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Stratfor hacked AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 03/06/2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stratfor hacked

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
03/06/2012
Stratfor, the private US “intelligence” company that predicted the downfall of President Estrada is in the news again, as late last month the first 200 of an incredible five million e-mails, illegally hacked from the servers at Stratfor’s Texas headquarters by the collective calling itself Anonymous, were released by WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks says the e-mails will yield details on the workings of the company itself and the links between it and government intelligence services. Among the services offered clients such as Coca-Cola and Dow Chemical is the monitoring of activists. Some clients, however, are military officials from a number of countries.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that while Stratfor purports to be a media organization beneath the surface, it runs networks of paid informants in operations which make the transgressions of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire look like “kindergarten.” According to London’s Guardian newspaper, one of the e-mails, ostensibly from a private security firm, concerns an apparent assassination attempt on someone in Libya who had been mistaken for a member of the transitional council..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120306com5.html

West sends muted reaction to Putin’s victory



West sends muted reaction to Putin’s victory

As Vladimir Putin won a landslide majority of votes in Russia’s presidential election Sunday, Western leaders seem to be reluctant to congratulate the president-elect, while Western media takes a critical stance.

The United States congratulated the Russian people on the completion of the presidential election, but hesitated to congratulate Putin personally..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/west-muted-reaction-putin-925/

Justifying ‘justice’: When it’s OK for US to kill own citizens

Justifying ‘justice’: When it’s OK for US to kill own citizens


US Attorney General Eric Holder has presented the White House’s justification for killing American citizens on foreign soil without trial. He says it is OK to do so because America is “at war with a stateless enemy.”
Holder argued drone killings like that of Al-Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaqi last September are “in full accordance with the Constitution.”

"'Due process' and ‘judicial process' are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security," the attorney general said. "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.".... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/holder-us-killings-justification-931/

Anonymous geek-topia: Hackers change Hungarian constitution

Anonymous geek-topia: Hackers change Hungarian constitution


In Hungary, IT workers retire at 32 and get pensions equal to 150 per cent of their salaries. That’s according to Anonymous’ version of the Hungarian Constitution, which they posted after hacking the website of the Constitutional Court.

­“Ideals and rulers of tyranny, or dictators represent but short periods of history. The people have the right to eliminate tyranny or rebel against it,” said the “new constitution” written by the Anonymous hacker group..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/anonymous-hungary-court-constitution-881/

Meanwhile NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 03/06/2012

Meanwhile

NO HOLDS BARRED
Armida Siguion-Reyna
03/06/2012
Guiseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last weekend was a welcome treat that went way beyond my expectations, and apparently everyone else’s, too. I was so proud of the Filipino cast led by soprano Rachelle Gerodias, tenor Arthur Espiritu and baritone Andrew Fernando; of the entire production; an immediate fan of the Korean conductor Jae-Joon Lee, and if I had the strength, would have had my picture taken with all of them. But wait, I am going ahead of the story.

“La Traviata” is unarguably one of the most popular operas, of all time. Based on La Dame aux camellias, by Alexander Dumas, in turn it’s been made the basis of so many other works all over the world; a ballet, yet another opera, various plays, a painting, Amado Hernandez’s short story “Wala Nang Lunas,” and 10 films, with perhaps Greta Garbo’s Camille as the most well-known, and, hereabouts, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120306com4.html

Court phrases VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 03/06/2012

Court phrases

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
03/06/2012
\"Your Honor,” “This Representation,” and “We Submit.”
The weeks past and so with the weeks yet to come, the above quoted expressions are but few of the many phrases heard, addresses made — not to mention this and that “manifestation” made for one reason of another.

Needless to say, the ongoing impeachment trial with full tri-media coverage is not only interesting to watch but instructive to listen to as well. It cannot be denied that the said trial brings about some kind of a learning process in favor of those watching it with interest and attention. This curious as well as instructional dimension of the trial has particular reference to the Latin words and phrases therein mentioned every now and then..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120306com7.html

NHCP declares Tandang Sora’s resting place in Banlat, QC as a national shrine By Arlie O. Calalo 03/06/2012

NHCP declares Tandang Sora’s resting place in Banlat, QC as a national shrine

By Arlie O. Calalo 03/06/2012
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has declared the Tandang Sora memorial in Quezon City as a national shrine as a historical marker was unveiled as a fitting gesture to mark the historic event.

NHCP chairman Maria Serena Diokno said the declaration was made by virtue of a resolution approved by the commission.

With the NHCP declaration, QC now boasts of two national historical shrines, the other being the Quezon Memorial shrine where the remains of former President Manuel Quezon were entombed..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120306met4.html

Senate jurors split on ‘fake’ documents as evidence 03/06/2012 By Angie M. Rosales

Senate jurors split on ‘fake’ documents as evidence

03/06/2012
By Angie M. Rosales


Senators appear to be split on whether to accept into the records of the impeachment court what the defense panel brands as illegally-obtained evidence of the prosecution.

