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Saman Mohammadi Prisonplanet.com January 22, 2012 Ron Paul is not simply the anti-war candidate. He is also the national security candidate.
The latest in a wave of demonstrations against Chile's President Sebastián Pinera's education policies has been marred by violence Link to video: Santiago hit by violent protests against Chile's president Protesters have clashed violently with police in Chile 's capital to decry President Sebastián Pinera's policies, as a poll showed him to be the least popular leader in the two decades since the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. Demonstrators led by students demanding cheaper and better state education blocked roads and lit fires as police used water cannons and tear gas to quell the latest outcry against the conservative billionaire. Some protesters in Santiago and as far afield as Copiapo in the far north started banging pots and pans in a "cacerolazo", a popular form of protest in Latin America reminiscent of Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Published time: August 02, 2011 16:23 Edited time: August 03, 2011 11:55 The US economy, as well as much of the global economy, is heading into another great depression. Although Washington has avoided defaulting on its debt, US analyst Gerald Celente says the US economy, as well as much of the global economy, is heading into another great depression. " The great depression is underway, and all they are doing is trying to make it look as though they have a plan to stave it off,” Celente, director of the Trends Research Institute, told RT.
Among the chic bars along Thessaloniki's historic waterfront, one restaurant stands out. "We want our money!" reads a banner dangling from the terrace of an American-themed diner and grill. Inside, 12 staff have changed the locks, are serving cans of supermarket beer to supporters and taking it in turns to sleep nights on the restaurant floor in protest at months of unpaid wages and the restaurant's sudden closure. This is the new symbol of Greece 's spiralling debt crisis: a waiters' squat.
A tent camp in Tel Aviv: the protests over high rents and house prices have the support of 87% of the population, according to a poll. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images Israel 's tent city protests over housing are growing by the day, and the mood of civil activism is spreading to other issues.
Leaders of the 17 eurozone countries, plus European central bankers and commissioners, will hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday in the latest, probably the biggest, effort to settle Europe 's sovereign debt crisis. The stakes are huge, with the leaders under enormous pressure from the markets, the Americans and the vulnerable parties in the eurozone to agree a new rescue package for Greece and more broadly to ringfence the euro . After 15 months of ad hoc measures, muddling through, and playing for time, Europe's leaders may be facing a date with destiny. But with deep divisions over how to resolve the long running crisis, it is not clear that they can summon the political will to supply persuasive answers to the big questions they are being asked. Frantic efforts were under way on Monday to try to reach a deal that will be blessed by the leaders on Thursday.
Hamid Karzai's authority under threat after the assassinations of two close allies. Photograph: EPA The assassination of a close ally and mentor of Hamid Karzai a week after the killing of the president's powerful half-brother has raised new questions over whether Afghanistan 's precarious power structure could collapse even before the departure of western combat troops in 2014.
Ed Miliband has demanded the breakup of Rupert Murdoch 's UK media empire in a dramatic intervention in the row over phone hacking. In an exclusive interview with the Observer , the Labour leader calls for cross-party agreement on new media ownership laws that would cut Murdoch's current market share, arguing that he has "too much power over British public life". Miliband says that the abandonment by News International of its bid for BSkyB, the resignation of its chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the closure of the News of the World are insufficient to restore trust and reassure the public. The Labour leader argues that current media ownership rules are outdated, describing them as "analogue rules for a digital age" that do not take into account the advent of mass digital and satellite broadcasting.
Traffic eases past the foreign ministry in Moscow. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Russian officials have announced plans to more than double Moscow's territory in a bid to alleviate the city's crippling traffic and overcrowding, but critics worry the move could prove to be an environmental fiasco and leave thousands displaced. The plan to increase Moscow's size from the current 264,000 acres to 620,000 acres was given initial approval on Monday by Dmitry Medvedev, Russia 's president, in a meeting with the city's mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, and Boris Gromov, governor of the surrounding Moscow region.
US President Barack Obama during a press conference on the debt ceiling in which he said Republican proposals for a budget deal without tax increases were not credible. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Barack Obama has warned that the US is "running out of time" to raise the limit on US government borrowing and that failure to do so will lead in effect to a tax increase for all Americans, because a downgrade of the country's credit rating would cause an interest rate rise. The president's warning was reinforced by a threat from the ratings agency Standard & Poor's to strip the US of its AAA standing if no long-term political deal is reached to tackle government spending and debt.
US debt: who owns it and how big is it? Photograph: Corbis US federal debt is still a record high. This week it passed a milestone: the fourth straight year the deficit has passed the $1tn mark.
The historic revolutions that have rippled through the Arab world this year were in danger of eclipse on Friday night as protesters returned to the streets to profess their disgust at how the movement is being stymied by regimes old and new. Six months after the Arab spring claimed its first dictator, the main squares of Cairo and Tunis were again alive with protest, teargas and fury at the resistance to change shown by interim authorities. In Syria activists said at least 19 people had been killed in the latest crackdown against protests that have convulsed the country for more than four months.
North Korean soldiers. An official paid $3.5m to two Pakistani generals in exchange for nuclear information, according to a letter. Photograph: Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty
The F.B.I. soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide , according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity. The F.B.I. recently briefed several privacy advocates about the coming changes. Among them, Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent who is now a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that it was unwise to further ease restrictions on agents’ power to use potentially intrusive techniques, especially if they lacked a firm reason to suspect someone of wrongdoing. “Claiming additional authorities to investigate people only further raises the potential for abuse,” Mr.
Each person's iris is as individual as their fingerprint, but with 266 identifiable features is much more detailed. Photograph: Science Photo Library Senior British police officials are talking to the FBI about an international database to hunt for major criminals and terrorists. The US-initiated programme, "Server in the Sky", would take cooperation between the police forces way beyond the current faxing of fingerprints across the Atlantic. Allies in the "war against terror" - the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - have formed a working group, the International Information Consortium, to plan their strategy.