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‘Chemical Ali’ Gets New Death Sentence in Iraq January 17, 2010

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Saddam Hussein’s scandalous cousin “Chemical Ali” was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity, receiving a death sentence for his participation in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of victims in court applauded when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already acquired three earlier death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam’s rule, particularly in the government’s campaigns against the Shiites and Kurds in the 1980s and 1990s.

Other officials in Saddam’s regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja close to the Iranian border. Former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie faces 15 years in prison, as does Iraq’s former director of military intelligence, Sabir Azizi al-Douri.

Nazik Tawfiq, 45, a Kurdish woman who said she lost six of her family members in the attack came to court by herself to hear the sentence. She fell to her knees and began to pray upon hearing the verdict against al-Majid. Rest of the story.

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Airline Bomb Suspect Reportedly Groomed While a Student in London December 30, 2009

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The Christmas Day airline bomb plot suspect arranged a meeting under the banner “War on Terror Week” as he engaged himself in radical politics while a student in London. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a former president of the Islamic Society at University College London, advertised speakers including political figures, human rights lawyers and former Guantanamo detainees.

Security sources are disappointed that the picture appearing of his undergraduate years advises that he was recruited by Al Qaeda in London. Security sources said that Islamist radicalization was rife on university campuses, especially in London, and that college authorities had “a patchy record in facing up to the problem.” Previous anti-terrorist inquiries have discovered evidence of extremists using political meetings and religious study circles to classify potential recruits.

It appeared Tuesday night that Abdulmutallab featured on the periphery of one counterterrorism intelligence operation in Britain. U.S. intelligence authorities are also looking at discussions between him and at least one Al Qaeda member.

He is suprisingly the fourth president of a London student Islamic society to face terrorist charges in just three years. One is facing a retrial on charges that he was part of the 2006 liquid bomb plot to blow up airliners. Two others have been convicted of terrorist offences since 2007.

Abdulmutallab left UCL last year. The Times reported that his venture to renew his student visa in May this year was based on an application to study “life coaching” at a non-existent college. That visa refusal may have saved Britain from an attack. His terrorist training took a new turn in August when he moved to the country of Yemen, ostensibly to study Arabic, and was schooled by Al Qaeda there.

Tuesday, the U.S. put the underwear he wore on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day on display. Explosives had been sewn into them. As the plane approached Detroit the material ignited, shooting 6-foot flames up the cabin wall. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has alleged the attack, said that the device deteriorated because of a “faulty detonator.” Rest of the story.

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The ‘System Failed’ December 29, 2009

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Where the terrorist had the bomb.

A few days after the attempted terrorist attack, the director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano acknowledged that the system failed from keeping the terrorist off the plane. Days before saying that the system did work. The man carried the device in his underwear passed two security check points before boarding the plane that was going to Detroit, Michigan. He was not on the ‘no fly’ list, but was in a database pointing him towards terrorist ties. Napolitano told Fox News quote “Here, clearly, something went wrong. We want to fix that problem,”.  And a huge problem this is, and a problem we see in the future for security of the United States. Luckily, there was a malfunction in the device called ‘PETN’ which may have saved 278 passengers and the Northwest Crew’s lives. The suspect was released and sent to a jail outside the city of Detroit.

Hopefully this will not happened again. The government needs to stiffen up security and continue to find these terrorists and keep them out the U.S.

Father Leaves Brazil With Son After 5-Year Custody Battle December 25, 2009

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A New Jersey man who has been reunited with his 9-year-old son after a 5-year international custody battle says it’s a “new beginning” for the duo, who were returning to the U.S. together on Thursday. Sean Goldman, who was taken by his now-deceased mother to Brazil in 2004, was brought back to his father, David Goldman, on Thursday and the two quickly headed home to spend the holidays in the Uunited States.

“It is now time for our new beginning, the rebirth of our family at such a special time of the year,” Goldman wrote in a letter that was read to reporters by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith after the father and son’s plane took off.

Sean’s appearance at the U.S. consulate earlier Thursday was rambunctious, with his Brazilian relatives passing on U.S. officials’ offer to use a protected entrance to a garage. Instead they parked a block away and walked the boy, wearing a Brazilian Olympics T-shirt, through crowds of reporters, cameramen and security guards. Very violent shoving broke out in front of the consulate’s doors as the boy was spirited inside.

Once inside the consulate, however, Smith said the boy calmed down, ate a hamburger and babbled with his father about basketball and how much snow there might be in New Jersey.

Sean had lived in Brazil since Goldman’s ex-wife, Bruna Bianchi, took him to her native country for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation in 2004. She stayed, divorced Goldman and married someone else, and Goldman began legal efforts to get his son back. Rest of the story.

It’s good to know that the boy and his father re-united and will be spending Christmas together.

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Brazil’s High Court Delays Ruling on International Custody Battle December 22, 2009

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The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court delayed his ruling in the international custody battle involving a 9-year-old boy whose American father is battling to bring him back to the United States. An official at the Supreme Court stated the ruling by Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes, which was expected to be on Monday, would be made Tuesday. The official, who conceded to talk over the matter only if not quoted by name because she was not authorized to talk about the case, did not give a reason for the delay. David Goldman, the young boy’s father, and Brazil’s attorney general are attempting to apply a lower court order that said the boy should be handed over to his father — despite attempts by a Brazilian stepfather to retain custody.

