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George Galloway MP will be joining the protest at the BBC in Edinburgh this afternoon
Wed January 28th Demonstrate  at the BBC 
 PROTEST at the BBC's decision not to air the DEC Appeal for Gaza
 Edinburgh - BBC East Scotland, The Tun, Holyrood Rd  5.30pm (called by Scottish PSC and supported by Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition)
SPSC will project the DEC's Appeal for Gaza onto the wall of the BBC building in Edinburgh. Speakers include Pauline Goldsmith (one of the four signatories of the actors' boycott letter) and George Galloway 
Mounting Protests at BBC

 Wed January 28th
Glasgow - BBC Scottish HQ, Pacific Quay  4.30pm 
(called by Stop the War)
Edinburgh - BBC East Scotland, The Tun, Holyrood Rd   5.30pm (called by Scottish PSC)

SPSC will project the DEC's Appeal for Gaza onto the wall of the BBC building.
Speakers include Pauline Goldsmith, one of the four signatories of the actors' boycott letter BBC.

Protesters will today gather outside the BBC in Glasgow and Edinburgh against the controversial decision by the BBC not to air a Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) crisis appeal for the people of Gaza .

  Mick Napier, chair of the SPSC, said, “The BBC’s decision to impede the humanitarian appeal on behalf of the people of Gaza comes on top of this well-substantiated record of pro-Israeli bias.  It also comes to a population who see yet another invasion in the Middle East where the British government is on the wrong side and believe that the BBC is even more so. The Sun newspaper never recovered on Merseyside from its appalling misreporting of the Hillsborough disaster and the BBC may never recover from this similar violation of deeply held convictions.  The great majority of British people clearly feel that Palestinians have been savaged and that denying aid to the victims is sadistic.”

Samena Dean, from the Islamic community said: “This has nothing to do with impartiality, but everything to do with Mark Thompson’s views on the conflict.  He clearly wants to help Israeli punish the Palestinians for resisting the Occupation and the Siege.  Mark Thompson visited Israel in 2005 and held talk with Ariel Sharon, the man responsible for the massacres at Sabra and Shatila.  By the very fact that Mark Thompson would meet Sharon shows that he would rather ‘Aunty Beeb’ peddle Israeli propaganda then help to relive a humanitarian crisis in Gaza .”

 Solidarity Campaign started in autumn 2000 in response to the Palestinian second uprising against Israeli occupation (intifada). The SPSC has branches and groups of supporters in several Scottish cities and universities, as well as individual members across Scotland .
For further information, contact: 

 2. BBC defends Gaza appeal decision:

The BBC has defended a decision not to air a TV fund-raising appeal for Gaza , saying it wanted to avoid compromising public confidence in its impartiality.

 3. BBC under pressure over Gaza emergency appeal

The BBC came under mounting pressure today to screen an emergency appeal for Gaza , after ITV, Channel 4 and Five all announced they will show it.

 4. DEC would normally raise about £10 million:

A national appeal from the DEC would normally raise about £10 million, but without the broadcasts the total is certain to be lower.

 5. DEC Access and Impartiality
The DEC members are committed to humanitarian principles including independence and have confirmed they are able to work without hindrance from the Hamas controlled authorities both to identify who are the most needy and to channel assistance to them directly, either through their own staff or well established local non governmental partners. The DEC members have submitted lists of partners and their banking arrangements, to insure proper systems are in place

 6. General Background

The State of Israel was founded through the systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. This event, known as the 'Nakbah', or catastrophe, to Palestinians, saw the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of them from their homes. Those expelled are still refused their rights under international law to return to return home. The crimes committed against the Palestinian people did not end in 1948 however, and daily theft of land and resources continues as Israel pushes forward its policy of replacing the Palestinian people with Jewish immigrants from around the world.

Protest at BBC studios turns  into Occupation
About 200 protesters demonstrated outside the BBC studios in Glasgow against the 
controversial decision by the BBC not to air a Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
 crisis appeal for the people of Gaza.  
At around 5pm the protesters managed to  gain access to the building turning protest  into an occupation, around 70 protesters  remain in occupation of the building some  4 hours later with the remaining protesters taking up residence outside.
The protest was supported by a number of  organisations including the Scottish Palestine  Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).   The BBC's decision is even more controversial  now as the other networks have bowed to  requests by the public and also the government
Mick Napier, chair of the SPSC, said,  "Block Israeli propaganda not aid to Gaza.  
The BBC's decision not to air the DEC  appeal is absolutely disgusting.   Failure to raise the estimated 10 million  required is going to result in more deaths.  
These deaths are going to be as a direct  result of some BBC executive decision.  
These executive have literally  got the blood of Gaza on their hands".
Samena Dean, from the Islamic community  said: "This takes the BBC's Islama-phobia 
to a new level with their discrimination  against the Palestinians. Depriving people 
of desperately needed humanitarian aid  because they are Palestinians is shocking 
discrimination that would never be  tolerated against anyone else.  
They suffered under a brutal 20 month  Israeli siege, followed by a savage 
Israeli war, where they used illegal  weapons on the civilian population and 
now this discrimination from the  BBC will result in more deaths,
 and the ones to die are once again going  to be children."

