[Iran Press TV] A UK UFO expert has warned about the possibility of sudden alien appearance in London skies during the upcoming Olympic Games in the British capital.
"With the summer of mass events we are all on high alert for terrorism. But we must also cast our eyes further afield and be prepared for even the most seemingly unfathomable," said Nick Pope, who has worked with the Ministry of Defense for more than two decades.
Pope who investigated UFO reports between 1991 and 1994, says his studies convinced him that the sightings raised important defense for national security and air safety issues.
"It has been a widely held belief in Ministry of Defense circles that "aliens" have been able to detect us for decades via TV and radio broadcasts," he said adding that mass summer events would be a prime time for alien crafts to present themselves to mankind.
"If aliens have studied our psychology, they may choose to appear in our skies on a significant date - the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games is one date being widely circulated by conspiracy groups."
Pope said aliens would come in a spirit of warmth, friendship and shared learning, but the government was also prepared for the worst scenarios such as alien attack and invasion.
"If UFOs came into our atmosphere, RAF jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoons, and missiles such as the Rapiers guarding the Olympic Games would be well equipped to enter the fray," he said.
Pope is known as the person "working on the X-Files of the UK," and has given lectures and TV interviews about his views on the existence of UFOs since he left MoD in 2006.
Even if they hyperspaced through several peaceful galaxies and had no link to Britain, I'm sure any aliens that land would be given lots of houses, money and other goods looted from the British serfs.
[Al Ahram] Parliamentarian Mostafa Bakry has filed an official complaint with the public prosecutor against the Moslem Brüderbund leading figure, Mohamed El-Beltagi, accusing him of inciting his murder.
In his complaint Bakry asked for further investigations. He claims that Al-Beltagy has made several statements against Bakry on various websites, including Ikhwan (Brotherhood) Online, some of which encouraged someone to take him out because of his anti-Brotherhood stands.
[Al Ahram] Egyptian state TV stopped airing controversial anti-spying ads Friday night. The ads have been widely condemned as being xenophobic and painting all foreigners in the country as spies.
Many have voiced fears that the ads would negatively affect tourism.
Social networks have been abuzz since the ads first appears, with activists accusing the government of wanting a situation wherein no one trusts anyone.
The ads warned Egypt's youth against friendly looking foreigners who could be spies. It particularly warned against sharing personal information with strangers.
Anti-foreigner sentiment has grown in Egypt since the January 25 Revolution. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces alleged several times that "foreign hands" have incited protests across the country.
Kenyan cabinet Minister George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. Officials at the scene said the crash occurred soon after the helicopter took off from Nairobi's airport. They said that the bodies of the two government officials and four others on board the police helicopter were charred beyond recognition.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga cancelled all his engagements in Nakuru to rush to the scene and said he received the news with shock and disbelief. He said, "It is particularly poignant and a bad coincidence that the deaths of Saitoti and Ojode have occurred on the fourth anniversary of the death of the late Minister Kipkalya Kones and the late MP for Sotik Lorna Laboso who also perished in plane crash in the same area."
[Dawn] Eight civilians died in southwestern Ivory Coast in the attack that killed seven UN peacekeepers, the United Nations ...Parkinson's Law on an international scale... said Saturday.
"As per our information, at least eight non-combatants were killed, including a woman," Anouk Desgroseilliers, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told AFP.
She added that Friday's simultaneous raids on several villages near the town of Tai close to the Liberian border sparked an "immediate" exodus.
"Hundreds of people have arrived in Tai, and one can imagine that thousands of others are on the road," she said. "Thirty-five families have crossed the border" into Liberia, she added.
The UN peacekeepers from Niger killed in an ambush on Friday had been patrolling in an area between two villages after hearing rumours of an imminent attack on communities in the region.
Ivory Coast's west, by far the most unstable part of the country, has been plagued by deadly attacks since a political and military crisis that started at the end of 2010 and left some 3,000 people dead throughout the country.
It was the biggest loss suffered by the 10,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast since it was first deployed in 2004 in the country divided following an unsuccessful coup against then president Laurent Gbagbo. ... Former President-for-Life of Ivory Coast from 2000 to 2011. Laurent lost to Alassane Ouattara in 2010 but his representtive tore up the results on the teevee and he refused to vacate the presidential palace. French troops assisted the Oattara forces in extricating him from his Fuhrerbunker... Desgroseilliers said aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Thingy, the Danish Refugee Council and local groups were on site to assist those displaced, including supplying food and water.
