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The black jails of China - illegal jails to subvert the law - video

Some Chinese seeking help from the central government against local injustices are instead ending up in secret detention centers controlled by local politicians Black jails allow Chinese authorities to 'disappear' complainers and radicals Black jails are a network of extralegal detention centers established by Chinese security forces across the People's Republic of China in recent years They are used mainly to detain, without trial, petitioners shangfangzhe, who travel to seek redress

Crew recaptures ship from Somali pirates who fell into the sea afterwards

Got to watch out for those slippery decks The crew of a Taiwanese fishing vessel fought against armed Somali pirates to retake their ship after it was hijacked off East Africa, Taiwan authorities said Sunday The 290-tonne Chin Yi Wen with a crew of 28, including nine Chinese, eight Filipinos, six Indonesians and five Vietnamese, had been out of contact since Friday, the foreign ministry said But the crew managed to overwhelm the six armed pirates and retake control of their ship

China busts massive counterfeit drug scam - including drugs made from animal feed

Probably coming to a website near you China has frequently been hit by fake drug scandals despite government pledges to improve supervision of the industry, triggering growing public outrage over lax controls and official corruption The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that around 1,000 police officers raided 117 dens and pharmacies that produced and sold fake drugs The raids were the result of a four-month investigation during which police discovered that the gang repackag

Asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will pass within the moons orbit in November.

The asteroid, dubbed 2005 YU55, will come within 202,000 miles of Earth, closer than the moon, before zipping farther into space on November 8-9 2011 Carbon-colored and dark, the asteroid measures some 1,300 feet wide It will be the closest visit by a space rock this size in more than three decades "This is not a potentially hazardous asteroid, just a good opportunity to study one," National Science Foundation astronomer Thomas Statler says NASA and the NSF plan a series of radar tele

Biggest nuclear weapon in the world being dismantled - image

The last of the United States' most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, accordin

Pakistan fears being encircled by India so supports the Taliban

Very little has been written about why the Pakistanis support Taliban groups What possible motive could they have for supporting forces that are engaged in a nasty guerrilla war against their ostensible American allies in Afghanistan The reason is simple: The Pakistanis fear that if these Taliban forces are defeated, the United States will abandon the country, leaving behind what they believe will be a hostile Afghan government allied to their mortal enemy, India And if Clinton fails to

A pretext to war? Iran behind plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador in America

FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a "significant terrorist act in the United States" tied to Iran The plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, DC Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the US officials Operation Red Coalition began in May when an Irania

Robot anti aircraft gun goes berserk kills 9 and wounds 11

One of the costs of robotic machinery is the tendency to go nuts with a software glitch I expect we will see more of these tragedies in the future So much for the first law of Robotics hang on it wouldn't apply to the military anyway A female artillery officer risked her life on Friday in a desperate bid to prevent members of her battery dying from their own anti-aircraft gun But the brave, as yet unnamed officer was unable to stop the wildly swinging computerised Swiss/German Oerli

The damning evidence that ties Pakistan to terrorism

Americas accusations that Pakistan is behind the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are based on some surprisingly damning evidence The cell phones used by the insurgents who attacked the US Embassy in Kabul last week had been used to call Pakistani intelligence operatives before and during the assault This evidence lies behind the charge made by Adm Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence, CBS

So whats the real problem with the American economy? - great video

When the nation's economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street bankers But Robert B Reich, one of the most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, suggests another reason for the meltdown Our real problem, he argues, lies in the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the richest Americans, while stagnant wages and rising costs have forced the middle class to go deep into debt Reich's thoughtful and detailed account of where w

Chinese propaganda video shows military at university hacking a website - image

A screenshot from a Chinese military propaganda video released last month has revealed a cyberwarfare app designed to make attacks look like they’re coming from any IP address The app contains a dropdown list of target websites belonging to the Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice that has been suppressed by the Chinese government over the past decade In the video, the target is minghuiorg, the main Falun Gong website, and the spoofed source of the attack is an IP address belonging to

Man films his own shooting in Syria protest - video

Video footage has emerged from the Syrian city of Homs in which a young man filming gunfire in the streets appears to be shot dead by the sniper he zooms in on The video clip begins with a male voice describing "someone shooting at citizens in Karm al-Sham on 1 July without any reason and no demonstrations" The cameraman is filming from an upper floor against a background of slogans being chanted Jerky images of the street and balconies are followed by a blurred glimpse of a man in o

Sarah Palins supporters are the least educated and poorest Republicans - Gallup

Draw your own conclusions Gallup has released data from a recent poll that shows supporters of Sarah Palin are drawn primarily from the least educated and poorest Republicans Republican college degree holders are more likely than those without a degree to support Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, 21% vs 13% Similarly, Romney's support climbs from 9% of Republicans earning less than $24,000 annually to 21% of those earning $90,000 or more The reverse is

Pakistans government decide not to conduct any form of inquiry into Bin Laden living in Pakistan

The Pakistani government has decided not to conduct inquiry of any kind at any level whatsoever about the Abbottabad incident nor is any inquiry asked for by foreign sources Only an in-house probe will be conducted by the Pakistan Army Some media reports say few US institutions are officially asking Pakistan to apprise them of the reasons for its intelligence failure to find out Osamas hideout near its top military school a few kilometers from its capital Prime Minister Gilani has decide

Obamas three year troll of the Republican Party revealed

For years now the Republican party and Conservatives have tied themselves up in knots over Obamas missing birth certificate, and now, just before a book is released on it, he finally shows the "Long Form Certificate of Birth" demanded over the years, a document LESS legal than the one he had shown first What is incredible with this debate is the masterful way Obama tied up the Republicans over a non issue, showing them, as a party and individuals, to be xenophobic hysterical conspiracy t
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