Tuesday, 8 June 2010

News For June 08, 2010

The IAEA: From UN Nuclear Watchdog to US Lapdog

By Finian Cunningham

As the United Nations’ nuclear inspections body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meets in Vienna later this week to discuss its latest report on Iran, there are signs that Washington is now writing the IAEA’s script. Continue

Poll: 49% of Americans Blame Pro-Palestinian Activists for Flotilla Death

By Haaretz

Ramussen poll: Only 19% of Americans believe Israel is to blame for clash aboard Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara last week.Continue

All Lies.

Before this is over, Israel will Apologize.

By Mike Whitney

Israel has become Myanmar on the Jordan. Every new act of violence deepens the paranoia, the resentment, the isolation. Continue

Pundits in Denial on Gaza Plight

'No humanitarian crisis,' some media figures claim

By Fair

Some 10 percent of Gaza's residents suffer from chronic malnutrition. Continue

A Strange Echo From History

By Adam Curtis

Here is a strange echo from history. It is a documentary made by the BBC in 1973 about the story of the ship, the Exodus. It was the ship full of Jewish refugees - many of them survivors of the Holocaust. Continue

Roger Waters - "We Shall Overcome"

Free Gaza Video

We have to remember why we care and why we go and why we are so outraged at governments’ inaction. This piece by Roger Waters says it all. Continue

Israel Owns the US Government :

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts


Israel's Political Occupation of Obama's Press Corps

By Yvonne Ridley

The docile White House Press Corp has got steamed up about something and finally taken a scalp as a result. It seems the Capitol Hill cocktail set who usually sit and preen themselves like pampered Pomeranians while asking pre-screened, pre-approved, Obama-friendly questions have forced a resignation. Continue

Exxon Valdez Lawyer: Louisianans, 'To Use A Legal Term,' Are 'Just F--ked'

By Sam Stein

Long after oil stops spilling from the Gulf and the ecological catastrophe caused by the spill begins to be cleaned up, the process of determining the extent to which BP owes the afflicted will be litigated in the courts. Continue

Is America Ruled By Psychopaths?

By Prof John Kozy

Carefully watch what happens over the next twenty years as the government uses the law to shield BP, Transocean, and Halliburton while the claims of those affected by the spill disappear into the quicksand of the American legal system. Continue

Markets About to Turn Nasty, Buy Barbed Wire and Guns: Advisor

By Patrick Allen

Fry believes many European banks have yet to fess up on losses and says governments across the world are between a rock and a hard place. Continue

