Thursday, 10 June 2010

News For June 10, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: New Video Smuggled Out from Mavi Marmara
Video: Israeli Commandos Execute American Citizen


Israeli soldiers killing Furkan Dogan 19 years. Continue

Act Of War
Uzi Dayan: Israel Must Announce Turkish Warships Casus Beli

By JPost

Israel must send Turkey a clear message that if Turkish warships are sent to accompany the next flotilla trying to break the embargo on Gaza, these will be considered acts of war by Israel , Uzi Dayan, former deputy Chief of General Staff, told Army Radio Monday morning. Continue

Israeli Document:
Gaza Blockade Isn't About Security

By Sheera Frenkel

The Israeli government explained the blockade as an exercise of the right of economic warfare. Continue

Israeli Request for More US Arms Raises Fears

By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem

Israel has approached the United States for more bombs and asked Washington to increase an emergency arms cache stowed on Israeli soil by 50 per cent. Continue

Iran Sanctions Are Just The Beginning
Much More to Come

By Jake Tapper

These sanctions are just the beginning – the “1” of a “1,2,3 punch,” as one senior White House official put it. Continue

Obama Goes with Neocon Flow on Iran

By Robert Parry

President Barack Obama is pursuing a neocon-charted path on Iran that parallels the one that George W. Bush took to war with Iraq – ratcheting up sanctions against the “enemy,” refusing to tolerate more peaceful options, and swaggering along with the propagandistic tough-guy-ism of the major U.S. news media. Continue

License to Kill
Obama Blurs the Line Between Warfare and Summary Execution.

By Jacob Sullum

Under a policy secretly initiated by George W. Bush and expanded by Obama, the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command track and kill people, including U.S. citizens, based on their alleged ties to Al Qaeda or its allies. Continue

The Danger of Invisible Corporate Power

By John Steel

Corporations have seeped almost invisibly into nearly every government agency and too many congressional offices. And they're as poisonous as carbon monoxide. Continue

The Tax Lien Game
Woman Sees Her Home Confiscated Over a Water Bill

By Huffington Post

Vicki Valentine lost the two-story brick row home after the city sold her debt to investors through a contentious and byzantine legal process called a "tax sale." Continue

In Jail For Being In Debt


It's not a crime to owe money, and debtors' prisons were abolished in the United States in the 19th century. But people are routinely being thrown in jail for failing to pay debts. Continue

In 1930, They Didn't Know It Was "The Great Depression" Yet

By Henry Blodget

Even as late as 1931, they didn't know they were in a "Great Depression" yet. On the contrary, the promise from the White House was that "prosperity is just around the corner." Continue

