Hizbullah candidate Mikati to form new Lebanese government
The candidate for prime minister backed by Iranian-allied Hizbullah won support from lawmakers Tuesday to form Lebanon's next government, a choice that set off a "day of rage" by Sunnis who burned tires and a van belonging to Al-Jazeera to protest the Shiite group's rising power.
Billionaire businessman and Hizbullah's candidate to form Lebanese government former premier Najib Mikati won a majority of parliament support in two days of voting, defeating Western-backed Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri as the candidate for the next prime minister.
The president will now ask Mikati to try to form a new government that could be controlled by Hizbullah and its allies and give the group an unprecedented level of political power in Lebanon.
Not only will this situation give Iran unabated access to Lebanon, but it may trigger a civil war between Sunnis and the Shi'ite groups:
Hizbullah's Sunni rivals, who support Hariri, demonstrated for a second day across the country including the capital Beirut and the main highway linking the capital with the southern port city of Sidon. A senior military official said several armed men fired in the air in west Beirut, but the army intervened and dispersed them.
The largest gathering Tuesday was in the northern city of Tripoli, a predominantly Sunni area and a hotbed of fundamentalists where thousands of people converged at a major square.
Soldiers also clashed with demonstrators in the town of Na'ameh, south of Beirut, and two civilians were wounded, security officials said.
Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati appointed new Prime Minister of Lebanon
2. Global, global, global. Is everything becoming global?
World 'needs global food system overhaul'
The world needs fundamental changes to the global food system to feed the expanding population, said a British government report
"Urgent change is required throughout the food system to bring sustainability centre stage and end hunger. It is also vital for other areas, such as climate change mitigation, conflict, and economic growth."
The global food system is already living beyond its means, consuming resources faster than they can be replenished, it said
Sarkozy lays out plans for 'moral' reforms of global markets
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France and "president of the world" until November, yesterday laid out plans to impose "moral" rules on global financial and commodity markets.
At a press conference devoted mostly to his 2011 presidency of the G8 and G20 groups of developed and emerging economies, Mr Sarkozy proposed sweeping ideas for a new world financial order in which global speculation would be subjected to new forms of global regulation.
Global inflation fears reach new heights
As inflation warnings grow more strident, along with the cost of food, energy and other key commodities in regions such as Asia, monetary authorities around the world are renewing their vows to keep an old arch-enemy in check
Surging inflation in emerging markets, if unchecked, threatens to undermine the global recovery
Food shortages: Creating a crisis to force global food control
This article (above) represents a different take on the "global food shortage".
3. An Update on Yellowstone and the potential for super-volcano eruption:
Is the world's largest super-volcano set to erupt?
It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980.
Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.
Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.
This is the nightmare that scientists are predicting could happen if the world’s largest super-volcano erupts for the first time in 600,000 years, as it could do in the near future.
So what accounts for the recent concerns?
They said that the super-volcano underneath the Wyoming park has been rising at a record rate since 2004 - its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years alone, the fastest rate since records began in 1923.
The University of Utah's Bob Smith, an expert in Yellowstone's volcanism told National Geographic: ‘It's an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high.
Robert B. Smith, professor of geophysics at the University of Utah, who has led a recent study into the volcano, added: ‘Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock.
‘But we have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again’.
4. And last but not least, today's "conspiracy news":
FEMA Requests Information on the Availability of 140 Million Packets of Food, Blankets, and Body Bags
The Department of Homeland Security is also looking for a vendor that can supply “various fuels in support of disaster relief.”
DHS specifically cites the states that it will be needed in. North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. That’s right, the Gulf of Mexico.
FEMA is also looking for Hydration Supplies for a disaster in the New Madrid Fault System just as they are looking for food, blankets, and underwater body bags
Does FEMA know something we don’t or are they doing this to simply prepare for a disaster in order to help the American people?
While many individuals within FEMA are good, hard working people, their masters have secretly set up thousands of FEMA camps throughout the country specifically for the American people. This is not fear mongering, this is documented fact.
It is interesting to note that this is happening at the same time as people are ordering a massive amount of food and food riots are being predicated by globalists throughout the world.
Who knows what this could mean. It may simply represent appropriate, routine preparations. Having said that, I firmly believe that the governments of the world know a lot more than they convey to their citizens, and it is entirely possible that the government knows something that hasn't been released to the general public.
Strange days indeed.