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Avaaz's Ricken Patel talks to PM about Iranian or Russian drone being used on Syria - [VIDEO]

Avaaz - About Us

Avaaz--meaning "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages--launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. Our model of internet organising allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force. (Read about results on the Highlights page.)

Res Publica

* Andrew Graham, former Economic Advisor to the UK Prime Minister and current Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Co-Founder of the Oxford Institute for the Internet and Society

* Kofi Woods, Reebok Human Rights award winner and prominent Liberian human rights activist, Founder and Director of the Foundation for International Dignity.

* Zainab Bangura, African anti-corruption and women's rights activist, former World Bank civil society advisor, and former board member of the Open Society Institute West Africa and the International Crisis Group.

* John Podesta, former Chief of Staff to President Clinton and President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

Res Publica - About Us

Partners In Health History | Partners In Health

Journalist smuggled out of Syria - Washington Times

Baba Amr oil pipeline attacked by Syrian troops - video | World news |


American activists fly out of Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. pro-democracy activists flew out of Egypt on Thursday after the authorities lifted a travel ban, a move that is likely to defuse the worst row between Washington and Cairo in decades.

Egyptian authorities had accused the campaigners, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, of working for groups receiving illegal foreign funding and prevented them from leaving the country.

U.S. officials said the case, as long as it was unresolved, jeopardized $1.3 billion in annual military aid, a cash transfer that began flowing after Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979. Washington's ties with Cairo were a pillar of its Middle East policy under U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak, who was deposed last year.


Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped * The Register

Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.

In a bizarre coincidence, a ship allegedly dropped anchor off the coast of Kenya on Saturday in a restricted area, cutting The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable - shortly after three other cables were chopped in the Red Sea between Djibouti and the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Reading List

Gitmo Nation

The TSA Is Coming To A Highway Near You - Forbes

Revealed: government plans for police privatisation | UK news | The Guardian

Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.

West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.

Passport to Engineering - IEEE Spectrum

A new professional card--resembling a European driver's license--documents educational and professional qualifications in accord with internationally recognized standards. It's available now in Germany and the Netherlands, with several more countries slated to adopt it next year.

The new "engineerING card" comes as demand rises for internationally mobile engineers in Europe. Countries like Germany and Sweden are reporting an acute shortage of engineers, particularly in high-tech sectors. At the same time, firms need engineers who can be flexibly deployed throughout Europe.

Kindergeld straks automatisch op rekening dankzij eBirth - De Standaard

Shut Up Slave!

Massive Copyright S***storm Brewing, And iTunes Is Involved

The Copyright Act of 1976 is a fairly obscure law to most people, but it's about to become very, very important to everyone involved.

See, the Act has this provision for recordings where, for songs released after 1978, after 35 years, the artist can choose whether or not to terminate the copyright, which would essentially return all rights to the song to the artist.

Needless to say, this has a lot of musicians fairly eager to collect on the billions in royalties some of them have spent decades getting screwed out of. Labels, meanwhile, would like to keep screwing the artists, because, well, imagine for a minute what would happen if they started losing the rights to albums like "Thriller."

So, how is iTunes involved? Apparently one of the end runs around the law the record labels are trying is a "mastered for iTunes" dodge wherein they change the recording enough to hold their own copyright. And probably stiff the musician entirely.




BBC News - Hugo Chavez's US 'cancer plot' put to the numbers test

This made five leaders out of a total of 24 Latin American countries, at the time of Mr Chavez's speech, although it became clear after an operation this month that President Fernandez was suffering from something else entirely.

Continue reading the main story

Latin American leaders and cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez chats with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina, 2 December 2011

Argentine President Cristina de Kirchner: underwent surgery for thyroid cancer in January 2012 but it was found to be a misdiagnosis

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2011 - doctors say the 66-year-old is responding well to chemotherapy and should make a full recovery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba in June 2011 to have a cancerous tumour removed - he says he has made a full recovery, but never disclosed what kind of cancer he was suffering from

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in August 2010 but is now in remission after chemotherapy

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff received treatment for lymphoma cancer in 2009 and has fully recovered

President Chavez stressed that he was thinking aloud rather than making "rash accusations". The US State Department described his comments as "horrific and reprehensible".

But was he right that such a concentration of cancer is statistically improbable?

Cancer is a very common disease, points out Eduardo Cazap, an Argentinian doctor and the president of the Union for International Cancer Control, based in Geneva.

