Monthly Archives: June 2010

The renamed Blackwater military contracting company has been given US government contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, despite accusations of murder and corruption. Xe Services, formerly Blackwater, was awarded US$220m worth of contracts to provide security in Afghanistan. Blackwater … Continue reading

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The world’s richest people got richer during 2009, despite the worst recession in decades. The Merrill Lynch-Capgemini world wealth report found that the number of millionaires increased 17%, while their total wealth increased 19 percent to US$39 trillion. (Source: Reuters)

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British police classified a 50 year old woman and her 85 year old father as “domestic extremists”, keeping detailed files on their activities despite their not having any criminal records or intention to commit crimes. The National Public Order Intelligence … Continue reading

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The Family Law Act is failing to protect children from ongoing trauma at the hands of abusive and violent fathers, according to a new study. The study found that the Act’s aims of protecting children from violence and giving them … Continue reading

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The Brumby government breached its own policies by failing to disclose details of private sector contracts worth about $3 billion. An investigation by the Auditor-General found 43 contracts, with a value of from $10 million to $500 million each, whose … Continue reading

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The American judge who allowed BP to resume oil extraction in the Gulf of Mexico owned thousands of dollars worth of shares in the oil industry, including in the owners of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which exploded in April. … Continue reading

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US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies after a night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, according to investigators. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police … Continue reading

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Three Australians and one American have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said that two other Australians who were on board the helicopter were seriously wounded, with … Continue reading

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An investigation into an alleged rape by two St Kilda footballers collapsed after a campaign of intimidation from within Victoria Police, according to the former investigating detective. Former Senior-Detective Scott Gladman claims that a 2004 rape charge against Saints star … Continue reading

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An American politician has apologised to BP, because the company had to set aside money for compensation for their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At the start of a congressional hearing featuring testimony from BP CEO Tony Hayward, … Continue reading

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