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Iran Agrees To Uranium Swap
Iran's Declaration on Nuclear Deal

By Press TV

Tehran has agreed to a draft proposal whereby Iran will ship its domestic low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20 percent enriched uranium. Continue

Turkey Urges West to Forget Iran Sanctions

By Haaretz

urkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he saw no need for United Nations Security Council sanctions after Iran agreed to send some of its uranium abroad. Continue

Afghan Prosecutor Issues Arrest Warrant for US Army Officer Over Police Killing

By Stephen Grey

The chief military prosecutor in Kabul, has accused the US of creating an outlaw militia which allegedly shot dead Matiullah Qateh, the chief of police in the city of Kandahar. Continue

US-led Occupation has Transformed Taliban into Freedom Fighters for the Pashtun People

By Mustafa Qadri

Foreign troops and the state they prop up are viewed as outsiders who have come not to liberate the country but subjugate it. Continue

How U.S. Aid Puts A Happy Face On Afghan Occupation

By James A. Lucas 

USAID projected that it would build 286 schools by the end of 2004, but only eight were completed. Although the Afghan government could build a school for about $40,000, an international aid agency undertook the task of building 500 schools, at a cost of $250,000 each. Continue

Supreme Court Rules 'Sexually Dangerous' Can Be Held Longer Than Sentences


Justices Vote 7-to-2, Rule 'Necessary and Proper' to Detain Some Sex Offenders Indefinitely. Continue

Foreclosure Victims "Want a Homeless Life"

By David Sirota

After their anti-tax zealotry left their city in the budgetary lurch, Colorado Springs Republicans have slashed their community's social services to the bone. We're talking big cuts to police, firefighters, park maintenance, public transportation - even turning off the city's streetlights (except, of course, in the wealthy areas!). Continue

Oceans' Fish Could Disappear in 40 Years: UN


Collapse of fish stocks is not only an environmental matter. One billion people, mostly from poorer countries, rely on fish as their main animal protein source, according to the UN. Continue

BP And The 'Little Eichmanns'

