Confusion over Hosni Mubarak Death

Former Egyptian ruler, Hosni Mubarak, has been at the centre of confusion over his health condition. Many news outlets yesterday reported that Mubarak was ‘clinically dead’ but later reports stated that he was in a critical condition, unconscious and using ‘artificial respiration’ after suffering a suspected stroke.

Mubarak, aged 84, had ruled Egypt for over thirty years until he was overthrown last year when the country joined the Arab Spring.


crowds in tahrir square watch news of Hosni Mubarak's death

Crowds in Tahrir Square watch news of Hosni Mubarak's death.


According to official ruling military council in Egypt who are now in temporary control of the country, the ousted leader was still alive and according to General Said Abbas, “Any talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense.”

Perhaps he isn’t clinically dead but according to medical staff at the prison where Mubarak has been held since June 2nd, he is in a coma and on artificial respiration as they work to revive him. They are concerned about a blood clot on his brain which they are working to alleviate.


Hosni Mubarak and Barack Obama

Hosni Mubarak and Barack Obama


Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the deaths of protesters last year, even though he could have stopped the tragedy.

The uprising began last year and coincided with those in Yemen, Syria and Libya. The event was unprecedented; anti-Mubarak protesters took only 18 days to overthrow their corrupt leader who was encouraged to resign before the September elections by UN officials.


Protesters take to the streets in Egypt last year in a bid to oust Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters take to the streets in Egypt last year in a bid to oust Hosni Mubarak.


Over one million people marched the streets of Cairo and other cities and forced the President to resign after over 30 years of dictatorial leadership; a remarkable revolution that proves people still hold the power in the world and that our so-called leaders should fear the people, not the other way round.

As for Hosni Mubarak’s future, it looks likely to be short-lived as at 84-years-old, locked in prison with deteriorating health, there’s sure to be an official announcement of his death very soon.



Why obesity shouldn't figure in Chris Christie's presidential campaign

When it comes to big shoes you need big feet to fill them and Chris Christie is one of the biggest. While he decides whether to run for president or not, the media is making a mountain of the man’s weight and the blogosphere is adding its slice of cake to the party too.

The real debate of course is the kind of message having an overweight president sends out to the world. Well, that’s the debate raging in the media, not here at CWD.

Chris Christie has openly admitted to struggling with his weight as well as asthma but should that really be a barrier to him becoming the next American leader?

Chris Christie - yeah he's obese, so what?

Some are stating that having a ‘fat’ president (representing the 33% of US citizens who are clinically obese) would make a laughing stock of the country. Because successive, fruitless wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya haven’t done that at all.

Before Barack Obama there had never been a black president (not that he’s actually black) but there was no abuse hurled at him in the media because of his colour as there would have been such an almighty uproar that civil war would have broken out. The LA riots would seem like a sneeze in comparison.

America's first, almost black president - Barack Obama.

So what’s really happening with Chris Christie is a public mocking about his weight because that is still apparently acceptable. We’re witnessing a level of discrimination which would not be tolerated for a second if it was levelled at a disabled person, or one of the many ethnic minorities.

By the logic of those who claim an obese president sends the wrong message, a black president would do the same, as would a female president or a wheelchair bound president. Leadership is not about a person’s size, colour, gender or physical ability; it’s about leadership and affinity, sensitivity and strength. A president carries the weight of all its citizens expectations and hopes, non-physical things which don’t require a Brad Pitt or Angleina Jolie lookalike to fulfill them.

Would Sarah Palin make a better candidate? No, in my humble opinion, she would not.


Nothing to do with her gender, in fact women generally make better bosses than men because they are far less monomanic and far more aware of their surroundings. No, Sarah Palin would make a terrible president because she is vengeful, tactless and comes across as quite unintelligent. Add to that her daughter’s continuous blunders and the family’s general ‘do anything for publicity’ policy (a la reality TV) and you have a very ugly candidacy.

An image all too familiar with Sarah Palin. Foreign policy anyone?

Other speculation being fired at Christie relates to follow on conditions from obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lethargy and heart conditions, which, some are suggesting would lead him to be unable to complete his tenure as president.

What they don’t discuss is the fact that with the right help and direction, Christie could shed tens of pounds very quickly and reduce the risk of secondary illness, whereas Sarah Palin would need a personality makeover to correct discrepancies. The same goes for John McCain who suffered with melanoma; what’s to suggest a recurrence of that wouldn’t mean a premature end to his presidency?

