Archive for February, 2013

North Korea accuses the US of creating tension in region

Kim Jung Un

Newscast Media SEOUL—Iran’s semi-official news outlet Fars News Agency reported that North Korea is accusing the U.S. of causing instability between the North and South. North Korea is facing further UN sanctions for its underground nuclear test explosion two weeks ago, its biggest and most powerful to date which prompted warnings from Washington.

“The US is to blame for the situation on the Korean peninsula which is inching close to an unpredictable phase now,” So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

“The US should no longer be allowed to seriously infringe upon the independent right of the DPRK to use space for peaceful purposes nor should it be allowed to abuse the UN Security Council as a tool for executing its hostile policy toward the DPRK,” he added, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The third nuclear test was carried out as part of the practical countermeasures for defending the country’s sovereignty and security to cope with ruthless hostile behaviors of the US, which wantonly infringed upon the DPRK’s legitimate right to satellite launch for peaceful purposes,” So said.


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Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier stands trial

Jean Claude Duvalier

Newscast Media PORT-AU-PRINCE—The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, together with the Haitian government, have finally succeeded in putting former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier on trial, to face Haitian justice.

In that role, the IJDH produced boxes of evidence of both financial and political violence crimes. They achieved this with the help of pro bono attorneys from the Mintz, Levin and Ropes & Gray firms in Boston and Shearman & Sterling in New York, and students from Harvard Law School, who provided legal memos and analysis to the prosecution team.

According to Deutsche Welle, Jean-Claude Duvalier inherited his nickname “Baby Doc” from his father – just as he did his rule over Haiti. François Duvalier was elected president in 1957, having earned his own nickname “Papa Doc” as a physician while battling epidemics in the country. But as President, Duvalier senior fought political opponents, and was about to consolidate power considerably before handing it over to his 19-year-old son shortly before his death in 1971.

Baby Doc carried on with the apparently criminal regime of his father: together, both of the Duvaliers are supposedly responsible, either directly or indirectly, for 40,000 to 60,000 deaths in 29 years of rule. Countless other people were victims of torture and other forms of repression.

Duvalier’s regime was from 1971 to 1986, thereafter he was overthrown. Duvalier lived in France until 2011, at which point he unexpectedly moved back to Haiti.

Jean-Claude Duvalier’s regime continued to perpetrate systematic human rights abuses against Haitian citizens, including:

* Curtailment of civil and political rights, including freedom of the press and
political opposition;

* Arbitrary detention, exile, forced disappearances, torture, and extra judicial
killing of opponents of the regime;

* Abysmal prison conditions, where many citizens died without having been
convicted of any crime;

* Wide­spread corruption, through which Duvalier misappropriated hundreds of
millions dollars of public funds throughout his presidency.

In addition, false imprisonment crimes are being brought against the former president. Haitian law, like French law, on which it is based, punishes the crime of “sequestration,” which may be translated as “false imprisonment.” The French Cour de cassation (Supreme Court) has consistently held that “sequestration” is a “continuing crime.” For such a crime, the statute of limitations only begins when all the elements of the crime have been completed—i.e., the victim has been released or his fate clarified.

Similarly, international law criminalizes “enforced disappearances,” defined as the “arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.”

Currently, a maximum sentence of five years is on the table, according to Deutsche Welle. This first hearing is to determine whether additional charges shall be brought against Baby Doc.


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Chuck Hagel’s message to Dept. of Defense employees

As his wife Lilibet holds the bible, Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th Secretary of Defense by Michael L. Rhodes, DoD Director of Administration and Management at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—After a much-contested confirmation, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel took the oath-of-office as the 24th Secretary of Defense of the United States of America. Following the ceremony, Defense Secretary Hagel issued a message to all Defense Department employees, earlier today.

Hagel addressed DoD employees after being sworn in and stressed the importance of maintaining the strongest military of earth, in order to lead the international community. Here’s Hagel’s message in part:

“Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th Secretary of Defense. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation.

“I am most especially grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you. Every day you work to defend America. The noble cause of your profession, your individual sacrifices, and your service inspire us all.

“As your leader, I will always do my best for our country and for all of you – and your families. As with my friends and predecessors Leon Panetta and Bob Gates, your safety, success, and welfare will always be at the forefront of my decisions. I will build on the strong foundation of teamwork built by Secretaries Gates and Panetta, as we work together. Leadership is a team business.

“I have long believed that America must maintain the strongest military on earth; we must lead the international community, with a steady and sure hand to confront threats and challenges together as we work closely with our allies and partners to advance our common interests and build a more hopeful world. We must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests; and America must engage – not retreat – in the world, but engage wisely.

“As I begin my time here at the Department I want you to know that I recognize the immense responsibility that I have, and will work hard every day to fulfill my duties as Secretary of Defense as honestly and effectively as I know how. You are the greatest force for good in the world. It is the highest honor to serve alongside you. I am proud to be part of your team. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our country.”

