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Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

Egypt: Anti-military chants at protesters’ funeral

Associated Press
Oct. 11, 2011

CAIRO (AP) – Tens of thousands of Egyptians chanted overnight and early Tuesday against the ruling military council during a massive funeral procession for 17 Christian protesters killed in a Cairo protest.

Mourners packed the Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo since late Monday, filling hallways and corridors as funeral prayers were led by top assistants to Pope Shenouda III.
Slogans of “down with military rule” interrupted the prayers, as many accuse the military of bearing primary responsibility for the violence which led to the deaths of 26 people and the injury of more than 500 others on Sunday.

“The people want to topple the Marshal”, the mourners chanted in reference to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council, which took over power on Feb. 11 after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in a mass uprising.
The slain protesters were marching toward Cairo’s television headquarters when they came under attack. Forensic reports said many deaths were caused by armored vehicles that ran down protesters, or by gunshots.
The military, on the other hand, issued a stern warning that it intended to crack down hard on future protests.
In a statement, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it would take the “necessary precautions to stabilize security” and use the full weight of the law to prosecute individuals involved in violence, whether by participation or incitement.
After the cathedral service, a small protest marched to central Cairo’s Tahrir Square accompanying the body of Mena Danial, one of the activists killed on Sunday. Danial’s friends said that he had wanted to have his funeral in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the Jan. 25 uprising that toppled Mubarak.

Protesters swarm Senate office building

Los Angeles Times
Oct. 11, 2011
By Lisa Mascaro

In advance of tonight’s vote on President Obama’s jobs package, unemployed Americans are gathering outside the Capitol to press for passage, reflecting Occupy Wall Street protests in major cities across the country.

Jobless workers and their supporters are planning a candlelight vigil and prayer at 3 p.m. ET, several hours before the vote in the Senate.

Nearly 100 protesters converged this morning on the Hart Senate office building, chanting in the atrium. (Watch video below.)

U.S. Capitol Police said six protesters were arrested and charged with demonstrating in a Capitol building. They are currently being processed at police headquarters, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a police spokesperson.

Full Article Here – http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-protesters-swarm-senate-20111011,0,3086097.story 

Wall Street protests to target NYC millionaires

Associated Press
Oct. 11, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — The national Occupy Wall Street movement has been heating up again — resulting in about 50 arrests in Boston early Tuesday and plans for a Manhattan “Millionaires March” to the homes of some of New York City‘s wealthiest residents.
The protesters from the Occupy Boston movement were arrested after they ignored warnings to move from a downtown greenway near where they have been camped out for more than a week, police said.
Police spokesman Jamie Kenneally said the arrests began about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and were mostly for trespassing. A conservancy group recently planted $150,000 worth of shrubs along the greenway and officials said they were concerned about damage.

Hundreds of college students marched through downtown Boston on Monday and gathered on Boston Common, holding signs that read “Fund education, not corporations.” The protesters are angry with an education system they say mimics “irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices” of Wall Street.
During the York City march on Tuesday afternoon, protesters will bear oversize checks, intended to symbolize how much less the wealthy will pay when New York’s 2 percent “millionaires’ tax” expires in December.
The marchers plan to visit the homes of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and oil tycoon David Koch, among others. They don’t have a permit, but will walk in a narrow column so they don’t block sidewalks, according to Doug Forand, a protest leader.
Forand, citing budget cuts affecting schools and senior citizens, said the state’s plan to end the “millionaires’ tax” is “unconscionable” and urged lawmakers to extend it.
Asked if he thought any of the millionaires would be home, Forand replied, “They don’t share their schedules with me, but probably not.”

Scores arrested at Occupy Boston protest site

Oct. 11, 2011
By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – Tensions boiled over in the early hours of Tuesday in downtown Boston, where police arrested about 100 protesters after the Occupy Boston group expanded its footprint and was told by authorities to backtrack.

Protesters said late on Monday that police had given participants an ultimatum to return to their small original encampment by nightfall or be moved along.

But it was not until after 1 a.m. ET Tuesday when hundreds of Boston and Transit police officers, some in riot gear, moved in on the group, handcuffing protesters and tearing down tents.