Click here at for a  complete historical round up of stories  and photos of what has been happening  with the Israel-Gaza Conflict.
Open Letter to the BBC from  
Tam Dean Burn

Mark Thompsonm rector general of the BBC
Broadcasting House nPortland Place London W1A 1AA. 

Dear Mark Thompson

We, the undersigned actors and directors,  like millions of others, are absolutely 
appalled at the decision by the BBC to  refuse to broadcast the DEC appeal for 
Gaza. We therefore are taking what action  we can in protest at this decision 
by stating, like our fellow actor,  Samantha Morton, we will never work for 
the BBC again unless this disgraceful  decision is reversed. We will urge others 
from our profession and beyond  to do likewise.
We will also not pay our TV license fee  in protest and encourage others to do likewise.
 It is time for the people of Britain to take  a stand on this issue by demanding the 
BBC reverse this decision and by  supporting the call from Palestinian civil society for a complete economic,  academic and cultural boycott of Israel  until it ends its pitiless violence against  the long-suffering people of Gaza 
and the whole 
of Palestine .

Tam Dean Burn  Pauline GoldsmithPeter Mullan lison Peebles
Gazans' attempts at rescuing trapped bodies were hampered by continued attacks on Sunday [AFP]

Gazans tell of ordeal as war rages

With more than 1,000 Palestinians dead amid Israel's war on Gaza - more than
 300 of them children - Al Jazeera spoketo citizens of the territory struggling 
to surivive under the Israeli offensive.

 Moussa el-Haddad, a doctor at Shifa hospital in Gaza City "We hear screams over the radio from people injured in the streets asking for emergency
 help, but paramedics can't reach them and,  besides, the hospitals are overcrowded. 
Even those killed can't be reached. 'm telling you, Gaza is on fire. Everyone on  this piece of land is under attack.  In this time and age, I can't believe the  world is watching and no one is doing anything. don't understand Ban Ki-moon is making  trips from here to there. 
Why doesn't he help stop this bloody war?"
 A mother who lost her only son

"They [Israeli soldiers] opened fire at us. My son Faris was killed in my arms. I couldn't have children for 21 years after marriage until God gave me this child.

Elaina Qleibo, the head of food and security for Oxfam
"There is this grave feeling of impotence and  I wish I was a doctor or a magician so I can
 save all of these people. 
There is no safe place to say and there is  a lack of water, so it's become a very  overbearing situation.People here are sufferring deeply, so much  that they are numb, like when you have an  accident, you immediately enter a state  of numbness.You see an old man sitting by himself looking  like he's about to cry or you'll see a group 
of people walking to pretend that nothing  is happening.
The shock is so big here, I don't know  if people realise what is happening to them."

A four-year-old girl attacked by an Israeli soldierb

"I saw him [the solider] hiding next to the shop. I looked around for my mum, then he shot me.One bullet hit my hand and the other  penetrated my  stomach through my back."

Maysa al-Khitab, a resident of Gaza City

"Please help us. The Israelis are bombing us  with phosphorus bombs, so please help us.The shelling has been continuous since last night. We are in an area where 500 other families are under bombardment."Where are the Arabs? Where is the world?  None of them are doing anything."We are being killed. I just saw 300 peoplekilled in front of my own eyes when the tower
 collapsed. Please stop this war."

A father who lost two daughters

"My three daughters went out with my mother. All of a sudden, Israeli soldiers started  shouting at them from a very close distance. My eldest was hit by 17 bullets in the chest and my two-year-old was hit by 12. They both died, of course." Khaled Ezzidin, a resident of Deir al-Balah outside of Gaza "I used to live in a city called al-Zahra and,  one night, me and my family were hiding in  the basement of our house.We came under fire for about two hours and  by a miracle we survived the bombardment. The next day we left the city and moved to Deir al-Balah."





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Barack Obama is sworn in as President of USA By Sara NelsonThe upcoming Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama is set to be a worldwide event – and is even being immortalized in LEGO. The entire scene of the event, which will be held on the West Front of the US Capitol, has been constructed out of the colourful building blocks at Legoland California. The massive project features more than a thousand mini-figures, including President-elect Barack Obama and his family, vice president-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill, George and Laura Bush, Dick and Lynn Cheney, and George Bush Sr and Barbara Bush.



