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[Media Alert] Guardians of Middle-earth Announces New DLC Character – Mouth of Sauron
Gamers can download and play as Sauron’s deadly ambassador, Mouth of Sauron in Guardians of Middle-earth on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network.
As the only person who directly communicates with the Dark Lord, Mouth of Sauron provides orders to the armies of Gorgoroth, the northwestern region of Mordor. He briefly encounterd Aragorn before the Battle of the Black Gate, dismissing him as the new King of Gondor and Arnor.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions also released new character art, bio, ability details and a new video about playing as the Mouth of Sauron.
In Guardians of Middle-earth, gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in a competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Featuring select characters from the film,The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the game allows players to develop and master more than 20 iconic characters. Play as Gandalf, Gollum, Legolas, Sauron and more, forming memorable and unlikely alliances with and against friends. Gamers will have the ability to connect with other players via an in-game voice communication system, as well as access to a comprehensive online stat and leader board system where they can track friends’ victories and defeats, and more. Now available at select retail stores for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and via download for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network.
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|CODEMASTERS® REVEALS GRID 2TM DRIFT EVENTS AND ASIAN LOCATIONS|
|FROM DRIFT IN JAPAN TO STREET RACING IN DUBAI, NEW GAMEPLAY VIDEO SHOWCASES ASIAN GRID 2 CONTENT|
|Wednesday 15th May 9am UK – Today Codemasters® released a new GRID 2™ gameplay video that showcases the game’s intense Drift events and reveals key Asian locations, including the addition of Hong Kong, set to feature in the game;
The ‘World Series Racing 3: Asia – New Frontiers’ video focuses on the Asian cars, clubs and locations set to star in GRID 2. Racers earn points for style and form in Drift events on steep and aggressive mountain roads filled with hairpins inspired by Okutama in Japan. Open Road racing is represented with Touge events in Hong Kong, where players must close the gap and take their chance to pass in one-on-one, contactless sprints.
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Kamchatka is currently displaying some stunning earth and sky visuals: Four volcanoes, in close proximity, are erupting simultaneously on the Russian peninsula. A Moscow film crew has produced an awe-inspiring 360-degree video of the natural fireworks.
Volcano experts don’t believe that the four volcanoes are being fed from the same magma source, the parallel eruptions would seem to be the geological equivalent of winning the lottery.
Enjoy the actual flight over the Tolbachik Volcano
I have produced a short breakdown to help with clarity on the subject of Egypt’s Politics.
Let’s go through the main groups you need to know about.
The SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces)
Although they have made a couple of solid steps towards democracy, they’re still not willing to give full power to the democratically elected Islamists, for fear of two things;
- That they would undermine the military role (which makes 30% of the Egyptian economy)
- That they would institute a religious state.
They’ve managed to make an amendment to the constitution to allow them to simply veto decisions taken by the Islamic president and elected parliament regarding the military, going to war, or writing the constitution.
The SCAF views the liberals and revolutionary youth as simply an anti-government, unorganized, and unrealistic bunch and inso believes that left to their devices they’ll lose the battle in front of the Islamists thus turning Egypt into an Iran-like country.
This comprises of the Muslim Brotherhood and also the more radical Salafis (they have their differences but they managed to set it aside for now).
They simply don’t trust the Liberals calling them a bunch of elite snobs that want to constitute a secular anti-Islamic state, and believe that since the people have chosen them they have the right to write a more “Islamic” constitution.
The relationship between the Islamists and the military is mostly that of a game of chess, the military knows that they have massive mobilization power that can fill El-Tahrir in a couple of hours and the Islamists know that the SCAF has legitimacy in-front of the average citizen that a direct confrontation would scare the already sceptical Egyptian population of an Iran-style coup by the Islamists.
Now how do the Islamists force the SCAF into giving up power? They mostly cuddle-up to the revolutionary youth and the liberals calling the SCAF remnant of the old regime and with such rhetoric they can form a coalition that would be able to pressure the military without being labelled as a proponent of a single political view.
The Revolutionary Youth and the Liberals
They are a small number of youth and elites dedicated to the cause of freedom, justice and liberal ideals.
They believe that their main enemies are the SCAF and the remnants of the old regime.
They still believe that the revolution hasn’t succeeded yet and that the SCAF is trying to undermine it by performing a coup on a democratically elected parliament and president, and they are willing to partner-up with the Islamists to bring down the military rule, their point of view is that the Islamists would be easier to shake down from power after they are done with the military.
The “Couchies” and the People
They are simply the regular Egyptian folks, they are the only variable in the equations and the largest force when it comes to elections, they basically want a stable, moderately religious, free state where they’d be able to elect their representatives, some of them have more conservative leanings, others would like a more secular state, these “couchies” take their decisions based on the on-going events, if it looks like it’s heading for a military dictatorship they vote for the Islamists, if Egypt is threatened with an Iran scenario they vote-in the liberals, revolutionary and even the remnants of the old regime into office.
