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SEA BATTLE FEAR AS IRAN SENDS FLOTILLA TO GAZA

June 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Iran

Link: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/180605/Sea-battle-fear-as-Iran-sends-flotilla-to-Gaza

In a provocative move the ­Iranian Red Crescent was this weekend due to send two vessels packed with food and medical aid and 70 relief workers. A third ship, carrying an operating theatre, could follow. President Ahmadinejad raised the spectre of a sea battle as he warned the ships would be carrying an escort of “volunteer marines” ready to “teach Israelis a lesson”. Ali Shirazi, the Revolutionary Guard’s spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it was “Iran’s duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza”. Foreign Secretary William Hague described the intervention as “unhelpful”.

Israeli Deputy FM: 75 al-Qaeda Mercenaries on Aid Ship

June 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/13/israel-75-al-qaeda-mercenaries-on-aid-ship/

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon appeared on CNN’s “GPS” show today, and once again changed the official story related to the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship two weeks ago. Danny AyalonAyalon now claims that 75 al-Qaeda linked mercenaries were on board the ship, heavily armed, and that they ambushed the Israeli troops before their eventual capture. The corporate media is willing to promote this fantastic lie but not the truth, why?

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

June 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?emc=eta1

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

A duty to protect, not torture

June 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/rachael-m-rudolph/6359-a-duty-to-protect-not-torture

In most countries the duty of an officer of the law is to protect ordinary citizens, and not to brutally beat, torture and kill those they are charged with protecting. Two officers, Mohamed Alfallah and Awaad Elmokhber, have been accused of beating, torturing and killing Khalid Saeed in Alexandria, Egypt. For many human rights observers the death of young Khalid is just one of many cases that have occurred at the hands of the current Egyptian government under the so-called Emergency Laws.

Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

June 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7148555.ece

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal. In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

June 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.infowars.com/italian-flotilla-journalist-my-credit-card-was-used-after-idf-confiscated-it/

Editor’s note: The state of Israel has enjoyed what amounts to a credit card with a balance of billions of dollars. The American people are obliged to pay the bill. An Italian journalist who was detained by the Israel Defense Forces following the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla says his credit card was used to purchase items after it was confiscated by the Israeli authorities.

US accepts Israeli probe of Flotilla

June 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130038&sectionid=351020202

Despite calls for an international inquiry into a recent deadly Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, the US and Israel have agreed on an independent Israeli committee to probe the attack. The murderers will investigate themselves?

New evidence undermines latest BP-White House estimate of spill size

June 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/gulf-j12.shtml

On Thursday, BP and Obama administration efforts to conceal the size of the Deepwater Horizon spill were delivered another blow when teams of scientists estimated that the rate of the oil spill as of early last week was between 30,000 and 50,000 barrels (1.2 million to 2.1 million gallons) per day, and possibly higher.

Our Fault, Too

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/our-fault-too60329

There were hearings on Capitol Hill this week regarding the Gulf oil disaster, and virtually everyone involved - from witnesses to experts to government officials - had a grand old time throwing rocks at British Petroleum. The Obama administration and various government agencies have also been taking it in the teeth over their failure to quell the oil boiling up from the bottom of the sea. Beaches are closing, animals are dying, livelihoods are being destroyed, and unbelievable as it may seem, the worst is yet to come. New reports indicate the well may have been releasing oil equivalent to the Exxon Valdez spill every eight to ten days since this whole thing started.

How Obama Let the World’s Most Dangerous Oil Company Get Away with Murder

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/11/rolling_stones_tim_dickinson_on_the

An extensive new investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the BP oil spill disaster reveals that it was government mismanagement, delays and absence of oversight that allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. In the article "The Spill, the Scandal, and the President," Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson writes, "Though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill." Dickinson explores how Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kept in place the oil industry-friendly environmental guidelines that Bush had implemented and ultimately let BP, an oil company with the worst safety record, to get away with murder. [includes rush transcript]

Fear of 'Secret Cables' Fuels Pentagon Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/11-7

Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange. Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that, if made public, could do serious damage to national security, government officials tell The Daily Beast.

