Sunday, 13 June 2010

A Real American Hero

Bradley Manning
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it: Albert Einstein
As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever: Clarence Darrow
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise: Barbara Jordan
It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right: Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
He does not believe who does not live according to his belief: Thomas Fuller

Terrorism: Made in the U.S.A.

By Sheldon Richman

It’s a perilous world, as our so-called leaders love to remind us. And for a change they’re right. It is a perilous world. But guess who is most responsible for the peril to Americans? Those very same “leaders” and a long line of predecessors. Continue

Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies to Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

By Hugh Tomlinson

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal. Continue

Daniel Ellsberg Fears a US Hit on Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Inside the Pimpernel’s Bunker
By Muriel Kane

Recalling that he himself had been the intended target of a CIA hit squad in 1972, Ellsberg suggested, "As I look at Assange's case, their worry that he will reveal current threats, I would have to say, puts his well-being, his physical life, in some danger. And I say that with anguish. ... I think Assange would do well to keep his whereabouts unknown." Continue

The Do-Nothing 44th President

By David Michael Green

June 11, 2010 "Information Clearing House" -- What do nine dead Gaza activists in the Mediterranean, nine-plus percent unemployment, and ninety years of oil catastrophe clean-up have in common? Continue

Soros: Collapse of Financial System “Real” and “Far From Over”

By Rocky Vega

Billionaire investor George Soros, who earned his fame in the ’90s when he made $1 billion betting against the pound, has just leveled criticism against the entire financial system. Today, at a conference in Vienna, he vividly described the global economy going down, driven by vast government deficits. Continue

Why Unpaid Maternity Leave Isn't Enough

By Sharon Lerner

When it comes to paid maternity leave, the United States is in the postpartum dark ages. Continue