- There is a number of other not-so-powerful but effective players as well
The Egyptian Judiciary
The Islamists and revolutionaries believe that it’s controlled by the SCAF, whose decisions introduce entropy to the process (like the decision to dissolve the parliament).
The Remnant of the Old Regime
- A network of anti-revolution businessmen and beneficiaries of the old regime.
- They are simply backing anyone other than the Muslim Brotherhood.
Original Work – AIbrahem
The Final Results
Turnout: 26,420,763 (51 per cent)
Invalidated votes: 843,252
Morsi: 13,230,131 votes (51.7 per cent of valid votes)
Shafik: 12,347,380 votes
Political uncertainty ahead
Morsi’s victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week’s runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.
In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood’s political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.
Despite Morsi’s victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.
“This is not the end of the game, it’s a start of a huge responsibility,” el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.
“It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front.”
Morsi retains the right to appoint the prime minister and cabinet. He has already begun talks o form a presidential team and cabinet that “would truly represent Egypt after the revolution,” according to a statement on the Brotherhoods Twitter account.
Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.
SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.
Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.
Either way, the military council – which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a “grand ceremony” – will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.
Source: Al Jazeera
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No, she’s not.
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The Vatican has a revolution on its hands. More than 300 Austrian priests called for the end of celibacy for clerics, the allowance of marriage, and increasing tolerance of non-catholics. The dissenting priests’ website has the details:
“Rome’s refusal to take up long-needed reforms and our bishops’ inactivity not only allow but force us to obey our consciences and make ourselves independent”
Der Standard reports 76% of those polled agree with the priests. The archbishop of Vienna does not. He has threatened excommunication and told the paper:
“This has to stop. If somebody decides to become a dissident, he will have to face the consequences.”
But might there be consequences for the Church? Le Monde quotes Paul Zulehner, a theologist who says the church should be concerned:
“ The catholic church must react quickly if it wants to avoid a schism.”
This isn’t the first sign of trouble. Suddeutsche Zeitung argues the uprising is a symptom of deeper problems for the church.
“The issues that supporters of the initiative want addressed may be revolutionary, but they are by no means new: they constitute basic questions that have been around for a long time but have never been addressed.”
Which might explain why some say popular opinion is turning against the Church. A parishioner tells Deutsche Welle :
“What’s going on in the catholic church is terrible. Not just in Austria, but across Europe. The Vatican is incapable of moving with the time and introducing reforms.”
France’s Catholic La Croix reports the more Austrians left the Catholic Church last year than ever before.
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Dr Leo Spaceman
In my opinion, this character, Dr Leo Spaceman (pronounced spatcheman, or just like it sounds, if you prefer…) is the most underrated and least praised in the hit series 30 Rock. His character is played by Chris Parnell.
Here are some highlights from the First Season.
“Dr, I think Tracy Jordan is having badside-effects from his medication.”“Ah, I was afraid this was going to happen……but, what can you do?Medicine is not a science.”
“Dr, we have a product we would like you to give a medical endorsement to.”“I’ll do it!What is it?”
“Dr, is it true that bread eats out your brain?”“We have no way of knowing, because the powerful bread lobby keeps stopping my research!”
“Dr Spaceman, when they check my DNA will they tell me what diseases I might get or help me to remember my ATM pin code?”
Muntaha’s sixteen-year-old son was abducted by Syrian security forces two months ago — one of 3000 Syrian “disappeared”. India, Brazil and South Africa have close ties to Syria and could push for an international human rights delegation to find the missing, but they won’t act without global pressure. Help find Muntaha’s son:
Muntaha’s sixteen year old son was abducted from a peaceful democracy protest by Syrian security forces. She has spent the last eight weeks scouring the country for her child — braving warnings from the Syrian regime that her other son would also be “disappeared” if she continued with her search. Our urgent action now can help her son and the thousands of other disappeared Syrians.
Since March, almost 3000 people have been taken by regime forces and disappeared into secret jails. The international community has spoken out, but done little to stop this attack — but India, Brazil and South Africa have close ties to Syria and could push for an international human rights delegation to find the missing and reunite families with their loved ones.
Our massive global membership can force key leaders to act now, pressuring Syria to allow an international delegation to investigate the thousands of disappeared. Sign the petition — it is being delivered by high profile media outlets around the world including the Times of India, the Guardian, CNN, and Der Spiegel:
India, Brazil and South Africa dragged their heels on a Security Council resolution that would have allowed for strong international action on Syria. Still, they remain committed to democracy and peace and have called for an end to the brutality of Assad’s regime. We can hold them to account for their actions and demand they use their close Syrian ties to protect the democracy activists. An international human rights delegation could effectively reunite Syrian families and end the terror of disappearances for good.
The international media has already stepped in to help with our call. Today, major newspapers are launching massive interactive web tools that tell the stories of disappeared people like Muntaha’s son, explain the political crisis in Syria and link to our petition for urgent action. These newspapers not only reach readers around the globe, but also reach opinion makers, world leaders and decision makers directly. Our campaign makes this all possible!
