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BBC:Morocco's King Mohammed unveils constitutional reforms


Morocco's King Mohammed unveils constitutional reforms

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has announced proposals for constitutional amendments in a landmark speech.

The king said the measures would entrench democratic institutions and protect rights, though he confirmed that he will retain some key powers.

The reforms would give the prime minister and parliament more executive authority and make Berber an official language in Morocco, alongside Arabic.

The proposals will be put to a referendum on 1 July.  


BBC:Syria unrest: Deadly fresh protests erupt

Syria unrest: Deadly fresh protests erupt

Fresh demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's regime have erupted across Syria, with reports of at least 18 people killed by security forces.

The worst violence was reported in Homs, while activists said Aleppo had seen its first protester death.

Official media played down the size of the unrest, but said a number of policemen had been shot and one killed.

Earlier, the Syrian army moved into two northern towns as it sought to end months of anti-government protests.


BBC:Libya unrest: Government says in talks with rebels

Libya unrest: Government says in talks with rebels

Libya's prime minister has said his government has been in talks with the rebels fighters, despite denials from the rebels themselves.

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi called for new negotiations between the government and rebel leaders to resolve the conflict.

He also accused Nato of crimes against humanity in its attacks on Libya.

Earlier, Libyan rebels said that 10 civilians had been killed and 40 wounded in a rocket attack by Col Gaddafi's forces on Misrata.


BBC:Greece: Merkel and Sarkozy urge bail-out

Greece: Merkel and Sarkozy urge bail-out

The leaders of Germany and France have said that they want a new rescue package for debt-laden Greece to be agreed as soon as possible.

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy were speaking after Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a cabinet reshuffle.

The changes include a new finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos.

Mr Papandreou wants to impose political stability as Greece awaits approval for the next tranche of bail-out money.


BBC:Saudi Arabia women drive cars in protest at ban

Saudi Arabia women drive cars in protest at ban

Women in Saudi Arabia have been openly driving cars in defiance of an official ban on female drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The direct action has been organised on social network sites, where women have been posting images and videos of themselves behind the wheel.

The Women2Drive Facebook page said the direct action would continue until a royal decree reversed the ban.

Last month, a woman was arrested after uploading a video of herself driving.


BBC:Chinese officials stole $120 billion, fled mainly to US

Chinese officials stole $120 billion, fled mainly to US

Thousands of corrupt Chinese government officials have stolen more than $120bn (£74bn) and fled overseas, mainly to the US, according to a report released by China's central bank.

Between 16,000 and 18,000 officials and employees of state-owned companies left China with the funds from the mid-1990s up until 2008.

The officials used offshore bank accounts to smuggle the funds, according to the study posted on the People's Bank of China website this week but which has since been removed.

It said the officials smuggled about 800 billion yuan into the US, Australia, Canada and Holland through offshore bank accounts or investments, like property or collectables.  


Reuters:Pakistan "concerned" by NATO incursion near border

Pakistan "concerned" by NATO incursion near border

(Reuters) - Pakistan said Friday NATO aircraft attacked one of its military posts in the northwest near the Afghan border and it had expressed its serious concern to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad.

The incident in the Mohmand tribal region comes after relations between the United States and its ally hit a new low following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. SEALS in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said NATO aircraft intruded around 2.5 km (1.5 miles) inside Pakistani territory and attacked a military post.

Its statement said Pakistan had conveyed its "serious concern" to the U.S. embassy.


Reuters:IMF cuts U.S. growth forecast, warns of crisis

IMF cuts U.S. growth forecast, warns of crisis

(Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are "playing with fire" unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits.

The IMF, in its regular assessment of global economic prospects, said bigger threats to growth had emerged since its previous report in April, citing the euro zone debt crisis and signs of overheating in emerging market economies.

The Washington-based global lender forecast that U.S. gross domestic product would grow a tepid 2.5 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2012. In its forecast just two months ago, it had expected 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent growth, respectively.

With regard to the global economy overall, the IMF struck a measured tone, saying the slowdown of recent months should be "temporary." It trimmed its forecast for global growth this year only slightly, to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent, and maintained its estimate for robust Chinese growth of 9.6 percent despite recent signs of a slowdown there.


Reuters:Japan plant starts clean-up of radioactive water

Japan plant starts clean-up of radioactive water

(Reuters) - The operator of Japan's crisis-hit nuclear power plant said it started an operation to clean up radioactive water later Friday, after several glitches that delayed the plan.

