British troops killed a prisoner and mutilated the bodies of 20 Iraqi insurgents, it was claimed in court yesterday.
Other captives are also said to have been abused or tortured in the aftermath of a gun battle in southern Iraq in May 2004.
Details can be disclosed after the High Court lifted an order preventing reporting of the case yesterday.
On patrol: A British soldier in Iraq
The allegations are among the most serious against British soldiers who served in Iraq. Relatives of those killed and survivors are fighting for compensation.
The abuses are said to have taken place following a three-hour gun battle when soldiers of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were ambushed by militiamen on the road from the hotspot town of Al Amara to Basra in May 2004.
The scene was close to Majar al-Kabir, where a year earlier an Iraqi mob overwhelmed and killed six British military policemen.
It is alleged that corpses were removed from the battlefield and showed signs of mutilation when they were left at a local hospital. It is also claimed that a prisoner died in custody and others were abused.
Lawyers say testimonies of five witnesses "combine to give a harrowing account of what took place".
The Military Police – the Redcaps – investigated the allegations in 2004, but found no evidence to support charges against UK soldiers.
The Defence Ministry has categorically denied that there was evidenceof wrongdoing and a Home Office pathologist who saw pictures of the bodies supported this.
Families of those who were killed or detained are fighting for a High Court judicial review into the way that inquiry was carried out.
They also lodged a fresh allegation before Christmas that one detainee was murdered. This prompted the Redcaps to reopen the case.
Allegations of mutilations – said to have taken place at the British base at Abu Naji – are contained in death certificates written by Dr Adel Salid Majid, the director of the hospital where the corpses were delivered.
He said that one 37-year-old man, Ali al Jemindari, had his right arm severed and an eye gouged out.
However, another doctor at the hospital said the injuries were consistent with a fierce gun battle.
Until it was lifted, the gagging order on the case prevented the Press from reporting any of the allegations made by the Iraqi familiesand those who say they were survivors of the abuse.
It was imposed last December by Lord Justice Thomas, who said "adverse publicity" arising from the civil High Court case would be "highly undesirable".
But another senior judge, Lord Justice Moses ruled there was "ample material" to support the proposition that the proceedings to be brought in the High Court should be in the public domain.
Via Diggers Realm on the lying POS Mexican Reconquista Juan Hernandez:
Juan Hernandez, the former Mexican Secretary For Immigration Affairs under the Vicente Fox administration in Mexico, has been discovered to be working for the John McCain campaign as their Hispanic Outreach Director. For those who don’t know Juan Hernandez is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Having worked in Mexico’s government and now apparently in ours, I consider him a double agent and obviously not working in just the best interests of the United States, but in the best interests of Mexico as well. These best interests include allowing millions of illegal aliens in the United States to remain here and in the future for millions more to come.
Hernandez has been quoted, and as you’ll see in the video in his own words, as saying that the Mexicans who do remain here in the United States are hoped to remain loyal to Mexico. Is this the kind of immigrants we want in this country? Do we really want people with loyalties to other countries remaining legally here and obtaining citizenship?
Not only is that a firm no. It is a …
People like Juan Hernandez could care less about Americans already here and obviously not give two hoots for the low wage workers in this country that the influx of millions of more unskilled laborers will devastate. This man is the purest form of racist you can find. He cares only for people of his race. While he decries anyone in the United states of showing patriotism or nationalism, he takes nationalism to the extreme, by openly calling for us to give up our sovereignty all for the benefits of Mexico and people of his race.
We should not allow people in this country to have dual citizenship. All it produces is foreign infiltrators like Juan Hernandez into our government and to be embedded within society and to manipulate policy that affects their true country of loyalty for the better.
Now for anyone who had any doubts about where John McCain truly stands regarding illegal immigration – and particularly border security and the sovereignty of our county – you have to look no further than him appointing this slimy man as his Hispanic Outreach Director.
Denver: US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a French magazine in an interview that if he wins office, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries to improve the United States image in the world.
"Once I’m elected, I want to organise a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows every day between Muslims and the West," Thursday’s edition of Paris Match quoted Obama as saying.
"I want to ask them to join our fight against terrorism. We must also listen to their concerns," Obama said in the French-language transcript.
Surveys around the world show high levels of anti-Americanism in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Negative opinions are strongest in the Muslim world, according to the Pew Research Centre.
The Illinois senator is running neck-and-neck against senator Hillary Clinton from New York to lead the Democratic ticket in November’s presidential election.