Source: Department of Defense


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Texas tops Forbes’ Top Ten Cities for Jobs in America list

Downtown Houston - Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—When Texas Governor Rick Perry made a California tour earlier this month to encourage businesses and investors to move to Texas, many in California dismissed the tour as a stunt. However, Forbes’ economic research team shows Rick Perry has bragging rights. Not only has Texas continually led the country in job growth, a recent survey from Forbes shows that in the best cities for jobs, the Lone Star State tops the list, with five of its metropolitan cities in the top ten.

“The explanation is we have an incredibly diversified economy,” said Bernard Weinstein, who’s been tracking the north Texas economy since 1975 and is associate director of Southern Methodist University’s McGuire Energy Institute. “As the national economy improves, we’re getting better.”

Moody’s data shows that Texans didn’t suffer as much in the financial crisis, and they are doing much better now.

Below are the Top Ten Best Cities for Jobs in America, according to Forbes:

1. Dallas, TX — With a projected 2.8% growth rate and a per-capita income of $39,548 comfortably above the national average of $37,000, Dallas topped the list.

2. Houston, TX — With an expected five-year job growth of 2.6% a year and an average income of $42,804, the Bayou City comes in second.

3. Austin, TX — A five-year expected annual job growth rate of 3.2% and a per-capita income of $35,222.

4. Fort Worth, TX — A five-year expected annual job growth rate of 2.6% and a per-capita income of $36,089.

5. Seattle, WA — A five-year expected job growth rate of 1.9% and an average income of $50,497.

6. San Antonio, TX — A five-year expected job growth rate of 2.6% and an average income of $32,776.

7. Oklahoma City, OK — A five-year expected job growth rate of 1.7% and a per-capita income of $36,915.

8. Denver, CO — A five-year expected job growth rate of 2.1% and a per-capita income of $45,337.

9. San Francisco, CA — A five-year expected job growth rate of 1.9% and an average income of $67,098.

10. Salt Lake City, UT — A five year expected job-growth rate of 1.9% and a per-capita income of $37,186.

The criteria used by Forbes to determine the best cities for jobs, can be found here.


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Teenager walking 10 miles for job interview gets surprise

Papa Roux

Newscast Media INDIANAPOLIS—The story of a teenager who was walking ten miles for a job interview in the snow, has gone viral, and is making headlines across the world. Art Bouvier, the owner of Papa Roux a restaurant that serves some of the best Cajun cuisine in Indianapolis, said on Friday Feb 22, as he was laying down some salt to melt the ice in front of Papa Roux’s, Jhaquiel Reagan, a teenager, approached him and asked how far it was to 10th and Sherman.

“I told him it was quite a way away. At least six or seven miles. I suggested that he would be far better off on the bus then on foot, especially in all this ice and slush. He thanked me and continued on,” Bouvier said.

About 15 minutes later as Bouvier and his wife were driving down the street, they saw the teen still walking on 10th street, and he was still almost two hours away from his destination.

“I called to him to get in. As we were driving, we asked him about his journey. Jhaquiel was waking from 42nd and Post to an interview at 10th and Sherman. For a potential (but not guaranteed) minimum-wage job. In this weather. Walking, because he couldn’t afford the bus. He had actually planned his time well and the interview was still 2 hours away,” Bouvier added.

Minimum wage in Indiana is $7.25 an hour, but Mr. Bouvier was impressed with Jhaquiel’s work ethic, he thought of hiring him for twice the amount.

“We drove him to 10th and Sherman, and he was extremely thankful and said so. I got his telephone number and told him to keep his interview, but would see if there was a way to hire him, so his daily trek to work would be three miles instead of 10. I also asked him if he had eaten today, and he said he hadn’t. I gave him money for lunch and dropped him at the 10th and Sherman Dairy Queen. I think he was in shock,” Bouvier wrote on his Facebook page.

Just yesterday, on Monday, Bouvier offered the teenager a job at Papa Roux.

“He told me about it and I was just so surprised, awe struck,” said Jhaqueil Reagan.

“Thank you very much. I appreciate it,” Jhaqueil said to Bouvier.

“You’re very welcome. I appreciate you trudging through the snow so now you can trudge here,” Bouvier responded.

The 18-year-old told Fox 59 that his mother died two years ago and he was looking for a job to support his brothers and sisters. He had to drop out of high school and recently got his GED. The story has inspired IndyGo bus system, FOX 59 is reporting they have given Reagan a one-year bus pass.

Such, is the story of a teenager with a strong work ethic, who encountered a small business owner who valued such a work ethic.


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Conservatives gear up for CPAC 2013 in Washington D.C.

