South America on brink of war

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — South America was on the brink of war yesterday as Venezuela and Ecuador amassed troops on the Colombian border in response to the killing of a Marxist rebel leader.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to join the rebels in a war to overthrow hard-line Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a key ally of the United States, deploying tanks, fighter jets and thousands of troops along the Colombian border.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa also ordered troops to the border, expelled Colombia’s ambassador and recalled its ambassador to Bogota, but left its embassy open. Venezuela closed its embassy in Colombia and ordered all diplomats home.

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Marion Cotillard ‘in shock’ over 9/11 row, but will not apologise

A women with cochones, I’m already a big fan.

Marion Cotillard, the Oscar-winning French actress, will not apologise over remarks she made describing the 9/11 attacks as a conspiracy and believes that the comments had been taken out of context and misunderstood.

Cotillard, who won the Best Actress statuette last week for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, has claimed that the September 11 atrocity had been orchestrated by the owners of the Twin Towers.

The comments, made in an interview first broadcast a year ago, have resurfaced on the internet since her Oscar victory.

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Egypt opens border with Gaza to move wounded Palestinians to hospitals

EL ARISH, Egypt – Egypt opened its only crossing with the Gaza Strip to receive wounded Palestinians on Sunday, a medical official said, a day after 54 people were killed in Israel’s latest offensive against militants firing rockets from the territory.
Egypt sent 27 ambulances to the Rafah crossing to transfer 150-200 wounded Palestinians to hospitals in the Sinai Peninsula and other cities on the mainland, said Emad Kharboush, a medical official at el-Arish hospital near the Israeli border.
“We have mobilized all our efforts to receive and treat our Palestinian brothers in our hospitals,” Kharboush told The Associated Press.
Sunday was the first time Egypt has agreed to open the crossing since the militant Palestinian group Hamas blew up part of the border wall on Jan. 23, allowing hundreds of thousands of Gazans to flood across the frontier unchecked for 12 days.

Going to Jail for Being a Democrat: How Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman Got Roved

Bush justice.

Don Siegelman, a popular Democratic governor of Alabama, a Republican state, was framed in a crooked trial, convicted on June 29, 2006, and sent to Federal prison by the corrupt and immoral Bush administration.

The frame-up of Siegelman and businessman Richard Scrushy is so crystal clear and blatant that 52 former state attorney generals from across America, both Republicans and Democrats, have urged the US Congress to investigate the Bush administration’s use of the US Department of Justice to rid themselves of a Democratic governor who “they could not beat fair and square,” according to Grant Woods, former Republican Attorney General of Arizona and co-chair of the McCain for President leadership committee. Woods says that he has never seen a case with so “many red flags pointing to injustice.”

The abuse of American justice by the Bush administration in order to ruin Siegelman is so crystal clear that even the corporate media organization CBS allowed “60 Minutes” to broadcast on February 24, 2008, a damning indictment of the railroading of Siegelman. Extremely coincidental “technical difficulties” caused WHNT, the CBS station covering the populous northern third of Alabama, to go black during the broadcast. The station initially offered a lame excuse of network difficulties that CBS in New York denied. The Republican-owned print media in Alabama seemed to have the inside track on every aspect of the prosecution’s case against Siegelman. You just have to look at their editorials and articles following the 60 Minutes broadcast to get a taste of what counts for “objective journalism” in their mind.

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$2 million homes burn in ‘act of terror,’ developer says

So does this mean the  perpetrators of this “terror attack” are enemy combatants and can be locked away forever without a trial?

(CNN) — Fire engulfed five luxury homes Monday morning at a subdivision north of Seattle in what could be a case of ecoterrorism, officials said.

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Firefighters attack blazes at luxury homes Monday in suburban Seattle, Washington.

A sign with the letters “ELF” was found at the scene of the fires in the “Street of Dreams” development in Woodinville, Washington, said Chief Rick Eastman of Snohomish County Fire District No. 7.

Eastman did not say if the sign is believed to be from the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI has called an ecoterrorist group.

“Built green? Nope black!” the sign reads, according to an image from CNN affiliate KING-TV in Seattle. The sign calls the homes “McMansions.”

John Heller, president of Seattle Street of Dreams, said he had spoken to the fire chief and was told that the fires were suspicious. Video Watch fires burn luxury homes »

“My understanding is that it was an act of terror,” Heller said.

The FBI said the fires are being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.

Heller said he was out of town on business and was rushing back to see what was left of the development. He said it was a new subdivision that featured luxury homes priced at $2 million

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Turkey may launch new incursion in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military chief threatened Monday to send the armed forces into Iraq again to “teach further lessons” to Kurdish rebels and claimed that a recent incursion was a success despite harsh winter weather.The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

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The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

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U.S. launches missile strike in Somalia

KISMAYU, Somalia (Reuters) – Two U.S. missiles hit a house in southern Somalia on Monday, according to local officials, in an attack Washington said was directed at “known terrorists.”It was the fourth U.S. strike in 14 months on Somalia, where Washington believes local Islamist insurgents are giving shelter to wanted al Qaeda figures.

“We launched a deliberate strike against a suspected bed-down of known terrorists,” a senior U.S. official, who declined to be named, told Reuters in Washington.

Residents of Dobley, a remote Somali town 220 km (140 miles) from the southern port city of Kismayu on the Kenyan border, said they believed the missiles were targeting senior Islamist leaders meeting nearby.

Dobley district commissioner Ali Hussein Nur said six people were killed. A local politician, who had visited the scene and who asked not to be named, said only three were wounded.

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