Monday, 14 March 2011

10 Reasons To Say NO To Western Intervention In Libya

By Andrew Murray

A “no-fly zone” has now been urged by the Arab League – for the most part a collection of frightened despots desperate to get the US military still more deeply involved in the region. Continue

The 'Beacon That Is Israel'

By William Cook

What happens to the people who took their stand in the streets is irrelevant when US warriors turn to their "weapons of mass destruction," their word processors, to egg the US president on to destroy yet another country for Israel. Continue

Europe's Israel Romance Is On The Wane

By Daud Abdullah

Europeans are losing their illusions about Israel, our survey shows. Policy is out of step with the public. Continue

Behind The Headlines
Iraq - A Nation of Tears.

By Layla Anwar

I have no strength to write more words, I leave you to watch the fruits of your labor, of your indifference, your apathy and your deafening silence. Continue

Our Time of Universal Deceit Needs An Orwell

By Paul Craig Roberts

“Support the troops” originated in the public relations department of the military/security complex. What “support the troops” really means is to support the profits of the armaments industry and the neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony. Continue

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

By Chris Hedges

The liberal class has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multiculturalism, identity politics and tolerance—a word Martin Luther King never used—and forgotten about justice. Continue

What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom
We Will Force You to be Free

Must watch - Video By Adam Curtis - BBC 2

The programme suggested that following the path of negative liberty to its logical conclusions, as governments have done in the West for the past 50 years, resulted in a society without meaning populated only by selfish automatons, and that there was some value in positive liberty in that it allowed people to strive to better themselves. Continue

Bank of America Document Leaks Allege Insurance Scams


At one minute past midnight on Monday morning, a hacker collective released a set of emails on the website BankofAmericaSuck. Continue

Video: Tsunami Destroying Town in Under 7 Minutes


Amateur footage demonstrates the frightening speed with which Friday's tsunami destroyed the city of Kesennuma, Japan. Continue

