Thursday, 1 April 2010

Is Blogging Useful or a Waste of Time?
Crucial for Spreading Accurate Information

A story that bloggers have bird-dogged for many months, gaining so much traction that the mainstream media is finally forced to cover it.

Rendition and the "Global War on Terrorism": 28 Nations Have Supported the US in the Detention and Torture of "Suspects"
Twenty-eight nations have cooperated with the U.S. to detain in their prisons, and sometimes to interrogate and torture, suspects arrested as part of the U.S. “War on Terror.”

The complicit countries have kept suspects in prisons ranging from public interior ministry buildings to “safe house” villas in downtown urban areas to obscure prisons in forests to “black” sites to which the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) has been denied access.

Behind the Talks: US-NATO Prepare Confrontation in the Arctic
Moscow regards as inadmissible the prospects for a military presence in the Arctic region. It's no secret at all that in recent years quite a number of states in the West, including the USA, have unveiled their plans to build at least 66 warships to be used for conducting hostilities in the Arctic region.

Competition in the Arctic region is becoming more and more intense. At the conference of the five Arctic coastal states in Canada, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that it is necessary to defend the interests of the countries, which also have their lawful interests in the Arctic Ocean. Mrs Clinton was speaking about Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda

Business groups back Conservative national insurance plan as tax row escalates

Council rich list: the full data
A report out today from the Taxpayer's alliance lists the best-paid local government officers in Britain. Get the full list here

British manufacturing activity 'rises at fastest rate in 15 years'
CIPS/Markit reports that manufacturing activity rose for ninth straight month, although sector continues to cut jobs

Air France introduces ‘fat tax’
Air France has begun charging obese passengers an extra fee to take up two seats on its planes.


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