Archive for December, 2012

Judge sends man to jail then has sex with his baby mama

Judge takes advantage of single mother

Newscast Media DETROIT—First, he came under fire for sending nude pictures of himself to a female bailiff. Then, Third Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree in Michigan sent a man to jail for failure to pay child support, and had sex with the man’s girlfriend Geniene La’Shay Mott, who had sued the ex-boyfriend for late payments.

“It went from being a summer fling and just something to do to falling in love, promises of marriage, me getting pregnant, us buying a house together, name it,” Mott said. The video below speaks for itself:

The judge is currently under investigation, and it remains to be seen if the system will will turn the tables against him, since he is now attempting to evade child support payments by asking Miss Mott to abort the baby.


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Moscow says it will not Libyan scenario happen in Syria

Russia's Putin

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia will not allow a repetition of the Libyan scenario in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

“We’ll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” Lavrov said, adding Russia was not clinging to any individual leaders in Syria.

Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria on July 19 over fears that it would lead to foreign military intervention in the Middle East country. The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would have provided for the use of force to put an end to the rapidly escalating conflict. Russia says it has no special interest in seeing Assad remain in power, but that the “Syrian people” should decide his fate.

A number of Western countries have been trying to persuade Moscow to support a resolution effectively authorizing a military operation, but Russia has repeatedly insisted that the Western drive for a stronger crackdown on Syria is preparation for a “Libyan scenario.”

In Libya, rebels ousted and killed long-standing dictator Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011 after a months-long military standoff in which they received assistance from NATO forces. Russia did not use its veto power in the UN Security Council to block the intervention in Libya that was started under the pretext of protecting civilians there. Lavrov also said Russia was not holding any talks on the fate of embattled Assad.

Meanwhile, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said the Syrian leadership had assured Russia there was no danger of the spread of chemical weapons in the Middle East country.

“The Syrian government is assuring us that it will not allow their spread [chemical weapons]. We hope that this will be so,” Patrushev said.

He was echoed by Lavrov, who said Russia is more concerned that the chemical weapons could fall into hands of Assad’s opponents, whose ranks allegedly include al-Qaida affiliates.

Source: Ria Novosti

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Egyptians intensify protests against embattled Brotherhood

Demonstrators demand the ouster of President Morsi. —Photo by Mai Shaheen in Cairo, Egypt

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Hundreds of protesters have been arriving in Tahrir Square since early morning in preparation for mass rallies against President Morsi’s constitutional declaration and the draft constitution. Seventeen marches are expected to begin after Friday prayers from venues around Cairo including Giza, Tahrir Square, Abbaseya and a number of mosques. They will converge on the presidential palace in Heliopolis.

The protest has been variously termed ‘Friday to oust the Brotherhood’s militias’, ‘Red Card Friday’, and ‘Ultimatum Friday’. Around twenty-one groups have announced their participation in the protests.

Hundreds of protesters have been holding a sit-in in Tahrir Square since 22 November when President Morsi’s constitutional declaration rendered his decisions above judicial challenge and made the Islamist-dominated Shura Council and Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution by court order.

Protesters marched around Tahrir Square early Friday chanting, “The people want the downfall of the Brotherhood and Morsi” and “Leave, leave Morsi and Badie,” referring to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie.


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Clinton will meet Russia’s Foreign Minisiter Lavrov over Syria

Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov

Newscast Media DUBLIN, Ireland—US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday as world leaders desperately seek an end to the conflict in Syria.

Amid fears the 21-month conflict which has already claimed some 40,000 lives may take a gruesome new turn, the three diplomats were to hold crisis talks on the sidelines of an international meeting in Dublin.

“Secretary Clinton has accepted an invitation by UN special envoy Brahimi for a trilateral meeting on Syria this afternoon with Mr Brahimi and Russian FM Lavrov,” a senior State Department official said.

US officials hope there may be a new willingness by Moscow, a staunch ally in Damascus, to probe ways to bring more pressure to bear on Assad to step down. The United States has been calling for some time for Russia to use its leverage with Assad to try to open the way towards a political transition. Moscow has been a staunch ally of Assad and has vetoed UN Security Council resolutions aiming to sanction the regime.

But it did initially sign onto a peace plan crafted by Brahimi’s predecessor, Kofi Annan, until it wavered in the face of imposing punitive UN action if Syria refused to implement the accord.

Clinton and Lavrov met first on Thursday morning for bilateral talks in which a US senior official said they both agreed to “listen to what the special envoy has to say.”

“They both have a lot of respect of his mission and want to be supportive of it,” the State Department official said.

