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US Pushing for Broader Military Authorization Against Libya

By Jake Tapper and Kirit Radia

The pushing for the resolution to authorize international forces to stop attacks by Gadhafi's forces on its people conducted on land and by sea as well. Continue

The Fatally Flawed Logic of a No-fly Zone

By Michael Williams

Our supposed moral superiority in intervening to "save" human rights is a mask for years of supporting dictators who have oppressed the very human rights politicians claim we must now defend. Continue

Saudi-backed Crackdown in Bahrain Exposes U.S. Hypocrisy

By Michael Hughes

Critics accuse the U.S. of employing a double-standard – reluctant to oust the monarchy in Bahrain but more than willing to encourage Libyans to topple Moammar Gaddafi. Continue

From Celebrities To Tsunamis

By Phil Rockstroh

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Continue

The Ransoming of Raymond Davis

By Pratap Chatterjee

What does the United States' record on justice and human rights look like after it has paid to get its alleged CIA killer out of jail? Continue

Reporter: Ex-CIA Agent Viewed Bombings as 'Heroic'


A New York Times reporter who interviewed an elderly ex-CIA agent about masterminding deadly bombings that rocked luxury hotels and other top tourist sites in Cuba in 1997 testified Wednesday that he sought out the newspaper to better explain the heroism of those attacks. Continue

Revealed: US Spy Operation That Manipulates Social Media

By Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media using fake online personas designed to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. Continue

Julian Assange Grills Julia Gillard on Live Television


Julia Gillard appears on live Australian television and is surprised with a question from Julian Assange. Continue

Extrajudicial Killing:: US kills 41 people in Pakistan: US unmanned drones on Thursday fired four missiles into a suspected Taliban compound in Pakistan's north-western tribal area along Afghan border, killing at least 41 and injuring several people, intelligence officials said. 

Pakistan furore over American's release: Hundreds protest after CIA contractor, accused of killing two men, is set free and sent back home.

Over 40 "insurgents" killed in Afghanistan: NATO occupation forces in separate operations in Afghanistan killed more than 40 Taliban insurgents over the past two days, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday said.

Night raids by US Special Forces anger Afghans: “They then asked Mullah Khaliq if he was Taliban. He said ‘no we are not,’ but they searched the house and shot him in the head. His other son is missing."

U.N. Reported Only a Fraction of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Raids: The number of civilians killed in U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids last year was probably several times higher than the figure of 80 people cited in the U.N. report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan published last week, an IPS investigation has revealed.

US lawmakers seek big Afghan withdrawal in July: Eighty-one US lawmakers, mostly Democratic allies of the White House, pressed President Barack Obama on Wednesday to make a "significant and sizeable" drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan in July.

30 reportedly killed in rebels’ fight to hold off Gadhafi forces: The two sides have been fighting hard around the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya, and a senior hospital official told the Associated Press that 30 people had been killed and at least 80 wounded since Tuesday night.

Gaddafi Warns Of 'No Mercy' In Benghazi: In a radio address, the Libyan leader said unarmed people have nothing to fear but every home will be searched. It comes as his forces have reportedly carried out air strikes on the outskirts of the country's second city, which is home to a million people.

Gaddafi forces 'on outskirts of Benghazi': Libyan television said today that forces loyal to Muammar Gaddadfi are on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. "The town of Zuwaytinah is under control (of loyalists) and armed forces are on the outskirts of Benghazi," Allibya television said.

World leaders hope for UN vote on Libya resolution by Thursday: U.S. joins France, Britain in urging swift action on a proposed no-fly zone, with Clinton indicating Washington may have decided to back the plan.

Kerry warns U.S. against failing to act on Libya: U.S. failure to act more swiftly and forcefully over Libya is allowing an "extraordinary opportunity" to slip away and Washington's reputation could be affected for decades by its response, a key senator said on Wednesday.

Egypt says won't intervene militarily in Libya: - Egypt said on Thursday it would not be involved in any military intervention in its neighbour Libya after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said discussions were under way about possible Arab involvement.

Robert Fisk: Palestinians understand Gaddafi better than we do: "He wants a battle, habibi, he wants a battle. He wants to be the big guerrilla hero, the big man who fights the Americans. He wants to be the Libyan hero who takes on the colonialists. Mr Cameron, Mr Obama, they will do it for him. They will give him the hero title. They will do what he wants."

Ivory Coast: 10 killed in 'deadly shelling' in Abidjan: Shells have been fired at a district of Abidjan opposed to disputed Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, with reports of at least 10 dead.