After chasing all their rivals from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton and Obama now face off over who is more capable of beating Republican front-runner John McCain to win the White House.
The departure of John Edwards left Obama and Clinton alone for their first one-on-one debate, which could sharply impact how Democrats cast their votes in the potentially decisive multi-state primaries of "Super Tuesday" on February 5.
Son of a Whore Abu Laith al-Libi in April 2007 during a videotaped interview by al Qaeda’s media wing.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A senior al Qaeda terrorist who allegedly plotted and carried out attacks against U.S. and coalition forces was killed in Pakistan, a knowledgeable Western official and a military source told CNN Thursday.
He was identified as Abu Laith al-Libi, 41, who was on the military’s most wanted list.
Al-Libi was thought to have been involved in the February 2007 bombing at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan while Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting.
The knowledgeable Western official said al-Libi was "not far below the importance of the top two al Qaeda leaders" — Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
CNN Middle East analyst Octavia Nasr called al-Libi the third-ranking terrorist in al Qaeda and fourth in the world.
Terrorist Islamist Web sites acknowledged al-Libi’s death.
"May God have mercy on Sheikh Abu Laith al-Libi and accept him with his brothers, with the martyrs," said a eulogy posted on a main Islamist site, Al-Ekhlaas.
Al-Libi was of Libyan descent and was believed to have been in the Afghan-Pakistani border region, according to the U.S. military.
"May God have mercy on Sheikh Abu Laith al-Libi and accept him with his brothers, with the martyrs," said a eulogy posted on a main Islamist site, Al-Ekhlaas.
Al-Libi was of Libyan descent and was believed to have been in the Afghan-Pakistani border region, according to the U.S. military.
He was a significant, senior al Qaeda figure who had taken on a more prominent role in the organization in recent years, and was responsible for plotting attacks, some of which targeted U.S. and coalition forces as well as Afghan officials, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN.
In an earlier role, he was a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which eventually merged with al Qaeda and was responsible for planning attacks throughout North Africa and the Middle East, the counterterrorism official said.
The official described al-Libi as part of al Qaeda’s inner circle, who helped fill the void created by the capture or death of other senior people in the organization.
A U.S. military official with Combined Joint Task Force-82 — the anti-terror unit responsible for searching for al-Libi in Afghanistan — said the unit had no information on al-Libi’s death.
But he added that the task force does not collect information from outside of Afghanistan and would be informed of targeted operations only "if the Pakistani military share(s) that with us."
The Pakistani military said an explosion occurred in North Waziristan on Tuesday, and 12 people were killed.
However, it was unclear whether this was the incident in which al-Libi was killed.
Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN that it was not clear who attacked whom and that he could not comment on the identities of the dead since local al Qaeda and Taliban associates removed the bodies and buried them.
Al-Libi could have been killed by a missile fired from a drone operated by the CIA and other U.S. government agencies, Starr said. It’s not an operation the U.S. or Pakistan would publicly acknowledge, she added.
The U.S. military placed al-Libi on its most wanted list in 2006, behind bin Laden, al-Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar. In October, the U.S. announced rewards ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 for al-Libi and 11 other mid-level Taliban and al Qaeda leaders.
At that time, the military distributed posters and billboards with pictures and names of the insurgents around eastern Afghanistan.
The terrorist appeared in a 2002 audio recording posted on an Islamist Web site, saying al Qaeda had regrouped and intended to expand its war to include assassinations and attacks against infrastructure.
He also appeared in a 2004 video that showed him participating in an attack on an Afghan army base.
(CNN) –Until this week, it looked like Republicans might have a lock on the famous tough guy demographic this year: Mike Huckabee has hit the campaign trail with martial arts star Chuck Norris and WWE star Ric Flair, and John McCain got the nod of approval from Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone.
But on Tuesday, as his home state headed to the polls, Florida resident Terry Bollea Â– Â‘Hulk HoganÂ’ to millions of wrestling fans Â– announced his own presidential pick: Democrat Barack Obama.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bollea was asked who he would like to see in the Oval Office. "If I had to step out, and say who I really believe in — that catches my ear, that makes sense, that really can make a change — I would say Obama," he replied.
"Everybody plays this card — the bad guy card, you know the dirty politics thing, talk about the way people dress, act and look — and, he’s the choice. He seems like the real deal, you know."
Florida’s Democratic vote, which awarded no delegates, went to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.
Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.
Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.
Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.
Deal stunned the mining industry The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.
Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges.