Yes, We Can
Speech by Barack Obama - President Elect of United States

Chicago, 5 November 2008

"..And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to

those who are huddled around radiosin the forgotten corners of our world –our stories are

singular,but ourdestiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. ...

And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright 

– tonight we proved once more thatthe true strength of our nation

comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power

of our ideals:democracy, liberty,opportunity, and unyielding hope.."

Reflections: "I see Obama less as a black man than as a successful negotiator 

of identity margins. His ability to inhabit so many categories mirrors the African experience. 

For America to choose as its citizen in chief such a skillful straddler of global identities could 

not helpbut transform the nation's image, making it once again the screen upon

which the hopes and ambitions of the world are projected." - 

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"(Obama's) election rivaled the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln issued

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identity. .. People don't see him primarily as black. I think people see him primarily as

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Government poised to increase stake in Lloyds:BBC

Government poised to increase stake in Lloyds:BBC
The government is poised to increase its stake in Lloyds Banking Group as part of a deal that would also see the group agree to the government insuring its risky assets, the BBC reported.

It said the two sides were on the verge of a deal that would see the government increase its stake in LBG -- created earlier this year from the merger of rivals HBOS and Lloyds TSB -- from 43 percent to up to 60 percent.
This would be achieved by converting the expensive shares already held by the taxpayer to ordinary shares that carry voting rights.
At the same time, LBG are set to agree to ringfence risky assets worth up to 250 billion pounds in the government's asset protection scheme, the BBC reported.
Lloyds insisted there was "no certainty" that it would join the scheme, under which banks pay a fee to have their bad loans underwritten by the government, leaving them with more freedom to lend to customers and businesses.
The group's head of communications, Shane O'Riordain, said talks with the government's Treasury department "are continuing", adding: "This is a complex subject and there is a good deal of detail to be worked through.
"Our conversations have not yet concluded and there can be no certainty that we will participate in this scheme."
A Treasury spokesman said: "Discussions are ongoing. A deal will be announced at the conclusion of those discussions."
Royal Bank of Scotland has already signed up to insure assets worth 325 billion pounds, in return for paying 6.5 billion pounds and promising to lend 25 billion to consumers and businesses this year.
The International Finance Manager of the INL News Group, John Carew-Reid, however had a meeting with a senior Royal Bank of Scotland Development Loan Manager today and Mr Carew-Reid said it seemed clear that  the RBS, even though already 60% owned by the UK Government who have signed up to insure assets worth 325 billion pounds, in return for paying 6.5 billion pounds and promising to lend 25 billion to consumers and businesses this year, have made their lending conditions to businesses a lot more stricter than they were before the banking crisis, and in fac the advertising material sent out in the mail to current banking cisters saying that the bank has billions to lend outside normal strict banking lending rules, is simply not true. The clear impression given to Mr Carew-Reid by the RBS Development Manager, was that bank while publicly making out they were going to make credit fairly easily available to businesses with a sensible business plan outside normal banking guidelines, because 75% of the loan is guaranteed by the UK Government and in fact it was the UK Government and UK taxpayers money that the RBS was in effect lending, the reality is that the RBS have made lending to businesses a lot more stricter and thus 95% of business loans applied for will be refused. This is the same with NatWest is owned by the RBS and thus also effectively controlled by the UK Government. It seems that in reality what is happening, is that the billions handed to the RBS, NatWest, HBOS and Lloyds in cash and guarantees will not be used to lend to business people on reasonably liberal lenders terms to get the UK economy moving, however all these billions will be moved to overseas currencies such as US dollars to gamble on currency trading profits, rather than using these funds as promised to lend to small and medium UK businesses, which was the original condition of the UK Government providing what appears all up to be about 1,000 billion pounds in cash injections, purchasing toxic assets and Government guarantees from UK Taxpayers money stop  up the complete collapse of the UK banking system.
