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How US Weapons Grade Uranium was Diverted to Israel
Declassified GAO Report Exposes Fatally Flawed Israel Investigations

By Grant Smith
UN member countries have long suspected that the United States either turns a blind eye or actively supports the transfer of know-how, weapons-grade uranium, and dual-use technology to Israel. The 62-page General Accounting Office investigation and correspondence confirms the United States refuses to mount credible investigations that would enable warranted prosecutions of the perpetrators. Continue

US Funds Israel’s Apartheid Roads Plan

By Jonathan Cook

The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians -- leaving the main roads for exclusive use by settlers -- is being financed by a US government aid agency. Continue

Noam Chomsky Denied Entry Into Israel

By Amira Hass

Chomsky arrived at the Allenby Bridge at around 1:30 in the afternoon and was taken for questioning, before being released back to Amman. Continue

Unfair Trials
Silenced for Speaking the Truth About Guantanamo

By Robert Fisk:

Another horrible, obscene story from Guantanamo. But wait. We can't have this kind of publicity show in the Canadian press, can we? Continue

The Vicious Circle of Debt and Depression – It Is a Class War

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

Having bailed out the insolvent banksters, many governments have now become insolvent or nearly insolvent themselves, and are asking the public to skimp on their bread and butter in order to service the debt that is not their responsibility. Continue

The Bailout of Big American Banks
Cost Trillions More Than We've Been Told

By Washington's Blog

These are just a few of the secret bailouts programs the government is giving to the giant banks. There are many other bailout programs as well. If these bailouts and subsidies are added up, they amount to many tens - or perhaps even hundreds - of trillions of dollars. Continue

Will the Wall Street Banksters Ever Be Held Accountable?

By Danny Schechter

We are all still stuck in the "big Muddy." No, not the wars of old or even the oil disaster.  The mud I am referring to is more like quicksand and it sucks anyone who wants to look at what happened in the financial crisis deeper and deeper into it.  Continue

The May 6 Stock Crash Revisited


"Over My 21 Years on Wall Street, I Never Saw Anything Remotely So Suspicious" Continue

America's Ten Most Corrupt Capitalists

By Zach Carter

The financial crisis has unveiled a new set of public villains—corrupt corporate capitalists who leveraged their connections in government for their own personal profit. Continue

Is This
The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See?

This video has been viewed by more than 1.4 million people

You'll just have to watch to see what's so amazing about what he (Prof. Albert Bartlett) has to say. Continue

