Archive for November, 2011

Deutsche Bank orders eviction of 103-year-old woman – Sheriff’s Department says no!

103-year-old Vita Lee of Atlanta, Georgia

Newscast Media ATLANTA, Georgia — After Deutsche Bank issued an eviction notice to a 103-year-old woman in yesterday, the Sheriff’s Department and movers arrived at Vita Lee’s home and took one look at her, then decided to act against the order by refusing to evict her and her 83-year-old daughter.

Before the Sheriff’s Department and movers arrived, Vita Lee’s daughter was horrified and suffered from the shock of facing eviction, that she had to be taken to the hospital.


Despite the heartless act of a bank that is enjoying the fruits of being bailed out by the government to the tune of billions of dollars, yesterday’s act of kindness by the movers and Sheriff was a triumph of humanity that many financial institutions seem to lack. It should be noted that Sheriffs have the power to stop evictions in their jurisdictions, and are the highest law enforcement officers within a county.

Vita Lee’s words to Deutsche Bank were: “Please don’t come in and disturb me no more. When I’m gone, y’all can come back and do anything you want to do.”


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Mubarak to issue apology to Egyptians and ask for amnesty

Former President Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Despite last week’s bloody clashes in Cairo, elections went smoothly with a surprisingly large turnout as Egyptians seek to form a new civilian government. While voters waited patiently in line for a chance to vote, former President Hosni Mubarak was in his hospital room at Sharm al-Sheikh resort, drafting a letter with an apology and imploring Egyptians to offer him and his family amnesty. The letter is intended to be broadcast in Egypt and across the Arab world.

“However transparent Mr. Mubarak’s strategy might be, it could offer Egypt’s current military rulers a way out from prosecuting their ailing former boss. In any case, it is considered unlikely that the courts would condemn Mr. Mubarak to death—as some revolutionaries have demanded—or even incarcerate him,” Al Arabia News reported.

Meanwhile, Director of Yafa Research Center in Egypt Rafat Sayyed Ahmad, accused the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of sowing discord between the Egyptian nation and army in a bid to prevent a peaceful holding of elections in the country.

“The US and the Persian Gulf Arab states have plans to sow discord between the Egyptian nation and army in a bid to prevent a peaceful holding of elections in the country,” he said.

“We are living under such circumstances that horizontal and vertical gaps have widened so much that we don’t know which stream approves or disapproves of a given option and this is mainly the result of the efforts made by certain Persian Gulf countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with the US,” Ahmad told Iran’s FARS News Agency on Monday.

About 17 million eligible voters are expected to go to participate in the first stage. According to state-run Al-Ahram the largest news distribution in Egypt, the second stage begins on December 14, with a run-off on December 21, and includes the governorates of Giza, Beni Sweif, Menoufiya, Sharqiya, Ismailia, Suez, Beheira, Sohag and Aswan. The third stage kicks off on January 3, with a run off on January 10, 2012. It includes Minya, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Daqahliya, North Sinai, South Sinai, Marsa Matrouh, Qena and Al-Wadi Al-Gedid.


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Why God permits absurdities and calamities to abound in this world

Painting by Raphael - Galleria Palatina, Florence

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — It has often been said that peace nauseates those who always find a way to stir an undisturbed hornet’s nest simply for the sake of self-satisfaction. There are also entities that create problems where none exist, because these imaginary problems are used as a conduit to exercise control over the unsuspecting participants and spectators of the power play involved. This article will focus on four schools of thought from which we can extract possible explanations as to why absurdities and calamities abound in this world.

The first school of thought believes, there is a clandestine orchestration by a powerful group of elite people, who are attempting to create a singular government in order to introduce a cashless society, since the golden rule states: “Whoever controls the [black] gold rules. The second school of thought believes, these absurdities and calamities are simply regional tensions across the world and should be regarded as such. The third school of thought believes it is a Luciferian force, namely the “Prince of Darkness” himself, who is orchestrating these calamities. The fourth and last school of thought believes it is the unseen hand of God that sustains and guides human destiny, which has permitted these absurdities to abound in our world.

Cicero tells us a story of two famous generals who were at war with one another. Many people could not make up their minds which side to support, which side it was in their best interest to support, which side it was their duty to support – and, in certain cases, which side it was even legally permissible to support. The winner, however, was not the sort of man whose enmities were fomented by success: on the contrary, his natural kindliness favored their mitigation or relief.

If people had earned his resentment, he did not necessarily believe they must be deserving of exile or death. Some of his foes laid down their weapons, others had them ripped from their hands. Nevertheless, it can be said that any man who is freed from the menace of arms, and yet still remains armed within his soul, is being ungrateful and unjust.

The question many ask is why God the supreme being, allows such absurdities like unnecessary endless wars, strife, war crimes and deprivation to exist. To answer that, we can look at the same question that Voltaire the great French writer was confronted with in his Philosophical Dictionary, and his answer was: “God permits crime to happen but He does not commit it. To commit a crime is to act against Divine justice, therefore He cannot disobey himself. Just because God permits some men to be eaten by serpents, we ought not say that God made men to be eaten by serpents.” (page 328).

Yet despite these contradictions in life, there are still some things that are universal to all people. In agreement with Voltaire, this journalist can say, wherever I traveled, I saw that man respected his father and mother; that he thought himself bound to keep his promise; that he pitied oppressed innocence; that he detested persecution; that he regarded freedom of thinking as a right of nature, and the enemies of that freedom, as the enemies of the human race.


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Egypt’s military pressured by U.S. to hand over power to the people

The White House

Newscast Media, CAIRO, Egypt–The Egyptian military has been pressured by the U.S. government to hand over power to civilian leaders so they can form a new government that is acceptable to the Egyptian people, after Friday’s protests that filled Tahrir square with tens of thousands of protesters. Amid turbulent protests in Cairo this week, the White House has called for the military to set aside in Egypt, in favor of a civilian government.

