Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Syria – What’s Behind Protests?

By Joyce Chediac

Both the U.S. and the Economic Union have imposed sanctions on Syrian government officials. Why? Continue

One of the main headlines on the BBC read, 'Violence erupts at Israel borders'. Israeli soldiers had shot dead at least 12 protesters and injured dozens more. BBC 'impartiality' decreed that the brutal killings were presented almost as an act of nature, a volcanic eruption that simply happened. Continue

Jewistan: Finally Recognizing Israel as the Jewish State

By Francis A. Boyle

Netanyahu’s racist ultimatum would lead to the denationalization of the 1.5 million Palestinians who are already less than third-class citizens of Israel and set the stage for their mass expulsion to the Palestinian Bantustan envisioned by Netanyahu as the “final solution” to Zionism’s “demographic problem” Continue

"What Israel is Doing is not in the Best Interest of Judaism"

By Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! Interviews CodePink Activist Who Disrupted Israeli PM Speech to Congress: Continue

The IMF Versus the Arab Spring

By Austin Mackell

The IMF is depicted as the rich uncle saving wayward children, but proposed loans for Egypt and Tunisia could be devastating. Continue

Replacing Strauss-Kahn; "Pro-bank bailout" Lagarde is a shoo in

By Mike Whitney

French Finance Minster Christine Lagarde is a US Trojan Horse who will ferociously defend the interests of Wall Street and the multinationals. Continue

Inside Job

Video - Full Movie

The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened. Continue

There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says

By Spencer Ackerman

You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard. Continue

Over 70 killed in Yemeni clashes: At least 49 anti-government armed tribesmen of Yemeni opposition leader Sadiq al-Ahmar and 15 government troops were killed in intensified clashes on Tuesday in the capital Sanaa as smoke poured out from buildings of the Interior Ministry, officials from both sides said.
Yemeni president adamant he 'will not leave power: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has issued messages of defiance, saying he will not step down or allow the country to become a "failed state", as clashes continued in the heart of the capital for a third day.
US order nonessential diplomats to leave Yemen: The State Department on Wednesday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to depart Yemen and urged all Americans there to leave as security conditions deteriorated with the country's embattled leader refusing to step down.
Troops reclaim Afghan district, 28 "rebels" dead: Coalition and Afghan troops on Wednesday retook control of a remote Afghan district in the northeast after fierce fighting that left 28 Taliban rebels dead, officials said.
Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed by Afghan roadside bombs: One soldier died from a roadside bomb in the northern region Wednesday. The other was killed in a similar attack in the southern region on Tuesday, ISAF said.
Norwegian occupation force soldier kills civilian: : Norway’s armed forces says that one of its soldiers accidentally fired a grenade into a police building in northwestern Afghanistan, killing an Afghan civilian and wounding another.
Car bomb hits Pakistani police station, 6 killed : A suicide blast against a Pakistani police station killed at least six police officers in the northern region of the country, officials said Wednesday.
How did six Pakistan Taliban hold off 100 security forces for 16 hours?: A Pakistani Navy commando was the first to detect Taliban militants attacking a naval aviation base in the city of Karachi on Sunday night. He was dead within seconds.
Osama raid an 'act of war': Musharraf: The US raid to take out Osama bin Laden was technically "an act of war", said former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who described as "arrogance" US President Barack Obama's statement that he would order another raid if required.
Karachi attack 'a US operation', claims ex Pakistan general: The former head of Pakistan's ISI, Hamid Gul, tells Channel 4 News that he is "100 per cent sure" a Taliban attack on a major naval air base in Karachi was an "American operation".
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Pakistan: Anti-Americanism rife in Pakistan army institution: Wikileaks: A U.S. diplomatic cable said the former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, found officers at the National Defense University (NDU) were "naive and biased" against the United States, a key ally which gives Pakistan billions of dollars of aid to help fight Islamist militants.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Pakistan:: NATO concern over Pakistan nuclear arsenal: NATO chief admits concern over security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons following Taliban attack on Karachi naval base.
Presstitute alert: ...: Fighters massing on Pakistan border to launch assaults on NATO forces in Afghanistan: report: Foreign militants are assembling in Pakistan’s wild western tribal areas preparing to assault international soldiers across the border in Afghanistan, according to a former al-Qaeda operative recently captured by NATO forces.
3 Killed as car bomb rips through Baghdad : Three killed, 16 injured after explosion tears through Iraqi capital. Andrew Raven reports.
Three Syrian Soldiers Killed: Three Syrian soldiers have died in an ambush near Homs, in central Syria according to military sources quoted by the state Sanaa news agency. The ambush was allegedly set up by an "alleged terrorist group."
Lebanon's Hezbollah says most Syrians back Assad: - Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday most Syrians still backed President Bashar al-Assad and the removal of his regime on the back of mass unrest would serve U.S. and Israeli interests.
At least 3 killed in NATO raid, says Libya: Mr Ibrahim says NATO had carried out "between 12 and 18 raids on a barracks of the people's guard", volunteer units who back up the army. He claims most of the victims were civilians living nearby.
Russia condemns NATO strikes on Libya: Russia's Foreign Ministry has slammed NATO's recent fatal airstrikes on Libya, calling the raids on the capital of Tripoli a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.
"Rebels" rob Libyan bank: In the days after Libya's rebels rose up against Moammar Gadhafi, they faced a vexing challenge: How do you pay for a revolution?
Obama Protests at Buckingham Palace
Saudi Arabia: Calls for political reform muted: The only man to protest on Saudi Arabia's day of rage has suffered in prison, his family say.
Good news for the people of Gaza: Egypt to open Rafah crossing permanently: Egypt's decision Wednesday to end its blockade of Gaza by opening the only crossing to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory this weekend could ease the isolation of 1.4 million Palestinians there. It also puts the new Egyptian regime at odds with Israel, which insists on careful monitoring of people and goods entering Gaza for security reasons.
UN: Israel should end eviction of Palestinians from their homes: Israel should end the forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the occupied Palestinian territories, the UN humanitarian emergency coordinator said Tuesday.
Arabeh Mayor Omar Nasser, do you agree with Netanyahu that Arabs live better here than elsewhere? : It was unbearable hypocrisy. The prime minister is mistaken and misleading, and it's a disgrace that members of Congress applauded him.
Glenn Greenwald: Great American Patriots:" Here is how the super-patriots of the American Right -- largely joined by their Democratic colleagues -- reacted to the speech given today by this foreign leader: with multiple standing ovations, including for ludicrous and absurd proclamations such as equating Hamas with Al Qaeda and claiming that Israel is "not a foreign occupier" in the West Bank:
Presstitute alert: ..Watchdog Finds Evidence That Iran Worked on Nuclear Triggers: The world’s global nuclear inspection agency, frustrated by Iran’s refusal to answer questions, revealed for the first time on Tuesday that it possesses evidence that Tehran has conducted work on a highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that experts said could be used for only one purpose: setting off a nuclear weapon.
In case you missed it: Barak: Nuclear Iran No Existential Threat to Israel: A nuclear-armed Iran would not be capable of destroying Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday.”Right now, Iran does not have a bomb. Even if it did, this would not make it a threat to Israel’s existence. Israel can lay waste to Iran,” Barak said
Ashkenazi: Israel Cannot Accept Nuclear Iran: “The Iranian regime with nuclear weapons is something that Israel cannot accept,” former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi warned Wednesday, while accepting an honorary doctorate from Bar Ilan University. “We must continue to prepare for the military option.”
Iran to 'impose sanction' on US 'human rights violators': The Iranian parliament has compiled a blacklist of more than 20 US officials who have, in the state's opinion, violated human rights and are to be sanctioned.
Venezuelan oil workers rally against US sanctions: Oil workers rallied in Venezuela yesterday to denounce “imperialist” US sanctions imposed for ties with Iran but the anger seemed unlikely to seriously jeopardise huge energy trade with the United States.
South Sudan asks for help over Abyei seizure: Southern Sudanese officials appealed for international help Sunday after northern Sudanese troops seized a disputed border town, and the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general demanded an immediate end to military action and withdrawal.
Japanese nuclear company confirms meltdowns in three reactors: The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted yesterday that there had been meltdowns of fuel rods inside three reactors at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant.
Sen. Rand Paul responds to accusation of supporting terrorists: Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday that questioning the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act was not equivalent to supporting terrorists.

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