‘Several hundred’ fighters killed in Mali

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France says hundreds of al-Qaeda-linked fighters killed in operation, and adds its troops could pull out in March.
Hundreds of al-Qaeda-linked fighters have been killed since the beginning of French military operation in northern Mali, France’s defence minister has said. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defence minister, said on wednesday that the 26-day military intervention had killed “several hundred” rebel fighters as its air and ground forces chased them from their northern strongholds into remote mountainous terrain in the far northeast, near the Algerian border.

The defence ministry said the fighters died in French air strikes on vehicles transporting fighters and equipment, and in “direct combat in Konna and Gao”, key central and northern towns.

From: Al Jazeera.net

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City Light drops 14th Ave towers alternative from plans for substation transmission line.

From: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com

Though it would have been the cheapest alternative, Seattle City Light has dropped an unpopular alternative route that would have required 100-foot towers across Capitol Hill and the Central District for its planned 115-kilovolt transmission line connecting the coming Denny Substation with the city’s grid.

CHS first reported on the issue in October as City Light began the public process to scope the project. City Light planners said the route — up Denny to 14th Ave and then south through the CD to the Massachusetts substation — was an unlikely choice but included the route as one of three proposed options for the line. Neighbors in the area took to flyering existing utility poles and sharing information via email lists and, of course, by word of mouth. By January, the public feedback on the route was still coming in — and still decidedly against the proposed alternative.

While a major infrastructure project will still take place just off the Hill along Denny, it appears residents and businesses in the area won’t need to be concerned with giant towers being part of the project. As part of the just-released State Environmental Policy Act impact statement (PDF) on the project, City Light has revealed that planners have reduced the route alternatives to two underground paths through downtown….

During the scoping process, City Light presented three preliminary transmission alternatives representing a range ofcost, construction methods, and possible impacts. City Light stated a preference for building transmission west of I‐5 iffeasible. At this time, City Light does not intend to proceed with the primarily overhead route east of I‐5 and that optionwill not be evaluated as an alternative within the Draft EIS. The decision to delete this route as an alternative for thisproject was based on the viability of more direct alternatives that have limited short‐term construction impacts. Thetwo transmission line alternatives that will be evaluated within the Draft EIS are…

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Change at 23rd and Union is front page news: Is the corner destined to be annexed by Capitol Hill?

From: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com

Design for planned but stalled building on southwest corner. 23rd and Union is the big story on the front page of The Seattle Times today. Close readers of CDNews won’t be too surprised by much of the news, but it’s presence on the front page suggests that momentum for changes really is growing.

But the story also points out the sober reality that the corner’s cultural narrative is up for grabs, and there is a potential for the corner to be essentially annexed by the insatiable demand for housing and commercial space on Capitol Hill.

“What we are looking at are rents that are achievable for a lot of folks that have been priced out of Capitol Hill,” Joe Ferguson of Lake Union Partners told the Times. Lake Union Partners is behind plans for the long-stalled six-story building on the vacant southwest corner. As we reported last month, Ian Eisenberg bought that property recently with hopes of getting the project moving.

The Central District’s location makes it easy to walk, bike or take transit to the region’s largest employment center: downtown. Groceries, shopping, eating and playing are all within close reach from any CD home. With demand in Seattle for housing with such urban amenities growing far faster than the supply (and with no signs of slowing down), the CD is destined to continue its growth as a desirable place to live. These desirable traits are all good things. But as more people move to the neighborhood, what place story will they hear when they get here? Is the Central District an exciting, vibrant and unique place to be, or is it just gentrifying new growth on the edge of Capitol Hill?…..

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HistoryLink: On this day in 1858, Chief Leschi was unjustly hanged

From: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com

The Leschi neighborhood is named after the Nisqually Chief executed unjustly by the Washington Territory on this day in 1858, according to HistoryLink.

Years before the founding of Seattle, Chief Leschi is said to have made camp in the neighborhood that now bears his name.

On February 19, 1858, Nisqually Chief Leschi (1808-1858) is hanged on a gallows at Fort Steilacoom, for the “murder” of the American soldier Colonel A. Benton Moses. Chief Leschi’s attorneys argued firstly that Leschi had not actually been the one to kill Colonel Moses, and secondly that Colonel Moses was killed during warfare (in which there were casualties on both sides), requiring that his accused killer should not be tried in a civilian court. On March 4, 2004, the Washington State Senate formally recognized “the injustice which occurred in 1858 with the trial and execution of Chief Leschi” and honored Chief Leschi as “a courageous leader” and “a great and noble man” (Washington State Senate Resolution 8727).

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Why is South Africa such a violent society

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by Sean Jacobs

Post by Palesa Mazamisa

The heinous brutal rape and subsequent slaughtering of Anene Booysen in South Africa’s Western Cape province has brought into the open, once again, the miry underbelly of our rainbow nation. At the heart of violence that Anene was subjected to, lies a bigger issue that South Africans wilfully shunt and ignore. This issue is our Achilles heel. It is what has our nation wondering at the gruesome nature of the violence committed against Anene with our mouths agape, spit dripping from our lips, trying to figure out what makes South Africa such a violent society.