Part of the statement from the White House press secretary read: “The United States strongly believes that the new Egyptian government must be empowered with real authority immediately. We believe that Egypt’s transition to democracy must continue, with elections proceeding expeditiously, and all necessary measures taken to ensure security and prevent intimidation. Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible.”The entire statement can be read here.

Despite the many parallels being drawn to this week’s unrest and the mass protests that brought down President Hosni Mubarak in February, several key differences are contributing to the containment of this conflict.

“The protesters don’t want to antagonize the lifestyle of the rest of the population, but the most important fact is they want to show up for a mass rally in a place that’s safe because it’s self-protected from attacks,” said Ashraf al-Sherif, a political science lecturer at the American University (AUC) in Cairo.

When protests erupted throughout the country in January, Tahrir had not yet become the local and international symbol of freedom and civil rights, or even the popular social destination, that it is now.

“At that time Tahrir was not really that iconic and people were fighting their own battles with police in popular neighborhoods, unlike now when protests are concentrated in main squares in the cities and life is kind of normal outside of that,” Sherif said.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ announcement Friday that Mubarak-era Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri will lead a new cabinet did nothing to assuage the anger in the square on “Last Chance Friday.” And many are skeptical the tenuous peace imposed early Thursday morning between police and demonstrators will hold.

Tensions and rallies are likely to escalate even further over the next few days as military rulers fail to satisfy the Tahrir demands ― namely that they step aside, according to AUC lecturer Sherif. Protests and renewed clashes could spread throughout the city ahead of or during the scheduled vote, he said.

“In the coming few days before the elections I think the crisis will intensify,” he said. “It’s not the scale of the protests ― it doesn’t really matter if there are only 30,000 or 40,000 people in Tahrir, that’s enough to cause a problem ― it’s the lack of solutions.”


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Deana Shaaban – She Exudes A Nexus Of Various Artistic Impulses

Deana Shaaban (in black) with clients inside her boutique. It is not enough to describe a woman as beautiful, it is more important to identify what makes her beautiful. That is what is referred to as the “essence” of every woman.

Newscast Media, WASHINGTON D.C. –After a month of hard-hitting news and politics, Newscast Media is featuring an inspirational piece to usher us into this holiday season. I caught up with Deana Shaaban, a good friend, and avid reader of my articles here at Newscast Media, to talk about her inspirational career, the challenges she has faced and overcome, and how she uses the fruits of her labor and her influence, to contribute to society and also to help the less fortunate.

Deana was born in 1985 in Bayonne, New Jersey, and grew up listening to the sound of the sewing machine in the background, on which her mother worked in her home. Little did she know that her mother’s passion for tailoring clothes would later on in life be imparted upon her, the result of which would be the launching of her own line of clothing.

“On family vacations while my siblings and I were at the beach, my mother was always walking around the fabric markets looking at a plethora of colors that lined the walls of the shops,” she said.

“At some point in my university years, I went into her fabric closet, pulled out some fabric and decided to sew my first design, that resembled nothing that could be worn. But we all have moments, and at that moment I realized, that in that rectangular piece of fabric that I was holding, lay an infinite number of possibilities. That realization for me was overwhelming and profound. I think it was the moment I realized, that if I’m going to be up till 3 a.m. doing anything, then this is exactly what I want to be doing,” said Deana.

Some of the challenges she personally faced when she first started out her career was that she was moving back from London to Egypt, a place where none of her family was living, and hadn’t lived in for over 30 years, yet Deana was attempting to start her clothing line on her own on the Continent.

On occasion Deana models her own clothes

“I didn’t really have much money to start out with, and I didn’t have any connections to help me jump-start my business. In essence, I had to figure out everything on my own. I think one of the main challenges that both I and other designers face in Egypt is trying to change the mentality that currently exists of customers preferring international brands versus the local ones,” she said.

There is also the social unrest that is happening in Egypt that was triggered by the Arab Spring earlier in the year, yet despite being able to live a comfortable life, Deana stood in solidarity with the rest of Egypt on a quest to secure true freedom and liberty. Just like most people who live on the Continent, Deana does not shy away from politics, and encouraged me to delve more into the subject during our recent interaction.

“As a business, you have to kind of calibrate yourself with regards to collection launch timings, campaign timings etc…based on what is happening around you. I also believe that you should never bank on the misfortune of others. If you want to help, then really help,” Deana said. “You have to be sensitive to the environment in which you are working because ultimately, as a business, you are functioning because of the people of the country you are working in. Egypt is currently going through an incredible stance for freedom, and if some businesses have to temporarily take a hit for that to happen, then so be it. The price of freedom was never cheap, everyone in Egypt is well aware of that and patient enough to get through it.”

In addition, Deana gives back to her community by hiring local residents with absolutely no training in the world of fashion and personally trains them.

“Having sewn my first few collections all on my own, I already had this knowledge. In this way, you are teaching people new skills and then offering them a sustainable income, thus giving them hope and showing them that they can take their lives in their own hands. I also have a certain percentage of the company revenue that is dedicated solely to giving back to social projects and NGOs in Egypt. I, along with two partners have an initiative called “The Brewing Pot” within which I design a clothing line, and all the money earned is donated to charity and social projects around Egypt,” she said.

Deana Shaaban Fall/Winter Collection Launch at Theodor's

Deana believes every design is a fusion of the world’s cultures through the fabric that has been born of that culture, because we live in a world where cultures are intermingled and intertwined, which is reflective of her clothing. Her designs are neither Arabian, African, Grecian or Western, since she fuses fabrics from various countries in Africa including Egypt, India, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy.

