August 21, 2008

World News Updates

From Sonoma News Today

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Elderly Chinese women sent to labor camp for applying to protest in Olympic free-speech cages
A Chinese policeman stops journalists from taking pictures as they cordon off a park where they kept detained pro-Tibet demonstrators near the the main Olympic stadium in Beijing. Chinese police roughed up a British TV crew and stopped them covering a pro-Tibet protest, witnesses said, in the latest case of interference with media freedom at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Senators: FBI rules could target innocent people
Proposed rules to help the FBI catch terrorists could lead to innocent Americans being spied upon by government agents or informants "all without any basis for suspicion," a group of Democratic senators said Wednesday.

Willem Dafoe starring in Lars von Trier's Antichrist
Danish provocateur Lars von Trier has been surprisingly quiet since releasing The Boss of it All in 2006. Reports of his depression slowing down production seem to have some truth to them. Luckily, it looks like he's gotten back to work and, from the look of things, back to riling up audiences with his next project, Antichrist.

Oregon citizens denied vote on marriage issue
The Oregon Constitution says voters have the final say over any laws passed by the state legislature. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, says they don't.

An Enormous Crime:
The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia
An Enormous Crime is nothing less than shocking. Based on thousands of pages of public and previously classified documents, it makes an utterly convincing case that when the American government withdrew its forces from Vietnam, it knowingly abandoned hundreds of POWs to their fate. The product of twenty-five years of research by former Congressman Bill Hendon and attorney Elizabeth A. Stewart, An Enormous Crime brilliantly exposes the reasons why these American soldiers and airmen were held back by the North Vietnamese at Operation Homecoming in 1973 and what these men have endured since.

Barack Obama's 'lost' brother found in Kenya
The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Fresh Fire Ministries
"...the Fresh Fire Board of Directors, we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life."

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