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Germany’s E. Coli has been traced to Egypt’s fenugreek seeds

by Hana Levi Julian, MSW

A deadly outbreak of the E. coli pathogen that spread across Europe last month has been traced to a shipment of contaminated fenugreek seeds from Egypt. Originally it was believed that contaminated fresh produce from Spain was the source although no conclusive evidence was found.

The seeds were apparently brought into Europe through a German importer, who then distributed the spice to others, according to a joint report released Thursday by investigators.

“The consumption of fenugreek sprouts has been implicated as a possible source of the recent E. coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany and France,” reported the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Wikileaks: Nuke hidden in Europe timed for Osama death

Capturing bin Laden ‘would unleash hell

The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks warned that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is captured, leaked files revealed.

The terror group also planned to make a 9/11 style attack on London’s Heathrow airport by crashing a hijacked airliner into one of the terminals, the files showed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told Guantanamo Bay interrogators the terror group would detonate the nuclear device if the al-Qaeda chief was captured or killed, according to the classified files released by the WikiLeaks website.

Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, has been held at Guantanamo since 2006 and is to be tried in a military court at the US naval base on Cuba over the attacks.

Capturing bin Laden ‘would unleash hell

The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks warned that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is captured, leaked files revealed.

The terror group also planned to make a 9/11 style attack on London’s Heathrow airport by crashing a hijacked airliner into one of the terminals, the files showed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told Guantanamo Bay interrogators the terror group would detonate the nuclear device if the al-Qaeda chief was captured or killed, according to the classified files released by the WikiLeaks website.

Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, has been held at Guantanamo since 2006 and is to be tried in a military court at the US naval base on Cuba over the attacks.

Rep. Peter Kings warns Gadhafi may strike the US

The United States is running the risk of suffering a major terrorist attack at the hands of Libyan proxies because of its military intervention in Libya to overthrown dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to Rep Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

King told The Hill that he backs the multinational campaign to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, but he warns of retribution from Gadhafi, who has a long history of terrorist activity.

“In the long term, it is [in U.S. national security interests], but we also have to be concerned about terrorist attacks by Libya, either in the United States or more likely in Europe,” King told The Hill. “We have to realize that the risk of attack from Libya is certainly greater now than it was two weeks ago.”

The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), also noted Gadhafi’s history of terrorism. “In assessing U.S. security interests and objectives, the president must also keep in mind Gadhafi’s attacks on Western targets resulting in the deaths of Americans in the 1980s,” she said in a statement Sunday.

Europe is Dying

by Giulio Meotti Go to any children’s store in Amsterdam or Milan or Marseilles or Stockholm. Look at the Muslim women in headscarves.

Welcome to the future of Europe.

The global number of Muslims is expected to jump 35 percent in the next 20 years, growing twice as fast as the non-Muslim Muslims will make up 26.4 percent of the world’s population in 2030, compared with 23.4 percent now. population, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which published projections for growth in the Muslim population between 2010 and 2030.

According to the Pew report, the total number of people who identify themselves as Muslims is currently about 1.6 billion. That figure is expected to rise to 2.2 billion by the year 2030. It’s one of the fastest demographic evolutions in history. Muslims will make up 26.4 percent of the world’s population in 2030, compared with 23.4 percent now.

European-Born Jihad

The latest attempted terror campaign in Europe involved eight German and two British recruits planning Mumbai-style attacks in France, the United Kingdom and Germany on orders from Osama Bin Laden. The plot may have been foiled, but the threat hasn’t subsided. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are looking upon the radicalism in the European-Muslim communities with glee and stand ready to dispatch more European recruits to bring jihad to the West.

The information about Al-Qaeda’s latest terror plots came from a German terrorist who was captured on his way to Europe. He told his interrogators that Osama Bin Laden had green-lighted the sending of operatives from Pakistan with European passports. Bin Laden has ordered his network to shift to attacks on soft targets, modeled after the shooting rampages in Mumbai, India in November 2008. The State Department has issued a travel advisory for Americans in Europe due to concerns that cells are already in Europe and have completed their surveillance in preparation for striking targets like airports and tourist hotspots.

Two other recent incidents may be connected. Shortly before the news about this terror campaign broke, a female suicide bombing in Paris was prevented and seven tons of Iranian explosives were seized in Italy, believed to be on their way to Syria. “The threat-reporting stream today is like what we were seeing in the summer of 2001,” one former senior U.S. intelligence official said.