In our post-apartheid state it is fashionable to reduce apartheid to a simple administrative error that has since been corrected. This flippant attitude to our past has resulted in a perception being pushed that the real problem facing a democratic South Africa is the vicious reverse racism that places white South Africans under a type of oppression and threat not yet seen or experienced anywhere or at any time in history.

This flippant attitude further suggests that white people have done their share for this country by voting ‘yes’ in the 1992 referendum, even allowing blacks on their teams in rugby and cricket, and referring to themselves as Africans–for heaven’s sake, only Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and the Kardashians have done more for humanity. When will the consistent and annoying references and allusions to apartheid and racism end already?

It is unfortunate that the same flippant attitude is a prevailing one, as it leads us to maintain a façade of unity. With the pretensions of a rainbow nation firmly in place, we fail to reflect with honesty on the state of our nation. A nation with a history marked by brutal and persistent violence sustained over centuries.

Cultural writer Bongani Madondo expressed it succinctly when he wagered that Anene’s hideous rape and murder can be traced to South Africa’s recent excessive violent past, in particular between 1959 to 1992. Over three and a half decades, he argues, excessive violence ripped out the bowels of black families, children dancing over burning bodies of their neighbours, dogs feasting on bodies of black men, parcel bombs ripping matchbox homes apart, rape by the white system, rape by the capitalist system, rape, looting and handcuffing by police and their askaris, black brother against black brother in the Vaal, East Rand, Johannesburg Central, extreme poverty, incest, and three revolutions crushed by merciless state violence: 1960, 1976 and 1985-1990. Plus the excessive violence of the liberation parties in exile; remember Mkatashinga 1984 in Angola.

It is this reality of the violent nature of oppression that we seek to sweep under the carpet.

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OCCUPY SEATTLE URGENT ALERT!!! COURT THREATENS OMARI WITH “WESTERN STATE DETENTION”

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THESE “GEORGE WASHINGTON PLANTATION EUROPEAN SETTLE COLONIAL COURTS ARE OBSCENE!!! WHEN DID COLONIALISM / RACISM END BRITISH SELF=GOVERNING SETTLER SUPER-COLONY END. “AFRICATOWN/CD BECOMING “LITTLE AMSTERDAM “? STAY TUNED AND DON’T SAY I DIDN’T TELL YOU??? ” ETHNIC-CLEASNSING / GENTRIFICATION IN NAZI GERMANY DID’T WORK AND IT WON’T WORK HERE IN “AFRICATOWN / CD (CHINATOWN / ID)??? ” LITTLE AMSTERDAM / TWILIGHT EXIT”? THE YOUNGSTERS DON’T LIKE THIS MOVE AT ALL AND SERIOUS RACIAL CONFLICT IS BREWING? THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES….

ON JAN 31, 2013 I APPEARED IN JUDGE ROSEN COURT 902 FOR HEARING ON PUBLIC PRETENDER JESSE SALOMAN’S MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS MY PUBLIC PRETENDER.

CONTINUED OPPOSITION TO THE “EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER TERRORIST GEORGE WASHINGTON’S / ADOLPH HITLER PICTURE HANGING ABOVE JUDGE ‘ROSEN’S HEAD, THE FASCIST JUDGE THREATEN ME WITH “MENTAL DETENTION AT WESTERN STATE”!!!
ROSEN’S NAZI MOVE WAS DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE ME WHY TRYING TO FORCE ME TO TRIAL NEXT WEEK WITHOUT PROVIDING ME WITH MONIES FOR INVESTIGATION WHILE REFUSING TO FORCE PROSECUTOR TO GIVE ME FULL DISCOVERY (SURVIELANCE FILES, WITNESS LIST, ETC). PROSECUTOR EVEN ASK JUDGE ROSEN TO NOT FORCE HIM TO GIVE ME WITNESS’S NAMES AND ADDRESSES BECAUSE OF HIS CONCERN OF MY MENTAL CONDITION. THE SILLY JUDGE THEN ASK ME INAPPROPRIATE QUESTION, “HAVE YOU EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT”????? MY REPLY WAS” AS MANY TIMES AS I HAVE OBSERVED COURT PROCEEDINGS, I HAVE NEVER HEARD A JUDGE ASK A LAWYER IF HE HAS EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT? SINCE YOU THE JUDGE ARE TRYING TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY FORCE ME TO GO TO TRIAL PRO SE AS MY OWN ATTORNEY AND WITHOUT EFFECTIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION,WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS IGNORANT DISRESPECTFULL AND INAPPRORIATE QUESTION????

ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR THIS MONDAY FEB 4, 2013 AT 1:30 PM IN COURT RM 902 IN MUNICIPLE COURT AT 5TH AND JAMES. I NEED ALL OF THE COURT OBSERVERS AS POSSIBLE TO WITNESS THIS NAZI LEGAL ATTACK ON THE OCCUPPIED SEATTLE ARRESTEES INCLUDING ED MAST, PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND AND BROADCAST THIS EMAIL ALERT AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES,

Omari Tahir-Garrett
Website: http://www.prison2president.blogspot.com