Suicide attack on Afghan army office kills 33, injures 40: Thirty-three Afghans were killed Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside an army recruiting office in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, a provincial spokesman said.
Six Afghans killed in roadside bombings: The civilians were returning from a poppy eradication campaign when the vehicle they were travelling was hit in Marjah district in the volatile province, killing all five in the vehicle, the statement said.
5 "militants" killed in E. Afghanistan: NATO air raids against "militants" left five "insurgents" dead in Afghanistan's Kunar province, some 185 km east of capital city of Kabul, a press release issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.
2 allied occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan: Two NATO service members have been killed in occupied Afghanistan during the weekend, the international military coalition said Sunday. One died in an insurgent attack in the east and another in a bomb attack in the south. NATO did not provide details or give nationalities of the dead.
Monday: US Kills 3 People in Pakistan: The drone fired two missiles on a suspect vehicle and initial reports suggest three "militants" were killed, according to a security official, requesting anonymity.
Sunday: US Kills 6 People in Pakistan: According to the report, the U.S. drones fired four missiles at a hideout and another two missiles at a car in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan, a place believed to be a stronghold of militants in Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan.
Ambush in northwest Pakistan kills 9, threatens peace deal: Gunmen ambushed a van and killed nine civilians Sunday in a stretch of northwestern Pakistan covered by a new peace deal among tribes from rival Muslim sects. Security forces responding to the attack killed three alleged gunmen, police said.
Lahore High Court dismisses petitions on Davis immunity: The Lahore High Court has dismissed petitions pertaining to the diplomatic immunity of the arrested CIA contractor Raymond Davis after the foreign ministry admitted that they have no record of his diplomatic status, a media report said Monday.
Musharraf : UK 'gave torture tacit approval': Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has cast doubt on Britain's public stance that countries should not torture British citizens on its behalf.
Suicide blast kills 11 at Iraq army base: A suicide attacker rammed a truck packed with explosives into an army barracks in Iraq's restive Diyala province Monday, triggering a massive blast that killed 11 troops and wrecked buildings, officials said.
Maliki dismisses demand for regime change: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has described protesters calling for a regime change as out of step with the will of the nascent democracy and brushed off his critics as few and weak.
Three soldiers dead as new Yemen clashes erupt: Scattered clashes broke out across Yemen on Monday, killing three soldiers in the north, as military forces were deployed to check nationwide protests demanding the resignation of president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Libya:: UK considers arming Libyan rebels as Gaddafi forces sweep eastwards: The Foreign Secretary warned that Libya faced a "long nightmare" if the dictator regained control of the country, and said the international community was approaching a "moment of decision" on military intervention.
Clinton arrives in Paris, to talk with Libyan rebels: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Paris today, preparing to make the U.S. government's first formal contact with Libyan rebels and to talk with allies about a possible no-fly zone to block Moammar Gadhafi's air force.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Libya: UN Security Council holds Libya talks: The UN Security Council on Monday held talks on Libya, as France said it hoped that Arab League support for a no-fly zone would be a "game-changer" in securing international action.
Ashton briefs Arab League on EU position: "Obviously, the no-fly zone is an option," but "the international community is reviewing a number of possibilities," said the high representative's spokeswoman, - She confirmed the convening of a tripartite summit of the EU, the Arab League and the African Union, as requested by the extraordinary EU summit
Libya offers amnesty to soldiers who defected-TV: The armed forces "announce to all soldiers who have been deceived that there will be an amnesty for every soldier who returns showing regret and hands over his weapon", a headline on state television read.
Gulf states send force to Bahrain following protests: Troops from a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have arrived in Bahrain in response to a request from the small Gulf kingdom, officials say.
Video : Arrival of the First Gulf Countries' Peninsula Shield Forces to Bahrain: More than 1,000 Saudi troops, part of the Gulf countries' Peninsula Shield Force, have entered Bahrain, a Saudi official said Monday.
Egypt shelled trucks bringing arms from Sudan, sources say: Egypt's army shelled at least six vehicles trying to smuggle weapons into the country from Sudan last week, security sources told Reuters on Monday.
Israelis and Palestinians in shock after Fogel family massacre: Murder of five members of Fogel family in Jewish settlement of Itamar has led to anger on both sides of divide
U.S.: Israel's approval of new illegal West Bank homes counters peace efforts: Israel's continued illegal West Bank settlement construction runs counter efforts to resume Middle East "peace" negotiations, a statement by the U.S. State Department said on Sunday
WikiLeaks rift between US and Indonesia worsens as talks called off: A planned telephone call between the US President, Barack Obama, and his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was scuttled after revelations US diplomats had told Washington the Indonesian leader and his family were implicated in corruption.
Fuel rods likely partially melting in Japanese reactor: The nuclear fuel rods inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors at the quake-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant appear to be melting, say Japanese officials.
Reactor Fuel Rods May Be Melting After Exposed a Second Time: Tokyo Electric Power Co. can’t rule out that the fuel rods are melting at the Fukushima Dai Ichi No. 2 reactor, heightening the risk of a meltdown, after water levels dropped, exposing them a second time.
Meltdown alert at Japan reactor: The US said it had moved one of its aircraft carriers from the area after detecting low-level radiation 160km (100 miles) offshore.
US naval crew contaminated in Japan: American navy officials in Japan say a 17-member helicopter crew has been exposed to low levels of radioactivity during earthquake relief operations.
Quake selloff wipes $287 billion off Tokyo stock market: The Nikkei average tumbled 6.2 percent, its biggest decline in a single day since October 2008, and more than 4.88 billion shares changed hands on the exchange's first section, the highest number since World War 2.
US confirms $40bn arms sales in 2009: The US government has admitted selling USD 40 billion worth of private arms worldwide in 2009 with almost USD 7 billion of them going to the Middle East and Northern African countries.
India is world's 'largest importer' of arms, says study: "India has ambitions to become first a continental and [then] a regional power," South Asian defence analyst Rahul Bedi told the Associated Press news agency. "To become a big boy, you need to project your power."
World's Biggest Bond Fund Dumps Treasury Bond Holdings: The move was not a surprise given Pimco chief Bill Gross's recent statements that Treasurys are over-valued.
Hacker group releases BofA employee correspondence: A representative of Anonymous told Reuters on Sunday the documents relate to the issue of whether Bank of America has improperly foreclosed on homes.
“Anonymous” Whistleblower Charges BofA With Large Scale Force Placed Insurance Scheme : Ooh, this is ugly. - The charge made in this Anonymous release (via BankofAmericaSuck) is that Bank of America, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Balboa Insurance and the help of cooperating servicers, engaged in a mortgage borrower abuse called “force placed insurance”. This is absolutely 100% not kosher.

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