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Was Davis Running Drone Programme in Pakistan?

By Chidanand Rajghatta

A mysterious halt to U.S Predator strikes on Pakistan after the Raymond Davis incident in Lahore has led to intense speculation the American "diplomat" was connected to the Drone program even as Washington and Islamabad are going eyeball-to-eyeball over his status. Continue

Obama Warned Palestinians Of Repercussions' if Abbas Goes to UN


"President Obama threatened on Thursday night to take measures against the Palestinian Authority if it insists on going to the Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement activity, and demand that it be stopped," a senior Palestinian official told AFP Continue

The Battle of Bahrain
King Hamad – the Mubarak of the Gulf

By Justin Raimondo

Bahrain is a key element of the administration’s strategy against Iran: it is the headquarters of the Fifth Fleet, and will be the linchpin of any future military action in the Gulf by US forces. Simply put, the Empire cannot afford to lose Bahrain. Continue

Iraq Roiled by Protests, 2 Killed in Sulaimaniya

By Juan Cole

If the American Right Wing were correct that George W. Bush was ‘right’ in trying to kick start democracy in the Middle East by invading and occupying it, then why would it be necessary for people to demonstrate and why have 5 people been shot down for demonstrating in two days in Iraq, as many as in the repressive monarchy of Bahrain? Continue

A Middle East Without America?

By Pat Buchanan

A new Middle East is dawning. What will it look like? Continue

Make The People Pay.
Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Is A Tool Of Class War

Paul Craig Roberts

All we need is a few million more Americans with nothing to lose in order to bring the disturbances in the Middle East home to America. Continue

Wisconsin : Lawmakers Flee to Block Anti-Union Bill


Faced with a near-certain Republican victory that would end a half-century of collective bargaining for public workers, Wisconsin Democrats retaliated with the only weapon they had left: They fled. Continue

A Time for Resistance

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

Wisconsin's Republican governor and Republican-dominated legislature are moving to destroy organized labor, moving to abolish democratic rights that were the essence of the New Deal, and treating working-class Americans as though they were meaningless in our country's mosaic. Continue

Noam Chomsky: “Democracy Uprising” in the U.S.A.?

By Democracy Now!

Noam Chomsky on Wisconsin’s Resistance to Assault on Public Sector, the Obama-Sanctioned Crackdown on Activists, and the Distorted Legacy of Ronald Reagan. Continue

