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America's Complicity in Evil

June 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19456

As I write at 5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he needed to learn "all the facts about this morning's tragic events" and that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had canceled his plans to meet with him at the White House. Thus has Obama made America complicit once again in Israel's barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone's report on Israel's war crimes committed in Israel's January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel's latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn't know what has happened.

ACLU Renews Call For Accountability At Start Of Torture Awareness Month

June 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-renews-call-accountability-start-torture-awareness-month

The American Civil Liberties Union today renewed its call for the Obama administration to hold Bush-era government officials accountable for the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. Despite disavowing torture, the current administration continues to shield from civil liability, criminal investigation and public scrutiny Bush administration officials who authorized torture.

Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet

May 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/201053133047995359.html

Aid convoy was attacked 65km off the Gaza coast. Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships aiming to break the country's siege on Gaza. Up to 16 people were killed and more than 30 people injured when troops stormed the Freedom Flotilla early on Monday, the Israeli Army Radio said. The flotilla was attacked in international waters, 65km off the Gaza coast. Footage from the flotilla's lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showed armed Israeli soldiers boarding the ship and helicopters flying overhead. Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, on board the Mavi Marmara, said Israeli troops had used live ammunition during the operation.

Obama doctrine rehabilitates empire

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/imperium/2010/05/30/obama-doctrine-rehabilitates-empire

Obama's National Security Strategy aims to salvage the US' global superiority, but will it succeed, asks Marwan Bishara. The new US National Security Strategy (NSS) makes for a boring but important weekend read. I recommend reading it in full here. It is full of generic language, bombastic claims and at times wishful thinking - but, if you look hard enough, there is a sprinkle of silver lining. The structure is all too familiar: The world improves in the shadow of US leadership, but multiple dangers and threats lie ahead in hostile and challenging environments that require even more US engagement in the world.

Video: LIVE from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66486&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Life Aboard an International Activist Ship

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/30

There is nothing easy about planning or conducting an international action, especially with moving parts called ships! Yet, activists on board keep their spirits afloat! After delays caused by damaged propellers and broken steering mechanisms, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla now reduced to seven ships is heading for Gaza.

BP Oil Spill: "Top Kill" Failure Means Well May Gush Until August

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.truthout.org/bp-oil-spill-top-kill-failure-means-well-may-gush-until-august59982

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, May 16, in a process known as flaring. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley / DVIDSHUB) After the failure of "top kill," BP said it will concentrate on containing, not stopping the leak. As failures to stop the BP oil spill mount, the federal government is careful not to promise too much. With the failure of the BP “top kill” maneuver, the effort to combat the BP oil spill is increasingly becoming an attempt to manage expectations.

BP: ‘We’re not blaming anyone yet’

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0530/bp-not-blaming-yet/

\General manager says relief well expected to be completed in August is 'end point' for efforts to stop spill. Oil giant BP has said it is responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but now the company seems to be reserving the right to blame someone else.

Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12772

The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs in its hopeless frenzy. It has distributed menus from Gaza restaurants, along with false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle, which it might have been better off never starting. They want to maintain the ineffective, illegal and unethical siege on Gaza and not let the "peace flotilla" dock off the Gaza coast? There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy the web of explanations, lies and tactics.

BP's 'top kill' fails to stop Gulf oil leak

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/053010dnnatoilspill.22108e9.html

NEW ORLEANS – In a demoralizing setback, BP engineers said Saturday that the "top kill" effort to stem the flow of oil gushing from a well a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico had failed and that after consultation with government officials they had decided to move on to another strategy. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said the company determined the "top kill" had failed after it spent three days pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well 5,000 feet underwater. More than 1.2 million gallons of mud was used, but most of it escaped from the damaged riser.

Difficult Times Call for Dangerous Jobs

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51640

GAZA CITY - Life can be hard working in these tunnels, and it is always at risk. But many have no choice but to work in them, particularly since mid-2007, when Israel and Egypt, with the help of the international community, imposed a siege of staggering severity on the 1.5 million humans in the Gaza Strip.

Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7140282.ece

Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline. The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers. The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.

Israel faces child abuse claims - Video

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/201053082239109343.html

An international children's rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them. The Geneva-based Defence for Children International (DCI) has collected 100 sworn affadavits from Palestinian children who said they were mistreated by their Israeli captors. Fourteen of the statements say they were sexually abused or threatened with sexual assault to pressure them into confessions.

