Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who is wanted by Interpol, has confirmed he is back onboard a vessel and ready to confront Japanese whalers. The Canadian conservationist’s whereabouts have been a mystery since July when he jumped bail in Germany, where he was arrested on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002 :: Read the full article »»»»
The Islamic state of Iran has inflicted new rules upon it’s already rule laden female population, the latest round of can’t-do’s includes the banning of female university students from studying 77 subjects in Iran have come into effect as the nation’s academic year kicked off on Saturday. The Iranian Government has not given any official reason for the restrictions that apply to more than 30 universities.
Banned courses include Nuclear Physics, Computer Science and English Literature.
US based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the restrictions extended a creeping “Islamicisation” of Iran’s universities that have been imposed under president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
A much smaller number of courses were also barred to men on some campuses, including studies in history, linguistics, literature, sociology and philosophy. Iran’s President dismissed Western criticism, saying: “The angrier Western media gets, the more we realise we are moving in the right direction.” :: Read the full article »»»»
The eleventh wonder of the world, Yoko Ono has awarded a peace prize to Russian band Pussy Riot at a ceremony attended by the husband and daughter of one of the jailed punk rockers :: Read the full article »»»»
Our favourite loud-mouth, Julian Assange, has set his lawyers a mammoth task, again. The WikiLeaks founder has asked the British Supreme Court to reopen the appeal against his extradition to Sweden.
Last month, the court rejected Mr Assange’s last-ditch appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations.
The court, which is Britain’s highest, handed down its decision in the 18-month legal marathon after rejecting Mr Assange’s argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant for him was not entitled to do so.
But in a surprise move, Mr Assange’s lawyers have challenged the validity of the decision and, in an unusual move, have asked the top court to reopen the case.
Lawyer Dinah Rose asked for 14 days to consider whether to apply to reopen the case, on the grounds that the judgment referred to material not mentioned during the appeal hearing in February :: Read the full article »»»»
WikiLeaks has announced its founder and leader Julian Assange is planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate. Julian Assange is in England awaiting possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010. He is currently on bail waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition.
But WikiLeaks says despite his legal predicament, Assange is eligible to run for the Upper House. “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained,” WikiLeaks said via Twitter. “Julian has decided to run.”
WikiLeaks said it would also be running a candidate against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her seat of Lalor. “The name of the Lalor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time,” it said. Read the full article »»»»
Kony 2012, a documentary film about the little-known conflict that continues to devistate Uganda- since the early 1980s – has become a surprise viral hit, being shared on Facebook over 4 million times in less than 2 weeks.
First up, I have to admit that my knowledge of Kony 2012 comes from a child, a 15 year old girl. This daughter of a buddy pulled oblog faces, spouted strange sounds, berated me in bafflement that I’d never heard of Kony 2012. Her advice, go to your computer, watch Kony 2012 on YouTube. Ok young lady, I now get why Kony 2012 has gone viral! Read the full article »»»»