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Time for Britain to hold Israel to account

February 19th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/opinions/views/4244-time-for-britain-to-hold-israel-to-account

British Middle East policy in the human rights arena has long been suspect. Evidence of this is plentiful: its complicity with the United States in misleading the public to go along with the war on Iraq, our support for ongoing drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Britain's obvious silence on Israel's collective punishment of nearly 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip.

China anger at US over Dalai Lama

February 19th, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/02/20102192182809493.html

China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing to protest Washington's decision to go ahead with a meeting between the Dalai Lama and the US president. Thursday's encounter at the White House came against a background of strained relations between Washington and Beijing, with China warning that Barack Obama's welcoming of the exiled Tibetan leader would risk further damaging ties.

University Of Colorado Must Reinstate Professor Whose Free Speech Rights Were Violated

February 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/university-colorado-must-reinstate-professor-whose-free-speech-rights-were-violated

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Colorado, American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) today submitted a brief to a Colorado Court of Appeals arguing that the University of Colorado, a publicly funded university, should reinstate a tenured professor who was wrongly terminated from his job there for exercising his right to free speech.

The long arm of Israel must be amputated - Video

February 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.redress.cc/palestine/gatzmon20100218

Gilad Atzmon argues that, given the close relationship between the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the Mossad intelligence agency, Premier Binyamin Netanyahu must be held to account personally for the murder of a Hamas official in Dubai by Israeli Mossad agents travelling on cloned European passports. We have learned over the last few days that the killers of a Hamas official in Dubai were Israeli Mossad agents who stole the identities of six UK citizens and faked at least five other European passports.

Manifesto of Joseph Andrew Stack 18 Feb 2010

February 18th, 2010
Categories: News

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Google Bans DVD Critical Of Obama Administration

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.infowars.com/google-bans-dvd-critical-of-obama-administration/

Google has sensationally banned all sales through its shopping merchant of a DVD critical of the Obama administration under the terms of its program policy which bars any material deemed to be “advocating against a protected group”. Apparently, Google considers the government to be a “protected group,” and immune from criticism. Radio talk show host Alex Jones’ Google merchant account has been completely disabled after the search engine giant sent an email claiming the products listed promoted violence, and refused to link to them on the Infowars Yahoo shopping cart.

Stimulus: One Year In

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.economyincrisis.org/content/stimulus-one-year

In the face of withering Republican attacks, a skeptical American public increasingly fatigued with government spending and a poor marketing campaign by the White House, the Obama administration is finding it difficult to sell the stimulus package as effective in preventing an economic freefall.

Afghanistan: Obama’s escalation begins

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/pers-f17.shtml

The offensive begun February 13 against the town of Marjah is the first major effort undertaken by the US military in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama ordered the intensification of the US war effort and the dispatch of 30,000 additional American troops. The attack on Marjah is the largest US military operation in the war since the initial 2001 invasion ordered by George W. Bush.

The US puts “regime change” in Iran on agenda

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/iran-f17.shtml

As part of its drive for punitive new sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programs, the Obama administration launched a major diplomatic offensive in the Middle East this week to enlist the support of its allies in the region. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Central Command head General David Petraeus and top State Department officials are taking part in the operation.

NATO Forces Blocking Movement of Wounded Afghan Civilians

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/17/group_nato_forces_blocking_wounded_afghan

The US is coming under increasing criticism over the rise in civilian casualties during the assault on the Afghan city of Marjah, one of the largest military offensives of the eight-year war. At least nineteen civilians have been killed so far, including six children who died when a missile struck their house on the outskirts of the city. We speak with Matteo dell’Aira, medical coordinator of the Emergency Lashkar Gah hospital.

Military Resistance 8B11: "Nonstop Contact"

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/index.php?p=m63367&hd=&size=1&l=e

“It Will Take Weeks To Clear Marja, To Really Go House-To-House, Road-To-Road” “When It Is Daytime, There Is Nonstop Contact Until The Sun Goes Down ... Every Day” “The Skill Displayed By Taleban Insurgents Showed High Levels Of Tactical Awareness And Training — Including ‘Walking’ Mortar Fire On To The Marines And Persistent And Accurate Sniper Fire”

Barack Obama gives green light to new wave of nuclear reactors

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/16/barack-obama-nuclear-reactors

US president announces $8.3bn in loan guarantees for construction of first nuclear reactors in almost 30 years. Barack Obama: 'We’ll need to increase our supply of nuclear power. It’s that simple.' Link to this video Barack Obama pressed the start button on the first new construction of nuclear reactors in a generation today, announcing $8.3bn in loan guarantees for the company building two.

History Channel goes rogue: New bio links JFK’s sex life to migraines

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://rawstory.com/2010/02/upcoming-kennedy-biopic-links-jfks-sex-life-migraines/

An upcoming biopic on former president John F. Kennedy has liberal historians fuming mad. Like the 2003 biopic, The Reagans, most of the outrage comes from the former president's opposing party. But the miniseries biography -- commissioned by The History Channel and produced by Joel Surnow, an outspoken conservative who created the hit Fox show "24" -- is more than a little loose with the facts.