Her brand continues to grow and she was recently named by her local media as fashion designer of the year. As for her inspiration, Deana says, “Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Madeliene Vionnet are the designers who have inspired me and I believe will continue to inspire me. Their designs are more than just practical clothing, they have found a way to merge art and design with clothing so beautifully, in a way that is theatrical, yet still wearable.”

While most fashion designers this journalist has observed approach their profession from a business and commercial standpoint, Deana approaches it as an art. Every piece she creates is a nexus of various artistic impulses interwoven into a tapestry of fabrics, prints, and patterns that convey the true essence of a woman.

In Deana’s world, trapped within every woman, dwells her true inner beauty that yearns to manifest itself so utterly, so completely, that Deana has ventured to use her collection of designs to complement that very embodiment, and help women release their mysterious yet mesmerizing feminine glory. Therefore, one can confidently conclude, without the fear of contradiction, that Deana Shaaban drapes women beyond what the visible realm can behold.

It is not enough to describe a woman as beautiful, it is more important to identify what makes her beautiful. That is what is referred to as the “essence” of every woman. A woman’s pride is in her soul, like a flag flying up on a pole. Her strength lies in her hopes, like sails attached to ropes.

Deana graduated from the American University in Cairo as a Business major with an emphasis in Marketing, and also took Psychology as a minor. She then went on to gain certificates in fashion design from the Instituto Di Moda, in Cairo. Thereafter, she followed up her interest with classes at the Fashion Design Center (FDC) and the Institute Technique de la Mode. After a one-year program in the London branch of the Instituto Marangoni, she returned to Egypt to launch her own clothing line called DEANA SHAABAN.

“I always take fabrics from cultures that seemingly have nothing in common and merge them together in a sophisticated masterpiece; I hope the world can understand that this can also be applied to the world outside of just fabric and design. I believe that when the world comes together, then the most beautiful and incredible things can result,” Deana said. While her previous collections have been colorful designs, her most recent Fall collection was made of solid colors in mostly black and white.

Deana later on ties our extensive conversation together and gently reminds me: “Like I was saying earlier, the more you teach yourself about the possibilities of what can be, the more profound your designs will be.”


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Women in Cairo, Egypt take to the frontlines against military rule

Egyptian women in Tahrir Square, Cairo

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Less than two hours after the speech by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, clashes erupted again on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, a sign that activists and politicians say indicates that the nation’s military rulers are following the former regime’s failed strategy to remain in power.

Eyewitnesses and doctors at a makeshift field hospital said there were an invisible substance causing suffocation and inflammation of the eyes. Reports of protesters fainting were widespread.

Video by Bridgette Auger filmed in Tahrir Square

Women have now taken the lead in providing medical care to protect the protesters from the effects of chemicals from the tear gas.

Shortly after Tantawi finished his speech, thousands of protesters in Tahrir chanted slogans reminiscent of those used during the protests that brought down President Hosni Mubarak.

“Leave, leave,” they told Tantawi.

Egyptians say the only peaceful way to end the protests and clashes is for the military council to step down and appoint an interim government with real powers.


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Death toll from clashes in Egypt continues to rise nationwide

Cairo, Egypt street protests

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Reports from Egypt reveal that a protester died on Wednesday morning in clashes in Marsa Matruh in northwest Egypt and three more were killed in Cairo, bringing the total death toll from clashes that first broke out Saturday to 35.

Deputy Health Minister Hesham Sheeha said Wednesday that 28 people were killed in Cairo, two in Alexandria, one in Ismailia and one in Marsa Matruh. But the Health Ministry count was later increased to 31 casualties in Cairo.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters attempted to attack Health Minister Amr Helmy while he was touring Tahrir Square this afternoon. His bodyguards shielded him off from the attack and got him into his car, swiftly ending his visit to the square.

In statements to the press, Helmy denied allegations that a nerve agent is being used against the protesters.
Helmy added said he has ordered the formation of a three-member committee to test samples of the gas used on the protesters to verify that it does not contain any banned substances. The gas canisters used to disperse protesters are US-made, but not expired, he added.

“Even if they had expired, that would mean their effective substances have lost effect and are less harmful,” he said.

A public prosecution delegation began visiting Tahrir Wednesday to investigate assaults on protesters and reporters by police forces.The Journalists Syndicate had filed a report on Tuesday accusing Prime Minister
Essam Sharaf and Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy of targeting reporters and killing protesters.

The delegation met with field doctors and protesters to inquire about the nature of the injuries and when they took place.

Source Al-Masry Al-Youm


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Video: Gypsy and Barbarian invasion at the Texas Renaissance Festival

Videography by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –From the Gypsy Dance Theatre to the Fire Show to Shunyata Bellydance, the Barbarians and much more, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest and most acclaimed Renaissance festival in the nation. Feel like getting insulted? Christophe the professional insulter will be at your service. The highly anticipated festival takes place Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday. The festival welcomes more than 450,000 guests annually and features nearly 500 costumed performers on 17 stages.

There is no end to the revelry at the Festival, with its wide assortment of challenges and adventures awaiting you throughout the village. The Renaissance Festival is located Northwest of Houston on more than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on F.M. 1774 between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas. More information can be found at


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Analysis of Iran, Syria and Lebanon in relation to the US and Israel

Iran's Ahmadinejad

Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has become the recent focus of attention from the West, and the country does have rich heritage that dates back thousands of years. As the founder of the Qajar dynasty in Iran, Aga Khan chose Tehran as the capital of the Persian Empire in 1795, largely due to its locale, and has remained the capital to this very day. Tehran’s bazaar is legendary and one of the largest in the world. The symbol of Iran is the Shahyad (Freedom) Tower built in 1971 during the reign of the last shah.