The BP oil spill and the tyranny of private ownership

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/pers-j11.shtml

The fifty-first day of the worst ecological catastrophe in US history found Washington redoubling its efforts at containment—not of the Gulf oil spill itself, but of the financial dangers it poses to BP and the oil industry as a whole. On Thursday, media alarm bells went off when BP shares fell 40 percent below their pre-spill value and the cost of insuring the company’s bonds against default increased. Markets were punishing BP over rumors that it might hold back on an upcoming dividend payout of as much as $10 billion, according to analysts.

Retail sales tumble sharply in May Spending takes a big plunge; consumer sentiment strengthens

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37635666/ns/business-retail/

Retail sales plunged in May by the largest amount in eight months, raising new worries about the durability of the economic recovery. A big drop in May retail sales has raised new concerns about the durability of the economic recovery. Retail sales plunged 1.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the largest decline in eight months.

Transcript: Daniel Ellsberg Says He Fears US Might Assassinate Wikileaks Founder

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/06/11/transcript-daniel-ellsberg-says-he-fears-us-might-assasinate-wikileaks-founder/

Daniel Ellsberg, the former US military analyst who released the pentagon papers in 1971, appeared on MSNBC today with Dylan Ratigan. He said he fears for the safety of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, who is reportedly on the verge of leaking secret State Department cables. The Daily Beast reports that Assange is currently being sought by the Pentagon, and Ellsberg advises him not to reveal his whereabouts.

Israel plans to send bill to Palestinians over boycotts

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-plans-to-send-bill-to-palestinians-over-boycotts-1997295.html

The Land of Israel, a right-wing parliamentary lobby group committed to Jewish settlement of the West Bank, submitted the bill with the support of 25 politicians from right wing and centrist parties. If approved, it could theoretically force the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay thousands of dollars in compensation to Jewish businesses affected by the Fayyad-led boycott campaign, a scenario that would likely spark furious reaction from Palestinians.

The Death Of Las Vegas

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-death-of-las-vegas

When the subprime mortgage crisis stuck, no major U.S. city was more devastated than Las Vegas. When the recession went from bad to worse, Americans decided that they really didn't need to gamble so much and casino revenues plummeted. Suddenly unemployment started to increase dramatically in Vegas and even today it continues to soar. Like so many other cities that are highly dependent on tourism and entertainment, Las Vegas has gone from boom to bust. Local officials are hoping that the worst will soon be over, but the truth is that the worst is yet to come.

In Juárez, Years of Seeking Justice for Murdered Women

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51796

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico, Jun 11, 2010 (IPS) - "Sometimes I'm cheerful, but other times I see no reason for working in the community or even for life," said Paula Flores, who has become the symbol of the fight for justice for the hundreds of women who have been murdered or disappeared in this northern Mexican border city.

For the US in Afghanistan, the News Is Bad

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/lobe/2010/06/10/for-the-us-in-afghanistan-the-news-is-bad/

While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

Pentagon hunting Wikileaks founder

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.techeye.net/internet/pentagon-hunting-wikileaks-founder

The Daily Beast is reporting the Pentagon has a manhunt currently underway for Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange. Investigators from the Pentagon are flocking out and "are desperately searching" for the white-haired sage of openness and accountability. The US is apparently convinced that whistleblower Bradley Manning, who was arrested two weeks ago, did indeed hand over 260,000 US diplomatic cables concerning the Middle East over to Wikileaks.

Document a Day: "If You Think This Is Tough..."

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/document-day-if-you-think-tough

These four pages of handwritten notes from May 28 of an unknown year confirm that Mohammed al Qahtani’s brutal interrogation in Guantánamo — which we discussed yesterday — was no isolated incident. The notes state that Guantánamo’s Camp X-Ray “was used for harsh treatment,” that al Qahtani “ended up in the hospital” as a result of his interrogation at Camp X-Ray, and that al Qahtani was not alone: “Prisoners other than #63 [al Qahtani] went through [a] similar IP,” or interrogation protocol.

Ahmadinejad: Israel is doomed

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/06/201061174050808637.html

Ahmadinejad's visit to China comes at a delicate time in relations after Beijing backed UN sanctions. Iran's president has said Israel is "doomed" during a speech in which he accused Western powers of monopolising nuclear technology. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments on Friday came two days after the UN Security Council hit Tehran with fresh sanctions over its nuclear programme. Speaking during a news conference in the Chinese city of Shanghai, where he was visiting the World Expo, he denounced the sanctions, adopted on Wednesday with Chinese and Russian backing as "worthless paper".

Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson on the Inside Story of How Obama Let the World’s Most Dangerous Oil Company Get Away with Murder

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/11/rolling_stones_tim_dickinson_on_the

An extensive new investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the BP oil spill disaster reveals that it was government mismanagement, delays and absence of oversight that allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. In the article "The Spill, the Scandal, and the President," Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson writes, "Though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill." Dickinson explores how Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kept in place the oil industry-friendly environmental guidelines that Bush had implemented and ultimately let BP, an oil company with the worst safety record, to get away with murder. [includes rush transcript]

US cable television host slanders socialism

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/beck-j10.shtml

Glenn Beck is a reactionary know-nothing who hosts a commentary program on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel in the US. An unstable individual, with a history of odd jobs in radio, Beck landed on his feet only during the Bush years as one of the new wave of talk-show demagogues.

There Is a Method to Israel's Madness

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/147169/there_is_a_method_to_israel%27s_madness/

A new Middle East is being born - and there seems to be only one place for Israel: isolation. With that comes an inevitable, somewhat crazed approach to diplomacy. Why would Israeli commandos shoot nine unarmed activists dead with nine millimeter bullets at close range, between the eyes, in the top of the head, in the back of the head, in the chest, in the back, and in the legs - including an American citizen? (The final death toll may be 15, as six activists are still missing; Israeli army radio reported 16 dead early last Monday when the attack took place on the Mavi Marmara, a part of the Free Gaza flotilla.) How could Israel think it would get away with it by censoring video and photos - and then getting away with it all over again by refusing an international, independent commission to investigate the incident and subsequent cover-up? Why, geopolitically, would Israel declare war on the de facto international community - from Muslim nations to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-countries to global public opinion?

Russia: Iran sanctions won't stop missile deal

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12848

Russia said Thursday that the new U.N. sanctions do not forbid the delivery of S-300 air-defense missiles to Iran. Israel and the U.S. have urged Russia not to supply the missile system, which would substantially increase Iran's defense capability. Russia agreed to sell the missiles in 2007, but has not yet delivered them.

Israel orders Commandos unit to close their Facebook account

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/palestine/west-bank/6356-israel-orders-commandos-unit-to-close-their-facebook-account

IOF soldiers from the special Commando force “13” in the Israeli Marine Corps recieved Israeli decision to close their account on Facebook, after rising fear among the Israeli army and commando forces to reveal their identities after their participation in the operation of attacking the freedom flotilla Ships.

Brazil, Turkey Defy US on Nuke Vote Against Iran

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Iran

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/deen/2010/06/09/brazil-turkey-defy-us-on-nuke-vote-against-iran/

After several months of closed-door negotiations and shuttle diplomacy, the United States succeeded Wednesday in getting a new Security Council resolution — the fourth in a series — imposing a fresh set of sanctions penalizing Iran for its nuclear program

Israel shakes down China

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Iran

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/imperium/2010/06/10/israel-shakes-down-china

Veiled threat According to The New York Times, "In February, a high-level Israeli delegation travelled to Beijing to present classified evidence of Iran’s atomic ambitions. Then they unveiled the ostensible purpose of their visit: to explain in sobering detail the economic impact to China from an Israeli strike on Iran — an attack Israel has suggested is all but inevitable should the international community fail to stop Iran from assembling a nuclear weapon.

BP stocks fall on clean-up costs

June 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/06/201061002534598482.html

By the most conservative estimate, 26 million litres of crude have spilled into the Gulf. BP's share price has plunged to a 14-year low as the US threatens to impose new penalties on the British energy giant. BP depository shares, trading in New York on Wednesday, fell nearly 16 per cent to close at $29.20, the lowest level since August 1996, amid growing concerns over its ability to meet mounting costs of the giant Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Helen Thomas ousted over anti-Zionist comments

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/thom-j09.shtml

The ouster of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, after an anti-Zionist comment Sunday, is yet another demonstration of the politically foul and utterly conformist milieu of official Washington. Hearst Newspapers announced the “resignation” of Thomas Monday a day after her comments were widely publicized in the media.

Bernanke to Congress: Reduce the Deficit!

