Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Netanyahu Trying to Persuade Cabinet to Support Attack on Iran

By Zvi Zrahiya, Jonathan Lis, Barak Ravid and Amos Harel

Leading ministers were publicly dropping hints on Tuesday that Israeli could attack Iran, although a member of the forum of eight senior ministers said no such decision had been taken. Continue

The Zionist lobby’s First Lady in US Congress

By Alan Hart

What chance does any American president have of confronting this lobby in order to be able to put American’s own real and best interests first. Continue

Neocolonial Scramble for Africa

By John Cherian

The demand for a permanent American military footprint on the African continent had come from right-wing think tanks that enjoyed great clout in the corridors of power during the eight years of the Bush presidency. Continue

The Human Toll of the U.S. Drone Campaign

By Glenn Greenwald

Little attention is paid to the constant victims of American violence in the Muslim world. Continue

Propaganda alert
New Book Disputes Obama Administration's Account of Bin Laden Raid

By NewsCore

The book claims the SEALs landed on the roof of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, rather than on the ground as the administration has stated. Pfarrer also writes that it was within 90 seconds of the beginning of the raid that bin Laden was killed. Continue

If This is Honor, I'll Pass. Oo.rah

By Fred Reed

A soldier is just a nationally certified hit-man, perfectly amoral. When he joins the military he agrees to kill anyone he is told to kill. Continue

15% of U.S. Uses Food Stamps:
Food Stamps And The End Of The American Empire

By Gregor MacDonald

Today, national figures for the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) were released and, once again, hit a new record. Continue

Bringing Democracy Back Home
This Time, Let’s Really Crash the Party

By Andrew Levine

The democratic character of the regime under which we live has waxed and waned over the past two and a third centuries. Today, it is at an especially low ebb; and unless current trends are reversed, the situation is sure to become even worse. Continue

US and Europe Enraged Over Greek Democratic Referendum

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The Greek referendum – if it is not overtaken by a collapse of the government first – has left officials in Paris, Berlin, and Brussels speechless with rage. The ingratitude of them. Continue

Austerity Measures Responsible For Athens’ ‘New Poor’

By Apostolis Fotiadis

The homeless have multiplied and, despite the approaching winter chill, have gathered en masse in central squares around the country. Continue

Greece’s Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

By Robert Reich

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in return for bailing it out. Continue