Iran has been able to insulate itself from the trappings of the West and has firm control of its banking system and inexhaustible natural resources, that enable its economy to sustain itself, regardless of sanctions imposed upon it by the West. Iranians also consider themselves Persians rather than Arabs.


The name alone evokes fairy tales, yet in spite of European influences, the Syrian capital has maintained its Eastern look. The streets and bazaars of Damascus still preserve an ancient charm. The region has for millennia been an important link between Persian East and Mediterranean West.

Damascus’ ancient souk is a vast, arcaded expanse devoted to trade. With its craftsmen, merchants and winding lanes, the souk is truly the heart of the city. The Turkish baths are a very popular destination for tourists.

Despite the historic and cultural richness of the country, Syria has to deal with the threat of war that could occur before the end of this year. Iran has pledged its support for Syria, and Tehran has issued a stern warning to any country contemplating an attack on its ally.


Once acclaimed the Paris of the near East, Beirut is yet to recover its former splendor. Historically, Beirut has served as a bridge between the Middle East and Europe. Prior to the recent emergence of violence Beirut has made great strides toward regaining its position of of influence. Beirut’s unique flair has always blended Western influences and its Middle Eastern location.

The Lebanese would like their capital to return to the golden years of the 1960s when it was a flourishing commercial city, a financial metropolis, and a gateway between European and Arab culture. Downtown Beirut is still heavily damaged from previous wars and just when the Lebanese thought rebuilding would commence the citizens of Beirut, in July 2006 were forced to confront the reality of life as a war zone.

Despite the rumors of war against Syria which would mean that Lebanon would be next in line to be attacked, according to Gen. Wesley Clark, the young and old gather at Pigeon’s Rock, the most romantic site spot in the country, that is famous for its high coastal cliffs into the sea, and try to forget about the impending doom that may or may not occur in the region.

Yet there is a ray of hope for Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Hindu News reported that Russian war ships had moved into Syrian waters last weekend to send a serious signal to NATO that Russia will not tolerate any provocation of its allies.

The recent apprehension of CIA spies in Lebanon and Iran have also demoralized the West who had been in talks with Syrian rebels to start an uprising against their government, and duplicate what happened in Libya.

Sun Tzu on foreknowledge

The US and Israel do not know how much Iran knows about them. Iran’s greatest asset is that they use critical thinking and have a lot of patience. As we read from CIA reports, their patience paid off when they captured CIA spies who had infiltrated Lebanon.

Iranians seem to have taken a page out of Sun Tzu’s book, The Art Of War and appear to be a step ahead in the chess game being played.

“In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; conceal your dispositions, and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies, from the machinations of the wisest brains.” – Sun Tzu, page 34.

Sun Tzu went on to identify and describe five kinds of spies namely: local spies, inward spies, converted spies, doomed spies and surviving spies.

When one has these kinds of spies, Sun Tzu refers to it as “divine manipulation of threads.” It’s the sovereign’s most precious quality.

According to Sun Tzu’s description, it appears the captured CIA spies were converted spies and doomed spies. Converted spies are the enemy’s spies who are captured and used to work against the enemy who sent them. Having doomed spies means, doing certain things openly for the purpose of deception, and allowing your own spies to know of them, and report what they falsely believe is true back to your enemy.

Indeed the CIA confirmed in its most recent report that said its spies were paid informants recruited by the CIA for two distinct espionage rings targeting Iran and the Beirut-based Hezbollah organization, considered by the U.S. to be a terror group backed by Iran.

“Espionage is a risky business,” a U.S. official briefed on the developments told ABC News, confirming the loss of the unspecified number of spies over the last six months.

The same report said that spies were nabbed within Iran, as reported by intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi, who announced that more than 30 U.S. and Israeli spies had been discovered and an Iranian television program, which acts as a front for Iran’s government, showed images of internet sites used by the U.S. for secret communication with the spies.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem on Tuesday commented on a report concerning the exposure of US Central Intelligence Agency informants in Lebanon, saying: “America is attempting to molest the stability of Lebanon.”

King Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived said: “It does no good to spread a net when the bird you are trying to catch is watching.”

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China being forced to play by the rules through US-Australia relations

Barack Obama and Australia's Julia Gillard

by Sergei Balmasov
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –The USA intends to use the ANZUS Treaty (Australia, New Zealand and the USA) against China. Barack Obama visited Australia’s capital Canberra to mark the 60th anniversary of the alliance. Obama met Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and agreed to considerably strengthen the defense cooperation with the country. Particularly, it goes about a tenfold increase of the US military presence on the green continent.

The leaders of the two countries said that the United States would not have a special army base on the territory of Australia. Nevertheless, they acknowledged that the deployment of US military men in the north of Australia and the increase of the US naval presence in the region will virtually turn Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, into the center of constant presence of the US Armed Forces in Australia.

The US contingent will increase from 200 to 2,500 people. Strategic bombers B-52, F/A-18 fighter jets, as well as C-17 cargo planes and fuel aircraft will also be deployed on the green continent. All of them are going to be deployed at Australia’s Tindal air base. As a result, the US presence in Australia will become the largest since the end of WWII.

The deployment of the US Armed Forces in Australia will take place gradually, for six years. The first group of 250 US marines will arrive on the green continent already in 2012.

Obama did not conceal the fact that all those measures would be taken to contain China. The US president admitted Washington’s concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. According to Obama, he welcomes China’s growing influence, but says that China must play by the rules.

China reacted immediately to Obama’s remarks. An official spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry stated that such an increase of the military presence and the expansion of the defense cooperation did not seem to meet the interest of the countries of the Asian-Pacific region.

