Monthly Archives: September 2005

The Arctic ice shelf has melted for the fourth straight year to its smallest area in a century, driven by rising temperatures that appear to be linked to a build-up of greenhouse gases, US scientists have claimed. Scientists at NASA … Continue reading

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An Australian mining company provided pay, food, and vehicles to transport corpses after a bloody crackdown on rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a United Nations report. The report outlines the final conclusions of a UN special … Continue reading

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Religious belief is associated with high murder rates, sexually transmitted diseases and suicide, according to a new study. The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, compares various social factors in relatively secular countries … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I feel terrific! I look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside.” An unnamed woman quoted in a British newspaper, talking about the results of her cosmetic surgery. She had been blind … Continue reading

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A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in the First World. When formally approached by the Guardian newspaper, an agent for the company denied it was using … Continue reading

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British troops used tanks last night to break down the walls of a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and free two undercover British soldiers who were seized earlier in the day by local police. An official from … Continue reading

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878 asylum seekers have tried to deliberately harm themselves while in Australian immigration detention centres over the past three years according to government figures, with refugee advocates saying the real figures are probably even higher. About one in 20 detainees … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I couldn’t help feeling TB [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] was rather relishing his first blooding as PM, sending the boys into action…despite all the necessary stuff about taking action ‘with a heavy heart’ I think … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.” Texas Guinan.

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The scale of the disaster in New Orleans is at least partly due to the ‘free market’ policies of the American government, according to some American commentators. When an especially powerful hurricane hit the Third World nation of Cuba last … Continue reading

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