The objection is with regard to the purported “fake” documents on the alleged undisclosed peso and dollar accounts of Chief Justice Renato Corona, which documents were presented and submitted to the impeachment court by the prosecution.

The senators sitting as judges in the impeachment court are scheduled to hold a caucus on the matter today as well as the imposition of penalty on prosecution private counsel Vitaliano Aguirre II who was cited for contempt last Wednesday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120306hed1.html

Implement ruling on Luisita, SC asked By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/06/2012

Implement ruling on Luisita, SC asked

By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/06/2012

A group of about 40 individuals claiming to be farmers in the Aquino-Cojuangco family controlled Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) are asking the Supreme Court (SC) for a partial implementation of the high court’s decision placing the sprawling sugar estate under the government land reform program.

In a three page document, the signatories unassisted by counsel “move(d) for the partial execution of the decision” of the high court, placing the lands subject of HLI “under compulsory coverage on mandated land acquisition scheme of the CARP.”

“The matter with respect to the placement or acquisition of the subject land under the CARP through the compulsory or mandated land acquisition scheme is no longer a bone of contention. Absent any question about the acquisition and redistribution of the land under the CARP, the matter is therefore deemed resolved and it can now be considered executory,” the signatories said.... MORE
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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120306nat3.html

House reiterates one-China policy, strengthens pact with Taiwan By Charlie V. Manalo 03/06/2012

House reiterates one-China policy, strengthens pact with Taiwan

By Charlie V. Manalo 03/06/2012

The House committee on foreign relations is apparently threading thin ice, playing a delicate diplomatic balancing act when it recently passed two separate resolutions, one backing Taiwan and another, reiterating its adherence to the One-China Policy.

Recently, the House panel, chaired by Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara, adopted House Resolution No. 2001 to recognize the initiative of the Philippines’ Manila Economic and Cultural Office and its Taiwanese counterpart, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, in establishing a Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement.

But to avert a diplomatic backlash from China against HR 2001, the House committee, almost simultaneously, also passed House Resolution No. 2003, reiterating the Lower House support to the Philippine government’s stand to adhere to One-China Policy.

The same resolution called for the circulation to all government offices of two directives that supports the said policy..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120306nat2.html

Pasay City RTC judge allows Arroyo to attend funeral Mass for ‘Iggy’ By Pat C. Santos 03/06/2012

Pasay City RTC judge allows Arroyo to attend funeral Mass for ‘Iggy’

By Pat C. Santos 03/06/2012

Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Jesus Mupas has allowed hospital detainee former President Arroyo to attend the funeral Mass scheduled on Friday for her brother-in-law Rep. Ignacio”Iggy” Arroyo.

This was decided after Judge Mupas met at a closed-door meeting with prosecution and defense lawyers.

Judge Mupas allowed Arroyo to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City again on Friday (March 9) to pay her last respects to her husband’s brother..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120306met2.html

Navotas gov’t to protect local women from cervical cancer 03/06/2012

Navotas gov’t to protect local women from cervical cancer

03/06/2012
Cognizant of the threats to a woman’s health and life, the Navotas City government yesterday launched a project that is primarily designed to protect the local women from the fatal but curable disease that is cervical cancer.

Mayor John Reynald Tiangco cited the fact about the increasing number of women not only in the city but also the entire Metro Manila who have been suffering from cervical cancer.

“That is why in Navotas City, my administration is taking the initiative to protect our women from this fatal though curable disease,” the city chief executive said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120306met3.html

Solon wants 2 Azkals players probed for their indecent acts By Angie M. Rosales 03/06/2012

Solon wants 2 Azkals players probed for their indecent acts

By Angie M. Rosales 03/06/2012
Sen. Pia Cayetano yesterday urged the country’s sports officials to probe the sexual harassment charge hurled at two members of national football team Philippine Azkals by former presidential daughter Cristina “Cristy” Ramos.

“I call for the immediate investigation of this incident so this can be put to rest, not only because this is a serious allegation made by Match Commissioner Cristy Ramos, who is a sports official, but also because the Azkals are looked up to by the youth as modern-day heroes and role models,” Cayetano said.

An independent probe into the incident should be undertaken by appropriate sports officials, she insisted..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120306met1.html

Professional cager awarded P2.53 million over illegal termination of his services By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/06/2012

Professional cager awarded P2.53 million over illegal termination of his services

By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/06/2012

The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld a labor arbiter’s judgment awarding P2.53 million to professional basketball player Alvin Teng for the illegal termination of his services by the Negros Slashers, a team in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).

In its decision, the high court’s First Division denied for lack of merit the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) against the Negros Slashers Inc.

Likewise petitioners in the case were the team’s erstwhile general manager, Rodolfo Alvarez and assistant manager Vicente Tan.

“In the case at bar, the penalty handed out by the petitioners (Negros Slashers) was the ultimate penalty of dismissal. There was no warning or admonition for respondent’s (Teng) violation of team rules, only outright termination of his services for an act which could have been punished appropriately with a severe reprimand or suspension..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120306met5.html

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