When democracy protests rocked the Arab world, Avaaz sprung into action and, with thousands of donations from around the world, we broke a media blackout in the Middle East — supporting protesters across Syria and Yemen. Since then, our network of citizen journalists has generated almost 20% of all TV coverage out of Syria and our work with the emerging democracy movements has helped build a real alternative to the dictators that refuse to step down. But brutal regimes are still clinging to power and the courageous activists need our help now. Sign the petition to find Syria’s disappeared and forward to everyone:
Egypt and Tunisia showed that people power can win against oppression. Our global community has supported these democracy revolutions, helped broadcast the stories of the brave activists and the violence against them, and forced our governments to action. Now if we act together we can help find the thousands of disappeared Syrians and see the dawn of a peaceful, democratic nation in Syria.
With hope and determination,
Stephanie, Sam, Wissam, Maria Paz, Rewan, Benjamin, Pascal and the whole Avaaz team
Syrian protesters seized at rate of one every hour, say activists (Guardian)
International activism comes to the rescue to find missing Syrians (Al Arabiya)
Almost 3,000 Syrians listed as ‘disappeared’ (Financial Times)
Protesters killed amid huge Syria protests (Al Jazeera)
Videos Appear to Show Violence in Syria (New York Times)
Syria protests to intensify during Ramadan-activists (AlertNet)
In Syria-Qatar rift, a ‘shrewdly calculated divorce’ (France24)
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This is big – with 72 hours until we meet the UN Secretary General, we’re closing fast on half a million voices! Sign below and tell everyone!
In 72 hours, a group of powerful world leaders will ask the UN to end the war on drugs and move towards regulation. But politicians say that the public will not support alternative drug policies. Let’s give this unique opportunity massive public support and get urgent action. Sign below, and tell everyone:
In 72 hours, we could finally see the beginning of the end of the ‘war on drugs’. This expensive war has completely failed to curb the plague of drug addiction, while costing countless lives, devastating communities, and funneling trillions of dollars into violent organized crime networks.
Experts all agree that the most sensible policy is to regulate, but politicians are afraid to touch the issue. In 72 hours, a global commission including former heads of state and foreign policy chiefs of the UN, EU, US, Brazil, Mexico and more will break the taboo and publicly call for new approaches including decriminalization and regulation of drugs.
This could be a once-in-a-generation tipping-point moment — if enough of us call for an end to this madness. Politicians say they understand that the war on drugs has failed, but claim the public isn’t ready for an alternative. Let’s show them we not only accept a sane and humane policy — we demand it. Click below to sign the petition and share with everyone — when we reach 1/2 million voices, it will be personally delivered to world leaders by the global commission:
For 50 years current drug policies have failed everyone, everywhere but public debate is stuck in the mud of fear and misinformation. Everyone, even the UN Office on Drugs and Crime which is responsible for enforcing this approach agrees — deploying militaries and police to burn drug farms, hunting down traffickers, and imprisoning dealers and addicts – is an expensive mistake. And with massive human cost — from Afghanistan, to Mexico, to the USA the illegal drug trade is destroying countries around the world, while addiction, overdose deaths, and HIV/AIDS infections continue to rise.
Meanwhile, countries with less-harsh enforcement — like Switzerland, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Australia — have not seen the explosion in drug use that proponents of the drug war have darkly predicted. Instead, they have seen significant reductions in drug-related crime, addiction and deaths, and are able to focus squarely on dismantling criminal empires.
Powerful lobbies still stand in the way of change, including military, law enforcement, and prison departments whose budgets are at stake. And politicians fear that voters will throw them out of office if they support alternative approaches, as they will appear weak on law and order. But many former drugs Ministers and Heads of State have come out in favour of reform since leaving office, and polls show that citizens across the world know the current approach is a catastrophe. Momentum is gathering towards new improved policies, particularly in regions that are ravaged by the drug trade.
If we can create a worldwide outcry in the next 72 hours to support the bold calls of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, we can overpower the stale excuses for the status quo. Our voices hold the key to change — Sign the petition and spread the word:
We have a chance to enter the closing chapter of this brutal ‘war’ that has destroyed millions of lives. Global public opinion will determine if this catastrophic policy is stopped or if politicians shy away from reform. Let’s rally urgently to push our hesitating leaders from doubt and fear, over the edge, and into reason.
With hope and determination,
Alice, Laura, Ricken, Maria Paz, Shibayan and the whole Avaaz team
Reports that show the war on drugs has failed:
Reports that show alternative approaches of decriminalisation and regulation are working:
General report on drug law reform in practice:
The Global Comission on Drug Policy that will call on the UN to end the war on drugs
Drug War by the Numbers
Final Report of the Latin American Comission on Drugs and Democracy
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It is official, Osama Bin Laden is dead.
This video seems to explain the great triumph in what has just happened, all I can say is, time will tell.