Archive for December 23rd, 2012

23/12/2012

Doomsday Paranoia Triggers Private Asteroid Hunt

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today*, 23 December 2012 – The Mayan doomsday may have passed without incident, but it’s too early to relax. Astronomers have found a large asteroid heading this way. However one private firm thinks it knows how to save us.

Doomsday paranoia triggers private asteroid hunt | Russia Today

Doomsday paranoia triggers private asteroid hunt | Russia Today

­Scientists from the University of Hawaii said that the 140 meter asteroid’s will just miss Earth as the orbital trajectory of the 2011 AG5 space object will bring it within 890,000 kilometers of our planet. That’s about twice as far away as the moon.

But we could still be in for a nasty surprise in 2040, if the path of the asteroid should change due to something called the Yarkovsky effect.

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23/12/2012

Somalia: Potential Goldmine for Fishermen as Piracy Declines

Berbera, December (IRIN*) – Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia’s coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. Yet efforts are underway to help Somalis make better use of their 3,300km coastline – the longest on the African continent – by increasing fishing and seafood exports to lucrative markets in the Middle East and Europe.

Photo: Jason R Zalasky/US NavyArmed security guards have led to a decline in piracy | IRIN

Photo: Jason R Zalasky/US Navy
Armed security guards have led to a decline in piracy | IRIN

In 2013, the European Union will spend US$6.5 million to help Somaliland pursue its long-term goal of netting 120,000 tons of seafood each year, the sale of which could generate $1.2 billion in foreign currency.

“In Somalia, people have lived for a long time with their backs to the sea,” says Isabel Faria de Almedia, the EU development chief for Somalia. “It’s a country of agro-pastoralists with a strong nomadic tradition. We think there is a huge potential for the consumption and export of fish.”

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23/12/2012

‘I Don’t Care What the UN Says!’ – Netanyahu

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT* – The Israeli prime minister has vowed to continue building settlements in the “Israeli capital of Jerusalem,” defying near-unanimous international criticism of the illegal activity in retaliation for Palestine’s upgraded UN status.

**Photo credit: zeevveez from Jerusalem, Israel | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo credit: zeevveez from Jerusalem, Israel | Wikimedia Commons

­In an interview with Israeli Channel 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw internationally-recognized boundaries to the wind, saying that the Western Wall, which lies in a part of UN-administered Jerusalem occupied by Israel in 1967, is not occupied territory” – and that he “does not care” what the United Nations has to say about it.

Netanyahu added that all Israeli citizens live “in the Jewish state,” and that “the capital of the Jewish state, for 3,000 years, has been Jerusalem,” as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

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