Archive - Aug 2005

August 11th

Whistleblower broke secret of Russian sub and 'saved men's lives'

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMTCHATSKI, Russia (AFP) - Without an anonymous phone call by a tearful woman to a local radio station, the world may have heard too late about the Russian submarine stranded in the Pacific to save its seven crew, the journalist who took the call claimed. Whistleblower broke secret of Russian sub and 'saved men's lives' Tue Aug 9, 7:08 AM ET PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMTCHATSKI, Russia (AFP) - Without an anonymous phone call by a tearful woman to a local radio station, the world may have heard too late about the Russian submarine stranded in the Pacific to save its seven crew, the journalist who took the call claimed. Guzel Latypova, a journalist in the port city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, says the mysterious caller shattered an official silence and in doing so pressured the authorities to look abroad for help in mounting the rescue. The telephone rang at Radio 3, where Latypova is news director, about 24 hours after the AS-28 mini-sub became trapped 190 meters (625 feet) under the Pacific. "A woman called in tears. She was saying that a mini-sub had got stuck with seven men aboard in the Bay of Berezovaya," Latypova, 32, recounted to AFP. The mystery caller said she had got the news from "someone" in the military. "She saved these lads. A monument should be raised to her. If she had not called it would have remained a secret, I'm sure." Latypova, who also works for the Kamchatka Peninsula region's STS television and the Russian news agency Interfax, was not sure at first what to make of the sensational tip-off. "That day there was hardly any news. I called my colleague at Ria Novosti news agency, Oksana Guseva, and we tried to verify the report through our own sources." Guseva managed to get through to Rear Admiral Viktor Gavrikov, commander in chief of the armed forces for the northeast of Russia. "Immediately his voice changed. He said 'no comment' and put the phone down. That convinced us it was serious," Latypova said. Five minutes later, she had broadcast over the radio, and soon afterward the report was spreading across Russia through news agencies and television stations. It was only thanks to the media that the wife of the submarine's commander, 25-year-old Vyacheslav Miloshevsky, then discovered the news. "She heard on the local television at 7:00 p.m. No one gave her any official warning," Latypova said. When the worried family tried to find out from the navy what the chances were of seeing their loved one again, a military psychologist arrived. "This is Russia -- pray!" he told Miloshevsky's wife Yelena, according to Latypova, who went to offer the family support. "That's the sort of psychological help they got." Only a few hours later did the Russian military in the capital Moscow and Pacific coast city Vladivostok confirm the report. But in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the military port at the centre of the desperate, three-day rescue operation, local military authorities did not say a word about the drama until Tuesday -- two days after the incident was over. Media pressure may have played a role in President Vladimir Putin's decision to dispatch Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov to the scene, and -- crucially -- in the military's painful acknowledgement of the need for foreign help. As soon as a high-tech British naval robot cut the cables and nets trapping the submarine, the seven men inside were saved. This was not the first scoop for Latypova's Radio 3, which has bucked the Russian trend of extreme loyalty to the authorities and caution about running any embarrassing news. "This is not a region here, but the edge of Russia, and that changes everything. It's the peninsula of freedom," Latypova quipped. "Don't forget that the inhabitants here are the descendants of adventurers."

Nuclear clean-up cost up to £56bn

Decommissioning the UK's ageing nuclear power stations will cost billions of pounds more than originally expected. High hazards The decommissioning of the Sellafield and Dounreay sites was described as "our number one decommissioning priority" by the NDA. A leak was discovered in April at the Sellafield, in Cumbria, but it could have occurred as long ago as August 2004. Inadequate historic records mean that the precise contents of Sellafield and Dounreay are unknown.

BBC reports Tom Hurndall's murderer to be jailed

An Israeli ex-soldier who killed UK peace activist Tom Hurndall in the Gaza Strip has been jailed for eight years. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4140586.stm "It's a huge landmark, it's a milestone, it's the first time that a soldier's been convicted of manslaughter since the first intifada and it's obviously been a long time coming." Sophie Hurndall, sister. Amnesty International's Kate Allen said that while the person responsible for Mr Hurndall's death had been brought to justice, it was "striking that this was almost entirely due to tireless campaigning by his family". "The strong suspicion is that if Mr Hurndall's family had not shown utter determination to uncover the truth of their son's death, then no-one would ever have faced justice for what happened to Tom," she said. Mr Hurndall, a Manchester Metropolitan University journalism and photography student, was in the Gaza Strip with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, which aims to oppose Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by non-violent means. According to witnesses, Mr Hurndall was shot in the head as he acted as a human shield, escorting children away from gunfire. The court heard Hayb fired at him from an Israeli army watchtower, using a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight. As well as manslaughter, Hayb was found guilty of obstruction of justice, incitement to false testimony, false testimony and improper conduct. Captain Hilla Gorni of the Israeli army said the jail sentence would send out a warning to other soldiers.

Khan Leak: The Movie

Gordon McDowell has produced an excellent documentary video, Khan Leak, on the public exposure of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan’s identity by the Bush White House and its possible link to the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

Demonstrations in July Few, but Potent

In the US there were many actions against Military Recruitment at recruitment centers and Campuses. Result - Military recruitment way below their quotas.

August 10th

G8 pigz!!

free digital anarcho-punk mp3 from M@tT bLe@K that is inspired by the recent anti-G8 actionz

Congress party of India , responsible for 2500 riots

Congress party of India , responsible for 2500 riots

Why Sonia Gandhi , Super PM of India is terriried of Islamic violence ?

Why Sonia Gandhi , Super PM of India is terriried of Islamic violence ?

SCOTLAND'S CONSULTATION ON POLICE RETENTION OF DNA.

In England and Wales the police can take, and keep forever, DNA samples from EVERYONE ARRESTED - irrespective of whether they are charged or not. These laws were bought in during the 1st week of the Iraq war and hence there was no chance to object or raise debate. The Scottish Executive is considering similar changes, but has a consultation period until 13th September. Please help stop this unjust change to the law.

August 10th

Akha wife of American Activist Persecuted By US Immigration!

An Akha woman from Thailand who together with her American husband Matthew McDaniel fought to protect Akha human rights in Thailand has repeatedly seen her visa to the US delayed. The family sees this as direct retaliation for their human rights work.

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