Could a solar storm send us back to the Stone Age?

In 1859, a powerful solar storm burned telegraph wires all across Europe and America and electrified the skies. As the sun awakens from a period of dormancy, it’s worth remembering that a storm of that magnitude today could bring modernity to a sudden halt.

The 1859 Carrington Flare produced auroras that were visible as far south as Cuba. It also made telegraph systems go haywire.

The Great Solar Storm of 1859 is now known in history as ‘the Carrington flare’ that burned telegraph wires all across Europe and America lighting the skies in many parts to the extent that miners awoke to start their day with breakfast in the middle of night. It was the largest single solar eruption from a sunspot in recorded solar observation history, described in Stuart Clark’s book, The Sun Kings.

Did sun eruption spawn zombie satellite? Huge spacequakes shaking Earth’s magnetic field Blog: Huge blasts of sun’s plasma hurtling toward Earth Within twenty-four hours, the Aurora Borealis electrified the skies glowing in red, green, and purple colors so bright that newspaper print appeared as if it were daylight in numerous locations throughout North America as far south as Cuba but normally keep to the cold Arctic Polar Regions. The lights resulted from the electromagnetic energy fields created by the solar wind plasma colliding with the Earth’s upper magnetosphere on a significant larger planetary scale, as told in Clark’s 189-page book published in 2007.

Risks to global economy have ‘risen significantly’, top IMF official warns

“Adverse developments in Europe could disrupt global trade, with implications for Asia given the still important role of external demand,” Mr Shinohara said. “In the event of spillovers from Europe, there is ample room in most Asian economies to pause the withdrawal of fiscal stimulus”
#imag1 The risks to a robust global recovery have ‘risen significantly’ as many governments struggle with debt, a leading official from the International Monetary Fund has warned.

The G20 summit in April. 2009, was the high watermark for international co-operation in tackling the financial and economic crisis. “After nearly two years of global economic and financial upheaval, shockwaves are still being felt, as we have seen with recent developments in Europe and the resulting financial market volatility,” Naoyuki Shinohara, the IMF’s deputy managing director, said in Singapore on Wednesday. “The global outlook remains unusually uncertain and downside risks have risen significantly.”

One false move in Europe could set off global chain reaction

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner in Beijing on Sunday. The euro crisis may discourage China from a currency policy he seeks.

If the trouble starts — and it remains an “if” — the trigger may well be obscure to the concerns of most Americans: a missed budget projection by the Spanish government, the failure of Greece to hit a deficit-reduction target, a drop in Ireland’s economic output.

But the knife-edge psychology currently governing global markets has put the future of the U.S. economic recovery in the hands of politicians in an assortment of European capitals. If one or more fail to make the expected progress on cutting budgets, restructuring economies or boosting growth, it could drain confidence in a broad and unsettling way. Credit markets worldwide could lock up and throw the global economy back into recession.

For the average American, that seemingly distant sequence of events could

EU, under threat, shows new urgency in crisis

“The crisis has shown us we need to animate moves toward closer political union as well as monetary union and we need a quantitative jump. The EU has used crises in the past to make =that kind of jump and this is what is needed now.”
#imag1 After a week in which the EU took drastic measures to wrest the initiative from financial markets, EU leaders are finally using a debt crisis to launch painful reforms that could prevent it becoming a spent force.

After weeks of failing to resolve Greece’s debt problems, the EU agreed its part in a $1-trillion rescue fund for euro zone countries early on Monday, and Spain and Portugal have bitten the bullet since then by announcing austerity plans.

The unveiling of European Commission proposals for tighter budget discipline has also shown Europe is at last getting to grips with a crisis which German Chancellor Angela Merkel says is an “existential test” for the euro zone and the 27-nation EU.

A single market, a single currency, a single sky?

The idea of a single sky for Europe is one of long-standing. Indeed, EUROCONTROL was created in 1960 for the express purpose of creating a single upper airspace by its six founding member states. This purpose was only partially fulfilled at the time – but the idea remained a tenacious one.

Over the last decade, air traffic has grown by more than 50%. Europe now has close to 8.5 million flights per year and up to 28,000 flights on busiest days. Even so, airspace capacity has been increased by 80% since 1990.