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BBC 3 - It Could Happen Here!

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Stacey Dooley has been examining Europe's hardest hit countries in her new series .  This very caring an understanding journalist has produced a thought-provoking documentary series and it was so painful tonight to see the young people in Japan suffering from our worldwide recession.

Personally my belief is that the If the world economy's decline has been the product of the banking industries non-regulation and over-specularising on assets - toxic sub-prime mortgages and investments that completely crippled the US financial market and loans and investment on future returns that never were - in short a complete future investment catastrophe - banks were proving loans for the future based on a boom that was short-lived. The collapse of Lehman brothers was just the start of a horrible web of greed to show a 'Alice in wonderland' boost in banking profits.

Investment banks and hedge fund managers were delighting themselves in complete illusion while no regulation existed. The…

Angola 3 Documentary

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Amnesty International UK will host a free screening of the acclaimed documentary about the notorious case of the “Angola 3” on Tuesday 10 July.

The 2010 film - In the Land of the Free, with narration by Samuel L Jackson - tells the story of how three men - Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King - were placed in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary (known as Angola prison) in the USA in 1972.

Wallace and Woodfox - who were convicted of the murder of prison guard Brent Miller, a crime they have vigorously denied - have now spent the last 40 years in solitary. King, who was convicted of a different crime, spent 29 years in solitary confinement at Angola until his release in 2001. He will appear on a panel with the film’s director to discuss the case after the film screening.

Amnesty is currently calling on the Louisiana authorities to remove Wallace and Woodfox from solitary confinement, and is challenging the authorities’ contention that the pair remain a threat to …

Hawking placed $100 dollar bet

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Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said Wednesday the Nobel Prize should be given to Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle. Former Cambridge University professor Hawking also joked that the discovery had actually cost him $100 in a bet.

In an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, said: "This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize. "But it is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that gave results we didn't expect.

"For this reason I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn't be found. It seems I have just lost $100." After half a century of research, physicists announced at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Wednesday they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass.

Hawking said the discovery was…

ORG : Current Report on Mali

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ORG's April and May Global Monthly Security Briefings covered the current status of the al-Qaeda movement, and a loosely related development, the growth of the radical Boko HaramIslamist group in northern Nigeria. Since those briefings, there have been further developments. One issue of current concern relates to recent events in the West African state of Mali. Paul Rogers discusses the current security situation in Mali its context and assesses the implications of a possible foreign military intervention.

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Source : Oxford Research Group
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UN Concerned About Rising Terror Threat in Mali (blogs.voanews.com)
Mali Focus of West African Leaders' Meeting (blogs.voanews.com)
Mali militants 'recruit children' (bbc.co.uk)
U.N. defers decision on military intervention in Mali (edition.cnn.com)