Large and growing pools of radioactive water were in danger of spilling into the sea within a week unless the plan got under way, officials had said earlier this week.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco, has pumped massive amounts of water to cool three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that went into meltdown after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami disabled cooling systems.

But managing the radioactive water has become a major headache as the plant runs out of places to keep it. Around 110,000 tonnes of highly radioactive water -- enough to fill 40 Olympic-size swimming pools -- is stored at the plant.


Reuters:U.N. sees "unique opportunity" for global atom safety

U.N. sees "unique opportunity" for global atom safety

(Reuters) - Nuclear power plants should be designed and located so that they can withstand rare and "complex combinations" of external threats, U.N. experts said in a report drawing wider lessons from Japan's atomic crisis.

Japan's nuclear accident has created a "unique opportunity" to seek to learn and improve safety worldwide, an 18-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency said in the report that marked the first outside review of the Fukushima disaster.

The 160-page document, obtained by Reuters on Friday, was prepared for a major international meeting next week that will launch a push to strengthen reactor standards in the face of mounting public concern about the risks posed by nuclear safety.

A three-page summary was issued at the end of the team's review mission to Japan earlier this month, saying the country underestimated the threat from a killer wave to the Fukushima plant and urging sweeping changes to its regulatory system.


Reuters:Greek PM dumps finance chief to try to survive

Greek PM dumps finance chief to try to survive

(Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou dumped his finance minister on Friday in a reshuffle meant to stiffen resolve for harsh economic reforms and avoid a default that could cause global economic turmoil.

Papandreou picked the outgoing defense minister, Evangelos Venizelos, as the new finance chief, jettisoning George Papaconstantinou, architect of a belt-tightening program that has stoked violent unrest and a revolt in his Socialist Party.

The move seemed likely to buy time for the prime minister, but analysts said it could also weaken the austerity drive after Venizelos said he would try to reach an agreement with Greece's bailout lenders to let it soften the deeply painful reforms.

The European Union and International Monetary Fund have made a new bailout for Greece, estimated at 120 billion euros, conditional on Papandreou's five-year package of cuts and tax hikes worth 28 billion euros ($39.59 billion).


Reuters:Nuclear retreat to add 30 percent to CO2 growth: IEA

Nuclear retreat to add 30 percent to CO2 growth: IEA

(Reuters) - A halving of a global nuclear power expansion after Japan's Fukushima disaster would increase global growth in carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent through 2035, the IEA said on Wednesday.

The International Energy Agency warned last month that a political goal to limit climate change to safer levels was barely achievable after global emissions rose by near 6 percent in 2010.

Governments agreed last year to limit warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, but the world was poised to surpass that level of carbon emissions, said the energy adviser to 28 industrialized economies.

A halving of nuclear power growth would make the task even more difficult, said IEA chief economist Fatih Birol.


Seattle Times:Computer woes interrupt United Airlines service, passengers stranded

Computer woes interrupt United Airlines service, passengers stranded

A computer outage is interrupting United Airlines' flight departures, airport processing and reservations systems nationwide, leaving many passengers stranded Friday.

Charles Hobart for United Airlines said in an email that the outage occurred at 5:15 p.m. Friday (PDT).

"Our technology team is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible," Hobart said in the email. "We apologize for the disruption being caused to travelers at affected airports and we are seeking to resume operations as quickly as possible."

He said no other information was available.

Only two flights are being affected at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said airport spokesman Perry Cooper. Cooper noted that United is not one of the airport's major carriers.

 
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  •  2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Debate (9+ / 0-)
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.

    Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.

    But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.

    Presidents have the legal authority to override the legal conclusions of the Office of Legal Counsel and to act in a manner that is contrary to its advice, but it is extraordinarily rare for that to happen. Under normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding on the executive branch.


  •  dont'cha love the way the media... (9+ / 0-)

    wrings their collective hands over how much coverage the anthony weiner story got when they were the ones constantly talking about it?


    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 09:04:07 PM PDT

  •  Vancouver riot kissers identified (13+ / 0-)

    The above image from the Vancouver hockey riot spread quickly across the net on June 15. Today, more the identity of the couple in the picture is now known and the story behind the kiss in the middle of the riot.