Penn State PedoBear

Obama Scampaign

Joe Arpaio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arpaio set up a "Tent City" as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail.[27] Arpaio has described Tent City as a concentration camp.[28] Tent City is located in a yard next to a more permanent structure containing toilets, showers, and an area for meals.[29] It has become notable particularly because of Phoenix's extreme temperatures.

On July 2, 2011, when the temperature in Phoenix hit 118 ¼F (48 ¼C), Arpaio measured the temperature inside Tent City at 145 ¼F (63 ¼C). Some inmates complained that fans near their beds were not working, and that their shoes were melting from the heat.[30] During the summer of 2003, when outside temperatures exceeded 110 ¼F (43 ¼C), Arpaio said to complaining inmates, "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths."[31] In 1997, Amnesty International published a report on Arpaio's jails which found that Tent City is not an "adequate or humane alternative to housing inmates in suitable . . . jail facilities."[32] Tent City is criticized by groups contending that there are violations of human and constitutional rights.[33] Those critical of Arpaio also point out that the vast majority of inmates within Tent City have not been convicted; rather, they are merely awaiting trial.[34]

Follow the Pipes

BBC News - Foreign NGO workers reach Cyprus after leaving Egypt

The son of US Transport Secretary Ray LaHood, Sam - who headed the IRI in Egypt - was among those who left the country on Thursday.

The elder Mr LaHood said in a statement that he was "pleased" that the court in Cairo had lifted the travel ban, adding: "I'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time."

The New York Times reported that one American, Robert Becker of the NDI, had chosen to stay in Egypt despite his bail being paid.


shtokman project map

Project History

On July 13, 2007 Gazprom and Total signed the Framework Agreement on the major terms and conditions of cooperation when developing Phase 1 of the Shtokman gas and condensate field. The identical Agreement between Gazprom and StatoilHydro (present Statoil) was signed on October 25, 2007.

In order to implement the project, on February 21, 2008 Gazprom, Total and StatoilHydro signed the Shareholder Agreement to set up the special-purpose company Shtokman Development AG. Gazprom holds a 51 per cent stake in the company, while Total and Statoil -- 25 and 24 per cent stakes, accordingly.



18 French officers and 100 paratroopers captured in Homs, a Lebanese MP claims - Region - World - Ahram Online

A pro-Syria Lebanese Member of Parliament (MP) accused France of secretly sending troops to Syria.

The Lebanese Baathist MP Asem Konsoa claimed that the Syrian regime forces arrested 18 French officers and 100 paratroopers, along with 70 Lebanese for joining and fighting within the ranks of the protesters in the restless city of Homs.

Konsoa added that such a "scandal" might threaten the political future of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The MP vowed to divulge more information kept under wraps about the Lebanese "conspirators."

The Lebanese MP anticipates that the armed conflict will cease within a month's time, claiming the Syrian army is increasingly imposing its control on the Baba Amr neighbourhood in Homs. - Exploration and production in the Middle East - Total Group

Syria: A new Russian trick? - Arab News

UN, Russia and China urge Syria let in UN envoy | End the Lie - Independent News

WHY SYRIA? The Obama, Hilary Lucifer Clinton PIPELINE WARS! - [VIDEO]


Putin Says U.K. in Talks to Join Nord Stream Gas Link, IFX Says - Bloomberg

The U.K. may join the Russian-led Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany and beyond, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, Interfax reported.

"We have begun negotiations that will allow Great Britain to join Nord Stream and gradually become a gas importer," Putin was cited as saying by the Russian news service. Putin didn't elaborate on U.K. participation in the project.

Putin said economic relations between the U.K. and Russia are currently "bad," with just $16 billion in bilateral trade versus $72 billion with Germany.

To contact the reporter on this story: Denis Maternovsky in Moscow at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brad Cook at

Gazprom, Eni say South Stream work to begin in December - Offshore

MOSCOW -- Gazprom and Eni have agreed to adjust the terms and conditions for Russian natural gas supplies to Italy.

Paolo Scaroni, CEO of Eni, and Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee met to discuss the progress of the detailed action plan stipulating the South Stream gas pipeline construction. The parties confirmed the intention to make the final investment decision of the project this November, and to start construction operations in December 2012.

Gazprom has a 50% stake in the South Stream offshore project, with Eni holding 20%, and Wintershall and EDF 15% each.