Gaza aid ships prepare to set sail - Video

May 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/20105309243411794.html

The flotilla is aiming to provide aid to Gazans in defiance of an Israeli blockade. A flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip is preparing to leave Cyprus, organisers say. Earlier reports said the ships had already set sail around 5am local time (02:00 GMT). But organisers later said they merely relocated to a different location, 40km off the coast of Cyprus, and that the ships haven't actually left for Gaza yet. "We looked at the little blue bubble this morning and saw that it had moved 25 nautical miles, so we thought they had set off," said Greta Berlin, a member of the Free Gaza Movement, referring to the flotilla's website, which marks the position of the boats with a blue arrow.

Energy expert: Nuking oil leak ‘only thing we can do’

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0529/energy-expert-nuke-oil-leak/

BP 'totally in charge of the news' about oil leak, energy expert says. As the latest effort to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico meets with failure, the idea of nuking the immediate area to seal the oil underground is gaining steam among some energy experts and researchers. One prominent energy expert known for predicting the oil price spike of 2008 says sending a small nuclear bomb down the leaking well is "probably the only thing we can do" to stop the leak. Matt Simmons, founder of energy investment bank Simmons & Company, also says that there is evidence of a second oil leak about five to seven miles from the initial leak that BP has focused on fixing. That second leak, he says, is so large that the initial one is "minor" in comparison.

More revelations point to criminality of BP, Transocean

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/deep-m29.shtml

New revelations continue to emerge demonstrating the criminal negligence of BP and rig owner and operator Transocean in the lead-up to the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. Douglas Harold Brown, the top mechanic and acting engineer on the Deepwater Horizon, told the House Judiciary Committee this week that downsizing by Transocean had contributed to a breakdown of basic safety measures. “Because of the cuts in the number of engine room personnel, we were often days, weeks and even months behind in completing the necessary preventative maintenance requirements,” Brown said in prepared testimony.

Bolivia: When Fantasy Trumps Reality

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/362.php

Under the presidency of Evo Morales, Bolivia has achieved a new constitution incorporating the rights of indigenous peoples, the beginning of land reform, the nationalization of important natural resources and increased state social spending to the poor. We hear nothing of this in the mainstream media. And ironically, although the left is fiercely critical of biased media coverage, it can also fall in the trap of media distortion, particularly if its coverage dovetails with its own fantasies.

BP Prepares to Take New Tack on Leak After ‘Top Kill’ Fails

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/us/30spill.html?hp

In another serious setback in the effort to stem the flow of oil gushing from a well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers said Saturday that the “top kill” technique had failed and, after consultation with government officials, they had decided to move on to another strategy.

Austerity measures throughout Europe

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m29.shtml

Two weeks ago, European heads of state and the International Monetary Fund reached agreement on a €750 billion rescue package for the euro. Since then, not a day has gone by without the announcement of a new round of draconian austerity measures. Working people are now being ordered to pay the price for plugging the massive holes in public finances that are the result of various rescue measures for the banks and the euro.

More Deepwater Disasters on the Horizon?

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51630

A mobile offshore drilling unit holds position directly over the damaged well as crews work to plug the leak using a technique known as "top kill". Credit:U.S. Coast Guard Despite a federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling, new permits and controversial environmental waivers for oil rigs continue to be granted, sparking criticism from policymakers and environmentalists. On Thursday, President Barack Obama issued a six-month extension of the moratorium on permits and environmental waivers for the drilling of new deepwater wells. The original moratorium was ordered following the Apr. 20 explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, which has become the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history. However, records show that since the original moratorium was issued, new permits and environmental waivers on existing drilling projects continue to be granted regularly. It is not clear whether the moratorium extension applies to new drilling on existing wells or merely new operations. Since the moratorium, the New York Times reports, at least seven new permits for drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted. The majority of the approved permits are for the same type of work as that on Deepwater Horizon prior to the explosion. Six of the waivers are for waters that are deeper than the location of Deepwater Horizon. With increased depth, drilling operations become more difficult and therefore more dangerous. The Deepwater rig was drilling at a depth of approximately 1,500 metres at the time of the explosion. Four of the new wells extend deeper than 2,700 metres.

