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Monday, 05 December 2011
Don't let U.S. bully us over skewed Extradition Act: It's time for MPs to stand up for British justice PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 12:26

 

MPs were last night urged to defy American ‘strong-arm’ tactics and demand a complete overhaul of the unjust Extradition Act.

The U.S. ambassador was accused of trying to railroad Britain into sticking with the Act – even though it is plainly skewed against the rights of British citizens such as Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon.

Louis Susman’s unprecedented intervention came ahead of a crunch House of Commons vote on Monday in which MPs will be given a landmark opportunity to call for a change to the law.

He launched an extraordinary defence of the Act in the course of two visits to Westminster, attacking what he claimed were ‘myths and inaccuracies’ about the lopsided treaty.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 05 December 2011 12:34 )

Peruvian president declares state of emergency PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 12:07

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a state of emergency late Sunday following massive rallies against a multi-billion-U.S. dollar mining project in the north of the country. Humala said the emergency would take effect at midnight Sunday and continue for 60 days. Under the emergency measures, civil liberties would be restricted and arrests without warrants would be allowed in four provinces of Cajamarca region. Out of fear for their water supply, local peasants have staged violent protests against a Conga mining project worth 4.8 billion dollars operated by U.S.-based mining giant Newmont. The protests led to the closure of the airport in the city of Cajamarca last week, and clashes between police and protesters have left dozens injured.

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Condemn the Killing of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao (Kishanji ) - Indian Workers Association PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 03:29

 

The killing of Kishanji by the Indian military forces has to be condemned by all democratic people and organisations. Indian Workers Association – GB does exactly that. The emerging details are revealing a very different picture to the one of an encounter given by the Indian security forces. The emerging reality is moving away from their story and one of arrest, torture and faked encounter is coming to fore.

Mallojula Koteswar Rao, alias Kishanji, a politburo member of the CPI (Maoist), was a fighter for the rights of the down trodden, the tribals, the dalits, poor peasantry and the working class. He led the people who suffered chronic exploitation, who have been forgotten by the public politicians and ignored by the corporate media. The three decade long war he fought against the rulers of India who only serve to strengthen the rich land lords, the monopoly capitalist and the multi-national corporations, was one which could only have lasted for so long due to his closeness with the people he fought for. He was indeed a fish in the sea of people, which sustained his revolutionary life for such a long period.

IWA-GB gives full backing to the growing number of voices that are demanding a full judicial enquiry into the killing of Kishanji. The police authorities must do the decent thing and register the FIR as precursor to a fair investigation into his death by an independent body.

Azad Hoshiarpuri

Indian Workers Association – GB

 

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Last Updated ( Monday, 05 December 2011 04:01 )

Fall of Bashar al-Assad 'will bring war to Middle East, warns Iraq PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 02:50

Nouri al-Maliki gave his most unequivocal support yet to the Assad regime, and even hinted that its downfall could force Iraq into an Iranian-led alliance against the Arab world's Sunni states.

"The killing or removal of President Bashar in any way will explode into an internal struggle between two groups and this will have an impact on the region," said Mr Maliki, refering to predictions of region wide conflict between Sunni Muslims and the Shia sect. "It will end with civil war and this civil war will lead to alliances in the region. Because we are a country that suffered from the civil war of a sectarian background, we fear for the future of Syria and the whole region."

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Drone 'shot down' in Iran may belong to US PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 02:36

Iran's armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along the country's eastern border, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.

A surveillance drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and may be the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has said.

"The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a US unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status," an ISAF statement said on Sunday.

The statement was issued in Kabul and released to reporters covering an international conference on Afghanistan in the German city Bonn.

A US official told the Reuters news agency that there is "absolutely no indication" up to this point that the drone that crashed in Iran was shot down.

Iranian media reported on Sunday that its forces had brought down an unmanned US spy plane.

"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted an unnamed source as saying on Sunday.
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Kukuriku wins 83 seats in Croatia PDF Print Write e-mail
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Monday, 05 December 2011 02:10

Kukuriku coalition won 83 mandates according to the first information published after closing down the poll stations. The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 40 mandates.

HDZ won 42 percent of votes on the former election in 2007 and 66 mandates while SDP had 37 percent of votes with 10 mandates less. The Croatian National Party (HNS) won 7 mandates back then and the Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS) only three.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2011 02:54 )

Australia’s ruling party overturns India uranium ban PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Monday, 05 December 2011 01:42

Australia’s ruling Labor party voted Sunday to lift a long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India after a passionate debate about nuclear weapons and reactor safety following Japan’s quake crisis.
Labor passed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s proposal with 206 votes to 185, reversing a decades-old policy excluding New Delhi from Australia’s uranium trade because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gillard argued that it was neither rational nor intellectually defensible to sell uranium to rising powers such as China and not to India, “the world’s largest democracy” and a fast-growing nation of increasing global clout.

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