    The picture, detail of which is shown above, was taken by Vancouver freelance photojournalist Richard Lam for Getty Images. It is the second picture in a series of five that were taken. Lam described mayhem on the street between the crowd and the police. "I was trying not to get my ass kicked," Lam told the Vancouver Sun, "Details about couple in 'Vancouver Riot Kiss' photo revealed".

    Soon, he was forced onto Seymour, corralled by the hard tide of the rioters and the riot police, "waving sticks and shields". There, between Georgia and Robson, he spotted the couple on the ground…

    Lam got the shot, and several more, and didn't think much of it. He returned to the media room at Rogers Arena, where his editor (he was filing for Getty Images) took his memory card and imported it.

    "I didn't even look at it. A colleague said 'nice photo'. Then I went back to the editing room, and looked at it. My jaw dropped."

    An eyewitness named William wrote to The Sun explaining what he saw:

    I was on the top floor of a parkade on Seymour, the couple was right outside of the parkade on the street in front of me. What happen was the police line rushed the crowd and this couple trying to stay together couldn't react in time and were run over by 2 riot police officers. The girl who was knocked over landed head first on the pavement with her boyfriend landed partially on top of her. She was in visible pain, crying, but the 2 officers gave them a parting shove and moved on. By standers went to go make sure she was ok. I understand that the front line police have to control the crowd but it is a bit ridiculous that they couldn't have other officers or paramedics behind the line to help anyone who is hurt.

    CBC News has footage of the couple, identified as Scott Jones of Australia and Alex Thomas of Canada, being knocked down and a more than 13 minute long interview with the couple online, Vancouver riot's 'kissing couple' tell their story.

    Scott Jones says he was just trying calm his girlfriend down after they both had been hit by Vancouver police when the now-famous photos of them lying in the street and kissing was taken in the midst of Wednesday night’s riot.

    “They started beating us with the shields, like trying to get us to move,” Jones told CBC News in an exclusive television interview Friday…

    Jones said they had been trying to get out of the downtown area but found themselves on a street filled with police in riot gear.

    “They were literally charging at us and we tried to run away,” he said.

    Thomas fell down trying to get away from the riot police and Jones came back to help her. "She was a bit hysterical afterwards, obviously, and I was just trying to calm her down," Jones said.

  •  A Watchdog Professor, Now Defending Himself (8+ / 0-)
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    For the last two years, David Protess, a renowned journalist and professor who spent three decades fighting to prove the innocence of others, has been locked in a battle to do the same for himself. It hasn’t gone as well.

    Mr. Protess, who taught at the Medill journalism school at Northwestern University, was the founder and driving force behind the Medill Innocence Project, which was instrumental in exonerating at least 12 wrongly convicted defendants and freeing them from prison, including five who were on death row in Illinois, and in prompting then-governor George Ryan to clear the rest of death row in 2003.

    But during an investigation into a questionable conviction, the Cook County state’s attorney turned her attention instead on Mr. Protess and his students. Since then, questions have been raised about deceptive tactics used by the Medill students, about allegations that Mr. Protess cooperated with the defense lawyers (which would negate a journalist’s legal privilege to resist subpoenas) and, most damning, whether he altered an e-mail to cover up that cooperation.

    Medill, which enjoys an international reputation, in significant part because of his work, removed him from teaching in April, and this week he resigned from Northwestern altogether. It has been a breathtaking reversal for Mr. Protess, who says he believes he is being pilloried for lapses in memory and a desire to defend his students.

  •  "Diplomatic Immunity" (11+ / 0-)

    According to reports, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at first attempted to assert diplomatic immunity when NYPD detectives tried to question him about allegations he attempted to rape a hotel maid, but then decided not to assert it when they reached the station house.

    From The Guardian:

    A redacted timeline of events showed that when police removed him from an Air France flight to Paris just minutes before it was due to depart New York's John F Kennedy airport on 14 May he asked them: "What is this about?" When told detectives wanted to talk to him about "an incident in the city at a hotel,", Strauss-Kahn was silent and then, about 15 minutes later, said: "I have diplomatic immunity" and asked to speak to the French consulate. Strauss-Kahn, 62, is under house arrest in New York City and has pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

    The former IMF chief, who resigned a few days after his arrest, does not have full diplomatic immunity but IMF rules granted him immunity limited to acts performed in his "official capacity". The IMF said Strauss-Kahn was in New York on private business. At about 5.15 pm on 14 May during his transfer to the Manhattan special victims unit, which deals with sex crimes, from the airport, Strauss-Kahn said: "I need to make a call and let them know I won't be at my meeting tomorrow. These handcuffs are tight," he added...

