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Mohammed Morsi is new Egypt President

June 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Mohammed Morsi new Egypt President

Egypt election commission has declared Mohammed Morsi the winner of the closely contested presidential vote.
The announcement had to be paused as chaos erupted in the newsroom after the announcement while Tahrir square where most of the people gathered were supporters of the Muslim brotherhood candidate erupted in celebration.

Ahmed Mohamed Shafik: 48%
Mohammed Morsi: 52%

Extra troops and police have been deployed across Egypt. Supreme Presidential Elections Commission head Farouq Sultan announced that Mohammed Mursi had won 51.73 per cent of the vote.

Whitney Houston cause of death according to media reports

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment
Whitney Houston cause of death news

Whitney Houston dead at 48 (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

Whitney Houston’s cause of death has not been released; however media reports are saying it was a possible drug overdose. Whitney reportedly spent the week partying hard, drinking and doing drugs. Whitney Houston died in Beverly Hills after attempts to revive her failed, according to police.

Whitney Houston, 48, was in the Los Angeles area for a musical tribute to music executive Clive Davis and had performed and spoken to reporters earlier in the week.

The performer had drug and alcohol problems for years, and in May her spokeswoman said she was going back to rehab.

Publicist Kristen Foster told the Associated Press on Saturday that Whitney Houston had died but did not provide further details.

Houston was inspired by several soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin.

The singer won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking music career.

Houston was once romantically linked to American football star Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy before she met R&B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were married on July 18, 1992. They have a daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Kenya ICC ruling on Ocampo 6 out

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

icc kenya ruling, moreno ocampo

Kenyans have been waiting in anticipation of how the International Criminal Court will rule in the case referred to as the Ocampo 6. The ruling has just been delivered to the defence legal team for communication to their clients.

The 6 Kenyan chaos suspects before The Hague court are Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Former ministers William Ruto, Henry Kosgey, former police chief Hussein Ali, radio broadcaster Joshua Sang and head of civil service Francis Muthaura.

The International Criminal Court verdict is in relation to prominent personalities in Kenya who were named as suspects in post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 by ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo as bearing the biggest responsibility in the violence.

The judges have the courtesy of communicating the ICC ruling to the suspects’ lawyers before they announce their verdict to the world.  The suspects are not required to attend court when the ruling is read but must attend court in person if their cases are confirmed.

Police in Kenya say they have put in place enough measures to ensure law and order regardless of how the ICC ruling goes.

The Tale of Obama’s older bodyguards

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Watching the state of the union address I was impressed by US president Barack Obama’s oratorical skills. And when the speech was over I watched him shake hands with several congressmen and women.

But where were the secret service bodyguards? All the men surrounding him were either members of congress or some ‘grumpy old men’.

On close scrutiny, I realized the old guys were the bodyguards! What a clever strategy.

Luckily the policemen did not have to arrest anyone that day!

President Obama’s climate policy faulted by republicans as the slugging match continues.

Mr. Obama has attacked Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, contrasting it with what he has described as Republicans’ “go it alone” free-market views. His advisers say they hope to make Republicans seem as out of step with public opinion as they were when Barry Goldwater was soundly defeated as their presidential nominee in 1964.

Barack Obama has his plate full, what with global security issues to think about plus the economy, jobs, and finally the re-election campaign later this year.

The issue of bodyguards is last thing on his mind obviously.

Arizona Gunman Loughner Family Express Grief

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Amy and Randy Loughner, the parents of the accused Arizona gunman expressed sorrow on Tuesday over the “heinous events” while the U.S. congresswoman who was shot in the head showed signs of improvement. In their first public statement, relatives of Jared Lee Loughner, 22, said it was a “very difficult time” and asked for privacy.

“There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish there were, so we could make you feel better,” read the statement, attributed to “The Loughner Family.” The eight-sentence statement did not mention the young man charged in the shooting at a Tucson shopping mall that killed six people, including a federal judge, and injured 14 others.

Loughner was an average student during his school days, not noted for any particular achievements.

The shooting left U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition but breathing on her own days after a bullet passed through her brain. “We don’t understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday,” the family statement said.

