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Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates

Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates - APThe Iranian government has welcomed a US Navy rescue of 13 of its nationals from pirates near the entrance to the Gulf, in a rare respite from months of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. U.S. officials announced Friday that the fishermen had been rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer on Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The rescue came just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep the same group of warships out of the Persian Gulf in a reflection of Iran’s fear that American warships could try to enforce an embargo against Iranian oil exports. One Iranian media outlet, the Fars news agency, which is close to the hardline Revolutionary Guards, dismissed the incident as a suspect “Hollywood movie” meant “to justify the presence of a US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf waters.” The rescue was carried out by one of several warships escorting the carrier USS John C Stennis, which Iranian military chiefs early this week warned to stay out of Gulf waters or else face the “full force” of Iran’s navy. Naval forces from several countries patrol shipping lanes in the region in pursuit of Somali pirates. The pirates, who are after huge ransoms, have dramatically expanded their range in recent years and targeted some of the largest vessels to take to the seas, including oil supertankers. Read the full article »»»»

A Year to the Day, Twelve Months of Protest: The Arab Spring

Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Twelve Months of Protest: A Year to the Day, The Arab Spring

A year to the day, Mohamed – Basboosa – Bouazizi’s self-immolation in the sleepy Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid kicked off a year of global revolt, the convulsions have spread further than Basboosa could ever have been imagined. The Arab Spring was born. A simple street seller, Basboosa had his vegetable cart confiscated by local officials and in protest set himself on fire. His actions ignited a string of anti-government demonstrations that have transformed the Arab world. Within days of Basboosa‘s tragic protest, thousands of Tunisians lined the streets with sudden courage to demand an end to the 23-year dictatorship of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The turmoil started by Basboosa  has spread to each corner of the globe, The Occupy Movement, Chinese Land Dissidents and most recently, civil unrest in Russia’s post election landscape.


WikiLeaks: Three Years On, Manning and Assange Both Await Court

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Julian AssangeOvernight the UK Supreme Court granted Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange permission to appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex offences. “The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said a statement from the Supreme Court, the highest court in England. The decision means Assange will spend a second Christmas at the country mansion of a wealthy supporter in Norfolk, eastern England, as his legal battle stretches into a second year. The 40-year-old Australian was arrested last December on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden after two women made allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the sex with the women was consensual. Assange believes the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables.

The UK Supreme Court decision comes as Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing the files to WikiLeaks, is due to make his first appearance in a US court. Manning’s hearing will determine whether the former intelligence analyst, who turns 24 on Saturday, should be tried on charges which could see him sentenced to life imprisonment.


Occupy Finally Reaches CHINA? OCCUPY WUKAN!

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Occupy Finally Reaches CHINA? OCCUPY WUKAN!The occupy movement has finally invaded China. After a year of protests across the globe, China has finally succumb to people power. Protesters in a southern Chinese village are defying authorities in the latest outburst of simmering rural discontent eroding the ruling Communist Party’s grip at the grassroots. The latest protests were sparked by last weekend’s death in custody of Xue Jinbo, 42, who was detained on suspicion of helping organise protests against land seizures. Hundreds of residents in Wukan Village in Guangdong province held an angry march and rally despite moves by authorities to halt the project at the centre of the months-long unrest and detain local officials involved.


Time Magazine Person of the Year

Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Print Media, Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Time Magazine - Person of the YearTime magazine has chosen The Protester as its person of the year, in tribute to the popular demonstrations that defined 2011.

From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street and the recent Russian rallies, Time magazine says protesters have “redefined people power” around the world and been the force behind the biggest news stories of the past 12 months.

“Massive and effective street protest was a global oxymoron until – suddenly, shockingly – starting exactly a year ago, it became the defining trope of our times,” the article, penned by Kurt Andersen, reads.

“And the protester once again became a maker of history.”

The runner-up was Admiral William McRaven, the commander of the US raid that killed the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.