With over 1,000 people continuing to die each day from conflict-related causes, five million have perished in seven years, more than any other conflict since the Second World War. Along with the heinous atrocities of barbarism, starvation, the massively orphaned and homeless, rampant infectious disease and death, with nearly 50 million people cut off from even the most basic of essentials, perhaps the most unimaginable aspect of the Congo war is the widespread use of genocidal rape as an instrument of war by members of both the national military and armed rebels. The social and health complications produced by this horror of genocidal rape have been menacing, with, more often than not, the victimized women bearing the children of the rapists, causing the social fabric of a nation already in the throes of the intolerable to be savagely torn apart.
globalEyeNews Video Report: With the slim tolerances of recent electoral history looming, who wins the Online race could determine the next President, especially, if Online metrics succeed in compelling a new, younger and more ethnically sensitive voting audience to join in. Just think, Obama Girl could be the guiding force that shapes the course of U.S. domestic and foreign policy into the next millenium, inadvertantly ushering America into a new political age.
Somehow, the more you listen to Joe Biden, the more stuff he seems to know on every issue that is of urgent concern to America. He is funny, respectfully irreverent, at times appears impatiently, yet, playfully disdainful of a forum process that incites the platitudes of double-talk. He has certainly proven himself to be the expert when it comes to foreign policy and, perhaps, even more importantly, critical bipartisan policy agenda. He is no stranger to real "American values", a subject he references often. For a period of five years, he raised his two sons as a single parent after his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident right after having become one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Senate in 1972, at age 29. Calling himself "the odd man out", one has to wonder where American political consciousness abides when, having shined with clarity on the issues during the debate process, Biden has curried such disproportionate attention and funding, especially considering how often the other Dem candidates have deferred to his expertise and points of view. Taking the profiles of both party front-runners to task, one has to ask, has America become so obsessively celebrity driven that it is virtually incapable of engaging its intellect and survival instincts? Is mainstream media so intent on safely spoon feeding America with what it thinks they are mindlessly desperate to consume? If so, let's elect Brittany and be done with it.
Check out this star-studded MTV Arabia Launch event.
With recent consumer outrage and shock over toxic toys made in China, a big battle in Washington looms over whether accountability for child safety rests with big US toy makers or the federal government. Will the CPSC, FDA or US toy makers have on-sight inspection of China factories in place, or will child endangering after the fact policies continue? Chinese government officials are scrambling to shut down factories that are producing sub-standard goods, but will that be enough to stop toxic products from appearing on America's shelves and into the hands of America's children? With the Holiday buying crush poised to start, it appears that smaller toy retailers who know their suppliers more intimately will benefit. Meanwhile, in an attempt to stave off the tidal wave of consumer backlash that seriously jeopardizes their Holiday profits, big box retailers are rolling out PR campaigns that endeavor to make parents aware of independent off-the-shelf testing and inspection programs that they are scrambling putting in place.
Washington last week announced sanctions on over 20 Iranian companies, banks & individuals, hoping to increase pressure on Tehran to stop uranium enrichment and curb its "terrorist" agenda. The banks affected are Bank Melli, Iran's largest bank, Bank Mellat and Bank Saderat.Several international banks have halted transactions with Iran. Some foreign banks have closed accounts held by Iranian firms. Iran has been under various U.S. trade and other sanctions since after the 1979 Islamic revolution, when Washington severed ties with Tehran. Under U.S. pressure, Western banks have either cut all dealings with Iran or limited their activities there.
Iranian leader Ali Khamenei inspects military foot-drills depicting Sword of Ali ripping through a Swastika desecrated US Flag and a Star of David. This military display came on the heals of the US Congressional vote denouncing Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group and the resulting US economic sanctions against Iran.
The Activision video game has 20 levels with characters Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss-in-Boots, Artie and Sleeping Beauty. Released on May 14, 2007 by Activision in Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance, with a PSP version arriving in early June. Throughout the game, players try to save Shrek's land of Far Far Away from the evil Prince Charming while Prince Charming attempts to storm the city and take the throne by force. According to company officials, the game features the film's "signature humor" and new storylines not found in the movie.
The Shrek cast are the first to star in McDonald's new online kid's program dedicated to kid's well-being. The site launched with the 'Shrek's Treketh to Adventure" interactive platform.
The Shrek promotion integrates McDonald's "Go for Green" message which targets healthier eating for kids.