Until now, it' been a real source of pride amongst Israel's support network that big name musicians have felt 'safe' to appear at Zionist fund raisers. Even whilst Israel commits ever more stomach churning war crimes in Palestine and -as we saw in May with the attack on the Freedom Flotilla - in international waters. Aappearing at events to raise issues related to justice in Palestine was seen as a sure fire way of artists being branded anti semitic- leading to (so artists were lead to believe) falls in record sales and trouble s booking tour venues. But, as Gilad Atzmon has aptly named his latest CD ' the tide has changed.'
Oi vey, an Israeli orchestra plans to play the music of this meshigine Wagner, whom Hitler loved so much. Wagner’s music is considered taboo in Israel, it is years since he made it to top 40’s in the Jewish state. Wagner also held views that are far from being popular amongst Jews. He once wrote that Jews were only capable of producing money-making music and not works of art. I guess that Israelis do not like meshiges with an astute reading of the socio-economy of the show business.
The semi-annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank which convenes in Washington today is marked by the most serious breakdown in global economic relations since the trade wars and competitive devaluations that characterised the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The US shed 95,000 more jobs in September, up from 57,000 jobs lost in August and the fourth straight month of net payroll reduction, the US Department of Labor reported on Friday. The combined job losses for July and August were also revised upward by 15,000. Separately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said it will revise upward the number of job losses by 366,000 for the year lasting from March 2009 through March 2010.
An Ohio Republican and tea party favorite running for congress in the state's 9th district used to spend weekends dressing up as a Nazi soldier, running around in the woods simulating combat with other SS-impersonators ... And he says he did it to get closer to his son.
Jazza Festival, London Robert Wyatt. The inimitable British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt has had a devoted audience for years, and one that crosses many musical territories. Wyatt's unique downbeat chorister sound is currently being connected to the most unexpected of repertoires for him – the Great American Songbook – and as well as being a benefit and consciousness-raiser for the people of Gaza, the Jazza festival is the launchpad for his new album, For The Ghost Within, a compelling blend of haunting vocal treatments and inspirational arrangement. http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/guardian-music-choice-jazza-festival-london.html
Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak is expected to back amendment to Citizenship Act. Here is the amended version: "I hereby declare my loyalty to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and I pledge to honor state laws."?
Lo and behold! The transformation of the planet Earth is about to begin to usher in the Era of Peace for all of humanity. Many of you are preparing for the great events that are about to take place, but most of you on planet Earth are oblivious to these times of change and when these events will take place that will ultimately change humanity for the better. Those of you who are living in darkness will not be ready to cope with the transformation and change which is necessary.
World financial leaders agree on the problem. They just don't have a ready solution to the risk that the global economic recovery will be undermined by nationalistic elbowing over exchange rates.
But that's fine, Limbaugh explained, because "everybody's needed for something." Some people are just born to be slaves."
True story: A retired couple I know, Brian and Ilsa, own a home in the Southwest. It’s a pretty house, right on the manicured golf course of their gated community (they’re crazy about golf). The only problem is, they bought the house near the top of the market in 2005, and now find themselves underwater. They’ve never missed a mortgage payment – Brian and Ilsa are the kind upright, not to say uptight 60-ish white semi-upper-middle-class couple who follow every rule, fill out every form, comply with every norm. In short, they are the backbone of America.
Gunmen armed with a rocket torched 29 NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan before dawn today, the latest attack on the supply line for international troops in Afghanistan since Pakistani authorities closed a key border crossing amid a dispute with the United States.
Sunday 10 October 2010 - 10.10.10 - is being marked around the World as One Day on Earth to consider global cultural and climate realities. The horrible reality is that on 10.10.10. 60,000 people will die avoidably from deprivation in our US-dominated World, 1,000 children will die avoidably in the American Empire (see “Hey, hey,, USA, how many kids did you kill today? Answer: 1,000”: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article18750), and 770 Afghan under-5 year old infants will perish avoidably in war criminally US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan (see UNICEF:http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/afghanistan_statistics.html).
First man could be pulled out within days as shaft drilled to reach trapped miners is completed. Once the shaft is deemed secure, miners will be brought to the surface in a steel capsule. An escape shaft drilled by engineers has reached 33 miners who have been trapped underground in northern Chile for more than two months. The final breakthrough came on Saturday, and officials said the first workers could be pulled up to the surface of the mine, near the town of Copiapo, within a few days. "We heard sirens from the location of the drill [and] that means the shaft has made contact," Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar said, reporting from Copiapo.
On Sept. 18, 2003, a Tulsa-area pharmaceutical salesman was driving east on Interstate 40 when his bladder began to get the best of him. Realizing he couldn't make it to the next rest stop, he exited at rural Tiger Mountain Road near Henryetta. At the end of the ramp, dirt roads led off in three directions. The area was isolated and undeveloped. High grass rose out of the ditches. And something smelled terrible.
Doctors demand NHS must match health standards for school dinners after research reveals high levels of salt, sugar and fat. Children’s hospital food can contain around ten times more salt and fat than comparable dishes served in schools, a report reveals. Children receiving hospital treatment are being given meals containing "shocking" amounts of salt, sugar and saturated fat, damning new research into the quality of NHS food shows.
Stuart Littlewood views US President Barack Obama’s willingness to ride roughshod over international law and the Geneva Conventions by granting Israel reckless and extravagant favours – courtesy of US taxpayers – in return for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saving Obama’s political bacon and seeing him through November’s mid-term elections.
