The war in Mali will enter its third month this week. Some 4,000 French soldiers, and about twice as many African soldiers of an international force fighting in coordination with them, have conquered all the major cities in northern Mali. However, there are hardly any reports of the fighting, and almost no pictures.
Since the start of the war the French army, in collaboration with the Malian army, has systematically prevented reporters and journalists from any possibility of conducting objective reporting.
Initially all international reporters were banned from leaving the capital, Bamako, where they were harassed by Mali junta soldiers who confiscated their equipment.
A week after the war began, a few selected “embedded journalists” were allowed to travel to the north of Mali. Correspondents were required to stay by their assigned units, however, and participation was restricted exclusively to employees of the French national media.
On January 31, Malian intelligence officers confiscated material from two journalists working for the French news channel France24. They had filmed a demonstration by soldiers of the “Red Berets” brigade, who are seeking to re-enter the Malian army.
On February 8 several foreign journalists were detained for hours in Bamako by “Green Berets,” who carried out the Malian coup last March. Reuters photographer Benoit Tessier and two other journalists who had witnessed and photographed the incident, were beaten and led away. Their equipment and mobile phones were confiscated.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre is not cowed by the criticism he and his organization have received in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. In a fiery speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference — met with cries from the audience of “Right! Right!” and “Amen!” — LaPierre dismissed Democrats’ calls for expanding background checks and called once again for putting armed guards in schools across the country.
The U.S. is deploying 14 new ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska to counter renewed nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.
The new interceptors will be based at Fort Greely, an Army launch site about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and are projected to be fully deployed by 2017, Hagel said. The additions will bring the U.S.-based ground interceptor deployment from 30 to 44, including four that are based in California.
That will boost U.S. missile defense capability by 50 percent and “make clear to the world that the United States stands firm against aggression,” he said in a briefing at the Pentagon. Read More
Conventional media reporters remain for the most part absent in the Brooklyn riots Friday, Day 4 of the U.S. “paramilitary” clashing with hundreds of protesters, angry at the Saturday police killing 16-year-old Kimani Gray, shot eleven times.
“How do you spell racist? NYPD!”and “They say get back, we say fight back!” protesters have been yelling at an overwhelming number of officers.
“Stop killing our kids,”a woman yelled through a loudspeaker.
Gray’s family attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, told reporters about the tendency for police to treat black and Hispanic teenagers “in a manner that is paramilitary.”
He said “it is a community that is under siege.”
Where are reporters?
“Martial law in brooklyn and few credible sources reporting it. Wake up journalists, get in there. #martiallaw #riot http://nyti.ms/Z29YQm says Dan T on Twitter Friday morning.
Jackson Green @jacksondgreen tweeted, “Everyone should work to raise awareness. Get #brooklynprotest and #brooklynriot trending. Call news stations demanding coverage.” RT correspondent Anastasia Churkina with RT spoke with community residents before Thursday’s protests and reported, “Locals say that there will be no calm until justice is seen.”
“People are angry. People are angry because this is not the first time that there’s been killing in the neighborhood, and there never seems to be justice, so I think that’s what we’re unfortunately seeing people reacting to,” community leader Bishop Orlando Findlayter told Churkina.Wednesday, over 40 arrests were made in a march through East Flatbush, where Gray was shot and killed by police on Saturday.
Thursday, Carol Gray, Kimani’s mother, spoke out against the killing and rioting.
“Two police officers shot down Kimani, and I only want justice for two police officers to be off the street before they hurt another young kid,”she told reporters, crying. “He was slaughtered, and I want to know why.”
She denounced retaliatory violence against the police: “I don’t condone any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police officers.”
Ye Old False Flag with Before It’s News writes:
‘The NYPD euphemistically calls the public spaces in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended “frozen zones.’ Allison Kilkenny wrote about the NYPD’s so-called “frozen zones” in December 2011:
‘The ‘frozen zone’ is an arbitrary, official police business-sounding title that has absolutely zero legal merit. It’s something the NYPD made up, just as the ‘First Amendment zone’ is something [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa made up to suppress media coverage of the Occupy raids.’ “It basically means the area is under temporary martial law,” writes FIERCE. “The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.”
Occupy Austin reposted this poignant summary of events by Jen Roesch as they were unfolding in Brooklyn last night: “East Flatbush, Brooklyn is under martial law as the NYPD declares it a ‘frozen zone’. Media are being monitored and kept from moving and reporting freely. Dozens of arrests and much brutality. Kimani was shot in the back seven times; a witness is sure he was unarmed; multiple reports are coming out that the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man (including taunting him about a friend who had died in a car accident and threatening to shoot him when he tried to leave). This is just blocks from where Shantel Davis was shot, dragged from her car and left to bleed to death in the street last summer. After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos. Residents in the neighborhood live in a state of terror. Heartbreaking, enraging, the stuff that riots are made of. This city is at a breaking point.”
Police report that two plainclothes officers fatally shot Kimani Gray, 16, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday after he brandished a revolver and pointed it at them.
