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Gaddafi Figures Prominently on the Roadmap for Peace

By Simon Tisdall

The idea that 'brother leader' Gaddafi must be forced out in Libya has scant support beyond London, Washington and Benghazi. Continue

Libya and Humanitarian War

By Robert Dreyfuss

Two elder American statesman, at least one of which might better be put on trial for war crimes, have come up with an attempt to square the circle by reconciling “realism” and “idealism”—that is, neoconservative interventionism—in regard to “humanitarian” wars. They fail. Continue

U.S. Doesn't Count Civilians Killed by Drones

By Justin Elliott

While Obama talks of saving civilians in Libya, information about innocents killed by U.S. drones is kept secret. Continue

Deconstructing the U.S. Military
How to Cut a Trillion Dollars a Year from the U.S. Budget

By Dana Visalli

Mikhail Gorbachev once noted that the Soviet system was evil and had to be dismantled. The U.S. military is a similarly evil force loosened on the world. As was done to the repugnant Soviet system, the equally repugnant U.S. military should be completely dismantled. Continue

Normon Solomon: "You Can't Really Trust the Media"


While the American media discusses the dilemma in the Middle East to a degree, are we really getting the big picture back home? Normon Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy says that though the Internet and blogging has allowed a new outlook to be exposed, mainstream media still paints the picture of a paradisaical United States. Continue

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

By Chris Hedges

A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. Continue

Hiding From Shame, Addicted to Optimism:
The Tyranny of Our Collective Comfort Zones

By Phil Rockstroh

In cultural terms, it is as if the people of the US have become mummified in plastic packaging wrap… have been rendered -- Body Bag People. Continue

U.S. Spends 141% More on Health Care

By Mark Whitehouse

A new report finds that the U.S. spends far more on health care than any of the other 29 OECD nations, and gets less health for its money. Continue

The American Dream As We Know It Is Obsolete

By Arun Gupta

However outdated the American Dream, organized labor and liberals desperately cling to it as they retreat in the face of the Republican and corporate blitzkrieg. In this war, the battlefield is social spending and the public sector, and for the losing side the situation is dire. Continue

Iceland Wont Pay For Bankers Sins

By Al-Jazeera

The UK and the Netherlands are set to sue Iceland after voters there rejected a debt repayment plan over collapsed bank Icesave. Continue

