F-35 failure forces countries to reconsider contracts
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Published: 15 March, 2012

American military top-brass met with foreign officials overseas this week after growing problems with the US Air Force’s F-35 program has caused a handful of nations to consider terminating their contracts with the States to purchase warplanes.

Both Britain and Australia have confirmed that they will wait until a later date before formally signing off on the acquisition of the fleets they had in mind. In the end, however, the US says the still expect to sell more than 700 of the jets overseas within the next decade.



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An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details
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2/22 人種差別や宗教差別―起訴されるケースが大幅増加
2012年 2月 22日(水曜日) 17:19

By Sonia Elks - 14th February, 2012
'Racist Britain' fears fuelled as hate crime prosecutions rise
Hate crime prosecutions have risen ten per cent sparking fears that discrimination is increasing in Britain.
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Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer says the outcome of hate crime cases is continuing to improve (Pic: Reuters)
Racist attacks accounted for nearly four fifths of the hate crimes that reached court in 2010/11, according to figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The report comes after Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez refused to shake the hand of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra before Saturday’s match at Old Trafford, fuelling the row over racism in sport.
The figures were broken down to represent different types of prejudice for the first time, showing that 12,711 racist attacks reached court last year – representing 83 per cent of hate crime prosecutions.
Rose Simkins, chief executive of charity Stop Hate UK, said the football racism row had highlighted the fact that ‘people still feel it is OK to say racist comments’.
The number of hate crime prosecutions increased to 15,284 cases, of which 12,651 resulted in a conviction – an increase of 11 per cent on a year earlier. A total of 86 per cent of those convicted pleaded guilty.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said: ‘Outcomes in cases of hate crime are continuing to improve. We should be proud of the work we have done to secure this significant increase but I am determined that we build on this success.’
A further 565 cases motivated by religious hatred were prosecuted, while others included homophobic/transphobic and disability hate crimes.
Campaigners believe most hate crime still goes unreported. The Institute of Race Relations said the figures ‘are not a surprise’ and success in following up hate crimes has been ‘patchy’.


Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/890333-racist-britain-fears-fuelled-as-hate-crime-prosecutions-rise#ixzz1pRvwyXBP

9/11 hate crime victim's kin becomes U.S. citizens
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Durreshahwar Hasan smiles after a naturalization ceremony at the office of U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., Friday, March 16, 2012, in West Windsor, N.J. Hasan, the widow of a Pakistani immigrant killed by a white supremacist in a 9/11 revenge attack, became a U.S. citizen along with her daughters Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Anum Hasan has seen many conflicting visions of America: the hope of a better life that brought her family from Pakistan, the hate-filled act that ended her father's life in the name of American vengeance; and an outpouring of compassion that her family has come to feel is the true face of the country they now call home.
"I think about what story I'll tell her one day about what happened to our family," Anum Hasan said, cradling her 1-year-old daughter Aisha on her lap. "It's important for her to know there's always a lot of hate going around in the world, but there is so much more good."
Hasan's father, Waqar Hasan, was shot to death four days after Sept. 11, 2001, in Texas, targeted by a white supremacist looking for revenge against Middle Eastern men for the terror attack. The family had every reason to want to leave, but on Friday, Hasan's widow and three of her four daughters were sworn in as U.S. citizens.
It was what happened in the aftermath of Hasan's killing that reinforced the family's decision to remain in the U.S.
The doorbell of their Middletown home did not stop ringing. Letters started pouring in. Hundreds of phone messages from across the country were left with their local congressman, decrying Hasan's killing. Fruit baskets and baked goods were brought to their home. Neighbors in their small town organized a candlelight peace vigil and Waqar Hasan's widow, Durree Hasan, recalled her amazement that the elderly, infirm woman who lived next door had found a way to attend the vigil, despite the pouring rain.

Read more: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/national/hate-crime-victim-s-kin-becomes-u-s-citizens/article_c76cc317-7da7-507e-8ec4-f0ea20894911.html#ixzz1pRweIooU


Texas man allegedly killed soldier for not believing in God

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, March 15, 2012 13:41 EDT


Topics: California ♦ Clay County ♦ El Centro ♦ Jose Ramirez ♦ Texas

Can being an atheist in America get you killed? If police in the small Texas town of Petrolia are to be believed, the answer to that question is yes.

Officials in Clay County, Texas revealed this week that human remains uncovered near the Oklahoma border last month were those of Spc. Jose Ramirez, an El Centro, California native who went missing from Fort Sill, Oklahoma more than seven years ago. A former friend of Ramirez’s, 30-year-old Justin Green, was charged with the murder in February.

Three others, including Green’s mother and sister, also face charges related to helping clean up the crime scene and hide the body, and the story was carried earlier this week by The Associated Press.

But one shocking detail in that story seemed to be overlooked in the AP’s lead: A criminal complaint against the group, obtained by Raw Story on Thursday, shows that Green’s sister believes he killed Ramirez “because Ramirez did not believe in God.”


Senators Demand DOJ Release Secret Spy Court Rulings
By David Kravets Email Author March 15, 2012 | 6:26 pm | Categories: politics, Sunshine and Secrecy

Two Democratic senators urged the Obama administration Thursday to declassify secret court rulings that give the government far wider domestic spying powers under the Patriot Act than intended.

The 10-year-old measure, hastily adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks, grants the government broad surveillance powers with little oversight that can be used domestically.

While much has been written and debated about the bill’s powers and efficacy, there’s evidently much more going on than the public knows.

A secret tribunal known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court has issued classified rulings about the Patriot Act that U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) say expand the government’s surveillance powers even more.

Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Courtesy Sen. Wyden
At issue, the lawmakers said, is section 215 of the Patriot Act. The sweeping power, one of the most controversial in the law, allows the secret FISA court to authorize broad warrants for most any type of record, including those held by banks, internet companies, libraries and doctors. The government does not have to show a connection between the items sought under a section 215 warrant and a suspected terrorist or spy: the authorities must assert the documents would be relevant to an investigation. Those who receive such an order are not allowed to tell anyone, ever, that such records were requested.

The senators, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote:

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”

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NYPD marks OWS anniversary with violent crackdown, mass arrests (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
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Published: 18 March, 2012, 07:58

Russia slams US revision of WWII Soviet strike
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Published: 16 March, 2012,

Moscow has expressed its indignation over a statement released by the US Embassy in Estonia, timed to coincide with official events commemorating the anniversary of Soviet air strikes on German positions in Tallinn during World War II.
"Claims that the air strike aimed to 'beat down the spirit of the Estonian people' in the fight against 'foreign occupation' – the phrase which the U.S. Embassy, like the Estonian leadership, uses to describe the entire Soviet period in Estonia's history – are particularly outrageous," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website on Friday.
After Nazi Germany unleashed an invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, Nazi Army Group North reached Estonian territory in July.


投稿日: 2012年3月12日 作成者: admin