Washington has so far provided humanitarian, non-lethal aid to the rebels, but refused to arm the opposition amid fears of pouring weapons into an already volatile region, where anti-US militant groups are springing up.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Monday on a trip focused on resolving sharp differences over the conflict. Last month, Erdogan said Russia held the key to the Syrian conflict, and that if Moscow took a “positive” stance in the Security Council it could push another key Damascus ally Iran to review its policies.

Source: Radio Netherlands


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Egyptian demonstrators head back to presidential palace

Egyptian to descend upon presidential palace

Newscast Media CAIRO—Protestors demanding President Mohamed Morsy’s ouster regrouped on Thursday evening with renewed marches to the presidential palace in Heliopolis. The demonstrations come after at least five died in the course of clashes Wednesday night between Morsy’s backers and opponents.

A march originating from Al-Nour Mosque in Abbasseya arrived in the evening at Marghani Street near the palace, where earlier in the day Armed Forces were reported to have begun building a wall to block demonstrators. Protestors called for Morsy’s downfall to pay for yesterday’s bloodshed.

Some young men and women in the march carried symbolic coffins, chanting favorite slogans such as “The people demand the downfall of the regime,” “Freedom,” and “Justice, justice, they killed our brothers with bullets.” Many were wearing helmets, a sign they were prepared for possible confrontations.

An angry mood pervaded among the protesters, who often chanted that they would refuse to dialogue with the president. One activist, Kamal, frequently led the chant: “No dialogue with the one killing revolutionaries.” Those present condemned Morsy’s use of what they called a militia to attack the opposition’s peaceful demonstration. They also chanted: “Listen to our voice everywhere; this night is the Brotherhood’s end.”

Muslim Brotherhood members and members of other Islamic factions who had come to Heliopolis from Cairo and across Egypt’s governorates withdrew from the scene of the clashes early on Thursday afternoon after the Republican Guards demanded all protesters leave the area by 3 pm.

The Republican Guards are currently securing the palace with barbed wire barriers. Rows of security forces stand behind them with batons and tasers. Two tanks and two other military vehicles were positioned behind the security forces, facing in the direction of the palace.

Around 10 ambulances have been positioned close to Marghani Street in anticipation of potential violence.


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The West is in danger of instigating a Third World War

Chinese warships

There are new findings, according to Al Manar news, that two Russian warships docked in the port of Tartus today, for several hours but their crews did not go ashore, the Interfax and ITAR-TASS news agencies reported.

“They loaded up on fuel and water and had minor repairs. No shore leave was planned for the crew,” a source in the naval chief of staff told the Interfax news agency.The Tartus base is Russia’s only remaining foreign military base outside the former Soviet Union and is seen as a major strategic asset for Moscow. READ FULL ARTICLE>>


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IAEA Amabassador: Iran will continue installing centrifuges

Iran's Ahmadinejad inspecting the Islamic Republic's nuclear facility

Newscast Media TEHRAN—The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran will continue to increase the number of centrifuges in its nuclear facilities despite the sanctions that have been imposed on the country.

“The sanctions have targeted our people and cancer patients. The centrifuges will increase day by day, and we will continue our program according to the plans that we announce to the agency and under the supervision of the agency, and enrichment will never be halted,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told Al-Alam News Network in an interview published on Monday.

“The purpose behind keeping Iran’s dossier open is to turn the International Atomic Energy Agency into a spy and intelligence organization,” he stated.

The Iranian ambassador also stated that the UN nuclear watchdog should take Iran’s demands into consideration at negotiations, noting, “We must be assured that our security considerations will be taken into account and that the agency will fully protect our intelligence. And the agency must agree to provide us with the documents they claim to have.”

Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog have agreed to hold a new round of talks in Tehran on December 13. The latest round of talks between Iran and the IAEA was held in Vienna on August 24.

Source: Tehran Times


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Three of President Morsi’s advisors resign over standoff

Egyptians drive President Mohammed Morsi out of the presidential palace and demand he step down. —Photo by Mai Shaheen in Cairo, Egypt

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Three of President Mohamed Morsy’s advisors resigned Wednesday evening, as a political standoff escalated into clashes between supporters of the president and his opponents.

Presidential adviser Saif Abdel Fattah told Al-Jazeera on the phone that he has resigned in protest of the clashes that took place outside the presidential palace on Wednesday.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a narrow-minded and mummified group not worthy of Egypt,” he said. “I cannot bear seeing our young die.”

“The young are the ones who made the revolution, and who are still paying the price,” he added. “And the crisis could have been resolved, had the Brotherhood not been only working for its own interests.”

“I am going to unite the young and work with them,” he said.