Seventeen killed, 40 wounded in Iraq attacks: Four policemen, seven members of the same family, and six other people were killed by bombs and a gun attack in Iraq on Monday, official sour
Nine servicemen killed in north Syrian ambush: The armed forces unit came under attack at a highway between the port cities of Latakia and Tartus on Sunday afternoon. Seven soldiers and two officers are among those killed, Sana said, quoting an official source.
'Five people killed in renewed Syrian clashes': Death toll from weekend protests reaches 42.
Yemen says troops kill 11 al Qaeda militants - Eleven suspected al Qaeda members were killed in a clash with Yemeni forces on Monday in the south of the Arabian Peninsula country, the Yemeni Defence Ministry said.
Gulf states back departure of Yemen's Saleh: The GCC -- which groups Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia with Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates -- appealed to Saleh to "announce the transfer of his powers to the vice president," Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, said Zayani.
At least 10 Libyan rebels killed west of Ajdabiya in Libya: At least 10 Libyan rebels were killed Sunday in a fierce fight with the Libyan government troops to the west of the eastern town of Ajdabiya, Xinhua reporters witnessed.
African Union says Libya accepts cease-fire plan: A delegation of African leaders said Sunday that their Libyan counterpart Moammar Gaddafi accepted their "road map" for a cease-fire with rebels, whom they will meet with Monday
African leaders in Benghazi for peace talks: A delegation of five African presidents has arrived in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi in a bid to end hostilities and negotiate a way out of the deepening crisis.
No ceasefire without Qaddafi pullback, say Libya rebels : "The people must be allowed to go into the streets to express their opinion and the soldiers must return to their barracks," Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a spokesman for the rebels' Transitional National Council, told AFP
Western allies: Libya cease-fire must meet UN conditions: U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague says anything short of compliance with UN resolutions would be 'betrayal of the people of Libya'
Support for U.S. Military Action in Libya Down to 39% With 37% Opposed: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters now agree with the president’s decision to take military action in Libya, down from 45% two weeks ago just after the mission began.
Gbagbo being held by Ouattara forces: Cote d'Ivoire's incumbent president has surrendered to the forces of the president-elect, the UN has said.
7 militants killed in Pakistan's Swat Valley: Seven suspected militants were killed early Sunday in a clash with Pakistani security forces in a northwest valley once controlled by the Taliban, police said.
Five civilians killed in Nato raid: Afghan Report: A probe by Afghan officials has concluded that five people killed by Nato-led troops in a raid in northern Afghanistan this week were civilians, President Hamid Karzai's office said.
Arab League calls for no-fly zone over Gaza: - The Arab League called on the United Nations on Sunday to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza and lift an Israeli siege of the territory after a flare-up of violence that is stoking fears of a wider escalation.
Palestinian official: Israel, Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire: Although neither Israel nor the Palestinians confirmed the cease-fire, a significantly smaller number of rockets were fired from Gaza on Sunday and Palestinians reported no Israeli air strikes.
Wikileaks: US Embassy Cables:Israel ruled out military option on Iran years ago: 2005 report says senior defense officials did not believe an attack similar to Israel's assault on Iraq's Osirak reactor was possible.
Wikileaks: US Embassy Cables: 'We're doomed if Hamas takes power': January 21, 2006 will be a "fateful day," Maj. Gen. (res. ) Amos Gilad warned the Americans, some four months before the Palestinian parliamentary elections that ended with a sweeping victory for Hamas.
Sudan says found proof of Israeli strike: - Sudan said Sunday that remnants of a missile used in a mysterious attack that killed two people on April 5 proved that Israel carried out the strike.
Milwaukee County sheriff goes to Israel: He's going with group of about a dozen police chiefs and county sheriffs from major American cities from Sunday through April 16. In a statement, Clarke says he sees the Israeli police and Israeli National Defense as the pre-eminent authorities for homeland security having to deal with it on a daily basis for decades.
Mubarak welcomes assets probe: “I have spent my whole life in serving the nation with honesty and integrity,” he said in a recorded message broadcast exclusively on Al Arabiya. “I cannot remain silent in face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me.”
Egyptian blogger jailed for three years: Maikel Nabil found guilty of insulting the military and spreading false news.
UAE detains pro-democracy activists: Officials detain two activists advocating democratic reforms, following last week's arrest of prominent blog
Tragic photos: Bahraini Forces Brutally Beat to Death: The body of Rashid Zakaria Hassan, 40, was found in a detention center, he was beaten to death by Bahraini forces.
Bahrain accuses human rights leader of faking pictures of beating: Nabeel Rajab posted image on Twitter account showing bruises and gashes on man who died in custod
China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge: The United States is beset by violence, racism and torture and has no authority to condemn other governments' human rights problems, China said on Sunday
China issues report criticizing US human rights: - China accused the U.S. on Monday of pushing for Internet freedom around the world as a way to undermine other nations, while noting that Washington's campaign against secret-spilling website WikiLeaks showed its own sensitivity to the free flow of information.
Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at 'torture': Obama professor among 250 experts who have signed letter condemning humiliation of alleged WikiLeaks source
Did Obama Kneecap the 9/11 Suspects' Defense Lawyers?: What an investigation into Gitmo attorneys means for the pending trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants.
Mainstream media regurgitates exact same news on Fukushima, word for word: Where can you go to find "trusted" news about Fukushima? Well according to Google News, only the mainstream sources are "trusted" these days. That's why they've removed nearly all alternative news sites from their news index, leaving only the monotone, mindless canned mainstream news sources for people to read.
Leftist ex-soldier leads Peru poll: Ollanta Humala will face pro-business rivals in a June 5 runoff with the promise to redistribute country's wealth.
China posts quarterly trade deficit: For the first time in seven years, China reported a quarterly trade deficit, as imports soared to an all-time high.
IMF urges US to address debt now; It said that slack domestic demand, high unemployment and still-depressed housing prices will continue to dog the world's largest economy, and that the huge government deficit will limit its ability to address those problems.
Idaho Republicans ‘run amok’, sue taxpayers for $100K: Republicans in the Idaho state legislature rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay the Idaho Republican Party $100,000 in attorney's fees and legal costs for a primary election lawsuit that it brought against the state and won. 81% of the Republicans in the Legislature are also members of the Idaho Republican Party.

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