Mr. Giustra was invited to accompany the former president to Almaty just as the financier was trying to seal a deal he had been negotiating for months.
In separate written responses, both men said Mr. Giustra traveled with Mr. Clinton to Kazakhstan, India and China to see first-hand the philanthropic work done by his foundation.
A spokesman for Mr. Clinton said the former president knew that Mr. Giustra had mining interests in Kazakhstan but was unaware of “any particular efforts” and did nothing to help. Mr. Giustra said he was there as an “observer only” and there was “no discussion” of the deal with Mr. Nazarbayev or Mr. Clinton.
But Moukhtar Dzhakishev, president of Kazatomprom, said in an interview that Mr. Giustra did discuss it, directly with the Kazakh president, and that his friendship with Mr. Clinton “of course made an impression.” Mr. Dzhakishev added that Kazatomprom chose to form a partnership with Mr. Giustra’s company based solely on the merits of its offer.
After The Times told Mr. Giustra that others said he had discussed the deal with Mr. Nazarbayev, Mr. Giustra responded that he “may well have mentioned my general interest in the Kazakhstan mining business to him, but I did not discuss the ongoing” efforts.
As Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign has intensified, Mr. Clinton has begun severing financial ties with Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, and Vinod Gupta, the chairman of InfoUSA, to avoid any conflicts of interest. Those two men have harnessed the former president’s clout to expand their businesses while making the Clintons rich through partnership and consulting arrangements.
Mr. Clinton has vowed to continue raising money for his foundation if Mrs. Clinton is elected president, maintaining his connections with a wide network of philanthropic partners.
Mr. Giustra said that while his friendship with the former president “may have elevated my profile in the news media, it has not directly affected any of my business transactions.”
Mining colleagues and analysts agree it has not hurt. Neil MacDonald, the chief executive of a Canadian merchant bank that specializes in mining deals, said Mr. Giustra’s financial success was partly due to a “fantastic network” crowned by Mr. Clinton. “That’s a very solid relationship for him,” Mr. MacDonald said. “I’m sure it’s very much a two-way relationship because that’s the way Frank operates.”
Foreseeing opportunities Mr. Giustra made his fortune in mining ventures as a broker on the Vancouver Stock Exchange, raising billions of dollars and developing a loyal following of investors. Just as the mining sector collapsed, Mr. Giustra, a lifelong film buff, founded the Lion’s Gate Entertainment Corporation in 1997. But he sold the studio in 2003 and returned to mining.
Mr. Giustra foresaw a bull market in gold and began investing in mines in Argentina, Australia and Mexico. He turned a $20 million shell company into a powerhouse that, after a $2.4 billion merger with Goldcorp Inc., became Canada’s second-largest gold company.
With a net worth estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Mr. Giustra began looking for ways to put his wealth to good use. Meeting Mr. Clinton, and learning about the work his foundation was doing on issues like AIDS treatment in poor countries, “changed my life,” Mr. Giustra told The Vancouver Sun.
The two men were introduced in June 2005 at a fund-raiser for tsunami victims at Mr. Giustra’s Vancouver home and hit it off right away. They share a love of history, geopolitics and music — Mr. Giustra plays the trumpet to Mr. Clinton’s saxophone. Soon the dapper Canadian was a regular at Mr. Clinton’s side, as they flew around the world aboard Mr. Giustra’s plane.
Philanthropy may have become his passion, but Mr. Giustra, now 50, was still hunting for ways to make money.
Exploding demand for energy had helped revitalize the nuclear power industry, and uranium, the raw material for reactor fuel, was about to become a hot commodity. In late 2004, Mr. Giustra began talking to investors, and put together a company that would eventually be called UrAsia Energy Ltd.
About a fifth of world uranium reserves Kazakhstan, which has about one-fifth of the world’s uranium reserves, was the place to be. But with plenty of suitors, Kazatomprom could be picky about its partners.
“Everyone was asking Kazatomprom to the dance,” said Fadi Shadid, a senior stock analyst covering the uranium industry for Friedman Billings Ramsey, an investment bank. “A second-tier junior player like UrAsia — you’d need all the help you could get.”
The Cameco Corporation, the world’s largest uranium producer, was already a partner of Kazatomprom. But when Cameco expressed interest in the properties Mr. Giustra was already eyeing, the government’s response was lukewarm. “The signals we were getting was, you’ve got your hands full,” said Gerald W. Grandey, Cameco president.