Chinese officials stated that China supports the peaceful development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Other countries should not act differently. “When developing state-to-state relations, one should take into account the interests of other countries as well as the whole region, and peace and stability of the region,” Liu Weimin, an official spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said.

A week ago, Western media published the concept of the actions of US forces in case of an armed conflict with China. The concept stipulated a possibility for conducting combat actions on the Chinese territory, including attacks on China’s inland areas, as well as massive cyber attacks and the neutralization of China’s anti-satellite weapons. The concept made many US experts draw parallels with the period of the Cold War against the USSR.

The document appeared in response to China’s national military strategy of the new period. The strategy stipulates active defense of China’s national interests, even in remote areas of the World ocean.
By 2016, the combat abilities of Chinese Navy will be able to conduct efficient operations near the territories of Japan, New Guinea and Indonesia. This may touch upon Australia’s sphere of influence. China needs to defend its economy, which largely depends on the shipments of oil from the Middle East. This region is extremely important for the United States as well.

It is worthy of note that Australia is only one of the USA’s strategic partners, with whom Washington intends to contain China’s growing influence. The United States intends to use the Philippines, Japan and India for the same purpose. Maybe Washington will change its relations with Vietnam too.


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Iran dares Israel attack: We wish they’d commit such a mistake

Iran's Ahmadinejad

Newscast Media TEHRAN — Iran dares Israel to attack, because the retaliation would send the Jewish state to “the dustbin of history,” a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said, according to the Fars news agency Monday.

“Our greatest wish is that they commit such a mistake,” the chief of the Guards’ Aerospatiale division, Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, was quoted as saying. “For some time there has been a hidden energy we hope to expend to consign the enemies of Islam forever to the dustbin of history,” he said. “Our ballistic (missile) capacity never ceases to grow,” he added.

These comments came as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to rule out speculations about a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, again insisting that the “time has come” to deal with Iran.
“I don’t think that that is a subject for public discussion. But I can tell you that the (International Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the public, and people understand that the time has come,” Barak claimed in an interview with CNN on Sunday without being questioned about Tel Aviv’s reported possession of nuclear warheads.

Barak’s remarks were described by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi as futile attempts to wage a psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.

The US and Israeli threats stem from their weakness and incapability and they sound more like psychological operations, Vahidi said on Sunday.

Source: Al-Manar TV Lebanon


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PART II – Barbarian and Gypsy Invasion at Texas Renaissance Festival

Part II - Texas Renaissance Festival


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — From professional insults by Christophe the insultor, to The Gypsy Dance Company to the Fire Show and much more, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest and most acclaimed Renaissance festival in the nation. The highly anticipated festival takes place Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday. The festival welcomes more than 450,000 guests annually and features nearly 500 costumed performers on 17 stages. There is no end to the revelry at the Festival, with its wide assortment of
challenges and adventures awaiting you throughout the village. The Renaissance Festival is located
Northwest of Houston on more than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on F.M. 1774 between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas. More information can be found at ENTER PHOTO GALLERY >>

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Social media giants battling Congress over copyrighted material

by Matthew Cortina
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress, such as the Stop Internet Privacy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP, will alter the Internet landscape if passed, say opponents of the bill, including Google and Facebook.

Copyrighted material from 10-second clips to full-length documentaries are subject to removal under the terms of the proposed legislation.

The most comprehensive film documenting the Beatles is the eight-hour docu-series that accompanied the Beatles Anthology in 1995. It is posted on YouTube by multiple users in 10-15 minute segments – the longest videos YouTube will allow. But at random parts of the series, whole segments are removed. In their place is a note, which reads “this video violates copyright infringement laws and it has been removed.”

It’s videos like the Beatles Anthology that have spurred the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to introduce bills that would fight for the rights of major rights-holders like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America by requiring Internet service providers to remove websites that post copyrighted material.

The bills, PROTECT IP in the Senate and SOPA in the House, would allow for officials to monitor websites, including search engines and social media sites, and remove any copyrighted material.

In a letter to The New York Times, major Internet companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter said piracy is a problem largely conducted off-shore and regulations would punish a public undeserving of such treatment.

“Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites,” the letter said.

“We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation, as well as to our Nation’s cyber-security.”

If these bills were enacted 10 years ago, there may not be YouTube. There may not be Facebook.
Mash-ups would not exist, as many violate copyright laws that limit the use of clips to under a certain amount of time.

The millions of clips on YouTube from your favorite shows, news programs and documentaries would be removed because the producers of the original content are not making money – only those who upload the material and choose to run ads on them.

The bills would allow companies to determine if a website isn’t doing enough to stop copyright infringement and proceed to shut them down. Opponents of the bills say it will stifle start-ups and reduce creativity.
The Chamber of Commerce estimates that U.S. companies lose $135 billion a year to piracy. Those in favor of the bills suggest those funds might be recouped in the future if stricter laws require pay-for-play use of copyrighted material and if that material is taxed.

But the use of copyrighted material is already woven into the fabric of modern culture – American culture, particularly. Opponents of the bills – from everyday users to social media giants – say rights holders like MPAA and RIAA are greedily looking to find one final avenue to make money in a digital age that saw them lose massive amounts of money.

It is unclear when the bills may go up for a vote, but debate is likely to intensify.


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The OWS movement’s critical mass continues to diminish

OCW movement losing critical mass

Newscast Media HOUSTON, News –What started out as a legitimate movement, now seems to be losing its sting, and as the New York Post noted, in the end, Occupy Wall Street’s Day of Action on Thursday, turned out to be all talk.