Every candidate is a risk in some capacity or other so why pick on Chris Christie because of his size? Surely he should win or lose on his policies and ideas, nothing else.

Motor Neurone Disease didn't stop Stephen Hawking so why should weight be an issue for Chris Christie?

Maybe once installed as the new president Christie could pass some bills to end mass food production and usher in a new age of organic, localised farming which is better for our health, the environment around us and the animals involved. Regardless of their weight, that’s the kind of president I’d like to see.

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Read about the Tucson shootings which many blamed Sarah Palin for, Bristol Palin’s homophobic fiasco,  Barack Obama upsetting China and India, as well as a quick at obesity.


What do Ivanka Trump, the Dalai Lama, Calvin Klein, silver prices and diarrhoea have in common?

Trendy Trenders: Daily round up for Monday 18th July, 2011

Making the headlines today are a celebrity baby, stomach upsets in China, political upsets in China, expensive precious metals and underpants. Read on…

29 Year old Ivanka Trump and her well-to-do news mogul hubbie, Jared Kushner (owner of the New York Observer) are delighted to announce the arrival of their first child, Arabella Rose who was born on Sunday in NYC. Ivanka’s father and real-estate wizard Donald Trump broke the news of the baby’s name this morning while making an appearance on Fox & Friends. The pair married back in 2009.

Ivanka Trump pre-pregnancy.

Ivanka Trump had her first baby on Sunday.

And perhaps of interest to the Trump dynasty, silver prices have raced past the $40 per oz mark over the weekend giving investors a huge sense of relief as prices had taken a beating in the past few months. Many people took to investing in metals such as silver and gold (which soared to $1600 per oz today) which were touted as being a sound place to capitalise, with some countries considering returning to making their coinage from silver.

Silver bullion.

Silver prices soared to over $40 per ounce.

For those who panicked and sold up when prices were low their luck has much in common with around 100,000 Chinese people who have suffered with diarrhoea after a duck processing plant dumped tons of animal waste and innards into a water supply. Fish have also been killed as a result. The reservoirs feed 280,000 homes in Huangchuan County, in the Henan Province and an anonymous factory worker told the Shanghai Morning Post, “The release of pollutants into the river never stopped, resulting in widespread diarrhoea.”

A duck farm in China.

100,000 Chinese villagers have suffered with diarrhoea as a result of pollution from a local duck farm.

It seems China’s problems are not only internal as President Obama ignored the wishes of Beijing leaders by meeting the Dalai Lama over the weekend. Hong Lei made a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website which read, “We firmly oppose any foreign official to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form.”

Obama’s feather ruffling comes at a time when he could well come to depend on the Chinese for a loan when the Federal Reserve makes its decision on the debt ceiling in the next month, and while his meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader is seen as a positive thing, his actions may yet harm already difficult relations with China.

Barack Obama upsets China but satisfies Tibetan supporters by meeting the Dalai Lama.

While Obama may have made a political faux pas, Calvin Klein on the other hand is happy to announce the new face (and body) of its Naked Glamour campaign – Lara Stone. The Dutch blonde has been lauded by Tom Murry, the CEO of Calvin Klein who said, “Lara Stone is one of the world’s top models and her distinct look and sex appeal resonates with our consumers and has synergized our branded lifestyle advertising campaigns around the world.”

Lara Stone not modelling Calvin Klein.

Lara Stone is the new face of Calvin Klein. She's curvy apparently.

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Dalai Lama, Obama, Ding Dong

As the saying goes, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time” and Barack Obama is certainly finding that to be the case after his seemingly innocuous meeting with the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader. It seems that Obama’s rendezvous last Friday has upset the Chinese who made an 11th hour appeal to the U.S. leader requesting that he scrap plans to meet with the Dalai Lama, citing strong objections from within the houses of power in Beijing.

Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry left a statement on their website just hours before the Dalai Lama’s arrival at the White House, “We firmly oppose any foreign official to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form. We request the U.S. side to honor its serious commitment that recognizes Tibet as part of China and opposes Tibet independence.”

President Obama meets the Dalai Lamam in the White House map room

Obama's invitation to the Dalai Lama has upset China's leaders.

Obama has also been under pressure from pro-Tibetan activists who criticised him for delaying his invitation to the Dalai Lama during his stay in the capital city, but White House representatives claimed that the president had been extremely occupied with debt-negotiations.