100 killed as Kyrgyzstan increases troops, authorizes killing rioters: Gangs of young men wearing white kerchiefs over the lower part of their faces, many of them armed with automatic weapons, threw Molotov cocktails into Uzbek homes and looted and burned shops and cars in the center of the city.
75,000 Uzbek refugees flee violence in Kyrgyzstan: Most of the refugees are elderly people, women and children and many have gunshot wounds, the Uzbek Emergencies Ministry said Sunday in a statement carried by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency. It said refugee camps were being set up for them in several areas of Uzbekistan.
Russia sends troops as Kyrgyzstan's ethnic clashes spread: Russia sent hundreds of paratroopers to Kyrgyzstan on Sunday to protect its military facilities, Interfax reported, as ethnic clashes spread in the Central Asian state, bringing the death toll from days of fighting to 97.
13 killed by Somali forces in deadly clash: "The clashes came after some of the government troops started to rob a civilian car and the police were trying to stop it," Abdullahi Mo`alim Kerow, a police officer, told the Reuters news agency.
39 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: interior ministry: Afghan police supported by NATO-led forces killed 39 Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, a statement of the interior ministry said Sunday.
5 Afghan Police Killed by Roadside Bomb: Five policemen for the American-backed Afghan government were killed by a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar on Saturday. Provincial Police Chief Sher Mohammed Zazai told journalists that the policemen were riding in a vehicle that struck a roadside bomb in the Khakrez district.
Danish occupation force soldier killed, 4 wounded by explosive device in southern Afghanistan: The Army Operational Command says 33-year-old Martin Kristiansen was killed by an explosive device that hit his vehicle near the Budwan patrol base in Helmand province
Fact or fiction? Pakistani agents 'funding and training Afghan Taliban': Pakistani intelligence gives funding, training and sanctuary to the Afghan Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought, a report says.
In case you missed it: Leaked CIA report into shoring up Afghan war support in Western Europe: "Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters"
Karzai Is Said to Doubt West Can Defeat Taliban: Two senior Afghan officials were showing President Hamid Karzai the evidence of the spectacular rocket attack on a nationwide peace conference earlier this month when Mr. Karzai told them that he believed the Taliban were not responsible. Mr. Karzai suggested in the meeting that it might have been the Americans who carried it out.
Karzai appeals for Kandahar support: Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, has called on community leaders in the southern city of Kandahar to support a Nato campaign to bolster security in the Taliban stronghold.
Pakistani airstrikes reported to have killed 10 "militants": A local administrator says Pakistani fighter jets have destroyed several militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 10 "insurgents".
15 killed in Baghdad bombings: - Iraqi security officials say a series of bomb blasts near the Central Bank of Iraq has killed 12 people and injured at least 25 others.
Suicide bomber kills five in Iraq: A suicide attacker in an explosives-rigged car bombed U.S. and Iraqi forces on joint patrol Friday, killing two Americans and at least three Iraqis.
Two gunmen killed, three injured in air attack by Iraqi-US forces: Two gunmen were killed and three injured during an air attack by joint Iraqi and US forces south of Baghdad, a local security source said Saturday.
Maliki-Allawi meet ends in agreement to set up national partnership govt: A one-hour meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and al-Iraqiya leader Iyad Allawi on Saturday ended in an agreement on the need to form a national partnership government encompassing all groups, an advisor for Maliki said.
Gulf states not to back attack against Iran: "Saudi Arabia will not cooperate with Israel or any other country to attack Iran. We have always advocated a peaceful solution to the Iran crisis," Dr Abdul Aziz Hamad of King Saud University told Gulf News
Ahmadinejad: Israel, U.S. trying to sabotage Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia: Iranian President speaks day after Saudis deny Times report that Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace en route to strike Iran.
Iran to hit back at shipping sanctions: "Even if one Iranian ship is stopped for security-check, we will act likewise and thoroughly inspect any [Western] ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz."
Apartheid-era minister carried 'nuclear trigger' in hand luggage to South Africa: Eschel Rhoodie transported device used to detonate atomic bombs on flight from Israel in mid-70s, say journalists
Alleged Mossad spy arrested in hit-squad case: An alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with the hit-squad slaying of a Hamas agent in Dubai has been arrested in Poland, officials said Saturday.
Dubai: We won't seek extradition of suspected Mossad agent held in Poland: The Israeli citizen arrested in Poland, using the name Uri Brodsky, is suspected of working for Mossad in Germany and helping to issue a fake German passport to a member of the Mossad operation that allegedly killed Hamas agent Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
Iranian ships ready to sail to Gaza: The Iranian Red Crescent has equipped and loaded two ships with aid, and is waiting for permission from the Iranian Foreign Ministry to set sail for Gaza, AFP reported on Sunday. A third ship is planned for next week.
Fact or fiction? Abbas to Obama: I'm against lifting the Gaza naval blockade: The Palestinian president reportedly told Obama that lifting the naval blockade of Gaza would bolster Hamas, a move that shouldn't be done at this stage.
EU seeks to open sea route to Gaza: Ships may be inspected in Cyprus, under new proposals.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa in first visit to Gaza: The Head of the Arab League is visiting the Gaza Strip, the first senior Arab official to do so since the Islamist militant group Hamas took over in 2007. "This blockade which we are all here to confront must be broken and the position of the Arab League is clear," Mr Moussa said as he was met by Palestinian leaders at the Rafah crossing with Egypt.
Siege takes toll on Gaza children: Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza, where it has been reported that about 14 per cent of children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition.
U.S. Denies Pushing For Gaza Flotilla Probe at UN: The United States on Friday denied reports that the White House would back a United Nations investigation into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla two weeks ago.
Israel names retired judge to whitewash aid flotilla seizure: Israel will appoint retired Supreme Court Judge Yakov Tirkel to head a commission of inquiry into the seizure of six ships carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists to the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday
'Arrest me, I'm a terrorist': Responding to US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) call for the arrest and prosecution of "any US citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla," several American activists "turned themselves in" Thursday - at Sherman's office.
Jonathan Turley: Hoax: Video Showing Heavy Weapons Discovered on Mavi Marmara is a Fraud
Tag Turkish aid group as terrorist, groups ask State Dept.: American Jewish groups are calling on the State Department to designate a Turkish relief group, a main organizer of last month's Gaza flotilla, as a terrorist organization.
Palestinians welcome Turkey involvement in Gaza, Fayyad says Lebanese newspaper reports Ankara may supervise Gaza crossings as part of a deal to repair ties between Israel and Turkey.
BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR: There is growing evidence that BP's oil well - technically called the "well casing" or "well bore" - has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor.
B.P, Halliburton and Transocean have unleashed Armageddon and now there is no stopping it.: This is our worst nightmare. The oil industry has killed the Gulf of Mexico.
Graphic shows number of animals collected near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: This graphic depicts the total number of living and dead animals collected in four states since the oil spill began.
Obama to call for escrow fund for BP claims: President Barack Obama will tell BP executives this week that he wants the oil company to establish an escrow account to pay damage claims by individuals and businesses hurt by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, a U.S. official said on Sunday.
BP hires company to handle oil spill claims whose goal is "reducing payouts" for clients: Publicly, BP has said it intends to be generous in compensating those affected by the Gulf oil spill: BP has hired a risk-management company who advertises that a main benefit of its services is "reducing our clients' loss dollar pay-outs" -- a goal Gulf advocates say is in direct contradiction to Washington and BP's promises to fully compensate coastal residents.
Who Owns BP? Biggest Shareholder is JPMorgan Chase: According to the European financial database Amadeus, JPMorgan Chase is the No. 1 holder of stock in BP. That distinction also has earned the Wall Street bank the title of “Global Ultimate Owner” of the oil giant, as it owns 28.34% of BP.
How BlueDog Boys kept Obama's boot off neck of BP's U.S. partner: The American owners of the drilling rig at the centre of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been involved in nearly three-quarters of all significant safety incidents on rigs in the region since 2008, according to new figures.
Residents to Chevron: Clean up the mess: A leak from Chevron's underground oil pipeline may have gone undetected for hours as it spilled 50 gallons of crude a minute Saturday into Salt Lake City's Red Butte Creek.
Miami massacre: The worst aspect of this horrific killing spree is a lack of public outrage: Even as violent crime drops, America appears to be becoming steadily immune to its frequent mass shootings
Insurer sues Pfizer for paying kickbacks to docs: Pfizer has settled other similar lawsuits and agreed in September to pay $2.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties over its promotion of Bextra, Lyrica, Geodon and other drugs.
BREAKING! More Votes Counted Than Ballots Cast In South Carolina Election : June 11, 2010 MSNBC Keith Olbermann
Regulators close Seattle bank, total now 82: U.S. regulators seized Washington First International Bank in Seattle on Friday evening, bringing the total of failures so far this year to 82.
Study Tallies Corporations Not Paying Income Tax: Two out of every three United States corporations paid no federal income taxes from 1998 through 2005, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
Bernie Madoff, Free at Last: “F--- my victims,” he said, loud enough for other inmates to hear. “I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years.”

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