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Wired 11.04: The Bacteria Whisperer
Bonnie Bassler discovered a secret about microbes that the science world has missed for centuries. The bugs are talking to each other. And plotting against us.

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BBC NEWS | World | Europe  US chides Belgium over rights law
Washington has berated Brussels after several Iraqi families announced they were suing former US President George Bush and other US politicians for human rights violations in a Belgian court.

This is a nice little turnaround. America, with impunity, insists that anyone they wish to arrest, they can and will arrest (for example this man), yet when another country, in this case Belgium, decided that the US has broken their laws…

Colin Powell’s rambling aside, the fact that Belgian law allows this kind of case to be tried makes me think about the current situation in the UK. It seems that Tony Blair is demanding we go to war without even the support of his own government let alone the people he’s meant to be representing, so what recourse do we have to this seeming undemocracy?
What is the process for arranging a nationwide vote of no confidence? Is there any way of suing the prime minister for unlawful warmongery, flagrant misuse of power or failure to comply with public wishes?

BBC NEWS | World | Europe  US chides Belgium over rights law

Washington has berated Brussels after several Iraqi families announced they were suing former US President George Bush and other US politicians for human rights violations in a Belgian court.



This is a nice little turnaround. America, with impunity, insists that anyone they wish to arrest, they can and will arrest (for example this man), yet when another country, in this case Belgium, decided that the US has broken their laws…

Colin Powell’s rambling aside, the fact that Belgian law allows this kind of case to be tried makes me think about the current situation in the UK. It seems that Tony Blair is demanding we go to war without even the support of his own government let alone the people he’s meant to be representing, so what recourse do we have to this seeming undemocracy?

What is the process for arranging a nationwide vote of no confidence? Is there any way of suing the prime minister for unlawful warmongery, flagrant misuse of power or failure to comply with public wishes?

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BBC NEWS | World | Americas  Guantanamo appeal denied

“A US appeals court has ruled that prisoners held at a US military base in Cuba do not have the right to hearings in American courts.”

America detains 600 people then refuses to accept responsibility for them. Yes they have human rights but no we they can’t have access to any court to defend those rights.
And apparently this is a “victory in the war on terrorism”.

What next?

BBC NEWS | World | Americas  Guantanamo appeal denied

“A US appeals court has ruled that prisoners held at a US military base in Cuba do not have the right to hearings in American courts.”

America detains 600 people then refuses to accept responsibility for them. Yes they have human rights but no we they can’t have access to any court to defend those rights.

And apparently this is a “victory in the war on terrorism”.

What next?

Vatican petitioned over rape girl

Vatican petitioned over rape girl
From BBC World NEWS

 

More than 25,000 people in Spain have asked the Roman Catholic Church to excommunicate them.
Their move is in support of a Nicaraguan couple who were thrown out of the Church for allowing their young daughter to have an abortion after she was raped.

 

I’ve been following this case since it was in the originally news through disbelief that the state were going to force a nine year old rape victim to keep the baby to resigned head-shaking that the same state only backed down when she was four months pregnant and both she and the unborn child were in danger of painful death.
I was dully unsurprised when the Vatican excommunicated the girl, her family and the doctors. In a part of the world where excommunication still has some meaning, you can rely on it being used as a weapon of revenge at every opportunity.

 

The headline above is incredible: 25,000 saying a big fuck you to the Holy Roman Empire. It’s like voting with your feet.