    Later, at the Special Victims Unit, Strauss-Kahn asked to call his lawyer, then asked police if he needed a lawyer. A detective said he could but added he didn't know if Strauss-Kahn had diplomatic status. "No, no, no, I'm not trying to use that," Strauss-Kahn then said.


    The modern practice of diplomatic immunity can be in part traced back to the Mongol Empire & Genghis Khan. Ancient times being what they were, it was not a desirable line of work to be the poor schmuck that had to deliver a message to a foreign head of state. Genghis Khan rejected this practice, and believed diplomats should be afforded respect no matter how bad or good the message they carried was, and woe unto you if you should be dumb enough to kill one of his emissaries.

    The Mongol invasion of Khwarezmia, which utterly destroyed & laid waste to Khwarezmia.


    After Genghis Khan decapitated his way through Asia like a mustachioed threshing machine, the Mongolian Empire found direct contact with the Middle East for the first time in their history. As a sign of good will, Genghis sent a caravan into the neighboring Khwarezmid Empire consisting of 450 men and what we can only assume was one damn fine fruit basket.

    However, the Khwarezmids did not take kindly to these "people in felt tents," and Governor Inalchuq of Otrar seized the caravan, killing all but one Mongol merchant. Genghis, at this point, was willing to give his neighbors another chance, figuring that perhaps they simply didn't realize who they were fucking with. He sent a delegation to Inalchuq's boss, Shah Ala ad-Din Muhammad II, to ask what up. The Shah responded by shaving the heads of the Mongol ambassadors, and sent their interpreter home without a head....

    To avenge his lost messengers, Genghis deployed three of his "four dogs" of war, which included Subutai, better known as the greatest general who ever lived. After laying siege to Inalchuq's citadel for six months with newly-acquired Chinese technologies, Genghis finally obtained a refund for his fruit basket; supposedly by pouring molten silver into Inalchuq's eyes and mouth. Then he went after the Shah.

    Genghis Khan stormed into Khwarezmia with up to 200,000 of the best trained soldiers in the world, destroyed an army five times his size, and even diverted rivers to wipe the Sultan's birthplace off the map. By the time Genghis was finished, "not even dogs or cats" were spared. The entire empire was literally erased, its four million inhabitants reduced to mounds of skeletons. The Shah himself escaped to an island in the Caspian Sea, where he died of pleurisy, bankrupt and alone. Thus cementing the popular adage, "don't kill the messenger." Especially if he works for Genghis Khan.

  •  U.S. Formally Drops Charges Against bin Laden (7+ / 0-)
    http://online.wsj.com/...

    NEW YORK—Federal prosecutors formally dropped criminal charges Friday against Osama bin Laden following his death last month in a raid by U.S. forces.

    The move officially closes a criminal case against bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader, stemming from a 1998 indictment naming him and others in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

    Bin Laden had been accused of helping plan truck bombings outside U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 224 people and injured thousands.

    The charges were formally dismissed Friday through a so-called nolle prosequi filing in a Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice as a result of his death.

  •  Great collection and summaries tonight! (7+ / 0-)

    Senator Russell Pearce continues with his Joe McCarthy BS:

    They say all politicians are by definition liars, but I'm beginning to believe state Senate President Russell Pearce could teach a college course in it. Sand Land's Professor of Prevarication was on KAET's Horizon Thursday to discuss the recall effort against him with host Ted Simons. Almost from jump, he began dishing falsehoods and misinformation.
    "The folks who lead [the recall effort], you know, in reality make their living off this," he told Simons. "You got the one guy who's a failed Democrat leading it, [a] failed Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate against [U.S. Senator from Arizona Jon] Kyle. The other is an immigration attorney. People have to understand who these folks are."