(L-R Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin)

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Conservatives will be converging upon Washington D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that will be held between March 14-16, to discuss the challenges and solutions of our day. One name that will be missing on the list of invited speakers is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who many Conservatives still view as some sort of a Judas.

Christie is also up for re-election in the next cycle so it remains to be seen how being at loggerheads with his own party members will affect him.

The list of prominent speakers includes Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Newt Gingrich and many more. (pop-up)

Conservatives are still discussing how to attract a diverse array of voters, instead of coming up with solutions to eliminate voting irregularities in the upcoming mid-terms.

Once that issue is resolved before the mid-terms, with the unpopular gun stance exhibited by the Democrats, and their continual thrusting of the “gay agenda” down the throats of voters, Republicans should find it easier to secure more seats in both the Senate and the House in 2014. That momentum can then be used to propel them into the general, with a clear and succinct message, that should be defined based on whatever challenges the country faces in 2016.


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Ikea finally confesses and admits meatballs contain horse meat


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Ikea the furniture giant, has finally admitted that its flagship meatballs containing horse meat have been on the market for a while in several European countries. The company halted sales on Monday as Swedish and Czech inspectors discovered horse meat in the meatballs. The announcement to discontinues sales of horse meat-contaminated meatballs comes as EU ministers are getting ready to discuss better food regulation.

The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and sold in Ikea stores in the Czech Republic. Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone to stores in Belgium, Britain, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden.

Sweden’s food authority has also weighed in, saying it wouldn’t take action but was waiting to hear from authorities in the Czech Republic as to the quantity of horse meat detected.

“If it’s less than 1 percent it could mean that they handled horse meat at the same facility. If it’s more, we assess that it’s been mixed into the product,” said Karin Cerenius of Sweden’s National Food Agency.

The news came as agriculture ministers from across the EU gathered in Brussels to discuss the fallout from the horse meat scandal. Several of the 27 nations that make up the bloc are calling for tougher rules that will restore consumer confidence.


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Journalist quits newspaper job: claims liberal media bias

Media outlet

Newscast Media LOUISVILLE—Conservative journalist John David Dyche quit his job at The Courier-Journal, after the newspaper rejected and refused to publish his column. Dyche had suggested several reforms the newspaper needed to make in order to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Dyche was told by the Editorial Director Pam Platt that his column would not be published because it did not reflect what he was supposed to be writing, which was a conservative take on the issues of the day. Dyche responded by saying conservative issues include “liberal media bias”.

“I never had a column censored or refused before,” Dyche told WFPL Radio, on Friday. “I wrote about things that were interesting to readers and things that were public issues. I thought this was both. Media bias, the status of newspapers, etcetera. This seemed to me to be interesting, and the only problem apparently was that it was about The Courier-Journal itself. They just don’t seem willing to subject themselves to the same scrutiny and demands that they routinely subject others to.”

According to WPLF FM, Platt’s predecessors—David Hawpe and Keith Runyon—never rejected one of his columns.

“No. 1, they need some revolutionary ideas or they’re not going to exist much longer,” Dyche said. “No. 2, the newspaper claims essentially a quasi-governmental status under the First Amendment, and they demand disclosure of everything else from everybody else in government.

“They claim that the reporters and editors can put aside their personal biases and be fair and objective. Maybe they can—but why not give readers the information about where these reporters and editors are coming from politically themselves, then readers can make a more informed assessment. Are they being fair or are their biases creeping into the coverage?”

The media outlets that have exhibited blatant liberal bias find themselves either running out of business or struggling to stay afloat. Even the once-objective Reader’s Digest is now filing for insolvency and has seen its readership drop by two-thirds, ever since its editors gave it a liberal slant. Reader’s Digest doesn’t seem to get it though, and is now blaming writers on the Internet for tapping into its market share.

Radio America is another outfit that was rendered irrelevant by the dominating force of talk radio that embraces objectivity. Even Al Gore’s Current TV decided to become cheerleaders for liberals and due to non-existent ratings, Gore recently sold it to the Qataris.

Dominating cable news and the Internet, are media outlets that focus more on informative material, instructive content and solutions to fixing problems, rather than campaigning for liberal rights related to pycho-social issues and behavioral choices. Even foreign media outlets in America find it impossible to hide their liberal bias and are failing to gain traction with American viewers.

The Washington Times says the “news” is little more than political campaign for a particular party. Every subject is skewed and skewered to the point that everything you see hear and read should be taken with the proverbial “grain of salt.”

The London Guardian is even more critical of CNN, which is a liberal outlet. The Guardian asserts, CNN International aggressively pursued a business strategy of extensive, multifaceted financial arrangements between the network and several of the most repressive regimes around the world which the network purports to cover…the network’s pursuit of and reliance on revenue from Middle East regimes increased significantly after the 2008 financial crisis, and caused the network to suffer significant losses in corporate sponsorships,” The London Guardian wrote in this extensive article.

