The commission concluded that no evidence was found of the Saudi government or an individual senior official’s involvement in the terrorist attacks. However, the declassified pages of the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks found that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flagged five individuals with suspected Saudi government ties in connection to some of the September 11, 2001 hijackers. … [Read more...] about White House Does Not Think 9/11 Report Sheds Light on Saudi Role in Attack
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Simon Elmer from Architects for Social Housing points to Andrew Adonis’s report City Villages: More Homes, Better Communities, which is the basis for Conservative housing plans, embodied in the housing bill currently going through parliament. The report recommends recategorising all social housing estates as brownfield land. In greater London, that amounts to 3,500 estates, 360,000 homes and more than one million people. The concern, says Elmer in a paper entitled The London Clearances, is that these ageing estates will be demolished and replaced with the same mix of luxury flats and “affordable” housing that have cropped up in Elephant Park, the new private development being built in place of the Heygate, and in which a two-bedroom flat will set you back £659,000. This past weekend David Cameron gave further shape to this plan when he announced a “blitz” on poverty, suggesting the demolition of “sink estates” in favour of more homes for … [Read more...] about Gentrification X: how an academic argument became the people’s protest
At the depot, Spencon staff were working on without pay in the hope the company would be saved. Wycliffe Ochieng, the assistant mechanic, said the missing pay was affecting his marriage. Ochieng's wife began to suspect he was spending his salary on another woman. Eventually she left, forcing him to send his daughter hundreds of miles away to his parents' home so he could continue to go to work. … [Read more...] about Spencon: Inside the collapse of an African construction giant
NEW DELHI: Thal Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have suspended all non-essential movement of its troops and staffers as they have extended their leaves by another 10 days, till April 15, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Monday. The earlier orders were in the mid March asking jawans and officers of CAPFs to "be where they are" till April 5. "Fresh orders have been issued and all non-essential and routine movements, transfers and postings have been put on hold. No such travel will take place in these forces till April 15 now," a senior official said. "In order to cut down travel risk to prevent the possibility of spread of the disease during travel, the competent authority has directed that all personnel who are already on leave and likely to join duty before April 5 may be asked to extend leave till April 15,” the order accessed by PTI said. "This may also be ensured by intimating affected personnel over phone by respective leave sanctioning authorities … [Read more...] about CAPFs asked to suspend non-essential movement of troops till April 15
The director said there was “no need for panic”. He added, “We have been monitoring our animals through CCTV cameras. A number of our staff stay inside the zoo premises and we keep a close watch on the animals.” He also said the animals are relaxed since the lockdown. “There has been no case of animals falling ill after the virus outbreak and there has been no need to test any animals so far,” Mr. Buxy said. … [Read more...] about Delhi zoo on alert after tiger tests positive for COVID-19 in the U.S.