OCHA was trying to coordinate the response to the situation with local authorities, she added.
Judges must stop blocking the deportation of foreign criminals from Britain because the right to family life is "not absolute", Theresa May has said.
The Home Secretary will call a vote this week allowing MPs to decide how to "balance the interests" of prisoners' and the wider general public. She told the BBC that judges must "follow or take into account" the views of Parliament before coming to decisions on whether prisoners should be deported.
The right to a family life is enshrined in under European law. The rules allow hundreds of foreign criminals to delay or prevent deportation each year.
Why not just deport the entire family? They have then have their 'family life' in Pakistan. Or Mauritania...
The Home Secretary said the Government is prepared to bring in new laws if judges ignore the views of Parliament, setting her on a collision course with the judiciary.
It came as Mrs May unveiled plans to stop people bringing their husbands or wives to live in Britain unless they have at least £18,000 in savings. For every foreign child, they must have an additional £2,400 to stop families becoming dependent on benefits.
"It is important that we say you should be able to support yourselves and not be reliant on the state," she told the Andrew Marr Show.
The new rules are aimed at helping to reduce immigration from the hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year.
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flooded downtown Caracas on Sunday to support opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in the biggest rally to date of his campaign to unseat cancer-stricken socialist President Hugo Chavez. Now that's not very nice to pick on Hugo, who's dying of cancer. I approve!
The athletic 39-year-old walked and jogged 10 km (6.2 miles) in the company of supporters to register his candidacy with electoral authorities, burnishing his image of physical fitness in contrast to the convalescing Chavez. Who tends to waddle and roll wherever he needs to go.
Capriles hopes to replace Chavez's state-driven socialism with a Brazil-style balance between free enterprise and social programs, and promises an end to the sectarian polarization of Chavez's 13-year rule. It's an improvement.
"On October 7th we will decide not between two men but between two different ways of life," Capriles intoned from a stage set up before a plaza jam-packed with sympathizers before entering the election's council.
"Today I'm the candidate because the people have decided, but on October 7th I'll be the next president of all Venezuelans," said Capriles, saying one million people had turned out. Unless you have a car accident or legal troubles courtesy of Hugo, who has yet to fully realize that he's mortal.
During his speech he looked up to address a group of people in a nearby government office tower that has been used to house Venezuelans who lost homes in floods - a problem that plagued Chavez for months and spurred a major home-building campaign.
"You're going to get out of there and move into a home, God bless you and your family," he shouted. Hopefully put together more on a commercial basis than social, but this kind of worries me.
The event marked a shift toward high-profile rallies to galvanize supporters after a months-long house-to-house tour of the OPEC nation in which he sought to win over new sympathizers ahead of the October 7 vote.
Marchers on Sunday swarmed the main avenues of Caracas, waving the flag of the opposition coalition and chanting slogans alongside trucks blasting Capriles' campaign pop jingle. Uh oh, too many to shoot. Might be too obvious.
Some women sported T-shirts with the slogan "Future First Lady," a nod to the good looks of the bachelor candidate, who has received many online marriage proposals during his campaign.
"We are all proud of this candidate, he is a young man who has filled us with vitality and energy," said Maria Luisa Botero, 47, a secretary who marched while pushing her 87-year-old mother in a wheelchair. "Even my mom wanted to come out." Wanted to propose the old fashioned way, did she?
Should he win, Capriles would be Venezuela's youngest president.
The registration is largely a formality, since opposition sympathizers already chose Capriles as their candidate in opposition primaries in February.
CHAVEZ LOOMS LARGE Very large.
He faces a formidable electoral battle against Chavez, whose inimitable mix of folksy charisma and torrential public spending have maintained his popularity even though his cancer has lowered his profile. Widened it, rather.
The president and his allies have since last year been handing out apartments, pensions and stipends to poor mothers in a wave of election-driven state largesse. And there are a lot of folks stupid enough to buy it, of course.
Most polls show Capriles trailing Chavez by double digits, but Venezuelan public opinion is often volatile and many voters have yet to make up their minds. And to cancel this effect, there are a lot of voter that nobody but Chavez and crew know about, too.
Capriles' victory will rest on winning over wavering Chavez supporters who have grown tired of a murder rate that rivals some war zones, sputtering public services such as electricity and periodic shortages of staple goods.
Opposition leaders in recent years have gained ground in areas once solidly behind Chavez by promising to put competent administration ahead of ideological crusades like Chavez's vow to battle U.S. imperialism or global capitalism. What US imperialism?Besides, why would they be so insecure in the face of competition?
