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2007 December 03 — Why Now?
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We Don’t Care What We Say, Iran Wants Nukes

In another unbelievable display of the separation from reality by the Hedgemony, the US releases portions of a National Intelligence Estimate that says Iran stopped its nuclear weapons research in 2003, and then says Iran must be punished for developing the nuclear weapons that we admit they aren’t developing.

CNN reports: U.S. report: Iran stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iran halted work toward a nuclear weapon under international scrutiny in 2003 and is unlikely to be able to produce enough enriched uranium for a bomb until 2010 to 2015, a U.S. intelligence report says.

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December 3, 2007   8 Comments

That Other Election

In the Venezuelan referendum the BBC reports: Chavez defeated over reform vote

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has narrowly lost a referendum on controversial constitutional changes.

Voters rejected the reforms, which included allowing a president to stand indefinitely for re-election, by 51% of the vote to 49%, officials said.

Mr Chavez accepted the result and urged his followers to remain calm.

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December 3, 2007   29 Comments

Буран [Buran]

The Pacific Northwest is being hit with an Arctic hurricane-like storm: Pacific storm brings mudslides, blackouts to Northwest

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) — A powerful Pacific storm battered the Northwest on Monday, blocking roads near the coast with fallen trees and flooding, blacking out thousands of customers and icing up mountain highways.

Mudslides halted north-south Amtrak passenger train service between Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wind gusts to 100 mph were reported along the Oregon coast, with the highest reading at 129 mph at Bay City, the National Weather Service said. It said gusts hit 81 mph at Hoquiam, Washington.

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December 3, 2007   2 Comments

Election Management

In Belarus they overdid it and decided to get an 85% victory, but Putin is more polished in his theft. The BBC reports: Monitors denounce Russia election

With nearly 98% of ballots counted, Mr Putin’s United Russia had 64.1% of Sunday’s vote.

The election “was not fair and failed to meet many OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections,” the observers from the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly and the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly told a news conference in Moscow.

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December 3, 2007   5 Comments

It Was A Personnel Matter

So, a teacher ends up in jail with a mob screaming for execution and diplomats and legislators flying around the globe, and what was characterized as an anti-religious assault turns out to be a disgruntled ex-employee: Grudge sparked teddy bear crisis

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — In an effort to shut down Khartoum’s Unity High School, a disgruntled former employee alerted Sudanese officials that a British teacher had allowed her class to name a teddy bear “Mohammed,” a British source and Sudanese presidential palace source told Time magazine’s Sam Dealey.

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