For Cameco, it took five years to “build the right connections” in Kazakhstan, Mr. Grandey said. UrAsia did not have that luxury. Profitability depended on striking before the price of uranium soared.
“Timing was everything,” said Sergey Kurzin, a Russian-born businessman whose London-based company was brought into the deal by UrAsia because of his connections in Kazakhstan. Even with those connections, Mr. Kurzin said, it took four months to arrange a meeting with Kazatomprom.
In August 2005, records show, the company sent an engineering consultant to Kazakhstan to assess the uranium properties. Less than four weeks later, Mr. Giustra arrived with Mr. Clinton.
Reportedly discussed deal with president Mr. Dzhakishev, the Kazatomprom chief, said an aide to Mr. Nazarbayev informed him that Mr. Giustra talked with Mr. Nazarbayev about the deal during the visit. “And when our president asked Giustra, ‘What do you do?’ he said, ‘I’m trying to do business with Kazatomprom,’ ” Mr. Dzhakishev said. He added that Mr. Nazarbayev replied, “Very good, go to it.”
Mr. Clinton’s Kazakhstan visit, the only one of his post-presidency, appears to have been arranged hastily. The United States Embassy got last-minute notice that the president would be making “a private visit,” said a State Department official, who said he was not authorized to speak on the record.
The publicly stated reason for the visit was to announce a Clinton Foundation agreement that enabled the government to buy discounted AIDS drugs. But during a news conference, Mr. Clinton wandered into delicate territory by commending Mr. Nazarbayev for “opening up the social and political life of your country.”
In a statement Kazakhstan would highlight in news releases, Mr. Clinton declared that he hoped it would achieve a top objective: leading the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which would confer legitimacy on Mr. Nazarbayev’s government.
“I think it’s time for that to happen, it’s an important step, and I’m glad you’re willing to undertake it,” Mr. Clinton said.
A speedy process Mr. Clinton’s praise was odd, given that the United States did not support Mr. Nazarbayev’s bid. (Late last year, Kazakhstan finally won the chance to lead the security organization for one year, despite concerns raised by the Bush administration.) Moreover, Mr. Clinton’s wife, who sits on a Congressional commission with oversight of such matters, had also voiced skepticism.
Eleven months before Mr. Clinton’s statement, Mrs. Clinton co-signed a commission letter to the State Department that sounded “alarm bells” about the prospect that Kazakhstan might head the group. The letter stated that Kazakhstan’s bid “would not be acceptable,” citing “serious corruption,” canceled elections and government control of the news media.
In a written statement to The Times, Mr. Clinton’s spokesman said the former president saw “no contradiction” between his statements in Kazakhstan and the position of Mrs. Clinton, who said through a spokeswoman, “Senator Clinton’s position on Kazakhstan remains unchanged.”
Noting that the former president also met with opposition leaders in Almaty, Mr. Clinton’s spokesman said he was only “seeking to suggest that a commitment to political openness and to fair elections would reflect well on Kazakhstan’s efforts to chair the O.S.C.E.”
But Robert Herman, who worked for the State Department in the Clinton administration and is now at Freedom House, a human rights group, said the former president’s statement amounted to an endorsement of Kazakhstan’s readiness to lead the group, a position he called “patently absurd.”
“He was either going off his brief or he was sadly mistaken,” Mr. Herman said. “There was nothing in the record to suggest that they really wanted to move forward on democratic reform.”
Indeed, in December 2005, Mr. Nazarbayev won another election, which the security organization itself said was marred by an “atmosphere of intimidation” and “ballot-box stuffing.”
Congratulations from Clinton After Mr. Nazarbayev won with 91 percent of the vote, Mr. Clinton sent his congratulations. “Recognizing that your work has received an excellent grade is one of the most important rewards in life,” Mr. Clinton wrote in a letter released by the Kazakh embassy. Last September, just weeks after Kazakhstan held an election that once again failed to meet international standards, Mr. Clinton honored Mr. Nazarbayev by inviting him to his annual philanthropic conference.
Within 48 hours of Mr. Clinton’s departure from Almaty on Sept. 7, Mr. Giustra got his deal. UrAsia signed two memorandums of understanding that paved the way for the company to become partners with Kazatomprom in three mines.
The cost to UrAsia was more than $450 million, money the company did not have in hand and had only weeks to come up with. The transaction was finalized in November, after UrAsia raised the money through the largest initial public offering in the history of Canada’s Venture Exchange.
Mr. Giustra challenged the notion that UrAsia needed to court Kazatomprom’s favor to seal the deal, contending that the government agency’s approval was not required.
