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Rabbi’s remarks…


Abbas, Palestinians should die: Israeli rabbi

rabbi 280JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.

“Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth,” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel’s government, said in a sermon late on Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s popular name.

You report on offensive comments by an Israeli rabbi, but Arab imams say much worse every day. Additionally Arab media, schoolbooks etc. Are loaded with Nazi-like rhetoric.

Why do you refuse to report on Arab incitement? This is extremely unfair and a manifestation of bias.

Backing the mosque?


Obama backs controversial New York mosque project USA-NEWYORK/MOSQUEWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York — a project opposed by conservatives and many New Yorkers.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

It is flat-out dishonest to have a title that says “Obama backs controversial New York mosque project” but it is drawn directly from the dishonest story itself.

The party is Labor


Australia government holds poll lead as campaign gears up

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on course for a narrow win in an August 21 election, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, as the economy, border protection and population swiftly emerged as key campaign issues.

Support for the ruling Labour party has rebounded since Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, was appointed three weeks ago. Seeking to take advantage of her lead and a robust economy creating jobs, she called an election on Saturday.

World domination?

U.S. and Russia to swap spies after 10 plead guilty

gbu swap 280Such swaps are not unprecedented but were more a fixture of the Cold War, when the United States and the former Soviet Union were sworn enemies competing for world domination.

Your story about the spy swap states that the U.S. was attempting to “dominate the world.”



Germany regrets McChrystal Afghanistan departure

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// AFGHANISTAN/MCCHRYSTALDJIBOUTI June 23 (Reuters) – German Defence Minister Karl-Theo zu Guttenberg said on Wednesday he regretted the departure of U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan.

“McChrystal was a very reliable partner. I regret not being to work with him any longer,” said Guttenberg, on a trip to visit German troops in the Horn of Africa.

No wedding coverage


News groups pull coverage of Swedish royal wedding

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Three news organizations pulled coverage of the wedding of Sweden’s heir to the throne on Saturday, protesting restrictions set by a Swedish state broadcaster.

Reuters, owned by Thomson Reuters, Associated Press and Agence France Presse complained about redistribution terms set by Sveriges Television (SVT) for audiovisual rights to footage of Sweden’s first royal wedding in more than 30 years.

Cropped photos


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Shame on you for editing (cropping) photos depicting wounded Israeli soldiers in a way that hides the cold weapons (knives and metal clubs) in the hands of the “peaceful” voyagers.

Unfortunately, Reuters looses its stature as an unbiased media outlet time and time again.

The wrong sex…


Buffett worried on inflation, Greek ‘high drama’

gbu lagarde 240French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde earlier Saturday said he was expecting an aid package of around 100-120 billion euros ($133-$160 billion), and had “good hopes” an agreement could be reached by the end of this weekend.

He? I believe Christine Lagarde is a woman. You may want to correct that.

Careful Reader

Yes. Several readers pointed that out to us: GBU Editor

France’s Finance Minister Christine Lagarde (R) speaks to the media in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris after attending a ministers’ meeting with the president about an aid plan for Greece on May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Altered image?



Israeli border police scuffle with a Palestinian man trying to enter al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City March 12, 2010. Israeli forces sealed off the West Bank and massed riot squads around Jerusalem’s Old City and Arab neighbourhoods during Muslim weekly prayers on Friday, facing down Palestinian anger over Jewish settlement expansion.¬† REUTERS/Ammar Awad

gbu israeli crop 260What possessed you to PhotoShop”the batons out of the Israeli Police’s hands as they beat back demonstrators in Jerusalem?

Misspelling KGB?


Liberals rap Kremlin as Stalin is worshipped RUSSIA/ Since former KBG officer Vladimir Putin came to power a decade ago, Russia’s beleaguered liberals have accused the Kremlin of helping to burnish Stalin’s image in order to justify its own increasingly tight political control.

KBG? Really?

I’ll bet your editor is proud of that one…


Ouch. Several readers noticed this one: GBU Editor

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds a cup during his working visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region near Karatash settlement outside the city of Abakan February 25, 2010.¬†REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool