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Truck drivers join French pension protests

BBC
October 18, 2010

French truck drivers are the latest group of workers to join the strike movement against government plans to reform the state pension system.

They have staged several overnight protests, including a go-slow on motorways near Lille and Paris.
The government wants to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the full state pension age from 65 to 67.

A further day of strikes is scheduled for Tuesday. The Senate is due to vote on the pensions bill on Wednesday.

More go-slow protests by truck drivers are planned during the rest of the day.

Workers at France’s 12 oil refineries remain on strike for the seventh day on Monday, unions officials have said.

“As long as the government won’t budge, we won’t budge either,” one CGT official told Reuters news agency.

There have been further blockades of fuel depots in western France.

The government remains firm in face of the protests.

“I won’t let the French economy suffer from a supply blockage,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Sunday.

“The right to strike isn’t the right to stop access to a fuel depot. That’s an illegal action,” the prime minister said on French television.

Several government ministers have said the country was not at risk of fuel shortages.

France has a strategic fuel reserve which holds up to three months of supplies.

But according to the latest opinion polls, more than 70% of French people continue to support strike action.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11563423?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

CIA paid Liverpool buyout tycoon millions…to use his jet for ‘torture’ flights

Daily Mail

October 18, 2010
A jet owned by a senior executive in the US firm which has bought Liverpool Football Club was chartered by the CIA and used in flights allegedly linked to the rendition of terror suspects.

The plane is owned by Phillip Morse, 69, the vice-chairman of New England Sports Ventures, which bought the club on Friday for £300million.

An investigation has established that between 2002 and 2005 the CIA chartered the plane from Mr Morse for millions of pounds and made extensive use of it.

Inquiries by the European Parliament and human rights groups have linked the plane to alleged extraordinary rendition operations which took place during the same period.
A European Parliament report linked the jet directly to the abduction of Abu Omar, an Islamic preacher, who was snatched from a Milan street by the CIA in 2003 before being taken to Cairo.

Extraordinary rendition entails the abduction and transfer of a terrorist suspect from one country to another. People have been taken to states such as Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Uzbekistan which are suspected of practising torture in violation of a United Nations Convention.
The disclosure that such a senior figure in New England Sports Ventures (NESV) has been paid millions by the CIA is likely to alarm football fans already concerned that one of the country’s most prestigious clubs is still in American hands.

Facebook in Privacy Breach

Wall Street Journal
October 17, 2010
By EMILY STEEL And GEOFFREY A. FOWLER

Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.

The problem has ties to the growing field of companies that build detailed databases on people in order to track them online—a practice the Journal has been examining in its What They Know series. It’s unclear how long the breach was in place. On Sunday, a Facebook spokesman said it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information.
“A Facebook user ID may be inadvertently shared by a user’s Internet browser or by an application,” the spokesman said. Knowledge of an ID “does not permit access to anyone’s private information on Facebook,” he said, adding that the company would introduce new technology to contain the problem identified by the Journal.

Our technical systems have always been complemented by strong policy enforcement, and we will continue to rely on both to keep people in control of their information,” the Facebook official said.
“Apps” are pieces of software that let Facebook’s 500 million users play games or share common interests with one another. The Journal found that all of the 10 most popular apps on Facebook were transmitting users’ IDs to outside companies.

The apps, ranked by research company Inside Network Inc. (based on monthly users), include Zynga Game Network Inc.’s FarmVille, with 59 million users, and Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Three of the top 10 apps, including FarmVille, also have been transmitting personal information about a user’s friends to outside companies.

Most apps aren’t made by Facebook, but by independent software developers. Several apps became unavailable to Facebook users after the Journal informed Facebook that the apps were transmitting personal information; the specific reason for their unavailability remains unclear.

Full Article Here – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304772804575558484075236968.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEADNewsCollection

Bulldozer driver and ground commander to testify in Corrie trial

IMEMC
October 18, 2010
By Rachel Corrie Foundation For Peace And Justice

The driver of the bulldozer that crushed to death Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza, in March 2003, and the military commander in charge of the unit on the ground that day, are scheduled to testify on Thursday, October 21 in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel’s family against the state of Israel for her unlawful killing.

Earlier this month, the court granted the State of Israel’s request that soldiers involved in the incident be permitted to testify behind a screen to protect their identity. Lawyers for the Corrie family appealed the decision to the Israeli Supreme Court, requesting that at a minimum the family be allowed to view the soldiers, but the court refused to hear the challenge.

Consequently, the bulldozer driver will testify behind a screen. However, because the unit commander on the ground that day, Captain R.S., gave an interview that was broadcast on Israeli television in 2003, and was thus already known to the public, the presiding judge ruled that he will testify in plain view. Although disclosed during the TV broadcast, his name still remains redacted in official court records.

A third witness scheduled, known only as S.L., was driving the second bulldozer in the unit near Palestinian homes in Rafah. He will also testify from behind a screen.

The court was to hold hearings in the case on October 17-18, but postponed due to a death in Judge Gershon’s family. Therefore, additional court dates are anticipated to be added to the court calendar.

The October 21 hearing will take place between the hours of 9:00-16:00 before Judge Oded Gershon at the Haifa, District Court, 12 Palyam St., Haifa, Israel.

Please visit rachelcorriefoundation.org/trial for trial updates, changes to the court schedule and related information.

For press related inquiries and further information, please contact:
Stacy Sullivan
stacy[at]rachelcorriefoundation.org

Full Article Here – http://www.imemc.org/article/59655