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wyattresearch.com/article/bernanke-to-congress-reduce-the-deficit/22229

"To avoid sharp, disruptive shifts in spending programs and tax policies in the future, and to retain the confidence of the public and the markets, we should be planning now how we will meet these looming budgetary challenges." Strong words for a Fed Chief who has been responsible for the largest money supply increase in the history of the U.S. Between 2007 and 2010, Bernanke created at least an additional $2 trillion in dollars in order to bail out his banker buddies, and since his is an appointed position to a quasi-private group of banks, no American citizens can ever vote him out…ever. So to hear him tell the Congress to cut the deficit is a bit like an arsonist telling firemen to extinguish fires.

Anger as EU deports Iraqi refugees

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/06/20106913162071754.html

Iraq is still beset by security problems with suicide bombings occurring regularly. A group of about 60 failed Iraqi asylum seekers have been forcibly deported from several EU countries to Baghdad. The move sparked anger from human rights and refugee groups who believe the situation in Iraq is too dangerous for them to return.

BBC sabotaging Press TV broadcasts

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=129705&ionid=351020101

The British Broadcasting Corporation is showering Afghan cable networks with lucrative deals to cut broadcastings of Iran's English-language news channel, Press TV. The Press TV bureau in Kabul was informed on Wednesday that "a number of BBC employees have recently contacted the cable networks' union in Herat to persuade them into breaking contract with Press TV and blocking all satellite transmission of its programs."

PJ Hahn: 'BP has lied to us from day one. We could have stopped the oil'

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pj-hahn-bp-has-lied-to-us-from-day-one-we-could-have-stopped-the-oil-1995015.html

"Hell," says PJ Hahn, the man at the very tip of the sharp end of America's oil spill disaster, "we're under siege here. If somebody was breaking into your house, would you get on the phone to friends and neighbours to discuss it? You'd shoot the sonofabitch. It's that simple."

Israeli request for more arms from US raises fears of regional violence

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israeli-request-for-more-arms-from-us-raises-fears-of-regional-violence-1994956.html

Israel has approached the United States for more bombs and asked Washington to increase an emergency arms cache stowed on Israeli soil by 50 per cent, according to the leading newspaper Ha'aretz. To commit mass murder, to kill millions of people and take their country away takes allot of bombs and weapons. America understands this because they did it to the Indians.

Oil Volcano Pressure Too Strong For Containment

June 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1094603/pg1

The carnage to the United States is so staggering, it will take your breathe away. Should what the scientists who are trying to warn everyone about be even close to being true... all of Florida will be completely destroyed as will everyone and everything on it. You decide!! Everyone has the right to read what I have just written in this article, as well as to what is written below by the scientists who the Obama administration and BP are trying to shut up.

Helen Thomas went over the top, but why is she gagged in the land of the free?

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/jun/08/freedom-of-speech-usa

Whatever one thinks of the views propounded by the (former) doyenne of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, one of the series of punishments administered to her seems disproportionate. Soon after the 89-year-old journalist was filmed saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Germany and Poland, she lost her job. (See the video here).

Palestine- An Israeli dumping ground for radioactive/toxic waste

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/peter-eyre/6338-palestine-an-israeli-dumping-ground-for-radioactivetoxic-waste

We have seen the decades of suffering by the Palestinian people at the hands of the apartheid government of Israel and yet little has been said about another unseen problem that lies buried beneath the ground.

'We'll be Back - With Bigger Flotillas'

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51753

Mel Frykberg interviews HUWAIDA ARRAF, leader of the Free Gaza flotilla. RAMALLAH - In an exclusive interview with IPS Huwaida Arraf, the chairwoman of the Free Gaza (FG) movement, which tried to break Israel’s crippling blockade on Gaza, explains what happened on the night of May 31 when Israeli commandos raided the FG humanitarian flotilla, shooting nine people dead and injuring dozens more.

"A Human Rights Nightmare is Occurring on Our Watch"

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/human-rights-nightmare-occurring-our-watch

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Washington's blog.) With 5 percent of the world's population, the United States today boasts 25 percent of its prison population. Despite declining crime rates in the last three decades (even in the midst of our current recession), rates of incarceration in the U.S. have been stunning. The Economist recently called this trend "a disgrace." Even more staggering has been the racial dispararity in the people our nation incarcerates.

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