The rhetoric was rabid, sure. But there were nowhere near the “tens of thousands” of demonstrators who were supposed to fan out across the five boroughs and convulse New York. So what happened to the “revolution”? Well, it was wet and very chilly yesterday; bad weather always puts a damper on uninformed outrage.

The New York Post then concludes the article by saying: “Bottom line, though: It seems that Occupy Wall Street has passed its sell-by date — and even the Occupiers know it.”

A recent Public Policy Polling shows that 45 percent of Americans now oppose the Occupiers. This is due to the criminal behavior and elements embedded within the movement that have been reported including the recent deaths, and also the movement’s lack of clear purpose.

Gestalt psychology is the type of psychology that studies whole, intact segments of behavior and cognitive experience. Gestalt is a German word meaning “whole” or “pattern”. Gestalt psychologists concluded that insightful learning is one of the most effective ways to learn.

Insightful learning is usually regarded as having four characteristics:

(i) The transition from presolution to solution is sudden and complete.

In this case, for any revolution including OWS or the Tea Party have to recognize a problem (presolution), and then devise a remedy (solution).

(ii) Performance based on a solution gained by insight is usually smooth and free from errors.

Once an effective solution has been reached, it can then effectively be implemented by the entire group to produce results.

(iii) A solution gained by insight is retained for a considerable length of time.

Effective solution implementation is self-sustaining because all members of the group are in one accord. (We saw this in the Tunisia revolution).

(iv) A principle gained by insight is easily applied to other problems.

Other groups can then duplicate the solution because it has been tried and tested, as we saw in the success of the April 6, Egyptian revolution.

Unless the Occupiers or similar groups have a concrete well-tested solution to produce the desired change, the movement will continue to meet frustration from the very entities they are trying to fight.

As French behavioral psychologist Jean-Jacques Rousseau said in his Social Contract: “Man is born free, yet we see him everywhere in chains.” (p.5).


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FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly: The Occupy movement is bogus

Newscast Media, NEW YORK, New York — FOX News host Bill O’Reilly said the Occupy Wall Street movement is bogus because the actors and participants are misdirecting their anger and should be directing it to Fannie and Freddie Mac who partly responsible for the financial meltdown.

“My question is simple because I am a simple man. Why aren’t the Occupy loons demonstrating in front of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?” O’Reilly asked.

O’Reilly concluded that the movement was bogus, due to its unwillingness to confront the real entities that created the financial collapse.


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Syrians rally in solidarity around president Bashar al-Assad

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria

by Bi Mingxin (Xinhua)

Newscast Media, DAMASCUS — Thousands of Syrians thronged public squares in several Syrian provinces on Wednesday to demonstrate solidarity with embattled President Bashar al-Assad.
The rallies were held to mark the 41st anniversary of the “correctionist movement” led by former President Hafez al-Assad, father of the current president.

They were also meant to denounce a decision by the Arab League (AL) to suspend Syria’s membership in the organization ahead of a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Moroccan capital of Rabat that aims to discuss measures for the Syrian crisis.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem initially announced that Syria would take part in the ministerial meeting, but member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council warned that they would not attend the meeting if Syria did.

A source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday that Syria had decided to boycott the AL meeting in Morocco in protest of some statements by Moroccan officials.

The source, whose remarks were carried by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), said that “Syria’s initial decision to participate in the Rabat meeting was taken in compliance with the desire of some sisterly countries, but in light of the statements, of which we have been informed from officials in Morocco, Syria has decided not to attend.”

The source did not disclose the contents of these statements.

Syria has been in unrest for about eight months. Foreign reports said 3,500 Syrians had been killed since the anti- government protests erupted in March, while Syrian government said hundreds of security and army personnel were killed by armed groups backed by a foreign conspiracy with the aim of toppling the Assad government.

The Free Syrian Army, an alleged group of army defectors, reportedly said they had attacked several military sites, including an intelligence facility and some military checkpoints near the capital of Damascus on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

In a related development, SANA said the Syrian authorities seized a large number of advanced communication devices from some armed groups in several areas in the country.


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GOP candidates attempt to close the deal on their final stretch

2012 GOP candidates

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — GOP candidates have less than eight weeks before the Iowa Republican caucuses that are scheduled to take place on January 3, 2012. During the remaining weeks, whoever wants to win the nomination will have to do an effective job in closing the deal. This means tapping into the pool of the undecided voters and the moderates, while avoiding any major mistakes on the campaign trail. At this point, it is hard to predict which GOP candidate will win.

Herman Cain who once led the race has seen his numbers decline, while Newt Gingrich has risen. Mitt Romney’s numbers haven’t changed much, while Rick Perry is intent on reclaiming his original frontrunner status.

What happened to Cain when he suddenly rose in the polls and was torn down by the very same media that promoted him, will predictably happen to Gingrich. Some polls actually show Gingrich as the current frontrunner ahead of Romney and Cain, yet as every media practitioner and even Gingrich knows, his rise will not last long. Just as Cain’s reputation was destroyed, we can expect the same from Gingrich who in the past has had his share of indiscretions, which will soon be the focus of media and public attention.

To compete with Romney and Perry, Gingrich would have to spend a considerable amount of time raising money for sustenance. A scenario of who the vice presidential running mates could be are as follows:

If Romney wins the nomination, he would need someone from the South to help him deliver the region since it is the Bible belt. Cain said he would not be Romney’s running mate, so the other possible combination could be Romney-Perry, since Perry is a strong fundraiser and avid campaigner who could help Romney raise the necessary funds to compete with Obama.