This journalist has always maintained that the only way to practice pure journalism is to become and independent journalist, and start one’s own media outlet, where one has 100 percent editorial control of the content, and is not a slave to the Matrix.

A copy of John Dyche’s column that was rejected by the Courier-Journal can be read below, courtesy WPLF Radio: by John David Dyche

In an obvious oversight, The Courier-Journal’s new publisher,
Wesley Jackson, has not contacted this columnist for suggestions on
saving the newspaper from the fate of the New Orleans
Times-Picayune (which produces a paper edition only thrice weekly)
or worse. Jackson has implemented reforms related to financial
viability rather than content, but the latter affects the former. So
here, free of charge, are some ideas to promote this publication’s

Balanced Opinion Pages. The Courier-Journal opinion pages are
stridently liberal. Journalistic jihads against Kentucky’s
Republican U. S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and
crusades for gun control and higher taxes, are in full force and
frequently fill almost the entire editorial and op-ed pages. Such
one-sidedness neither works in the marketplace nor serves the public

Make the current editorial page (i.e., the page on the left) into a “Left
Page” and there continue presenting hopelessly liberal columns,
cartoons, and letters. Convert the op-ed page (i.e., the page on the
right) to a “Right Page” and present conservative/libertarian
columns, cartoons, and letters now largely absent from Louisville
media. Give each page equal resources, and let the competing
philosophies battle it out in the marketplace of ideas. The
community would benefit from real, vigorous debate, and
subscribers who deserted the paper due to its liberal bias might

Disclose Editors’ and Reporters’ Politics. Like the rest of the press,
The Courier-Journal claims to play an exalted role in public affairs.
But while righteously demanding absolute openness and full
disclosure from every other entity and person involved in
government, the press does not apply the same standard to itself.
Change that by disclosing the party registration and voting choices
of all editors and reporters.

Journalists believe that they, unlike mere mortals, can transcend
their personal opinions to be basically fair and objective in
presenting the news. Perhaps, but readers should be the ones to
judge. To do so, they need information about the personal political
views of the editors and reporters who decide what gets reported,
and how, when, and where it gets reported. If a Courier-Journal
editor or reporter is a registered Democrat who has voted twice for
Barack Obama and Steve Beshear, advise the readers of that fact
and let them make their own evaluation about whether those
political preferences are influencing the coverage.

Open Meetings and Records. The Courier-Journal not only
demands, but often litigates to ensure, full and open public
disclosure of meetings and records of government bodies. It should
apply the same standard to itself given the prominent role the press
proclaims for itself in the political process. So live stream the
meetings of editors and reporters and post the written
communications and directives between them regarding
assignments, policies, and stories.

Let the public see how and by whom decisions are made as to what
to cover, who should cover it, and what headlines, photographs, and
placement it receives. For example, the recent confirmation hearing
of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel received only two
sentences of coverage below the fold on A3 in The Courier-Journal.
The paper presented no hint of the bumbling, confused, and
altogether incompetent performance by the potential head of the

A three-sentence dispatch about a sacrificial skull mound in Mexico
dating to 660 A.D. ran below the dispatch about the Hagel hearing!
And a few days later a much longer article entitled “Pentagon to
extend benefits to partners” appeared above the fold on A2. Peculiar

Newspapers indignantly proclaim that their editorial and news
departments do not coordinate. Perhaps there is no explicit
conspiracy, but the hand-in-glove relationship between such
ideological soul mates is undeniable. Opening up the process might
not prevent such slanted presentation of news in the service of
liberal objectives, but it could deter and expose it.

Publish Value of In-Kind Contributions. The Courier-Journal
decries the influence of corporate money in politics and demands
better disclosure of political contributions. However, The
Courier-Journal, Inc. and Gannett Company, Inc. are corporations
that try to influence politics. Presumably their efforts have some
value. The newspaper should therefore quantify and report how
much its in-kind contributions in the form of editorials,
endorsements, etc., would be worth if valued at the rate of
comparably-sized advertisements.

Finally. Replace Fort Knox and Jump Start with Mark Trail and
Mary Worth in the comics. These soap opera strips are much
funnier, albeit unintentionally. And if you do nothing else
recommended here, enlarge Peanuts so one can more easily read its
often profound social commentary. Good grief!


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Galloway: I don’t debate Israelis– Exits debate at Oxford University

George Galloway

Newscast Media LONDON—During a debate at Oxford University, Respect Unity Coalition MP for Bradford West, George Galloway, exited the building upon learning that a student, Eylon Aslan-Levy, whom he was supposed to debate, was an Israeli citizen. Galloway said he was misled into participating and that he didn’t debate Israelis. Below is the interchange and video of the dramatic debate that never was.

