Archive for February 9th, 2011


Brazilian Incest Rapist Decapitated

Ed. Note: Hard to imagine anyone more deserving of this end.

A Brazilian man convicted of imprisoning his daughter and fathering seven children with her is one of six inmates decapitated in a prison riot in Brazil, authorities said today.


Big Bucks Leaving Arab Bank

Daily News Egypt

A senior official at the Arab International Bank, which operates outside the jurisdiction of the Central Bank of Egypt, said Tuesday that the bank saw large amounts of money transferred out of the country before January 25.

This was before the CBE closed banks nationwide for a week as a result of the ongoing mass protests. The unnamed official however denied that significant transfers had taken place during the current week starting Sunday, when bank reopened.


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Tunisia: Another Black Eye For France

As the crisis unfolded in its former colony, Paris was caught entirely off guard, recalling recent stumbles in Haiti and Ivory Coast.

Whither now French diplomacy? A week after Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali fled into exile, France has acknowledged being caught off guard by the protest movement that led to the ouster of an autocratic ruler it had supported for 23 years.


HuffPo’s Achilles’ Heel


Search engine optimization won’t work forever.

Are you wondering, “will AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post be successful?” I bet you are, as that’s been a common search engine query since the announcement earlier this week that AOL will buy the Huffington Post. Other ways you might phrase the question include, “AOL Huffington Post will work?” or “AOL and Arianna good idea?” But some people can’t spell, so it’s likely that a few are searching for things like, “AOL do I need dial-up to read HyffPo now?” or “Ariana Hiffington evil genius or just evil?” Well, any way you search for it, you’re in luck, because you’ve arrived at the best page on the Web to tell you all you need to know about AOL acquiring the Huffington Post—or should I say, AOL acquiring HuffPo. Or, that is to say, AOL buying HuffPo. (HuffPo being the short name for Arianna Huffington’s site, the Huffington Post, which has just been bought by AOL.)


Pirates’ Biggest Heist Yet: $200M


Somali pirates captured a U.S.-bound tanker carrying around $200 million worth of crude oil in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday in one of the biggest hijackings in the area so far.

Joe Angelo, managing director of INTERTANKO, said the hijacking of the Irene SL marked “a significant shift in the impact of the piracy crisis in the Indian Ocean.”


Inside White House Egypt Meeting


Among those who attended were the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s Jon Alterman, Dan Brumberg of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University and the Wall Street Journal, former George W. Bush White House Middle East and democracy advisor Elliott Abrams, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Michele Dunne, and Scott Carpenter, a former State Department Middle East democracy official now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The one and a half hour meeting, with the National Security Council’s Dan Shapiro, Samantha Power, and Ben Rhodes, was off the record.


Polite Robber: Called Victim “Sir”

Seattle Times

A man accused of robbing a Seattle convenience store at gunpoint last weekend might have earned points with its owner by being polite.

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But saying “sir” probably won’t impress prosecutors or federal authorities who say they have supervised him since he wrapped up a prison term for an earlier string of hold-ups.


Government Digs In, Issues Warnings As Protests Grow And Tensions Rise

Anti-government protests in the Egyptian capital Cairo have spread to the country’s parliament, with access blocked by demonstrators.

Soldiers are guarding the People’s Assembly building after a 16th consecutive day of protests.

They took place despite a warning by Vice-President Omar Suleiman that demonstrations must end.

There are reports of widespread industrial action, and of protests outside Cairo turning violent.


Taiwan General Held As Chinese Spy

New York Times

The government of Taiwan has arrested a general on accusations of spying for China in what could be the most prominent espionage case in Taiwan in decades.

The Ministry of National Defense discovered suspicious activity last year and arrested Maj. Gen. Lo Hsieh-che on Jan. 25, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site late Tuesday. The statement did not give any details on what espionage activities the general might have been engaged in. He was recruited to spy for China sometime during a posting overseas between 2002 and 2005, the statement said.


US Prisoners Await Verizon iPhone

In California, prison guards are the main source of the smuggled cell phones that allow inmates to run crime rings from behind bars.

The phones fetch about $1,000 a piece and rumors of prison guards taking in $150,000 on the side.


Syria Lifts FaceBook, YouTube Ban

Syria is lifting its ban on FaceBook and other social networking websites.

The announcement came following a “Day of Anger” protest in Damascus failed to attract protesters, and is seen as a concession by authorities to avoid the unrest now gripping Egypt and Tunisia.

While officially banned, FaceBook, YouTube and other social networking sites are accessed by Syrians using international proxy servers to bypass firewalls.

“We are all using it anyway – so I don’t see what difference it makes,” said one Syrian Facebook user.


Prosecutors: Berlusconi Sex Trial Now

New York Times

A defiant Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday that he would continue to govern Italy even as Milan prosecutors filed a request to try him on criminal charges related to prostitution and abuse of office.

Prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati announced on Wednesday that his office had enough evidence to ask a judge to waive preliminary hearings and call for an immediate trial of Mr. Berlusconi on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old and abused his office by calling the police to intervene on her behalf after she was detained for petty theft in May.


How Many Spaces After a Period?

As a long-time double-spacer, I found this argument so compelling that I have resolved to reform.

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste…

Complete article via Slate

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