Thursday, June 19, 2008

Britain: World's Biggest Arms Exporter

Britain was the world’s biggest arms seller last year, accounting for a third of global arms exports, the Government’s trade promotion organisation said. UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) said that arms exporters had added £9.7 billion in new business last year, giving them a larger share of global arms exports than the United States.

Human Rights Commission to Examine Itself

Amid mounting public and political controversy, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has launched an independent review of the way it deals with hate speech on the Internet. Chief Commissioner Jennifer Lynch announced yesterday that she had asked Richard Moon, a leading constitutional expert at the University of Windsor, to conduct the study. His report, expected in October, will help shape the commission's position on whether Internet hate laws should be changed, she said.

China Tightens Screws on Dissidents Ahead of Olympics

Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts to censor dissenting voices in the run-up to the Olympic Games, a report by two human rights groups charged Thursday. "The context related to the run-up to the Olympic Games in August 2008 has continuously strengthened an environment already hostile to human rights and their defenders," said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in its annual report ... It cited four people who were arrested after making protests in relation to the Olympic Games.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Call For E.U. to Build Its Own Army

An influential Polish member of the European parliament has called for the EU to develop "hard power" and spend more money to build a European army. Foreign affairs committee chairman Jacek Saryusz-Wolski also wants the European parliament to have the final say on deployments under the EU flag. The French have said beefing up the EU's military capability will be a key part of their six-month presidency.

In 2050, Your Lover May Be a Robot

Romantic human-robot relationships are no longer the stuff of science fiction -- researchers expect them to become reality within four decades. And they do not mean simply, mechanical sex. "I am talking about loving relationships about 40 years from now," David Levy, author of the book "Love + sex with robots", told AFP at an international conference held last week at the University of Maastricht in the south-east of the country.

Anglican Church in Meltdown Over Gays and Women

The Church of England has been plunged into fresh turmoil by the “marriage” of two gay clergymen and threats of an exodus of priests opposed to the consecration of women bishops. The Times has learnt that up to 500 Anglo-Catholic priests are ready to resign after failing to secure the concessions that they had sought over women bishops.