5 Killed In Yemen as 'Qaeda' militants, attack police post: "A group of Al-Qaeda members in two vehicles... attacked a security post in Marib... where they clashed with security forces, causing the death of two police and three Al-Qaeda elements and wounding others," said the official.

At least 84 wounded in new Yemen protests: Protesters in the southern city of Taiz said 80 people were hit while four were reported wounded in the capital Sanaa when police opened live fire and let off tear gas. Some 150 people were wounded on Wednesday when security forces tried to break up a rally in the Red Sea city of Hudaida. 

Homemade bombs kill four in Iraq: Improvised bombs in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Tikrit killed four people on Thursday, including the wife of a police officer, police and security sources said.

Two killed, eight wounded in Iraq's violence: Two people were killed and eight others wounded in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the police said.

Iraqis eyeing Bahrain protests with anger, caution: Concerns over clashes in Bahrain between Shiite protesters and security forces from Sunni Arab states spilled over into Iraq on Thursday, as thousands of Shiite protesters converged on holy shrines and in Baghdad in a a show of support

Bahrain: takeover of hospitals 'violation of international law': The UN rights chief, said in a statement she was "deeply alarmed by the escalation of violence by security forces in Bahrain, in particular the reported takeover of hospitals and medical centres" in the country, which she called a "shocking and a blatant violation of international law."

Bahrain detains 5 top opposition activists: Authorities detained at least five prominent opposition activists on Thursday as the crackdown on dissent widened under martial law-style rule in the tiny Gulf nation, a rights group and the relatives of the arrested said.

Saudi troops must leave Bahrain: opposition leader: The leader of Bahrain's largest opposition group on Thursday called on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to withdraw his forces from the Gulf Arab state, which has been rocked by Shi'ite protests over the past month.

US Fleet Commander Met Head of Bahrain Defense Forces Before Crackdown; I continue to be surprised by the claims coming from Washington that the White House and Pentagon had no idea the Saudis were heading into Bahrain or that the crackdown was prepared for this week. 

US and Germany Offer 'Feeble Opposition' to Bahrain Crackdown: On Thursday, the situation on the ground in Bahrain's capital city of Manama had reportedly quieted down a day after government troops forcibly cleared a central plaza, Pearl Square, where anti-government protests had been gathering. Three protestors and two security officials were killed in the crackdown, which was backed by helicopters and tanks.

UK' advises Britons to 'leave Bahrain today':The UK government has organised two charter flights bound for Dubai to supplement commercial flights.

Rare public protest quashed in Syria: Protesters in Damascus call for release of political prisoners in second public display of dissent in as many days.

Egypt: Army violently disperses new Copts' protest: The military forcefully disperses thousands of Copts marching on Maspero from Shubra, protesting the violent expulsion of pro-Coptic sit-in demonstrators on Sunday

Egypt report: Israeli spy ring uncovered by Egyptian authorities: Authorities still searching for Egyptian and two Israelis suspected of helping gather information on the country's armed forces during the uprising that saw Mubarak's ouster, according to Al-Masry al-Youm.

Al-Shabab retakes south Somalia town: Al-Shabab fighters have recaptured a frontier town in southern Somalia from the government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a militiamen.

Russia president: Japan nuclear crisis is a 'colossal catastrophe': Russia has stepped up its monitoring of radiation levels in its far eastern regions after an earthquake and tsunami set off a series of accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northern Japan.

U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High;’ Sees Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsening: The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a far bleaker appraisal on Wednesday of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government had offered.

Fukushima nuclear plant owner falsified inspection records: Tokyo Electric Power Co injected air into the containment vessel of Fukushima reactor No 1 to artificially “lower the leak rate”. When caught, the company expressed its “sincere apologies for conducting dishonest practices”.

U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis: The State Department said the United States has chartered aircraft to help Americans leave Japan and had authorized the voluntary departure of family members of diplomatic staff in Tokyo, Nagoya and Yokohama -- about 600 people.

‘They're leaving us to die': Mayor of town near stricken Japanese nuclear plant claims his people have been ‘abandoned’

The scale of the disaster will be revealed in radiation sickness: For the local population, the risk is of a long-term increase in cancer and possible genetic damage

Tokyo Passengers Trigger U.S. Airport Detectors, N.Y. Post Says: Radiation detectors at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports were triggered when passengers from flights that started in Tokyo passed through customs, the New York Post reported.

Must See: Interview about spent fuel pools: Video - Interview with nuclear physicist Frank N. von Hippel, Former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology,

Assange's crime is embarassing US: Lawyer: A high-profile human rights lawyer claims Julian Assange's only crime is embarrassing the US government and if America doesn't want to be embarrassed it should "stop doing embarrassing things".

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