Pakistan: 46 killed in fierce clashes': A week after the Pakistan Army said it had concluded its campaign against Taliban fighters in Orakzai Agency, six soldiers and 40 militants were killed in fierce clashes in the volatile tribal region on Tuesday.
Pak swaps militants for arms with Taliban: Pakistani authorities have released 20 Taliban militants in exchange for vehicles and weapons the terrorists had seized during an ambush on an army convoy in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region.
23 "Militants" Killed in Badghis, Western Afghanistan : "We received some reports about the presence of Taliban in the area planning to attack government locations, and yesterday night we launched a joint operation with the NATO forces which was a success,"
12 troops killed in Afghan attacks: 7 Americans swell the toll, highest of year
US: Taliban can join Afghan reconciliation if severs al-Qaeda ties: Holbrooke declined to give clues as to when the US might withdraw its approximately 100,000 troops from Afghanistan
America’s War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam: As of today, June 7, 2010, the war in Afghanistan has lasted 104 months, surpassing Vietnam as the longest war in American history. American forces invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Kabul fell
UK plans to deport Afghan children: A number of other European countries, including Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, are planning to return children to care centres in Afghanistan
US used cluster bombs on Yemen civilians: Amnesty: A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.
11 killed in attacks on the Sons of Iraq Sunni militia: At least 11 people have been killed in Iraq in a wave of attacks on people who have opposed insurgents, police say.
Nine killed, six injured in string of Iraq violence : One policeman was killed and two soldiers injured in clashes between militants and a joint Iraqi police and army task force in the districts of al-Intisar and Sumer in the northern city of Mosul.
Iraq parliament ordered to convene: "The president [Jalal Talabani] decided that the parliament will meet on Monday, June 14," Nasir al-Ani, the head of the Iraqi presidency's office, told the AFP news agency on Tuesday.
Iranian troops building fort in Iraq: Iranian troops pursuing Kurdish guerrillas in the remote mountains of northern Iraq have begun constructing a small fort in Iraqi territory, suggesting they plan on staying for a while, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.
Death toll rises to 6 after Israeli navy shoots Palestinian divers off Gaza: The bodies of two more Palestinians, whom the Israeli navy shot dead at sea, washed up on the Gaza Strip's shore Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the incident to six.
Egypt: Gaza blockade a failure, border stays open: An Egyptian security official declared the blockade of Gaza a failure Monday and said his country will keep its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely.
Turkey president: Israel will suffer consequences for Gaza flotilla 'mistake': Abdullah Gul: 21 of 22 nations at regional summit condemn Israel over deaths of Turkish activists aboard Gaza aid ship last week.
Russia to denounce Israel for Gaza-bound convoy at Security Council: This came in a statement by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin when he spoke at a news conference following his talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan in Istanbul.
Abbas to send 'reconciliation team' to Hamas in Gaza: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said on Monday that he would send a delegation to the Gaza Strip to seek reconciliation with the Islamist Hamas movement after Israel's deadly aid flotilla raid.
Photos show Mavi Marmara passengers protecting, aiding Israeli soldiers: Captured, disarmed hijackers did not face "lynching" as Israel claimed
I Helped to Physically Separate One Israeli Commando From his Assault Rifle: Please explain how we, the defenders of the Mavi Marmara, are not the modern example of Gandhi’s essence?
Israel forced to apologise for YouTube spoof of Gaza flotilla: The YouTube clip, set to the tune of the 1985 charity single We Are the World, features Israelis dressed as Arabs and activists, waving weapons while singing: "We con the world, we con the people.
Texas senator defends Israel over killing of US activist: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) believes the pro-Palestinian activists who were killed in a clash with the Israeli military had provoked the confrontation.
We Bought The Bullets: The bullets used to kill 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, a Turkish-American college student born in Troy, New York, were fired by soldiers in a foreign army -- but they were paid for with money extorted from U.S. taxpayers.
Israel Buys Congress: Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2010 Congressional Candidates
War criminal: Tony Blair: Israel has a right to defend itself: Quartet envoy tells Channel 10: When it comes to security, I'm 100% on Israel's side. Israel has a right to inspect what goes into Gaza.
UNSC to vote on Iran sanctions: The UN Security Council will put to vote on Wednesday a US-proposed resolution for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, the president of the council has said
Specifics Determined for Iran Sanctions: The main text of the sanctions — which takes aim at the nuclear industry, imposes an arms embargo and pushes for ship inspections
Iran Warns Russia Not To Play Dangerous Games with UN’s New Sanctions: The president also threatened to pull out from the talks about the Iranian nuclear program if the Security Council approved such a resolution.
Turkey-US ties face ‘breaking point’ over vote: The turbulent relationship between the US and Turkey – allies for more than half a century – is about to reach a decisive moment when the United Nations Security Council votes on whether to tighten sanctions on Iran.
U.S. accused of Iran 'siege': An Azerbaijan politician claims the United States plans to deploy forces in Armenia near the Iranian border under cover of U.N. peacekeeping force
US soldier arrested over Iraq video: A US soldier serving in Iraq has been arrested for allegedly leaking a classified combat video to a whistleblower website, Wikileaks, last year.
New Report Reveals How Bush Torture Program Involved Human Experimentation: In a 27-page report, “Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Evidence of Experimentation in the ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program” (available here), the organization Physicians for Human Rights has brought into sharp focus the role played by US medical personnel in torture and human experimentation.
In a country gone crazy: Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation: A harmless package of decorative eggs prompted a grenade scare and the evacuation of an Atlanta federal building on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.
Scientist claims rate of oil leak is much greater: Leifer said in an interview Monday that, judging from the video, cutting the pipe may have led to a several-fold increase in the flow rate from the well.
Senator confirms reports that wellbore is pierced; oil seeping from seabed in multiple places:
Scientist Awed by Size, Density of Undersea Oil Plume in Gulf: Vast underwater concentrations of oil sprawling for miles in the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged, crude-belching BP PLC well are unprecedented in "human history" and threaten to wreak havoc on marine life, a team of scientists said today, a finding confirmed for the first time by federal officials.
Subsea oil plumes found 142 miles from rig: Clouds of oil have been found drifting underwater in the Gulf of Mexico as far as 142 miles from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, government officials said Tuesday.
Video: Oil as thick as pancake batter reaches shore. Kerry Sanders reports from the coast of Louisiana, where thick oil is washing up near East Grand Terre Island.
US Adm Thad Allen says oil clean-up 'will take years': Adm Thad Allen said oil giant BP needed to do better at getting money to people and businesses affected by the spill.
The oil firms' profits ignore the real costs: The energy industry has long dumped its damage and, like the banks, made scant provision against disaster. Time to pay up
Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling: New Rules on Shallow-Water Exploration Expected as Economic Woes Mount
BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released: At BP’s Texas City refinery, more than 400 pounds a day of benzene — 40 times the state reportable levels — was released during a 40-day period
Markets About to Turn Nasty, Buy Barbed Wire: Advisor: Fry believes many European banks have yet to fess up on losses and says governments across the world are between a rock and a hard place.
U.S. Banks' Foreclosure Holdings Increased 12.5% in Q1: Report: Foreclosed property held by U.S. banks increased 12.5 percent to $41.5 billion during the first quarter of this year, according to a recent analysis by SNL Financial, a financial market research firm out of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wisconsin Borrows $1.4 Billion from Feds for Unemployment Funds: The State of Wisconsin has run out of money to pay unemployment benefits and has borrowed one point four billion dollars from the federal government to fill the gap.
Financial crisis panel subpoenas Goldman: Financial crisis panel subpoenas Goldman for documents; says bank stonewalling probe

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