North Korea/Japan

Japan warms to US liquefaction prospects | 02/03/12 | ICIS Heren

The Global Shipping Industry's Most Profitable Sector: LNG Shipping

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in January 2011 forced the closure of many of its nuclear power facilities. This forced Japan, which was already the world's largest importer of LNG, to import even more. Luckily for the country, it had already embarked on a major project to expand its existing LNG terminals and to build new ones.

The CEO of Norway's Hoegh LNG said in May "I've been in the LNG market for more than 20 years and I've never seen the market change this rapidly or this strongly."

In addition to Japan, the next two biggest importers of LNG are South Korea and China. In total, Asia accounts for about 60% of global demand for LNG, and their imports are still rising. So after the Japanese earthquake, in particular, the industry's supply/demand fundamentals -- which were already turning positive -- accelerated the revival in LNG shipping.

Japan supply deal brings Ichthys final investment decision closer | 06/12/11 | ICIS Heren

Japan's oil and gas exploration company INPEX has signed a binding sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with a consortium of five Japanese utilities for 4m tonnes per annum (mtpa) of supply from its Ichthys project in Darwin, Australia, the company said on Tuesday.

Operator INPEX said it had reached agreements with Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and Tokyo Gas for the sale of 1.05mtpa each. Kansai Electric and Osaka Gas will lift 800,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) each, while Kyushu Electric's offtake will be 300,000tpa.

Ichthys LNG Project


Gazprom eyes Israeli natural gas -

more than a dozen representatives from Gazprom arrived in the country this week to discuss the potential for work in the Leviathan natural gas field.

U.S. energy company Noble Energy said it believed it uncovered around 17 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the offshore field.

Calcalist said it would cost as much as $8 billion to develop the field. New partners are needed to hasten development.

Calcalist said Gazprom discussed a variety of options for Leviathan, including partnerships with other energy companies and sales agreements for regional markets. Gazprom, the new service said, is seeking to establish a stronger presence in the Middle East market.


Hungarian, Georgian PMs agree on importance of AGRI pipeline | New Europe

Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Georgian counterpart Nika Gilauri agreed on the importance of establishing a pipeline that will transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Azerbaijan to Central Europe via the Black Sea and Romania, Prime Minister's spokesman Peter Szijjarto said on 17 February, Budapest Business Journal reported.

The state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) became a shareholder in AGRI LNG, the project company for the pipeline, a year ago.

MVM shares ownership of the company with Romania's ROMGAZ, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).

The pipeline is expected to cost €4 billion - 6 billion to build. It will have annual capacity of 7 billion cubic meters.

The National Economy Ministry said previous Thursday that Hungarian and Georgian business representatives held a forum during Gilauri's visit to Budapest.

National Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy and his Georgian counterpart Dimitri Gvindadze signed a double taxation avoidance agreement on 16 February.

Azerbaijan--Georgia--Romania Interconnector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Azerbaijan--Georgia--Romania Interconnector (AGRI) is a proposed project to transport Azerbaijani natural gas to Romania and further to Central Europe. Natural gas would be transported by the pipeline from Sangachal Terminal in Azerbaijan to the at the Kulevi Terminal at the Black Sea coast of Georgia. In Kulevi, the liquefied natural gas export terminal (LNG plant) would be built. Liquefied natural gas will be transported by LNG tankers to the Constanţa terminal in Romania. After regasificaton natural gas will be delivered through the existing gas grid to Romania and other European countries.[1][2][3] Alternative to the transportation of liquefied natural gas is transportation of compressed natural gas.[1]

Capacity of the interconnector is expected to be 7 billion cubic metres (250 billion cubic feet) of natural gas per year, of which 2 billion cubic metres (71 billion cubic feet) will be consumed in Romania.[2] The project is expected to cost cost €4--6 billion.[4][5]

On 13 April 2010, the Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev, Minister of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment of Romania Adriean Videanu and Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri signed a memorandum on implementation of the project and establishment of the project company headquartered in Bucharest.[1][2][6] The project is developed by AGRI LNG Co formed by Romgaz, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, and MVM.[7] This is possible that also Bulgaria can join the project.[7]

The project is seen as a competitor to the Nabucco pipeline, White Stream, South Stream, Trans Adriatic Pipeline, and Interconnector Turkey--Greece--Italy projects.