7 rebels, 3 police killed in Russia’s Caucasus: A clash erupted after police and the military found a group of armed men at an abandoned farm on the border between the provinces of Karachayeva-Cherkessia and Stavropol in the western part of the Caucasus, regional police spokesman Sergei Kulik said.
9 Killed as suicide blast targets Afghan police: A suicide car bomber in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least nine people, including two police officers, according to the Afghan police.
Afghan soldier kills 2 US-led occupation force troops: Reports say a man wearing an Afghan national army uniform has shot and killed two US-led foreign soldiers in Afghanistan's troubled north.
One killed in car bomb blast in NW Pakistan: At least one person was killed and four others injured early Friday morning in a car bomb explosion near a police station in northwestern Pakistan, police said.
Pakistan judge orders arrest of driver who killed bystander while rushing to aid of ex-U.S. soldier accused of murder: The judge's court order could be a means of pressuring the U.S. to produce the driver, and will also add to the tensions surrounding the case of the ex-U.S. soldier Raymond Davis.
Libyan opposition: 30 killed by government-armed brigade : The Libyan opposition on Friday accused authorities of having provided more arms to the elite army brigade Khamees Gaddafi, which then attacked anti-government protesters in the north, leaving up to 30 people dead.
Libyan crackdown on protesters kills 24: rights group: A "day of anger" against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi turned into a bloodbath when security forces gunned down at least 24 people in two of the country's biggest cities, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.
Videos From Libya: Violence Escalates: Man shot by Qaddafi's security forces in Ajdabiya, a town south of Benghazi, where the networks report larger demonstrations are happening.
Armed men kidnap wounded from hospital: Armed uniformed men are storming Libyan hospitals tending to those wounded in anti-Government protests and dragging them away in the middle of the night, a nurse in Benghazi tells Channel 4 News.
Libyan exiles say eastern city 'in the hands of the people': Anti-government protesters have seized control of the eastern Libyan city of al Bayda after they were joined by some local police, two Libyan exile groups said on Friday.
Middle East protests: live: Hospital sources in Aden have reported two further deaths as a result of the Yemen protests.
Live Updates From The BBC: Protests across the Middle East and North Africa
Five killed as anti-government protests sweep Yemen: Grenade thrown into a crowd of anti-government protesters in Taiz, a central town considered to be a barometer of national sentiment.
Four killed in Bahrain clashes as Mideast seethes: Troops in armored vehicles took control of the Bahraini capital after police firing buckshot and teargas drove out protesters hoping to emulate those who toppled veteran leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.
Bahrain troops shoot at protesters: ex MP: Lebanon's Hezbollah-run al-Manar television quoted a doctor at Salmaniya hospital in Manama as saying 25 wounded had been admitted, two of them with serious wounds.
Bahrain police attack hospital: Tear gas and some rounds have been fired into that hospital. There has also been very heavy gunfire around the site of the tent cities where protestors were evicted,"
Major Shia party withdraws from Bahrain government: Al-Wefaq Shia Islamic society, which had occupied 18 of the 40 seats in Bahrain’s parliament, announced its decision yesterday. The communique came following fighting between police and anti-government demonstrators.
9 Killed As Iraqi Demonstrations Continue, Governor Flees: On Thursday nine Iraqis were killed and 47 injured at a protest against corruption and unemployment in Sulaimaniyah, a Kurdish city.
Video: Iraqi Teenager Killed during protest: Video shows how the guards of Barzani's party opened fire and killed Rijwan Ali, a young Iraqi protester, in Sulaymaniyah yesterday.
Three civilians killed, five policemen injured in Iraq : Three civilians were killed and five policemen injured in a bomb blast in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Friday, according to a security source.
Fresh protests hit Iraqi cities: Reports of deaths as thousands turn out to demand better service delivery and jobs from government.Curveball doubts were shared with CIA, says ex-German foreign minister: Joschka Fischer accuses former CIA chief George Tenet over his knowledge of Iraqi defector's sketchy backgroundMillions call for civilian rule in Egypt: Millions of Egyptian demonstrators are holding a rally in the capital, Cairo, to demand the military hand over power to a civilian government. 'Eight hurt' in clashes at Jordan pro-reform rally: Government supporters clashed with young protesters in Amman on Friday, leaving eight people injured, in the first such violence since protests began in Jordan, witnesses and medical sources said.Djibouti Police Fire on Protesters, Opposition Says: - Police have opened fire on demonstrators in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa nation that hosts the only U.S. military base on the continent, according to the leader of an opposition party.Palestinians rally for unity: Protesters take to the streets of West Bank city of Ramallah, saying time has come for Fatah and Hamas to come together.Palestinians press forward with UN vote to condemn Israeli settlements despite US opposition: The Obama administration opposes a vote on the matter, saying it doesn't want the U.N.'s most powerful body to intervene. It argues that a vote will only complicate efforts to resume stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Egypt decides to open Gaza crossing partially: Egyptian authorities decided on Friday to open the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian cases and to allow Palestinians stuck in Egypt to return to the enclave, state television reported.
Egypt allows Iran warships to transit Suez: Mena: Egypt gave permission on Friday for Iranian warships to transit the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, state media reported, after Israel described move as a “provocation.”
Wisconsin: Nine Arrested As Capitol Protests Continue: Nine people have been arrested in the third day of widespread protests at the state Capitol.
Madison Schools Cancel Classes Friday: Madison public schools are closed again on Friday because too many teachers are taking the day off to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit union bargaining.
Public Worker Protests Spread From Wisconsin to Ohio : In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers and other public employees came to the statehouse for a committee hearing. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohioan, argued over whether the bills are “an assault on unions.”
WI Governor's Fake Budget Crisis: Gave Tax Breaks to Wal-Mart to Further Real Agenda -- Union Busting: I have been attending the rallies, watching the coverage, reading the blogs and comments and come to the conclusion that most people don't know the true horror of this bill.
Boehner: ‘So Be It’ If Federal Workers Are Laid Off: House Speaker John Boehner expressed little sympathy Tuesday for federal workers who lose their jobs as the result of Republican budget cutting
House aims to deny Obama healthcare law funding: The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was expected to vote on Friday to choke off funds to carry out President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, intensifying a fight with Democrats over budget cuts and burgeoning deficits.

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