Vietnam MIAs: Ghosts Return to Haunt McCain and the US Press

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn05282010.html

The ghosts that haunt Senator John McCain are about 600 in number and right now they are mustering for an onslaught. McCain, one of America's foremost Republicans and President Barack Obama's opponent in 2008, is currently locked in a desperate bid for political survival in his home state of Arizona. After 20 years of immunity from challenge from his fellow Republicans, he's now involved in a close primary battle with J.D. Hayworth, a former congressman turned radio broadcaster who sports the Tea Party label. Hayworth says McCain is a fake Republican, soft on issues like immigration. The polls have been tightening, and if McCain got bludgeoned by some new disclosure, it could finish him off.

Dow's Worst May Since '40

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703957604575272930884830398.html

Stocks End Month Down 7.92% as Europe Crisis, Flash Crash Unsettle Investors. Between the "Flash Crash" and angst over the worsening crisis in Europe, stocks suffered a dismal May, posting their worst decline for the month since Franklin Roosevelt was in the White House. The month ended with a thud Friday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 122.36 points, or 1.2%, to 10136.63, leaving it in negative territory for the week, the month and the year. For market stalwarts the sharp drop has added further credence to the truism, "sell in May and go away." The Dow fell 871.98 points, or 7.92%, for the month. That was the worst May in percentage terms since 1940, when shares dropped 22%, and the worst May ever measured by points. Crude oil had its worst month since December 2008.

US mulls unilateral Pakistan raids

May 29th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105296251760640.html

CIA already conducts unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal regions. The US military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful attack in the US that can be traced to them, The Washington Post reports. Planning for a retaliatory attack was spurred by ties between Faisal Shahzad, the alleged Times Square bomber, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban, the US newspaper said in an article posted on its website on Friday night, quoting unidentified senior military officials.

U.S. Defence Spending Far Outpaces Rest of the World

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51622

The United States continues to lead the world in defence spending, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a U.S.-based non-partisan research organisation.

Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/05/third-giant-underwater-oil-plume.html

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given. “There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

Obama press conference Lies and evasions in defense of BP

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m28.shtml

The White House press conference Thursday, the first held by President Barack Obama in nearly ten months, was devoted to presenting his administration as an active crisis manager in the Gulf oil catastrophe, rather than a handmaiden for BP, the giant oil company whose profit drive is responsible for the worst ecological disaster in US history.

The Human Cost of Mandatory Minimums

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/drug-law-reform/human-cost-mandatory-minimums

I sat down in front of the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) yesterday afternoon to testify about the harmful effects of mandatory minimum sentencing. In 1991, the USSC delivered a report to Congress denouncing mandatory minimums and calling for their abolition. Nineteen years and thousands of prisoners later, Congress has once again directed the commission to provide a report on mandatory minimums. "Mandatory minimums" are minimum sentences that Congress has attached to certain crimes. There are over 150 of these throughout federal criminal law. Many are hardly used, but the ones that are — mainly relating to drug crimes...

Election-Year Politics Derail Bid to Save Teachers' Jobs

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.truthout.org/election-year-politics-derail-bid-save-teachers-jobs59959

Congress bailed out Wall Street and the auto industry, but it appears to have drawn the line — at least for now — at rescuing teachers.
A Democratic plan to send $23 billion to the states to save the jobs of 100,000 to 300,000 public school teachers, librarians, counselors and other employees slated for layoffs looks dead for the time being.

Obama Talks a Lot of Game About Taking on Wall St, While Killing off Reforms in the Shadows

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/media/147041/obama_talks_a_lot_of_game_about_taking_on_wall_st%2C_while_killing_off_reforms_in_the_shadows/

The American people are clamoring for justice but our voices are still being ignored. The President says he is on our side. Is he? We now know that it was the Obama Administration led by the President himself who used techniques well understood and denounced decades earlier by none other than Mao TseTung.

BP's 'top kill' mission halts the oil gush – but is it stable?

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/27/bp-oil-spill-top-kill

Experts warn that leak is far from being permanently fixed as weather service predicts unusually strong hurricane season. A delicate "top kill" operation by BP tentatively halted the gush of oil and gas from its ruptured Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, although experts warned that the underwater leak was still far from being permanently fixed. Engineers were due last night to begin a second round of pumping thick drilling mud at high speed into the ocean floor, which lies 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) under the surface of the sea about 50 miles off Louisiana. Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, insisted that the operation was going to plan, but admitted: "What we do know is that we have not yet stopped the flow." The top kill operation appears to have been a failure. The device sits on the ocean floor with a mixture of oil, natural gas, and benzene spewing out the top of it. Benzene is a highly toxic flammable cancer-causing carcinogen and millions of gallons of the stuff are continuing to pour into the ocean every week, unleashed from deep within the bowels of the earth by BP's greed. Its an ecological catastrophe. Click the photo and take a look at the live feed.

