U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized the assassination of
Anwar Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who is currently the spiritual leader
of al-Qaeda and whose lectures on the Constants on the Path of Jihad
are widely cited as justification for terrorism.
Ta-Nehesi Coates blasts the Republicans as the party of intentionally
The Jerusalem Post has further clarification of Amnesty International's
apparent endorsement of "defensive jihad", specifically referring to
the Taliban's invasion of Afghanistan.
The Washington Independent has a short interview with Federal Reserve
Consumer Advisory Council member Diane Thompson who claims to have alerted
Alan Greenspan to the housing market bubble as early as 2003.
Muslim Aid, a charity endorsed by Prince Charles and Prime Minister
Gordon Brown, is accused of spending over half a million pounds to fund
terrorism. The suspect funding is one fiftieth of the organization's
Online retailer GameStation found that nearly 90% of their customers
do not read the terms of electronic contracts. The importance is that
people so easily agree to such contracts that have the same force of law as
a written and signed contract.
The Economist calls for copyright terms to be reduced.
- A plane crash killed a large fraction of the Polish leadership and dozens of dignitaries who were on a ceremonial mission to recognize the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940.
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the jailing of a judge for releasing a political opponent of his who had been jailed before trial for longer than Venezuelan law allows.
- The Service Employees International Union is forming a new party in North Carolina.
- The British Army placed replica mosques on a firing range. Strangely, the Daily Mail has the best coverage of this story that I've found, with fellow worthless tabloid the Mirror adding a picture of the range in use. The mainstream sources seem to consider this a non-story.
- Israel is pressing espionage charges against soldier Anat Kam who
sent Army documents to Ha'aretz journalist Uri Blau. Also:
- Blau has fled the country and Israel has imposed a gag order on the press.
- Lisa Goldman of the Forward reports on the state censorship order.
- Yossi Melman of Ha'aretz questions the severity of the charges.
- Dmitry Reider of Ha'aretz has translated the indictment against Kam.
- The Forward has a statement from Blau who says the case regards published reports of his that had been approved by military censors.