“We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss.” Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat, was in critical condition at a Tucson hospital but is “holding her own,” responding to simple commands and breathing without the aid of her ventilation tube, her doctor said.


Loughner is being held pending a Jan. 24 preliminary hearing on five federal charges, including the attempted assassination of Giffords. Two young men emerged from the home of the accused gunman in a middle class neighborhood of Tucson and handed out the family’s statement to a throng of media waiting outside.

A neighbor earlier told local media Loughner’s parents, Amy and Randy Loughner, were devastated. “Their son is not Amy and Randy, and people need to understand that. They’re devastated. Wouldn’t you be if it was your child?” neighbor Wayne Smith, with tears in his eyes, told Phoenix’s News Channel Three.

A CBS News poll released on Tuesday found a majority of Americans reject the view that inflamed political rhetoric contributed to the weekend shootings in Arizona. The poll found 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, while 32 percent felt it did.

The rejection of a link was strongest among Republicans, with 69 percent feeling harsh rhetoric was not related to the attack. While the motive for the attack was not apparent, politicians and commentators have said a climate in which strong language and ideological polarization is common may have contributed.

Former President Bill Clinton cautioned that public officials should be careful about their language. “We cannot be unaware of the fact that, particularly with the Internet, there’s this huge echo-chamber out there,” he told BBC News. “Anything any of us says falls on the unhinged and the hinged alike, and we just have to be sensitive to it.”

Lawmakers in both political parties have called for greater civility in politics, and on Wednesday members of Congress will come together in a bipartisan prayer service. Giffords’ colleagues in Congress put most of their work on hold after the shootings, which prompted many of them to reassess their own security.

The Republican-led House has postponed a vote to repeal Obama’s overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, which Giffords and other Democrats backed. Loughner is accused of opening fire with a semi-automatic Glock pistol while the congresswoman greeted constituents in a supermarket parking lot. “In a minute, he took away six loved ones, and took away our sense of well-being,” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said in a speech in Tucson. “There is no way to measure what Tucson and all of Arizona lost in that moment.” More than 600 mourners gathered at a memorial service for the shooting victims at St. Odilia Catholic Church in Tucson.

Arizona state lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday to keep members of a Kansas fundamentalist Christian church from picketing at the funerals of the six shooting victims. Brewer quickly signed the bill into law. Members of the tiny church have gained notoriety for appearing at military funerals to declare that God had punished the troops because the United States accepts homosexuality.

The church members also turned up at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Hackers attack North Korea heir’s birthday party

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment


Reports say that hackers have attacked North Korea’s official Youtube and Twitter accounts, posting cartoons showing Kim Jong-il’s heir apparent driving a sports car into a crowd of starving countrymen and laughing about it.

The cyberattack on Saturday, believed to be leader-in-waiting Kim Jong-un’s birthday, also called for an uprising against the communist nation’s ruling dynasty.

The online embarrassment comes at a time when North Korea has called for dialogue with South Korea to defuse tensions aggravated by an exchange of artillery fire and the sinking of a South navy ship last year. [ID:nTOE707002]

One of the messages posted on the North’s official Twitter account said the ailing Kim Jong-il and his son were sworn enemies.

Another called for the removal of Kim Jong-il for hosting drinking parties at his lavish cottage while 3 million countrymen starved to death.

Several people on a South Korean internet forum, Dcinside, claimed responsibility for the attack.

A two-minute spoof posted on the North’s official youtube account showed Kim Jong-un running over a group of starving people and a train, laden with birthday gifts for him, derailed after hitting children on the tracks.

The Youtube account is often used by the North to communicate with the outside world.

There was no immediate comment from the North on the cyberattack. The North Korea’s official mouthpiece, KCNA news agency, also did not report any public events or festivals to mark Kim Jong-un’s birthday.

Very little is known about Kim Jong-un outside North Korea, who is the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, and the heir apparent.

Jared Lee Loughner: Accused of shooting US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords photo

Gabrielle Giffords

The man linked to the shooting today of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and at least nineteen others is 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner of Pima county, Arizona.

A former classmate of Loughner at Pima Community College said he was “obviously very disturbed.”