It appears that the directors of the UK Banks such as the RBS, NatWest, HBOS and Lloyds who are receiving around 1,000 billion pounds bail out funding from the UK taxpayer are taking this money on false pretences and are effectively guilty of a conspiracy to defrauding the UK Taxpayer.
What the UK Government should have done is place these funds into banks accounts in these banks owned by the government, and then had the banks lend this money as a finance broker for the UK Government, with instructions to lend these funds out liberal lending conditions to UK
businesses with sensible businesses plans. Mr John Carew Reid, who is a qualified and experienced economist, management accountant and investment advisor for the INL News Group states, that
"because of the taxation collection ability of the UK Government, that in effect gets back about 40% in direct and indirect taxes each time money is spent and circulated in the economy, even if some of these business loans are not repaid in the end, due to the business venture not working in time before the working capital of the business runs out, the UK Government will have recouped more than their original outlay on the loan to the business from direct and indirect taxation from the money circulated into the economy. What in effect happens when a small business person is provided £25,000 in working capital for his business, whether it be a new or existing business venture, these funds are immediately spent on rent, interest, wages, pant and equipment, refurbishment of their business etc. Those that receive these funds for their goods and services, pay about 0% indirect and direct taxation. Then they spend the other 60% on goods and services and those that receive these funds also pay about 40% in direct and indirect taxation, and the cycle continues. After a few times that this £25,000 has been circulated form the original loan given to the business person, the UK Government has had all their money back. So in effect the UK Government do not lose any money on any of the loans that are not paid paid because the business and the individual has gone bankrupt through the failed business venture. At the same time, the UK Government who have financed all these small businesses in the UK with £5,000 to £25,000 have in effect become venture capital providers, just at the business people on the well known BBC TV program Dragons Den are, and in return the UK Government can take a percentage share in the small to medium business in return for the capital injection of working capital. This is what the UK Government have done with the UK Banks who have a proven track record of losing billions. The UK Government have become venture capitalists by providing working capital to the banks in return for a shareholdinng in their businesses.
Mr John Carew Reid asks the question?
"Why can't the UK Government also invest directly into small and medium businesses with business people that have a track record of some successes, and to people who want to start up a new business who are keen and energetic with a sensible business plan, with amounts of up to £25,000 unsecured and up to £1 million secured on commercial real estate, rather than than handing 1,000 billion pounds to just three for four companies all in the same industry, who are all competing against each each for the banking busines, who all have the same products to sell, have a proven track record of having no business sense or ability have lost about 1,000 billion pounds over the last few years of other people's money?"
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    An environmental film starring Pete Postlethwaite has become the first to premiere in a solar cinema tent. Skip related content The Oscar-nominated actor was joined on a "green" carpet by X-Files star Gillian Anderson, glamour model Keeley Hazell and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone. The Age of Stupid sees Postlethwaite play an old man living alone in a devastated world in 2055, looking back at footage from 2008 and despairing why we did not stop environmental damage. The premiere took place in a tent in the gardens at the centre of Leicester Square in London's west end and visitors were specifically asked not to fly in for the event. The event was also broadcast at 64 cinemas all over the UK via a satellite link. Profits from the ticket sales go to the Not Stupid climate campaign - an initiative by environmental groups to recruit new activists to make their views felt at the UN Climate Summit in December 2009 this year. The film, which cost just £450,000 to make, was funded by donations from more than 200 people. The Age of Stupid is released nationwide on March 20.

