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Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Heads for Heated Ballot Review: he Wisconsin Supreme Court election was always set to be under review. However, the election may become the biggest political lightning rod in Wisconsin yet, if that’s even possible. The Supreme Court results between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg seemed destined to go to a normal recount, with Kloppenburg as the stunning leader. But as per usual in this state, nothing is going to be normal in the next several weeks. After Prosser gained a 6,700-plus vote lead, when 14,000-plus ballots were discovered from Waukesha County on Thursday, the floodgates reopened. These freshly discovered ballots are set to be reviewed by the Government Accountability Board, although individual ballots won’t be examined yet. [10 apr 2011]

Budget Battle: Women Under a Bus?: The Tea Party members, Harry Reid said, “are willing to throw women under the bus.” [8 apr 2011]

Wisco county clerk whose homemade voting software found 14K votes for Tea Party judge is an old hand at illegal campaigning: The plot thickens for Kathy Nickolaus, the Waukesha, Wisconsin county clerk who used her own home-brewed voting software to miraculously discover 14,000 votes for her former boss, Tea Party-favored Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. Yes, former boss — Nickolaus worked under Prosser at the disgraced Assembly Republican Caucus, who were exposed while illegally conducting secret campaigns for Republican legislative candidates. What’s more, Nickolaus is something of an old hand when it comes to voting irregularities [10 apr 2011]

The war on Planned Parenthood is a war on poor women: The Planned Parenthood organization is under attack from the right. With ACORN out of the way, I guess they needed to invent a new bogeyman to distract us from their failure to create all those new jobs they promised us during the 2010 campaign season. But their war on Planned Parenthood is a threat to the health and wellbeing of low-income women everywhere. And, sadly, I don’t think the GOP gives a damn about that. [11 apr 2011]

Letting a Cuban Terrorist Go Free: The acquittal of right-wing Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles on charges of lying to immigration officials underscores the U.S. double standard on terrorists, applying delicate legal rules to “ours” and a rough-and-tumble approach to “theirs.”[11 apr 2011]


Another rebel setback as Gadhafi troops besiege Ajdabiya: The front line for control of Libya moved to its easternmost point in three weeks on Saturday as forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi stormed this rebel-held town in a fleet of Toyota pickup trucks. Rebels who swept in to defend Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the opposition capital of Benghazi, were hit by fire from pro-Gadhafi snipers and a rain of artillery shells. Street battles raged for hours inside the town, which was largely empty of unarmed civilians. [9 apr 2011]

NATO says Libya airstrikes to continue despite peace plan: NATO will continue to target Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces as long as they continue to threaten civilians, a NATO official said on Monday. South African President Jacob Zuma has urged NATO to stop air strikes on government targets to give a ceasefire “a chance,” after Gadhafi accepted an African Union roadmap for ending the conflict in Libya including an immediate ceasefire. [11 mar 2011]

Ivory Coast

French forces detain Ivorian leader: French special forces have detained Cote d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo, the French ambassador in Abidjan and a Gbagbo adviser in France have said. “Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel leaders,” Toussaint Alain told Reuters. [11 apr 2011]


Japan set to extend nuclear evacuation zone –Local media reports: Zone could be extended to 30km; authorities will stop anyone trying to return to their homes: The Japanese government is considering extending the evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant because of high radiation levels. A 20-kilometre exclusion zone has been in place around the plant since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan one month ago today. But Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, says changes are being considered.[11 Apr 2011]

Japan earthquake: Fukushima nuclear plant evacuated following aftershock: A magnitude 7.1 aftershock has rattled Japan on the one-month anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami. Authorities issued a warning for a three feet high tsunami after today’s earthquake. The quake’s epicentre was in Fukushima prefecture. Workers battling to contain a crisis at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant were ordered to evacuate after the powerful aftershock, operator TEPCO said.[11 Apr 2011]