“He disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts,” said Lynda Sorenson, who took a math class with Loughner last summer at Pima Community College’s Northwest campus.

She doesn’t recall if he ever made any threats or uttered political statements but he was very disruptive, she said. He was asked to leave the pre-algebra class several times and eventually was barred from class, said Sorenson, a Tucson resident.

Loughner was taken into custody on January 8, 2011 after the mass-shooting in Tucson, Arizona. He was charged with five federal offenses, including attempting to assassinate a member of the US Congress.

MySpace, YouTube and Facebook accounts maintained by Loughner suggest he has spent most of his life on the northwest side: His profile says he attended Thornydale Elementary, Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View High School and Pima Community College was he was said to perform well in science. He also reportedly had some interest in environmental matters.

gunman Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner

Loughner took three semesters of sign language at Pima, according to The Festival of Books volunteer database.


The accounts indicate Loughner had a strong interest in literacy.

In a written message on YouTube, Loughner said: “The majority of people, who reside in District-8 are illiterate – hilarious. I don’t control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure.”

In a message posted on his MySpace account, titled “Goodbye friends,” Loughner said: “Dear friends…please don’t be mad at me. The literacy rate is below 5%. I haven’t talked to one person who is literate.” It was unclear when it was posted.
In a MySpace profile, Loughner said “My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college.”

He lists among his favorite books “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto”. But he also includes a broad variety of other titles, including: “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,”To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

In one of several internet postings, Loughner suggested the Washington government was trying to take advantage of him in some way. One video was called “My Final Thoughts: Jared Lee Loughner!”

In another posting, he wrote: “All humans are in need of sleep. Jared Loughner is a human. Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep.”

He also wrote about terrorism. “If I define terrorist, then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. I define terrorist,” he wrote. “If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is ad hominem. You call me a terrorist.”

Nearly all the people, who don’t know this accurate information of a new currency, aren’t aware of mind control and brainwash methods. If I have my civil rights, then this message wouldn’t have happen.”

“In conclusion, my ambition – is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know I’m conscience dreaming! Thank you!”

In a You tube video entitled “Introduction: Jared Loughner” he describes himself as a U.S. military recruit who had recently filled out an application to join the Army.

The video text mentions “MEPS in Phoenix” a reference to the Military Entrance Processing Station in the state capital that all Arizona recruits from every branch of service pass through before leaving for basic training.

“Every United States military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests,” the video said.
“Jared Loughner is a United States military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix. Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.

“I didn’t write a belief on my Army application and the recruiter wrote on the application: None.”

An anonymous army source has confirmed that Loughner applied to join the army but was rejected after he failed a drugs screening.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik criticized the divisive political climate in Arizona, which was put under the international spotlight last year over tough laws cracking down on illegal immigration from Mexico, an hour south of Tucson.

Arizona shooting spotlights ‘toxic’ political climate.

“The rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates- and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week -has an impact on people, especially those who are unbalanced personalities to begin with,” said Dupnik.

A former classmate of Mr Loughner has said he was a cannabis-smoking loner.

Former classmate Gabriella Carillo, 22, said she remembered Loughner as a tall, intelligent teenager who was good at basketball, liked to read and worked hard in his high school band classes, but didn’t seem to apply himself in other courses.

“I know that he caused a lot of trouble in his classes other than band,” she said.

“There are some guys who are just angry,” she said. “I never really saw a smile on his face at all.”

Don Coorough, 58, who sat two desks in front of Loughner in a poetry class, described him as a “troubled young man” and “emotionally underdeveloped”. After another student read a poem about an abortion, Loughner compared the young woman to a “terrorist for killing the baby”, he said.

Jared Loughner has had at least two minor run-ins with police, according to on-line court records.

In October 2007, Loughner was cited by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for possession of drug paraphernalia, a charge that was dismissed in November 2007 when he completed a diversion program.

One year later, in October 2008, Loughner was charged with a “local charge” in Marana Municipal Court, that charge was also dismissed following the completion of a diversion program in March 2009.

Court records indicate the Marana case file is due to be purged in December 2013. It’s unclear what the exact charge was.

The dead

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Dorwan Stoddard

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Phyllis Scheck

Dorthy Murray