Wednesday, 19 May 2010

News For May 19, 2010

Giving the Finger to Iran
Humiliating Turkey and Brazil

By Gary's Choices

It turns out that this lifted middle finger was not limited to Iran. Only hours before Clinton’s announcement, the foreign minister of Turkey held his own press conference. Obviously unaware of what was about to happen, he described in some detail not only the tortuous negotiation process with Iran, but his perception that he was acting directly on behalf of the United States. Continue

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the New Premier League of Global Powers

By Simon Tisdall

Brazil and Turkey are determined to pursue diplomacy and compromise – even if it means upsetting Washington. Continue

"A Bomb is a Bomb is a Bomb"
When Will the Real Terrorists Stand Up?

By Saul Landau

I propose President Obama end the war against terrorism and admit the phrase means “Muslims should scare you!” Continue

The Greek People are the Victims of an Extortion Racket

By Olivier Besancenot and Pierre-Fran├žois Grond

What is happening in Greece concerns all of us. The people are paying for a crisis and a debt that are not their own. Today it is the Greeks, tomorrow it will be others, for the same causes will produce the same effects if we allow it. Continue

The Heresy Of The Greeks Offers Hope

By John Pilger

The crisis that has led to the “rescue” of Greece by the European banks and the International Monetary Fund is the product of a grotesque financial system which itself is in crisis. Greece is a microcosm of a modern class war that is rarely reported as such and is waged with all the urgency of panic among the imperial rich. Continue

If Its Is Good For General Motors,
Is It Good For The Rest Of Us?

By Ernest Partridge

Market absolutism is a "dogma" in the same sense that creationism and biblical inerrancy are dogmas; it is accepted "on faith" despite clear and compelling evidence that it is false. Continue

The Financial Crisis As A Game Of 3 Card Monte

By Danny Schechter

We live in a three-card monte world. Follow the money as it moves from one shell to another. Now guess where it is.  Most of us don’t know the hand can be quicker than the eye. That’s why mostly everyone who has ever been suckered into playing ends up losing except those who are allowed to win to keep the hustle going.  Continue

Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures Break Records

By ALAN ZIBEL

More than 10 percent of homeowners had missed at least one mortgage payment in the January-March period, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. - A big jump in the number of borrowers who have missed three months of mortgage payments drove the increase.Continue

Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit

By Amy Goodman

Twenty-nine miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Eleven workers died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which is owned by Transocean, working under contract for BP. There are state laws that govern manslaughter as well, and special language given for maritime deaths. So why aren’t the executives of these companies behind bars? Continue

Fear Comes of Age

By David Michael Green

Barack Obama and Elena Kagan have gotten everything they've ever wanted from life. All they had to do, in return, was to stand for nothing. Continue

Why Are So Many Christians Conservative?

By Mike Lux

I am always puzzled by how people who claim to be followers of the Jesus I read about in the Bible can be political conservatives. Continue

