Archive for May 6th, 2009

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.

A day in history that is celebrated in Mexico. They lost in California, but their independence was preserved in their own country, something that the powers that be in the US and Israel should consider when exerting their “cough cough”
diplomatic expertise in the middle East.

VOA News and video

may 5, 2009

1) The top U.S. military official says he is “comfortable” that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are secure.

2) Military commanders in northern Sri Lanka have dismissed accusations that they are responsible for civilian deaths over the past several months during the offensive to crush Tamil Tiger rebels.

4) Nearly one third of the bird species in the United States are either endangered, threatened or in significant decline.

5) New York City’s iconic Empire State Building – once the tallest skyscraper in the world – is now going to become one of the greenest buildings in the world.

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Ewen Macaskill in Washington | The Guardian, UK, May 6, 2009

The Pentagon yesterday promised to launch a joint investigation with the Afghan government into reports that ­dozens of civilians were killed in US air strikes on Monday night.

Afghan officials estimated that at least 30 and possibly more than 100 died in the attack on Bala Baluk, a Taliban-controlled area in Farah province near the border with Iran. If confirmed, it could be one of the highest civilian death tolls since the US-backed invasion in 2001.

Villagers brought truckloads of bodies, most of them women and children, to the provincial capital.

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