US kills 20 people in Somalia: A US drone attack has killed 20 civilians and injured 60 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.
Kenya issues attack warning over Twitter: Kenya's military spokesman has given warning, over the social media website Twitter, that the residents of 10 towns in Somalia, including the port city of Kismayu, the central town of Baidoa and Afgoye near Mogadishu, that they will come under continuous military attack.
Somalia: Ethiopian Military Crosses the Border: Forces of Ethiopian military on Tuesday crossed the border into Somalia at the side of Galgudud region of country's center.
At least 18 killed in renewed Yemen violence: At least 18 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in renewed clashes in Yemen's capital and its second city, medics and activists said on Wednesday, after a brief period of calm.
Two Nato Occupation Force Soldiers Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, Isaf Says: At least two Nato troops died following an Improvised Explosive Device attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, Isaf said.
Rogue US army unit leader saw Afghans as 'savages': The ringleader of a rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport treated the locals like "savages," a court martial heard.
Syrian army deserters kill 15: Syrian army deserters killed seven soldiers and eight members of the security forces and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in an apparent response to the killing of 11 villagers earlier on Wednesday, an activist group said
Syria reaches deal with Arab League on unrest: Syria said on Tuesday it had reached agreement with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.
Syrian colonel says he heads armed rebellion against Assad regime: From his heavily guarded enclave in Turkey, a leading Syrian defector says he is heading an armed rebellion against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
Propaganda alert:: Site discovery ups fear of Syria-Pakistan nuke ties: The reported discovery of a complex in Syria has raised UN suspicions that Damascus collaborated with Abdul Qadeer Khan, the architect of Pakistan's nuclear bomb project, to obtain nuclear technology for a covert weapons programme.
US fears uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran: Fearing an uncoordinated Israeli attack against Iran, the United States is working on several levels to pressure the UN's Security Council into imposing harsher sanctions on Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.
Israeli nuclear bluff and the American hand behind it: The current moment for an attack on Iran is more than lucrative. While Iran’s closest ally in the region, Syria, is suffering from internal turmoil, Iran would face a possible attack single-handedly.
Iran military head warns of 'heavy damage' should Israel attack: Tehran responds to recent reports of Israeli leaders' efforts to gain support for an attack on Iran's nuclear development sites.
Israel Air Force conducts drills for long-range attacks: While the media and political sphere is abuzz with news on a potential attack on Iran's nuclear development facilities, the Israel Air Force conducts comprehensive drills on long-range attacks at Italy NATO base.
IDF test-fires ballistic missile in central Israel: Defense Ministry says trial was preplanned, has no connection to recent media publications on possible attack on Iran.
IDF has green light to invade Gaza : Government authorized IDF to take all necessary steps to stop Gaza rocket fire, including ground operation, military official tells AP. Offensive to be ordered only after massive rocket fire. Egypt envoy: 'We saved Gaza from destruction'
Israel to speed up illegal settlement construction in Jerusalem, West Bank: - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for speeding up the construction of 2,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The announcement from his office comes in retaliation for the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO's vote, a day earlier, to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership.
Obama will rue his lack of principle on Palestine's Unesco membership: In pulling out of Unesco, Obama gives the right a boost and abandons all pretensions of being an honest peace broker
Saudi monarchy founder assured UK on Palestine: "I conceded and acknowledged a thousand times to Sir Percy Cox, delegate of Great Britain, that I have no objection to giving Palestine to the poor Jews or even to non-Jews, and I will never ever violate their [the UK] orders"
Aid ships head from Turkish port to Gaza: Boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists reach international waters en route to blockaded coastal strip.
In Libya, Fighting May Outlast the Revolution: Many of the local militia leaders who helped topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi are abandoning a pledge to give up their weapons and now say they intend to preserve their autonomy and influence political decisions as “guardians of the revolution.
Bahrain rights probe head says torture systematic: "It is not possible to justify torture in any way, and despite the small number of cases, it is clear there was a systematic policy," Bassiouni said in an interview with Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum on Monday.
U.S. could face Russian military response over missile shield: If the United States keeps backing out of dialog on the missile defense shield, Russia could take military steps to counter such initiatives, Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today in an interview with Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti.
UK court rules WikiLeaks's Assange should be extradited: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose activities have angered the U.S. government, should be sent to Sweden from Britain to face questioning over alleged sex crimes, the High Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting his appeal against extradition.
Georgia men arrested over alleged US ricin plot: Four suspects believed to be members of fringe domestic militia group that planned to target federal government buildings

British police surveillance system can turn off mobile phones: Police in London possess a surveillance technology that sounds like something straight out of science fiction: a mobile GSM device that pretends to be a cellular tower, tricking nearby phones into connecting to it, then intercepting all their communications.
Greek Cabinet Unanimously Agrees To Hold Referendum: George Papandreou's government still faced a battle for survival with a vote of confidence scheduled for Friday and a grilling from frustrated European leaders expected later in the day ahead of a Group of 20 summit in the French Riviera.
Coup fears: Prime Minister George Papandreou sacked the Greek military high command : The announcement fueled rumors in Greece of an impending military coup.
UK: Manufacturing drops 'like a stone': Double dip recession fears were fuelled today after a key measure of the health of manufacturing sector "dropped like a stone" to a 28-month low.
FBI to probe MF Global's use of client money: MF Global, the securities firm led by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, admitted using clients' money as its financial troubles mounted, a U.S. official says.
Poof it's gone! Video Extract from South Park episode.

Some 15% of U.S. Uses Food Stamps: Mississippi reported the largest share of its population relying on food stamps, more than 21%. One in five residents in New Mexico, Tennessee, Oregon and Louisiana also were food stamp recipients.
DC's homeless to be left in the cold this winter: Residents of the Washington DC metropolitan area make on average the largest annual income of any region in America. The nation’s capital also boasts a homeless population that is unmatched by many locales from coast-to-coast.
Crowd swells at peaceful Occupy Oakland general strike rally: Hundreds have gathered for a mostly peaceful rally this morning in downtown Oakland to launch the general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement, with nary a police officer in sight.

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