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África, armas, betos e os perigos das más leituras

08.11.09

Espero ansiosamente o filme.

 

 

"Simon Mann, freed dog of war, is demanding justice"

"After more than five years in jail, the British mercenary is seeking vengeance on others he says were part of the failed 'Wonga Coup'

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"Mann, 57, had spent five-and-a-half years in two of the world's grimmest jails before his pardon last Tuesday by President Teodoro Obiang, the murderous despot he hoped to overthrow, and now he was heading back to Britain, hellbent on revenge against those he believed had the power and influence to have considerably shortened that ordeal."

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The plot itself is well documented – how in March 2004 Mann, Nick du Toit and three other South African mercenaries with wealthy international backers and the tacit approval of at least three governments, most notably the Spanish, attempted a coup which involved flying into the former Spanish colony in a plane loaded with arms and more than 50 black "Buffalo soldiers" – former members of the now disbanded South African defence forces' elite 32 battalion– to replace Obiang with an exiled opposition activist called Severo Moto.

The prize was vast, untapped reserves of oil and natural gas that an American company had recently discovered in the tiny nation. In March 2004 the plane was intercepted by the Zimbabweans at Harare airport and a jubilant President Robert Mugabe threw Mann and his fellow conspirators into jail before handing them over to Equatorial Guinea where a court sentenced the Eton-educated mercenary to 34 years in jail."

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""I said but this is like the plot of a book surely, and Nick leaned forward and said quite seriously: 'It's not like the plot of a book, it is one, Frederick Forsyth's Dogs of War. You should read it'."

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"Saturn's Infrared Ring"

08.11.09



NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. The ring is so diffuse that it reflects little sunlight, or visible light that we see with our eyes. But its dusty particles shine with infrared light, or heat radiation, that Spitzer can see.


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"It's not a bug, it's a feature"

08.11.09

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" Civ Revisionist"

08.11.09

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I was powerless to stop them

08.11.09

 

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