"It's time for a change and the only man who can give that to us is Henrique Capriles," said Jennifer Ramirez, 30, an administrative assistant marching with her baby in stroller decorated as the "Bus of Progress" - a Capriles campaign slogan.
Chavez will register his own candidacy in a highly promoted ceremony on Monday, which is shaping up to be his biggest rally since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
The government has offered few details about his actual condition since his diagnosis, and a relapse this year after declaring himself "cancer free" spurred rumors that he may be confined to a wheel-chair or at death's door. That's what methamphetamine is for, though.
Chavez on Saturday said medical exams showed he was in good health. But Venezuelans believe a sudden turn for the worse in Chavez's health would upend both his campaign and the governance of a country so heavily dominated by his leadership.
Sunday evening's Mexican presidential debate, the second since the campaign began, may the the last chance the three main contenders for president of the republic will have to lay out their case to the Mexican public before the July 1st election.
Several news events could shape the upcoming debate, including a surprising if disappointing endorsement of Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto from former president Vicente Fox, current Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojona's immediate predecessor.
Fox's explicit endorsement earlier last week was probably in response to a poll published by Reforma news daily a week before that placed leftist candidate Andres Manual Lopez Orbador within four percentage points of Pena Nieto, despite every other nationwide poll giving Pena Nieto at least 20 percentage point over his rivals.
Fox's endorsement was followed by calls within Partido Accion National (PAN) to expel the former president from the party. Fox has in the past been given to outrageous comments on Mexican national politics. He has also expressed personal misgivings about the candidacy of PAN candiate Josefina Vazquez Mota.
Later in the week Fox walked back his comment a little by saying the bad old PRI could not wreak the kind of havoc that they had in the past explicitly because of the numerous reforms passed by himself and President Calderon. The walkback seemed to temper the controversy somewhat for the third place PAN.
Between the time of Fox's comments and the eve of the second presidential debate, however, polls have come out which, rather than redefine the race, have sharpened the distinctions among the candidates enough so the Reforma poll was tagged an outlier. Every presidential poll nationwide including GEA/ISA, Consulta Mitofsky and minor polls run by individual news outlets have Pena Nieto by as much as 20 percentage points, a lead which has held eerily without changing for 10 weeks, despite numerous and recent gaffes by Pena Nieto.
Not giving up. Partido Revolucion Democratica (PRD) leader Josť de Jesus Zambrano Grijalva announced late last week that his own internal polling has Lopez Obrador leading Pena Nieto by four points. Zambrano was quick to point out the respondents were mostly urban dwellers, a voting block also hotly contested by PAN. PRI's strength lies in unions and peasant political organizations as well as urban dwellers.
PRD has been busily organizing demonstrations against the return of PRI to Los Pinos, the first being an anti Pena Nieto protest march two weeks ago in Mexican city. That gathering drew 22,500 protesters, many of them likely PRD militants and radical socialist elements such as the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME) or Mexican Electricians Union.
Three weeks ago a protest movement sprang up on several Mexican universities calling itself Yo Soy 132, which is a Mexican reference to the American "I am the 99 percent", like Yo Soy 132 an astroturf socialist organization attempting to democratize a republic.
Some of the agenda of Yo Soy 132 matches the agenda of PRD and its leader, Lopez Obrador including support for violent armed "resistance movements", presumably including the Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional (EZLN), which started and lost the Chiapas conflict in early 1994, as well as other armed Marxist guerilla movements which are still operational in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas states.
The SME is a supporter of EZLN as is Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace Justice and Dignity. Sicilia was among the Mexican Catholic Church team which negotiated the January 1994 ceasefire. Many of the leaders of Sicilia's movement have been drafted onto at large slates of deputies. Far from maintaining the original mandate of his organization, Sicilia's only response to the news was to encourage his own supporters not to vote at all as a protest.
How much influence Yo Soy 132 will have on the current presidential contest is unclear, but the Mexican independent left has its fingerprints all over it including information operations. Since Yo Soy 132 became known, a second Pena Nieto love child has emerged, as have stories about his sexual preferences, the second of which was published a week ago in a Los Angeles Spanish language newspaper.
Pena Nieto is currently married to one of Mexico's most beautiful women, Mexican soap opera actress Angelica Rivera Hurtado.
This is taking a page from the PRI playbook. Many PRI politicians have used foreign Spanish language press to smear electoral opponents with planted news stories likely to affect voters' preferences.