By Chris Hedges

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. Continue

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

65 killed in Pakistan's northwest tribal area: The Pakistani air force launched the airstrike over the weekend at the hideouts of the militants in Orakzai, a region adjacent to Afghanistan, killing dozens of militants in the area. During the airstrike, five Pakistani troops were also reportedly killed.
20 Killed In Pakistan Clashes: Taliban militants attacked a security checkpost in a restive northwestern Pakistani region on Monday, sparking clashes in which 19 insurgents and one soldier were killed, officials said.
US kills 5 people in NW Pakistan: A suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least five people in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Saturday, in what would be one of the first such attacks in the area, intelligence and government officials said.
US spies still working in Pakistan: The Times reported in March that Defence Department official Michael Furlong had set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected Taliban. He did this under the cover of a benign government information-gathering programme.
6 killed in Afghanistan: Three suicide bombers died during an attack in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar city, while a religious leader and two relatives were killed in the east of the country, officials said Monday.
Four NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Four NATO soldiers killed on Monday in Afghanistan in two separate roadside bomb attacks, the alliance said.
Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing: Brigadier General Ghulam Ranjbar, the chief military prosecutor in Kabul, has accused the US of creating an outlaw militia which allegedly shot dead Matiullah Qateh, the chief of police in the city of Kandahar.
At least 35 killed as bus bombed in India: "Twenty-four civilians and 11 policemen have died and 15 persons including 14 police personnel were injured in the blast," the chief minister said.
Iraqi imam beheaded by alleged al-Qaeda group: They attacked Shakour with knives in front of his family members, eventually beheading him and placing his head on an electric pole, Ahmed al-Zarkoushi, the director of the Saadiya area, told the German press agency dpa.
Banned candidates can take seats: The head of a committee tasked with vetting candidates for ties to Saddam Hussein's regime says an appeals court has overturned a ban on nine winning candidates from the parliamentary election.
Aiding the Insurgency :US aid program was responsible for sending millions of taxpayer dollars to Iraqi insurgents via a complex web of contractors and subcontractors.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: West 'still concerned' about Iran: European Union and British officials have said that a nuclear fuel swap deal agreed by Iran, Turkey and Brazil might not be enough to stop the US-led push for tougher sanctions against Tehran.
White House: Iran still must prove its nuclear program is peaceful: The White House said Monday that Washington and its international partners remained seriously concerned about Tehran's nuclear program, but that it would be a positive step for Iran to transfer low-enriched uranium off of its soil as it agreed to do in October.
A Hard Push to Get Tough on Tehran: These days, when Senator Jon Kyl denounces efforts to muffle a strong response to Iran’s rush toward nuclear weapons, his prime target is not the Chinese or Russians, but Barack Obama.
Russia to U.S.: No Unilateral Sanctions Against Iran: Russia's foreign minister is warning the United States against trying to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran.
Israeli force storm into southern Gaza: The tanks opened heavy fire towards Palestinian houses and farmlands in the town, while the bulldozers started to destroy farmlands, and the incursion was covered by reconnaissance aircraft flying at low altitude, they added
Denied entry to West Bank, Chomsky likens Israel to 'Stalinist regime': The official asked Chomsky why he did not have an Israeli passport. "I replied I am an American citizen," Chomsky said.
Israel is encouraging academic boycott by denying entry to Chomsky: If Israel feels it cannot survive free speech, then it is one step closer to flirting with totalitarianism.
Palestinians working to stop Israeli bid to divide West Bank and Gaza residents: As Israel cracks down on Gazans living in the West Bank, a new group is demanding freedom of movement for all Palestinians.
High school bans Israeli-Palestinian dialogue group due to parents' pressure: Students report that the principal has said the school aims to raise the rate of students who serve in the Israel Defense Forces and that inviting the Israeli-Palestinian organization could damage this.
Red shirt leader 'offers ceasefire': The Thai government has said it would accept a ceasefire offer from a a leader of the so-called red shirts movement if the protesters return to their camp in central Bangkok.
Mexican politician goes 'missing': "Investigators tell Al Jazeera that blood was found inside the vehicle. There is evidence that a scuffle, some sort of violence took place."
Detroit police kill seven-year-old child: Detroit police shot and killed a seven-year-old girl during an early morning raid of a home on the city’s east side Sunday morning. The child, Aiyana Stanley Jones, was struck in the head and neck area while sleeping on a couch at the home on Lillibridge Street.
Overflowing Prisons Spur Call for Reform Commission: "We are wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives. We need to fix the system. Doing so will require a major nationwide recalculation of who goes to prison and for how long and of how we address the long-term consequences of incarceration."
In case you missed it: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
Americans' Outlook for U.S. Morality Remains Bleak: " Americans' assessment of U.S. morality has never been positive, but the current ratings rank among the worst Gallup has measured over the past nine years.
Reports show NOAA knew Gulf of Mexico drilling operations were illegal: An Interior Department agency has authorized more than 300 drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico without first obtaining permits from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to published reports and the notice of intent to file a law suit by an environmental non-profit.
Guess how much oil is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: Steven Wereley of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, estimates that the well is losing 70,000 barrels of oil a day. That's equivalent to an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days, and more than 10 times the 5000 barrels a day estimated by BP.
Submerged oil plumes suggest gulf spill is worse than BP claims: Ocean scientists in the Gulf of Mexico have found giant plumes of oil coagulating at up to 1,300 metres below the surface, raising fears that the BP oil spill may be larger than thought – and that it might create huge "dead zones".
Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threats from the oil disaster: The media coverage of the BP oil disaster to date has focused largely on the threats to wildlife, but the latest evaluation of air monitoring data shows a serious threat to human health from airborne chemicals emitted by the ongoing deepwater gusher.
Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN: The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday.
US faces one of biggest budget crunches in world: Under the Obama administration’s current fiscal plans, the national debt in the US (on a gross basis) will climb to above 100pc of GDP by 2015 – a far steeper increase than almost any other country.
The Thirteen Housing Markets That Will Never Recover: New RealtyTrac numbers show that in April there were well over 300,000 foreclosures and the figure in on track to be higher in 2010 than in 2009. Several research firms say that underwater mortgages have moved above 11 million.
Sears, Kmart to offer cash-for-gold service: Sears Holdings Corp, which expanded its layaway program to help cash-strapped consumers pay for purchases during the recession, is now helping its customers exchange their jewelry for cash as gold prices soar.
Stranger than fiction: : Where’s Jimmy? Just Google His Bar Code: Scientists currently tag animals to study their behavior and protect the endangered, but some futurists wonder whether all humans should be tagged too.

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