“At 1:30 this morning hundreds of police in full riot gear brutally attacked Occupy Boston,” the group said in a news release, adding that authorities “made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers.”

Police said no protesters or police were injured in the maneuver.

“Civil disobedience will not be tolerated,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the local Fox News affiliate in an interview early Tuesday.

Monday evening, the Boston Police Department sent a tweet to @Occupy_Boston: “The BPD respects your right to protest peacefully. We ask for your ongoing cooperation.”

Protesters’ tents have been set up in Dewey Square Park in downtown Boston all month, but on Monday expanded to a larger section of the nearby Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Many linked arms Monday evening in a show of solidarity on their expanded turf.

Boston earlier saw one of its biggest rallies so far in a movement that began in New York last month to protest against perceived Wall Street excesses and other social issues and has spread to cities across the nation. Hundreds of protesters, including many college students, marched in support of Occupy Boston.

Protests across the country have objected to what they see as an unacceptable income gap between rich and poor. They also have complained about the Wall Street bailout in 2008, which they say aided banks while average Americans suffered under high unemployment and job insecurity.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/11/us-wallstreet-protests-boston-idUSTRE79A0P320111011 

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Hedge funds take in $6.1 billion in August

Oct. 10, 2011

(Reuters) – Hedge funds took in $6.1 billion in August as the industry outperformed slumping markets, according to data released on Monday.

August marked the seventh month this year when inflows into the $2 trillion hedge fund industry exceeded redemptions, according to figures compiled by BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. Hedge funds took in $51 billion in the first eight months of the year.

The vicious market sell-off that began in August and continued into September hurt many hedge fund managers, who lost 5.02 percent on average in the third quarter, according to Bank of America Corp research.

The wild market swings even demolished returns for such industry stars as John Paulson and Lee Ainslie.

Paulson rose to fame with prescient bets on the subprime crisis and gold, but his hedge fund firm, Paulson & Co, is one of this year’s worst performers. One of its biggest funds, Advantage Plus, is off 46.73 percent in 2011, said two people who saw the numbers. The fund lost 19.35 percent in September alone.

Despite disappointing performance by individual managers, investors continued to pour money into hedge funds, which outperformed the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index in the first eight months of the year.

“Recent inflows might owe in part to excellent relative performance,” said BarclayHedge President Sol Waksman. “While the S&P 500 plunged 10.6 percent in the four months ended August, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index decreased only 5.6 percent.”

Full Article Here – http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/sns-rt-us-hedgefunds-flowstre7993fv-20111010,0,4792219.story

Reporter incites D.C. riot–to write about it

Yahoo News
Oct. 10, 2011
By Dylan Stableford

A reporter for the American Spectator–who says he “infiltrated” a group of Washington, D.C., protesters “in order to mock and undermine” their cause in his magazine–claims he helped incite a riot at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday afternoon and was pepper-sprayed in the process.

Patrick Howley, listed on Spectator’s online masthead as an assistant editor, described the incident in a post (“Standoff in D.C.“) on the publication’s website. Howley claims that as the 100 or so protesters–affiliated with the ongoing “Stop the Machine” protest–approached the museum, “all of a sudden liberal shoes started marching less forcefully”–but not him:

After sneaking past the guard at the first entrance, I found myself trapped in a small entranceway outside the second interior door behind a muscle-bound left-wing fanatic and a heavyset guard. The fanatic shoved the guard and the guard shoved back, hard, sending this comrade — and, by domino effect, me — sprawling against the wall. After squeezing myself out from under him, I sprinted toward the door. Then I got hit.

Howley continued:

As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator — and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story. Under a cloud of pepper spray I forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the Air and Space Museum, drawing the attention of hundreds of stunned khaki-clad tourists (some of whom began snapping off disposable-camera portraits of me). I strained to glance behind me at the dozens of protesters I was sure were backing me up, and then I got hit again, this time with a cold realization: I was the only one who had made it through the doors. As two guards pointed at me and started running, I dodged a circle of gawking old housewives and bolted upstairs.

