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US vs UN on Israeli Settlements

By MJ Rosenberg

Anyone who thought that the United States has learned anything from the various revolutions upturning the Arab world has another think coming. We didn't. Continue

Top US Lawmaker Assures Israel of US Support


"The people of Israel have sacrificed for the sake of peace and stability. With change coming rapidly to the Middle East, the United States is committed to standing by our close ally to maintain peace and stability in the region," he added. Continue

Afghans Fear Return of the Warlords as Anti-Taliban Militias Clash

By Jon Boone in Marjah

"Around the country these groups are earning the hatred of the people," the governor told the assembled men, many of whom led armed mujahideen groups against the Soviet occupiers in the 1980s. Continue

Egypt's Workers Revolt; This isn't about Mubarak

By Mike Whitney

The real story about what's going on in Egypt is being suppressed in the US because it doesn't jibe with the "ain't capitalism great" theme that the media loves to reiterate ad nauseam.

Where’s the American Outrage Against U.S. Support of Dictatorships?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Believe it or not, U.S. officials actually cut a deal with Egypt’s torturers to torture people on behalf of the U.S. government.

As Clinton Spoke On Freedom Of Speech
Veteran Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested for Standing Silently

By Partnership for Civil Justice

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech, - 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. Continue

Zero Tolerance Policies:
Are the Schools Becoming Police States?

By John W. Whitehead

As surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs and strip searches become the norm in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation, America is on a fast track to raising up an Orwellian generation Continue

Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

By Matt Taibbi

Financial crooks brought down the world's economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them. Continue

A Real-Market Alternative

By David Korten

In America we are taught from birth that capitalism is synonymous with markets, democracy, and individual liberty. Whatever its flaws, the only alternative is communism, or so we are told. Continue

At least 16 killed in Iraq attacks: A car bomb killed 13 people at a vehicle trade fair in the deadliest of a string of attacks on Thursday in which 16 died, including a university professor hanged in his home.
9 killed in Iraqi Kurdish protests: Nine people were killed and 47 were injured Thursday when hundreds of protesters clashed with security forces in Sulaimaniya, a city in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, according to Dr. Raykot Hamed Salih, a health official there
Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city: Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
One killed in Iraq protest: One protestor was killed and over 20 were injured Thursday in a demonstration in Iraq's Kurdistan region, Xinhua reported.
12 Taliban fighters, 1 occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan: A foreign soldier was killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan Thursday while Afghan and foreign troops killed 12 Taliban militants elsewhere in the country, officials said.
At least 14 anti-government protesters reported dead in Libya: Demonstrators take to the streets against Gadhafi in Day of Rage, sparring with loyalists counter protests; accurate casualty reports hard to come by due to media blackouts.
Libyan protesters killed by snipers: The Human Rights Solidarity based in Geneva, Switzerland, quoted witnesses in Libya saying as many as 13 protesters had been killed by rooftop snipers and scores injured in clashes with security forces on Thursday.
6 Killed as clashes rock Bahraini capital : Armoured vehicles seen on the streets of Manama after police storm protest site roundabout, killing at least six.
Bahrain protest crackdown video: Video footage shows the moment police move in on protesters camped out in Manama.
Live Blog - Bahrain: Al-Jazeera - From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated with reports from our staff across the country and further afield.
Bahrain protests a worry for US and its fifth fleet: American naval presence in the Gulf is headquartered in the capital, Manama, where deadly clashes are taking place
Clinton tells Bahrain FM of 'deep concern': "She expressed deep concern about recent events and urged restraint moving forward.
U.S. Denounces Iranian Crackdown — But Stays Silent on Key Ally Bahrain: In Bahrain, anti-government protests have entered their fourth day. Bahrain is the home of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, making it a key strategic ally for the United States.
Three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli army in Gaza: Abu Selmiya said the three were fishermen and identified them as Jihad Khalaf, 20, Talaat al-Awagh, 25 and Ashraf al-Kteifan, 29.
U.S. pushing Palestinians to drop UN resolution on settlement construction: Washington has made it clear that it will veto the Security Council resolution should it come to a vote.
How school trips to Hebron resemble visits to Auschwitz: Just as upon return from the state-sponsored trips to Auschwitz, Jewish students will come back from Hebron feeling more nationalist than ever before.
Yemen: 10 killed in six day of protest: : On Tuesday, Northern Shia rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Houthi issued a statement, promising to order his armed forces to support the pro-democracy protesters, if “revolution breaks out.”
One soldier killed, 3 injured in al-Qaida ambush in south Yemen: One soldier was killed and three others wounded when an armed group of al-Qaida wing ambushed the soldiers' vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Wednesday, a provincial security source said.
Official: US to expand Yemeni military training: The effort will mark the first time the U.S. has trained the counterterrorism unit, which has traditionally focused on protecting Yemen's capital, according to a senior defense official.
Yemen clerics urge unity government: Influential group of clerics demand transitional unity government, as two demonstrators are shot in continuing violence.
Egypt raises pays by15 percent: The Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces has decided to raise the pays of civil servants, military personnel and pensioners by 15 percent.
Iran seeks Cairo ok for warships' Suez passage: TV: Iranian officials were in contact with their counterparts in Egypt to secure the passage of two warships through the Suez Canal, Tehran's English-language Press TV reported on Thursday.
Iran says warships will pass through Suez but Egypt officials say request withdrawn: Iranian Press TV says the plan for two ships to cross the strategic waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean has not been canceled; Canal officials say received no notification regarding ships.
Israeli Army video hints at Syria, Iran attacks: report: A video of the accomplishments of Israel’s recently retired military chief hints at Israel’s unacknowledged role in attacks on the Iranian and Syrian nuclear programs, according to an Israeli daily.
Deadly clashes rock Russian region: Gun battle on Karachayeva-Stavropol. At least 12 deaths have been reported in the Caucasus region of southern Russia amid fighting between suspected separatists and security forces.
Rising Food Prices Push Millions Into Poverty, Study Says: A sharp rise in food prices since June has pushed 44 million people in developing countries into extreme poverty — having to live on less than $1.25 a day — according to a new study by the World Bank..
War criminal: Colin Powell demands answers over false Iraq intelligence : Colin Powell has demanded that the CIA and Pentagon explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the U.S. case for invading Iraq.
Curveball could face jail for warmongering, says German MP: Agent whose lies about Saddam's weapons capability led to Iraq war has broken German law, says Green MP
Berkeley City Council: Good News for Bradley Manning; Not So Much for Gitmo Detainees: In a marathon meeting Tuesday night, Berkeley's City Council split on two controversial resolutions, unanimously approving a measure in support of alleged Wikileaker Bradley Manning, but narrowly voting down one that would invite former Guantanamo detainees to settle in the city.
Student strike at University of Puerto Rico rocks island and sparks political crisis: A student strike at the University of Puerto Rico has forced the resignation of its president and sparked the second political crisis in a year for the island's rulers.
Wisconsin Protesters Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver: "I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment," shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison
Ron Paul: Congress Won't Stop Spending until the Dollar Fails : Video: Ron Paul explains why the new Congress is the same as the old when it comes to budget deficits and overspending. He also speculates as to why an overwhelming majority of the Tea Party caucus came out in favor of extending the PATRIOT Act.

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