Goldman says it was to be a two-week vacation, but she stayed and so did the boy. After a while, she obtained a Brazilian divorce from Goldman and remarried. Goldman was already expecting his son’s return under an international treaty that covers cross-border child kidnappings when his former wife passed away last year giving birth to a daughter.

President Barack Obama, the U.S. Congress and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all endorsed the child’s return, and a U.S. congressman traveled to Rio on Thursday to continue lobbying for Sean’s return. On Thursday, another Supreme Court judge blocked a decision by a federal court earlier in the week ordering the boy be brought back to U.S. authorities within 2 days. Rest of the story.

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United Airlines Flight 227 – A dry run? December 12, 2009

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Have you heard?  Did you know?  Did the mainstream media report this?

On Wednesday, December 9th, a United Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles was interrupted by a group of men who were acting strangely.  Apparently, the flight crew felt uncomfortable with a group of travelers who appeared to be of middle eastern descent.  Airline personnel are trained to recognize signs such as the way a ticket is paid for, whether the flight is one-way, how a group will seat themselves on the plane, and how they get up to use the restroom.  After the group was removed from the plane a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in.  Passengers say that they never have seen a flight crew “so scared” in their lives.  This incident was strikingly similar to another incident that happened on November 17th on AirTran flight 297.  It is not unusual for terrorists to participate in “dry runs” before an attack to measure and test reactions and security.  Might this be a prelude to what may be coming?

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Trees Axed From Copenhagen Conference December 7, 2009

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Attendantss at Copenhagen’s global climate summit will be meeting during the holiday season, but they will not be encompassed by festive Christmas decorations. 

Since Christmas is a religious holiday, it has no place at a United Nations event. A sponsor providing fir trees for the conference’s Christmas trees learned this the hard way when it was rejected by planners of the international event. The trees, usually used as Christmas trees in Denmark, were supposed to be placed outside the Bella Center, where the 11-day conference will be held from Dec. 7 — Dec. 18. “We have to remember that this is a U.N. conference and, as the middle then becomes U.N. territory, there can be no Christmas trees in the decor, because the U.N. wishes to achieve neutrality,” said Denmark Foreign Ministry official Svend Olling. Fir trees otherwise reach the climate-friendly standards of the conference designers. Firs bind carbon dioxide and stop its release into the atmosphere.

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Russian Nightclub Explosion; kills over 100 December 6, 2009

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A nightclub explosion kills over 100 and leaves 130 critically hurt. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded the “fire code” policy to be more heavily enforced. He also called for Monday to be a day of mourning. The fire was started after the careless nightclub owners didn’t listen to authorities about the fire hazard that they were trying to produce; they started the fire. Many people were trampled, as everyone went for one exit. There were two exits, but the owners didn’t tell anyone about the second exit. The owners were fined twice previously for similar offences but continued their hazardous activity.

Amatuer video shows that the fire quickly spread as it burned the roof. This created panic, which led to so many deaths.

A similar fire started in 2003 in Rhode Island. It had a similar effect, burning the roof and creating panic between the people. That nightclub fire killed 100 people.

Big World Central sends its condolences to the families involved.  We think that there needs to be a stricter inspection policy in nightclubs all over the world so it prevents this from happening .

Not A ‘Damn Thing’ Israel Can Do to Stop Nuclear Program December 3, 2009

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that there isn’t a “damn thing” Israel can do to stop its nuclear program. “The Zionist regime (Israel) and its (western) backers cannot do a damn thing to stop Iran’s nuclear work,” Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech. Iran said Wednesday it’ll build up uranium to a higher level on its own, the latest indication the country was denying a U.N.-backed proposal pointed at thwarting any effort by Tehran to make material for a nuclear weapon.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the remark after showing annoyance with the ongoing negotiations over the proposal that Iran exchange the bulk of its low-enriched uranium for greater enriched fuel rods to be used in a medical research nuclear reactor. “I declare here that with the grace of God, the Iranian nation will produce 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel and anything it needs itself,” Ahmadinejad told a cheering crowd of thousands in the central city Isfahan. “We told them, give us the 20 percent fuel (in an exchange),” he said. “But then they started adding conditions. So we said, if you want to give us the fuel we’ll take it. If not, then fine and goodbye.”

Though Iran has yet to lodge an official exclusion of the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s request on sending out uranium, the series of defiant comments over the past few days have sent a clear signal that the idea is all but dead. Rest of the story.

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Party for the Pandas! November 29, 2009

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Two enormous pandas from China were welcomed to the continent of Australia on Saturday with presents of bamboo and a city celebration before settling into their new home, a 25-acre natural enclosure at the Adelaide Zoo. Four-year-old male Wang Wang and 3-year-old female Fu Ni are on loan to the zoo for 10 years as part of a joint research program, and their return comes amid slightly strained relations between the continents China and Australia. Twelve life-size panda figures lined the runway at the Adelaide airport, where the animals’ flight was met by state Premier Mike Rann and other state and zoo officials holding up a “Welcome” sign and many branches of bamboo. An 18-vehicle convoy of floats then departed the airport for downtown Adelaide, where a large parade through the streets was followed by a party to the public lasting the whole afternoon.

The pandas were given a police escort to the zoo, which built a $7.25 million enclosure that included bamboo plants and refrigerated rocks to keep them as comfortable as possible in Adelaide’s hot summers. Two Chinese handlers traveled with the pandas and will stay with them in Adelaide for a while to help with their adjustment. Rest of the story.

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