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Michael Jackson Memorial to ‘flood internet’

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Many people are speculating that Michael Jackson’s memorial at the Staples Center will ‘flood’ the internet with the heaviest traffic ever seen in the history of the internet. The day Jackson died many sites, including Google and Jackson’s official site, became slow and sometimes unresponsive. Other sites had to be taken offline because of the overwhelming amount of traffic. It remains to be seen whether this will occur today as millions tune in both on TV and online to see Michael Jackson one last time.

The link for CNN Live, where the memorial will be aired live, is here: http://www.cnn.com/video/fb/facebook.html?stream=stream1

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Riots in Urumqi, 156 Dead, Hundreds More Injured, and Thousands Arrested

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Yesterday’s riots in the city of Urumqi, located in China’s western Xinjiang province, have left at least 156 people dead and over 800 people injured. Xinhua (Chinese State Media) claims there have been over 1434 arrests.

Xinhua further reports the government said: “An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.” Kadeer is considered the Uigher leader and lives in exile in the United States.

Many in Xinjiang have long campaigned to gain independence from China, which is made up of prominently Han Chinese, while  Xinjiang is primarily Uigher Muslims.

The CNN article on the topic is here:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/06/china.uyghur.protest/index.html

Synopsis of All Confirmed Events in Iran on Friday 19 June 2009

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White House Answers Questions About Iran

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Below is a link to a transcript in which US Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions from reporters about Iran.

http://govne.ws/item/Briefing-by-White-House-Press-Secretary-Robert-Gibbs-6-18-09

US Military tracking a North Korean Ship Believed to Have Weapons

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An excerpt from a CNN article:

“The U.S. military is tracking a North Korean ship believed to be carrying illicit weapons or technology, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

The ship, the Kang Nam, is a North Korean-flagged ship, according to two senior U.S. officials, and is currently in the Pacific.

While the United States does not know what specifically is on the ship, the Kang Nam is a “repeat offender,” known for having carried “proliferation materials,” one senior defense official said.”

Link to full article: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/18/north.korea.ship/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Written by eldercato

June 18, 2009 at 17:50

Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen on Social Networking

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Youtube Video with US Defense Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen talking about “the importance of utilizing Twitter, Facebook and other on-line social networking media to communicate information of national importance.”

Link Below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAvSmf5iDss