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Current Events & World News is the place to post all your current news threads. Posts can be of particular interest to atheists, or they can be about domestic or foreign politics and events in general.

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Egypt: Tear gas canisters "Made in the U.S.A."

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 21, 2011. 22 Replies

Spankin' Sarah Palin: A clown short of a circus

Started by Jesus_Was_A_Man_Or_Myth_Or_Both. Last reply by doone Dec 19, 2010. 1 Reply

Winning the Class War

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 29, 2010. 0 Replies

Judge: Let lesbians into military so male GIs can turn them straight

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Misty: Baytheist Living! Nov 28, 2010. 2 Replies

The Leavers: Young Doubters Exit the Church

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Gayle Gordon Nov 27, 2010. 6 Replies

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Comment by T A A on February 25, 2011 at 9:53pm
well, it's hard to get youth away from the Xbox, you need politicians to be very sexy to achieve that, and Obama incarnated that. Myself I'm caught between youth and wrinkly. Some days I wish wrinklies didn't exist... think Logan's run. Wrinklies ruin the world :(
Comment by Hope on February 25, 2011 at 2:48am
[they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe.]>> that's because he's expert hallucinations :)
Comment by Pope Beanie on February 24, 2011 at 4:35pm

Gaddafi says protesters are on hallucinogenic drugs


(Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi blamed a revolt against his rule on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday, and said the protesters were fueled by milk and Nescafe spiked with hallucinogenic drugs, in a rambling appeal for calm.
Comment by Pope Beanie on February 23, 2011 at 7:13pm

Jeffs Restored As Head Of FLDS, Despite Legal Troubles

A document filed with the Utah Department of Commerce names Jeffs as president and "corporation sole" of the FLDS faith. "Corporation sole" is a phrase often used to give corporate authority to an individual leader of a religious group. [...]

[...]Jeffs says that he was "called and sustained as the President" of the FLDS Church. The faithful believe that their "president and prophet" is "called" to the position in a process that is divinely inspired. Other leaders and members then "sustain" that calling.

Jeffs had officially surrendered control of the faith in 2007 after being convicted of being an accomplice to rape and sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.

 

Rest of story here.
Comment by Hope on February 21, 2011 at 2:58pm

http://www.libya-watanona.com/libya/ >AR-EN

 

24 Rights Groups Urge US and EU to Confront Libyan Massacres

 

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NGOs demand Libya's suspension from UNHRC; UN Watch calls
for urgent dispatch of medical supplies to hospitals

GENEVA, February 20, 2010 - An international coalition of 24 rights groups urged world powers to convene the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to protect Libyan civilians from government killings, in a letter sent today to the U.S., the EU and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (See full text below)

Signatories include the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy and Physicians for Human Rights, the Geneva-based UN Watch, and 21 other groups from Switzerland, India, Liberia, Italy, Nigeria, Germany, Sudan, Venezuela, Somalia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

The letter asserts that the widespread atrocities committed by Libya against its own people are "particularly odious" actions that amount to war crimes, requiring member states to take action through the Security Council under the responsibility to protect doctrine.

The appeal also calls for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council, in which Libya's membership on that body would be suspended, and an international inquiry team dispatched to he country.

"The muted response of the US and the EU to the Libyan atrocities is not only a let-down to the many Libyans risking their lives for freedom, but a shirking of their obligations, as members of the Security Council and the Human Rights Council, to protect peace and human rights, and to prevent war crimes," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, and an international lawyer who represents Libyan torture victims.

"Baroness Ashton's call today for Libyan forces to exercise 'restraint' is entirely inappropriate. We're dealing with the deliberate murder and massacre of hundreds of peaceful protesters. By signaling diplomatic caution in the face of a bloodbath -- instead of urgency and action -- the EU is failing the victims. It's time for basic human rights to come before oil," said Neuer.

"The EU should also urge the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to send urgently-needed medical supplies into Libya, particularly for hospitals in Benghazi. Ashton should attempt to visit Libya after her trip to Cairo tomorrow." Exiled Libyans in Cairo and members of Egypt's Doctors Syndicate have sent urgent medical supplies to Libya, but the international community needs to step in, said Neuer.

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Urgent Appeal to Stop Atrocities in Libya

Sent by 23 NGOs to US President Obama, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 20 February 2011

We, the undersigned non-governmental, human rights, and humanitarian organizations, urge you to mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people. The inexcusable silence cannot continue.

As you know, in the past several days, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are estimated to have deliberately killed hundreds of peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders across the country. In the city of Benghazi alone, one doctor reported seeing at least 200 dead bodies. Witnesses report that a mixture of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and regime loyalists have attacked demonstrators with knives, assault rifles and heavy-caliber weapons.

Snipers are shooting peaceful protesters. Artillery and helicopter gunships have been

Comment by Pope Beanie on February 20, 2011 at 4:14pm

pose with conservative men on oxygen tanks who want nothing more in the world than to fuck her

Hey, cool! Let's sound even more consumed by emotion than Rush or Beck!

Comment by Sydni Moser on February 18, 2011 at 10:53am
I was looking for the Current Events group and thought it was deleted.  Happy to find it under it's new name, which is a nice change.
Comment by Hope on February 15, 2011 at 1:20pm

Joseph Farah‏ >whenever this name is mentioned>I feel sorry for for the whole sad world...he is just another radical fundamentalist..

 

On the other hand, James Zogby> whenever this name is mentioned,  I feel happy for the whole world...He is the one who deserve all respect..

Comment by Gerald Scott on February 14, 2011 at 8:04pm
Jo Johnson has called for Parliament to end prayer at the start of sessions of the House of Commons because Britain is no longer "an overwhelmingly Christian country".  WOW !!  To even attempt that in America would be your death knell.  Got to love the Brits.
Comment by Pope Beanie on February 11, 2011 at 5:05pm

It is the anti-jihadist hysterics’ crying wolf at every opportunity

It's been 114 months since 9/11 when about 3k people were killed by Bin Laden, et al. I'll be off by some percentage, but about 3k people die every month in America from traffic accidents alone.

That's over 300k Americans since 9/11. So why does 9/11 still rule the conservative rhetoric? As bigoted people's belief that Obama is Muslim illustrates, America is still in a paranoic, fear-mongering McCarthyism phase.

We have been successfully terrorized. Now, we don't have to forget what happened, but let's reclaim our national agenda from extremists, and move forward. Don't let them blur our vision any more.

 

 

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