Leftist ex-soldier leads Peru poll Ollanta Humala will face pro-business rivals in a June 5 runoff with the promise to redistribute country’s wealth: Ollanta Humala, a leftist former soldier, has taken the lead in the first round of Peru’s presidential elections, with two pro-business rivals battling for second place and the chance to challenge him in a June 5 run-off, according to official results. The latest results from Sunday’s vote, with 64.3 percent of ballots tallied, showed Humala with 28.06 percent of the votes, Keiko Fujimori, a 35-year-old daughter of the imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori with 22.49 percent and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a 72-year-old former World Bank economist and investment banker, with 22.29 percent. That would mean a June 5 run-off between Humala and Fujimori, who unofficial quick counts have suggested will advance. [11 apr 2011]


French face veil ban comes into force Veiled protesters arrested as controversial law banning women from wearing niqab or burqa in public is implemented: A controversial ban on face veils has come into force in France, meaning anyone wearing the Muslim niqab or burqa in public will face a fine of up to $216 and a citizenship course. Two protesters wearing niqab veils were arrested by police on Monday, after they took part in a demonstration outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, the capital. However police said the pair were arrested for taking part in an unauthorised demonstration, not for wearing the veil. Rachid Nekkaz, a property dealer who is offering to sell a building worth millions to fund a campaign against the ban, had urged people to go to Notre Dame cathedral for a silent prayer. “I am calling on all free women who so wish, to wear the veil in the street and engage in civil disobedience,” he said earlier. [11 apr 2011]


Russia Rejects Proposal To Ban Skype, Gmail: A Kremlin official has rejected a proposal from within Russia’s main domestic security agency to ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as a major threat to national security. A senior FSB official made the proposal Friday, according to Russian news agencies. It came after cyber attacks on Russia’s most popular blogging site and the website of a popular independent newspaper this week. While a Kremlin official condemned the cyber attacks on condition of anonymity Saturday and dismissed the proposal to ban foreign Internet services, commentators saw them as an attempt by authorities to tighten controls on communications before parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next March. [9 apr 2011]


Israel urges Europe to stop ‘Freedom Flotilla 2′ from sailing to Gaza: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Europe on Monday to do what it can to prevent its nationals from taking part in a flotilla scheduled to depart for Gaza in late May. “This flotilla must be stopped,” Netanyahu told European ambassadors in Jerusalem [11 apr 2011]

Military Industrial Complex

Obama Appoints War Criminal McChrystal to Support Military Families, Sell Iraq War Extension: Late last month, I jokingly suggested that Barack Obama could emulate his “hero” Ronald Reagan by doing a progressive version of Reagan’s signature move of making appointments that are the exact opposite of the goals of the position by nominating Dennis Kucinich as Secretary of Defense and Donald Daniel Ellsberg to head the CIA.  Sadly, Obama seems to have taken a garbled version of this suggestion, as word came Sunday that Obama is creating “a high-profile initiative in support of military families” and has put war criminal and Pat Tillman cover-up leader Stanley McChrystal in charge of this operation. This is a truly Reaganesque appointment, as it is hard to imagine a military figure who has done more to harm families around the world, and now he is leading the charge to put a happy face on the devastation ten years of war has wreaked on the very small number of US families who have borne the brunt of the death and other sacrifices by our all-volunteer force. [11 apr 2011]

Prison Industrial Complex

Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at ‘torture’: More than 250 of America’s most eminent legal scholars have signed a letter protesting against the treatment in military prison of the alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, contesting that his “degrading and inhumane conditions” are illegal, unconstitutional and could even amount to torture. [10 apr 2011]

CIA backs off detention, interrogation: The CIA has all-but ended its interrogation role abroad, except for those caught in Iraq and Afghanistan, causing concern among some U.S. congressional members. [11 apr 2011] [Makes me wonder what news is coming out that the CIA is trying to get out ahead of?]


FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO: “An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as circular in shape with raised centers approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape, but only 3 feet tall dressed in metallic clothing of very fine texture.” [10 apr 2011]

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