But Mr. Dzhakishev, analysts and Mr. Kurzin, one of Mr. Giustra’s own investors, said that approval was necessary. Mr. Dzhakishev, who said that the deal was almost done when Mr. Clinton arrived, said that Kazatomprom was impressed with the sum Mr. Giustra was willing to pay and his record of attracting investors. He said Mr. Nazarbayev himself ultimately signed off on the transaction.
Longtime market watchers were confounded. Kazatomprom’s choice of UrAsia was a “mystery,” said Gene Clark, the chief executive of Trade Tech, a uranium industry newsletter.
“UrAsia was able to jump-start the whole process somehow,” Mr. Clark said. The company became a “major uranium producer when it didn’t even exist before.”
A profitable sale Records show that Mr. Giustra donated the $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation in the months that followed in 2006, but neither he nor a spokesman for Mr. Clinton would say exactly when.
In September 2006, Mr. Giustra co-produced a gala 60th birthday for Mr. Clinton that featured stars like Jon Bon Jovi and raised about $21 million for the Clinton Foundation.
In February 2007, a company called Uranium One agreed to pay $3.1 billion to acquire UrAsia. Mr. Giustra, a director and major shareholder in UrAsia, would be paid $7.05 per share for a company that just two years earlier was trading at 10 cents per share.
That same month, Mr. Dzhakishev, the Kazatomprom chief, said he traveled to Chappaqua, N.Y., to meet with Mr. Clinton at his home. Mr. Dzhakishev said Mr. Giustra arranged the three-hour meeting. Mr. Dzhakishev said he wanted to discuss Kazakhstan’s intention — not publicly known at the time — to buy a 10 percent stake in Westinghouse, a United States supplier of nuclear technology.
Nearly a year earlier, Mr. Clinton had advised Dubai on how to handle the political furor after one of that nation’s companies attempted to take over several American ports. Mrs. Clinton was among those on Capitol Hill who raised the national security concerns that helped kill the deal.
Mr. Dzhakishev said he was worried the proposed Westinghouse investment could face similar objections. Mr. Clinton told him that he would not lobby for him, but Mr. Dzhakishev came away pleased by the chance to promote his nation’s proposal to a former president.
Mr. Clinton “said this was very important for America,” said Mr. Dzhakishev, who added that Mr. Giustra was present at Mr. Clinton’s home.
Denials, then acknowledgment Both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Giustra at first denied that any such meeting occurred. Mr. Giustra also denied ever arranging for Kazakh officials to meet with Mr. Clinton. Wednesday, after The Times told them that others said a meeting, in Mr. Clinton’s home, had in fact taken place, both men acknowledged it.
“You are correct that I asked the president to meet with the head of Kazatomprom,” Mr. Giustra said. “Mr. Dzhakishev asked me in February 2007 to set up a meeting with former President Clinton to discuss the future of the nuclear energy industry.” Mr. Giustra said the meeting “escaped my memory until you raised it.”
Wednesday, Mr. Clinton’s spokesman, Ben Yarrow, issued what he called a “correction,” saying: “Today, Mr. Giustra told our office that in February 2007, he brought Mr. Dzhakishev from Kazatomprom to meet with President Clinton to discuss the future of nuclear energy.”
Mr. Yarrow said his earlier denial was based on the former president’s records, which he said “show a Feb. 27 meeting with Mr. Giustra; no other attendees are listed.”
Mr. Dzhakishev said he had a vivid memory of his Chappaqua visit, and a souvenir to prove it: a photograph of himself with the former president.
“I hung up the photograph of us and people ask me if I met with Clinton and I say, Yes, I met with Clinton,” he said, smiling proudly.
Mexican Nationalist Arturo Vargas, left, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, informed John Sheppard, a US citizen and resident of Arizona, of the new requirements to re-enter the country Wednesday at the Paso del Norte port of entry.
Via the Mexican Times:
Today is the first day of new, stricter requirements for U.S. citizens at the land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. U.S. citizens need to show a passport to Customs and Border Protection officers, it won’t be enough to declare "U.S. citizen.". If they don’t have a passport, they need to show a birth certificate or a certificate of naturalization, together with a picture ID, such as a driver’s license. Original documents are preferred, but CBP officers will accept copies, agency officials said.
Officers at El Paso’s international bridges have been passing out fliers to educate border crossers about the change, but many still don’t know about the new rules.
