Global News (03/23/09)

Parrot Honored For Saving Toddler’s Life (WJZ):
Megan went into the bathroom and moments later heard Willie screaming, “Mama, Baby” over and over.

Twin’s ‘sixth sense’ saves drowning sister (Telegraph)

Israel Military condemns soldiers’ shocking T-shirts (Independent):
The report quotes one soldier as explaining: “These are shirts for around the house, for jogging, in the army. Not for going out.”(!!!) (The most moral army in the world)

Gaza war crime claims gather pace as more troops speak out (Guardian):
Fresh allegations have come to light that gung-ho leadership inculcated a culture of disregard for Palestinian casualties

GOP predicts doomsday if Obama budget passed (AP):
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted a doomsday scenario of crushing debt and eventual federal bankruptcy if President Barack Obama’s massive spending blueprint wins passage.

Geithner plan spurs rally on Wall Street (Financial Times):
(… because the taxpayer is bailing out Wall Street again.)

Brown warns of enduring al-Qaida threat to UK (Guardian):
Gordon Brown today warned that al-Qaida remains the biggest security threat to the UK, as he revealed that tens of thousands of civilians have been trained to deal with terrorist attacks as part of a new strategy to combat extremists.

Gun sales going ballistic (PostStar):
“Handguns, shotguns, rifles — it’s every type,” Nemec said. “People are worried the government is going to take their guns away, or they’re going to tax them (guns and ammunition) to death.”
(And the people will be proven right in every aspect.)

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire (Global Research):
With more than 2,500,000 U.S. personnel serving across the planet and military bases spread across each continent, it’s time to face up to the fact that our American democracy has spawned a global empire. The following is excerpted from Chalmers Johnson’s new book, “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic” (Metropolitan Books).

The Data Beast (Solari):
Catherine Austin Fitts served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner in the first Bush Administration. Her company Hamilton Securities Group served as lead financial advisor to the Federal Housing Administration during the Clinton Administration. She is a former managing director and member of the board of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co. Inc.

Tax Time Covert Ops (Solari):
Make sure you file your taxes on April 15th. The government needs our money. They need to give it to rich traders in London and secretive banks who are laundering the profits from the drugs and gangs that plague our neighborhoods.

US will appoint Afghan ‘prime minister’ to bypass Hamid Karzai (Guardian):
The US and its European allies are preparing to plant a high-profile figure in the heart of the Kabul government in a direct challenge to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, the Guardian has learned.

Euro Currency of Choice as Fed Easing Devalues Dollar (Bloomberg)

Barack Obama says US needs Afghanistan exit strategy (Telegraph):
The United States needs an exit strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said, even as America expands its military, diplomatic and economic efforts against a Taliban insurgency.

White House ready to let Guantánamo inmates settle on US mainland (Guardian):
The White House is set to reverse a key Bush administration policy by allowing some of the 240 remaining Guantánamo Bay inmates to be resettled on American soil.

Daimler saved by Middle Eastern wealth fund (Guardian):
A sovereign fund controlled by the oil-rich sheikhs of Abu Dhabi has become the biggest shareholder in Mercedes owner Daimler, guaranteeing its independence and future with a €1.95bn (£1.8bn) capital injection.

MidEast fund takes 9% stake in Daimler (Financial Times):
Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments is to take a 9.1 per cent stake in Daimler in a €1.95bn (£1.84bn) move to bolster the German premium carmaker, becoming its largest shareholder as the company battles against the worst industry crisis in decades.

Daily Mail owner axes 1000 jobs as sales fall (Times Online):
Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), the newspaper publisher, is to make 1,000 people redundant from its local paper operations, which have been badly hit by the advertising downturn.

Chinese stockpiling spurs copper price rally (Financial Times):
Copper stockpiling by a secretive Chinese state organisation has helped trigger an impressive rally of almost 35 per cent in the price of the metal this year.

IMF says clean up banks to tackle dire world crisis (Reuters):
…IMF had called for governments around the world to pump money in the economy to the tune of 2 percent of gross domestic product, he said.

Eczema cases rise by 40% in four years (Telegraph)

Mother given parking ticket “for reviving her severely disabled son” (Telegraph):
A mother who says she stopped her car on a pavement to revive her profoundly disabled son, was given a £100 parking ticket.

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