cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

12.29.2009

in trouble

1. North Korea confirms detention of American who entered illegally

PYONGYANG, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The official Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had detained an American who illegally entered the country.

The American slipped into the country from China on Thursday and is now under investigation by "a relevant organ," the news agency said in a brief dispatch.

The detained American was believed to be 28-year-old human rights activist Robert Park, who is a Korean descent.

Park's crossing comes just months after the DPRK freed two U.S. journalists who had been arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.


source: chinaview


2. mafia boss's son shot and killed


MONTREAL - NICK Rizzuto, the son and grandson of mafia bosses, was shot and killed in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood, police said on Monday.

Mr Rizzuto, 42, died from the gunshot wounds he sustained while being transported to hospital. A suspect was seen fleeing on foot after firing four rounds into the victim, police said.

Mr Rizzuto is the grandson of Nicolo Rizzuto, 85, the reputed godfather of the Sicilian mafia in Montreal.

The elder Rizzuto was last year was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to four years in prison, but he was released after serving two years in preventive detention.

Nicolo Rizzuto's son, Vito Rizzuto - Nick Rizzuto's father - was arrested in 2004 and is currently serving a 10-year sentence for his role in the 1981 murder of three Bonanno crime family members in New York City.

Nick Rizzuto was allegedly his family's financier and two of his brothers are lawyers, according to experts interviewed by Radio-Canada. The Montreal mafia is considered Canada's most powerful, but lately has come under attack by rival street gangs. -- AFP

source: straits times




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