Big Trouble in Big China

Tibet has been a region in exile from China since 1959 after a crackdown forced their spiritual leader to flee. The Chinese government have stressed that he and his followers are free to return to China provided he drops his separatist beliefs, chooses to recognise Taiwan and Tibet as part of China and conforms to Chinese ruling.

Tibet, a contested region of China

China would like to see Tibet back under their wing.

China’s tight grip on its power is escalating at the moment with anyone showing any sign of dissent being locked up and made an example of. Journalists, writers, artists and even school teachers have been the subject of police state behaviour as the country lives in fear of uprisings seen in countries like Egypt, Yemen and Libya recently.

Sources inside the country claim it is becoming more of a fascist state than a communist ruling.

Strained relations with China

The Dalai Lama has been on an 11 day visit to the United States as part of a Buddhist ritual. His arrival was celebrated by thousands of Tibetan expatriates who celebrated his 76th birthday with him last Wednesday.

His visit to the White House was kept very low-key and the media were not invited to attend. Obama held the meeting in the map room instead of the Oval Office which is normally reserved for exclusive visits by heads of states and it is thought that this was done so to quell any upset the meeting might cause relations with China.

Potasi Monastery in Tibet

Obama supports Tibetan culture and its human rights movement.

The session lasted for just 45 minutes and talks of resolution between Tibet and China were thought to be the main focus as well as Obama’s support for Tibetan culture and their human rights agenda.

This isn’t the first time Barack Obama has met the Dalai Lama, the pair first held counsel back in February of 2010, but this latest and more controversial meeting comes just a week ahead of Hilary Rodham Clinton’s scheduled visit to Shenzhen, a city situated in the south of China, while Vice President Joseph Biden is also attending meetings in China throughout the summer before the Chinese VP, Xi Jinping, flies to the U.S. in the autumn.

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Belgian Malinois is the secret hero of Bin Laden's fake death

The propaganda is still being spun after the much publicised and, as far as I’m concerned, fictional discovery and murder of Osama Bin Laden. The media treated us to a rare day of peace and quiet after his supposed death to allow a glorious victory for America and its premier, the do-nothing Barack Osama, er.. Obama to revel in the limelight and push desperately ailing popularity ratings right back up nearing a crucial election time.

With the backing of former president George W. Bush, or as I like to call him, “Fuckarse”, it seems the liberal minded, democratic republican is once again the golden boy.

Progress... Maybe, but not as expected Mr. President.

It now transpires that his credit stealing has been found out though as news today is claiming that the mastermind behind the operation wasn’t in fact Obama and top CIA bods but instead a Belgian Malinois whose identity must of course be kept secret to avoid violently deadly reprisals.

Having heard Obama speak without autocue I can safely say that a dog would indeed have more chance of pulling off this fictional coup than the not-black-not-white-but-still-America’s-first-black-president President.

Now before we get into a hot debate over the publishing of death pictures (or lack of) and Obama’s lame excuse about how they might be used as propaganda to incite violence against US citizens, or how all of a sudden all the talk is about revenge attacks by Al Qaeda operatives meaning that we can expect to see more terrorist activity which when explained will have so many holes in the story that people will be shouting “INSIDE JOB” for the next decade at least, let’s spare a thought for the poor dogs that are sent to war so that our leaders can sleep well at night with a clear consciense as they lie to us through their lying bastard teeth.

Belgian Malinois - he may be cute but he's a brute

A Belgian Malinois just like this one spearheaded the operation to capture Osama Bin Laden

Some of you may remember the dog who used to roam the American countryside making new friends everywhere he went. Well, seems that extremely popular character has inspired Navy Seals to employ a similar tactic.

For sake of argument let’s call it the ‘Hobo Effect’, whereby the US Navy has license to kill anyone they want, but because they use a fluffy dog with a nice face people say, “awwww” while contorting their faces into a sort of fawning-parent-cum-retard arrangement, instead of “awwwww my god they’re murdering people in cold blood.”

Yes these sniffer dogs are used in bomb disposal operations and the like, and they risk their lives every day in wars that aren’t even valid – especially Afghanistan.

Let’s put this into perspective.

A dog can be used to sniff people out if they’re holed up inside a building as has been confirmed by Major William Roberts, commander of the Defense Department’s Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas who made the most obvious statement of the day, nay, possibly ever when he said: “Dogs are very good at detecting people inside of a building.”