“For 17 years they [Palestinians] negotiated with the Israeli government during settlement construction ... ” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 1 October 2010. The United States-brokered peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas are in suspended animation.
The international criminal court is being urged to prosecute members of the Israeli defence force for the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. Turkish victims have formally requested an investigation, the Guardian has learned.
A Silicon Valley college student says the FBI confronted him and threatened to "make things difficult" for him if he didn't hand over a GPS tracking device he found on his car, says a report at Wired.com. Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old marketing student at Mission College who is partially of Egyptian extraction, said he found the device last Sunday when he took his car to a mechanic, and saw wires sticking out of the underside, near the exhaust pipe. He told Wired he had "done nothing to merit attention from authorities."
"Information Clearing House" -- Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors. Hundreds of millions of secret dollars are pouring into congressional and state races in this election cycle. The Koch brothers (whose personal fortunes grew by $5 billion last year) appear to be behind some of it, Karl Rove has rounded up other multi-millionaires to fund right-wing candidates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling corporate dollars from around the world into congressional races, and Rupert Murdoch is evidently spending heavily.
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Friday urged global finance ministers to stop trying to manipulate their currencies for economic advantage and instead to join to save a fragile recovery.
Sarah Palin, America’s most high-profile conservative, attracted some opprobrium earlier this year when she posed the following rhetorical question to Barack Obama’s supporters: “How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?”
They made an incongruous sight, piled on to trestle tables in the car park outside a government office. Long bundles of dried marijuana branches – known as Bango here – the chocolate bar-shaped slabs of hashish
For a number of years I reported on the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs data. The data did not support the praises economists were singing to the “New Economy.” The “New Economy” consisted, allegedly, of financial services, innovation, and high-tech services.
High unemployment is undermining the US recovery The US economy lost another 95,000 jobs in September, as public sector cuts outpaced hiring by the private sector. According to the Labor Department figures, the fall was almost double August's 54,000 job loss number.
The US economy appeared to be heading back into recession after employment figures showed a bigger than expected drop in September. The dollar sank to a 15-year low against the yen and gold jumped back to near historic highs as investors sought safe havens away from the world's largest economy.
The chemical found in every day containers may cause prostate cancer. A “GENDER bending” chemical found in everyday plastic food and drink containers, tins and baby bottles may cause prostate cancer, scientists are warning.
Roubini says 40% chance of double-dip recession on the horizon — The U.S. banking industry is entering a new crisis where operating costs are rising dramatically due to foreclosures and defaults, a well-known analyst said Wednesday afternoon.
The Obama administration is trying to escalate international pressure on China to change how it manages its currency, casting a global focus on what U.S. officials say has become a major risk to the economic recovery.
Scott Caplan, a Portland lawyer who was caught up in a scandal over flying terror suspects to secret prisons, died this week after suffering a heart attack. He was 49. As reported in The Lake Oswego Review, Caplan was playing tennis Monday at the Lake Oswego Tennis Center when he collapsed from a heart attack. He died on Tuesday morning.
The specter of a damaging global currency war is set to dominate a meeting of economic powers in Washington Friday, amid bleak hopes for a deal between China, the United States and other powers.
There is a clear and pressing need to end the monumental folly of prosecuting a war in Afghanistan. It is spreading in intensity into the tribal areas of Pakistan and could yet rattle a weak civilian government in Islamabad to bits. To persuade themselves that they are prevailing, the US, Britain and their allies maintain the illusion that they are building the capacity of the Afghan state, when that claim is being routinely undermined by corrupt elections and a president in Hamid Karzai who packs his administration with his relatives. Belief in the nation-building project has collapsed. The bar of success is being lowered.
Officials seek to allay fears of an environmental disaster as corrosive red mud enters Europe's second largest river. A toxic red sludge spill from a metals plant that has wiped out all life from one Hungarian river has entered the Danube, one of Europe's largest waterways. Dead fish were sighted in the Mosoni-Danube, a southern branch of the river, on Thursday and officials said that the Marcal, a tributary to the waterway, had been devastated by the sludge.
Following Israel’s capture of the West Bank in 1967, along with other territories including East Jerusalem, Israel has built and expanded Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The settlers enjoy the benefits of a separate, and far superior, civilian infrastructure to nearby Palestinian communities, and they are protected at great expense by the Israeli military. Under international law, the settlements are illegal. But despite private agreements with the US to rein in growth, Israel has continued the non-stop expansion of its illegal settlements. While the public stance of the United States is that it does not recognise "the international legitimacy" of the settlements, Washington has in practice provided decades-long support for Israeli policy.
Upon the humble clothes line, a battle line has been drawn that embodies a uniquely American clash of ideas about class, liberty and the environment. Rules imposed by community associations and landlords forbid tens of millions of home owners to dry their washing outside because, they say, it's unsightly and even lowers property prices.
Drone missile attacks near to Pakistan's Afghan border have become an everyday occurrence since Obama took power The Obama administration has authorised 125 drone strikes so far – twice the number George Bush used in his last five years in power. The Pashtun tribesmen have several nicknames for the drones that endlessly circle over their mud-walled mountain villages. Some call them "wasps" or "mosquitoes", after the low buzz emitted by the pilotless aircraft's small engines.
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
Gingrich: Choice is between Democrats as 'party of food stamps' vs. GOP as `paychecks party.'
Americans are stuck with an inferior and overpriced communications system, compared with the rest of the world, and we're being ripped off in the process. Since 1991, the telecom companies have pocketed an estimated $320 billion --- that's about $3,000 per household.
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