Presidential adviser Ayman al-Sayyad also resigned on Wednesday. He tweeted that he and other advisers had resigned a week ago but did not announce it. Amr al-Leithy also tweeted that he had resigned last week to protest the constitutional declaration.


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USAID to help Africans in the diaspora with their own fund

USAID to fund diaspora members

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Agency for International Development has agreed to support an African Development Bank fund that helps members of the diaspora in the United States promote development in Africa and improve the flow of worker remittances.

The Migration and Development Fund will award up to $500,000 to financial institutions or network associations in West or Central Africa that propose innovations aimed at boosting local development, increasing investment in migrant home countries in Africa, or promoting regulatory reforms that affect money transfers. The fund aims to scale up its capacity-building efforts in the financial sector to benefit low-income Africans, according to a USAID press release.

Proposals must show evidence of building wealth or creating jobs in Africa, and of reducing informal financial practices, according to the development bank. In addition, proposal sponsors must be registered within Africa, the bank said in a press release.

Funds can be applied for here.

“We are doing this to encourage members of the African diaspora to build on the social capital of their countries of origin in their local communities as well as their host societies,” said Rafael Jabba, the fund’s coordinator.

About 30 million Africans have migrated to other countries in Africa or to other continents, according to USAID. This group “holds tremendous potential for the development of Africa as indicated by a strong flow of remittances,” it stated. Remittances are the continent’s largest source of net foreign inflows after foreign direct investment, which approaches $80 billion. Remittance flows to Africa quadrupled between 1990 and 2010, to nearly $40 billion, USAID said.

However, the cost of sending remittances to sub-Saharan Africa is the highest in the developing world, USAID noted. The fund will address this cost by encouraging competition among money transfer operators, by supporting a regulatory framework and by backing the introduction of innovative technologies.


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Egyptians chase Mohammed Morsi from Heliopolis palace

Egyptians take to the streets to reclaim the revolution they feel was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood. —Photo by Mai Shaheen in Cairo, Egypt

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—As protesters descended upon the presidential palace, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi had no choice but to flee, and according to Ahram News, the ministry of interior issued an official statement declaring that President Morsi left the presidential palace. It also added that the security forces practiced self-restraint after the protesters breached the barbed wire cordons around the palace.

Egyptians headed to the presidential palace to confront Mohamed Morsi whom they believe issued illegal decrees —Photo by Mai Shaheen in Cairo, Egypt

Eventually police withdrew as portesters surrounded the palace and tore down the barbed wire fence. The protests have spread across the country according to Egypt’s news Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Protesters in Assiut, carried a coffin covered in Egypt’s flag as a symbolic death announcement for the 15 December referendum. They chanted slogans demanding Morsi should step down.

State-run Al-Ahram newspaper’s website quoted Nasser Youssef, a member of the Free Egyptians Party, as saying that constitutions all over the world are written by consensus, not by a single group, irrespective of how large it is, because constitutions are crafted to protect the rights of minorities.

In Luxor, about 700 kilometers south of Cairo, thousands of members of revolutionary movements and political parties protested Morsy and chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Port Said, north of Cairo, protesters tore down banners supporting Morsi across the city.

Thousands of protesters in Alexandria demanded the resignation of the current government and the formation of a national salvation one instead. They also chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide.

Angry Egyptians tearing down barriers at presidential palace—Photo by Mai Shaheen in Cairo, Egypt

“The constitution makes Morsy a god that cannot be tried or questioned by Parliament or the judiciary,” said Abdel Rahman al-Gohary, one of the protest coordinators, according to Egypt’s Independent paper.

Mohamed Saad Khairallah, general coordinator of the Popular Front against the Brotherhoodization of Egypt, considered the demonstration outside the presidential palace a decisive battle to retain the goals of the revolution.


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Video: Iran displays recently-captured Scan Eagle drone

Captured ScanEagle drone

Newscast Media TEHRAN—It seems for the past couple of years, the US has been delivering intact Christmas gifts to Iran in form of drones. Last year on Sunday December 4, 2011 it was the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft. Exactly a year later on Tuesday December 4, 2012 it is the ScanEagle drone that has allegedly been delivered to the Iranians. You better believe conspiracy theorist are going to have a
field day with these dubious events.

When the Sentinel stealth fighter was captured last year, Barack Obama said, “We’ve asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond.”

In classic Persian satire, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad said, “We consider it a gift from the U.S.—and when someone gives you a gift, it is bad manners to return it.”

Below is the video of the ScanEagle drone Iran says it captured on Dec. 4, 2012.