I suppose next you’ll be telling us that rain is very good at making us wet as well.

My initial problem with this theory of ‘warm-hearted, beast triumphs of evil terrorist with cuteness’, is that Bin Laden’s compound was supposedly sealed up tighter than a goldfish’s sphincter, so how did a dog get in there to sniff him out?

You’re right, I could be speaking with extreme naivety, so by all means please explain that to me.

The dog in question is an explosives sniffer. Now, I’m no expert on terrorists but I am fairly sensible when it comes to living with dynamite, Semtex or C4 or whatever. Again, naivety could playing its part, but would you seriously hide in a house full of explosives if you were trying to keep a low profile?

Bin laden does a few jobs around the house including a DIY security system

Lloyd Grossman wasn't keen on a 'Through The Keyhole' special at Osama Bin Laden's place

To me, and I’m going out on a limb here as usual, this smacks of vying for public favour by using a cute, fluffy animal to win over the hearts of the more cynical news followers while anchoring the converted firmly in place.

So to all you blind believers who think the media wouldn’t lie and that animals are cute and fluffy and win illegal wars for us by being lovely and playful while living happy lives, let’s spare a thought for Remco who was posthumously awarded a Silver Star after service in Afghanistan.

Poor Remco died so that Bush (Fuckarse) could increase his stake in the oil industry.

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Ding Dong the witch is dead: Osama Bin Laden killed again

Reports of Osama Bin Laden’s death are flooding the internet, radio, newspapers and television this morning after an American led operation supposedly tracked down the most notorious terrorist ever to live and asked him to surrender before shooting him in the head.

There have been street parties in New York since the news broke at around 2am US time and president Barack Obama, a man incapable of stringing a coherent answer together without auto-cue, claims the operation to bring Bin Laden to justice has taken eight months to co-ordinate; about the same time it takes him to form a lucid thought.

Obama said he ‘had enough intelligence’ to issue the order. I highly doubt that.

His statement this morning read: “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

No Americans were harmed. Phew, what a relief.

I believe the dialogue for the confrontation went as follows:

US Navy Seal #1: Give up
Osama Bin Laden: No way

George W Bush wanted Osama Bin Laden dead because he was killing his genocide ratings

One of the greatest terrorists ever to , George W. Bush speaks out on Osama Bin Laden's death

Former president and people’s favourite genocidalist, George W. Bush, said: “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

“The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

So even after his reign of terror ended, George W. Bush (you decide what the ‘W’ stands for) is still scare mongering and urging the public into believing that ‘The War Against Terror’ is an endless one.

Indeed several world leaders have made sure we remain fearful of attacks by a vengeful CIA, er, I mean Al Qaeda, such as British puppet David Cameron who has put London (and not Wigan or Tamworth) on terror alert.

Cameron said the American operation would ‘bring great relief to people across the world’, and that ‘it is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror’.

What campaign is that then? He was made the scapegoat for the horrific 9/11 terror attacks (which are still up for debate as an inside job) and since then has done what exactly? Featured in some episodes of South Park and become the new face of ‘Whack-a-Mole’? Scary stuff.

Bin Laden in Whack-A-Mole game - terrifying

Osama Bin Laden joins the list of whackees in the UN game of Whack-A-Mole

Even the Vatican is throwing its tuppence worth in, saying that it hopes Bin Laden will face the wrath of God for the deaths he has caused, just as prominent Vatican priests and cardinals will have to for all the children they’ve violated.

Alain Juppe, French Foreign Minister told Europe 1 Radio: “Al Qaeda’s structure remains in place, there is a number two and a number three. We have seen this when in Afghanistan a network has been dismantled and right away a replacement appears.”

There certainly is a number two Mr. Juppe and it’s a big, fat juicy steamer as it happens.

And nothing is steaming more so than the back story for this supposed coup. A grey haired old man with a liver complaint hiding out in a Pakistani ranch is confronted by American troops, refuses to surrender and is shot in the head. His body is then taken by said US Navy Seals and is buried at sea “in accordance with Islamic law and traditions”.

Isn’t that convenient. The guy is supposedly responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians (unlike the tens of thousands of uninnocent civilians who died at the hands of UN troops in their search for Bin Laden) and is the leader of the most fearsome terrorist cell ever, and his Islamic laws and traditions are honoured?

