Wednesday, 2 June 2010

News For June 02, 2010

By Dorian Jones in Istanbul and Helena Smith

"The operation started immediately with firing. First it was warning shots, but when the Mavi Marmara wouldn't stop these warnings turned into an attack," she said. Continue

The Back Art Of ‘Master Illusions’

By John Pilger

How do wars begin? With a “master illusion”, according to Ralph McGehee, one of the CIA’s pioneers in “black propaganda”, known today as “news management”. Continue

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a "Failed State"

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

To American eyes a vague “terrorist threat,” a creation of their own government, is sufficient justification for naked aggression against Muslim peoples and for an agenda of world hegemony. Continue

Israel's Moral Superiority?
Netanyahu: World 'Hypocritical' for Condemning Gaza Flotilla Raid

By Barak Ravid

Netanyahu accused international critics of "hypocrisy" and declared that Israel would continue to blockade the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, saying that to lift the embargo would turn it into a base for Iranian missiles that would threaten both Israel and Europe. Continue

Israeli Murders, NATO and Afghanistan

By Craig Murray

NATO HQ in Brussels is today a very unhappy place. There is a strong understanding among the various national militaries that an attack by Israel on a NATO member flagged ship in international waters is an event to which NATO is obliged - legally obliged, as a matter of treaty - to react. Continue

America Complicit In Israel's Crimes

By Paul Craig Roberts

Once again the US government has permitted the Israeli state to murder good people known for their moral conscience. The Israeli state has declared that anyone with a moral conscience is an enemy of Israel, and every American president except Eisenhower and Carter has agreed. Continue

Pro-Israel Dems Defend Raid


Ackerman, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East, said he “strongly support(s) Israel’s right to defend itself, and the right of Israel’s naval commandos, who were executing a legal mission, to defend themselves by using force when they were brutally attacked.” Continue

Countering Israeli Propaganda
Talking About Israel with Eliot Spitzer on MSNBC

By Glenn Greenwald

It was a rather contentious discussion, though quite illustrative of how Israel is (and is not) typically discussed on American television, so I'm posting the whole 8-minute segment. Continue

The Empire and the War

By Fidel Castro

President Obama can make hundreds of speeches trying to accommodate irreconcilable contradictions to the detriment of truth; or he can dream of the magic of his well articulated phrases while making concessions to personalities and groups lacking in ethics. Continue

Why Conservatives Hate You
How Our Politics Relies on Creating Disgust for Opponents

By Joe Brewer

To understand political behaviors, you'll need to become familiar with the psychology of disgust. Researchers have learned a lot about it in recent years. Continue

A Crude Awakening
The Oil Crash

Video Documentary

This startling documentary reaches an ominous yet logical conclusion the Earth's oil supplies are peaking and a crisis of global proportions looms. Even more alarmingly, industrial societies don't have any plans how to deal with the shortage, threatening the future of our post-industrialised fossil fuel-addicted civilization with disaster. Continue

Pakistan military says 20 Taliban killed in Orakzai: Pakistani forces, backed by helicopter gunships, killed at least 20 militants after a security checkpost was attacked in northwestern Orakzai on Wednesday, a day after the military announced victory there.
Fact or fiction? Pak Army officers conducted Kabul attack: The report revealed that two Herat based ISI officers had planned the attack on the guest houses in Kabul. Herat is considered to be one of the masterminds of the attack and was arrested in Afghanistan on March 30th.
British occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A Royal Marine has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
First female Danish occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: The 22-year-old died immediately when her vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Gereskh in the restive Helmand province, the military said.
Taliban attacks Afghan peace jirga: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has opened a three-day peace conference in the capital, Kabul, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing.
In pictures: Militants attack Afghanistan 'peace jirga'
Iraqi court ratifies election results: New government may be months off, officials say
Iran troops fighting Kurdish rebels inside Iraq: Official: Iranian troops were operating three kilometres (two miles) inside Iraqi territory yesterday amid clashes with Kurdish rebels in the Qandil mountains near the border, a security official said
Iranian military infiltrates Iraqi Kurdish territory: The Iranian army has entered Iraqi Kurdish territory and created a number of military posts there, the Iraqi Kurdish news agency Peyanmar reported on Tuesday.
Iraq's north says villagers flee Iranian shelling: Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Tuesday dozens of families had been displaced in days of shelling by Iranian forces pursuing Kurdish rebels in the border region.
UN rights body votes to dispatch independent probe into ‘attack’ on Gaza aid convoy: Italy, the Netherlands and the United States voted against the resolution, which also called on Israel to immediately lift the blockade on Gaza
Israel rejects call for independent probe: Israel on Tuesday night rejected international calls to end its naval blockade of Gaza and to launch an “independent” investigation into the death of at least nine activists during an IDF raid of the Mavi Marmara passenger ship, which was part of a flotilla that aimed to break that closure.
Ireland calls for Aid boat to be allowed through: ”I again repeat my urgent call to the Israeli government to allow safe passage of the Irish-owned vessel, the MV Rachel Corrie, which is still sailing towards Gaza to deliver its consignment of humanitarian aid,” the minister said.
Irish Foreign Affairs Minister refuses to confirm report of forged passports: It was reported today that civil servants are recommending the expulsion of a security official from the Israeli embassy after reviewing reports into the forging of passports.
Peres: Soldiers were beaten for being humane: President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that he was proud of operation and conduct of the Israel Navy Commandoes who participated in the raid of the aid flotilla heading to Gaza Strip, Monday.
'UNSC statement, humanity betrayal': Hamas has lashed out at the UN Security Council's statement on the Israeli attack on a Gaza aid convoy, urging all states to cut their diplomatic ties with Israel.
12 killed in UK shooting spree: David Cameron, the British prime minister, said he was "alarmed and shocked" by Wednesday's shooting in the Lake District, which left at least 25 other people injured.
Noriega extradition requested: - PANAMA has formally requested that France extradite former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega so that he can face human rights violations charges, officials here said on Wednesday.
Oil Spill Hits Ala., Miss., Heading Toward Fla.: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that a two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of caramel-colored oil has been found on Petit Bois Island, a barrier island near the Mississippi-Alabama border.
US launches BP spill criminal probe: Obama pledges to "bring those responsible to justice" as oil continues gushing 43 days on.
BP Oil Spill Live Feed: Includes Video Of 'Top Kill' Attempt
Three American cities on the brink of broke: Several downtrodden cities are on the verge of defaulting on their debt, putting financially encumbered states and taxpayers on the hook to pick up the tab.
Four more Ga. banks get consent orders: Consent orders are strong formal censure agreements between regulators and a troubled bank. Under the orders, banks do not admit fault, but must undergo a significant overhaul to satisfy regulators.
Senate Chooses Vacation Over Unemployment Extension Bill: Once again, the US Senate has chosen to ignore the plight of thousands of American citizens and put its own schedule of precious vacation time above the needs of the unemployed.
Plenty of money for war, but far too little to help nation's jobless: No one I know is deliberately trying to stay out of work to collect the government's $450 per week unemployment subsidy when they are used to making comfortable salaries.

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