Should Cain win, since he is from the South, he would need someone from the North to help deliver the region, and because Romney is the strongest of the northerners, a Cain-Romney ticket would not be surprising. A Rick Perry win of the nomination again would require someone from the North like Romney to help raise money and also capture the hearts of the voters in the northern states, therefore a Perry-Romney ticket would have a high likelihood of occurring. As for Gingrich, since he is from Georgia, but has an appeal in northern states, he might surprise observers by picking someone like Sarah Palin since he believes she could help beat Obama, as indicated in the video below.

Below is the debate schedule for the rest of 2011:

November 22nd, 2011 8pm ET on CNN
Location: Washington, DC
Sponsor: CNN, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute

December 1st, 2011 Air time TBD on CNN
Location: Arizona
Sponsor: CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona

December 10th, 2011 Air time TBD on ABC
Location: Des Moines, IA
Sponsor: ABC News and Republican Party of Iowa

December 15th, 2011 9pm ET on Fox News
Location: Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa
Sponsor: Fox News and Republican Party of Iowa

December 19th, 2011 4pm ET on PBS
Location: Iowa Public Television in Johnston, IA
Sponsor: The Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Television, PBS NEWSHOUR, Google and YouTube.


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What attorneys don’t want you to know about your identity

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –When Mitt Romney said that corporations are people the man knew exactly what he was talking about. He is among the small percentage of people who know how the matrix works, yet the average person just laughs instead of researching what Romney meant when he said: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Watch video below:

18 U.S.C Title 18 § 921 Definitions.
(a) As used in this chapter—
(1) The term “person” and the term “whoever” include any individual, corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, society, or joint stock company.

It looks like trivial, yet it makes a big difference how you are treated in court if you fail to assert your inherent rights, and walk in as a corporate fiction.
Only those who live outside the matrix have this closely guarded information at their disposal.

For good measure, if you pull out your social security card and look at the back, you will see a “CUSIP” number that starts with an “E”, and is followed by eight (8) numbers. Altogether it is made up of nine (9) characters. For example it would be something like: E999XXXXX.

When you applied for a SSN, you signed a contract with the state to convert you into a Security that is being traded on the stock market, as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Web site describing CUSIP numbers. Remember, there is no difference between corporations and people, by legal definition. Do you know who owns the CUSIP number distribution network? The American Bankers Association, that’s why they had no problem getting bailed out (TARP), because they used you as a security for their lines of credit.

There are a lot of media practitioners who thrive off of inducing fear in their audiences because that’s how they build audiences. Media practitioners do not offer this kind of material because the corporate media is owned by the large corporations, including the majority of alternative media. Most of what the media gives its viewer is 90 percent truth and the other 10 percent is disinformation. As the retired judicial officer said, your minds are conditioned to believe everything they tell you is real, because they know you won’t do your own research and investigation. Continue to PART I – The matrix>>


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PART I – How to understand the way the matrix functions in society

Justice (file photo)

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — When presidential candidate Mitt Romney was at the Iowa State Fair on August 11, this past summer, he was heckled because he said corporations were people. However, the hecklers failed to extract the underlying substance of Romney’s message. Indeed it is true that by legal definition corporations are people and I will demonstrate in this article, supported by laws, that the courts view people and corporations as the same entity. People do not like reading these kinds of articles, because it goes against conventional wisdom, and everything they’ve been taught is true but in reality is false.

A retired judicial officer who wishes to remain anonymous revealed a hidden truth that changed the way I see things, and said, “In the Matrix we live in, nothing is real, but your mind is conditioned to believe that everything is real. The Matrix is far too big to be defeated, and people in control of it represent the most powerful and intelligent people in the world. The ruling elite view the rest of the population as too stupid (their words, not mine) to make decisions for themselves.”

The judicial officer said that the constitution was secretly converted into a Trust, so that public officials could make changes to it whenever they wanted. “The rules of the Trust are secret, and no Trustee is compelled to reveal them, or notify the beneficiary once a rule has been changed,” he said.

One dilemma the Trustees faced is that they could not be Trustees and Beneficiaries at the same time, so the American people were unknowingly made the Beneficiaries of the Trust, and people are misled into believing the Constitution provides them with rights.

The officer said, “All high ranking public officials including lawyers and attorneys laugh at the ignorance of people who say their Constitutional Rights have been violated. That’s why lawyers and attorneys treat the average person as an inferior individual, and have an air of arrogance they convey in their demeanor and speech.” (An attorney is different from a lawyer. Lawyers speak the law).

Our rights as human beings are inherent and come directly from God. The purpose of the Constitution is to prevent the government from interfering with our inalienable rights. In other words, it is your God-given right to speak freely. The Constitution’s First Amendment, prevents government or anyone from interfering with that right, which is referred to as freedom of speech. Your rights therefore do not come from the Constitution, the U.S. Constitution protects your “inalienable rights” given to you by God, from being infringed upon.

Yet you have to assert yourself as a living, breathing, flesh human, because you were converted into corporate/legal fictions by the ruling elite. The reason you were converted into a corporate fiction is because by legal definition America is a “Corporation” and in order to have jurisdiction over you, they had to convert you into a corporate fiction.

Look at: U.S. Code TITLE 28 § 3002 (15)(A) Definition of the United States
(15) “United States” means—
(A) a Federal corporation

You can easily identify your corporate identity because it is spelled IN ALL CAPS. Look at your Driver’s License, your passport, social security card, and any other state or federal document, and you’ll see that your name is in capital letters. For example, your corporate identity would be spelled: JOHN DOE, however, your true name as a living, breathing entity with inherent rights from God is spelled: John Doe.
Continue to PART II – What attorneys do not want you to know>>


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PART II – The West’s inability to comprehend African society

David Cameron

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –Whereas in Africa parents want to know whose son plans to marry their daughter, in America the parents will ask the daughter, “What does he do?” In the West, the measure of a man is mostly determined by the kind of job he does, or the company he works for, which explains the high divorce rate, and prenuptial agreements, since companies come and go. There are still a few marriages based on genuine love, but those are extremely rare.