Police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Tuesday that police interviewed three witnesses, “two of which say that the officers said, ‘Don’t move.’ ”
“Another witness said an officer says, ‘Freeze.’
The officers then fired 11 shots, police said.
“Seven bullets hit Mr. Gray, including three that entered his body from the rear, according to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” the New York Times reports.
“One bullet entered his left shoulder in the rear; two other bullets struck the back of his thighs, one in the left thigh and one in the right. Two bullets struck from the front, hitting his right thigh; one bullet entered his left side, striking his lower rib cage; and the last bullet hit his left lower forearm.”
“Some said Mr. Gray, while armed, did not point the gun; others said they had heard that there had been no gun at all, or that his hands had been in the air. A family friend, Kevin Blacks, 33, said he was not surprised that the autopsy had found that Mr. Gray had been shot so many times or hit from behind.” (NY Times)
When you get into too much debt, eventually really bad things start to happen. This is a very painful lesson that southern Europe is learning right now, and it is a lesson that the United States will soon learn as well. It simply is not possible to live way beyond your means forever.
You can do it for a while though, and politicians in the U.S. and in Europe keep trying to kick the can down the road and extend the party, but the truth is that debt is a very cruel master and at some point it inevitably catches up with you. And when it catches up with you, the results can be absolutely devastating.
Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal all tried to just slow down the rate at which their government debts were increasing, and look at what happened to their economies. In each case, GDP is shrinking, unemployment is skyrocketing, credit is freezing up and manufacturing is declining. And you know what? None of those countries has even gotten close to a balanced budget yet. They are all still going into even more debt. Just imagine what would happen if they actually tried to only spend the money that they brought in?
The vote was 10 to 8, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposed.
The Senate now faces a floor fight in coming weeks over Democrats’ push to dramatically alter U.S. gun laws for the first time in two decades. While the Feinstein assault weapons ban is unlikely to overcome GOP opposition and get a vote — as well as concerns from red state Democrats up for reelection in 2014 — Democrats and the White House will continue their drive to enact universal background checks on all gun sales.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, acknowledged that the assault weapons ban will have a hard time overcoming opposition.
“It’s pretty clear the other side is locked in opposition [to assault weapons ban.] — [I] don’t see us getting 60 votes,” Whitehouse said, referring to the necessary bar to pass the Senate.
Should Congress approve a proposition included in an agriculture bill up for vote this week, biotech companies like the Monsanto Company could win yet another victory in Washington.
The US House of Representatives is expected to weigh in on the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for Fiscal year 2013 this week, and included within the act lies the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” a small subsection that has so far earned opposition from hundreds of thousands family farmers, environmental interest groups and other advocates. Those hoping to defeat the bill have gone so far as to dub the provision the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Europe‘s key leaders appear to be on a collision course over arming the Syrian opposition as France and Britain closed ranks behind lifting an arms embargo strongly contested by Germany.
At an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday night, President François Hollande of France said it would join David Cameron in arguing for the end of an arms embargo on Syria, but Germany appears unlikely to shift in its opposition.
“We want the Europeans to lift the embargo on the weapons.” Hollande said. “Since we have to put pressure on and show we are ready to support the opposition, we have to go that far. That is what I will tell my European colleagues.”
Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, earlier called for the EU embargo to be abandoned, declaring that France and Britain would act in concert, as they did in going to war against Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya when Germany joined Russia and China at the UN security council in voting against.
Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.
Just days before he is to arrive in Israel for his first presidential visit, Obama told Israel’s Channel 2 TV that while he still prefers diplomacy over force, but that a nuclear Iran is a “red line” and all options remain on the table to stop it.
“Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close,” he said. “So when I’m consulting with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) as I have over the last several years on this issue, my message to him will be the same as before: `If we can resolve it diplomatically that is a more lasting solution. But if not I continue to keep all options on the table.”‘
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, was elected president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission (CMC) on Thursday.
The plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) also elected Zhang Dejiang chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.
Li Yuanchao was elected vice-president of the PRC.
Elected to vice chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee were Li Jianguo, Wang Shengjun, Chen Changzhi, Yan Junqi, Wang Chen, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Zhang Ping, Qiangba Puncog, Arken Imirbaki, Wan Exiang, Zhang Baowen and Chen Zhu.
The post of secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee went to Wang Chen (concurrent). Also elected were 161 members of the 12th NPC Standing Committee.
According to the rules of election and appointment adopted at the NPC session, the elections of chairman, vice-chairpersons and secretary-general of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, president and vice-president of the PRC, and chairman of the CMC are non-competitive.
And the elections of the NPC Standing Committee members are competitive. This time, 161 members were elected out of 174 candidates, bringing the 7-percent margin in the previous election five years ago to 8 percent.
Also at the meeting, NPC deputies adopted a massive cabinet restructuring and streamlining plan which aimed to reduce bureaucracy and make the government more efficient.- Xinhuanet, China President
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