    Gus McCann, Ireland's new Bob Dylan and  Eliah the amazing 12 string guitarist from California 
    out celebrating the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival
     Gus McCann comes back to his roots in Dublin to sing
    "Dublin in My Tears"
    Gus McCann in Dublin singing the old Irish Classic "Dublin In My Tears" in the streets of Dublin after receiving hisUSA Weekly News 100 Star Award a the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gus McCann is riding high with an offer to play a part in a film and a recording contract..Gus however does not ever like to forget his roots on the streets of Dublin where he cut his teeth singing a mixture of the Old Irish Ballads and his own poetry all about life and the lessons life hands out, which Gus puts to his own music... Gus McCann is also about to embark on a world tour bringing his soulful voice and music to as many people around the world as he can....

    Chapmans Limited part owner of a new
     BrokeBack Mountain Film called 
    BrokeBack Mountain -The Untold Story
    see and 
    "BrokeBack Mountain - The Untold Story"

    A new screen play
    BrokeBack Mountain and BrokeBack Mountain Lodge
    Irish Born Singer Songwriter
     Gus McCann lined up for role in 
    BrokeBack Mountain- The Untold Story.

    Gus McCann in Dublin singing the old Irish Classic "Dublin In My Tears" in the streets of Dublin after receiving hisUSA Weekly News 100 Star Award a the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gus McCann is riding high with an offer to play a part in a film and a recording contract..Gus however does not ever like to forget his roots on the streets of Dublin where he cut his teeth singing a mixture of the Old Irish Ballads and his own poetry all about life and the lessons life hands out, which Gus puts to his own music... Gus McCann is also about to embark on a world tour bringing his soulful voice and music to as many people around the world as he can....
    Gus McCann, Ireland's new Bob Dylan and 
    Eliah the amazing 12 string guitarist from California 
    out celebrating the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival
    For more on the Dublin Fringe festival click here for

    Gus McCann received  USA Weekly News 100 Star Awards for his performances in the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival and the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was noticed by the INL News Team as being perfect to play a role and write a theme song for the new film being filmed in 2009 in various locations around the world including Mexico, California, Montana, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom

     BrokeBack Mountain - The Untold Story

     being produced by International News Limited
     in partnership with a Los Angelos film production  company

    About Los Angeles 
    The old city plaza, 1869
    City of Los Angeles in 2009
    Images, from top, left to right: Los Angeles Skyline in winter, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood signImages, from top, left to right: Los Angeles Skyline in winter, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory,Hollywood sign

    Los Angeles City Hall, shown here in 1931, was built in 1928 and was the tallest structure in the city until 1964, when height restrictions were removed.
    Downtown Los Angeles saw heavy development from the 1980s to 1990s, including the construction of some of the city's tallestskyscrapers.
    Map of Los Angeles

    Los Angeles

    (pronounced /l?s 'ænd??l?s/ los-AN-j?-l?s; Spanish pronunciation: [los 'a?xeles]) is the largest city in the state ofCalifornia and the Western United States as well as second largestUnited States.[1] Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles is rated an alpha world city, has an estimated population of 3.8 million[2] and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents,[3]globe and speak 224 different languages. Los Angeles is the seatLos Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most diversecounties[4] in the United States. Its inhabitants are known as "Angelenos" (/ænd??'li?no?z/). who hail from all over the of in the

    Los Angeles was founded September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola).[5] It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, Los Angeles and California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States; Mexico retained the territory of Baja California. Los Angeles was incorporatedas a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

    Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion,science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles leads the world in producing popular entertainment — such as motion picture, video games, television, and recorded music — which forms the base of its international fame and global status.

    History of Loas Angelos

    The Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva (or Gabrieleños) and Chumash Native American tribes hundreds of years ago. The first Europeans arrived in 1542 under Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese-bornexplorer who claimed the area as the City of God for the Spanish Empire. However, he continued with his voyage and did not establish a settlement.[6]Gaspar de Portola, along with Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. Crespí noted that the site had the potential to be developed into a large settlement.[7]

    In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra built the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel near Whittier Narrows, in what is now called San Gabriel Valley.[8] In 1777, the new governor of California, Felipe de Neve, recommended to Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, viceroy of New Spain that the site noted by Juan Crespí be developed into a pueblo. The town was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores." Tradition has it that on this day they were escorted by four Spanish colonial soldiers, two priests from the Mission and Governor de Neve. The town was named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula(The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Porciúncula River).[9]Hispanic culture that had emerged in northern Mexico among a racially mixed society. Two-thirds of the settlers were mestizo or mulatto, and therefore, had African and Indian ancestry. More importantly, they were intermarrying.[10] The settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820 the population had increased to about 650 residents.[11] Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles.[12]

    New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, and the pueblo continued as a part ofMexico. During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico, made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847.

    Railroads arrived when the Southern Pacific completed its line to Los Angeles in 1876.[13] Oil was discovered in 1892, and by 1923 Los Angeles was producing one-quarter of the world's petroleum.[14]

    By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000 people,[15] putting pressure on the city's water supply.[16] 1913's completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city.

    In the 1920s, the motion picture and aviation industries flocked to Los Angeles. In 1932, with population surpassing one million,[17]Summer Olympics.

    The post-war years saw an even greater boom, as urban sprawlSan Fernando Valley.[18] In 1969, Los Angeles became one of the birthplaces of the Internet, as the first ARPANET transmission was sent from UCLA to SRI inMenlo Park.[19]

    Also in the 1980s, Los Angeles became the center of the heavy metal music scene, especially glam metalbands.[20] In 1984, the city hosted the Summer Olympic Games for the second time. Despite being boycotted by 14 Communist countries, the 1984 Olympics became the most financially successful in history, and only the second Olympics to turn a profit – the other being the 1932 Summer Olympics, also held in Los Angeles.

    During the remaining decades of the 20th century, the city was plagued by increasing gang warfare, drug trades, and police corruption. Racial tensions erupted again in 1992 with the Rodney King controversy and the large-scale riots that followed the acquittal of his police attackers. In 1994, the 6.7 Northridge earthquake shook the city, causing $12.5 billion in damage and 72 deaths.[21]

    Voters defeated efforts by the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood[22]

    Gentrification and urban redevelopment have occurred in many parts of the city, most notably Hollywood,Koreatown, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Downtown.[23]


    Los Angeles is irregularly shaped and covers a total area of 498.3 square miles (1,291 km2), comprising 469.1 square miles (1,214.9 km²) of land and 29.2 square miles (75.7 km²) of water. The city extends for 44 miles (71 km) longitudinally and for 29 miles (47 km) latitudinally. The perimeter of the city is 342 miles (550 km). It is the only major city in the United States bisected by a mountain range.