In the West people seem to forget that you are not your job or the company you work for. You are not the car you drive or neighborhood you live in. It never ceases to amaze me when I watch people working for prestigious companies, walking around feeling deadly. When those companies fail or lay off workers, then the same people who were thumbing their noses at others because of their jobs come back to earth. We saw it here in Houston during the ENRON debacle. One female executive was so humbled by her sudden job loss she confessed: “I was the kind of person who looked at others that worked for lesser known companies and did not want to be like them. Now those same people who have seen me lose my prestigious job, do not want to be like me.”

To demonstrate further on this subject, for instance, a man can go from being a homeless drug addict in America, to becoming a clean, drug-free CEO and President of a successful business, which demonstrates the American dream of starting with nothing and rising to the top. Such a man is a hero in the community. He can pick and choose whom to marry, and will never have problems marrying or attracting a decent woman. Yet in Africa, he will always be known as the man who “once was a homeless drug addict” and if a girl comes from a respectable and posh family, that man will never be acceptable as a husband or son-in-law.

In the African family, the mother always has clout on whom her son marries, so it is important for the man’s girlfriend to be liked, or be on good terms with his mother, or she will never let her marry the son. On a trip in Africa, a mother, whose son had great respect for this journalist came to me and said, “Please save my son from making a terrible mistake.” To which I responded, “What mistake?” She then tearfully related to me how her son was deeply involved with a woman from a [certain region] who, to put it politely, “liked to have a good time”. The mother did not think her son’s girlfriend was marriage material and requested my intervention.

As for a daughter in the family, if her father doesn’t like the man she is dating, he will never marry his daughter. The father’s stamp of approval is very necessary before a woman can say “I do” to any man in Africa. The plus side is, if you come from a decent family, people will recommend that you date their relatives who may be single. It is not uncommon for someone from a well-respected background to receive offers like: “I have a cousin I would like you to meet; or there is a niece of mine who is single, I think you should meet her; or have I introduced you to my daughter who is on holiday this summer?” Rich African men send their daughters overseas to study, so when they go back home on vacation, in Africa it is referred to as being on holiday.

What is even more decisive than a person’s family background in Africa, is religion. A person’s religion can either make or break a relationship, so it is important to consider that aspect of compatibility that is very much a nexus of the African culture. A good example is, if a person comes from a decent family and marries a decent spouse, then down the road chooses to switch to a different religion, that person will become an outcast and lose both the family and marriage, and could even be disowned by the blood relatives for switching religions.

A friend of mine in London who once lived in Africa, returned home one evening, and told his father about his new-found religion. Needless to say, he was disowned and ended up moving to London over a decade ago where he continues to live. Both father and son haven’t spoken since.

The temperament of Africans also varies. There are some Africans who are very touchy when it comes to heritage, a good example would be Ethiopians, Rwandese, and to a small extent Tanzanians. On occasion, they do take criticism very personally.

Egyptians seem relaxed when you write an article that is critical, because they look for the logic behind the criticism. If it is justified, they’ll even respect you more, perhaps due to that inability of Egyptian journalists to be able to express themselves without fear of retaliation from their government. In fact Newscast Media does plan to make a second trip to Egypt, because I understand, based on what my journalist friends in Egypt tell me, it is extremely difficult for people who come from an Arabian background to get entry visas into the United States.

In America, never ask an African if he is from Nigeria. His angry response will be, “Do you think every African is from Nigeria?” The same applies to South Africans who are White. Never ask a White South African if he or she is from Australia. Most Americans cannot seem to differentiate the South African and Australian accents from each other. As a matter of fact, White South Africans just prefer to be referred to as Africans because they consider themselves to be very much a part of Africa and the African heritage as the rest of Africans. Unlike Africans in the North who refer to themselves as Arabs instead of Africans, White South Africans take their African identity very seriously and greatly esteem the culture.

When it comes to East Africa, Ugandans are the only people in this world I know of, who laugh at themselves, when you say something critical about them or their government. To them it is nothing personal. In fact, on his most recent trip to Rwanda, Uganda’s president said that he was trying to fight corruption but Uganda was filled with thieves.

“I have been fighting with these thieves. You know Uganda has so many thieves. I don’t know whether Rwanda has so many thieves like Uganda,” Mr. Museveni said to prolonged laughter.

When the statements were published in Ugandan newspapers, Ugandans thought it was one of the funniest speeches, so they took to Twitter and started greeting each other with the phrase, “Hello thief.” It was no big deal to them.

Perhaps the most laid back of all Africans are Kenyans. Kenyans are so cool, they don’t even bother laughing at themselves of even responding to criticism. They just shrug it off and move on. There is nothing critical you can say to Kenyans to make them lose their composure, yet one small criticism about Ethiopia or Rwanda or even Tanzania can create fireworks. In Africa you have to be able to adapt, in order to blend and understand the culture.

So, when Cameron makes threatening statements, he has absolutely no comprehension of how strong the culture and family units are in Africa. When Hillary Clinton penned her book that was published by Simon & Schuster in 1996, she chose the title, It Takes A Village. Hillary understood the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” and respected African values enough as inspiration for her book. She is also known for remembering and pronouncing African names with such accuracy, one would think she spent part of her life living on the continent.

A lot of Africans may not live in luxury, but they value tradition, culture, and identity enough to be willing to walk away from any amount of money from the West, rather than be stripped of the values and upbringing they hold so dear. Bellingham did the right thing on his African trip, by clarifying Cameron’s remarks.

Back to Part I – The West’s inability to comprehend Africa>>


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