Lies and evasions in defense of BP

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m28.shtml

The White House press conference Thursday, the first held by President Barack Obama in nearly ten months, was devoted to presenting his administration as an active crisis manager in the Gulf oil catastrophe, rather than a handmaiden for BP, the giant oil company whose profit drive is responsible for the worst ecological disaster in US history.

“Top kill” has yet to stop Gulf oil flow

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/gulf-m28.shtml

Massive spill nation’s worst, study confirms. On Thursday afternoon, BP admitted that the success of its latest attempt to stem the flow of oil from the ocean floor, the so-called “top kill,” was in doubt. The effort to blast thousands of gallons of heavy mud directly into the Deepwater Horizon rig’s failed blowout preventer one mile beneath the water’s surface was suspended early Thursday morning so that BP could analyze data, company spokesmen said.

How an Ingredient Found in Everything from Chocolate to Chips Is Causing Massive Environmental Destruction

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/146984/how_an_ingredient_found_in_everything_from_chocolate_to_chips_is_causing_massive_environmental_destruction_/

The aisles of any American grocery store, whether it's a big-box behemoth or a cramped urban bodega, are filled with enough packaged goods to satiate nearly every consumer demand and impulse. But behind the neatly stocked shelves and cheery in-store commercials lurks a dirty secret concerning the dramatic and harmful global impact of the products we buy.

Israel to stop Gaza aid ships

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/201052791958545391.html

Israel says it will prevent, if necessary by force, a nine-ship flotilla of peace activists and humanitarian aid from reaching the Gaza Strip. The Freedom Flotilla is carrying around 700 pro-Palestinian activists from various countries, as well as 10,000 tonnes of aid. It is by far the largest fleet of aid to try to reach Gaza since Israel imposed its siege on the coastal territory in 2007.

Colombia IDPs 'face vote abuse'

May 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/05/20105251832686557.html

Most of Colombia's estimated 4.9 million displaced people have been forced
from their homes by violence and hunger. Suffering a continuing cycle of conflict, forced removal and living on the boundary of survival, Colombia's millions of displaced people may feel disassociated from Sunday's presidential poll.

US Senate rejects exit timetable for Afghanistan

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N27100144.htm

The Senate rejected a proposal on Thursday to require President Barack Obama to submit a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, despite unease among some members of his party over the nine-year-old war.

Is the U.S. Government Planning War to Quell the Tide of Economic Unrest?

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://snardfarker.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-the-us-government-planning

In my opinion and in a word: Yes! Headlines: – “READY FOR WAR,” “U.S. Military told to get ready in Korea Standoff, Obama orders commanders to prepare ‘to deter future aggression.’” By Drudge and MSNBC – “U.S. Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New Carrier Groups In Region” by Tyler Durden – “Clinton: Korea Must Face ‘Consequences’ For Sunken Warship” – Homeland Security, Northeast Intelligence Network: “The Syrian Missile Crisis: Threat of War Very Real” – “The Expanding U.S. War in Pakistan” by Jeremy Scahill – “Yemen, Latest War Front?” by CBS News

Israel's new 'best friend'?

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/05/2010527184439863164.html

When Binyamin Netanyahu arrives in Canada on Friday, immediately following the ceremony in Paris to introduce Israel to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it will mark the first visit to Ottawa by a sitting Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin in 1994. During his last visit, in 2002, Netanyahu's closed door speech at Concordia University in Montreal sparked a riot that made headlines around the world.

Gulf oil spill: Why is BP in charge?

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m27.shtml

Since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, the Obama administration has insisted that BP remain in command of the spill site and cleanup, in spite of the oil giant's criminal actions in causing the deadly blast and its greed and incompetence in handling the spill.

BP had prior warning of Deepwater Horizon blowout

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/spil-m27.shtml

BP, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, disregarded indications hours before the April 20 blast that the rig might suffer a catastrophic blowout, according to a preliminary report published Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce committee.

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