake of the exchange rate mechanism debacle in 1992.

Barclays tax dodge ‘nets £1bn a year ’ (Times Online):
BARCLAYS, the high street bank, is alleged to be making about £1 billion a year from an international web of financial schemes designed to avoid paying tax in the UK and abroad.

G20 summit approves IMF cash boost (Telegraph):
The world’s biggest economies yesterday sanctioned an unprecedented cash injection into the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and pledged to launch a major overhaul of the way it distributes cash, as the fund prepares to bail out a further swathe of struggling governments.

Now Coca-Cola feels force of Chavez’ colourful revolution (Guardian):
The soft drinks giant, a symbol of America and globalisation, is feeling the edge of what Chávez calls “21st-century socialism”: extended state control over the economy and controls over private companies. The president has threatened to oust Coca-Cola delivery trucks from this plot of land in Catia, a slum in the capital, to make way for housing for the poor. “We have to accelerate the transition to socialism,” he said.

Israel’s new defence minister accused of war crime (Times Online):
A HAWKISH general, who cancelled a trip to London four years ago because he feared being arrested on war crime charges, is expected to become Israel’s new defence minister.

The far right is on the march again: the rise of fascism in Austria (Daily Mail):
In Austria’s recent general election, nearly 30 per cent of voters backed extremist right-wing parties. Live visits the birthplace of Hitler to investigate how Fascism is once again threatening to erupt across Europe.

Britons suffer 17% plunge in wealth (Times Online)

‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus (Bloomberg):
March 13 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.

Living in US, rejecting its laws, targeted as terrorists (Las Vegas Sun)

Sex claims against US Roman Catholic Church rise (BBC News):
The number of new claims of sexual abuse made against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says.

Volcanic smog shutting down some Hawaii farmers (AP):
Sulfur dioxide volumes have reached levels unseen since scientists began keeping data in 1979.

Global Cooling Continues (Heartland Institute)

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