Nine killed in series of Iraq attacks: Nine people were killed, including three jewellers and two members of an anti-Qaeda militia, in violence across Iraq on Wednesday, security officials said.
Two killed, four injured in separate Iraq attacks : Two people were killed and four others injured in unrelated violent attacks across Iraq, police sources said on Thursday.
No sign of Iranian incursion in Iraqi north: US: The US military said Thursday it had no evidence to substantiate a report that Iranian troops have been building a small fort on Iraqi territory since crossing the border in pursuit of Kurdish rebels.
Maliki faces legal hurdle: About 20 of Iraq’s newly minted lawmakers including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and key ministers may not be able to take their seats due to a legal hurdle.
40 killed in Afghanistan wedding attack: “A suicide bomber went inside the party where hundreds of people were sitting and blew himself up,” a police official said of the blast at around 9:30 pm on Wednesday in Arghandab district, north of Kandahr
Taliban denied carrying out wedding attack: Karzai condemns Kandahar bombing: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has called Wednesday's attack against a wedding party in Kandahar "a crime of massive inhuman proportions."
Afghan wedding carnage 'a US strike': The deadly attack on a group of civilians at a wedding in southern Afghanistan was a US-led air strike, a Taliban spokesman claims.
Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban': Afghanistan's former head of intelligence says President Hamid Karzai is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end insurgency
'Pakistan harboring Mullah Omar': A former senior member of the militant group says Pakistani security forces are harboring the fugitive Taliban leader, Mullah Omar in Karachi.
Russia wants info on dealers of Afghan drugs from U.S.: "We have identified several people who live in the U.S. and organize the trafficking of drugs from Afghanistan to Russia. We have passed this information on to the appropriate U.S. entities and we are waiting for confirmation," Russia's drug chief, Viktor Ivanov, told an international anti-drug forum in Moscow.
Pakistan: Ten militants killed in Orakzai offensive: Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships bombed and destroyed several militant hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai region, killing ten militants and wounding eighteen others.
US Attack In Pakistan Kills 3: : Three suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, security officials said on Thursday. The attack targeted a compound used by the alledged militants as a hideout in Norak, a village some 20 km east of Miramshah.
Soldier killed in Karachi bombing: A soldier has been killed in a bomb attack outside a navy housing compound in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.
Somalia: Twelve killed in Mogadishu violence: Fighting between government forces and rebels, and a roadside blast, on Wednesday killed at least 12 people in the Somali capital and wounded 22 others, a medic and residents said.
Ten suspected militants killed in Chechnya: Ten militants, including a Jordanian, were killed during an operation by Russian forces in the "volatile" Chechnya region, Interfax news agency reported Thursday.
Sanction 'not to halt' Iran's enrichment: Describing the fresh sanctions as a new failure for the US, Soltanieh said, "Iran will never put a halt to its enrichment program and will continue these activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency."
Iran threatens to revise IAEA ties: The move could result in restricting IAEA weapons' inspectors access to Iran's nuclear facilities.
China seeks more dialogue on Iran: China, which voted for the UN Security Council resolution for tougher sanctions against Iran, has called for negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, saying a diplomatic solution is still the better option.
Russia to offset loss of Iran arms sales with Iraqi, Afghan deals: "Russia's losses from the suspension of deliveries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran can be compensated by new arms contracts, for Iraq and Afghanistan," said Igor Korotchenko, In his opinion, those contracts could be paid for by the United States and its coalition partners.
Russia: Iran sanctions won't affect sale of S-300 missiles : Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that new United Nations sanctions against Tehran over its contentious nuclear program do not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Iran.
Russia threatens payback if Iran sanctions affect its interests: The Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Wednesday of retaliatory measures if new sanctions against Iran affected Russian companies or individuals.
Iran scholar 'offered $10m by US': Amid conflicting reports on the fate of an abducted Iranian researcher, new intelligence suggests he was offered financial incentives by the US.
Arab states: Israel nuclear danger reinforced by its aggression: Arab states target Israel at UN nuclear debate, urge Israel to join global anti-nuclear arms pact NPT.
Turkey proposes Nato action on Gaza blockade: A Turkish minister proposed yesterday sending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fleet to end an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip following the deaths of nine Turks in a raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Texas Senator Takes Action to Support Israel: U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tx) has proposed a resolution supporting Israel's right to defend itself and condemning last week's actions by the Turkish-sent six-ship flotilla that wanted to break Israel's blockade on Gaza.
Gaza residents swarm Egypt border crossing: Only those with foreign passports or residency, or people requiring medical treatment or accepted at foreign universities are eligible to cross into Egypt.
Abbas tells U.S. Jews: I would never deny Jewish right to the land of Israel: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. Jewish leaders on Wednesday that he would never deny Jews their right to the land of Israel, according to participants of the two-hour roundtable discussion.
Could International Criminal Court Deploy U.S. as World Law Enforcer?: The chief prosecutor of the court that purports to bring the rule of law to the planet is actively campaigning to appoint the United States – ‘the world’s most prolific perpetrator and sponsor of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide’ – as chief law enforcement agent.
Border Patrol Gone Wild: “Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca [was] on the Mexican side of the El Paso-Juarez border [and] was shot and killed by a Border Patrol officer, who was on the U.S. side.”
Police Surveillance Records May Stay Secret, Judges Say: Reversing a lower court ruling, a panel of federal judges on Wednesday decided that the city can keep secret roughly 1,800 pages of records of police surveillance leading up to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York.
BP eyes showdown with US govt on liability-BP source: Oil major BP (BP.L) believes it may be heading for a showdown with the White House over ever- increasing demands that it cover costs related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a BP source said on Wednesday.
BP stocks fall on clean-up costs: BP's share price has plunged to a 14-year low as the US threatens to impose new penalties on the British energy giant.
Gulf Oil Spill: BP's Continued Denial Of Underwater Plumes Provokes Ridicule: An oceanographer just back from two weeks of taking water samples in the Gulf of Mexico told a House panel on Wednesday that BP officials are utterly wrong to keep saying there are no large masses of oil lurking below the surface.
Video: Rescue teams clean oil-covered birds : They are perhaps the most heartbreaking images from the Gulf oil spill: helpless birds covered with oil and hardly able to move.
Gold's 'Real Move' to $7,000 Coming: Asset Manager: "Adjusted for real inflation (as per the 1980 gold peak in today’s prices corresponds to around $7,200 today. So gold could easily go up 6 times from the current price of $1,220 and still be within normal parameters," von Gruyerz's latest report for said.
As Student Credit Card Debt Rises, Banks Quietly Reward Schools: “The fact that schools are getting paid for students to rack up debt is a disgrace,” said congressman Patrick Murphy, a Pennsylvania Democrat and former professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He said that banks’ payments to schools amount to “kickbacks.”Ne

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