Levy: We wanted peace, we got war, we musn’t make the same mistake again. So my first point, only a peace treaty can provide a framework for enduring peace and security. (interrupted…) I’m sorry Mr. Galloway…

Galloway: You said we, are you an Israeli?

Levy: I am an Israeli.

Galloway: I don’t debate with Israeli’s. I’ve been misled.

Audience member: Racism…racism

Galloway: I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis. (Walks out)

Audience member/Levy: I am a human being.

Galloway is known to be pro-Palestinian in his views.


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Iran allegedly making significant progress in nuclear program

Iran's Ahmadinejad

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—For the past decade, we’ve been hearing reports that Iran is six months away from attaining a nuclear bomb. Using that logic, one could say that the Islamic Republic now has 20 nuclear bombs. If that is true, then why even attempt to stop a country that already has nuclear weapons in its arsenal? The latest news from nuclear inspectors is that Iran is already installing its next generation centrifuges at its main nuclear facility.

According to Deutsche Welle, in a report on issued Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said 180 of the IR-2m centrifuges had been either fully or partially mounted at the Natanz facility.

“On February 6, 2013, the agency observed that Iran had started the installation of IR-2m centrifuges at the Natanz plant,” the report said.

The IR-2M centrifuges can be used to enrich uranium three to five times faster than the existing centrifuges, named IR-1.

“This is the first time that centrifuges more advanced than the IR-1 have been installed at the plant,” the report said.

However the report noted that Iran had a usable stockpile below the threshold level of about 250 kilograms, the amount necessary to build one bomb. Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The US State Department meanwhile warned that the installation of such centrifuges, as reported, would be a “provocative step.” The UN Security Council has passed several resolutions demanding that Iran suspend all uranium enrichment, with a raft of US-led sanctions now in place.

“The installation of new advanced centrifuges would be a further escalation and a continuing violation of Iran’s obligations,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Nuland urged Iran to engage seriously with talks set to begin next Tuesday between Iran and the so-called P5 plus 1 group – permanent Security Council member the US, China, Russia, Britain and France, as well as Germany.


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Chinese military denies allegations of hacking US Web sites


Newscast Media BEIJING—The Chinese military has denied allegations by a U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant on Monday that claimed in a report the Chinese military attacked some U.S. websites. Mandiant put forward as its main evidence a claim that many of the cyber attacks were launched from IP addresses registered in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai.

The Chinese however, claim, one does not need to be a cybersecurity expert to know that professional hackers usually exploit what is called the botnet in other parts of the world as proxies for attacks, not their own computers. The China’s foreign ministry and defense ministry both described the firm’s report as “amateurish” when they dismissed Mandiant’s false accusations.

Beijing believes if one takes a closer look at Mandiant’s report, it is not too difficult to find that it reeks of a commercial stunt.

In a statement accompanying the firm’s report, Kevin Mandia, founder and CEO of Mandiant, seems to do nothing but market the products and services of his company.

“Given the sheer amount of data this particular group (the hackers) has stolen, we decided it was necessary to arm and prepare as many organizations as possible to prevent additional losses,” he said.

The Chinese responded by saying, “Next time, the CEO could simply say, see the Chinese hackers? Hurry up, come and buy our cybersecurity services.”

Beijing asserts, as the birthplace of the World Wide Web, the United States already has a matchless superiority and ability to stage cyber attacks across the globe. Currently, the U.S. military has established a significant cyber force, including the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, which is a regular military unit tasked with carrying out cyber missions.


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UNESCO donates 5.6 million euros to save Mali’s ancient manuscripts

Mali transcripts

Newscast Media TIMBUKTU—Since Islamists took control of northern Mali, up to 3,000 priceless manuscripts have been destroyed, while 11 of Timbuktu’s 16 masoleums have been demolished.

At a meeting at Unesco headquarters in Paris on Monday, organized by the French and Malian governments and attended by international experts, an action plan was drawn up to rescue what remains of Mali’s cultural heritage. In an article I wrote over the weekend called “Print Media Unveiled: Is it here to stay?” I mentioned that the highly-cultured elite class will always invest their resources to preserve, restore or print manuscripts. We are seeing it happen in the case of Mali.

95 per cent of the ancient manuscripts are safe, but some manuscripts have already been smuggled out of Mali, according to French culture minister Aurelie Filipetti. Mali’s culture minister, Bruno Maïga told those at the meeting that the jihadists had attacked “what keeps the soul alive”.

Under the plan, Mali’s ruined mausoleums and cemeteries are to be restored at a cost of over 3.8 million euro. One of the buildings of the Ahmed Baba Institute for Islamic Research is to be rebuilt, and documents are to be stored digitally, at an estimated cost of over 2.9 million euro.

In addition, more than 1.2 million euros are needed to train more professionals in the care of historical artifacts and to combat the illegal trafficking of cultural treasures.