42 killed in Pakistan clashes: Dozens of militants attacked a security post Wednesday in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, triggering clashes that left two soldiers and up to 40 rebels dead, officials said.
14 killed in Pakistan blast: At least 14 people, including a senior police officer and three children, were killed Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb blew up a police vehicle in northwest Pakistan, police said.
How The White House Learned To Love The Drone: Killing wanted militants is simply "easier" than capturing them, said an official, who like most interviewed for this story support the stepped-up program and asked not to be identified. Another official added: "It is increasingly the preferred option."
At least 11 killed as Taliban attacks Afghan air base : "It was very intense [the battle] between 3am and until about daylight.
U.S. casualties in Afghanistan hit 1,000: Seven U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday - five in a massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul that filled the streets of the capital with blood.
Iraq had elections, so why isn't there a new government?: Here's a look at where the election results stand, what happens next and when a new government might take shape in Baghdad.
At least 6 killed as violence rocks Thai capital : Video report: "There have been outbursts of violence in several places in the north and northeast," Birtley said.
Clashes leave 2 dead in Kyrgyzstan: At least 45 people were wounded in clashes between supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and special police forces in the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
Iran''s drafted sanctions are strongest in whole world - US: - The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice affirmed Wednesday that if the new set of sanctions are adopted against Iran it will be "the strongest sanctions regime against any country in the world today." US
Iran dismisses U.N. sanctions draft: The text, agreed by all five permanent Security Council members after months of negotiation, targets Iranian banks and calls for inspection of vessels suspected of carrying cargo related to Iran's nuclear or missile programmes.
Erdogan questions UNSC 'credibility': Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the UN Security Council lacks the "credibility" to deal with Iran's nuclear issue.
Newspaper ad calls for Israel to bomb Iran: An advertisement on Israel’s Haaretz website is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make good on his (alleged?) promise to bomb Iran in two weeks’ time. If he doesn’t, says Israel Uncensored News, “the entire Middle East will be up in arms. In nuclear arms.”
Israel urged to ensure safety of Irish on aid ship to Gaza: The plea from ambassador Briefne O’Reilly came during a meeting at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem on Monday where he was informed by the ministry’s director of European affairs, Naor Gilon, that Irish peace activists, together with other European participants in the “freedom flotilla”, will be turned back by Israeli naval patrols before they reach the shores of Gaza.
Jewish Democratic group asks syndicate to nix Pat Buchanan's column: Buchanan found himself in hot water last week after he penned a piece saying that if Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is confirmed, the number of Jews on the Court will be highly disproportionate to the U.S. population.
Sudanese opposition leader arrested: Al-Turabi has denounced last month's elections as fraudulent and said his Popular Congress Party would not join a future government with the ruling National Congress Party.
Allergic to Dissent: Khartoum and Washington: Omar Al-Bashir. Credit; Wikimedia CommonsAfter five days of voting, the withdrawal en masse of virtually all the opposition presidential candidates and countless accusations of ballot tampering, voter intimidation, and worse, Sudan’s elections drama has drawn to an unsurprising conclusion.
Calderon decries US immigration law: "Despite their enormous contribution to the economy and society of the United States," Calderon said, millions of immigrants "still live in the shadows, and at times, like in Arizona, even face patterns of discrimination".
Satire: Arizona debates removing Spanish city names: Arizonans have realized they have passed their law requiring police to check the papers of suspected illegal immigrants too late--uninvited Mexicans gave Spanish names to most of the cities and geographic features in the state, including the largest cities. The state legislature is working to undo this cultural vandalism.
Mexico's Drug War: A Rigged Fight?: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman heads the Sinaloa cartel, which is engaged in a bloody turf battle with La Linea, or the Juarez cartel. But an NPR investigation has found that the two cartels aren't competing on a level playing field: Federal forces appear to be favoring the Sinaloans, Mexico's largest, oldest and most powerful drug cartel.
The Whistleblower : Video - The WikiLeaks website is fast gaining credibility as a whistleblowing site for political secrets, but one of the people behind it, Australian Julian Assange, remains an international man of mystery.
Oil spill to reach Florida in 6 days: ESA: Scientists at European Space Agency (ESA) say satellite images show that the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is finding its way to Florida.
Coast Guard: Despite BP efforts, Gulf oil spill is getting worse: The Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, said that despite the siphoning, the spilled oil is spreading and now stretches from western Louisiana to Florida's Key West. The extent of the spill was straining even the substantial resources deployed for one of the worst ecological disasters in recent history, he said.
BP told feds it could handle oil spill 60 times larger than Deepwater Horizon: In its 2009 exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, BP PLC states that the company could handle a spill involving as much as 12.6 million gallons of oil per day, a number 60 times higher than its current estimate of the ongoing Gulf disaster.
Michael Klare, The Oil Rush to Hell : Hold your hats. Simply put, this is the path to hell. When will an “angry” president really mobilize the government to deal with this disaster (and the others to come)?
Romanians in mass protest over cuts: Romanian authorities have closed off parts of central Bucharest, the capital, as around 40,000 protesters gathered to demonstrate against drastic spending cuts.
Politicians ignore Keynes at their peril: Deficit reduction is a big mistake when unemployment is high, as anyone familiar with the basics of economic theory can tell you
First Muslim Miss USA winner derided as 'Miss Hezbollah USA' by conservatives: When the sparkling tiara was placed atop the Lebanese-born Shiite Muslim's long, dark tresses on Sunday night, making the 24-year-old marketing executive from Dearborn, Mich., the first Muslim woman to win the Miss USA contest, it was just much for some conservative commentators.

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