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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Canada wins hockey gold; sets new Olympic record

VANCOUVER -- Canada captured its long-awaited gold medal and Roberto Luongo captured his long-awaited place in Olympic hockey history Sunday.

The win also secured Canada's record as the nation with the most gold medals ever during an Olympic Games.

Sidney Crosby ended the overtime suspense when he took a pass from...


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bias claims dog Mexico's drug war

Critics of Felipe Calderon, Mexico's president, and his so-called war on drugs have alleged that the Mexican government may be favouring the Sinaloa cartel, one of the country's most powerful drug-trafficking organisations.


Ten facts about the drug war...






Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mossad Assasination in Dubai Hotel

DUBAI (Al Arabiya)

Dubai will issue arrest warrants for 11 foreign agents suspected of involvement in the the assassination of a top Hamas military commander in his hotel room in Dubai on Jan. 20, the police chief said on Monday.

Dubai's government confirmed al-Mabhouh was found dead in a hotel room a day after entering the Gulf city. It said in a statement that initial investigations show the crime was likely committed by a "professional criminal gang" and that the suspects left the country before the body was discovered. Police said that the killers used an electronic device to enter Mabhouh's room and lay in wait for him.

"He was strangled after receiving an electric shock," Police said on Monday.

Dubai has for years been known as a low-risk hideaway for disgraced politicians and deposed foreign leaders, but that image was shattered last March, when Chechnya's Sulim Yamadayev — a former rebel in the republic's long conflict with Russia who switched sides but then fell out with the territory's pro-Moscow leader — was shot dead in a Dubai underground parking lot.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Must See Foreign Films

Here's a list of the Decade's 25 Most-Essential Foreign Films...

Also here are some more films I've seen recently that are definitely worth a look...
Click on the poster to read a review....Cheers!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Gibson Girl in New Guinea

Two Seattle women have retraced the intrepid travels of model and portrait artist Caroline Mytinger, who journeyed to the South Sea islands in the 1920s to capture "vanishing primitives" on canvas

"One painting showed a pretty girl named Ninoa being readied for a ceremonial dance by her mother, who carried the girl’s tiny baby on her back. Another canvas depicted two young men smoking a native pipe. One of the men was the father of Ninoa’s baby, but he refused to marry her and, worse, publicly laughed at her while she was being painted. She left and hanged herself in one of the huts, not out of sorrow but to revenge herself by haunting her disloyal lover. Shortly thereafter, Mytinger wrote, “Ninoa let him have it” when the young man was seriously injured in an accident.

Hong Kong dieters warned against craze for swallowing live worms


"...The products are thought to use Ascaris worms: giant intestinal roundworms which grow up to 40 centimetres in length in a host's intestine and lay up to 200,000 eggs a day. A Department of Health spokesman warned that swallowing the parasites could cause abdominal pain and distention, vomiting, diarrhoea and malnutrition..."

Friday, February 5, 2010

Women Paid 10 Cents to Sew $80 NFL Peyton Manning Jerseys

This article is harsh, but it's almost comical at how greedy those corporations are. 

NFL jerseys have been sewn under illegal sweatshop conditions at the Chi Fung factory in El Salvador for at least the last four years, according to a new report by the National Labor Committee.  Often forced to work 12-hour shifts, workers were at the factory 61 to 65 hours a week, including 12 to 15 hours of obligatory overtime, which was unpaid.  The workers were paid a below-subsistence wage of just 72 cents an hour, which meets less than a quarter of a family's basic subsistence needs for food, housing, healthcare and clothing.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Secret memo reveals offer to help topple Saddam before 9/11

Tony Blair offered British support to join the United States in overthrowing Saddam Hussein six months before the 9/11 attacks, it was revealed last night.

A top-secret Downing Street memo, Iraq: New Policy Framework, (says that Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction would be used as a reason to take “direct action” against Iraq.

A section of the document titled “Regime change” says:

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