Thursday, 26 April 2012

Facebook and Google Turned Into Government Spies? The Dangerous New Law Before Congress (CISPA) | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Facebook and Google Turned Into Government Spies? The Dangerous New Law Before Congress (CISPA) | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a reprehensible cyber-security bill this week that seeks to protect online companies—giant social media firms to data-sharing networks controlling utilities—from cyber attack. It is reprehensible because, as Democratic San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren said this week, it gives the federal government too much access to the private lives of every Internet user. Or as Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul also bluntly put it, it turns Facebook and Google into “government spies.”

Mali from democracy poster child to broken state

Mali from democracy poster child to broken state


There is no sign the broken nation can be put back together soon - raising concerns among neighbours and Western powers of the emergence of a lawless "rogue state" exploited by al-Qaeda and criminals.

BAMAKO: Within weeks, Mali has plunged from being a sovereign democracy to a fractured territory without a state, occupied by competing rebel groups in the north while politicians and coup leaders in the south jostle for control of the capital Bamako.

Fear and Loathing in the Ivory Coast | Think Africa Press

Fear and Loathing in the Ivory Coast | Think Africa Press

The word in Abidjan is that no-one leaves town after dark, that the road to the north becomes a bandits’ nest after 10pm.
The same story circulates in the central city of Bouaké. “Everyone distrusts everybody else”, one inhabitant told Think Africa Press. A graphic picture in the government newspaper Fraternité Matin shows a minibus that has veered off the road; the torso of the lifeless driver has slumped off the front seat and hangs suspended at an angle. “Killed just like that,” reads part of the caption.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Canada to slash foreign aid to 12 poor countries

Canada to slash foreign aid to 12 poor countries

Twelve of the world's poorest countries — including Afghanistan, Pakistan and seven nations in Africa — are going to be hit as the Conservative government looks to slash $377 million in foreign aid over the next three years, Postmedia News has learned.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Canada+slash+foreign+poor+countries/6449489/story.html#ixzz1t4JXiOGO

Kwame Nkrumah’s 40-year-old stolen diary returning to Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah’s 40-year-old stolen diary returning to Ghana

A diary belonging to Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, which dates from the mid-1960s, and has been at the centre of a long legal battle between an American businessman and an African scholar from Kenya, will soon be returning home.

Monday, 23 April 2012

International Crisis Group : Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation

International Crisis Group : Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation

As the 10 April deadline Kofi Annan (the UN and Arab League joint Special Envoy) set for implementation of his peace plan strikes, the conflict’s dynamics have taken an ugly and worrying turn. Syrians from all walks of life appear dumbfounded by the horrific levels of violence and hatred generated by the crisis. Regime forces have subjected entire neighbourhoods to intense bombardment, purportedly to crush armed opposition groups yet with no regard for civilians. Within the largest cities, innocent lives have been lost due to massive bomb attacks in the vicinity of key security installations. Perhaps most sickening of all have been pictures displaying the massacre of whole families, including the shattered skulls of young children. The first anniversary of what began as a predominantly peaceful protest movement came and went with only scattered popular demonstrations. Instead, there was immeasurable bloodshed...

International Crisis Group : Preventing Full-Scale War between Sudan and South Sudan

International Crisis Group : Preventing Full-Scale War between Sudan and South Sudan

Sudan and South Sudan are teetering on the brink of all-out war from which neither would benefit. Increasingly angry rhetoric, support for each other’s rebels, poor command and control, and brinkmanship, risk escalating limited and contained conflict into a full-scale confrontation between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA). Diplomatic pressure to cease hostilities and return to negotiations must be exerted on both governments by the region and the United Nations (UN) Security Council, as well as such partners as the U.S., China and key Gulf states.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Credit unions that thrive vital for all via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/credit-unions-that-thrive-vital-for-all-3082284.html

Credit unions enjoy exceptional popularity in Ireland. People love their friendliness and informality. Even in these cash-strapped times, their total deposits still amount to €12bn.
But like so many other Irish institutions, our 400-plus credit unions are in severe difficulties. Many of them have insufficient capital. Some are in serious danger. The figure for loans in arrears has been estimated at €1bn.

Restructuring credit unions via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/restructuring-credit-unions-3085535.html

The final report of the Commission on Credit Unions, which was published yesterday, is likely to usher in major changes to the credit union movement. The future is likely to be one of fewer, larger credit unions offering a wider range of services to their members.

In common with other financial institutions, the economic downturn and the resulting bad debts has hit the credit union movement hard. With 51 of the country's 403 credit unions failing to meet the requirement that their reserves exceed 10pc of their assets, of which 25 are seriously under-capitalised, the need for reform is clear.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Medical Daily: Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Medical Daily: Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills, according to a new study.
Scientists found that men who either drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers not only got more questions right, they also were quicker in delivering correct answers, compared to men who answered the questions sober.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The dark side of the West’s ‘humanitarianism’ – how Nato left boat people to die - maltatoday.com.mt

The dark side of the West’s ‘humanitarianism’ – how Nato left boat people to die - maltatoday.com.mt

The 19 interviews by Goldsmiths researchers into the 'left-to-die-boat' ignored by Nato vessels in the Mediterranean in April 2011 has determined that 72 migrants were ignored by all Nato and non-military entities encountered in the two weeks drifting slowly in the sea, despite a clear distress call.
The migrants' vessel was established to have been within Nato's maritime surveillance area for 15 days, drifting in Libyan territorial waters, while Nato patrolled the area to prevent the flow of arms and mercenaries and prevent attacks.

Minister rules out cuts to teacher allowances

Minister rules out cuts to teacher allowances

MINISTER FOR Education Ruairí Quinn yesterday appeared to reassure teachers their allowances would not be cut in any public service review when he acknowledged allowances were currently considered part of their pay.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Unrest to halt Bahrain F1 GP?

Unrest to halt Bahrain F1 GP?

Bahrainis wielding knives and sticks attacked Shiite villagers overnight, witnesses said Wednesday, as pressure grew for this month's Formula One race in the Sunni-ruled state to be cancelled over the unrest.

Kofi Annan: Syria says it will respect ceasefire | euronews, world news

Kofi Annan: Syria says it will respect ceasefire | euronews, world news

Kofi Annan says the Syrian government has assured him it will respect the ceasefire with rebels, less than 24 hours before it is due to come into force.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012