Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Israel and Palestine
Here comes your non-violent resistance

By The Economist

What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets? Continue

Historian Writes of 'Pleasure' at Murder of pro-Palestinian Activist

By Harriet Sherwood

Author of op-ed article in Jewish Chronicle tells me he 'rejoiced' at death of Vittorio Arrigoni. Continue

U.S. Policy is Rooted in Lies, Injustice, and War

By Cynthia McKinney

We cannot bring our country to peace and respect for human dignity without the solid foundation of the truth.  Those in the service of hatred, war, Zionism are being seen for what they are. Continue

Debt Ceiling Breach
Will Liberals Follow the Tea Party's Example?

By Mike Whitney

Nearly every economist says the same thing. Congress is playing with dynamite. Continue

The People vs. Goldman Sachs
The Justice Department should bring criminal charges

By Matt Taibbi

They weren't murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step further. They came to Washington, took an oath before Congress, and lied about it. Continue

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

By Robert Scheer

The fix was in to let the Wall Street scoundrels off the hook for the enormous damage they caused in creating the Great Recession.... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along. Continue

Strauss-Kahn Simply Had to be Eliminated. 
The Amerikan Police State Strides Forward

By Paul Craig Roberts

Strauss-Kahn, like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, was a threat to the system, and, like Eliot Spitzer, Strass-Kahn has been  deleted from the power ranks. Continue

Where the Bill of Rights Goes to Die

By Kevin Drum

So here's the story: police in Lexington, Kentucky, were chasing after some guy who'd just scored some crack. He went into an apartment building, but police didn't know what door he had gone into. So, smelling marijuana under one door, they pounded loudly and announced their presence. Continue

Highway Shakedowns
Tennessee Law Enforcement Stealing Money from Motorists

By Phil Williams

A major News Channel 5 investigation has uncovered serious questions about Tennessee's war on drugs. Among the questions: are some police agencies more concerned about making money off the drugs, than stopping them? Continue

Haunted by the Nightmare of Katrina

By Seema Jilani

As Louisiana faces new floods, let's ensure that we never again permit politicians to send in mercenaries to 'restore order' Continue

Is this Representative of American Mainstream Opinion?
There's No Way To Tell Which Muslims Seek To Do Us Harm

Letter to the editor

Kudos to the Delta pilot who refused to fly with the two Muslims aboard for a Memphis to Charlotte flight May 6. Continue

13 killed, 20 injured in Afghan police bus bombing: Thirteen people were killed and 20 others hurt Wednesday in a suicide car bombing against a police bus in eastern Afghanistan claimed by the Taliban, a provincial spokesman said.
Afghanistan: 12 dead in protests after two women killed by foreign occupation forces : Twelve people were killed and 80 wounded in violent protests on Wednesday against the killing of two men and two women in a night-time raid by foreign troops in north Afghanistan, the head of the provincial hospital said.
15 Taliban killed in Pakistan check post attack: At least 15 suspected Pakistani Taliban militants and two police officials were killed when a group of rebels attacked a check post Wednesday morning in Pakistan's Peshawar city, media reports said.
What Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani wants from China: By traveling to China, Pakistan may be trying to underscore China's value as a counterweight to the US. Mr. Gilani has reportedly also tried to bring Afghanistan into China’s camp to form a de facto alliance between the three countries.
Pakistan Taliban warns of retaliation: Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that appears to show the group vowing revenge for Osama bin Laden's death.
15 Syrian army personnel killed in clashes: paper: The death toll of Syrian army members and security forces killed in clashes with "armed terrorist gangs" in the towns of Tal Kalakh and Daraahas has risen to 15, the state-run al-Baath daily reported Wednesday.
France says gaining support for U.N. Syria resolution: French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday France and Britain were close to getting nine votes for a resolution on Syria at the U.N. Security Council, but Russia and China were still threatening to use their veto.
Medvedev says Russia 'won't back' UN Syria resolution: "I will not back this resolution even if my friends are going to beg me to," Medvedev told a news conference at the Skolkovo School of Management near Moscow. "It is sad that these resolutions can be manipulated," he said.
Seven killed in Libya clashes: Seven people were killed today in Misrata during clashes between rebels and Libyan forces loyal to leader Muammar Gadafy, a doctor at a hospital in the rebel-held Libyan city said.
Libya: enough is enough: What is known is that the rebels are led by former Gaddafi henchmen and include considerable numbers of al-Qaida militants among them. Their human rights record in eastern Libya is troubling to say the least.
West Has Taken Sides in Libyan 'Civil War,' Says Annan: Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan believes the Western coalition fighting Libya's Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has "crossed a line" and is now "fighting on one side of [a] civil war."
Yemeni opposition, Saleh reach deal: The deal, brokered by Persian Gulf Arab states, would lead to the departure of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978, and the formation of a national unity government.
Saudi Arabia Defies Mideast Upheaval as Guardian of Status Quo: Saudi Arabia is leading a counter- revolution against the sweeping political changes in the Middle East by using money, force and religion.
Arab Spring Fails to Improve U.S. Image: : Opinions of the U.S. and President Barack Obama: The United States receives negative ratings in most of the predominantly Muslim nations surveyed. This is especially the case in Turkey and Pakistan, where only about one-in-ten have a favorable opinion of the U.S. (10% and 11%, respectively). In Jordan, just 13% offer positive ratings, as do 18% in the Palestinian territories and 20% in Egypt.
Obama extends national emergency order on Iraq: - US President Barack Obama late Tuesday offered a one-year extension on the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq, according to a White House statement.
Iran: Bushehr nuclear power plant 'successfully launched': Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi says plant would become fully operational within weeks; plant's launch was postponed by a few months in wake of an apparent Stuxnet virus attack.
Demonizing Venezuela:: 'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela: According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.
Wikileaks: US Embassy Cables:: “Anti-Americanism” in the US state cables: What is considered anti-American is stunning and revealing. This quiet, unassuming cable shows a bizarre and expansive US foreign policy agenda in 2005.
'Small group' knew about Bin Laden compound, ex-official says: Former national security advisor James L. Jones recounts being told about the 'potential target' in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a briefing last year.
The real problem with bin Laden killing games: Once again, the Pentagon is co-opting electronic entertainment to sell us on the military
Dominque Strauss-Kahn scandal forces France to face sex's link with power: IMF chief's Parisian allies trigger debate on the sexism and snobbery of French politics though language they have used
Warrants Let Agents Enter Homes Without Owner Knowing: A special type of government search warrant that allows authorities to search homes without informing the owner for months is becoming more common, Target 7 has learned.
Have they no shame? : US Senate blocks bill targeting oil firm subsidies: The US Senate defeated a bill taking aim at some $2 billion in annual subsidies to some of the world's largest and most profitable oil companies amid deep voter anger at high gasoline prices.
Financial Repression Coming to America: El-Erian: The co-CEO of the world’s largest bond fund has warned America that it faces a combination of higher inflation, austerity and financial repression over the coming years as policy makers grapple with the impact of the financial crisis and the subsequent policy response.

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