As for the US RQ-170 drone that was captured last year, Iran said it was going to decode it, then make duplicate copies of the same.

Iran’s message to America through Brigadier General Hossein Salami on Tuesday December 4, was: “The new US failure in spying operation by this drone demonstrated that the US government, despite its high military and economic power and its dominance on the world political order, is not capable of confronting the Islamic Iran, and Iran can easily undo all its plans.”


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Egyptian opposition to descend upon presidential palace Tuesday

Egyptians in Tahrir Square

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organize a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December.

The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group led by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, as well as reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, after President Morsi announced the date of the upcoming referendum on Saturday.

“The Constituent Assembly is illegitimate, and it produced a disfigured constitution without the participation of women, Christians, workers or intellectuals. We will seek all nonviolent means to prevent this assault on the rule of law from happening,” Hussein Abdel-Ghani, a spokesman for the group, told Ahram Online.

Marches from Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City and El-Nour Mosque in Abbasiyya will converge on the presidential palace in the district of Heliopolis in Cairo at 5pm, while adjacent protests in Tahrir Square will begin by 3pm.

Tuesday’s protests come after over a hundred thousand protesters held a demonstration in Tahrir on Friday to oppose Morsi’s controversial constitutional declaration from 22 November, which renders his decrees immune to judicial challenge and also makes the Islamist-dominated Shura Council and Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution by court order.

Morsi’s constitutional declaration prompted a wave of rival protests in Cairo and across the country, as both opponents and supporters of the president showcased their ability to mobilize.

Source: Ahram Online News


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Former President George H.W. Bush in stable condition

Bush 41 tossing coin for Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. --Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The spokesperson of the Methodist Hospital in Houston George Kovacik said former President George H. W. Bush was in stable condition, but didn’t know when he would be discharged from the hospital.

“He has a nagging cough and we have no idea when he will be released,” Kovacik said. “They’re not in any hurry, so they’re just keeping him here, but there’s really no change in his condition. He’s stable and he’s still here,” Kovacik added.

Bush has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough since last month. The highlight of last weekend for Papa Bush, was the Houston Texans 24-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans, a win that secured the Texans a spot in the NFL playoffs. The 88-year-old president is an avid fan of the Texans.

“He was keeping track of when kickoff was and we were following the game there for a little bit,” his spokesman in Houston, Jim McGrath said. McGarth also said Bush was in good spirits.


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Japan threatens to shoot down North Korea rocket if threatened

North Korea

by Anugrah Kumar

Newscast Media TOKYO, Japan—A day after North Korea announced it would launch another satellite this month, believed to be cover for a ballistic missile test, and causing concerns in the United States, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda threatened to shoot down the rocket if it threatened Japanese territory.

“The defense minister has today issued orders to prepare for the interception and defense against ballistic missiles,” ABC News quoted Noda as saying on Sunday. “If they do indeed go ahead with the launch, then it is indeed very regrettable. Not only our country, but the entire international community must take strong measures to deal with this.”

Noda’s statement comes the day after Korean Central News Agency quoted the Korean Committee for Space Technology as saying that the North “plans to launch another working satellite, which has been manufactured true to the behest of great leader comrade Kim Jong Il with our own efforts and our own technology.”

The launch of Unha-3 rocket from the Sohae Space Center in North Phyongan Province will take place between Dec. 10 and 22, around the time when Kim Jong-un will complete one year in office as the nation’s supreme leader, and about eight months after a failed rocket launch in April.

North Korea’s sole ally China also expressed concerns Sunday. “China … expressed its concern about the satellite launch plan of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, saying it hopes relevant parties can act in a way that is more conducive to the stability of the Korean peninsula,” Xinhua news agency said. “North Korea has the right to the peaceful use of outer space, but this right is limited by the relevant Security Council resolutions,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang was quoted as saying.

North Korea notified neighbors, including Japan, of the route of the rocket, South Korea’s Yonhap News said Sunday. “The North has notified aviation authorities in nations including Japan that could come under potential danger…of the timing and expected path [of the rocket],” a senior official was quoted as saying.

On Saturday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland responded in a statement, saying, “A North Korean ‘satellite’ launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region. Any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology is in direct violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.”

Nuland also criticized warped priorities of the isolated and impoverished nation.

“Devoting scarce resources to the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles will only further isolate and impoverish North Korea,” she said. “The path to security for North Korea lies in investing in its people and abiding by its commitments and international obligations.”

South Korea has also expressed “serious concern” over the planned launch. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Saturday said it was a “long-range missile test in the name of working satellite,” and warned that “it will be faced with a strong response.”