The presidential debate, thanks to the efforts of Yo Soy 132, are to be televised by the Mexican Televisa media giant. The debate will also be live fed through many Mexican newspapers websites including Milenio. The debate begins at 1800 hrs.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[An Nahar] China will launch a spacecraft this month to conduct its first manned space docking, state media said Saturday, the latest step in a plan aimed at giving the country a permanent space station by 2020.
The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and its carrier rocket have already been moved to the launch platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China, the Xinhua news agency said, quoting the country's manned space programme.
The launch -- China's first manned space mission since September 2008 -- would occur "sometime in mid June", it said.
Officials said the mission would involve three astronauts manually docking with the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting Earth.
In March state media said China may send its first woman into space this year after including female astronauts in the team training for its first manned space docking.
Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of the manned space programme, has said that the Shenzhou-9 crew may include female astronauts, Xinhua reported.
China sent its first person into space in 2003 and has since conducted several manned missions, but has never included a woman.
After the space rendezvous, two of the astronauts will move temporarily into the Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace), where they will perform scientific experiments.
One of crew will remain on board the spacecraft as a precaution in case of an emergency, according to the official quoted by Xinhua.
"robbed of its high-pressure pure oxygen environment" no that can't be correct. It had to be a mix of gases. Pure oxygen would burn the lungs. Oxygen supports combustion only. Procopius2k, Apollo seems so long ago now.
[Dawn] Chairman Tehrik-e-Insaaf Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree... has said that the revelations coming out in Arsalan Iftikhar case clearly show a deliberate attempt to undermine the Supreme Court.
In a statement, the PTI chief said that the sequence of events clearly shows that the target of the entire conspiracy was the Chief Justice of Pakistain, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
"Unnerved by the courageous decisions of the Supreme Court, the ruling mafia decided to damage his image. Since the CJ himself is incorruptible and a man of high integrity," he said. Khan stated that those wanting to weaken him chose to target his son.
"While much of the evidence is yet to come out, said the PTI chairman, it has been admitted by Riaz Malik according to newspaper reports that he paid for vacations and shopping sprees of Arsalan Iftikhar.
Why did he do this, asked Khan? CJ's son was not working for Riaz Malik and had no business relations with him. The only reason this was done was to entrap him and then blackmail or undermine the integrity of the Chief Justice, said Imran Khan.
"This is further established by the fact that all the receipts of the transactions and reportedly some video clips were carefully retained. If there was no ulterior motive," said Chairman PTI, "then why was this incriminating evidence against the CJ's son being collected?"
He said that there is little doubt that this was a well thought out conspiracy to defame the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court and Malik Riaz played a central role in it.
"Arsalan Iftikhar also has much to explain," said Imran Khan, and that if evidence establishes that he accepted favours by making promises of influencing his father, then he must bear the consequences.
"The Chief Justice has done the right thing by deciding not to hear the case himself. The truth will surely come out. But, facts reported in the media clearly show that Riaz Malik's intent was not to buy influence but only to compromise the Chief Justice's son and use this later to defame the judiciary," said the statement by the PTI chief.
"We know who are the real instigators behind Riaz Malik's conspiracy. He is just a pawn in the hands of the corrupt Zardari/Gilani cabal ruling the country that is threatened by an independent judiciary. It has long been seeking to undermine it in whatever way possible," he said.
Won't work. Those robots require electric power. Obama is doing whatever he can to cause the cost of power to skyrocket at the same time China is going on a power plant building binge. Obama currently has 20% of US generating capacity to be taken off line by Jan 1, 2015. There is no way we can compete with robotic plants here compared to robotic plants in China.
If you want employment to continue it's even more important to drop the attachment to things in boxes AKA manufacturing, and to free the workers from damaging employment, spending and (most)saving/investment taxation, and tax rent seeking instead. This allows workers to exchange their time enhancing things produced mechanically, without the gooseberry state interrupting.
So when is the Bammer or Romney going to come out in public support of a nation-wide, NASA-suppor "NATIONAL SPACE/STAR UNIVERSITY" AGENDA to begin the intensive orientation of the entire US School, University, + Industrial-Commercial Sectors towards Space Curricula + Skills Training???
By extens, CHEAP CONSUMER NUCLEAR ENERGY OR JOINT NUKE-GREEN TECHS ["Green-Nuke" = "Gruke"?].
The Bammer or Romney shouldn't even have to think about it.
D *** NG IT, HIDE THE CAR GAS + LAST NIGHT'S DEEp-FRY CHICKEN OIL, THE GRUKIES ARE COMING, THE GRUKIES ARE COMING!
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.