SOCAR Section: The Development of the Oil and Gas Industry in Azerbaijan by Dr. Khoshbakht Yusifzade

It's All About Azerbaijan -


State Secretary: U.S. strongly supports idea of TAPI gas pipeline construction - Trend

Pak vows to push energy ties with Iran; disregards US - India News

He made the remarks while responding to a question about US threats to energy projects with Iran, including the pipeline and ventures to import electricity, on "Prime Minister Online", a monthly TV show in which he interacts with the public.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [ Images ] has warned Pakistan of "damaging consequences" over the gas pipeline with Iran, saying Islamabad [ Images ] could face sanctions if it went ahead with the ambitious project.

"We have been very clear in pointing out the consequences of building this pipeline," Clinton told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

She warned that sanctions could be triggered if the pipeline is constructed either as an Iranian project or a joint project with Islamabad.


UK Minister of State for Armed Forces visits Tajikistan | Tajikistan News-NA -Asia-Plus>>

DUSHANBE, March 1, 2012, Asia-Plus -- Mr. Nick Harvey, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, is arriving in Dushanbe for a short visit.

Mr. Nick Harvey is a British Liberal Democrat politician; he is Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon.

A well-informed source at the government says President Emomali Rahmon will receive British minister tomorrow morning.

According to him, the sides are expected to exchange views on state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the United Kingdom in different fields, including military and military-technical cooperation.

Rahmon and Harvey will also consider issues related to providing regional security as well as peace and stability in Afghanistan, the source added.

Rawalpindi - Karachi Pipeline - Enipedia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Revolution hits the oil sector: pipeline under fire ~ The Arab Digest

Explosions Destroy Saudi Oil Pipeline, Sends Oil Prices Soaring

Photo Of Pipeline Fire And Map Of Awamiya Region | ZeroHedge

Saudi Aramco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The origins of Saudi Aramco can be traced back to May 29, 1933, when the Saudi government granted a concession to Standard Oil of California

2007 Saudi Aramco subsidiary Saudi Aramco Sino Co. Ltd. signs agreements with ExxonMobil, Sinopec Corp and the Fujian Provincial Government of China to form two joint ventures: Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a refining and petrochemicals venture, and Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. (SSPC), a marketing venture.

2008 Saudi Aramco celebrates the 75th anniversary of the May 29, 1933, signing of the oil concession between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Standard Oil of California (Socal). King Abdullah visits Dhahran to celebrate the 75th anniversary.

2009 CEO inaugurates KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where many high profile guest, state leaders, kings, and scholars attended the ceremony.

2009 Saudi Aramco reaches 12 Mbbl/d (1,900,000 m3/d) capacity after completing an expansion program. Also, Petro Rabigh, the company's first petrochemical plant (a partnership with Sumitomo Chemicals Co., Ltd., begins production.

2010 Saudi Aramco unveils GigaPOWERSª and runs a first field test of Resbotsª.[17]

2011 Saudi Aramco starts production from Karan Gas Field, with an output of more than 400 standard cubic feet per day.[18]

2011 Saudi Aramco is officially named the world's largest and most valuable privately owned company. Saudi Aramco is said to be monopolizing the world's energy market.

2011 Aramco raised selling prices for all crude grades for customers in Asia and Northwest Europe for April shipments and cut prices for customers in the U.S.[19]

South Sudan

BBC News - Lamu port project launched for South Sudan and Ethiopia

Construction has begun on a $23bn (£14.5bn) port project and oil refinery in south-eastern Kenya's coastal Lamu region near war-torn Somalia's border.

An oil pipeline, railway and motorway will also be built linking Lamu to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Newly independent South Sudan plans to use Lamu as its main oil export outlet.

A BBC reporter says security concerns for the project may explain the presence of Ethiopian and Kenyan troops in Somalia aiming to pacify the region.

Kenya launches 18.5 bn euro port project - FRANCE 24

Kenya launched the construction of a massive port, railway and refinery Friday near a UNESCO-listed Indian Ocean island in a project it bills as the biggest ever in an African nation.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir unveiled a plaque at a ceremony to mark the official start of building work near Lamu island in Kenya's southeast.

Nairobi hopes the $24.5 billion (18.5 billion euro) project will turn the east African country into a regional economic hub and propel it to become a middle-income economy in the next two decades.


DEPA retains hope of Shah Deniz gas export pipeline award - Offshore

The partners in the Shah Deniz gas field development in the Caspian Sea have provisionally opted for exclusive negotiations with Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on a gas export route to southern Europe.