Wouldn’t it be prudent of our leaders to provide proof of his death so that we truly can relax about evil doers in the world? Apparently not.

US Navy Seals cast Bin Laden to the fishes

Despite being the most wanted man on the planet, Osama Bin Laden's Islamic laws are honoured. How convenient.

All in all the ‘primary’ UN leaders seem to be building a case for future terror attacks which keeps us subservient peons in check and allows them to carry out heightened security measures in what appears to be a pincer movement against our civil liberties. Rather than alleviating our fears which the death of a supposed tyrant would do, America, Britain and France are instead ramping up the fear mongering with no apparent justification.

You can be sure we’ll be seeing bills pushed through insisting on the need for ID cards and more CCTV, and undoubetedly many a paranoid finger will point towards FEMA camps and martial law. As drastic as the latter two sound, they are sadly becoming a faint reality further down the social train line if things continue as they are.

America’s spiralling debts and crop failures (proving that GMO crops do not yield better harvests than organic crops) mean that civil unrest is just around the corner; panic buying of food and fuel could lead to riots and protests again as prices continue to escalate.
Wait, what am I talking about? Silly me, we just killed the evilest, horibblest, killeriest, terroriestic man alive (dead) – OSAMA BIN LADEN. And here’s the photo to prove it.

Despite being shot in the head Osama Bin Laden managed to keep his trademark smile

Osama Bin Laden is turned into an ash tray by US Navy Seals in Pakistan

And here’s Barack Obama telling us that he ordered it to happen, and that it did happen making him a doer, meaning we can all sleep peacefully at night safe in the knowledge that Super Barack Obama Bin Laden is here to protect us.
Good night World, go back to sleep.


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Read about Bohemian Grove where the president goes to relax with other men; George W’s condoning of torture; the rise of FEMA camps; the JFK assassination and Ron Paul’s exploratory committee.


Space shuttle launch hoping to outdo Royal Wedding

In true American style, the launch of NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour is set to rival the Royal Wedding of Prince William (not William Prince who’s acting career flourished in the 1940‘s and 50‘s) and Kate Middleton (I couldn’t find anyone called Middleton Kate with which to make a clever pun) in the ratings wars.

According to America that is.

There are certain draws for both, after all how often do we get to witness a marital coming together of such high class proportions? And how often do we get to see a group of adrenaline junkies strap themselves to a filthy great booster engine and hurtle into space in a matter of seconds?

Space Shuttle Endeavour set to launch tomorrow

NASA hope that space shuttle Endeavour's last voyage will be as historic an event as the royal wedding.

Not often on both counts, that’s for sure.

There is a certain appeal where the space shuttle is concerned, Endeavour’s launch being the penultimate journey of a 30 year old program which has captivated the imaginations of millions and millions of ordinary people since space shuttle Columbia made its maiden flight on April 12th, 1981.

The draw of this event is so great that several high profile guests are attending including Republican President Barack Obama and his family, and the miraculous Gabrielle Giffords (wife of shuttle pilot Mark Kelly) who is making great strides towards recovery after the tragic shootings in Tucson which almost claimed her life.

Gabrielle Giffords will be attending the space shuttle launch

The brave Gabrielle Giffords is set to see space shuttle Endeavour's launch tomorrow

Close to a million people are expected to make the journey to Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre hoping to capture a moment in history that will soon be nothing more than a story.

The shuttle launch is scheduled for 3:47 pm EST (that’s 19:47 GMT) and Endeavour, on its last ever adventure, will blast off from Launch Pad #39A.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement,” said a clearly stoked Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director. “We’re really pleased with the attention. It’s a historic launch.”

The space shuttle launch is hto on the heels of the royal wedding

Maybe Prince William and Kate Middleton will make it in time to see the space shuttle launch

Luckily those clever NASA people have managed to schedule this latest space shuttle launch for several hours after the Royal Wedding ceremony will be finished meaning that if spectators can tear themselves away the continually repeated wedding replays that will undoubtedly run for the next 10 years, they will indeed get a great crowd, both in person and viewing through media.

Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts on the space shuttle Endeavour mission.

Read about the space shuttle Challenger’s 25th anniversary; Gabrielle Giffords recovery; the Royal Wedding shocker; media hype surrounding the wedding and  how the wedding broadcast is going all ‘X Factor‘.