“The launch is a severe provocation as it is ignoring the concern and warning from the international community and is a direct challenge to the international community as a whole,” the ministry’s statement said.

U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague joined in condemning the planned exercise on Saturday. “Failure to do so [abandon the project] must lead to a further response by the international community, and will damage the prospects for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” he said in a statement.

The North has launched several long-range rockets in the last one and a half decades, seen as cover for intercontinental ballistic missile tests. Most of the rockets either exploded in midair or failed to put satellites into orbit, but North Korea claims partial success.


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SEC charges Brazilian exec $5.1 mil. for Burger King fraud

Burger King

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Securities and Exchange Commission announced insider trading charges against a Brazilian ex-banker for his role in a scheme to illegally trade Burger King securities. The SEC alleges that Igor Cornelsen and his firm through which he made trades – Bainbridge Group – reaped illicit profits of more than $1.68 million by trading Burger King options based on confidential information ahead of the company’s September 2010 announcement that it was being acquired by a New York private equity firm.

Click here to read or download entire SEC complaint.

Cornelsen is now a resident of the Bahamas with a home in South Florida after holding high-ranking positions at several banks in Brazil before his retirement. He sought inside information from his broker Waldyr Da Silva Prado Neto by sending him e-mails with such masked references as, “Is the sandwich deal going to happen?” Prado was stealing the inside information from another Wells Fargo brokerage customer involved in the Burger King deal.

Cornelsen and Bainbridge Group agreed to pay more than $5.1 million to settle the SEC’s charges. The settlement is subject to court approval. The litigation continues against Prado, whose assets have been frozen by the court.

“Cornelsen shamelessly prodded Prado for details on ‘the sandwich deal’ and Prado happily obliged to satisfy his customer’s appetite for inside information,” said Daniel M. Hawke, Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Market Abuse Unit and Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office.

Sanjay Wadhwa, Deputy Chief of the Market Abuse Unit and Associate Director of the New York Regional Office, added, “Foreign investors who access the U.S. capital markets must play by the rules and not rig the market in their favor, otherwise they face getting caught by the SEC and paying a hefty price as Cornelsen is here.”


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Hillary Clinton: M23 Rebels must abide by the Kampala Accords

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—The month of November ends with a positive solution to the Democratic Republic of Congo crisis, that was welcomed by the White House and State Department. Life in eastern Congo is slowly returning to normal as the rebels fully withdraw from the region. The White House and State Department issued a strong statement condemning the action the rebels took to invade the DRC.

At the beginning of the week, when fighting intensified as rebels held the eastern cities of Goma and Sake captive, Newscast Media wrote a harsh admonition under the headline “Not enough Congolese have been killed for the U.S. to intervene”.

In that article written on November 26, this journalist said, “Hillary Clinton squandered several opportunities she had to mobilize a peace-keeping force that would secure the well-being of the Congolese people.”

For the part of the State Department, Hillary Clinton has since worked with the UN and African Union (AU) to secure a 4,000-strong force, that will be on stand-by to make sure that lasting peace in the region is realized.

Something we also wanted to see happen when the article was written, was a strong condemnation from the U.S. government against the invasion of Congo by the rebels.

Hillary Clinton, like a true soldier said on November 28: “The United States strongly condemns the “tactics of fear and intimidation” that have accompanied the conflict since a rebellion broke out in the region in April.”

“There is only one way forward for M23,” Clinton added. “They must meet their commitments under the Kampala Accords to cease their attacks, withdraw from Goma, and pull back to the July lines.”
Read full condemnation

The swift actions the U.S. government (State Department) and African Union have taken in the past 72 hours, satisfy the grievances Newscast Media had about the silence of the United States, while Africans were being slaughtered.

As much as we are passionate when criticizing policies we find troubling, it is only fair that we praise those who have been criticized, when they correct those same policies. We know Newscast Media gets some web traffic from the State Department.

As such, Newscast Media credits Hillary Clinton, the US government and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing a military unit of 4,000 to neutralize any threat that would destabilize the DRC region. More credit also goes to Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, for the role they played in delivering a peaceful solution.

This is certainly an excellent humanitarian gesture on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the people of the Motherland—and a sign of redemption of lost opportunities, as she ends her tenure with the State Department.

Cicero, the greatest mind in classical antiquity said: “The greatest renown, and profoundest gratitude, is won by defending the oppressed. This consideration particularly applies when the oppression is coming from a formidable personage.” Cicero On The Good Life (page 147).

I’m sure Hillary will miss my constructive criticism when she leaves office in January 2013—but who knows? I might just catch up with her on the campaign trail…should she choose to run for the presidency in the year 2016.


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