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Monday, May 30, 2011

Some ten thousand Serbs protested in their capital Belgrade.. to demand the resignation of Boris Tadic and his government over the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic.
As has been previously mentioned.. Mladic, indicted for genocide in the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, was found on Thursday in a village 60 miles northeast of Belgrade, after 16 years on the run...
In Belgrade, Radical Party official Lidija Vukicevic told the crowd .."With the arrest of General Mladic...with its pro-Western policies, Boris Tadic's regime betrayed all interests of the Serbian nation,".. Many supporters of the former General believe he had nothing to do with the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995..
However, as mentioned here yesterday, the European Union has smiled upon Serbia with the arrest of Mladic.. seeing it as a step towards joining the Eurozone..

Syrian military officials say hundreds of Islamic militants cemented control over a town in southern Yemen on Sunday.. seizing army tanks.. while breakaway army units encouraged other military forces to switch their loyalties and join the uprising.
The growing number of defections in the military posed the most serious threat yet to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 30 year grip on his country.
But the government's not finished yet.. doctors in the southern city of Taz says six were killed, and more than 150 injured by government troops, who turned water cannon, and the live fire, on protestors..

Figures released by Social Service Departments would indicate that there are some 800 thousand senior citizens in this country, who, because of a variety of reasons, have fallen through the cracks and receive no social aid whatsoever..
Eight hundred thousand..
The report.. based on previously published data by the government and independent researchers.. pointed out while the NHS had received significant budget rises in recent years, social care increases had stalled.
Once inflation is taken into account, funding has only been rising by 0.1% a year since 2004 - equivalent to £43million.. by comparison, the NHS budget rose by £25billion..
Golden years, indeed..

The unprecedented weather continues in the States.. Montana's the latest..
Officials warned ongoing flooding could ultimately be the worst in decades for the state, with an unusually heavy snow pack in the mountains, persistent spring rains, and waterlogged ground incapable of soaking up any more moisture.
And on the other end of the ecological scale..With Northern Europe facing its worst drought since 1976, politicians in the West are expecting protests from farmers.. consumer discontent.. and a strain on budgets.
Third World nations are braced for riots as Europe’s heat wave creates a rise in food prices and drives millions deeper into poverty..
According to Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the French Ecology Minister..“We are in a situation of crisis and of crisis management..” . Meteorologists say that Northern Europe has had 50 per cent less rain than normal over the past two months, while temperatures have been 7.2F higher than usual..
And a similarly catastrophic drought in China, has those in the north of the country left with two basic choices.. change their crops to one's which will grow with less water.. or leave their farms entirely and migrate to the cities to look for casual labour.. The country's second largest lake is seven meters below it's normal level.. And the hot weather is not expected to change..
And the Camping Countdown continues..

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