Ron Paul to explore presidential bid on Republican ticket

Popular representative Ron Paul, who is currently being championed and backed by many Tea Partiers is to form an exploratory committee as he evaluates whether to run for president or not.

Many had hoped Paul would run on an independent ticket and conspiracy theorist, former actor, WWF wrestler, state governor and author Jesse Ventura spoke publicly about becoming vice president should that scenario arise.

It's all peace and love with Ron Paul - unless you're black. Allegedly.

It seems, however, that Ron Paul will now run for office on the Republican ticket and while that may enhance his chances of staking a stronger claim for the role of premier, it will undoubtedly upset many of his supporters who are disillusioned by the current two party system.

The Texan congressman, whose run for president back in 2008 saw him come 5th in the popularity stakes, suggested on Monday (25th April) he would form the committee in order to weigh up another bid for for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and that a formal announcement would be made by Tuesday (according to Fox News).

“We’re going to announce that I’m going to start an exploratory committee … I’ll stop by in Iowa on my way home, and that might lead to the next decision,” said Ron Paul at the end of his recent book tour.

[adsense]Paul joins a list of Republican candidates including Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, who want to pit themselves against current Democratic President, Barack Obama, whose popularity has declined heavily since the announcement of ‘Obamacare’ and his recent decision to illegally overrule congress and allow the US to back United Nations efforts in Libya.

In the 2008 election campaign, Paul positioned himself as an anti-war libertarian and his latest round of speeches includes de-classifying cannabis amongst other people pleasing ideals. Due to the current economic and social climate, Ron Paul could well be the man America needs, but with no mention of running as an independent alarm bells may be ringing in some quarters amid fears that he could turn out to be just another puppet put in place by the banking elite. Add to that his suspected anti-black stance and the picture looks a whole lot less rosy for the Texas man.

Please share your thoughts on Ron Paul’s bid for president, or the current state of political affairs in the US by leaving a comment.

Read about Jesse Ventura’s VP offer; one of his conspiracies;  Ronald Reagan’s FEMA legacy; Obama’s green side and the big party down at Bohemian Grove.


Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot and “gravely wounded” in Arizona gun rampage

US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is amongst the victims of an attack during a campaigning event in Tucson, Arizona which has left six dead and 12 wounded.

Giffords, who was first elected to house in 2006 and represents the eighth district of Arizona in the US house of representatives, was shot in the head at close range and she is now fighting for her life.

In a statement issued by the White House, President Barack Obama said: “This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

“And while we continue to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.

“I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”

The gunman, who carried out the attack with an automatic weapon and is now in custody, has been identified as Jared Laughner.

When Gifford’s office was vandalised in 2009 during the health care debate,  John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, told Fox News: “Violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way. We need to take that anger
and channel it into positive change.”

Speaking about the incident today, he expressed the same sentiment: “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. ”

“Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society.”

Read here about the mysterious death of John P. Wheeler.

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Barack Obama plays it soft in India

President Obama landed in India amidst controversy surrounding relationships with neighbouring Pakistan.  The weight of the diplomatic task facing Obama is daunting, trying to convince India and other Asian countries to halt their unilateral devaluation of currencies whilst keeping Islamabad on side against the threat of faltering ties with Pakistan.

Obama’s trip is designed to strengthen ties and secure big business deals which will create jobs and increase exports, this coming just a few days after voters damaged Obama and his Democrats in the mid-term elections.  While his speech on Saturday talked of developing relationships between the US and Asia, the omission of any reference to Pakistan has surprised Indian people and media.

After the conference TV and radio stations were frothing, and the majority of Indian commentators spoke of their disappointment and commented on the softness of his speech..

Strategic analyst Mahroof Raza told the Times Now channel “This was a guarded statement.  No mention of Pakistan conveys that Pakistan is key to their (United States) Afghan policy … and, therefore, Pakistan will not be brought to book.”

Indians want Pakistan to be held accountable for the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 where Pakistan based militants rampaged for sixty hours killing 166 people in India’s financial hub, slaughtering victims at luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish center.

India says that certain elements in the Pakistan state were responsible for the attacks.

Obama’s ten day tour will take him to Indonesia, South korea and Japan where, on Washington’s behalf, he will push for currency inflation in order to equalise world markets and improve import / export options for the US (and Europe by association).  It is believed that this is a priority issue for the Group of 20 heads of state meet, taking place  in Seoul next week.

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