Jayson Ahern, deputy commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Tuesday that border crossers who are unprepared would still be let into the country.
In the mean time…
These non existent new stricter rules have no effect on Mexican nationals entering the US.
Thousands of Mexican children (most without adult supervision) will cross the border daily unimpeded to illegally attend US schools at US tax payer expense. Around 8 thousand Mexicans will daily illegally enter unimpeded Ft. Bliss military installation to work, shop, and generally do whatever the hell they please. And of course, the thousands of Mexicans who cross the border daily unchecked to go on their merry way to the interior of the US.
In other words; same old shit—different day.
CNN and FOX news are reporting on the new non existent stricter rules but only concerning the Canadian border. They’ve both conveniently managed to ignore the ever contentious Mexican border. Don’t want to loose those potential Mexican illegal alien fraudulent votes for their presidential candidates.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A significant drop in the number of hunters in West Virginia has left a hole in the state’s budget, and one lawmaker thinks he has a solution: allow children to receive hunter training in school.
Seventh- through ninth-graders could opt for instruction in topics ranging from survival skills to gun safety, but the weapons would have dummy ammunition or be disabled. Sen. Billy Wayne Bailey, who introduced the bill this month, doesn’t envision students firing real guns during class time.
"It’s a way to take this kind of education in the classroom and make it more convenient for young people," said Bailey, a Wyoming County Democrat.
West Virginia, where roughly 320,000 people participated in the recent two-week gun season for bucks, may be the only state contemplating such a bill, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Although it still ranks in the top six nationally for sales of hunting permits to nonresidents, West Virginia sold 154,763 permits to residents in 2006, a 17 percent decrease from 1997, according to the state Division of Natural Resources.
The decline is being felt at the state Capitol. This month, Gov. Joe Manchin proposed spending $1.8 million on DNR’s law enforcement efforts to make up for revenue lost because of the decline of hunting and fishing permits.
"West Virginia is probably in better shape than other states, but this is really rather disconcerting from our perspective," said Paul Johansen, DNR assistant chief of wildlife management.
Nationally, the number of hunters 16 and older was about 12.5 million in 1996, a 10 percent decline from 2006, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Part of West Virginia’s problem is it doesn’t require senior citizens to buy a hunting license. The state has one of the oldest populations per capita in the nation, and the ranks of hunters aren’t being replenished by young people.
To secure a license, residents have to complete at least 10 hours of training and be at least 10 years old when they take the test, which includes demonstrating proper gun safety. Would-be hunters have to show they can load and unload a gun, carry it across obstacles, and keep the muzzle pointed in the right direction.
Seoul: South Korea’s next president proposed yesterday of hiring thousands of new teachers to strengthen English education and improve national competitiveness.
President-elect Lee Myung-bak’s team envisions that most English classes will be taught totally in English beginning in 2010, a dramatic overhaul of the country’s educational establishment.
Lee, set to take office on February 25, plans to hire 23,000 new English teachers by 2013 and inject some 4 trillion won (Dh15.4 billion) into English education over the next five years.
For decades, almost all South Korean students have been taught English in Korean, with an emphasis on reading comprehension and grammar – a practice that produces few fluent English speakers even among college graduates.
The policy resulted in a huge demand for private English education among high school and college students and beyond since fluency in English can guarantee a job in South Korea.
The English craze has also caused what critics call an "English divide" in the education-obsessed country. The rich who can provide their children with a good English education help them land high-paying jobs, while the poor who are deprived of an English education fall further down the social ladder.
Lee, a pragmatic former CEO of Hyundai Group’s construction arm, has pledged to make sure all high school graduates can conduct everyday conversations in English.
"Like it or not, English is one of the common languages in the world," Lee Kyung-sook, head of Lee’s transition team, said in a televised public hearing on English education.
"National competitiveness is directly related to English education."
The plan opens the way for English-speaking professionals – such as former diplomats and businessmen stationed abroad – to become teachers.
It also calls for exchange programmes for teachers from English-speaking countries and the hiring of college students, housewives and overseas Koreans who can speak fluent English as assistant teachers.
Lee Dong-kwan, a transition team spokesman, said officials will survey public opinion before finalising the plan, according to his office.
The plan is drawing mixed reactions from teachers.
Hwang In-sung, a supervisor at Daejeon Metropolitan Education Office, said most instructors are in favour of the proposal, but older ones "are concerned they might not be capable of teaching English in English". Lee Seung-ok, a high school English teacher in Seoul, said only a few students could follow lessons in English.