According to Harry Sachinis, chairman of competing pipeline consortium IGI Poseidon and chairman and CEO of DEPA: "We understand that this is just a provisional decision by Shah Deniz and we remain convinced that the ITGI project presents the best solution for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor and for Azerbaijan, or other gas producing countries, to export their gas to Europe.

"ITGI is the most advanced pipeline system, the only one with all the necessary permits and agreements in place and strongly supported by the governments of both Greece and Italy...

"ITGI is the only project able to take a Final Investment Decision in line with the time schedule of gas production from Shah Deniz II field and thanks to the pipeline from Greece to Bulgaria (the IGB pipeline project) the ITGI system will enable the diversity of sources and routes of supply to southeastern Europe from 2014."

The ITGI project will be constructed on the basis of available gas from Shah Deniz II (10 bcm/yr or 353 bcf/yr), with capacity for expansion to guarantee transportation of additional supplies at a later date.

It would make use of existing infrastructure in Turkey and Greece with a new pipeline (IGI) connecting Greece to Italy. This would include a 200-km (124-mi) offshore section through the Ionian Sea.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline submits Independent Natural Gas application to Greek regulator - Offshore

BAAR, Switzerland -- The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has submitted its application for the construction of an Independent Natural Gas System to RAE, the Greek Regulatory Authority for energy.

TAP's Greek section of the pipeline will be approximately 465 km (289 mi) long and will commence at Komotini, where it ties into the national grid system. The pipeline will then cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, coming ashore in southern Italy.

Rikard Scoufias, TAP's country manager in Greece, said: "TAP's INGS submission follows shortly after on our TPA (Third Party Access) exemption application last month and constitutes a key element of the final steps towards concluding the permitting process for construction of the TAP pipeline. The construction itself, which is backed by some of the largest European energy companies (Statoil, EGL and E.ON), is expected to bring in excess of €1.5 billion ($2.1 billion) investment into Greece and to generate approximately 2,000 jobs. I am very pleased to see how well we are progressing with the Greek authorities regarding our various permits. Our commitment to Greece stands as firm as ever, and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership."

TAP will be ready to begin pipeline operations in time for first export gas west of Turkey (expected in 2017/18) from Shah Deniz.


Iran discovers huge oil field in south-report - Yahoo!

TEHRAN, March 3 (Reuters) - Iran has discovered one of

its biggest oil fields with high quality crude in a southern

province, the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted an official

as saying on Saturday.

"The preliminary studies show enormous crude reserves in

this oil field, which can be considered as one of Iran's biggest

fields," Mahmoud Mohaddes, head of the exploration office at the

state National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) told Mehr.

Mohaddes gave no further details about the field but said it

was located in the country's southern border region. Oil

Ministry officials were not available to comment.

Iran is looking to discover 2.5 billion barrels of

recoverable oil and 23 trillion cubic feet of gas in the course

of the country's fifth five-year development programme

(2010-2015) now under way.

Iran, the world's fifth largest oil producer, has been hit

by tightening international sanctions over its disputed nuclear

work, which the West says is aimed at building bombs.

Tehran denies this, saying it needs the nuclear technology

to generate electricity.

In the past months Iranian energy officials have announced

exploration of new oil fields in various parts of the country to

show that Iran had boosted its exploration activities in the

absence of foreign companies.


Dr. Clooney, I Presume? | Mother Jones

OVERSIZED SHADES have replaced pith helmets, but the new scramble for Africa has its share of adventurers, would-be saviors, and even turf battles. As Madonna's publicist explains, "She's focusing on Malawi. South Africa is Oprah's territory."

The map below takes a lighter look at the sometimes serious, sometimes silly business of celebrity altruism. For more on how Africa became the hottest continent for A-list do-gooders like Bono and Brangelina, see here. And if you're looking for a more sober approach, check out our recent package on human rights.





Hail the Foot!

Missing feet solved -

Since 2007, nine disembodied feet, most still inside sneakers, have washed up off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington state, sparking an international guessing game over their ghoulish origins.

Among the most popular theories: that the feet belonged to victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, or illegal stowaways, or were the final remains of the victims of a serial killer who had come up with a highly original calling card.

Finally, the mystery has been cracked, and the cause is as pedestrian as it is tragic: These feet, according the coroner's office of British Columbia, almost all belong to suicides, and almost all of them jumped from bridges spanning the powerful Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver.