Sunday, 5 June 2011

The State Of The Empire
Some Reflections on the Geopolitical Situation

By Ninan Koshy

The Bush administration had redefined war objectives in terms of “changing the regime of an adversary state” and “occupying foreign territory until U.S. strategic objectives are met”. The United States and the NATO have manipulated and interpreted the Security Council resolution on Libya to suit their imperial objectives. Continue

Undermining International Law

By Lawrence Davidson

It is the sad height of hypocrisy when the United States, whose leaders claim to have the secret to world salvation (both politically and economically), not only corrupts international law to target others, but simultaneously goes to extraordinary lengths to protect its own nationals from that same law. Continue

Saleh Is Gone. What Next For Yemen?

By Brian Whitaker

The Saleh era is finished. He is unlikely ever to return to Yemen as president Continue

Do The American People Support the 'Special Relationship?'

By Stephen M. Walt

78 percent of the news media, 72 percent of military leaders and 69 percent of foreign affairs specialists believed that backing Israel seriously damages America's image around the world. Continue

Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld.


"We are the people, this is our time, unite together for justice in Palestine" Continue

The Rise of the Second-String Psychopaths

By David Schwartz

The US has been endowed with abundant resources, and there have always been a more than sufficient supply of psychopaths of the first intellectual grade to supply corporate suites and their subsidiary, the Congress. Continue

Empire or Republic:
From Joplin, Missouri to Kabul, Afghanistan

By James Petras

The relation between the civilian deaths in Joplin and Afghanistan raises fundamental questions about the priorities, character and direction of the US Empire and the future of the American republic. Continue

The John Edwards Case; Justice or personal vendetta? 

By Mike Whitney

Why is the Justice Department hassling John Edwards? Don't they have anything better to do then waste their time on a dead-end case like this? Continue

Sweet Justice
Couple Foreclose On Bank of America

Video By CBS News

Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank? Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank. Continue

Dancing For Liberty
This Is What Democracy Looks Like


In Washington DC, hundreds of people have been dancing at the Jefferson Memorial claiming they are exercising their first amendment rights. Continue

19 people killed in shelling on Yemeni opposition leader's compound: report: Death toll from the Yemeni government 's shelling on a compound of opposition tribal leader Hameed al- Ahmar rose Saturday to 19, with another 35 people injured, a key opposition media outlet reported.
Officials: Gunmen kill 9 soldiers in south Yemen, bringing the day's death toll..: Gunmen kill 9 soldiers in south Yemen, bringing the day's death toll to 13 troops.
Yemen's Saleh to return from Saudi Arabia after surgery: Medical sources say Yemeni president undergoing chest surgery to remove shrapnel; many in Yemen hope Saleh's departure is permanent.
Ceasefire between tribesmen and Yemeni government agreed: The Yemeni government and rebel tribesmen agreed to a ceasefire on Sunday, as government officials stressed that President Ali Abdullah Saleh was still president and the opposition vowed to prevent his return to the country.
Bombers kill 24 at Iraq mosque, hospital: – Bombers killed 24 people in attacks on a mosque in central Iraq frequented by provincial officials and later at a hospital where the victims were being treated.
Four killed in attacks targeting army in Iraq: Four members of the Iraqi army were killed in two attacks in Iraq on Sunday, security sources said, in the latest attacks targeting the army in the country.
Israel kills 20 unarmed protesters: Hundreds of protesters rushed the ceasefire line, cutting through barbed wire as they tried to enter the Golan Heights in a repeat of demonstrations last month that saw thousands mass along Israel's north.
Israeli left-wing leader: IDF used 'excessive force' in Naksa Day protests: Former MK Uri Avneri says soldiers are 'trigger-happy' when it comes to Palestinians yet soft on 'violent' Jewish settlers; Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, calls IDF killing of protesters a 'war crime.'
Hundreds of Palestinians clash with IDF in West Bank Naksa Day protest: IDF soldiers fire tear gas at stone-throwing protesters in Druze village of Majdal Shams, where demonstrations were held marking 44 years since onset of Six-Day War.
Angry Gazans storm Rafah border crossing: Egyptian authorities partially reopen terminal to pedestrians, after unexpectedly closing it for "maintenance".
Syrian forces kill 35 in protest town - residents: Syrian forces have killed 35 civilians since Saturday during demonstrations in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, residents said on Sunday.
Syrian Internet Restored, Dramatic Footage Emerges [VIDEO] - Warning: some of these chaotic scenes from YouTube’s Citizentube channel are violent and might be disturbing to sensitive viewers.
Former Mossad chief fears 'reckless' leaders: In a series of remarks in recent weeks, the man who headed Israel's vaunted espionage agency for eight years has let it be known that he has no confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
Four NATO occupation force troops killed by bomb in east Afghanistan: Four service members from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the coalition said, continuing a trend of rising violence in recent weeks.
Woman Suicide Bomber Kills 3 in E Afghanistan: Three interpreters of foreign troops were killed after a woman suicide bomber targeted their convoy in eastern Kunar province, provincial officials said on Saturday.
2 Afghan Police, 3 Nato Security Guards Killed in Ghazni: At least two policemen and 3 security guards of Nato supply vehicles were killed in clashes in Ghazni province on Friday, local officials said.
US kills eight people in Pakistan: At least eight people were killed and one injured in a suspected US drone attack on a compound around midnight in north-western Pakistan, security officials said Saturday.
Pakistan militants confirm senior al-Qaeda leader killed: 'We confirm that he (Ilyas Kashmiri) has embraced martyrdom in the attack,' he said. 'The Pharaoh of the world, America, will soon witness our revenge, as now on we are determined to target only America.'
Pakistani Taliban adopts new strategy: The Pakistani Taliban asserted responsibility Friday for a cross-border attack on a security checkpost that appeared to signal that the group is adopting a new strategy of carrying out large-scale attacks on government and army targets.
Pakistan's road to China : As the United States Congress threatens to cut off all aid. Gilani recently took a quick trip over the mountains to Beijing, and returned with an offer of immediate delivery of 50 fighter planes to Pakistan. Much more has been promised. Given China’s record as a provider of aid to Pakistan, these promises will quickly be realized.
8 arrested in Zardari assassination plot: Pakistan's security agency uncovered a plot to kill President Asif Ali Zardari and rounded up eight alleged participants, Dawn newspaper reported Saturday.
Boat carrying migrants from Libya capsizes; 200 feared dead: At least 200 migrants, mostly sub-Saharan Africans and South Asians, were missing and feared drowned after an overcrowded boat that left Libya bound for Italy capsized in the Mediterranean, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.
NATO helicopters in Libya air strikes : British and French combat helicopters carry out their first air strikes in Libya. Simon Hanna reports
Russia: Libya Land War 'One Step' Away For NATO; NATO is "one step" from sending troops into Libya to help rebels remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday.
Russia against Libya ground incursion: Russian foreign minister has warned that NATO's military operation in Libya is moving towards an all-out ground invasion of the North African country.
Barack Obama rebuked by House for using troops in Libya: Barack Obama has been criticised by the House of Representatives for using US forces against Libya without congressional approval. The House adopted a resolution, by 268-145, rebuking Obama. It said the president has failed to provide a "compelling rationale" for the nearly three-month old operation to aid rebels.
Leader: Iran backs anti-US movements: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the country throws its weight behind all popular anti-US movements in the region.
Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square, cables claim: The cables, obtained by WikiLeaks and released exclusively by The Daily Telegraph, partly confirm the Chinese government's account of the early hours of June 4, 1989, which has always insisted that soldiers did not massacre demonstrators inside Tiananmen Square.
Wikileaks Tiananmen cables: A Chilean diplomat provides an eye-witness account of the soldiers entering Tiananmen Square: HE WATCHED THE MILITARY ENTER THE SQUARE AND DID NOT OBSERVE ANY MASS FIRING OF WEAPONS INTO THE CROWDS
Forget the U.S. debt. U.S. to widen military presence in Pacific Rim: As Gates put it:"America is, as the expression goes, putting ‘our money where our mouth is' with respect to this part of the world - and will continue to do so," Gates will step down on June 30. Gates said that American war weariness and debt concerns will not set the stage for a shrinking of the U.S. presence in Asia.
WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Secret History" of U.S. Bullying in Haiti at Oil Companies’ Behest: The series begins with an exposé of how the United States—with pressure from Exxon and Chevron—tried to interfere with an oil agreement between Haiti and Venezuela that would save Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, $100 million per year.
RIP: Dr Kevorkian, advocate of assisted suicide, dies in hospital: Controversial pathologist's rise to fame in 1990s led to national debate in the US over assisted suicide

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