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Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad
Detainees captured by SAS and SBS squads subjected to human-rights abuses at detention centre, say British witnesses

British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there.

Personnel from two RAF squadrons and one Army Air Corps squadron were given guard and transport duties at the secret prison, the Guardian has established.
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Suspects were brought to the secret prison at Baghdad International airport, known as Camp Nama, for questioning by US military and civilian interrogators. But the methods used were so brutal that they drew condemnation not only from a US human rights body but from a special investigator reporting to the Pentagon.

New SEC Head Once Acted for Wall St Wonder Boy Dimon

Dimitri Lascaris: New director of SEC was a Wall St. defense attorney who will now regulate former clients

NASA's James Hansen, Leaving Post to Fight Climate Change Full Time
'As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government.'

James Hansen, the NASA scientist credited with raising the earliest and most consistent alarm over the dangers of human-caused global warming and climate change has announced that he's leaving his government job so that he can put his full energies into the climate movement he helped spur.

After almost half a century working for the government, he told the New York Times on Tuesday  he know considered it appropriate to step outside so he could join the political and legal fight to limit greenhouse gases full time.

“As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,” he told the Times in an interview.

French workers hold company heads captive after they’re fired without pay

Workers at a French greetings card firm on Friday sequestered the head of their company and the chief of the Dutch firm which owns it after sacked employees were told they would not get their dues.

The protest at the office of French firm Edit66 and the Dutch owner Mercurius, targeted their two chiefs Paul Denis and Merthus Bezemer.

The firm, which has been facing financial problems, is based in the southern French city of Cabestany.

A Canadian Oil Sands Project Was Just Dumped At An Enormous $1.65 Billion Loss

France’s Total SA (NYSE: TOT) will sell its 49% stake in its Canadian oil sands project to Suncor Energy Inc. for $500 million, netting the French oil giant a $1.65 billion loss on the beleaguered project.
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The project is beleaguered by increasing labor costs, a shortage of labor and the falling prices of Canadian heavy crude against rising US oil production. Profit margins have narrowed to the extent that the project is no longer economically feasible.
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Total is still hanging on to two other oil sands projects in Canada—at Fort Hills and Joslyn—and for now there is no talk of divesting, but later this year Total will make a final decision on its Fort Hills investment, according to Bloomberg.

Read more: http://oilprice.com/...

Author has a strong statement about not republishing this article so I hesitate to excerpt, but here is the link. Worth reading.
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