Clashes kill 160 in Sudan: In the deadliest clashes, government troops killed 108 JEM rebels on Friday in the Jebel Moon area of western Darfur, army spokesman Captain Khalid al-Sawarmi said.
Rebels say Darfur now "at war", chance of deal "remote": JEM said last week it was suspending peace talks with the government, accusing it of breaking a ceasefire and failing to honour an initial peace deal signed in Qatari capital Doha in February.
30 suspected militants killed in allied raids in Afghanistan: Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a convoy, officials said Saturday.
US 'killed 10 Afghan civilians': A NIGHT attack by American troops in the eastern province of Nangarharkilled at least 10 Afghans, and within hours protests by their relatives and friends turned violent, leading to at least one death, according to witnesses and Afghan officials.
Afghans angry at 'civilian deaths': One person has been shot dead by police as hundreds of protesters took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan, accusing Nato-led forces of killing civilians during an overnight raid near the city of Jalalabad.
Five private security guards killed in Afghanistan: Three oil tankers that the guards were escorting burned during the fighting, which occurred between Gelan and Muqur districts
Taliban governor, four insurgents killed in Afghanistan: US special forces killed five senior Taliban commanders, including their self-appointed governor, in an operation in northern Afghanistan, an army official said Saturday.
Sunday: NATO occupation force soldier killed, 17 Afghans injured in attacks: A NATO soldier was killed in combat in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, as 13 soldiers and four private security guards were injured elsewhere in the country, officials said.
55 militants killed in air and ground offensives in Pakistan: In stepped up aerial strikes and ground offensive, at least 55 militants were killed in Pakistan's volatile northwest, and 35 others were arrested by security forces on Sunday.
US attack kills 15 people in Pakistan: : About six missiles were fired at two suspected militant compounds in the western most part of Khyber tribal agency, intelligence sources told KUNA. They confirmed 15 casualties and said about five others were critically wounded.
Pakistani MPs urge NATO oil halt: A number of Pakistani lawmakers have introduced a motion that calls for a ban on oil supplies to US-led NATO forces stationed in neighboring Afghanistan.
US men on trial in Pakistan deny terrorism charges: The prosecution concluded its case Saturday against five Americans on trial in a Pakistani court facing life sentences after being charged with planning terrorist attacks in the South Asian country.
Dozens kidnapped in Pakistan: A group of heavily armed men, dressed as policemen, have kidnapped 37 people in Pakistan's troubled north-western region.
Twenty-five killed in attacks at Iraq football match: ministry: The attacks struck at around 3 p.m. during the second half of a match between two local teams in an unprotected ground in the predominantly Shi'ite Turkmen town of Tal Afar, 380 km north of Baghdad, a local police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
'Dark days soaked with blood' lie ahead for Iraq, says insurgent leader: "Wait for the long gloomy nights and dark days soaked with blood," said Abu Suleiman, addressing Iraq's "polytheistic rejecters," an insulting term for Shias common among extremist Sunnis. "What is happening to you nowadays is just a drizzle."
Iraq’s Sadrists say Maliki can remain as PM: The political bloc of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday it had dropped its veto of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki keeping his job, eliminating a major hurdle to him staying in office.
Maliki 'hijacking' Iraq elections: top Saudi prince: Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal - "Adding to the brutal mayhem taking place there, we are watching a deliberate effort on the part of the incumbent prime minister, Mr al-Maliki, to hijack the results of the election and deny the Iraqi people their legitimately elected government," he said.
Seven years after the rescue of Private Lynch : Some people still want to believe in what she calls the "fabrication" that she engaged in Rambo-style heroics, she said
Somalia: Clashes in Mogadishu Kill Dozens: At least 25 people have reportedly been killed and dozens others wounded in fresh violence that rocked Somalia's capital in the last two days, Radio Garowe reports.
22 die in latest Bangkok violence: Catapults and fireworks against bullets. It is an unequal struggle in the Thai capital Bangkok. Fighting has spread after three days of clashes, described as “intense” in some places, between the opposition and the army. It has left at least 22 people dead, and worse could be to follow
Three more dead in fresh Bangkok violence: Raging violence in the Thai capital claimed three more lives Saturday as gunfire and explosions echoed around tense streets where there have been pitched street battles between troops and protesters. “The current situation is almost full civil war,” said Jatuporn Prompan, a key leader of the protesters known as the Red Shirts.
Thai PM Defends Crackdown as Bodies Lie on Streets: Army snipers were perched with high-powered rifles atop tall buildings, viewing the action below through telescopic scopes. Thick black smoke billowed from tires set ablaze by demonstrators as gunfire rang out.
Deadly attack on Yemeni convoy: At least one soldier has been killed and five ohers wounded after suspected separatist fighters ambushed the presidential convoy in the southern Yemeni province of al-Dahle
Iran says fuel swap deal in offing: Iran sees the ground is now well-prepared for a fuel swap agreement, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Saturday.
Iran wants guarantees for nuclear fuel swap talks: report: Iran said on Saturday it was willing to discuss a venue to swap uranium that needs to be enriched for a nuclear research reactor if it obtains "concrete guarantees," Al-Alam television reported.