    The highest point in Los Angeles is Mount Lukens, also called Sister Elsie Peak.[24] Located at the far reaches of the northeastern San Fernando Valley, it reaches a height of 5,080 ft (1,548 m). The major river is the Los Angeles River, which begins in the Canoga Park district of the city and is largely seasonal. The river is lined in concrete for almost its entire length as it flows through the city into nearby Vernon on its way to the Pacific Ocean.


    Los Angeles is subject to earthquakes due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire. The geologic instability produces numerous fault lines both above and below ground, which altogether cause approximately 10,000 earthquakes every year.[25] One of the major fault lines is the San Andreas Fault. Located at the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, it is predicted to be the source of Southern California's next big earthquake.[26] Major earthquakes to have hit the Los Angeles area include the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake, 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, the 1971 San Fernando earthquake near Sylmar, and the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Nevertheless, all but a few quakes are of low intensity and are not felt.[25] The most recent earthquake felt was the 5.4 Chino Hills earthquake on July 29th 2008. Parts of the city are also vulnerable to Pacific Ocean tsunamis; harbor areas were damaged by waves from the Valdivia earthquake in 1960.[27] The Los Angeles basin and metropolitan area are also at risk from blind thrust earthquakes.[28]


                        NO Where To Hide........No Where to Run........

    The title of a new controversial film being produced by the INL News Group and sponsored by, Yahoo Real,,,, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Limited.,,,,,,,,, and many others keen to see this story on film for the world to see, showing the world speaking out about the realities what what the world describes in their chants as millions march around the world in protest of the attack on Gaza's ordinary women,men and children who are just trying to live a normal life with their family and friends, by Israel.

    Sher Watson,

    Sher Watson and his band Das Contras playing live at the 2007 W ickerman Festival and in 2008 at the famous Jazz Bar on Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. where you can hear talented Jazz, Blues, Swing from all over the world seven nights a week. Sher Watson sang his self penned song Street Princess  solo at the 2008 New York International Theater, Film and Artrs Festival in New York know sas the, which is destined to be a big hit on the long and eagerly awaited Das Contras's first album due to be released in April, 2009.
    Click here to a live video clip 

    provided by one of the readers,
    of Das Contas singing Street Princess at the 2007 Wickerman Festival held in Scotland were they burn the Wickman to try and please the Gods to have a good harvest. 

    Sher Watson, the lead singer of the Scottish Jazz-Rock- Fusion Band, Das Contras is at this moment penning a theme song for the film
    NO Where To Hide........No Where to Run........
    Das Contras have their first album  Due to be released in April, 2009, after spending all of 2008 in and out of the recording studios recording and mixing their new album. 
    Das Contras were discovered by the Fringe Shows Have Talent Team at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have featured live clips of Das Contras performing at the 2007 Wickerman Fringe Festival in Scotland and the famous Jazz Bar on Chambers Street in Eninburgh, Scotland, in the Volume One of the collectors DVD Fringe Shows Have Talent shows video sections of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals, produced by the INL News Limited in association with the and Edinburgh Fringe Festival Limited and USA WEEKLY News Limited.
    Anyone interested in purchasing copies of Volume One of the collectors series of DVD's called
     Fringe Shows Have Talent Collectors DVD Volume One, please email the
    INL News Group at  or or

    There will be a limited issue of each volume of these collectors DVD's,
     so anyone interested in being put on the waiting list of a copy please email as soon as you can, to assure yourself a copy of this amazing fun-entertaining footage of some of the best memorable moments of the Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals dutingh 2006, 2007 and 2008. 
    Part if the proceeds will be used to help the suffering people of Gaza.
     A special Fringe Shows Have Talent concert is due to be held in Blackpool in 2009 to help bring publicity to the Gaza Conflict and to help raise money for help the ordinary women, men and children that are suffering Gaza as a result of the conflict with Israel. 

    Welcome to  Fringe Shows Have Talent!!!
    The Fringe Shows Have Talent Team Think they do

    Fringe Shows Have Talent will be starting a TV series  in the near future, so watch for it!
     In the meantime, come out and see for yourself that Frige Shows Do Have Talent at your nearest Fringe Festival or keep an eye on the latest Fringe Talent on 

    Now available:
    Fringe Shows Have Talent Collectors DVD's showing an exiting and fun selection of fringe performances from the Dublin and Edinburg Fringe Festivals for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.
    The film footage on these Dvd's are not available anywhere else and are truly a collectors item...Only a limited amount of these DVD's will be released
    £UK 19.90 per single DVD
    £UK 79.90 for 5 DVD's
    £UK 149.90 for 10 DVD's
    each DVD has over two hours playing time of a range of exciting music, theatre, dance and comedy 
    Anyone interested in any of the  
    Fringe Shows Have Talent Collectors DVD's  please email 
    The Fringe Shows Have Talent Team at 

    At a peace rally held in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday 10th January, 2008, in opposition to the Israel attcks on Gaza, there was so much community spirit from all walks of life and all ages from little kids to old people, just ordinary people trying to have their say....... 

                                          all singing
    Free Free Palestine ...Occupation is a crime
    Occupation is a crime.....Killing children is a crime
    Ethnic cleansing is crimeFree Free Palestine

    At the strong and powerful Solidarity for peace rally in Edinburgh on Saturday the 10th January, 2009, they had some very powerful and moving speakers at the end rally in the park and thousands braving cold winds and rain to listen to the speakers, which included a doctor who spoke live form a mobile telephone from Gaza describing to the crowd of the urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza caused for the relentless bombing of Gaza by Israel.

    The ordinary citizens from all nationalities, ages and backgrounds from all countries spoke out in a loud unity voice
                       " Israel Must Stop the killing of innocent women and children"

    Anyone that wants to contributed any stories, views, ideas, photos, film clips and just want to be involved with tha making of  the film
                     NO Where To Hide.........No Where to Run........
    Please email all ideas, views,stories, photos, video clips etc to
                            INL News Limited at
    The film

    "             NO Where To Hide........No Where to Run........
    wants to include views from all sides so that a fair cross sections of all points of view is shown and each individual can make up their own mind about the wrongs and rights of the conflict.. and what is the best way to solve the conflict so that no more innocent women, men and children are killed from either side of the conflict.... so that there will be a long last lasting peace in that region of the world between all races and all religions....the concern is that no matter which point of view you hold as to the wrongs and right of the Israel-Gaza Conflict, if it carries on much longer, it has the potential to create a third world war and help ignite a new round of world wide hatred in the world between various people in different races and religions and as

    Annie Lenox
      Annie said "the intervention of President George W Bush, who has described Hamas's rocket attacks as an "act of terror", was not helping the situation." She said: "The problem is, from my perspective, they are pouring petrol onto the fire. "They have to sit down. This is a small window of opportunity just before things kick off "For every one person killed in Gaza, they are creating 100 suicide bombers. It's not just about Gaza, it's about all of us.stated to the BBC..." that both sides were "wrong" and a total ceasefire was the only sensible solution."

    Former model

     Bianca Jagger and Bianca Jagger with Mick Jagger in the early days and singer Annie Lennox have supported the action, and have also called on American president-elect Barack Obama

    President George W. Bush meets with President-elect Barack Obama


    President George W. Bush meets with former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office of the White House January 7, 2009.

      (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters



    President-elect Barack Obama has lunch with Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty at Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, January 10, 2009 to discuss a resolution to the Israel-Gaza Conflict (Jim Young/Reuters) Mon Jan 12, 7:12 PM ET

    U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Washington January 9, 2009.

      (Jim Young/Reuters)


    to speak up against the bombardment.
    Actor Paul Kaye, whose mother-in-law was killed in a Hamas rocket attack, told the BBC he had experienced the situation from an Israeli point of view.
    "It's terrifying," he said. "My wife was trapped in a supermarket in a rocket attack. I was with my sons in Ashkelon station, holding them, waiting for a rocket to land and shutting my eyes thinking 'is this it?'
    "So I think it's important to remember that mothers fleeing rocket attacks holding their children have the same fear on both sides of the border

    "The minimum is to treat these [injured] people, to feed these people, give them water, and keep them in a safe place" Katarina Ritz ICRC's head of mission in Jerusalem
                           NO Where To Hide........No Where to Run........
                        soon to be at your local cinema, and on DVD for the world to see.....

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    Stars joined by vast crowds to welcome Obama to Washington
    Bono and the Edge of U2 performing at the "We Are One" inaugural celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington yesterday. Addressing Mr Obama, Bono said: "What a thrill for four Irish boys from the northside of Dublin to honour you, sir." Photograph: Alex Brandon/PA

    HUNDREDS OF thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington last night for the opening event of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, a star-studded concert celebrating national unity in diversity.

    Bono, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Tom Hanks were among the artists who performed songs and read texts on the theme “We Are One”.

    The vast crowd, which stretched from the memorial around the giant reflecting pool and beyond the Washington Monument, greeted Mr Obama and his wife Michelle with a great cheer as they descended the steps below the statue of Lincoln.

    The president-elect and his wife joined their daughters Sasha and Malia behind a screen of protective glass as the concert began. Mr Obama told the crowd that they reflected the diversity of the coalition that drove his election campaign. “As I prepare to assume the presidency, yours are the voices I will take with me every day I walk into that Oval Office – the voices of men and women who have different stories but hold common hopes; who ask only for what was promised us as Americans – that we might make of our lives what we will and see our children climb higher than we did.” Bruce Springsteen was the first musician on stage, singing The RisingA Change is Gonna Comeand Mary J Blige’s version of Lean on Me , which had the future first lady singing along. The crowd erupted later when, Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow came together to perform Bob Marley’s One Love and when country star Garth Brooks sang American Pie . Vice-president-elect Joe Biden delivered an impassioned speech about the dignity of work, pointing out the great memorials of Washington, which were “all built, stone by stone, by American men and women”. Authorities in Washington are expecting between up to two million people for the extended inauguration weekend, despite forecasts for snow. Commuter trains into Washington were packed and traffic was congested by mid-morning yesterday as crowds poured in through security checkpoints. Earlier, the president-elect and Mr Biden laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington Cemetery before Mr and Mrs Obama attended church. , backed by a red-robed gospel choir. Addressing Mr Obama, Bono said: “It’s not just an American dream: it’s an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream, an Israeli dream, an Irish dream. What a thrill for four Irish boys from the northside of Dublin to honour you, sir.”Fox drew laughter when he lapsed into an impersonation of Mr Obama, quoting the president-elect’s election night remarks: “If there’s anyone who still doubts that America is not a place where all things are possible, tonight is your answer.” Among the musical highlights were a duet featuring Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi singing


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    A Palestinian woman shouts in front of her house destroyed during Israel's offensive in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip January 18, 2009.  Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched rockets into southern Israel on Sunday in defiance of the unilateral ceasefire that Israel declared hours earlier and which Hamas pledged to ignore. (Reuters) 

    Hamas, Israel separately announce ceasefire

    Hamas said it would cease fire immediately along with its Islamist allies in the Gaza Strip and give Israel, which already declared a unilateral truce, a week to pull its troops out of the territory.

    A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in response: "We'll play this day by day. We'll see how this goes. We want to leave Gaza. We'll do so as soon as we can."

    Troops and tanks had streamed back over the border since dawn and the army later confirmed it had begun withdrawing after a three-week war in which 10 Israeli soldiers and over 1,300 Palestinians were killed. Three Israeli civilians also died.

    Click here for more on this of this story

    Israel begins to withdraw from Gaza

    Israel has begun to withdraw its armed forces from the Gaza Strip, a military source has said. 

    "I can confirm that a gradual withdrawal of our forces is under way," the source said, refusing to elaborate on when the pullback might be completed.

    Palestinian militant group Hamas has announced a ceasefire with Israel, giving the Jewish state one week to pull troops out of the Gaza strip.

    It comes hours after the Israeli leaders voted to halt the offensive in region that has killed nearly 1,200 people.

    A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said earlier that if a ceasefire held in the Hamas-ruled enclave, Israel could start the process of withdrawing its forces.

    A Hamas official in Cairo, Ayman Taha, said: "Hamas and the factions announce a ceasefire in Gaza starting immediately and give Israel a week to withdraw."

    The Islamist group said previously it would not stop its attacks as long as Israeli soldiers remained in the Gaza Strip.

    Mr Taha said Hamas was demanding the opening of all Gaza border crossings for the entry of "all materials, food, goods and basic needs".

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has touched down in the Middle East for an international summit on the crisis.

    International leaders are holding a summit at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh which is to be co-chaired by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Also attending are United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and senior politicians fromGermany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Jordan.

    As he arrived in Egypt, Mr Brown announced an additional £20 million of British humanitarian aid and called for renewed efforts to find a lasting peace in the region.

    In an apparent criticism of the scale of the Israeli response to Hamas rocket attacks, Mr Brown said "too many" innocent people had died in the 22-day assault on Gaza.

    Mr Brown said the violence in Gaza must not halt the search for a path to peace, but should spur the international community on in its efforts to establish a sustainable two-state solution.

    "This conflict has once again demonstrated the urgent need to forge a longer term settlement which gives security to both Israelis and Palestinians," he said.

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