According to Howley, he was aggressive in the march on the museum because, “in the absence of ideological uniformity … their only chance, as I saw it, was to push the envelope and go bold.
Howley concluded that the protesters “lack the nerve to confront authority.”

“From estimates within the protest,” he boasts, “only ten people were pepper-sprayed, and as far as I could tell I was the only one who got inside the museum. … I deserved to get a face full of high-grade pepper, and the guards who sprayed me acted with more courage than I saw from any of the protesters. If you’re looking for something to commend these days in America, start with those guards.”

Like other conservative critics of the Wall Street protests, Howley suggests the reason these protesters are gathering is for dating purposes: “It’s hard not to get swept up in the Movement when you’re among a hundred foot soldiers–most of them attractive 20-year-old girls–marching down E Street toward Freedom Plaza chanting, ‘How do we end the deficit? End the war and tax the rich!’”

“Patrick, my boy—did you get laid?” one Spectator commenter wrote. “That’s really the point of attending these things with the 24-year-old hippy chicks anyway, right?”

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/reporter-incites-occupy-d-c-riot-write-180750896.html

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan

New York Times
Oct. 10, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Detainees are hung by their hands and beaten with cables, and in some cases their genitals are twisted until the prisoners lose consciousness at sites run by the Afghan intelligence service and the Afghan National Police, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday.

The report, based on interviews over the past year with more than 300 suspects linked to the insurgency, is the most comprehensive look at the Afghan detention system and an issue that has long concerned Western officials and human rights groups.

It paints a devastating picture of abuse, citing evidence of “systematic torture” during interrogations by Afghan intelligence and police officials even as American and other Western backers provide training and pay for nearly the entire budget of the Afghan ministries running the detention centers.

The report does not assess whether American officials knew of the abuses. But such widespread use of torture in a detention system supported by American mentors and money raises serious questions about potential complicity of American officials and whether they benefited from information obtained from suspects who had been tortured.

“I know of no one who knew about these alleged abuses as they were happening,” said an American official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the issues involved. “Thus, it’s impossible to know if there was any information passed on that came in some form from these alleged incidents.”

At a minimum, there appears to have been little effort to scrutinize the practices of Afghanistan’s security forces at the detention centers, as pressure has built to move as much responsibility as possible to the Afghans and to reduce American involvement here.

As the United States looks to wind down a decade of war here, the report threatens to complicate efforts to transfer more detention responsibilities to the Afghans. It could also set in motion provisions of American law that would require the United States to cut off money to any Afghan unit involved in abuses.

The Afghan government denied the worst of the allegations in the report, while allowing that there were “deficiencies” in a war-torn country that routinely faced suicide bombings and other forms of terrorism.

Early word of the findings spurred immediate action. After seeing a draft of the report in September, Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO commander here in Afghanistan, halted transfers of those suspected of being insurgents to 16 of the facilities identified as sites where torture or abuse routinely took place.

He has since initiated a plan to investigate the sites, provide training in modern interrogation techniques and monitor the Afghan government’s practices. The American Embassy is now heavily involved in devising a long-term monitoring program for Afghan detention sites, American officials said.

In a statement, NATO officials said they were working with the United Nations and the Afghan government to “improve detention operations” and “establish safeguards.”

Nearly half of the detainees interviewed by United Nations researchers who were in detention sites run by the Afghan intelligence service, known as the National Directorate of Security, told of torture. The national police treatment of detainees was somewhat less severe and widespread, the report found. Its research covered 47 facilities in 22 provinces. Most of those interviewed were suspected of involvement in the insurgency, which has attacked both Afghans and their Western allies.

Of the 324 security-related detainees interviewed, 89 had been handed over to the Afghan intelligence service or the police by international military forces, and in 19 cases, the men were tortured once they were in Afghan custody. The United Nations Convention Against Torture prohibits the transfer of a detained person to the custody of another state where there are substantial grounds for believing they are at risk of torture.

Full Article Here – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/world/asia/un-report-finds-routine-abuse-of-afghan-detainees.html?_r=1