No 'serious response' from Iran without sanctions: US: The United States doubts Iran will provide any "serious response" to concerns about its nuclear program until the United Nations moves on sanctions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said
Nearly 300 insurers refuse to boycott Iran-linked companies: More than 1,000 insurance companies agreed to the investment moratorium, Mr. Poizner said on Thursday.
Presstitute alert: U.S. Government Knows that Iran Helps al-Qaida: Al-Qaida fundraisers and the planners of terrorist attacks have been using Iran as a safe haven. Of course, Iranian officials monitor them closely and know precisely what they are doing. What do you think they are working on? Obviously, planning attacks to kill Americans.
Report: IDF soldiers kill elderly Palestinian near Gaza fence: Palestinian sources said IDF soldiers fatally shot 75-year-old man and wounded another man, 22, near the fence with Gaza.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for West Bank shooting attack: Palestinians blame settlers for killing stone-throwing teen near Ramallah on Thursday.
Israeli Arab MK: Israel's actions in Jerusalem are a second Nakba: Israeli Arabs mark Nakba day, or 'day of catastrophe' in East Jerusalem demonstration; Fatah and Hamas hold rare joint rally to mark the day Israel declared statehood.
In case you missed it: Israeli Apartheid and The Nakba
Stranger than fiction: Attorney seeks to bar Goldstone from US: A well-known American Jewish attorney who worked to deport former Nazis from the US is urging American officials to bar former judge Richard Goldstone from entering the country over his rulings during South Africa’s apartheid regime.
Son of Jewish Briton named as latest suspect in Dubai murder: According to the Independent, the 62-year-old suspect is the son a Jew who lived in Palestine until the outbreak of World War II, when he moved to Britain.
Sudanese migrant shot and killed crossing from Egypt to Israel: The United Nations has criticized Egypt's use of lethal force along its border with Israel. More than 60 people have been killed by security forces at the border in the last two-and-a-half years.
Russia to sell Syria warplanes, air defense systems: Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia would supply Syria with MiG-29 fighters and truck-mounted Pantsir short-range surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery systems.
U.S. House Panel Ups Missile Defense Spending: The U.S. House subcommittee that oversees missile defense programs voted May 12 to boost spending on them in 2011, disregarding the president's February budget request and more recent warnings from the defense secretary that defense spending must be restrained.
A brave new world? New terror monitors: parking attendants: Parking attendants and meter maids could be the nation's latest line of defense against terrorist attacks.
'Adapt to our ways!' Tiny U.S. town forces all business to be conducted in English amid fears of Spanish tidal wave
US let BP drill in Gulf without permits: Federal records show that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP the green light for drilling, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
In pictures: Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico: Seawater covered with thick black oil splashes up in brown-stained whitecaps
How did the Red Cross spend $106 Million Dollars in Haiti
Pat Buchanan : Are Liberals Anti-WASP?: Rising anger in a black community, which voted 24-1 for Obama, that one of their own was once again passed over for the Supreme Court.
US faces same problems as Greece, says Bank of England: Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, fears that America shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe.
"World's Worst Financial Crisis Ever": Governor Bank of England: The following experts have said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression:
Midwest Bank Seized By FDIC: Despite receiving $85 million from a federally-distributed Troubled Asset Relief program, Midwest Bank was seized Friday after failing to raise enough capital to remain an independent bank.
FDIC closes Missouri and Illinois banks: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has taken over Southwest Community Bank, based in Springfield, Mo. It had deposits of about $102 million and $96 million in assets.
FDIC shuts Plymouth bank: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it took over New Liberty Bank in Plymouth. It has about $101.8 million in deposits and $109.1 million in assets.
Bank-Failure Tally Grows to 72 for 2010: So far this year, 72 banks have collapsed and the spate of failures is expected to continue throughout 2010.
Bank Failures Exceed 2009's Pace: Year-to-date bank failures were more than double the pace for the same period in 2009, when there were 33 bank closures.
Bankers' earnings surge towards pre-crash levels: Pay and bonuses totalled £20.5bn in four months to April, compared with £24bn at height of boom in 2007
US bankruptcies resume upward path in 1st quarter: U.S. bankruptcy filings resumed their upward climb in the first quarter, nearly equaling their highest level since 2005, as high unemployment and a still-strained housing market squeezed consumers.
Millions of jobs lost, many may never return: Jobs in the beleaguered manufacturing sector aren't the only ones likely lost forever. What sets the Great Recession apart is the variety of jobs that may not return.
Let them eat cake: .... Schwarzenegger's budget deals blows to the poor: The governor unveils a proposal that would cut the welfare-to-work program and reduce child care for the needy.
Eight banks face US investigation: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is looking at whether the relationship between the banks and credit rating agencies was manipulated to gain a better ratings for risky securities.

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