“We must talk to families, private libraries, construct secure buildings, digitize documents, where possible. We have the will, we have the expertise, we will do it,” said Irina Bokova, the Director General of Unesco,
Several countries, such as South Africa, France, Norway and Luxembourg have already announced support for parts of the plan.

France’s National Library is to help safeguard manuscripts and the French Heritage Institute is to train staff in Mali. Timbuktu was the site of many precious manuscripts and books, particularly dating from the time when the city was the intellectual and spiritual capital of Islam in Africa, during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Source: Radio France Internationale


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Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah will not tolerate Israeli attack


Newscast Media BEIRUT—Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Nasrallah warned Israel and its allies that the Islamic resistance in Lebanon is fully equipped and will not tolerate any attack against the Lebanese territory, in a televised speech during a ceremony in commemoration of the late Hezbollah leaders, Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi and Hajj Imad Moghniyeh. Watch:

Courtesy video: Al Manar TV

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Tehran: BBC running counter-revolutionary media outlets


Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran is waking up to the reality that the British Broadcasting Corporation could be running media outlets to subvert its local media. According to the Tehran Times, a statement issued on Tuesday by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, contains fresh details on arrested media practitioners with ties to the BBC.

The statement said that a number of other people having links with the BBC have been summoned and interrogated. It added that a number of people who had links with the network but were unaware about the intent and malicious purposes of the network, were briefed and received explanations.

The Ministry expressed delight over the cooperation and understanding of most of the arrestees during the investigation and said that three people arrested before have been released on bail.

The statement also said that according to the obtained information, the BBC was running a number of counter-revolutionary media outlets, such as radiofarda, VOA, kaleme and rahesabz websites.

The BBC could manage to penetrate into a number of local media, give directions, and gather information via them, the statement added. The statement added that the intelligence agents ensure that the propaganda by Westerners will not have the slightest influence on their mission.


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The History behind Black History Month celebrated in Feb.

U.S. soldiers stand guard at the Sava River Bridge in Bosnia, 1998. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry. —Virginia National Guard Historical Collection

Edited by Joseph Earnest
Courtesy Story by U.S. Navy Amphibious Squadron 3 (CPR-3)

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—History exists for all religions, wars, races and ethnicities. So, when people say the month of February focuses on black history, what exactly does black history mean? What is the history behind black history?

Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” said, “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

Woodson was the son of ex-slaves born in New Canton, Va. At the age of 20, he earned his high school diploma. He then received a Bachelor of Literature in Kentucky, followed by a short time working as a school supervisor in the Republic of the Philippines. The scholar returned to attend the University of Chicago, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He went on to Harvard University in 1912 becoming the second African American to earn a doctorate degree. The first was William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois.

Prior to the early 1900s, black history was “overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers,” observed Woodson. Woodson focused his research to bridge this gap. He also founded his own publishing company, Associated Publishers, to write and produce books to help tell African-American history. One of his most successful books was published in 1933, “The Miseducation of the Negro”.

In 1915, Woodson, with Rev. Jesse E. Moorland and others, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, later changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He also created Negro History Week on the second week of February in 1926.

While this week was chosen due to the proximity of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both pioneers on the emancipation and equality of African Americans, Woodson also used existing traditions to “expand the study of Black history.” As early as the 1940s, the week grew into a month-long focus. After Woodson’s death, April 3, 1950, the ASALH continued to establish the month of February as Black History Month, with recognition nationally in 1976.

“Black history is important. I grew up in the era of segregation in schools and civil rights movements,” said Cmdr. Aaron Washington, Peleliu’s chief engineer and the highest ranking Navy officer in his family. “It’s important to educate our younger generation about black history and where we came from.”

Black History Month honors and remembers past and present African-American legends every year. Peleliu’s Diversity Team will celebrate this month with an entertainment ensemble with choir, dance and traditional background readings.

Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, and with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.


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Part I: Print Media Unveiled–Is It Here To Stay?

The Archives of the Unites States, located in Washington D.C. contains impressive volumes of printed documents in original format. It holds original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and a copy of the Magna Carta —Photo by Joseph Earnest

In February, Newscast Media expanded its digital footprint by including eBooks as part of our archives. This expansion was necessary in order to accommodate the newer devices on the market, and soon-to-be released ones.

A friend recently lamented to me that the transition into eBooks is a signal that print media is doomed, and will eventually become extinct. I, on the other hand, strongly disagreed with that premise. I used charts and other data to show this friend that print is not going anywhere, and I also wish to demonstrate to my readers why print is here to stay, in this three-part series.


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Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of office speaks volumes

Inside St. Peter's Basilica: Vatican City, The Vatican —Photo by Joseph Earnest

by Ken Blackwell

Newscast Media ROME—The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year old pontiff’s decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by surprise.

Of course, we Americans of all people can understand what thoughts must have coursed through Pope Benedict XVI’s mind as he prayed about this weighty decision. We saw this kind of renunciation with our first president, George Washington. He did not leave the presidency before his second term expired, true, but he renounced all further exercise of power on March 4, 1797.

It was then he strode out of the Senate chamber in Philadelphia. He purposely prodded President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson, the new nation’s elected leaders and Washington’s own successors, to go before him. He knew the importance of symbolism. King George III had once been George Washington’s bitterest enemy. He said if Washington renounces his power, he truly will be the greatest man in the world. He did. He was.

Pope Benedict XVI knows that however insistent the world is, however menacing its foes are, the Church of Jesus Christ will stand forever. This Pope has not tried to keep up with the times. Or the Times. Too many church bodies today are desperate to be thought modern. Some are indifferent to the lives of the unborn. It’s as if they missed that story about Herod and the Innocents.

Or, those synods and conventions that breathlessly ponder whether or not to take the plunge and declare that marriage between persons of the same sex is the new revelation. It’s an insight that the most serious Bible scholars for two thousand years somehow managed to overlook. And we can view with sorrow those religious bodies that solemnly declare that affordable health care for all is so important that it’s worth trammeling freedom of religion in order to mandate it.

In renouncing the power and the glory of the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is clearly putting the life and mission of the Catholic Church and her 1.2 billion believers above his own earthly being. He knows that the challenges the Church faces-the dictatorship of relativism in the developed countries and the murderous threats of militant Islam in the Bloody Crescent-will demand the vitality of a younger man. Still, no one can doubt the steadfastness of this Pope’s witness.

When he issued his first papal encyclical, the media raced to report it. What would be the Pope’s subject? Ordination of women? Priestly celibacy? The threat to religious belief from a culture increasingly drenched in sensuality? Inquiring minds wanted to know.

Pope Benedict XVI has never marched to the media’s drumbeat. He did not seek to satisfy the agenda of the hour. Instead, the Pope reminded the City and the World what it was in danger of forgetting: God is Love.

As he renounces the papal throne, it’s funny to remember the media caricatures of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger before he was elevated. In the days of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger was often called the Pope’s “enforcer.” In those days, he headed the Vatican’s sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

While critics in the media dubbed Cardinal Ratzinger “God’s Rottweiler,” a none too subtle reference to his German birth, and a hint of ferocity, the real Joseph Ratzinger belied all the press hype. Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, even sweet-tempered, he defied all the stereotypes.

It was his unyielding support for his brother in Christ, Karol Wojtyla, soon to become Pope John Paul II, that brought Cardinal Ratzinger to the attention of the world. Their fraternal collaboration was one of the great partnerships of the modern era.

Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth and the National Taxpayers Union. He is also a member of the public affairs committee of the NRA. Mr. Blackwell is also the former Mayor of Cincinnati and a former
Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He is a visiting professor at the Liberty
University School of Law.


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G20 meeting seeks to resolves currency exchange rates

G20 Summit

Newscast Media MOSCOW—The group of the world’s 20 major economies has been trying to formulate joint policies in regard to future public spending and growth incentives. However, at the meeting in Moscow, exchange rate policies also played a role.

In the run-up to a meeting of financial officials from the G20 major economies in Moscow on Friday and Saturday, leading participants said a lot of work needed to be done to arrive at a common policy on currency exchange rates and whether to influence them or not.

The Moscow gathering looked likely to be dominated by controversy over Japan’s recent expansive moves to drive down the value of the yen so as to boost domestic exports.

The policy by many industrialized nations of artificially pumping money into their banking systems has raised the prospect of competitive devaluations as countries sought to foster foreign demand by engineering weaker currencies.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said in Moscow that he considered any loose talk on currencies as “inappropriate, fruitless and self-defeating.”

At a joint news conference with Sergey Ignatiev, the chief of Russia’s central bank, Draghi insisted that there had been no attempt to influence exchange rates on the part of the ECB. “Influencing exchange rates is no objective of the ECB’s monetary policy,” he said. “But our monetary policy is important for price stability and economic growth.”

The Moscow meeting was also expected to see the continuation of a long-brewing row between Europe and the US over budget consolidation and growth incentives.

Source: Radio Deutsche Welle


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Ron Paul sues fan base to reclaim name-at the United Nations

Ron Paul files Complaint against fans

Newscast Media NEW YORK—Mike Huckabee once made a profound statement: “Ron Paul is unelectable. His followers are too fanatical!” The recently-retired Texas congressman has just found that out, and is suing his fan base at the United Nations to reclaim his name. It has taken this journalist a week to respond to this, as I am currently doing research on multiple projects with deadlines to meet.

The dispute involves the RON PAUL domain that Paul feels has been hijacked by his rabid fans, who have put a $250,000 price-tag on it. Paul refuses to pay anyone money for his own name, and has decided to file a Complaint with none other than the United Nations, to help reclaim both and

In his complaint, Ron Paul asserts he owns the RON PAUL trademark, and that it is well-settled that trademark rights may be established by use of a mark, and the mark need not be registered in order for the trademark owner to have standing in a UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Resolution) proceeding. The UN has previously ruled: “[T]he Uniform Policy is applicable to unregistered trademarks and service marks.”

Ron Paul cited Clinton v. Michele Dinoia, 2005 WL 853535 (UDRP-ARB Dec. 2005) (finding sufficient rights in the HILLARY CLINTON mark stemming from its use and exposure in the marketplace and political activities). He also cited Roberts v. Boyd, 2000 UDRP Lexis 164 (2000) (concluding that the actress Julia Roberts had acquired common law rights to her name).

Paul then distances himself from the accused in the Complaint by saying the Respondents can demonstrate no legitimate purpose for registering domain names identical to the RON PAUL mark. He takes it a step further when he says, “Ron Paul has no relationship with the Respondents and has not authorized Respondents to use the RON PAUL name.”

One of Paul’s biggest gripes is that these fans are using the Ron Paul name to sell merchandise on their Websites, including Ron Paul bumper stickers, t-shirts, posters, mugs, speakers, mousepads, shoes, ties and other “Ron Paul gear” as well as advertising on their sites. Paul believes, since these fans have generated thousands of dollars using his name, and continue to do so, they ought not demand that he
pay them six figures for giving him back what rightfully belongs to him.

The Complaint says they offered to sell back Ron Paul is name for $848,000. Later on, they dropped their asking price to $250,000, even though they paid no more than $9.99 to $29.99 to register the domain name. In southern vernacular one would say, “Ain’t that somethin?”

Ultimately, the so-called “Truth Movement” has always been about making money off of Ron Paul, rather than exposing the truth, and unfortunately Paul who thought he himself was awakened, is finding out the hard way. Paul now has to spend thousands of dollars on legal fees and lawyers, fighting the very people who gave the impression were his avid supporters. Where is the loyalty?

Just when you think your eyes have been opened, they’ll blow smoke right back into them and leave you reeling. Discernment is key. *Click here to read or download the Ron Paul United Nations Complaint.

Paul’s fans have 21 days to find a lawyer who will represent them before the UN tribunal, or a default judgment will be issued against them in the Ron Paul’s favor.


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US pullout from Afghanistan could boost Taliban analysts say

US Troops leave Middle East

by Abdel Haleem

Newscast Media KABUL—Washington’s latest decision to pull out roughly half of its forces from Afghanistan within the year could embolden the Taliban in its objective of toppling the present regime in Kabul and reinstalling its unique brand of Islamic rule in the country, local analysts here said.

In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington D. C. (Wednesday in most parts of Asia), U.S. President Barack Obama announced the pullout of some 34,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan within the year.

Presently there are about 100,000 troops in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, with around 66,000 of them Americans.

“The Taliban would certainly describe the troop withdrawal as defeat of U.S. and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan and they would benefit from it in the propaganda war,” political analyst and retired Army General Amrullah Aman told Xinhua.

Under the agreement reached among the NATO-member states and troop-contributing nations to Afghanistan in 2010, the ISAF would complete its pullout from the war-torn country by the end of 2014. Washington has said that with Obama’s announcement, the U.S. is on pace to finally put an end to the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan in 2014.

Aman said that Obama’s announcement was made in a critical stage since the U.S.-led “war on terror” is still unfinished and there is a resurgence of violence in the country perpetrated by Taliban insurgents.

Aman also doubts whether the Afghan national security forces with its limited firepower and expertise can deal with the Taliban threat after the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country.

“Since the Afghan forces do not have air power and heavy artillery it is difficult for Afghan forces to ensure security all by themselves after the troop withdrawal,” the retired general said, adding that the Taliban fighters are mainly guerillas and have mastered the “hit and run” tactic, making it difficult for the government forces to confront the insurgents in frontal combat.

“So, it will be difficult for the poorly equipped Afghan forces to check the Taliban-led insurgency without the support of NATO- led coalition and U.S. forces in 2013, 2014 or beyond,” Aman said.

Another military expert and political analyst retired General Atiqullah Omarkhil also said that the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. forces within the year amid increasing militancy would make Afghans worry.

“I think the pullout of 34,000 troops at this stage is premature because Afghan national security forces are not capable of filling the void to be left by the departure of foreign forces, ” Omarkhil said.

“The end of combat mission in 2013, in my opinion would undermine the capability of Afghan security forces and can even boost the moral of the Taliban which could eventually affect the security situation in Afghanistan,” Omarkhil said.

Like Oman, Omarkhil said the Taliban would describe the pullout “as the defeat of infidels” at the hands of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and would use it to recruit more fighters in their continuing armed struggle to return to power in Afghanistan.


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