- EU / CROATIA : Zagreb Now Set To Become EU Member #28...In 2013.
- PHILIPPINES /USA : Stranded US Naval Warship Finally Dismantled.
- COSTA RICA: Currency Intervention Predicted As Colon Surges Vs USD.
- ITALY: 12 Dec UPDATE: Is Silvio's 'Friend'...Key Sex Trial Witness Ruby The Heart Stealer...On The Run? Ruby Finally Surfaces...In Mexico!
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- MUSIC FOR MONDAY: From SWEDEN / AZERBAIJAN : Eurovision Winner Loreen Sings "Euphoria."
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- VENEZUELA :6 March UPDATE: Shooting At Caracas Opposition Rally Wounds Capriles Supporter.
18 December 2011
RUSSIA: 20 Dec UPDATE: Family Calls Sunken Oil Rig Tow: A "Suicide Mission";16 Dead...37 Still Missing Off Sakhalin Island; Moscow Called The World's Worst Oil Polluter; 8,000 Protest Putin's Comments.
An ongoing tragedy in the frigid waters of Russia's Far East...some 200km/125 miles off Sakhalin Island.
After what some members of the missing crew's family call..a"suicide mission"...at least 16 are dead...with 37 still missing...when an oil rig being towed to Vietnam...sank during a winter storm.
Fourteen were rescued...but poor weather hampers new searches.
AND: From AP/NPR: A largely unreported slow motion ecological tragedy has long been occurring in many parts of Russia...where many oil spills contaminate the soil.
Experts estimate that 1% of Russia's oil...some 5mn tons...is spilled there every year...equal to one Gulf Of Mexico Macondo/Horizon disaster...every 2 months.
Lax enforcement, outdated technology and old, corroded pipes are blamed.
Stats show that Russia is the world's worst oil polluter.
Environmentalists especially fear widespread damage from its future Arctic explorations.
An estimated 8,000 protesters gathered in Moscow and St. Petersburg...against what they believe were rigged elections...and PM Putin's recent comments and insults about them...for wearing 'condom' badges...and being under the influence of Western paymasters.