The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth -- What's It Going to Take to Get It Back?

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/145705/the_richest_1%25_have_captured_america%27s_wealth_--_what%27s_it_going_to_take_to_get_it_back

The United States already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis -- and it's gotten even worse since. "The war against working people should be understood to be a real war.... Specifically in the U.S., which happens to have a highly class-conscious business class.... And they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except they don't want anybody else to know about it." -- Noam Chomsky

Gadhafi: Obama fears Israel will assassinate him like it did JFK

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/991948.html

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi said on Wednesday that U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's expressed support for Israel stems from his fear that the Mossad would assassinate him, just as it did President John F. Kennedy. "We suspect he may fear being killed by Israeli agents and meet the same fate as Kennedy when he promised to look into Israel's nuclear program," Gadhafi said.

NYPD Interrogated Record Number of Innocent New Yorkers in 2009, New Stop-and-Frisk Numbers Show

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

The NYPD stopped and interrogated at least 505,000 completely innocent New Yorkers in 2009, the most ever since the Department began collecting data on its troubling stop-and-frisk program. The new figures, released by the NYPD this week, represent a nearly 9 percent increase over 2008, when police officers stopped 465,413 innocent people.

US claims Afghan offensive progress

February 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102174756956799.html

US military officials have said they are now in control of crucial areas in Marjah in Helmand province as a major offensive in Afghanistan against the Taliban enters its fifth day. But Afghan intelligence sources, speaking to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, cast doubt on the claim.

The Federal Reserve’s Exit Strategy: Unlegislated Bailout of Fannie and Freddie

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.housingwire.com/2010/02/16/the-federal-reserves-exit-strategy-unlegislated-bailout-of-fannie-and-freddie/

The Federal Reserve closes its positions in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities, the quantity of outstanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac liabilities declines by as much as $1.5 trillion, thus allowing their remaining assets repay the remaining liabilities despite insolvency, and the outstanding quantity of U.S. Treasury debt expands by as much as $1.5 trillion in order to protect the lenders, while ordinary Americans continue to lose their homes and jobs.

Rule by Oligarchs - A Country of Serfs

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts02162010.html

The media has headlined good economic news: fourth quarter GDP growth of 5.7 percent ("the recession is over"), Jan. retail sales up, productivity up in 4th quarter, the dollar is gaining strength. Is any of it true? What does it mean?

Attention, Mundanes: “You Don’t Ever Touch a Cop”

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/50610.html

James Rourke was living out a parent’s worst nightmare when two Pennsylvania State Troopers arrived and promptly made matters much worse. A little after 6:00 p.m. on January 28, Rourke, a 59-year-old man widely respected among residents of Doylesburg for his generosity and service to others, learned of a car crash involving his 19-year-old son Freddy. James and his wife Betty rushed to the scene on Path Valley Road, where the car — which was driven by a family friend — had collided with a utility pole. Freddy and his friend, Chad O’Donel, were trapped inside, and live power lines snaked across the wreckage.

US black farmers seek compensation

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/02/2010216122918747518.html

African-American farmers have staged a massive protest in Washington DC calling on the US government to deliver on cash payments promised to the group years ago. In 1999, they won a landmark case that granted them a billion-dollar compensation settlement on the grounds of racial discrimination by US authorities.

'An attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada'

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12178

Junior Foreign Affairs minister Peter Kent is suggesting Canada stands ready to throw its full military weight behind Israel, telling a Toronto publication that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.”

RIGHTS-BURMA: When Hard Times Hit, Some Children Go to Factories

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50346

RANGOON, Feb 16, 2010 (IPS) - Fifteen-year-old Cho Cho Thet knows little about the world outside of the garments factory where she works. Thet works 14 hours each day – from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. – seven days a week, but receives a salary of only 35,000 kyat (35 U.S. dollars) a month. The factory owner provides free accommodation and meals that include rice and vegetables.

CENTRAL AMERICA: Women Eke Out a Living in Informal Economy

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, World, Economic

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50352

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 16, 2010 (IPS) - "I've been working in the streets since I was a girl. My parents didn't send me to school, so it's really hard for me to find a job," says Carol Orozco, 31, who forms part of the veritable army of vendors hawking their wares on the streets of Central America.

CANADA: Resistance Casts Pall over 2010 Olympic Festivities

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50325

Approximately 3,000 protesters of diverse backgrounds converged on Vancouver Friday afternoon, assembling for a peaceful yet boisterous rally and march through the downtown streets to the steps of BC Place, the site of the Games' opening ceremonies.

"Sustainability Issues Are Economic Issues"

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=2866

NEW YORK, 16 Feb (IPS) - Fresh from a whirlwind tour of non-stop meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos and a U.N .investor summit on climate risk attended by George Soros, Al Gore, and 500 of the world's most powerful institutional and private investors, Mindy Lubber has a full plate.

Employer Tax Credit likely to Create Few Jobs, at High Cost

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.economyincrisis.org/content/employer-tax-credit-likely-create-few-jobs-high-cost

Desperate to bring down the historically high unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, lawmakers of both parties are actually working together to craft a bill that would provide incentives for jobs creation. However, according to Timothy J. Bartik of the Economic Policy Institute, the current proposal would be highly inefficient - creating very few jobs at a relatively high cost

A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.economyincrisis.org/content/country-serfs-ruled-oligarchs

The media has headlined good economic news: fourth quarter GDP growth of 5.7 percent ("the recession is over"), Jan. retail sales up, productivity up in 4th quarter, the dollar is gaining strength. Is any of it true? What does it mean?

New York mayor unveils plan to cut jobs, services

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/nycb-f16.shtml

Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced plans to implement a series of cuts in order to close New York City’s $4.9 billion budget deficit, part of the growing wave of fiscal crises affecting state and local governments throughout the country. Bloomberg’s answer to this crisis is slashing the jobs and wages of municipal employees and cutting vital social services for the city’s residents.

Pharma Giant Gets Cozy With Congress, Spends $100 Million in Advertising to Cash in on Health Reform

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/145685/pharma_giant_gets_cozy_with_congress%2C_spends_%24100_million_in_advertising_to_cash_in_on_health_reform

Last year PhRMA was employing 165 lobbyists, 137 of which were former employees of either the legislative or executive branches. More than a million spectators gathered before the Capitol on a frosty January afternoon to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama, who promised in his campaign to change Washington’s mercenary culture of lobbyists, special interest influence and backroom deals.

German army given green light to kill civilians in Afghanistan

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/guid-f16.shtml

The German government has now reclassified its military mission in Afghanistan as intervening in a civil war or, as they say in legal jargon, a “non-international armed conflict.” The recasting of the mission has far-reaching legal consequences.

Dubai seeks '11 Europeans' for Hamas killing

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/world/middle-east/77-middle-east/4191-dubai-seeks-11-europeans-for-hamas-killing

Police in Dubai are to issue arrest warrants for 11 "agents with European passports" suspected of assassinating a top Hamas official last month.

Once again Clinton hits out at Iran

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/peter-eyre/4185-once-again-clinton-hits-out-at-iran

In my current series I have written about the military aspects of any attack on Iran by the US and or Israel. I again repeat that Israel cannot carry out this attack without the help of the US.

Coalition continues to advance in Afghanistan as civilian death toll reaches 20

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/16/civilians-killed-afghanistan

Coalition forces continued to advance into Taliban-held areas in the violent southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday on the third day of a major offensive aimed at breaking the insurgents' control over hundreds of thousands of local people.

Haiti’s elite eyes profits as millions face disease and hunger

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/hait-f16.shtml

Haiti’s wealthy ruling elite and US corporations are looking forward to increased riches and big profits off of post-earthquake reconstruction as millions of working class and poor people face the threat of starvation and infectious epidemics.

American Arrogance Overseas Should End

February 16th, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2010/02/15/american-arrogance/

The arrest of the 10-member church group trying to "rescue" 33 Haitian children from the aftermath of the earthquake by smuggling them across the border to the Dominican Republic has wider implications for U.S. foreign policy. The group’s besmirching of the substantial and laudable American humanitarian effort in Haiti is regrettable. But the arrogance of simply ignoring the rule of law in foreign countries is a rich American tradition, practiced by the U.S. government as well as missionaries such as these.

New reports of multi-million dollar payouts to US bankers

February 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/bank-f15.shtml

After a record year for Wall Street profits, details of the multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses paid to hundreds of individuals at financial firms have begun to trickle out. The New York Times compiled a list of 19 of the most highly-paid Wall Street figures, whose combined compensation in 2009 amounted to an estimated $226.8 million

Many dead in Belgium train crash

February 15th, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/02/2010215185531314415.html

At least 18 people have been killed in a train crash outside the Belgian capital, Brussels, with officials warning that the death toll may rise further. Two packed commuter trains collided head-on at rush hour near Buizingen, about 15km southwest of Brussels, on Monday, after one reportedly missed a red stop signal

ENERGY: Planting New Seeds for the Take-Off

February 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50324

CAIRO, Feb 15, 2010 (IPS) - A salty, crunchy salad herb known to gourmands as samphire could revolutionise agriculture in the Middle East by providing food, fodder and fuel without using a single drop of freshwater. Salicornia, a succulent plant that can grow in either fresh or salt water, has traditionally been seen as a source of food. However, with rising energy prices and increasing concern over global warming, the halophyte (salt- tolerant plant) is now prized for its other properties.

More civilian deaths as US launches offensive in southern Afghanistan

February 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/afgh-f15.shtml

In what is likely to be the first of many such atrocities, two US military rockets slammed into a house near Marjah, the target of the current offensive, killing 12 people. US military authorities admitted that the victims were innocent civilians sheltering in their own home, as they had been advised to do by US and NATO officials.

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