    New Times

    What a crock. He's referred to them as "anarchists" and "outsiders." Yeah, guys like the campaign chair Chad Snow -- an elderly Republican Mormon lawyer from Pearce's district. It was Pearce who solicited individual and corporate dollars nationally through Tom Tancredo's stupid Team America project. The Pearce recall group didn't take a dime from corporations and 90 percent of their donations were from Arizonans.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 09:14:31 PM PDT

  •  Progressive Americans scroll down for urls (6+ / 0-)

    SpeakOut for Good American Jobs

     Leadership Americans Deserve  

    New DNC Chair Showers Howard Dean With Praise, Says She’ll Ask Him For Ideas

        "Over the past few years, we've maintained a strong democratic organization staffed in all 50 states thanks to the 50-state strategy put in place by Howard Dean," Wasserman Schultz said. "And I can tell you that I am looking forward to sitting down with Chairman Dean next week so I can pick his brains clean on what he thinks that we should be doing to continue the fight to make sure that we can elect progressives all across the country."

       

    CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICAN'S FUTURE:

        House Progressives Plan Big Summer Tour To Wrest The Jobs Debate From GOP. The House Progressive Caucus is planning to turn the government's attention back toward eliminating unemployment.

    Rachel Maddow: The People's Budget


    Campaign for America's Future

    The national dialogue needs to be less about deficits and more about what is essential for a true American economic recovery: good American jobs for good American workers. We believe in these principles:

       Every good American worker deserves a good American job.
        America should work again for people who work for a living.
        If corporations can use their strength in dollars, working people can use their strength in numbers.

    http://www.ourfuture.org/...

    http://www.youtube.com/...
    http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/...

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/

    http://www.youtube.com/...

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    Tea Party Summer

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

    The Tampa912 Project is one of the organizations that has set up a Tea Party summer school in their area - the Tampa Liberty School.

    http://www.sfgate.com/...

    Tea party summer camp for kids in Florida

    163 days since the Republicans took the majority of House of Representatives and still no jobs bill. Instead they put forth a budget that ends Medicare, making seniors pay more for less, and gave Big Oil tax subsidies. ~ Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    by anyname on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 09:15:54 PM PDT

  •  Thank you! (7+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!

    I have completed two fun nights of watching grandbabies dance.  Of course, they did a great job!  :)

    My daughter and family are still here until after lunch, tomorrow.  

    I hope everyone has a great weekend.

    We know all of you at NN are having a blast.

    Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 09:16:00 PM PDT

  •  I've been sampling (9+ / 0-)

    element Vo. Shaken not stirred

    Periodic Table of Videos will resume with a hang over on the morrow :)

    Thanks JML for tonight's OND

  •  resources: parabolas (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, Larsstephens

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    http://simple.wikipedia.org/...

    The quadratic formula is a formula used to find the points where the graphed equation crosses the x-axis, or the horizontal axis. These points are called the "zeroes" of a function.

    Students and teachers all over the world are familiar with the quadratic formula that can be derived by completing the square. That formula always gives the roots of the quadratic equation, but the solutions are often expressed in a form that involves a quadratic irrational number, which can only be evaluated as a fraction or as a decimal fraction by applying an additional root extraction algorithm.

    There is another way to solve the general quadratic equation. This old technique obtains an excellent rational approximation to one of the roots by manipulating the equation directly. The method works in many cases, and long ago it stimulated further development of the analytical theory of continued fractions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    http://www.freemathhelp.com/...

    http://mrsgalgebra.pbworks.com/...(Parabolas)

    Quadatic equations Parabolas

    Quadratic equations are second degree polynomials.  Parabolas (Quadratic Functions)

    The shape formed by quadratics are called parabolas.  

    We see parabolas in nature when we look at tractories (throwing a ball or firing a missile), in the way a cable hangs on a suspension bridge, and in many physics applications.

    http://www.calcenstein.com/...

    163 days since the Republicans took the majority of House of Representatives and still no jobs bill. Instead they put forth a budget that ends Medicare, making seniors pay more for less, and gave Big Oil tax subsidies. ~ Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    by anyname on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 10:48:44 PM PDT

  •  Potus campaign twitter (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, Larsstephens
    President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign could get a social media boost after some major changes announced today.

    The big news: the president himself will be tweeting on occasion, according to TechCrunch.

    More frequent updates are expected too, per The Next Web. Obama for America vows to post "daily updates from the campaign trail, from Washington, and everywhere in between." The group also asks for feedback and ideas on how to best utilize the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    163 days since the Republicans took the majority of House of Representatives and still no jobs bill. Instead they put forth a budget that ends Medicare, making seniors pay more for less, and gave Big Oil tax subsidies. ~ Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    by anyname on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 04:34:46 AM PDT

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