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L.A. Watts Times Vol. XXX, No. 1209
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RIES ~ Listen carefully and follow good advice that will come from someone you’ve often regarded as foolish. You run into difficulties with one of your projects; don’t worry, it’s only temporary. How you manage your mind will affect the eventual outcome. AURUS ~ Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life this week. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. EMINI ~ If there is someone or something that you’re avoiding don’t panic if you find you must confront what you’ve been hiding from. Wait for things to work themselves out. Don’t force the issue. Time solves more problems than you ever can. ANCER ~ Be flexible. Yes, you. There are many ways to be right and your lover or friend will have come up with one that is different from yours. You’ll be asked to compromise this week or you just have to give in. Remember you sometimes have to give a little to get a little. EO ~ Center yourself at every opportunity during this busy week and keep your quest for emotional and spiritual balance in the forefront. Make an effort to take your time; that way you’ll recognize opportunity from impulse-control problems immediately. IRGO ~ Happiness arrives and sits on your shoulder like a bright butterfly this week. A relationship can make significant
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DECEMBER 9 - 15 progress if you stay open to love. Keep your evening free for romance in a social setting. IBRA ~ Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week. Forget about all grudges and move forward in love. CORPIO ~ You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you’ll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening. AGITTARIUS ~ Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you’ve been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts. APRICORN ~ Before you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. QUARIUS ~ Let your creative juices flow. Advice from a child has a reward in it. On the job, coworkers will help you expand your sense of accomplishment. Only you can stand in your way. Never under estimate the power of silence. ISCES ~ Opportunity knocks this week, be ready and waiting. An old love resurfaces. This week is good for you financially. Look for a special opportunity at work. Families matters, spend time with yours.
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Hackers strike back to support WikiLeaks founder BY RAPHAEL G. SATTER AND JILL LAWLESS ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — WikiLeaks supporters struck back Wednesday at perceived enemies of the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange, launching hacker attacks against MasterCard, Swedish prosecutors, a Swedish lawyer and a Swiss group that froze Assange’s bank account. So-called “hacktivists” operating under the label “Operation Payback” claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing technological problems at MasterCard, which pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks on Tuesday. MasterCard said it was “experiencing heavy traffic,” but spokesman James Issokson told The Associated Press the company would not confirm whether WikiLeaks was involved. Issokson said MasterCard was trying to restore service Wednesday but was not sure how long that would take. The website’s technical problems have no impact on consumers using credit cards, he added. MasterCard is the latest in a
string of U.S.-based Internet companies — including Visa, Amazon.com, PayPal Inc. and EveryDNS — to cut ties to WikiLeaks in recent days amid intense U.S. government pressure. Visa said it was having no problems Wednesday. The online attacks are part of a wave of support for WikiLeaks that is sweeping the Internet. Twitter was choked with messages of solidarity for the group, while the site’s Facebook page hit 1 million fans. Offline, the organization is under pressure on many fronts. Assange is in a British prison fighting extradition to Sweden over a sex crimes case. Moves by Swiss Postfinance, MasterCard, PayPal and others that cut ways to send donations to the group have impaired its ability to raise money. Undeterred, WikiLeaks released more confidential U.S. cables overnight. The pro-WikiLeaks vengeance campaign appeared to be taking the form of denial of service attacks in which computers are harnessed — sometimes surreptitiously — to jam target sites with mountains of re-
quests for data, knocking them out of commission. PayPal’s vice president of platform, Osama Bedier, said the company froze WikiLeaks’ account after seeing a letter from the U.S. State Department to WikiLeaks saying that “WikiLeaks activities were deemed illegal in the United States.” “It’s honestly just pretty straightforward from our perspective,” he said, speaking at a web conference in Paris. Neither WikiLeaks nor Assange has been charged with any offense in the U.S., but the U.S. government is investigating whether Assange can be prosecuted for espionage or other offenses. Assange has not been charged with any offenses in Sweden either, but authorities there want to question him about the allegations of sex crimes. Per Hellqvist, a security specialist with the firm Symantec, said a network of web activists called Anonymous appeared to be behind many of the attacks. The group, which has previously focused on the See HACKERS, page 14
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Members of the media gather around a demonstrator near Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail after appearing on an extradition warrant. Assange surrendered to London police as part of a Swedish sexcrimes investigation, the latest blow to an organization that faces legal, financial and technological challenges after releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
NEWS IN AFRICA Mugabe, Mandela and Others Named in Wikileaks Secret Cables
ernment. Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua said: “We do not know the details of the leaked cables, but if what is reported is true then it is totally malicious and a total misrepresentation of our country and our leaders … We are surprised and shocked by these revelations.” Mutua said the United States’ Africa envoy, Johnny Carson, had called Prime Minister Raila Odinga recently to apologize for the expected leaks. Finally, the secret cables revealed that former President Nelson Mandela was resolutely against the Iraq war, and that he believed President George W. Bush ignored calls by the United Nations for restraint because the U.N.’s then-General Secretary, Kofi Annan, is Black.
SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORKS The publication of confidential diplomatic cables on the website Wikileaks gave ammunition to some African leaders who have complained, without previous proof, of U.S. interference in their country. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, for example, learned from the cables that the United States is leading efforts to remove him from power. In the leaked memos, former U.S. ambassador Christopher Dell wrote that the United States was taking a leading role to bring Mugabe down and that former colonizer Britain could not do the job because it was hamstrung by its colonial past. “Thus it falls to the U.S., once again, to take the lead, to say and do the hard things and to set the agenda,” Dell said in a cable posted on the Wikileaks site. As to Kenya, classified U.S. diplomatic messages called Nairobi “a swamp of flourishing corruption” and had little good to say about the Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe current coalition gov-
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It’s not just taxes: Obama defends his credibility WASHINGTON (AP) — His political credibility on the line, President Barack Obama testily defended his willingness to choose compromise over combat with Republicans on Tuesday, lecturing fellow Democrats not to be “sanctimonious” purists. Sensitive to charges of caving on bedrock principles, he said he welcomed fights with the GOP ahead of his 2012 re-election bid. “I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issue,” Obama said. “I suspect they will find I am. And I think the American people will be on my side.” The subject was taxes, who would or wouldn’t keep Bush-era reductions come Jan. 1. But for Obama, barely a month after disastrous congressional losses to the Republicans, there was a lot more to it. What emerged Tuesday was a portrait of a president determined to show he’s not a weak, irrelevant capitulator — the kind of image that, if it becomes part of a lasting narrative, could derail his presidency and re-election bid.
In the past few days, Obama has tried to recover from the midterm elections by showing deference to his opponents, angering allies in the process. The key moment came Monday, when he announced a deal with Republicans that would extend tax cuts to all taxpayers for two years, after long insisting that upper-income Americans did not need the help and the nation couldn’t afford it. Though he won a number of concessions from Republicans, congressional Democrats were left bristling. Besides the tax deal, he also disappointed labor by calling last week for a freeze on federal wages. And he has insisted that the Senate take up a nuclear arms treaty ahead of other Democratic priorities. It’s a template for a new Washington relationship after two years of relying on Democratic muscle to pass the health care overhaul and other of his signature initiatives. For Obama, this political pirouette could be both risky and unruly, causing chaos within his own party while requiring the support of Repub-
licans who are openly seeking to make him a one-term president. “The president is confronted with a very difficult situation,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday, describing the bitterness many Democrats voiced against the tax deal. Obama’s news conference was meant not just to lobby for the agreement he made with Republicans but to lobby for himself as a leader who hasn’t lost sight of what he called the north star: “What is helping the American people live out their lives?” Pressed on why he wasn’t able to keep from getting so boxed in, Obama called out Republicans for ideological rigidity on tax cuts for the rich (“This is their holy grail”) and Democratic lawmakers for not acting earlier (“I would have liked to have seen a vote before the election”). Obama was so determined to show his toughness, in fact, that he compared Republicans on Tuesday to hostage-takers willing to do serious harm. To Americans. In an echo of his 2008 campaign, Obama sought to define him-
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President Barack Obama makes statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. self as a doer, not a partisan fighter. And he signaled a more incremental governing style, recalling the birth of Social Security and Medicare as far more modest proposals than they are now. He argued that some of his critics on the left would prefer to “have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people.” “That can’t be the measure of what it means to be a Democrat,” he
said. For Obama, the nation’s first black president and one who isn’t quick to bring up his race, his final defense of dealmaking was his most eye-opening. “This country was founded on compromise,” he said. “I couldn’t go though the front door at this country’s founding.” Obama insisted Tuesday that he still has plenty of fight left to confront See OBAMA, page 11
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This photo taken Aug. 14, 2009 shows the New York Jetsâ€™ Keith Fitzhugh before an NFL football preseason game against the St. Louis Rams at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzhugh chose operating trains over a shot at a Super Bowl. The free-agent safety turned down an offer to join the New York Jets to remain a conductor with Norfolk Southern Railroad and stay on track financially while helping support his parents in Atlanta.
Fitzhugh turns down Jets to keep job as conductor BY DENNIS WASZAK JR. AP SPORTS WRITER NEW YORK â€” Keith Fitzhugh
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